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Game Night 11/5: Lightning at Leafs

Ironically, the last game the Lightning played pretty well until the 3rd. Tonight they didn't really seem to show up until the final frame. No, wait, that's not ironic. It just plain sucks. TB-3 TOR-5 Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020209.HTM]NHL.com.[/url] [b]Update 10:08 PM:[/b] In fairness, I should've put my disgust at the final outcome aside and mentioned Evgeny Artyukhin's first NHL goal and the 12:41 of ice time he played tonight. It appears to me R2 may be up to stay. 15:35 and +1 for Ranger, the only plus player on the night. 8 shifts for 5:42 for Tarnasky with his first NHL point, a helper on R2's goal.

Game Night 11/1: Thrashers at Lightning

Very disappointing outcome for a Lightning team that could've gone a long way towards burying a division foe by running their record to 3-0 head to head. ATL-6 TB-4 I continue to be amazed at the trust being earned by young Paul Ranger. 17:12 of ice time tonight was just 3 seconds less than veteran Darryl Sydor. Granted, Sydor hasn't been a pillar of strength this season, but it shows how well the young defenseman is meshing into the defensive corps already. Ranger was +1 with 1 shot on goal for the game. Tarnasky and Artyukhin played a very sparing three and a half minutes each. Tarnasky had 2 shots on goal and R2 had 3 hits, so they made the most of their limited time. Still, it seems to me the clock is ticking for the Lightning to make a decision about their lower lines. Springfield has a game tomorrow night so if Feaster is going to make a roster move word should come down pretty soon. In my opinion, developing players like Tarnasky and Artyukhin aren't well served playing 4 minutes (or less) a night for long periods of time. It's especially troublesome given the team's cap condition. So, to me, either there needs to be a commitment from Tortorella to play one or both of these players more that grows from the outright statement that they have won Cibak or Dingman's spot on the team (and that Feaster will bite the bullet and send one or both of those vets down and through waivers), or Tarnasy and R2 need to rejoin the Falcons. Game sheet [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020180.HTM]from NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 10/29: Lightning at Thrashers

Winning these 4 point games inside the division early in the season is always a beautiful thing. TB-3 ATL-2 Paul Ranger got 17:17 of ice time, which I believe is the most he's gotten as a member of the Lightning. His only minus was on a 3-on-2 where he couldn't quite block the shot for Grahame. Atlanta was taking runs at the rookie all game long and at some point he's going to have to stick up for himself physically. He had some scary moments defensively in the third but the good thing about Ranger so far is that even when he has made mistakes he has found a way to hustle and recover. Tonight it was a desperate sweeping stick check after his indecisiveness in the neutral zone nearly gave Marc Savard a breakaway. Evgeny Artyukhin's 8:28 of ice time tonight included a shift on Lecavalier's line. R2 looked like a deer in headlights playing with that much star power. Still, he had 2 shots on goal and threw some hits. Tarnasky had just 4:57 of ice time. Game sheet as always from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020163.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Eklund Recalled to Tampa

Goaltender Brian Eklund [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2801.shtml]has been recalled by the Lightning from Springfield of the AHL.[/url] The move was apparently prompted by Sean Burke straining his groin muscle in today's morning skate.

Game Night 10/28: Capitals at Lightning

If you don't give up breakaways on the old man, Burke will make saves for you. WSH-2 TB-4 11:30 of ice time and a +2 for Paul Ranger with 2 blocked shots. Artyukhin and Tarnasky were effective with some ice time early in the first, but rode the pine most of the game. 3:28 with 1 hit for Artyukhin. 3:08 and a -1 for Tarnasky. Considering how badly the Falcons got pasted tonight and the salary cap space that is evaporating day by day, I hope Feaster makes a decision soon on Artyukhin, Tarnasky, Dingman and Cibak. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020155.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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