Tampa Bay Lightning

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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]

Game Night 3/11: Lightning at Maple Leafs

"And with the 14th pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft the Tampa Bay Lightning select..." TB-1 TOR-5 Sean Burke actually played well the first two period before the flood gates opened. He allowed 5 goals on 30 shots in total. Honestly, I don't know what more there is to say right now. The cavalry isn't coming. The deadline's passed and Coleman, Boutin, O'Brien and Dicaire are probably too green to help shore up this club. What's worse than the defense and goaltending though is that the Lightning's forwards are showing themselves to again be incapable of scoring timely goals. Completely incapable. And if you're defense isn't going to be solid every night, you'd better get those timely goals. 70 points with 18 games left and a 4 point lead on 9th place. Is anybody going to step up? Game sheey from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020944.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Dingman Up/Reid Down

Chris Dingman [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBF7UZVMKE.html]has been recalled by the Lightning.[/url] He cleared waivers and will be available for the team's game against Toronto. Also, right wing Darren Reid has been reassigned to Springfield after a brief two game stint with the Lightning.

Game Night 3/9: Lightning at Sabres

Playoffs in serious jeopardy... TB-5 BUF-8 Sean Burke got the loss allowing 2 goals in relief but it was John Grahame's 5 goals on 16 shots through 2 periods that put the Lightning behind the eight ball. Paul Ranger got his 14th assist of the season, which is small solace. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020929.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/8: Falcons at River Rats

Norm Milley [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=157665&hubname=nhl]was placed on waivers today[/url], likely with a view towards sending him back down to Springfield who once again played a man short. SPR-3 ALB-5 Jonathan Boutin stopped 27 of 32 in the loss. Zdenek Blatny, who has been everything advertised and more since coming to the Falcons in exchange for Brian Eklund, had 2 goals and 3 points for Springfield. Gerard Dicaire also had a helper on the night. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001871]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/7: Lightning at Penguins

You know things are bad when the team that rides the short bus to the game (alright, that's an unnecessary cheap shot) manages to steal a point from you. TB-5 PIT-4 (SO) John Grahame stopped 24 of 27 before beating M.A. Fleury in the shootout 2-0 on successful attempts by Richards and Prospal. Congratulations to Darren Reid on his first NHL point, a secondary assist on the first of Dan Boyle's two goals. Ryan Craig later got a helper on a Dimitry Afanasenkov marker. Craig led the rookies in ice time with 18:30 but did not manage a shot on goal. He was +1. Paul Ranger was +2 in 17:40 with 1 hit. Nick Tarnasky was even with 1 shot in 5:37. Darren Reid was +1 in 5:21 with 1 shot and 1 hit. Norm Milley was a scratch and Evgeny Artyukhin served the first game of his two game suspension for El Kabonging a Senator with his own helmet. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020918.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/6: Senators at Lightning

Sens crush Lightning. In related news, the sky is blue. OTT-4 TB-0 At least Reid and Tarnasky got some garbage time to sharpen their games, although 5 and a half minutes a piece isn't much. Post mortem from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020913.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Reid and Tarnasky Recalled

ESPN is reporting C Nick Tarnasky and RW Darren Reid [url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/transactions]have been recalled from Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Tarnasky scored a hat trick last night including the overtime game winning goal against Bridgeport while Reid has been one of Springfield's best players over the past month.

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]

Game Night 2/28: Panthers at Lightning

The Lightning's game readiness still hasn't gotten back from Torino. Hopefully it will by Saturday. FLA-8 TB-2 Ryan Craig scored his 10th of the season on the power play, the game's lone silver lining. Post mortem by [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020867.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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