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Game Night 1/21: Lightning at Thrashers

The giant has awoken, and it is pissed off. TB-2 ATL-0 There's nothing nicer than crushing the spirit of an upstart supposed offensive juggernaut that actually believed they had surpassed the defending Stanley Cup champs. Not so fast fledgling Thrashers. The Lightning held Atlanta to 20 shots and John Grahame served up the shutout. You don't tug on Superman's cape, Smirkin' Chickens. The Lightning power play talleyed two power play goals included the beautiful Vincent Lecavalier backhand goal that sealed it. Paul Ranger played 13:09 with 1 shot on goal and 2 blocked shots. Ryan Craig was a demon on the forecheck in 12:09 of ice time with 3 shots on goal, 3 hits and 2 blocked shots. Norm Milley had 2 hits and 1 shot in 11:04. He also had a breakaway but was caught from behind by Ilya Kovalchuk and had his stick lifted on the play. Evgeny Artyukhin made the most of his 7:16 of ice time with 3 shots and 3 hits, not including the forearm shiver he gave to Karri Lehtonen in the third period. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020706.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/20: Lightning at Stars

Outstanding night for Ryan Craig... TB-6 DAL-3 Craig led the way with a short side wrist shot goal and an assist. Sean Burke stopped 25 of 28 for the win. Craig played 13:28 and was +1 in the game with 2 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin added an assist and was +1 in 9:36 of ice time with 1 shot and 5 hits. Norm Milley was -1 in 6:22 with 1 shot on goal. And, in a major milestone game, Paul Ranger led all Lightning rookies with 17:03 of ice time and was +1. Tonight was Paul Ranger's 41st NHL game, graduating him by Bolt Prospects criteria from prospect status. Congratulations to Paul Ranger, the first of the Lightning's class of 2005-2006. He won't be the last. Evgeny Artyukhin played his 39th game tonight and will also graduate within the next week. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020699.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Graduation Day

Tonight Paul Ranger played his 40th NHL game. That means on Friday, in Dallas, the 21 year old defenseman will graduate from his prospect status on Bolt Prospects and be officially considered an NHLer by this site's criteria. In addition, right winger Evgeny Artyukhin played his 38th game tonight. Barring any scratches, he too will graduate from prospect status next Tuesday, January 24th, against the Florida Panthers. Congratulations to both young men for reaching an early milestone in their careers. Ranger and Artyukhin [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/prospects]will remain listed at #1 and #2 in the Bolt Prospects Midterm Rankings[/url] until we release our Final Rankings at the conclusion of all Lightning prospects' 2005-2005 seasons. [img]http://www.missouri.edu/~econwww/Graduate/Images/graduation-hat.jpg[/img]

Game Night 1/17: Lightning at Kings

After midnight... TB-4 LA-1 Congratulations to Norm Milley on his first NHL goal. It was very surprising to see him on the ice protecting a lead with about a minute left to go with Labarbera pulled. But he delivered. John Graham stopped 22 of 23 for the win including a Sean Avery penalty shot. Norm Milley played 10:34 of even hockey. He had 2 hits and scored on his lone shot, pretty much a walk in for the empty net goal. Evgeny Artyukhin had his 10th assist of the season on the Lightning's third goal by Ruslan Fedotenko. He was +1 in 9:06 of ice time with two shots on goal and 3 hits. Ryan Craig played a quiet 15:21 of even ice time with 1 shot on goal and 2 blocked shots. Quiet, dependable Paul Ranger played 16:20 of even hockey with 1 shot and 3 blocked shots. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020681.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/13: Blue Jackets at Lightning

Hopefully the ship is righting itself. CLB-2 TB-4 Sean Burke stopped 22 of 24 for the win while the Lightning outshot Columbus 39-24 for the game. It was a very balanced effort from the offense with goals coming from the checking line and both of the team's scoring lines. Ryan Craig and Evgeny Artyukhin had assists on Tim Taylor's opening goal. Craig played 13:54 tonight and was +1 with 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and 2 takeaways. Evgeny Artyukhin, despite his helper, played just 4:45 and was +1 with 1 takeaway. Norm Milley played well in 4:28 of ice time with three shots on goal including an unsuccessful breakaway chance against Marc Denis. Paul Ranger led all Lightning prospects in ice time at 19:17 and was +1. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020653.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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