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Content regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

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]

Congratulations to the Lightning's Olympic Medalists

[b]Gold[/b] Fredrik Modin [b]Silver[/b] Fredrik Norrena [b]Bronze[/b] Pavel Kubina Vaclav Prospal I'm extremely happy for Fredrik Modin. He's been one of the classiest players in the Lightning's history since joining the team 6-7 years ago. Now he's won a Stanley Cup and an Olympic gold medal in the span of about a year and a half. I can think of few players who deserve it more. Back to work Tuesday.

How Does That Taste Hockey's Future/THN?

You know, I find it pretty funny "mainstream" media outlets like Hockey's Future and THN can find it fit to ridicule the Tampa Bay Lightning's prospect base, put us dead last in their organizational ranking and keep our players out of their top-50 prospects without even so much as an honorable mention and yet when the puck is dropped and the real games are played the Lightning have three of the better rookies in the league this season. TSN [url=http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=155720&hubname=nhl]released their top-40 rankings for rookie forwards today[/url] and Ryan Craig (#23) and Evgeny Artyukhin (#25) both made the grade. Here's a fun exercise: count the number of well hyped 1st round draft picks lunch pail 8th rounder Ryan Craig has outplayed so far this year. I count nine between the rest of the top-40 and the honorable mentions TSN lists, and I'm sure a certain very biased online editor at Hockey's Future must be thoroughly embarassed by the immortal Jim Slater being bested by [b]two[/b] prospects from the Lightning's allegedly bare cupboard. Earlier TSN [url=http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/news_story/?ID=154226&hubname=fantasy_news]had released their list of the top-20 rookie defensemen prospects and 6th round pick Paul Ranger checked in at #15.[/url] What!? No Braydon Coburn!?!?! To the critics of this organization: [img]http://www.worldbook.com/features/birds/assets/crow.jpg[/img] Would you prefer yours grilled or baked?
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