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Submitted by pete on November 1, 2005 - 21:58
Very disappointing outcome for a Lightning team that could've gone a long way towards burying a division foe by running their record to 3-0 head to head. ATL-6 TB-4 I continue to be amazed at the trust being earned by young Paul Ranger. 17:12 of ice time tonight was just 3 seconds less than veteran Darryl Sydor. Granted, Sydor hasn't been a pillar of strength this season, but it shows how well the young defenseman is meshing into the defensive corps already. Ranger was +1 with 1 shot on goal for the game. Tarnasky and Artyukhin played a very sparing three and a half minutes each. Tarnasky had 2 shots on goal and R2 had 3 hits, so they made the most of their limited time. Still, it seems to me the clock is ticking for the Lightning to make a decision about their lower lines. Springfield has a game tomorrow night so if Feaster is going to make a roster move word should come down pretty soon. In my opinion, developing players like Tarnasky and Artyukhin aren't well served playing 4 minutes (or less) a night for long periods of time. It's especially troublesome given the team's cap condition. So, to me, either there needs to be a commitment from Tortorella to play one or both of these players more that grows from the outright statement that they have won Cibak or Dingman's spot on the team (and that Feaster will bite the bullet and send one or both of those vets down and through waivers), or Tarnasy and R2 need to rejoin the Falcons. Game sheet [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020180.HTM]from NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on October 31, 2005 - 17:01
Linkopings tied Lulea 0-0 today as goaltender Fredrik Norrena posted his league leading 4th shutout of the season. Norrena is now 9-3-2 on the season.
Submitted by pete on October 30, 2005 - 18:31
Rare is the time you only manage 19 shots on goal and still win a hockey game, but Springfield found a way tonight. PHI-2 SPR-3 Gerald Coleman wins his first game as a professional stopping 24 of 26 shots faced. Multi-point nights for Ryan Craig (first star), Ryan Vesce (second star and GWG) and Jason Jaspers. Todd Rohloff finally returned from injury and made a huge difference for the team defensively as he was paired with rookie Jay Rosehill. Both players received praise from Assistant Coach Russell after the game. No doubt the Falcons needed this win as they move into a more road game laiden portion of their schedule. Game sheet available [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001146]via TheAHL.com[/url].
Submitted by pete on October 30, 2005 - 17:03
Mike Mastovich [url=http://www.tribune-democrat.com/sports/local_story_303005108.html?keyword=secondarystory]reports defenseman Mike Egener was hurt[/url] in the second period of Saturday night's loss to the Toledo Storm and did not return to the game. The extent of Egener's injury is unknown at this time. Developing.
Submitted by pete on October 30, 2005 - 12:57
With Brian Eklund in Tampa and Morgan Cey apparently still trying to shake off the effects of a groin injury, [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2801.shtml]goaltender Jonathan Boutin has been recalled from Johnstown of the ECHL.[/url] Through 3 games "Boots" had a 0-2-0-1 record in Johnstown with a 3.29 GAA and a .912 save percentage.