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Wednesday's Superleague Scores

Podolsk defeated Khimik 2-1. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] did not play for Khimik. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] assisted on the game winning goal in Yaroslavl's 3-2 win over Magnitogorsk. The point is the first officially of Artyukhin's Superleague season ending a pointless spell of over six games. Goaltender [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] had his first shutout of the season to improve to 3-2-1 today defeating Khabarovsk 1-0. Koshechkin had 10 shutouts last season. Forward Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-2 loss to Novosibirsk.

Preseason Game Night 9/26: Lightning at Canadiens

A game like this potentially rearranges the chess board a bit: TB-3 MTL-4 (OT) Johan Holmqvist stopped 37 of 41 in the overtime loss. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist while Martin St. Louis had 2 helpers. The other Lightning goal scorers were Eric Perrin and Filip Kuba, with Dan Boyle chipping in a single assist. The power play continued to yield dividends going 3 for 10 on the night. An interesting subplot in the game was the opportunity opened up for young defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] as Doug Janik sat in the penalty box for much of the first half of the game serving a major for fighting, a minor for instigation and a ten minute misconduct. Also, Dan Boyle was held out of the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury leaving Smaby to play 18:53 with a -1 rating, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Smaby was on the ice for the overtime winning goal, but reportedly played well otherwise. With more playing time, is Smaby sneaking up on Janik on the depth chart? Janik played 16:41 of even hockey with 2 shots, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. Perrin plated 19:19 and was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots as well as an outstanding 4 takeaways, but was only 25% on draws. [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] had his poorest game statistically of the preseason going -2 in 15:13 with 1 shot and 2 hits. Mitch Fritz was -1 in 9:15 with 4 hits. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was -1 in 9:56 with 1 blocked shot and was 27% on draws. Nick Tarnasky continued his strategy of brawling his way onto the Lightning roster with a fight in his 8:43 of even hockey with 3 hits. So, with [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] still out on the blueline and Dan Boyle possibly nicked could Doug Janik or Matt Smaby sneak onto the opening night roster? In the fight for the team's open 4th line forward spot, has Norm Milley stumbled and lost ground to the skilled Eric Perrin or the tough young lion Nick Tarnasky? Also, how does Rob DiMaio's concussion tonight figure into the equation. Cuts to follow soon. Note: Jones and goaltender Karri Ramo, with the Lightning on an emergency basis, were reassigned to Springfield after the game.

Helenius Gets the Day Off

At the SM-liiga level, Ilves fell to Karpat today 2-0. Tuukka Rask made 19 saves in the defeat. And, at the Junior A level, Mikko Patsi and Jarno Laitinen split time in a 7-6 defeat to Jokerit Jr. A. Lightning 1st round pick [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] has yet to see action in the SM-liiga this season. With just 6 points in the standings, Ilves sits in the lower third of the league just 2 points ahead of dead last KalPa.

Burke, Rogers Joining Falcons

According to the Springfield Falcons, the Lightning have reassigned goaltender Sean Burke and defenseman Andy Rogers to the Falcons. Rogers has been battling a hip injury throughout camp and Burke cleared waivers today. He has been fighting a back injury. As was reported yesterday in the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], the Lightning have recalled Karri Ramo and Blair Jones for tonight's game in Montreal. (Note: Source/link not active as of yet on falconsahl.com)

Burke Placed on Waivers; Jones and Ramo Join Bolts

TSN is reporting Lightning goalie Sean Burke has been placed on waivers. Burke, 39, is contracted to earn $1.6-million this season, but is coming off a 2005-2006 season when he posted a 2.80 goals against average and .895 save percentage in 35 games with the Lightning. The Lightning have been pretty clear about entering the season with Marc Denis as the No.1 and Johan Holmqvist as the No.2. According to Erik Erlendsson's Blog on the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] site, Burke is indeed expected to report to Springfield if unclaimed. The hope is another team claims him and relieves the Lightning of at least some of the $1.6 million Burke is owed this season. Assuming no team claims Burke, Tampa Bay will then recall him and hope he is claimed on the way "up." The advantage in claiming him at this time is the claiming team would only be responsible for one-half the salary and take on one-half the cap hit and the same for the Lightning. If he reports to Springfield, Burke will join Karri Ramo, Jonathan Boutin, Gerald Coleman, and Morgan Cey, who are currently battling it out for right to stay in Springfield. Ramo is accompanying the Lightning to Montreal this week as Denis will not make the trip. Erlendsson reports center Blair Jones has also been recalled as a substitute for Andreas Karlsson, who is battling "groin fatigue." Prospects Matt Smaby and Nick Tarnasky will play against the Habs. Mike Egener and Paul Ranger will make the trip to Montreal, but not play.
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