The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned prospect right wing Steve Downie and defenseman Ty Wishart to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manage Brian Lawton announced today. Downie's reassignment likely comes as a result of a report in the Columbus Dispatch today that veteran center Chris Gratton has been claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets on re-entry waivers. The 6-4, 220-pound forward had been playing for Nolfolk and he will join the Jackets for the trip to Western Canada which begins on Tuesday in Calgary.
Gratton, 33, is a veteran of 1,086 NHL games, scoring 214 goals and contributing 353 assists. Jackets General manager Scott Howson said the move would not prevent the Jackets from searching for another center before the trade deadline.
Downie, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario, posted one goal and three points with 34 penalty minutes in 11 games after being recalled from Norfolk on January 26. Wishart, 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, appeared in three games with the Lightning after being called up on February 16. He registered an NHL career high with 15:52 of ice time last night with Tampa Bay in Carolina.
Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 41 shots in the loss. The Lightning were outshot 41-13 in the contest. Mercy.
08:30 CAR Staal (27), (Samsonov, Ruutu)
01:53 TB Prospal (14), (Halpern)
14:30 CAR Jokinen (7), (Brind'Amour)
03:38 CAR Corvo (10), (Whitney, Samsonov)(PP)
04:17 CAR Corvo (11), (Whitney, Staal)(PP)
The Lightning's penalty kill has been abhorent as of late.
Ty Wishart had 3 hits in 15:52, his highest amount of ice time this season.
Steve Downie had 7 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 7:03.
Matt Smaby had 2 penalty minutes and was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 23:20. A rare hitless night for the Minneapolis Sledgehammer.
David Koci had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 10:44.
Close, but no cigar.
Karri Ramo allowed just 2 goals on 40 shots in regulation and overtime before surrendering goals to both shooters he faced for the shootout loss. One of his goals during regulation was pretty soft, but it's hard to complain about a .950 save percentage in the game. Unfortunately, the shootout has been really tough for Karri all season, and Patrik Elias absolutely de-jocked Ramo on the game winning shootout goal.
04:33 TB Malone (20), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)
12:55 TB Malone (21), (Lecavalier, Smaby)
02:16 NJ Clarkson (11), (Zubrus)(PP)
01:13 NJ Parise (35), (Zajac, Langenbrunner)(PP)
NJ- Parise, Elias
The effort level tonight from the whole team was much higher than in the Chicago game, and the club actually outpaced New Jersey 41-40 in shots tonight. Steve Eminger played 30:04? Holy cow!
Ty Wishart had 1 blocked shot in 9:05. He's been pretty invisible on this recall. That's good in some ways and not so good in others.
Steve Downie had 1 hit in 8:42.
Matt Smaby had 1 assist, 7 penalty minutes, and was +1 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 20:29. He's really coming into his own as an NHL player now.
It's a shame that no one but the young kids showed up.
Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 49 shots for the loss. The game could've be 8 or 9 to 3 without Ramo. The Lightning got outshot 19-3 in the first period and 15-7 in the third. That's just hanging your goaltender out to dry. The kid deserved better. He showed flashes of what he was prior to this season's disappointments.
11:53 CHI Keith (7), (Havlat, Seabrook)
12:58 TB Stamkos (8), (Melichar, Krajicek)
10:28 TB Stamkos (9), (Prospal, Roberts)(PP)
11:38 TB Stamkos (10), (Eminger, Prospal)(PP)
19:12 CHI Toews (19), (Kane, Barker)(PP)
01:46 CHI Kane (18), (Campbell, Toews)(PP)
12:46 CHI Bolland (13), (Havlat, Keith)
15:59 CHI Toews (20), (Brouwer, Kane)
The team completely laid down after Stamkos' hat trick. It was bizarre, and sickening. I give him a lot of credit for playing hard to the final horn to break up a potential empty net goal. I wish some of the veterans on the team showed that much pride.
Ty Wishart had 1 shot in 8:02.
Steve Downie had 17 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 6:28.
Matt Smaby was -1 with 6 hits and 4 blocked shots in 22:00, which was a high among the defensemen.
At least Ramo got some work.
05:02 WSH Semin (21), (Backstrom)
13:21 WSH Ovechkin (38), (Semin, Backstrom)
19:20 WSHS Morrisonn (2), (Steckel, Gordon)
05:33 WSH Green (22), (Semin)(PP)
09:30 TB Malone (19), (Lecavalier)
13:31 WSH Fehr (8), (Fleischmann)
Two AHL goaltenders and both your best d-men on the shelf is not the way you want to face this Caps team. The Lightning actually had their chances to make a game of it, but Washington's stars finished their chances. The Lightning's did not.
Steve Downie was -1 with 1 shot, hits, and 1 blocked shot in 12:49.
Matt Smaby was -3 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 20:12.
David Koci had 2 shots in 8:43.