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Game Night 3/4: Canadiens at Lightning

In the last game there were 0 minutes of good effort. Tonight there were about 41. Lets try to make it 60 next time out. MTL-6 TB-2 John Grahame, who was a trainwreck, allowed 6 goals on 22 shots. Combine bad goaltending with some sloppy turnovers, and you get killed 6-2 by a lesser team. Post mortem from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020900.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

But Scores Late Game Tying Goal for Yaroslavl

Left wing Anton But scored with 1:47 left in the third period to help Loko achieve a 1-1 tie with Kazan today. The goal was But's 15th of the season. Elsewhere, Novokuznetsk beat Togliatti 5-4. Vasily Koshechkin saw his record fall to 17-13-6 with the loss. There are just two tours remaining before the Superleague's 16 team playoff tournament begins. Yaroslavl's win allowed them to leapfrog Kazan into the 2nd seed in the league just one point ahead of Ak Bars. Nikita Alexeev and Omsk are locked into the 4th seed. Alexei Glukhov and Khimik MO are tied with CSKA with 78 points as both teams fight for the 5th seed. Dimitry Kazionov, Albert Vishnyakov and the defending champion Dynamo have fallen dramatically in the second half of the season and today fell to 9th on the table. Just one point seperates Dynamo from 7th place Spartak. Vasily Koshechkin and young Togliatti have fallen to 10th on the table, two points ahead of 11th place Nizhenekamsk. Alex Polushin and Cherepovets are in 13th losing the tie breaker right now to 12th place SKA St Petersburg.

Willis/Holmqvist Power Linkopings to Victory

Yes, that Shane Willis. Shane Willis, playing in his fifth game with Linkopings since transferring from HC Davos of the Swiss league, had his first Elitserien point assisting on a Jonas Soling game winning third period goal as Linkopings defeated Sodertalje 5-2. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist also notched an assist on the goal. Goaltender Fredrik Norrena got the day off. With just one game remaining on the Elitserien schedule, Linkopings sits locked at the third seed in the league. Jimmie Olvestad and Djurgardens are well out of the playoff chase in tenth.

HPK Falls to JYP

As the European leagues wind down towards playoff time, HPK fell 3-1 today to JYP. Karri Ramo stopped 36 of 39 shots faced in the loss. His record drops to 8-7-3 on the season. With the loss HPK remains one point behind HIFK in 4th on the SM-liiga table. There are just 5 games remaining for HPK in the regular season.

Game Night 3/3: Chiefs at Royals

Johnstown is getting red hot at just the right time and with Toledo expending over half of their games in hand, the #3 seed in the North Division is a target that appears hittable. JHN-6 REA-2 Morgan Cey made 36 saves on 38 shots faced for the win. John Toffey, Brandon Elliot and Zbynek Hrdel all had goals for the Chiefs. Justin Kelly and Doug Andress each had a goal and an assist while JB Bittner had two assists. Toledo killed Trenton 8-2 tonight to maintain a 6 point gap on Johnstown for 3rd in the division with 3 games in hand. Wheeling, which sits in 2nd place, picked up a point tonight in an overtime loss and sits 8 points ahead of the Chiefs with 2 games in hand. If the Chiefs can stay hot, they've got a chance to catch these clubs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2958]ECHL.com.[/url]
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