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Game Night 3/25: Rangers at Lightning

Peaking at the right time. NYR-3 TB-4 (SO) John Grahame stopped 19 of 23 shots faced before going 3-for-3 in the shootout. Brad Richards proved once again he's the Lightning's best shootout player juking Henrik Lundqvist out of his skates for the winning goal. Richards also tied Brian Bradley's Lightning single season assist record with 2 assists. Among the rookies, Ryan Craig was the beneficiary of a double deflection goal, his 15th of the season. An injury to Dan Boyle forced the Lightning down to 5 defensemen for much of the game and may necessitate a callup from Springfield. Paul Ranger was +2 in 21:04 of ice time with 3 shots, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Craig was +1 in 18:15 with 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Evgeny Artyukhin played 5:41 with 2 hits. [b]Update:[/b] After the game, Ryan Craig's goal was switched back to Cory Sarich's first of the season with Craig getting a second assist. If it was a case of Craig going to the scorer and saying he didn't touch it in order to get Sarich his first of the year, that's the epitome of class and leadership from a young player. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021051.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/25: Falcons at Lock Monsters

Oh Jonathan Boutin, you messed up. You let Cey off the bench. SPR-3 LOW-0 Morgan Cey stopped all 37 shots he faced tonight to register his first career AHL shutout. Ryan Vesce led the Falcons attack with 2 assists while goals came from Norm Milley, Doug Andress and Gerard Dicaire. Timo Helbling also had a helper in the game. Cey, Vesce and Milley were the three stars of the game. Springfield was outshot 37-30. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001973]TheAHL.com.[/url]

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/25

[b]QMJHL[/b] Ho hum, another 1 goal 1 assist effort today for Stanislav Lascek as Chicoutimi topped Baie-Comeau 5-2 to take a 2-0 series lead. Lascek was named second star of the game. [b]OHL[/b] Kevin Beech stopped 30 of 31 shots faced to help Sudbury defeat Kingston 4-1 to tie their opening round series at 1-1. Radek Smolenak was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in the game. Marek Bartanus recorded a secondary assist on Scott Giles' game winning goal late in the third period as Owen Sound knocked off Kitchener 3-2 to take a 2-0 series lead. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw lost 2-1 to Brandon to tie their opening round series at 1-1. Blair Jones was scoreless and even in the game. Despite that, he was named the game's second star. Justin Keller scored his first goal of the postseason on the power play to help Kelowna defeat Kootenay 5-1. Kelowna has evened up the series at 1-1.

NCAA Tournament Today: 3/25

[b]Albany, NY Regional[/b] Fulfilling a yearly ritual, Maine defeated Harvard in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Usually, Maine wins in a close affair but this year the Black Bears cruised easily to a 6-1 win. Defenseman Mike Lundin was scoreless with 1 shot on goal. [b]Worcester, MA Regional[/b] Boston College defeated rival Boston University to become the first team to advance to the Frozen Four. Goaltender Corey Schneider has yet to relent a goal in the tournament. [b]Grand Forks, ND Regional[/b] IN PROGRESS: North Dakota has punched its ticket to the Frozen Four, beating Cinderella Holy Cross 5-2. Matt Smaby had a power play goal and a power play assist, his first points of the tournament.

Linkopings/Frolunda Game One

Linopings dropped the opening game of their semifinal round series 3-2 today to Vastra Frolunda. Fredrik Norrena sat on the bench while Jonas Fransson took over starting duties for the club. Shane Willis actually played third line center in the game while Andreas Holmqvist once again performed his customary 1st pairing defensive duties.
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