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Game Night 2/7: Chiefs at Royals

After two bouts of shootout futility against Dayton, the Chiefs were due. JHN-5 REA-4 (SO) Brian Eklund stopped 34 of 38 shots faced before prevailing on penalty shots. Justin Kelly had 2G 1A for the Chiefs. Freshly demoted Adam Henrich had 2 assists. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2804]ECHL.com.[/url]

Ramo Returns, Defeats Blues

Karri Ramo was back in the lineup today for HPK helping his club defeat Blues 5-3. Ramo stopped 29 of 32 shots faced and was voted player of the match by fan balloting although he did not receive a three stars selection from the media. His record moves to 8-6-3 on the season.

Game Night 2/6: Lightning at Islanders

55 minutes of painfully boring hockey capped by 9 minutes of pure drama. TB-3 NYI-2 (OT) Sean Burke stopped 28 of 30 shots faced for the win. Vincent Lecavalier with the overtime winner on a pretty deke on a breakaway set up by a long Martin St. Louis stretch pass. Young Paul Ranger had his 10th assist of the season on Fredrik Modin's game opening goal. Ryan Craig led all Lightning rookies with 17:07 of even ice time with 1 shot and one hit. Ranger had 14:24 of playing time and was +1 with 1 shot on goal and a slew of shots that were blocked by the Islanders defenders. Evgeny Artyukhin played 12:20 and was -1 with just 1 hit. Norm Milley played a sparing 4:12 and was -1. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020813.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Norrena Returns in Linkopings Win

Goaltender Fredrik Norrena returned today from a groin injury to help Linkopings to a 4-1 win over Timra. Norrena made 30 saves on 31 shots faced for the win. Norrena is now 18-9-5 this season.

I Have to Take Tom Jones to Task

The Hockey News has released their annual future watch issue and the underestimated Lightning were once again pigeon holed in last place with a D+ grade. Tom Jones of the St. Pete Times, who is a contributor to the publication, [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/02/06/Lightning/Prospect_rankings_nee.shtml]penned an article today portraying the Lightning prospect system as one on the precipice of disaster.[/url] The melodramatic key line of the piece states: [i]"Still, it cannot be ignored that the Lightning system is at a crossroads."[/i] Really?
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