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Game Night 1/31: Maple Leafs at Lightning

Old man Burke is my hero. TOR-2 TB-3 (SO) In the battle of AARP members, it was Sean Burke who ruled with an iron fist. Burke made 25 saves on 27 shots before the Lightning won the shootout 2-0 on a beautiful deke to the backhand by Vincent Lecavalier and a businesslike wrist shot stick side past Ed Belfour. Rookie Ryan Craig scored a key power play goal early in the third banging home a Dan Boyle rebound for his 7th goal of the season. Fun with math: if you pro rate Craig's production over an 82 game schedule he'd be on a pace for 30 goals. Craig played 15:32 and made his only shot on goal count. Paul Ranger played 20:03 and was even with 3 shots on goal although he also had 3 giveaways. Doug O'Brien was limited to 6:50, thus necessitating Rangers' big minutes, and had 1 shot on goal. Doug appeared to me to be struggling with the speed of the game and his decision making when moving the puck was neither quick nor decisive. Norm Milley played just 3:43 with one hit. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020776.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Jaspers Sent Back Down

620 WDAE [url=http://www.620wdae.com/cc-common/mainheadlines2.html?feed=122843&article=388031]is reporting the Lightning have reassigned center Jason Jaspers to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Despite being recalled to Tampa twice in the last half a month Jaspers has yet to play a game in a Lightning uniform.

Game Day 1/29: Lightning at Capitals

Damn you Olaf Kolzig. TB-1 WSH-2 John Grahame stopped 22 of 24 in the loss. Evgeny Artyukhin hit a goal post with 2 seconds left in the failed comeback. Paul Ranger played 22:41 of even hockey with 1 shot and 2 hits. Doug O'Brien played 13:16 in his NHL debut but was plagued with 3 giveaways. Ryan Craig was -1 in 13:14 with no shots on goal. Norm Milley was effective early playing 10:32 with 1 shot on goal. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020763.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Jaspers/O'Brien Recalled

Absent from the lineup for Springfield tonight against the Providence Bruins were center Jason Jaspers and defenseman Doug O'Brien. Both were recalled by the Lightning after Darryl Sydor and Rob DiMaio both left the game against the Flyers today after Sydor took a puck to the mouth and DiMaio's took a high stick. Both Jaspers and O'Brien have been playing well of late to earn the callup. Jaspers scored 2 goals in Springfield's come from behind triumph over Portland Friday night and had 5 goals and 9 points in his last 9 games. O'Brien has been solid defensively of late and has 8 assists in his last 10 games.

Game Day 1/28: Lightning at Flyers

How satifying was that to watch? TB-6 PHI-0 Sean Burke made a 38 save shutout look all to easy. The Lightning were paced by a Fredrik Modin hat trick that included 2 deflection goals on the power play. Lightning youngsters Craig, Artyukhin and Ranger all pointed. Artyukhin drove to the net off a Ryan Craig breakout pass using his speed around the corner to generate an easy rebound chance for a Dan Boyle goal. Craig later added a quick snap shot goal off the wing from the left circle in the third period with the secondary assist going to Paul Ranger. With Darryl Sydor leaving the game in the second period after taking a puck to the chin, Ranger was forced to play 21:38 in the game. He played well defensively turning in a +2 performance with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots. Ryan Craig was also +2 in 11:11 of ice time with 3 shots on goal in third period garbage time. Evgeny Artyukhin again played a sparing 4:19 with just 7 shifts on the game and 2 shots on goal. His role in setting up Dan Boyle's opening goal, however, was indispensible. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020753.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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