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Submitted by pete on May 10, 2006 - 18:13
Martin Cibak got his first point of the tournament today against Russia assisting on Tomas Surovy's first period goal. Despite the contribution, however, Slovakia fell 4-3. Slovakia finished a disappointing third in Group C but still advances to the Qualification Round. At the end of a wild third period that saw the Swiss and Swedes score 6 goals in total, both teams were forced to settle for a 4-4 tie. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless and even with 0 shots on goal for Sweden. Timo Helbling had the same box score line for the Swiss. Sweden wins Group B on goal differential. Switzerland, in second, advances to the Qualification Round as well. Fredrik Norrena's Finnish team clinched Group A yesterday. [b]Opening Round Statistics[/b] G Fredrik Norrena (FIN), 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .813 sv%, 0 SO D Andreas Holmqvist (SWE), 3 GP, 0-1-1, 0 PIM, +1, 5 SOG C Martin Cibak (SVK), 3 GP, 0-1-1, 2 PIM, +2, 3 SOG D Timo Helbling (SUI), 3 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, E, 0 SOG LW Anton But was forced to withdraw his name from consideration for Team Russia prior to the tournament due to injury. But hurt his abductor injury during the Superleague season and was hobbled with the injury for much of the playoffs [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/tournament.php?tour_id=2006029&anchor=News]according to Russianprospects.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on May 8, 2006 - 20:54
Andreas Holmqvist got his first career World Championships point today, a helper, in Sweden's 4-0 shutout of Italy. The blueliner had 3 shots on goal and was +1 in the match. Elsewhere, Martin Cibak was scoreless and +1 with 2 shots on goal as Slovakia clubbed Kazakhstan 6-0. Sweden leads Group B via the goal differential tiebreaker over Switzerland. Both teams are 2-0-0. Slovakia sits at second in Group C behind Russia at 1-1-0.
Submitted by pete on May 6, 2006 - 21:40
In a major upset today, Belarus knocked off Slovakia 2-1. Martin Cibak had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot on goal for the Slovaks. Timo Helbling was scoreless in Switzerland's 3-1 victory over Italy. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless with 2 shots on goal in Sweden's 4-2 win over Ukraine.
Submitted by pete on May 5, 2006 - 14:20
The World Championships got underway today in Latvia with three Lightning properties thus far named to their nations' teams. Martin Cibak has been selected to Team Slovakia, Andreas Holmqvist to Team Sweden and Fredrik Norrena to Team Finland. The Finns got underway today as one of four opening matches knocking off Slovenia 5-3. Fredrik Norrena stopped 13 of 16 in the win. [b]Update:[/b] Defenseman Timo Helbling has also been named to the Swiss team's roster.
Submitted by pete on May 1, 2006 - 20:59
[b]The Bottom Line[/b] The Tampa Bay Lightning finished 43-33-6 this season with 92 points, eighth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Southeast Division. In 2003-2004, prior to the lockout, the club finished with 3 more wins but 14 more points in the standings. The Lightning's goal production this year actually improved by 7 goals, but their defense declined by a shocking 68 goals (that is not a typo) and the team actually scored 8 less goals than it allowed this season. The most important number though is 15, as in the 15 less playoff games the team won this season after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs 4 games to 1 by the Ottawa Senators.