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Grand Forks Herald: Smaby Close to Signing

The Grand Forks Herald [url=http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/sports/14330235.htm]is reporting that Matt Smaby is close to signing a deal with the Lightning.[/url] This comes on the heels of earlier rumors that 1440 The Fan in Grand Forks, ND was also reporting Smaby's signing as imminent.

NHL Draft Combine/Draft Date and Time Set

The NHL today [url=http://www.nhl.com/news/2006/04/268346.html]released its list of 115 invitees to the NHL Combine which will be held May 30th to June 6th in New York.[/url] The Lightning will be picking roughly around the 15th spot in this year's draft. Some players who might be of interest to the Lightning who were invited include C Derick Brassard of Drummondville (QMJHL), C Bryan Little of Barrie (OHL) and RW Chris Stewart of Kingston (OHL). The 2006 NHL Entry Draft will take place at 6 pm Eastern on OLN on June 24th.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 9/12

[b]QMJHL[/b] Michael Stinziani scored an overtime winning goal 10:51 into overtime as Gatineau defeated Chicoutimi 1-0. [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] was held without a shot in the game. The Sangueneens are on the brink of elimination now down 3-1 in the series. [b]OHL[/b] Owen Sound appears to have awakened the sleeping giant as London smacked the Attack 5-1 tonight to even their series at 2-2. Marek Bartanus was scoreless and even in the game. [b]WHL[/b] Calgary defeated Moose Jaw 2-0. The series is now tied 2-2. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was scoreless and even in the game. Everett defeated Kelowna 3-2. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] had a secondary assist and was +1 in the game. Kelowna now trails in the series 3-1.

Omsk/Kazan Game One

Today was the opening of the Russian Superleague finals between Avangard Omsk and Ak Bars Kazan. Avangard was crushed 6-1 by Kazan who jumped out to the early 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five matchup. Nikita Alexeev was scoreless in the game.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/11

[b]QMJHL[/b] Despite a 2 goal third period comeback by Chicoutimi, Gatineau defeated the Sangueneens 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead. [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] had his 4th goal of the playoffs but was -1 and on the ice for the Olympiques' winning marker. [b]OHL[/b] Sudbury didn't go down without a fight. Despite trailing 3-0 in the series the Wolves took Peterborough to overtime tonight before falling 4-3. Kevin Beech stopped 25 of 29 shots faced. Sudbury is eliminated by virtue of the Petes' 4-0 sweep of the series. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw defeated Calgary 4-2. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] had 3 assists and was +3 earning first star of the game honors. Moose Jaw now leads the series 2-1. Everett defeated Kelowna 2-0. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] was -1 with 4 penalty minutes. Everett leads the series 2-1.
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