Winning these 4 point games inside the division early in the season is always a beautiful thing.
Paul Ranger got 17:17 of ice time, which I believe is the most he's gotten as a member of the Lightning. His only minus was on a 3-on-2 where he couldn't quite block the shot for Grahame. Atlanta was taking runs at the rookie all game long and at some point he's going to have to stick up for himself physically. He had some scary moments defensively in the third but the good thing about Ranger so far is that even when he has made mistakes he has found a way to hustle and recover. Tonight it was a desperate sweeping stick check after his indecisiveness in the neutral zone nearly gave Marc Savard a breakaway.
Evgeny Artyukhin's 8:28 of ice time tonight included a shift on Lecavalier's line. R2 looked like a deer in headlights playing with that much star power. Still, he had 2 shots on goal and threw some hits. Tarnasky had just 4:57 of ice time.
Game sheet as always from NHL.com.
Goaltender Brian Eklund has been recalled by the Lightning from Springfield of the AHL. The move was apparently prompted by Sean Burke straining his groin muscle in today's morning skate.
The Springfield Falcons have reassigned 2003 2nd round pick Mike Egener to Johnstown of the ECHL and recalled Jay Rosehill. The move comes in the same week that Adam Henrich saw a similar stint in Johnstown as a consequence of ineffective play.
Fran Sypek reports that defenseman Brad Bombardir is scheduled to undergo knee surgery which may put his season in jeopardy. The news comes as the Falcons find themselves in the midst of a brief tailspin that has seen them give up 15 goals in their last two contests.
After a red hot start Linkopings has hit a rough patch in late October. Today the team dropped a decision in which goaltender Fredrik Norrena stopped just 14 of 18 shots faced. Norrena was pulled with about two and a half minutes to go as Linkopings surrendered an empty net goal.