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Bolts Recall Tyrell, Connolly; Reassign Four Players

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forwards Dana Tyrell and Brett Connolly from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally the team has reassigned forwards Mike Angelidis and Ondrej Palat, along with defenseman Andrej Sustr and goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Crunch.

Richard, Witkowski Join Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It's all still sinking in for Tanner Richard.

After finishing up his first practice with the Syracuse Crunch Wednesday afternoon, the 2012 third-rounder -- one of two draftees signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday -- was just beginning to take in his new surroundings.

"My phone has been ringing off the hook since Monday,” Richard said. “It just doesn't stop beeping. Every time I look there's 15 or 20 messages from Facebook and Twitter and everything. Honestly, I'm trying to soak it all in and have a good time."

Richard wasn’t the only fresh face getting acquainted to a new team at the Onondaga County War Memorial. Defenseman Luke Witkowski (pictured), a sixth-round pick in 2008 who finished up his senior season at Western Michigan University, also donned a Crunch sweater for the first time.

Trade Analysis: Bishop Takes Conacher

Tampa Bay Lightning Rookie of the Year candidate and reigning AHL Most Valuable Player Cory Conacher was traded with a fourth round pick to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Ben Bishop today.

Bishop, 6-foot-7, 214 pounds, has played in 13 games with the Senators this season, posting an 8-5-1 record with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. He also has one shutout. Bishop’s eight wins are tied for the team lead, while he ranks tied for eighth in the NHL for save percentage among goaltenders with 10 or more games played. He also played in 13 games with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL this season, posting an 8-3-2 record with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-2-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(10)Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ (7)PEI Rocket 3 (3OT)
Val-d’Or wins best-of-7 first round series, 4-2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 5 Hits
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-33-39, +20, 65 PIM

Cedrick Henley (Sabres) scored on the power play in the third overtime to give Val-d’Or to a 4-3 and advance the Foreurs in the QMJHL playoffs. Artem Sergeev had four points in the series and five hits in Game 6. His team will take on fellow Lightning prospect Cedric Paquette and the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in Round 2. Nikita Kucherov (Rouyn-Noranda) will face his former team, Quebec in the second round.

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