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Game Night 11/1: Thrashers at Lightning

Very disappointing outcome for a Lightning team that could've gone a long way towards burying a division foe by running their record to 3-0 head to head. ATL-6 TB-4 I continue to be amazed at the trust being earned by young Paul Ranger. 17:12 of ice time tonight was just 3 seconds less than veteran Darryl Sydor. Granted, Sydor hasn't been a pillar of strength this season, but it shows how well the young defenseman is meshing into the defensive corps already. Ranger was +1 with 1 shot on goal for the game. Tarnasky and Artyukhin played a very sparing three and a half minutes each. Tarnasky had 2 shots on goal and R2 had 3 hits, so they made the most of their limited time. Still, it seems to me the clock is ticking for the Lightning to make a decision about their lower lines. Springfield has a game tomorrow night so if Feaster is going to make a roster move word should come down pretty soon. In my opinion, developing players like Tarnasky and Artyukhin aren't well served playing 4 minutes (or less) a night for long periods of time. It's especially troublesome given the team's cap condition. So, to me, either there needs to be a commitment from Tortorella to play one or both of these players more that grows from the outright statement that they have won Cibak or Dingman's spot on the team (and that Feaster will bite the bullet and send one or both of those vets down and through waivers), or Tarnasy and R2 need to rejoin the Falcons. Game sheet [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020180.HTM]from NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 10/29: Lightning at Thrashers

Winning these 4 point games inside the division early in the season is always a beautiful thing. TB-3 ATL-2 Paul Ranger got 17:17 of ice time, which I believe is the most he's gotten as a member of the Lightning. His only minus was on a 3-on-2 where he couldn't quite block the shot for Grahame. Atlanta was taking runs at the rookie all game long and at some point he's going to have to stick up for himself physically. He had some scary moments defensively in the third but the good thing about Ranger so far is that even when he has made mistakes he has found a way to hustle and recover. Tonight it was a desperate sweeping stick check after his indecisiveness in the neutral zone nearly gave Marc Savard a breakaway. Evgeny Artyukhin's 8:28 of ice time tonight included a shift on Lecavalier's line. R2 looked like a deer in headlights playing with that much star power. Still, he had 2 shots on goal and threw some hits. Tarnasky had just 4:57 of ice time. Game sheet as always from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020163.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Eklund Recalled to Tampa

Goaltender Brian Eklund [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2801.shtml]has been recalled by the Lightning from Springfield of the AHL.[/url] The move was apparently prompted by Sean Burke straining his groin muscle in today's morning skate.

Game Night 10/28: Capitals at Lightning

If you don't give up breakaways on the old man, Burke will make saves for you. WSH-2 TB-4 11:30 of ice time and a +2 for Paul Ranger with 2 blocked shots. Artyukhin and Tarnasky were effective with some ice time early in the first, but rode the pine most of the game. 3:28 with 1 hit for Artyukhin. 3:08 and a -1 for Tarnasky. Considering how badly the Falcons got pasted tonight and the salary cap space that is evaporating day by day, I hope Feaster makes a decision soon on Artyukhin, Tarnasky, Dingman and Cibak. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020155.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 10/26: Lightning at Devils

Hard to believe the Lightning actually trailed in this game early in the third. TB-6 NJ-3 Tarnasky and Artyukhin were effective in limited ice time. Artyukhin with his first NHL point assisting on Andreychuk's game winning goal. Paul Ranger returned with 13:57 of ice time, 1 takeaway, 3 giveaways, 2 blocked shots and a -1 rating. I thought he struggled a bit at times. It might be considered natural that he wasn't as aggressive as usual given what he's been through. Artyukhin and Tarnasky each got a shade under 5 and a half minutes of ice time, both +1, and Evgeny landed 2 hits on the game. Game sheet at [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/ES020141.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Artyukhin/Tarnasky Sent Back Down, Temporarily

Erik Erlendsson [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGB5EGCD3FE.html]reports in the Trib[/url] that Evgeny Artyukhin and Nick Tarnasky have been sent down to Springfield of the AHL. The move is expected to be only a temporary measure to save cap room with the Lightning having a 4 days off until they play New Jersey Wednesday night. It is expected Tarnasky and Artyukhin will be recalled from Springfield at that time.

Game Night 10/21: Senators at Lightning

The Lightning's perennial woes against the Ottawa Senators continue as the roller coaster that is the '05-'06 Tampa Bay Lightning found a trough on the rails again tonight. OTT-4 TB-1 Nick Tarnasky and Evgeny Artyukhin found themselves involved in some physical altercations late in the game, most notably an Evgeny Artyukhin hit from behind that probably should've been a major opening up Patrick Eaves. Artyukhin with 7:05 of ice time, 1 shot on goal and 2 hits. Nick Tarnasky finished with 6:35 of ice time with 1 shot on goal, 1 hit, 1 takeaway, 37% on faceoffs and 2 PIMs. Logic dictates there will be some roster movement soon on the lower lines.

The Cold Blooded Truth

Coach Tortorella went on a poigniant profanity laced tirade tonight after the game with the best of his vitriol aimed towards Eric Boulton and his cheap shot elbow on young Paul Ranger. [url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Games/2005/10/20/1271536-ap.html]"The . . . guy should be playing in the . . . East Coast Hockey League, but instead he takes out a . . . NHLer," Tortorella said. "He'll be suspended, but who . . . cares? No one wants to see him on the ice anyway."[/url] Eric Boulton may have gotten away with his disgusting act of cowardice tonight by the grace of the officials ushering him out of the building quicker than Colonel Parker got Elvis off the stage in Vegas back-in-the-day, but sans a reprieve from Hartley in the form of a scratch or the league in the form of a well intentioned but ill timed suspension Boulton will have to face retribution Saturday October 29th. Circle it on your calendar Eric Boulton. And if I may [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1111&category=3]suggest to tool of Eric Boulton's execution.[/url] I'd tell Fritzy to put him in the morgue.

Game Night 10/20: Lightning at Thrashers

The Lightning torched the Thrashers young goaltenders as Nick Tarnasky and Evgeny Artyukhin made quiet NHL debuts each with just under 8 minutes of ice time a piece. Paul Ranger continued to settle into his job as the Lightning's #6 defenseman getting over 15 minutes of ice time and rating a +2 before receiving a vicious cheap shot elbow from a Thrasher forechecker. Vinny Lecavalier with a 4 point night. I hope a certain so-called editor from Hockey's Future enjoyed the game. [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020100.HTM]I know I did.[/url]

Artyukhin and Tarnkasy Called Up

The Springfield Falcons announced today that forwards Evgeny Artyukhin and Nick Tarnasky have been recalled by the Lightning. Both players will join the Lightning in Atlanta for Thursday night's game against the Thrashers.
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