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Craig, Reid Recalled by Tampa Bay

Word on the street was accurate, and [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2847.shtml]the Springfield Falcons have announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled C/LW Ryan Craig and RW Darren Reid from Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Craig, who will turn 24 on January 6th, came to the Lightning as an eighth round selection in the 2002 Entry Draft from Brandon of the WHL. Last season he led the Springfield Falcons in scoring with 27 goals and 41 points in 80 games. This year, Craig ranks 4th in scoring with 12 goals and 22 points in 28 games with the Falcons. Although an accomplished faceoff man in junior, Craig has primarily played wing this season. His size and strength on the puck have made him a formidable opponent along the wall on the forecheck in his AHL career and he possesses a sharp, accurate snap shot and a quick release. His only limitation is his skating, which was adversely impacted by a knee injury he sustained early in his junior career. The 22 year old Reid was also a selection from the 8th round of the 2002 Entry Draft out of Medicine Hat of the WHL. Now in his sophomore season as a professional, Reid has 4 goals and 10 points in 21 games thus far this season for the Falcons. Possessing of a strong work ethic and decent skating ability, Reid is an excellent penalty killer and a tenacious forechecker. Both players will be available for tonight's tilt against the Detroit Red Wings at home in the St. Pete Times Forum.

Game Night 12/15: Lightning at Coyotes

And R2 started the first minor riot of his NHL career. TB-3 PHX-1 Curtis Joseph kept this one respectable, but the Lightning were in control throughout and could've easily won this game 5 or 6 to 1. It was a very nice reversal from last night's debacle in Anaheim. Evgeny Artyukhin made quite an impression in his 10:24 of ice time which included a third period incident where he bumped Dave Scatchard and sent him flying into the boards which prompted Jamie Lundmark of the Coyotes to jump on Artyukhin's back in immediate retaliation. A couple of short punches by Artyukhin later while on the ice, and R2 was ushered off to the showers with a major for boarding and a minor for roughing. Paul Ranger, who has seen his ice time decreasing slowly of late, had 12:59 of playing time. The biggest chunk of minutes lost have come on the power play where Ranger only had 13 seconds of ice time tonight. He did have a glorious opportunity at even strength jumping into the play in the first period tonight to take a cross ice pass and send a low wrister just wide far post on Curtis Joseph. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020464.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 12/14: Lightning at Ducks

To hear Anaheim's announcers tell it, they just won the Stanley Cup. TB-2 ANH-4 John Grahame stopped 3 of 32 in the loss. The Lightning as a team just never really seemed to get their legs under them. Paul Ranger played 14:42 of even rating hockey registering one hit. Evgeny Artyukhin had 8:38 of ice time. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020454.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 12/10: Predators at Lightning

Clean sweep 3-0 for the organization tonight top to bottom. It's a beautiful thing. NSH-3 TB-4 John Grahame stopped 13 of 16 for the win. The shot totals the Lightning have been giving up this season are insanely low, to the point it's contributing to Grahame's poor save percentage. I doubt he's complaining though. Old warhorse Dave Andreychuk had a goal and an assist as did Martin St. Louis. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020433.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 12/8: Blues at Lightning

Back from their brief vacation, the Lightning squeak out a win. STL-4 TB-5 Fedotenko, Prospal and Modin had multi-point nights. Both Ranger and Artyukhin added assists. Ranger also had 15:28 of ice time and was an outstanding +3 on the night. Evgeny Artyukhin had 9:14 of ice time, two shots, one brutal hit, and was part of the key forechecking shift that tied the game on Tim Taylor's third period goal. The Lightning, still only playing to 85% of their capability, are now 9-1-1 over their last 11 games. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020419.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Isn't It Amazing?

Lost in the last couple of weeks of hockey is the fact that as of right now the Tampa Bay Lightning have the best record of any team in the NHL over their last 10 games (8-1-1). Isn't it amazing? Especially when you think it seems like just yesterday we were lamenting a six game losing streak and the hockey media was just about getting ready to write the Tampa Bay Lightning's obituary. And the interesting thing is: I think we'd all have to agree this club is only playing up to about 85% of its capability right now. The offense has not been anywhere near as explosive as it could be and the defense, while workmanlike on many nights allowing a miniscule amount of shots, could be tighter. Heaven help the NHL if the Lightning finds fourth gear. It's good to be the champs.

Game Night 12/2: Blackhawks at Lightning

John Grahame is working his way back to form. CHI-2 TB-3 (SO) That's right, the Tampa Bay Lightning have won two shootouts in a row. Amazing, isn't it? Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020387.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/30: Leafs at Lightning

Like pulling teeth... TOR-1 TB-2 John Grahame stopped 20 of 21 for the victory in a night checking game that often resembled a rugby scrum. Paul Ranger notched an assist on a good crisp breakout pass that Vincent Lecavalier quickly moved up to Marin St. Louis who broke in for a goal on Ed Belfour. Ranger played 16:43 tonight and was +1 although he did take two minor penalties. It seems to me he's struggled a bit in his own zone in the past week or so as forwards physically challenge him along the wall. Plays where he was effectively slipping checks last month he's getting caught by forecheckers now and they're testing him. Evgeny Artyukhin with a physical 7:34 of ice time in which he registered 3 hits. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/ES020372.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/23: Lightning at Capitals

Now THAT is some exciting NHL action. TB-4 WSH-3 (SO) The Lightning reacted to falling behind 3-0 in a very positive way and charged back to tie the game 3-3 partly on the strength of two Dan Boyle goals and had numerous opportunities to win it in regulation and overtime. But, perhaps, this way is better as the Lightning finally got the shootout monkey off their backs thanks to John Grahame and shootout markers by Brad Richards and Vaclav Prospal. Amongst the rookies, I thought Paul Ranger quietly had an outstanding game at his end of the rink. He continues to surprise me with how poised he is defensively. The young man is very active with the stick and is very cool, calm and adept at spinning away from forecheckers and making the smart play to move the puck out of danger. 19:20 of even ice time tonight. Evgeny Artyukhin with 11:07 of ice time, 3 hits and 2 minor penalties. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020324.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/22: Lightning at Flyers

The Lightning haven't lost a regular season game to the Philadelphia Flyers since the 2002-2003 season. TB-4 PHI-2 He wore the goat horns in the game against Washington, so I'll give Burke some love for the performance he turned in tonight stopping 30 of 32 shots for the victory. Also, the checking line came up big tonight accounting for three of the four goals scored. Big game by former Springfield Falcon Martin Cibak with a goal and an assist. Robbie DiMaio with two assists. Old man Taylor with 1G 1A. Outstanding work by a group of checkers that is just now finally starting to find its stride. Amongst the rookies, Artyukhin had an assist and a +1 rating in 13:35 of ice time. I thought he was very strong on the forecheck tonight and helped create a lot of space for his linemates. Paul Ranger logged perhaps the most ice time he has all season with 21:22 of even rating playing time. Only his pairing partner Dan Boyle logged more ice time tonight. Very impressive. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020316.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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