Five Lightning prospects have survived and will be playing in Round 2 of their respective leagueâ€™s playoffs this week. Hereâ€™s a look at whatâ€™s in store for each.
In the "Q," Stanislav Lascek and West Division second seed Chicoutimi Sagueneens, rested after sweeping Baie-Comeau in the opening round, will take on the Gatineau Olympiques. No.4 Gatineau defeated No.5 Drummondville 4-3 last night in Game 7 of their opening round series. Their reward is they get to face a team that can seemingly score with their visors blacked out.
The series begins Friday night in Chicoutimi.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Doug O'Brien to the Springfield Falcons. The move comes following O'Brien being a healthy scratch in the Lightning's last game, vs. the Florida Panthers. The transaction also means Timo Helbling has passed O'Brien on the organizational depth chart as Helbling will remain in Tampa until Pavel Kubina is healthy. Both O'Brien and Helbling will likely be on Tampa's playoff roster should the Lightning hold on to their spot in the standings.
O'Brien averaged 7 minutes and 43 seconds of ice time for the Bolts, most of which was recorded when both Dan Boyle, who returned last night, and Kubina were out of the lineup. He registered two shots on goal and an even rating.
Vitaly Yachmenev scored the overtime game winning goal today to help lead Omsk over Magnitogorsk 3-2 in game three of their semifinal series. Omsk now leads the best of five matchup 2-1. Nikita Alexeev dressed for the first time in the postseason for Avangard and was scoreless.
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Sudbury Wolves' goaltender Kevin Beech is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday April 2, 2006 after posting a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.25 goals against average, .960 save percentage, and two shutouts. Beech helped the Wolves advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs with a 4-2 series win over fellow Lightning prospect Radek Smolenak and the Kingston Frontenacs.
Beech started the week with a 27-save shutout that gave the Wolves a 2-0 win over the Frontenacs in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference opening round playoff series on March 28. The next day, he allowed two goals on 35 shots in a 5-2 win. He gave up three goals on 31 shots in a 3-0 loss in Game 5 on March 31 and closed out the series with a 33-save shutout in a 4-0 win in Game 6 on April 2.
The natural balance of the universe reestablished as this loss almost certainly seals the Panthers' place in the draft lottery.
Sean Burke stopped 29 of 30 shots faced in the victory. Vicent Lecavalier carried the Lightning with 2 goals and an assist while Fredrik Modin hit a milestone with his 30th goal of the season. With his 41st NHL game, Ryan Craig also graduated from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.
Paul Ranger was a very nice +3 in 21:00 of ice time with 3 shots and one block. Ryan Craig was -1 in 16:16 with 4 shots, 1 hit and 1 block. Timo Helbling played just 2:18 with 1 hit but he wasn't the low man in ice time because Evgeny Artyukhin received just 2:06 of ice time with 1 shot on goal. Both players were even. Helbling's ice time was cut with the return of Dan Boyle to the lineup which forced Doug O'Brien out of the game sheet altogether.
Game sheet from NHL.com.