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Game Night 3/27: Lightning at Hurricanes

Wasted a great effort by Grahame. TB-1 CAR-2 Grahame stopped 27 of 29 in the loss. Defenseman Pavel Kubina was injured on a Craig Adams hit leaving the Lightning with just four of their regular defensemen. Doug O'Brien played better in his third NHL game than in his previous callup, but is struggling still with the size/strength of the NHL, in my opinion. Paul Ranger played 26:13 of even hockey with 3 shots on goal, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. As injuries have led to an increase in his ice time, Ranger has responded. Ryan Craig played 19:21 of even hockey with 1 shot and 1 hit. O'Brien played 12:24 of even hockey with 1 shot and 1 block. Evgeny Artyukhin was even in 7:38 with 2 shots and 2 hits. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021065.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Trib: O'Brien Expected to be Recalled

The Tampa Tribune is reporting Doug O'Brien [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGB1T4NV8LE.html]is expected to be recalled today from Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Defenseman Day Boyle missed much of last night's game with an ankle injury which is expected to keep him off the ice for at least a game or two.

Game Night 3/25: Rangers at Lightning

Peaking at the right time. NYR-3 TB-4 (SO) John Grahame stopped 19 of 23 shots faced before going 3-for-3 in the shootout. Brad Richards proved once again he's the Lightning's best shootout player juking Henrik Lundqvist out of his skates for the winning goal. Richards also tied Brian Bradley's Lightning single season assist record with 2 assists. Among the rookies, Ryan Craig was the beneficiary of a double deflection goal, his 15th of the season. An injury to Dan Boyle forced the Lightning down to 5 defensemen for much of the game and may necessitate a callup from Springfield. Paul Ranger was +2 in 21:04 of ice time with 3 shots, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Craig was +1 in 18:15 with 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Evgeny Artyukhin played 5:41 with 2 hits. [b]Update:[/b] After the game, Ryan Craig's goal was switched back to Cory Sarich's first of the season with Craig getting a second assist. If it was a case of Craig going to the scorer and saying he didn't touch it in order to get Sarich his first of the year, that's the epitome of class and leadership from a young player. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021051.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Ryan Craig's Graduation Day

Bolt Prospects moves a player to graduated status if they play in 41 or more games in one season or if they play 82 or more total combined NHL games. Already this season the Lightning have graduated two players: Paul Ranger and Evgeny Artyukhin. Within the next couple of weeks they should be joined by a third. With 36 NHL games under his belt, Ryan Craig is just 5 appearances away from bidding adieu to prospect status and establishment as a full time NHLer. Presuming he plays in every game until then (knock on wood) Ryan Craig will graduate from prospect status on Monday, April 3rd at home against the Florida Panthers. Craig, like Artyukhin and Ranger before him, will remain on our Midterm Rankings until Bolt Prospects releases our final 2005-2006 rankings at the conclusion of the Memorial Cup tournament once all Lightning prospects' seasons have come to a close.

Game Night 3/20: Lightning at Panthers

I don't know if I should be outraged or jubilant. TB-5 FLA-6 (OT) The Lightning scored 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd period just to get a point in the standings, and every point is precious right now. Gerald Coleman, unfortunately, took his first NHL loss in relief as Olli Jokinen beat him on a breakaway in overtime. In Coleman's two appearances this season he's been beaten by Marian Hossa and now Jokinen on clean breakaways. He stopped 12 of 13 shots faced after entering the game to start the third period after John Grahame was chased for allowing 5 goals on 25 shots. Martin St. Louis keyed the comeback with two goals and Ryan Craig continued to shine with a goal and an assist. Paul Ranger played 20:18 and was -2 including the miscue at the blueline that led to Jokinen's winner. That's about three straight minus games for the usually flawless rookie. Craig played 16:53 and was +2 with 1 shot on goal which he made the most of. Evgeny Artyukhin played 10:14 and was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021013.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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