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Game Night 1/6: Royals at Chiefs

The Chiefs were game even without Rowe and Kelly, but Reading got the timely goal. REA-4 JHN-3 Jonathan Boutin allowed 4 goals on just 25 shots faced to take the loss. Point blank: he got outplayed by Fukufuji. It's imperative Jonathan keep his level of play consistent if he wants to challenge Eklund and/or Coleman for an AHL job. Gerard Dicaire and Brandon Elliot had assists for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2658]ECHL.com.[/url]

Glukhov Scores First Goal of the Season

Alexei Glukhov, who has been in a slump since an influx of several players from Lada Togliatti joined Khimik MO and thus took his ice time, scored his first goal of the season today in a 2-1 overtime win against Molot Perm. Glukhov now has 11 points in 33 games this season. Also, Togliatti's struggles continued as they fell 2-0 to Severstal Cherepovets. Vasily Koshechkin slipped to 14-8-3 on the season with the loss.

European Champions Cup: Day One

Yesterday, in their opening match of the 2006 European Champions Cup, Moscow Dynamo defeated Slovakian club HC Slovan 3-1. Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov scored the game's opening goal in the match. Fellow prospect Dimitry Kazionov is also participating in the tournament.

Game Night 1/5: Lightning at Sabres

One step forward, two steps back... TB-1 BUF-3 Ryan Craig returned from injury and helped set up the lone Lightning goal with a strong forecheck to register the first assist of his NHL career. Craig played 16:48 and was +1. Paul Ranger was -1 in 15:37 of ice time with one shot on goal. He showed surprising strength on a second period hit on power forward Daniel Paille as his physical game continues to evolve. Evgeny Artyukhin played 8:12 with 1 shot on goal and the seemingly obligatory goaltender interference minor. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020597.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

WJC Game 13: Finland vs. USA

Finland [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055130_74_3_0.html]defeated Team USA yesterday to win bronze[/url] in their final match of the U20 World Junior Championships. Tuukka Rask made 37 saves on 39 shots faced in the 4-2 win and was named the best goaltender of the tournament. Karri Ramo again played the role of backup. In the championship game, Team Canada crushed the Russians 5-0 to secure back-to-back WJC gold. Congratulations to Team Canada. [b]Final Lightning Prospect Statistics: Finland[/b] Karri Ramo, 0-1-0, 6.21 GAA, .861 sv%
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