In a bizarre 10:30 AM start in Cincinatti, Special K strikes.
Ryan Munce allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the win. Marek Kvapil had 2 goals and 1 assist in his first game down with the Chiefs. Zbynek Hrdel had the other Chiefs goal and Radek Smolenak added an individual assist. Kvapil, Munce and Hrdel were named the game's three stars.
Johnstown is now 3 points behind Reading for the final North Division playoff spot with 2 games in hand.
JHN Hrdel, (10) (Kvapil, Smolenak), 2:18 (PP)
CIN Lisabeth, (18) (Ehgoetz, Gleed), 12:09
JHN Kvapil, (1) , 13:37
JHN Kvapil, (2) , 19:05 (EN)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 17 shots for the loss before being replaced by Johan Holmqvist who stopped 7 of 7 shots in relief before Florida tacked on a pair of empty net markers. Brad Richards and Filip Kuba had the Lightning goals. Jason Ward, Eric Perrin and Martin St. Louis added assists.
Four games left in the season and the Lightning no longer control their division title and at night's end they will likely be just 2 points out of 9th place. Oh yeah, and they've got to go on the road and play the defending champions next in Carolina. Heckuva time to start squeezing the sticks too tightly.
If Jason Ward is smart, he'll take less to stay in Tampa and continue playing on Brad Richards' line.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
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Linkopings claimed a commanding 3-1 series lead over #1 seed Farjestads today wiining 4-1 in Game Four of their semifinal playoff series. Lightning prospect blueliner Andreas Holmqvist did not suit up for Linkopings in the match.
The Springfield Falcons have announced the promotion of defenseman PJ Atherton from Johnstown of the ECHL. In addition, the Falcons demoted right winger Marek Kvapil to Johnstown. Kvapil had been considered a potential NHL callup heading into the 2006-2007 season, but a disasterous year in the AHL has seen Kvapil busted down to Springfield's checking lines. After failing to score in some weeks, Kvapil's demotion is the final thud in an unremarkable campaign.