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Game Night 4/18: Capitals at Lightning

The Lightning may live to regret having treated this game like a preseason tilt. WAS-4 TB-1 From the lack of any significant effort along the boards to John Tortorella's decision to rotate his goaltenders mid game, this had the feel of an exhibition. Problem is, no one told the Caps. As a consequence, the Lightning lost the opportunity to move into the 7th seed in the East due to Montreal's loss to New Jersey tonight. Instead, the Lightning are now the #8 seed and rather than playing Carolina they will have an opponent they don't match up as well with: the Ottawa Senators. Ryan Craig finished off the regular season of his rookie campaign off with a power play assist. Paul Ranger was -1 in 22:07 with 3 shots on goal, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. Timo Helbling, filling in for a resting Pavel Kubina, was -1 in 16:20 with 1 shot, 3 hits and 3 blocked shots. Craig was even in 15:27 with 4 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin was even in 9:09 with 1 shot and 1 hit. In addition to playoff matchups, by night's end we should have a good idea of what pick the Lightning will receive in the June entry draft. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021228.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

HPK/Assat Game Two

Miika Wiikman cooled off considerably today as Assat knocked off HPK 5-4 in overtime to knot their SM-liiga championship series at 1-1. Wiikman stopped 27 of 32 shots faced in the game. The loss possibly opens the door for [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] to start in game three.

Vesce Named AHL Rookie of the Month

Although it feels somewhat like a posthumous medal with the Falcons out of playoff contention, Ryan Vesce [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2989.shtml]has been named AHL Rookie of the Month.[/url] Vesce had 3 goals and 12 points in the final 9 games of the Falcons' season.

Thrashers Choke, Lightning In

In the words of Nelson from the Simpsons, [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021215.HTM]"Haaaa haaaa!"[/url] [img]http://www.saintsok.com/pages/medicallibrary/choke1.gif[/img] The Washington Capitals defeated the Atlanta Thrashers tonight to eliminate Atlanta from postseason contention and insure the Lightning a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. At present, the Lightning hold the #8 seed in the East, but if Montreal fails to pick up two points tomorrow night the Lightning could move up to the #7 seed in their final game.

Falcons Announce Award Winners

The Falcons annual award winners [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2987.shtml]were named this weekend.[/url] The mood of the franchise is no doubt somber after a disappointing season and the dismissal of Coach Graham and Coach Russell, but the following players can take some pride in the honors they've earned: Unsung Hero (Flo Kurdziel) Award: Norm Milley Good Sportsmanship (Kay MacDonald) Award: Ryan Vesce Best Defensive Player (Fred Cowell) Award: Dan Cavanaugh Courage, Determination and Work Ethic (Dick Casey) Award: [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] Good Guy (Jim Denver) Award: Mitch Fritz Player's Player (Roland Brault) Award: Mitch Fritz Winger of the Year: [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] Fan Favorite (Furmano’s Foods) Award: Jason Jaspers Most Valuable Player (Ross Lowe Memorial) Award: Jason Jaspers
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