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Ranger Named to YoungStars Team

NHL.com has announced that defenseman and Bolt Prospects alumni Paul Ranger has been selected to participate in the NHL YoungStars Game representing the Eastern Conference. Through 47 games the 22 year old blueliner has 1 goal and 18 points this season.

NHL Game Night 1/18: Lightning at Devils

Good win.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 26 of 28 in regulation and overtime before stopping 3 of 3 to stay perfect in shootout situations. Brad Richards had a pair of goals and the shootout winner while assists went to Paul Ranger, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis. Ranger, in particular, deserves plaudits for an incredible tape to tape pass from just above his own goal line to Richards at the Devils' blueline for the breakaway goal.

First Period
New Jersey 1:58, Jay Pandolfo 6 (John Madden, Sergei Brylin)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 4:07, Brad Richards 17 (Paul Ranger)
Tampa Bay 19:56, Brad Richards 18 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)

Third Period
New Jersey 12:50, Paul Martin 1 (power play) (Zach Parise, Brian Rafalski)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
Tampa Bay- Richards
New Jersey- NONE

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Burke Claimed on Re-Entry Waivers

TSN.ca is reporting the Los Angeles Kings have claimed veteran netminder Sean Burke off re-entry waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning will gain $350,000 in cap relief from the move.

NHL Game Night 1/16: Maple Leafs at Lightning

That one hurts.

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Marc Denis stopped 24 of 27 shots faced in the loss. Lightning goals came from Vincent Lecavalier and Dan Boyle with individual assists belonging to Martin St. Louis, Cory Sarich, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards.

The team deserved better. They absolutely dominated the first 40 minutes of the game but Andrew Raycroft stood on his head and although they were running out of steam on the tail end of the back to back in the third period, they looked to have at least a point in hand before the lucky play that saw a scuffed shot by Stajan become an easy game winning goal.

First Period
Tampa Bay 14:52, Vincent Lecavalier 29 (shorthanded) (Martin St. Louis, Cory Sarich)

Second Period
Toronto 2:18, Nik Antropov 6 (Alexei Ponikarovsky, Chad Kilger)
Tampa Bay 17:33, Dan Boyle 11 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Brad Richards)
Toronto 19:53, Johnny Pohl 7 (Bryan McCabe, Tomas Kaberle)

Third Period
Toronto 15:39, Alexander Steen 10 (power play) (Matthew Stajan, Tomas Kaberle)
Toronto 19:05, Alexei Ponikarovsky 12 (empty net) (Mats Sundin, Nik Antropov)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day 1/15: Lightning at Islanders

Happy Birthday Junior.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 33 of 36 shots faced for the win. Vaclav Prospal led the way for the Lightning with 1 goal and 2 assists while Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Ruslan Fedotenko, Eric Perrin and Nolan Pratt each added individual helpers.

With the win the Lightning pull to 3 games over .500 and extend their winning streak to 5 games. They have temporarily solidified their hold on a playoff spot and, moreover, have moved within single digits at 8 points behind Atlanta for the division lead. Two words: road warriors.

First Period
NY Islanders 3:38, Alexei Yashin 13 (power play) (Chris Simon, Chris Campoli)
Tampa Bay 6:55, Vaclav Prospal 7 (power play) (Ruslan Fedotenko, Brad Richards)
Tampa Bay 9:21, Brad Richards 16 (power play) (Eric Perrin, Vaclav Prospal)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 15:37, Martin St. Louis 29 (Vincent Lecavalier, Nolan Pratt)

Third Period
NY Islanders 1:10, Viktor Kozlov 16 (power play) (Mike Sillinger, Jason Blake)
Tampa Bay 7:13, Vincent Lecavalier 28 (Vaclav Prospal, Martin St. Louis)
NY Islanders 10:40, Trent Hunter 9 (Mike Sillinger, Brendan Witt)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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