LIGHTNING RE-ASSIGN G EKLUND, C TARNASKY TO SPRINGFIELD
/ Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-assigned goaltender Brian Eklund and center Nick Tarnasky to Springfield of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Eklund, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound native of Braintree, Massachusetts, made his first NHL appearance last night against the Montreal Canadiens and made 16 saves on 19 shots. Prior to joining the Lightning he appeared in five games with Springfield, posting a 3-2 record and a .890 save percentage. Eklund was recalled to Tampa Bay on an emergency basis on October 29.
The graduate of Brown University was selected by Tampa Bay in the seventh round, 226th overall, at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the 2004-05 season with the Falcons and appeared in 43 games while posting a 14-23 record with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
Tarnasky, a 6-2, 233-pound center, skated in nine game with the Lightning after being recalled on October 19. He recorded one assist and registered seven shots on goal while with Tampa Bay. He recorded his first NHL point with an assist on November 5 at Toronto and played in his first game on October 20 at Atlanta.
The 20-year-old native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta skated in four games with Springfield prior to joining the Lightning and recorded two penalty minutes. He skated in 80 games with the Falcons in 2004-05 and scored seven goals with 10 assists and 176 penalty minutes. He was selected by the Lightning in the ninth round, 287th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.