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Lascek, Smolenak Switch Places

According to today's Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs and AHL’s Springfield Falcons rotated players, sending Stanislav Lascek to Johnstown and Radek Smolenak to Springfield.

Smolenak played in 30 games for the Chiefs. He had a team-high 12 goals and ranked fourth with 22 points. In two earlier games with Springfield, the 6-foot-3 native of Prague, Czech Republic, didn’t score a point.

Lascek appeared in 26 games with the Falcons, netting two goals and four points. The native of Martin, Slovakia, began the season in Johnstown and was the team’s leading scorer when he was recalled in November. He had five goals and 15 points in 10 ECHL games.

Note: The newspaper also reports Falcons property Maxime Boisclair participated in the ECHL All-Star Game in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday and had two assists in the American Conference’s 6-3 win over the National Conference at Qwest Arena.

CHL Game Night 1/18: The Chris Lawrence Show

Chris Lawrence had 2 goals and an assist Thursday night to lead the Mississauga IceDogs to a 5-1 road win over Toronto St. Mike's. Lawrence was also plus-2 and had 6 PIM. One of his goals was the game winner and the other was a power play marker. Anyone who had him in their stat-category-based OHL fantasy hockey league is probably patting themselves on the back for that performance. Lawrence was named the game's first star.

"The coaches have emphasized that I've got to drive the net more," Lawrence told the Mississauga News. "And if you work hard, the goals will come."

"When he's going to the net as hard as he did tonight, not too many people can handle him at this level," Coach Mike Kelly said of Lawrence's performance.

Note: This was Mississauga's last game in the old Toronto rink, St. Michael's College Arena, which has seen the likes of Red Kelly, Tim Horton, and Frank Mahovlich come through on their way to the pros. The Mississauga News reports the current Toronto club will likely play in Mississauga's Hershey Centre next year after the IceDogs move to Niagara Falls.

NHL Game Night 1/18: Lightning at Devils

Good win.

TB-3
NJ-2 (SO)

Johan Holmqvist stopped 26 of 28 in regulation and overtime before stopping 3 of 3 to stay perfect in shootout situations. Brad Richards had a pair of goals and the shootout winner while assists went to Paul Ranger, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis. Ranger, in particular, deserves plaudits for an incredible tape to tape pass from just above his own goal line to Richards at the Devils' blueline for the breakaway goal.

First Period
New Jersey 1:58, Jay Pandolfo 6 (John Madden, Sergei Brylin)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 4:07, Brad Richards 17 (Paul Ranger)
Tampa Bay 19:56, Brad Richards 18 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)

Third Period
New Jersey 12:50, Paul Martin 1 (power play) (Zach Parise, Brian Rafalski)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
Tampa Bay- Richards
New Jersey- NONE

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Burke Claimed on Re-Entry Waivers

TSN.ca is reporting the Los Angeles Kings have claimed veteran netminder Sean Burke off re-entry waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning will gain $350,000 in cap relief from the move.

CHL Game Night: 1/16

Vladimir Mihalik finally returned to the Prince George lineup and helped the Cougars to a 3-2 win over Kelowna Tuesday night. Mihalik was plus-1 for the game with two penalty minutes.

Also, while Dane Crowley and Everett were not in action Tuesday, Crowley is in the news in Washington as the Silvertips are counting on his addition to help them to a Memorial Cup appearance. Two articles on Crowley were released recently:

The Seattle Times: Memorial Cup possibility makes trade a lot easier

Everett Herald: Crowley a good fit for Silvertips

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