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Game Night 3/14: Lightning at Senators

That's a bitter, bitter pill to swallow. TB-3 OTT-4 The Lightning blow a two goal lead allowing a goal late in the second period and then Daniel Alfredsson's game winning goal with 7 seconds left in regulation. A win would've put the Lightning into a tie for 6th in the conference with New Jersey. How quickly fortunes change. John Grahame stopped 27 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Evgeny Artyukhin got his 13th assist of the season on a Dimitry Afanasenkov goal. Ryan Craig played 16:30 of even hockey with 1 shot on goal and 2 hits. Paul Ranger played 14:36 and was +1. Evgeny Artyukhin was +1 in 10:53 of ice time with 1 shot and 2 hits. Nick Tarnasky remained out of the lineup with an injury. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020970.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Smolenak OHL Player of the Week

A five point night will do that for you. Radek Smolenak [url=http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/news/?id=1707]has been named the OHL Player of the Week[/url] after scoring 6 goals and 8 points in 3 games last week including a hat trick in Kingston's victory at Toronto on Sunday. Smolenak has already shattered his rookie OHL totals of 32 goals and 60 points in 67 games potting 42 goals and 82 points in 61 games this season.

Superleague Opening Round: Day Two

Avangard Omsk spanked SKA St. Petersburg 5-1 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best of five series. Nikita Alexeev was a scratch for Omsk. Anton But was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 5-1 trouncing of Novosibirsk. Loko takes a 2-0 series lead. Lada Togliatti defeated Moscow Dynamo 4-3 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. Albert Vishnyakov was scratched for Dynamo but Dimitry Kazionov did play and was scoreless. Vasily Koshechkin moved to 2-0 in the playoffs this season. Khimik MO beat Nizhnekamsk 4-2 to knot their series at 1 game a piece. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless for Khimik in the match. CSKA returned fire on Cherepovets today crushing them 6-1 to tie their opening round series at a game each. Alexander Polushin dressed, but was scoreless and even in the contest.

Smolenak Named OHL Player of the Week

(OHL Release) The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Kingston Frontenacs forward Radek Smolenak is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday March 12 after scoring six goals and eight points in three games last week. Smolenak started the week with two goals in a 5-4 win over the Mississauga IceDogs on March 8. He added a goal in a 5-2 win over the Barrie Colts on March 10 and was the first star after scoring two goals and three assists in a 6-4 win over the Toronto St. Michael's Majors on March 12. The three-win weekend clinched home ice advantage for the Frontenacs in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

Game Night 3/13: Lightning at Canadiens

Old man Burke gives an old skool lesson to Les Canadiens. TB-2 MTL-1 Sean Burke stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced. Ryan Craig was even in 15:13 with 3 shots on goal, 2 hits and 3 blocked shots. Paul Ranger played 15:09 with 1 shot on goal, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. Evgeny Artyukhin laid out 5 hits in 9:10. If ever a team needed a win, the Lightning needed this one. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020962.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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