In Finland, today was the final match for HPK in the SM-liiga regular season. Miika Wiikman suffered a 4-1 loss to first place Karpat as HPK will now prepare for the postseason. The club finished third on the league table with 102 points and will await the outcome of the four team play-in round before knowing who their first playoff opponent will be.
Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo finished 5th in Finland's top league in save percentage at .929. His 2.16 goals against average was 8th in the league amongst goaltenders with 20 or more appearances. He also had 2 shutouts this season to go along with his 9-8-3 record.
Karri Ramo, 9-8-3, 2.16 GAA, 2 SO, .929 sv%
Fredrik Norrena pitched a 33 save shutout to help Linkopings defeat Lulea 4-0 today. The victory stakes his club to a 2-1 series lead in the opening round of the Elitserien playoffs. Norrena also recorded an assist in the contest on Ulf Soderstrom's empty net goal with 2 seconds left in the game. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist recorded his second assist of the playoffs on a third period marker while Shane Willis tallied his second goal of the playoffs in the match's final frame.
(Falcons Release) Nick Tarnasky has been reassigned to the Springfield Falcons by their National Hockey League affiliate, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tarnasky is expected to join the Falcons on Thursday as they prepare for back-to-back home games on Friday and Saturday.
Tarnasky has played in 12 games for Tampa Bay this season collecting one assist and four penalty minutes. In 52 games with the Falcons this season, Tarnasky has nine goals and six assists for 15 points and 74 penalty minutes. Tarnasky collected a natural hat trick, including the game-winning marker in overtime, on March 4 at Bridgeport earning the gameâ€™s first star. The 6-foot-2, 233-pound native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta appeared in 80 games with Springfield last season, recording seven goals, 10 assists and 176 penalty minutes. Tarnasky was selected in the ninth round by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
That's a bitter, bitter pill to swallow.
The Lightning blow a two goal lead allowing a goal late in the second period and then Daniel Alfredsson's game winning goal with 7 seconds left in regulation. A win would've put the Lightning into a tie for 6th in the conference with New Jersey. How quickly fortunes change.
John Grahame stopped 27 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Evgeny Artyukhin got his 13th assist of the season on a Dimitry Afanasenkov goal.
Ryan Craig played 16:30 of even hockey with 1 shot on goal and 2 hits. Paul Ranger played 14:36 and was +1. Evgeny Artyukhin was +1 in 10:53 of ice time with 1 shot and 2 hits. Nick Tarnasky remained out of the lineup with an injury.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
There were no games scheduled in the CHL last night.
Stanislav Lascek scored his 44th and 45th goals of the season and added an assist as Chicoutimi beat Shawinigan 6-2. Lascek was named first star of the game.
Radek Smolenak had an assist and was even despite Kingston losing big to Ottawa 5-1.
Blair Jones scored his 33rd goal of the season and added an assist in regulation, then scored again in overtime as Moose Jaw topped Saskatoon on the Blades' home rink, 4-3. Jones was named the game's third star.