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Ryan Craig's Graduation Day

When Ryan Craig takes the ice tomorrow night at the Forum against the Panthers he will be in his 41st game of the season for the Lightning. By Bolt Prospects criteria, that will graduate him from prospect status making him the third Lightning prospect to become a full fledged NHLer this season. Congratulations to Craig for reaching this milestone. [img]http://www.lili.org/forlibs/marketing/rtm-librarian/graduation-cap.jpg[/img]

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/2

There were no Lightning prospects in action in the CHL Playoffs last night. [b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi (Stanislav Lascek) continues to rest after sweeping Baie-Comeau in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. [b]OHL[/b] Kevin Beech had a 33 save shutout as Sudbury defeated Kingston 4-0 to advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs winning their series 4-2. Beech was named second star of the game. Radek Smolenak's season comes to an end in a game where he was scoreless and -1 with 2 PIMs for Kingston. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw triumphed tonight in a pivotal game five defeating Brandon 1-0 to take a 3-2 series lead. Blair Jones scored the only goal of the game and was named second star in the win. Kelowna defeated Kootenay 5-2 to win their first round series 4-2. Justin Keller was scoreless and even in the game. The Rockets won three straight games after falling behind 2-1 earlier in the series.

Game Day 4/2: Falcons at Bruins

It's just painful. SPR-2 PRO-6 Gerald Coleman stopped just 29 of 35 in the loss. Springfield got a power play goal from Ryan Vesce in the first on the power play from PJ Atherton and Dan Cavanaugh and a garbage time goal with 19 seconds left from Jason Jaspers. Jaspers' goal was his 25th from Kvapil and Blatny. Kvapil has 17 goals and 41 points in 72 games as a rookie. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002030]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Linkopings/Frolunda Game Five

With their backs against the wall, Vastra Frolunda responded today downing Linkopings 3-1. Linkopings still holds a 3-2 series lead in the Elitserien semifinal matchup. Shane Willis and Andreas Holmqvist were scoreless in the game. Fredrik Norrena stopped 24 of 27 shots faced in the loss.

SM-liiga Semifinals Set

HPK will have plenty of rest by the time the SM-liiga semifinals begin on April 5th. HPK disposed of Ilves in a quick 4 game sweep and will now face #2 seed HIFK in the next round. HPK was the #3 seed in Finland's top league entering the postseason.
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