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Submitted by pete on September 26, 2006 - 21:16
A game like this potentially rearranges the chess board a bit: TB-3 MTL-4 (OT) Johan Holmqvist stopped 37 of 41 in the overtime loss. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist while Martin St. Louis had 2 helpers. The other Lightning goal scorers were Eric Perrin and Filip Kuba, with Dan Boyle chipping in a single assist. The power play continued to yield dividends going 3 for 10 on the night. An interesting subplot in the game was the opportunity opened up for young defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] as Doug Janik sat in the penalty box for much of the first half of the game serving a major for fighting, a minor for instigation and a ten minute misconduct. Also, Dan Boyle was held out of the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury leaving Smaby to play 18:53 with a -1 rating, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Smaby was on the ice for the overtime winning goal, but reportedly played well otherwise. With more playing time, is Smaby sneaking up on Janik on the depth chart? Janik played 16:41 of even hockey with 2 shots, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. Perrin plated 19:19 and was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots as well as an outstanding 4 takeaways, but was only 25% on draws. [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] had his poorest game statistically of the preseason going -2 in 15:13 with 1 shot and 2 hits. Mitch Fritz was -1 in 9:15 with 4 hits. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was -1 in 9:56 with 1 blocked shot and was 27% on draws. Nick Tarnasky continued his strategy of brawling his way onto the Lightning roster with a fight in his 8:43 of even hockey with 3 hits. So, with [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] still out on the blueline and Dan Boyle possibly nicked could Doug Janik or Matt Smaby sneak onto the opening night roster? In the fight for the team's open 4th line forward spot, has Norm Milley stumbled and lost ground to the skilled Eric Perrin or the tough young lion Nick Tarnasky? Also, how does Rob DiMaio's concussion tonight figure into the equation. Cuts to follow soon. Note: Jones and goaltender Karri Ramo, with the Lightning on an emergency basis, were reassigned to Springfield after the game.
Submitted by chad on September 25, 2006 - 15:08
TSN is reporting Lightning goalie Sean Burke has been placed on waivers. Burke, 39, is contracted to earn $1.6-million this season, but is coming off a 2005-2006 season when he posted a 2.80 goals against average and .895 save percentage in 35 games with the Lightning. The Lightning have been pretty clear about entering the season with Marc Denis as the No.1 and Johan Holmqvist as the No.2. According to Erik Erlendsson's Blog on the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] site, Burke is indeed expected to report to Springfield if unclaimed. The hope is another team claims him and relieves the Lightning of at least some of the $1.6 million Burke is owed this season. Assuming no team claims Burke, Tampa Bay will then recall him and hope he is claimed on the way "up." The advantage in claiming him at this time is the claiming team would only be responsible for one-half the salary and take on one-half the cap hit and the same for the Lightning. If he reports to Springfield, Burke will join Karri Ramo, Jonathan Boutin, Gerald Coleman, and Morgan Cey, who are currently battling it out for right to stay in Springfield. Ramo is accompanying the Lightning to Montreal this week as Denis will not make the trip. Erlendsson reports center Blair Jones has also been recalled as a substitute for Andreas Karlsson, who is battling "groin fatigue." Prospects Matt Smaby and Nick Tarnasky will play against the Habs. Mike Egener and Paul Ranger will make the trip to Montreal, but not play.
Submitted by zepdog on September 25, 2006 - 14:25
As expected, Lightning placed Sean Burke on waivers per TSN report published today - hopefully he will get picked up and some of his $1.6 mil salary can be off-loaded.
Submitted by Ken on September 24, 2006 - 22:39
After the 7th goal, the stands began to empty. Not that I would ever leave early, but I looked at my wife and said I don't know why anyone would leave when your team is lighting it up. Not that many 7 goal games in Lightning history and there was potential for more. Any way, my thoughts on Denis, Janik/Delmore, the four fighting for the wing position and my version of the Fritz/Barnaby beat down. Denis - First goal was on Affy but it exposed Denis. Affy took a bad risk on the fore check and left his wing wide open. Lehtinen moved it down quickly with Modano in the middle and Jokinen on the left. Those three can fly. When Lehtinen got to the blue line and it was apparent none of the wings were going to catch up, the two defenseman slid over in unison. One to cut off Lehtinen and the other to tkae the gap between the other two. Tic-tac-toe Lehtinen to Modano to Jokinen moving Denis from left to right. The only thing that got there was his right pad on the ice. Jokinen had lots to work with. Same pattern on the second goal. Took Denis left to right and only the right pad made it. A couple times in the 2nd he did get his upper body there quick enough to make the stop, but still looked shaky. When going left to right he stays on the goal goal line and goes low. When going right to left he pushes out alittle in the crease and stays much more erect taking away alot more net. I noticed that a bit at last Sunday's scrimmage also. The 3rd goal was him all alone as Janik, Fritz & Karllson were all trying to get the puck from Modano on the boards who flipped it out front to a waiting Star who had Mark point blank all alone. The 4th goal, both Janik and Sarich retreated all the way to the endline and neither one of them took away even a sliver of the net essentially leaving a 3 on 0.
Submitted by pete on September 24, 2006 - 20:32
It doesn't happen often, but my goodness is this team scary when both the top lines are clicking at the same time. DAL-4 TB-7 Dan Boyle had a pair of power play goals and added an assist on the game. The Lightning power play was 3 of 6 tonight, continuing a promising trend in this preseason. Vaclav Prospal also had a pair of goals with the other three Lightning goals scored by Doug Janik, Martin St. Louis and Filip Kuba. St. Louis also had 2 helpers in the game. Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards both enjoyed incredible 4 assist nights while Dimitry Afanasenkov and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] each had single assists. Marc Denis stopped 28 of 32 in the win. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010056.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Among the team's prospects, Doug Janik was -1 in 18:12 with 1 shot on goal. Eric Perrin was -1 in 14:40 with 3 shots on goal and 1 blocked shot. The diminutive center also had an outstanding 4 takeaways on the night. Norm Milley looked to burnish his physical credentials with 4 hits in 13:54 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot. [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url] was -2 in 9:45 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. He also invited Matthew Barnaby's skull to become better acquainted with pain in a fight. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was -1 in 10:51 with 3 hits. With Falcons camp hitting the ice tomorrow, expect another round of cuts soon.