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Game Night 3/20: Lightning at Panthers

I don't know if I should be outraged or jubilant. TB-5 FLA-6 (OT) The Lightning scored 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd period just to get a point in the standings, and every point is precious right now. Gerald Coleman, unfortunately, took his first NHL loss in relief as Olli Jokinen beat him on a breakaway in overtime. In Coleman's two appearances this season he's been beaten by Marian Hossa and now Jokinen on clean breakaways. He stopped 12 of 13 shots faced after entering the game to start the third period after John Grahame was chased for allowing 5 goals on 25 shots. Martin St. Louis keyed the comeback with two goals and Ryan Craig continued to shine with a goal and an assist. Paul Ranger played 20:18 and was -2 including the miscue at the blueline that led to Jokinen's winner. That's about three straight minus games for the usually flawless rookie. Craig played 16:53 and was +2 with 1 shot on goal which he made the most of. Evgeny Artyukhin played 10:14 and was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits. Game sheet from [url=][/url]

Lightning/Falcons Re-Up Affiliation Agreement

The Falcons and Lightning [url=]have agreed to a two year extention to their existing affiliation agreement which has one year remaining to go.[/url] The agreement establishes an out clause which requires the Lightning to have another full affiliation AND Springfield to have another NHL full affiliation before the agreement can be dissolved.

Superleague Opening Round: Day Five

Khimik survived the first round of the Superleague playoffs by winning the deciding game five today against Nizhnekamsk 2-1. Alexei Glukhov had 2 penalty minutes in the game. With Khimik's victory the elite eight quarterfinal round is set. Nikita Alexeev's Avangard Omsk will face CSKA. Vasily Koshechkin and Lada Togliatti will face the colossal challenge of Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Finally, Anton But and the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv will throw down with Khimik MO and Alexei Glukhov.

Linkopings/Lulea Game Five

Linkopings defeated Lulea 3-1 today to take a 3-2 series lead in the first round of the Eliserien playoffs. Fredrik Norrena did not dress for Linkopings in the game. Shane Willis also did not dress for Linkopings.

CHL Tonight: 3/19

[b]QMJHL[/b] Today was the final day of the QMJHL regular season. Quebec issued one of the most unholy beat downs in the history of junior hockey upon Rimouski to end a terrible season for the Oceanic. Predators prospect Alexander Radulov went clinically insane with 7 goals and 11 points in the game. Lightning prospect Mark Tobin was scoreless and -4 in the contest. Chicoutimi unleashed a similarly nasty beating upon Shawinigan capping their season with a 9-3 triumph. Stanislav Lascek could [i]only[/i] manage 2 goals (his 46th and 47th) and 7 points in the game. Lascek was named the game's third star. The Sangueneens and Lascek will play Baie-Comeau in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs beginning on Friday. Rimouski did not qualify for the postseason. Stan Lascek finished 2nd in the QMJHL in scoring, tied for 10th in goals, 2nd in assists, tied for 9th in +/-, tied for 17th in power play goals and tied for 4th in game winning goals. Tobin finished tied with Lascek for 17th in power play goals and was 2nd in the league in hits. [i]Final Statistics[/i] Stanislav Lascek, 63 GP, 45-83-128, 96 PIM, (+40), 19 PPG, 3 SHG, 9 GWG, 42 Hits Mark Tobin, 66 GP, 26-25-51, 107 PIM, (-47), 19 PPG, 0 SHG, 1GWG, 251 Hits Because Rimouski is eliminated from post season Mark Tobin is now elligible to be signed by the Lightning and placed inside the organization with Springfield or Johnstown. Stay tuned to see if the Lightning give him an early taste of the pros. [b]OHL[/b] Today was the final day of the OHL regular season. Kevin Beech and Sudbury defeated Ottawa 5-4 in a shootout. Beech stopped 39 of 43 shots faced and was a perfect 3 for 3 in the penalty shot session. Despite Chris Lawrence's 23rd goal of the year and an assist Mississauga fell to Peterborough 5-4. Radek Smolenak was scoreless in Kingston's 3-2 shootout loss to Oshawa. The big power forward was also successful on his penalty shot attempt. Smolenak and Kingston will face Beech and Sudbury in the opening round of the playoffs beginning Friday and Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound will square off with Kitchener starting Friday as well. Chris Lawrence's Mississauga Ice Dogs failed to qualify for postseason. Radek Smolenak finished tied for 15th in the OHL in scoring, tied for 11th in goals and tied for 14th in game winning goals. Kevin Beech was 9th in the league in GAA and 4th in wins. [i]Final Statistics[/i] Radek Smolenak, 65 GP, 42-42-84, 109 PIM, (+19), 12 PPG, 2 SHG Chris Lawrence, 67 GP, 23-30-53, 91 PIM, (-20), 11 PPG, 0 SHG Marek Bartanus, 49 GP, 7-12-19, 47 PIM, (-14), 2 PPG, 0 SHG Kevin Beech, 33-25-1-4, 2.94 GAA, 0 SO, .906 sv% [b]WHL[/b] Today was also the final day of the WHL regular season. Vladimir Mihalik had 4 penalty minutes in Red Deer's 4-3 win over Lethbridge. In the first round of the WHL playoffs, Blair Jones' Moose Jaw Warriors will square off with Brandon starting Friday. Although he is unlikely to play due to his ankle injury, Andy Rogers' Prince George Cougars will play Vancouver also beginning Friday. Justin Keller and Kelowna will draw Kootenay in an excellent first round matchup that also begins Friday. Vladimir Mihalik's Red Deer Rebels did not qualify for postseason. Justin Keller finished 5th in the WHL in scoring, 1st in goals, 1st in power play goals, tied for 20th in shorthanded goals, 1st in game winning goals, tied for 7th in first goals and tied for 9th in insurance goals. Blair Jones finished just behind Keller in 6th in the league in scoring. Jones was tied for 12th in goals, tied for 5th in assists, tied for 6th in power play goals, tied for 20th in game winning goals and tied for 9th in the league in +/-. [i]Final Statistics[/i] Justin Keller, 72 GP, 51-37-88, 82 PIM, (+12), 21 PPG, 3 SHG Blair Jones, 72 GP, 35-50-85, 85 PIM, (+26), 14 PPG, 2 SHG Vladimir Mihalik, 62 GP, 3-9-12, 86 PIM, (-12), 1 PPG, 0 SHG Andy Rogers, 21 GP, 0-3-3, 51 PIM, (-4), 0 PPG, 0 SHG Congratulations to all Lightning prospects on their junior seasons and good luck in the playoffs.
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