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Game Night 1/26: Devils at Lightning

Both this game and the Atlanta game were probably the team's two best of the season. The common denominator was John Grahame who just posted his second straight shutout. NJ-0 TB-1 (OT) Ruslan Fedotenko with the quick wrister from the right circle beat Martin Brodeur for the game winning goal. 20 saves on 20 shots faced for Grahame. Paul Ranger played 19:12 with one shot on goal. Ryan Craig played 15:23 with one blocked shot. Evgeny Artyukhin played a painfully sparing 3:50 with two hits. Norm Milley was a scratch. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020743.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Jaspers Reassigned to Springfield

Center Jason Jaspers [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2914.shtml]has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] The transaction actually took place Sunday once it became clear Tim Taylor's injuries were too minor to hold him out of the lineup. Springfield plays the Hartford Wolfpack Wednesday night.

Game Night 1/24: Panthers at Lightning

Think how pathetic the Florida Panthers will be once Roberto Luongo leaves Miami to play for a contender. FLA-3 TB-2 (OT) The big story from this game is obviously Roberto Luongo's 48 saves as the Lightning thoroughly outplayed Florida throughout the contest outshooting them 50-26. Sean Burke took the loss for the Lightning. From a prospect standpoint, Ryan Craig scored the critical tying goal with 49 seconds left to play just to salvage a point for Tampa. In close on the doorstep Craig showed incredible finishing ability beating Luongo high over the shoulder to light the lamp for the 5th goal of his young career. Craig played 13:13 with 2 shots on goal and an even rating. Evgeny Artyukhin, who played his 41st game of the season tonight graduating him from prospect status by Bolt Prospects criteria, played a very sparing 4:46 in a game with a very tight score. Paul Ranger led all Lightning prospects in ice time with 19:11 of even hockey. Norm Milley and Jason Jaspers was a healthy scratch. Congratulations to Evgeny Artyukhin for graduating from prospect status. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020728.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

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]
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