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Game Night 3/31: Wolf Pack at Falcons

I watched the game on B2. Bottom line: the goaltending was wretched tonight (4 soft goals between Boutin and Coleman) and several Falcons players look like they're thinking about tee times more than finishing the season strong. Plus you have 2 debuting defenseman and Tarnasky making up 1/2 of your blueline corps tonight thanks to injuries to Schultz and Rosehill. HFD-9 SPR-3 Hit read more to read my detailed thoughts on the game. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002008]TheAHL.com.[/url]

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/30

[b]QMJHL[/b] There are no Lightning prospects in action in the QMJHL tonight. [b]OHL[/b] There are no Lightning prospects in action in the OHL tonight. [b]WHL[/b] Blair Jones had an assist helping to help Moose Jaw defeat Brandon 4-1 to tied their opening round series at 2-2.

Game Night 3/30: Thrashers at Lightning

A huge win, and a first for Paul Ranger. ATL-3 TB-4 John Grahame stopped 19 of 22 in the win. Tampa staked itself to a 4-0 lead before allowing Atlanta to get close in garbage time. No harm no foul as the Lightning get away with the 4-3 win. Paul Ranger scored his first NHL goal in the game on a long point shot and because of Atlanta's three goals late it turned out to be the game winning goal. The other rookie blueliners played very very sparingly, and the best compliment I can bay them is that I didn't really notice either O'Brien or Helbling with the exception of a mistake Timo made late in the game. Ranger led all Lightning rookies with 22:26 of ice time with 1 shot, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. Ryan Craig was -1 in 16:06 with 1 shot, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Timo Helbling played 11:11 and was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Evegeny Artyukhin played an effective 4:44 with 2 shots and 1 hit. Doug O'Brien was the low man in ice time with 3:24 of even hockey with 1 blocked shot. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021086.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Coleman Back with Falcons

According to the Springfield Falcons, goaltender Gerald Coleman has been reassigned to Springfield by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lightning goalie Sean Burke has recovered from a broken finger and is expected to serve as back-up goaltender tonight in Tampa vs. the Atlanta Thrashers. Coleman will join the Falcons on Friday as Springfield prepares to host the Hartford Wolf Pack at the MassMutual Center starting at 7:35 PM. Coleman has played in 36 games for the Falcons this season collecting a 13-17-3 record with a 3.54 goals against average and .890 save percentage. He continues to lead all Falcons goaltenders in games played and wins.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/29

[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi completes the sweep. Stan Lascek had 4 assists tonight as Chicoutimi beat Baie-Comeau 6-4 to win their opening round series 4-0. [b]OHL[/b] Owen Sound moved Kitchener to the brink of elimination defeating the Rangers 7-2 tonight to take a 3-1 series lead. Marek Bartanus was scoreless in the game. Radek Smolenak scored his first goal of the postseason but it was not enough as Sudbury defeated the Frontenacs 5-2. Kevin Beech stopped 33 of 35 in the win. Sudbury now leads the series 3-1. [b]WHL[/b] In a critical game four for the Rockets, Justin Keller scored 2 goals and added an assist with a +3 rating to help Kelowna defeat Kootenay 5-4. Keller was named 1st star of the game. With the win, the series is now knotted at 2-2.
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