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Submitted by chad on October 17, 2006 - 16:10
For what it's worth, Swift Current and Prince George fans are saying Lightning defensive prospect Dane Crowley left the October 10 Broncos-Cougars game with a shoulder injury. According to Crowley on a radio station in Swift Current, he'll be out 1-2 weeks. For those keeping track, that's three shoulder injuries (that we know of) among Lightning prospects. Vladimir Mihalik has a separated shoulder and should be back in less than 2 weeks, and Riku Helenius has a dislocated shoulder and could be gone for much longer. The Lightning have not confirmed how long Helenius will be out, though the Ilves club says 4 months. There is still no word on the specific injury to Marek Bartanus, but he's expected to play this weekend. We do know that Chris Lawrence has missed recent games due to a "minor head injury." I'm not sure any injury to the head can be considered minor, but nevertheless that was the report.
Submitted by pete on October 16, 2006 - 20:46
Rock bottom, hopefully. CAR-5 TB-1 Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 19 shots for the loss before giving way to Johan Holmqvist for the third period where Holmqvist allowed 1 goal on 4 shots. The lone Lightning goal came late in the third period from Nikita Alexeev off helpers from Afanasenkov and Richardson. The odd thing is the Lightning, who looked lethargic, actually outshot the Canes 35-23. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020074.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik was even in 18:10 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot. Eric Perrin was -1 in 12:39 with 5 hits including a second period hit that touched off a large scrum as the game began to get out of hand. He was also 40% on draws. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] played 7:08 with 2 shots and 1 hit and answered the bell initiating a second period fight with Mike Commodore. Unfortunately, the front office is essentially helpless at this point in time to make any shake up changes. Last year when the team hit rough patches early they relied on the callups of Paul Ranger, Evgeney Artyukhin and later Ryan Craig. This early in the season, with Springfield struggling so much over the weekend, there aren't any players worthy or ready there to contribute in Tampa right now. So, for the next month or so, the answers are going to have to come from inside the locker room, and in my view they are going to have to come from Brad Richards most of all. Eventually, Martin St. Louis' chances are going to start falling and Vincent Lecavalier hasn't been horrible with 4 points in 6 games. Richards, however, looks nothing like himself right now with just 2 assists and a -4 rating which which is one of the worst on the team. John Tortorella has saved most of his public venom for Lecavalier, but figuring out what is wrong with Richards may be the more crucial puzzle that has to be solved right now.
Submitted by pete on October 16, 2006 - 17:45
And the winner is...
Submitted by chad on October 16, 2006 - 15:29
A Springfield Falcons press release was issued stating Adam Henrich and Zbynek Hrdel have been reassigned to ECHL Johnstown. Henrich was in the Falcons lineup for their season opening, 3-2 win, over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, October 7, but didnâ€™t register a point. The 6-foot-4, 238-pound native of Thornhill, Ontario split the 2005-06 season between Springfield and Johnstown recording 18 goals and 26 assists for 44 points in 63 games shared between the Falcons and Chiefs. Hrdel also was in the Falconsâ€™ opening night lineup, but was a healthy scratch for both games against the Norfolk Admirals this past weekend. Hrdel also shared time in both Springfield and Johnstown last season collecting 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 61 total games split between the Falcons and Chiefs.
Submitted by pete on October 15, 2006 - 19:21
Khimik defeated Dynamo 4-2 today in the only game on the Superleague schedule. Forward [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] remains on IR for Khimik. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the game for Dynamo.