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Lightning Recall Campbell/Milley

In response to last night's injuries to Fredrik Modin and Rob DiMaio, [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2865.shtml]the Lightning have recalled wingers Jim Campbell and Norm Milley from Springfield of the AHL.[/url] The domino effect was the recall of left wing Randy Rowe from Johnstown of the ECHL to Springfield.

Game Night 1/2: Lightning at Islanders

The Lightning actually found a way to beat a goaltender standing on his head tonight. TB-2 NYI-1 Sean Burke was outstanding stopping 35 of 36 faced for the victory. The Lightning outshot the Islanders 43-36 but Garth Snow was equal to the task until Paul Ranger sprung Martin St. Louis for the game winning short handed goal. Ranger was +1 in 13:21 of ice time with 2 blocked shots. Evgeny Artyukhin played well again in 15:11 of ice time with 3 shots on goal. Ryan Craig was scratched in favor of Dimitry Afanasenkov. Unfortunately, the win came at a price as forwards Fredrik Modin and Rob DiMaio were forced to leave the game with leg and back injuries. It remains to be seen if the situation is serious enough to warrant recalls from Springfield. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020580.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Ramsay to Undergo Surgery

TSN.ca [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=148895&hubname=]reports Lightning Associate Coach Craig Ramsay will undergo surgery for prostate cancer.[/url] In his absence, Springfield assistant coach Darren Rumble will assume Ramsay's duties in handling the defense pairings for the Lightning. Bolt Prospects wishes Coach Ramsay speedy recovery.

Dingman Clears Waivers

With his agent no more able to engineer a trade than Jay Feaster was, LW Chris Dingman has cleared waivers and [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions/]has been assigned to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Dingman's reassignment may necessitate the demotion of a forward like Justin Kelly or Dennis Packard back to Johnstown of the ECHL.

Game Night 12/30: Bruins at Lightning

Tip of the cap to Hannu Toivonen. BOS-2 TB-1 I attended the game and have to say, I thought the Lightning played pretty well but had a point or two stolen by Hannu Toivonen. They generated some outstanding chances but tonight the young Finn was simply better. He gave them a chance to win and a terrible weak pass from Modin to Richards on the power play and the resulting Patrice Bergeron breakaway was the difference. Sean Burke played well in my opinion, but you simply cannot allow breakways because the old man simply is not quick enough anymore to handle one on ones. Let him play his angles and use his size though and he will eat shots up all night long, which is what he did most of this night. Ryan Craig led the rookies with 17:19 of ice time and was +1. He has settled onto the team's second penalty killing unit and got a lot of even strength ice time because the checking line played well tonight. He was 0-for-3 in the faceoff circle though, and the whole Lightning team got their lunch eaten in that category tonight. Paul Ranger played 13:58 of even hockey and was good with the exception of a second period miscue that nearly ended up in the back of the net. One of the best players in the game though, in my opinion, was young Evgeny Artyukhin. He had 5 hits in 12:05 of playing time and 4 3rd period shots in the comeback bid. Most impressive of all was a play where he chipped the puck to himself off the right wing boards and nearly beat both Bruins defenders to get a partial breakaway to draw a late power play. He gave the Lightning a golden opportunity to score the tying goal which is outstanding to get out of a checking liner. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/ES020559.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Reid Reassigned to Springfield

[url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBDQXGKSHE.html]According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib[/url], RW Darren Reid has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL. Also, veteran Chris Dingman has been placed on waivers and will be reassigned to Springfield on Friday if there are no takers. Also, defenseman Andy Rogers is in town from Prince George of the WHL to have his ailing ankle examined by team doctors. Rogers has been hobbled all season, which partly explains the lack of offensive development in his game after a Traverse City tournament where he led all Lightning prospects in scoring.

Game Night 12/28: Canadiens at Lightning

Good news/bad news... MTL-4 TB-3 The good news is that the Lightning are finally getting pucks on net. They outshot Montreal 44-24 in Wednesday night's game. The bad news is that they're still losing hockey games. Paul Ranger notched his 7th assist of the season on Vincent Lecavalier's second period goal. Ranger played 14:33 and was +2 in the game. Ryan Craig was +1 in 10:20 of ice time with 3 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin was -1 in 10:24 of ice time with 1 shot on goal. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020546.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 12/26: Hurricanes at Lightning

Hated giving a point to these guys, but this kind of win in dramatic fashion can propel you. CAR-4 TB-5 (OT) Dan Boyle gets it done with the game winning goal on a rebound from his own wraparound chance. His stats aren't pretty allowing 4 goals on 30 shots faced, but John Grahame made some big ones when he needed to and got the win despite the poor fortune of seeing two pucks go in off of deflections off legs in front. Dave Andreychuk chipped in two special teams goals, a power play marker and an earlier shorthanded goal off a good hustle play by Rob DiMaio. With Pavel Kubina somewhat limited due to his sore groin, Paul Ranger lugged 18:29 of even ice time with two shots on goal. He's settling for the most part right now into a defense only role, which is unfortunate with his skill level, but on the positive side he's taking the body a lot more in the last week or two. If he figures out how to use his big frame consistently to separate opponents from the puck, he could be a whale of a two-way defenseman. Both Ryan Craig and Evgeny Artyukhin had a shade over 12 minutes of ice time and were instrumental on the forecheck on Tim Taylor's second period deflection goal. Darren Reid was a scratch for the game in place of Martin Cibak. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020530.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

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.

Game Night 12/23: Sabres at Lightning

All I want for Christmas is my hockey team to get the chip back on its shoulder. Right now this club is doing nothing to dissuade its critics up north from the idea the 2004 Stanley Cup team was nothing more than a flash in the pan. Question is, do these Lightning care enough to prove it wasn't? BUF-4 TB-1 Vincent Lecavalier was given a one game suspension for a high sticking incident that was ruled to be intentional and thus did not play tonight. Pavel Kubina also did not play and thus the team went with 5 defensemen tonight. John Grahame stopped 27 of 30 in the game before the Sabres tacked on an empty net goal. Honestly though, it means little if the club is going to provide so little goal support for him. Paul Ranger played 20:18 of even hockey. Ryan Craig played 10:08 and registered three shots on goal. Darren Reid played 7:43. Evgeny Artyukhin, after taking an early hooking call, was the low man amongst rookies with 6:26 of ice time. I hope this team takes the opportunity over the next two days to reflect on where it is, how it has allowed itself to fall so far behind in its own division, and what will happen if they don't show up to work ready to play 60 minutes of desperate hockey on Monday. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020517.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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