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Campbell Out With Knee Injury, Reid Attends to Personal Matters

Fran Sypek of the Springfield Republican [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1132494127253330.xml&coll=1]reports the reason for Jim Campbell's absence from the lineup this weekend is a minor knee injury.[/url] Also, Darren Reid was not in the lineup tonight for the Falcons as he was returning to Alberta to attend to personal matters with a death in his family. Condolences to Darren Reid and his family, and here's to hoping he'll be back soon.

Game Night 11/20: Lightning at Hurricanes

Ahhhh the cries of the Carolina announcers whining that fatigue was a legitimate excuse for their team's play. Music to my ears. TB-5 CAR-2 I cannot overemphasize how important an early season win this was. The 4 point in division swing made this a very very key victory, even if it is November. A loss would've dropped the Lightning to 10 points behind in the division, so the Lightning did themselves a huge favor by taking the win tonight. And, tonight was the first of what I suspect will be quite a few multi-point games for Paul Ranger's career. 2 assists and a +1 in just a shade under 15 minutes of ice time. It may not be this year, but at some point expect the offense to really start to flow given how strong his skating and instincts are. Evgeny Artyukhin with 9:18 and an even rating. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020310.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/20: Senators at Falcons

Brian Eklund deserved better: BNG-1 SPR-0 Eklund named the second star in a strong 31 save on 32 shot performance, his best in a couple of weeks. It's important for Eks to round back into form if Springfield is going to be successful in their run for the playoffs. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001260]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Hagglund Scores in Oskarshamn Defeat

Johan Hagglund had Oskarshamn's lone goal today in a 3-1 defeat against Malmo. Since the Karjala break Hagglund has been moved up from second line left wing to first line center for his club. Through 14 games he has 3 goals, 4 points, a +7 rating and 28 penalty minutes. Oskarsham currently sits 8th in the 15 team Allsvenskan with a 5-4-5 record.

Another Multi-point Night for Lascek

Highlighting Lightning CHL/NCAA prospects on Saturday night was Stan Lascek - again - with a four point night - again. Lascek had a goal and three assists as Chicoutimi got revenge for a recent loss to Halifax by beating the Mooseheads 6-3. With the goal, Lascek's 19th on the year, he surprasses his goal total for last year in just his 27th game. Last season, Lascek had 18 goals in 53 games. The Slovakian winger is averaging more than two points a game and is among the early candidates for QMJHL MVP. In other action Saturday night, Vladimir Mihalik notched his second goal of the year for Red Deer, but the Rebels lost 3-2 to Lethbridge. The Rebels broke their 11 game losing streak the night before with a shootout win against Andy Rogers and Prince George. Also getting his second goal of the year Saturday night was Chris Lawrence as Sault Ste. Marie lost in Bellville, 4-1. In other OHL action, Marek Bartanus was scratched for the second straight game by Owen Sound. The Attack lost 7-1 at home to Peterborough.
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