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Game Night 11/6: Wolf Pack at Falcons

It was a tough spot to be in as a team. The Falcons were playing their third game in three nights and their fourth without starting netminder Brian Eklund who was still up with the Lightning. Something had to give... I just had hoped it wouldn't be against a division opponent the Falcons were tied with in 1st in the division. But the dam finally broke in the third period. HFD-5 SPR-3 Rookie Gerald Coleman took the loss stopping 24 of 28 shots. The positives: Jason Jaspers continued the season of his lifetime with a goal and an assist and Zbynek Hrdel notched his first AHL point. Still, the hope has to be that by next weekend the callup situation will be resolved and possibly Eklund and one or two of the forwards will be back with the team. Game sheet from [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001185]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Holmqvist/Olvestad Score in LHC/DIF Slugfest

Andreas Holmqvist scored a goal today in Linkopings' 4-3 OT loss to Djurgardens in Elitserien action. Djurgardens was led by winger Jimmie Olvestad who had a helper and scored the winning goal. Netminder Fredrik Norrena had the day off.

Game Night 11/5: Lightning at Leafs

Ironically, the last game the Lightning played pretty well until the 3rd. Tonight they didn't really seem to show up until the final frame. No, wait, that's not ironic. It just plain sucks. TB-3 TOR-5 Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020209.HTM]NHL.com.[/url] [b]Update 10:08 PM:[/b] In fairness, I should've put my disgust at the final outcome aside and mentioned Evgeny Artyukhin's first NHL goal and the 12:41 of ice time he played tonight. It appears to me R2 may be up to stay. 15:35 and +1 for Ranger, the only plus player on the night. 8 shifts for 5:42 for Tarnasky with his first NHL point, a helper on R2's goal.

Game Night 11/5: Nailers at Chiefs

This is just a bad team right now. WHE-4 JHN-2 No scoring by any Lightning prospects. David Currie's ordeal with Jonathan Boutin still in Springfield continues. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2327]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/5: Falcons at Bears

To go into Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton and Hershey on back to back nights and steal 3 out of 4 points is outstanding. Period. SPR-2 HER-3 (SO) Jonathan Boutin stopped 50 of 52 shots faced. [b]50 saves[/b] in his AHL debut. That's not a typo. And he had an assist on top of that. That's not a typo either. Rightfully he earned #1 star of the game even in a shootout defeat. It's a shame he couldn't make that one more save late in the 3rd period or that the Falcons' final three shooters in the shootout couldn't get that one more talley for the rookie. The irony is that if this game was played under the NHL's shootout rules, Boutin wins. Ryan Vesce was outstanding again with two goals in regulation and he scored in the shootout for Springfield as well. The rookie now has 4 goals and 10 points in 10 games and it may well be time for the Lightning to consider purchasing his contract from the Falcons and making him officially a member of the Lightning family. Just my opinion. Game sheet can be found at [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001171]TheAHL.com.[/url]
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