Tampa Bay Lightning
TSN.ca reports Lightning Associate Coach Craig Ramsay will undergo surgery for prostate cancer. In his absence, Springfield assistant coach Darren Rumble will assume Ramsay's duties in handling the defense pairings for the Lightning. Bolt Prospects wishes Coach Ramsay speedy recovery.
Tip of the cap to Hannu Toivonen.
I attended the game and have to say, I thought the Lightning played pretty well but had a point or two stolen by Hannu Toivonen. They generated some outstanding chances but tonight the young Finn was simply better. He gave them a chance to win and a terrible weak pass from Modin to Richards on the power play and the resulting Patrice Bergeron breakaway was the difference. Sean Burke played well in my opinion, but you simply cannot allow breakways because the old man simply is not quick enough anymore to handle one on ones. Let him play his angles and use his size though and he will eat shots up all night long, which is what he did most of this night.
Ryan Craig led the rookies with 17:19 of ice time and was +1. He has settled onto the team's second penalty killing unit and got a lot of even strength ice time because the checking line played well tonight. He was 0-for-3 in the faceoff circle though, and the whole Lightning team got their lunch eaten in that category tonight. Paul Ranger played 13:58 of even hockey and was good with the exception of a second period miscue that nearly ended up in the back of the net. One of the best players in the game though, in my opinion, was young Evgeny Artyukhin. He had 5 hits in 12:05 of playing time and 4 3rd period shots in the comeback bid. Most impressive of all was a play where he chipped the puck to himself off the right wing boards and nearly beat both Bruins defenders to get a partial breakaway to draw a late power play. He gave the Lightning a golden opportunity to score the tying goal which is outstanding to get out of a checking liner.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib, RW Darren Reid has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL. Also, veteran Chris Dingman has been placed on waivers and will be reassigned to Springfield on Friday if there are no takers.
Also, defenseman Andy Rogers is in town from Prince George of the WHL to have his ailing ankle examined by team doctors. Rogers has been hobbled all season, which partly explains the lack of offensive development in his game after a Traverse City tournament where he led all Lightning prospects in scoring.
Good news/bad news...
The good news is that the Lightning are finally getting pucks on net. They outshot Montreal 44-24 in Wednesday night's game. The bad news is that they're still losing hockey games.
Paul Ranger notched his 7th assist of the season on Vincent Lecavalier's second period goal. Ranger played 14:33 and was +2 in the game. Ryan Craig was +1 in 10:20 of ice time with 3 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin was -1 in 10:24 of ice time with 1 shot on goal.
Game sheet from NHL.com.