Bolt Prospects will, hopefully, be wrapping up the game evaluation process for the Midterm Rankings and will continue that effort tonight live blogging the Falcons/Pirates game tonight via the B2 Networks feed. Springfield will be missing veterans Norm Milley, Randy Rowe and Dan Cavanaugh tonight, leaving a depleted Falcons squad in a tough spot. Zbynek Hrdel has been recalled to the Falcons as a consequence. As always, check between periods for regular intermission reflections and updates.
Tonight's Starting Lineup:
1. SPR- Corso, (unassisted)(SH)(PS)
2. POR- Wirtanen, (Salcido, Skinner)(PP)
3. SPR- Kvapil, (Healey, Lascek)
4. SPR- Corso, (Spina, Healey)
5. POR- Wirtanen, (Shannon, Bembridge)
6. SPR- Spina, (Delmore, Healey)(PP)
7. POR- Shannon, (Konopka, Durno)
The last five minutes of that game nearly gave me a coronary.
Marc Denis stopped 29 of 31 shots and got some help from his friend Mr. Post to secure his 9th win of the season. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had 1 goal and 1 assist while Paul Ranger escaped Chateau au Bow Wow to register 2 helpers in the game. Defenseman Dan Boyle scored the other Lightning goal. The Lightning pull into the halfway point of the season 1 game under .500 with 40 points and tonights victory will not stop trade winds from gusting.
On a site administrative note: with their 41st games played of the season Eric Perrin and Doug Janik have graduated from overage prospect status and will be moved into the Bolt Prospects Alumni section of the prospect page. Congratulations to both men on their success and proving they have what it takes to make it at hockey's highest level.
Tampa Bay 8:42, Martin St. Louis 26 (shorthanded) (Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 13:52, Dan Boyle 9 (Paul Ranger)
Minnesota 0:44, Mark Parrish 14 (Pavol Demitra, Mikko Koivu)
Tampa Bay 14:54, Vincent Lecavalier 22 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger)
Minnesota 13:45, Pavol Demitra 11 (Mikko Koivu, Mark Parrish)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov did not play in Kazan's 3-2 win over Khimik. It was the third game the elder Kazionov has missed this season. Dimitri's brother Denis, also a Lightning prospect, plays for Superleague club Tver.
Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist registered two assists today as Linkopings blasted Mora IK 7-2 in Elitserien play. Holmqvist now has 5 goals and 15 points in 33 games this season. Last season Holmqvist posted 6 goals and 22 points in 46 games.
Slovakia finished their 2007 World Junior Championships experience with a win - their first and only win of the tournament - when they crushed Belarus today 9-0 in the final game of the relegation round. Slovakia finished 0-4 in round robin play and had lost to Switzerland earlier this week in their first relegation round game.
Bartanus, a winger, finished the round robin and relegation rounds tied for third in team scoring with a goal and two assists. He also had a minus-one rating, eight penalty minutes, and 11 shots on goal.
Mihalik, a defenseman, registered one goal, six shots, four penalty minutes, and tied for the team lead with a plus-one rating.