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WJC Game 1: Finland vs. Canada

Karri Ramo played the role of backup tonight for Team Finland. Perhaps, in retrospect, that was a positive turn of events. Tuuka Rask allowed 5 goals on 27 shots faced as Canada rolled Finland in both teams' WJC opener 5-1. Dustin Boyd led the way for Canada with 2 goals while Andrew Cogliano, Luc Bourdon and Blake Comeau also contributed two point nights to the victory. Rask was panned for for being overly aggressive and undisciplined, dropping down into the butterfly far too quickly and having poor rebound control. Karri Ramo now will likely be the starter on Wednesday when Finland squares off with Team USA. USA is considered the prohibitive favorite in the tournament with top 2006 draft prospects Phil Kessel and Peter Mueller among a talent filled cast. The Finland/USA game will be replayed at 1 pm on Thursday for those who have the NHL Center Ice package and a Tivo or DVR.

Canada Loses Opening Game of the Spengler Cup

Team Canada [url=http://www.spenglercup.ch/Data/show_bericht.cfm?Id=224]lost the opening game of the Spengler Cup today 2-1 in penalty shots to Russian club team Metallurg Magnitogorsk.[/url] Lightning prospect Morgan Cey served as Canada's backup behind goalie of record Andy Chiodo.

But Hits Scoresheet Three Times in Shoot Out With Novokuznetsk

In Russian Superleague action today, winger Anton But had a goal and two assists as Yaroslavl tied Novokuznetsk 5-5. A tie was also in the offing in the match between Togliatti and Nizhnekasmk. Vasily Koshechkin allowed a third period goal to allow Neftekhimik to tie Lada 2-2. Koshechkin's record moves to 14-5-3 on the year.

Lightning Prospect WJC Schedule

At a glance, here is the schedule for Lightning prospects in the round robin phase at the 2006 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships (all times EST): [b]Monday, 12/16[/b] 1. Finland vs. Canada (7pm) [b]Tuesday, 12/27[/b] 2. Slovakia vs. Latvia (10pm) [b]Wednesday, 12/28[/b] 3. Russia vs. Slovakia (10pm) 4. USA vs. Finland (11pm) [b]Friday, 12/30[/b] 5. Czech Republic vs. Slovakia (10pm) 6. Finland vs. Norway (11pm) [b]Saturday, 12/31[/b] 7. Slovakia vs. Sweden (10pm) 8. Switzerland vs. Finland (11pm)

The Injury Situation Organization Wide

In Tampa, Pavel Kubina [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBY4ZSFLHE.html]continues to nurse a groin strain which may or may not prompt the recall of a defenseman from Springfield by Monday's game against Carolina.[/url] Fatigue along the backline was obvious for the Lightning in their game against Buffalo last night as they were forced to go with five defensemen again for the duration of the contest. If a defenseman is recalled, Timo Helbling or Doug O'Brien appear to be the two most logical options for the Lightning. In Springfield, on top of the recalls of Ryan Craig and Darren Reid, winger Zbynek Hrdel [url=http://www.tribune-democrat.com/sports/local_story_356001320.html]is expected to be out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury.[/url] The Falcons had originally decided to recall Justin Kelly, Randy Rowe and winger Brandon Elliot to the Falcons, but Elliot broke his hand in a fight in his last ECHL game prompting Adam Henrich to be recalled instead. Rowe suffered an abdominal injury that also kept him from being recalled and likely won't be back until December 30th. In Johnstown, Mike Egener is finally close to returning from his own knee injury. He should be a welcome addition to the Chiefs lineup. However, the Chiefs have lost not only Rowe and Elliot, but will be without veteran Paul Caponigri for two to three weeks with a concussion also suffered in the midst of a fight.
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