#1 Kazan completed a three game sweep of #16 Novosibirsk today 5-3. Dimitri Kazionov once again did not suit up for Ak Bars.
#3 Ufa completed a three game sweep of #14 SKA defeating St. Petersburg 3-2 in a shootout. Anton But did not play in the match. He finishes the playoffs with 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes and a +1 rating in 2 games.
#4 Magnitogorsk finished off a three game sweep of #13 Tver today winning Game Three 3-2. Denis Kazionov finishes the playoffs scoreless with 2 penalty minutes in 3 games.
Vasily Koshechkin and #11 Togliatti's season ended today as they were swept by #6 CSKA losing Game Three 4-3 in overtime. Koshechkin finishes the playoffs with an 0-3 record and a 4.29 GAA.
#7 Yaroslavl completed a three game sweep of #10 Dynamo winning today 4-2. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the match for Dynamo which was his only appearance in the playoffs. Evgeny Artyukhin did not suit up for the Lokomotive.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in #9 Cherepovets' 2-0 win over #8 Khimik to extend their opening round playoff series to Game Four.
After today's myriad of first round sweeps, Dimitri Kazionov, Evgeny Artyukhin and Alexei Glukhov are the only Lightning prospects remaining in action, although the elder Kazionov and Artyukhin have yet to play a game in the postseason.
Through three rounds of playoff games, the favored team is an amazing 46-2.
The Lightning's road trip ends with a tough loss.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the loss. The Lightning got 1 goal and 1 assist from Brad Richards and a shorthanded goal from Dan Boyle with an individual assist belonging to Vincent Lecavalier in the game. Still, the road weary Lightning came a late Lecavalier goal post short of getting at least a point.
The Lightning squander their game in hand and still trail Atlanta by 2 points for the Southeast Division lead.
Tampa Bay 2:24, Brad Richards 24 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier)
Toronto 11:43, Chad Kilger 11 (Kyle Wellwood, Darcy Tucker)
Tampa Bay 4:36, Dan Boyle 16 (shorthanded) (Brad Richards)
Toronto 8:14, Mats Sundin 27 (Alexei Ponikarovsky, Nik Antropov)
Toronto 5:51, Nik Antropov 14 (Mats Sundin, Hal Gill)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Citing various sources, TSN is reporting NHL teams have voted 23-6 (with one abstention) in favor of introducing a ranking system that places a greater emphasis on playoff performance than regular season results.
Under the existing format, non-playoff teams were placed one through 14 with the lowest regular-season point totals getting the higher pick in the draft, subject to the draft lottery which allows the winning non-playoff team to move up as many as four places.
The remaining 16 teams were seeded 15 through 30 based on inverse order of regular-season finish with one exception - the Stanley Cup-winning team automatically received the 30th and final pick of the first round.
The new format will work as follows:
According to a report in today's Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, despite Springfield Falcons President and General Manager Bruce Landon denying Edmonton rumors at a recent booster club meeting, the newspaper states, "Itâ€™s widely believed that both sides will agree to terminate the deal, opening the door for Edmonton to align with Springfield and Tampa Bay to move its prospects south to Norfolk."
Landon had informed Falcons boosters the fact the AHL club and Lightning have two years left on their current affiliation deal.
The Times Leader cited a story in Sundayâ€™s Edmonton Journal stating the Oilers could announce an affiliation deal with the Springfield Falcons shortly.
The Times Leader reported media sources in both Springfield, Mass., and Edmonton, Alberta, couldnâ€™t confirm the Journal report, but the sources said that chances are good that the deal could come to fruition, possibly within the next week.
Springfield has been the Tampa Bay Lightningâ€™s AHL affiliate for the past three seasons.
The Falcons are in the midst of their eighth straight losing season.
Dimitri Kazionov was once again out of the lineup as #1 Kazan defeated #16 Novokuznetsk 7-3 to take a 2-0 series lead.
#3 Ufa defeated #14 SKA 4-2 today to take a 2-0 series lead. Anton But had 2 penalty minutes in the match for St. Petersburg.
#4 Magnitogorsk toppled #13 Tver 5-2 to take a 2-0 series lead. Denis Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Tver.
Vasily Koshechkin allowed 5 goals in #11 Togliatti's 5-4 loss to #6 CSKA. CSKA takes a 2-0 series lead.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless as #8 Khimik shut out #9 Cherepovets 4-0. Severstal has yet to score a single goal in the series and trails 2-0 overall.
The favored teams are a perfect 16-0 thus far in the Superleague playoffs.