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Game Night 11/17: Islanders at Lightning

Welcome back Marty St. Louis... NYI-2 TB-3 Two straight solid games for John Grahame. He's starting to hit his stride as we move towards the mammoth show down in the Southeast with Carolina. Evgeny Artyukhin with an assist on the Lightning's second goal by Brad Richards. +1 in a sparing 6:54 of ice time. I was hoping Torts could get him out more against Campoli who is a smaller defenseman who looked clueless how to contain R2. Ranger with a quiet, efficient 17:37 of even hockey. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020288.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/15: Lightning at Capitals

At least they got a point out of it... TB-3 WSH-4 (SO) There's no good way to blow a two goal third period lead and Sean Burke wears the goat horns in my books for Ovechkin's tying goal. The young man will be given a lot of plaudits for the play he made, but in my opinion there's absolutely no reason for Burke to allow a short side backhand goal from that angle. None. In past games there was a lack of timely goal scoring. I lay blame for the lack of that timely save tonight. Among the rookies, Paul Ranger's ice time slowly continues to creep upward. Tonight he once again broke the 18 minute mark and was even with 2 shots on goal and 2 shots blocked. I thought he was very good tonight. Evgeny Artyukhin finished with a minus as he was on the ice for Ovechkin's game tying goal. In 9:22 of ice time they only credited him with 2 hits. He seemed more active to me. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020272.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/14: Flyers at Lightning

We. Are. Back. PHI-2 TB-5 With St. Louis out, with the Lightning riding a 6 game losing streak, with the Philadelphia Flyers riding a wave of momentum into town, you saw something you haven't seen in the Lightning all season. Desperation. They challenged the Flyers for every inch of ice. Every loose puck. Not just two lines getting all the ice time, but four. All physically competing. THAT is Lightning hockey, and it looks like maybe this team has finally received the wake up call. And oh yeah, Marty Cibak with the timely goal. I forgot what those look like. Paul Ranger played a ton, 18:58 in all including more power play time than I think he's ever gotten. There were a few frightening moments where he had to be bailed out by Grahame, but he ended +1 on the night. Evgeny Artyukhin assisted on Marty Cibak's breakaway goal. I wish he was a little surer on the first touch with the puck, but once he gets ahold of it steaming down the wing, you're hard pressed to take it from him, and you'll pay the price to do it. +1 and a team high, by far, 7 hits. If he had made the team from opening night, I think he would've had an excellent chance of leading the league in that statistic. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020268.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Lascek Stands Alone; Streak Hits 14 Games

Stan Lascek is now alone on top of the QMJHL scoring race after getting two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to Halifax Saturday night. His Chicoutimi teammate Maxime Boisclair was scoreless for the game, giving Lascek a two point lead with 51 points in 23 games. Lascek now has a league-leading active scoring streak of 14 games in which he has accumulated 8 goals and 23 assists. Boisclair's QMJHL season-high 21 game streak ended Saturday. Lightning fans haven't seen a statistical performance like Lascek's out of one of their CHL prospects since Brad Richards' 186 point MVP season for Rimouski in 1999-2000.

Lightning AHL Affiliation Moving to Orlando?

Here's a simply intriguing story [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBOJ5RDXFE.html]wedged in the middle of Erik Erlendsson's Lightning Notebook in the Trib today.[/url] As reported earlier this week, Bruce Landon is heading to Tampa in December to attempt to hammer out an affiliation with the Lightning through 2010. On the face of it, it seems like a natural fit. However, Erlendsson notes the (worthless, bottom feeding) Florida Panthers have been making noise about moving into a full affiliation in Orlando, former home of the IHL's Solar Bears. The Panthers currently share an affiliation with the Buffalo Sabres' affiliate in Rochester. Jay Feaster cannot allow the Panthers to set up shop in Central Florida thereby cutting into the Lightning's territorial base. So events may conspire that could see the [i]Lightning[/i] set up AHL shop in Orlando. Certainly, that situation would be a boon for Central Florida based fans of the team interested in seeing their young prospects develop. An AHL affiliate within driving distance would be fantastic for the Lightning fan base. On the other hand, one of the reasons that the Lightning and other clubs have balked at putting a team back in Orlando is the increased team travel costs. The AHL is primarily a Northeastern league, and distance is a disadvantage for the Orlando market. And, unfortunately, a decision to move to Orlando would hurt a Springfield market that has already had more than its fair share of being kicked while down. The Lightning's contract with Springfield expires after this year, so we should see the resolution of this situation very soon.
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