The Lightning get a solid road win.
Mike Smith played well allowing 1 goal on 31 shots. He's back in the fight.
TB 5:59, Lecavalier 3 (Malone, Krajicek)
TB 14:44, Tanguay 4 (Malone, Stamkos)(PP)
PHX 19:20, Aucoin 3 (Lepisto, Upshall)(PP)
TB 4:30, St. Louis 4 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)
TB 11:46, Lecavalier 4 (Tanguay)
The Lightning did well to capitalize on some early penalties to stake themselves to a 2-0 lead and they never really looked back. Phoenix had a bit better play at even strength, but the Lightning turned it up when they needed to in order to salt the game away in the third. NHL teams should beware: the Lecavalier line is starting to click.
Steve Downie had 1 hit in 15:19.
Zenon Konopka had 1 hit in 10:49 and was 62% on draws.
Paul Szczechura was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:21.
James Wright had 2 hits in 13:55.
Victor Hedman was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 21:10. Light night for the big Swede.
Omsk 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 24/25, 0.92 GAA, .960 sv%
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-8, 2 SO, 1.79 GAA, .918 sv%
Ramo's only blemish in three shootout attempts faced was a goal by former Blackhawk Igor Radulov, but it was enough to send Omsk to defeat.
Yulaev 4 @ Ekaterinburg 3 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-3-5, -7, 8 PIM
Kazionov played 9:56 in the match. Alexander Radulov, the former Predator and little brother of Igor, had the overtime winner for Yulaev.
Togliatti 3 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 25/27, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-12, 2 SO, 2.12 GAA, .921 sv%
Togliatti currently sits at 7th place in the Eastern Conference.
Kazan 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 1 (OT)
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-1-7, -3, 10 PIM
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 14 PIM
Kazionov played 12:21 in the match for Kazan. Harju played 17:03 for Dynamo but was an uncharacteristic 39% in the faceoff circles. KHL superstar Alexei Morozov scored the winner for Kazan, which was his 15th goal of the season.
Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Brampton Battalion 2 (OT)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 23 GP, 4-8-12, +11, 8 PIM
Panikâ€™s stat line during the last five games: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM. One would think Windsor was struggling, but theyâ€™re 5-0 and averaging about four goals per game during that time. In fact, Windsorâ€™s streak of games with at least a point reached 15 games with the OT win in Brampton.
Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Ottawa 67â€™s 2 (SO)
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 19 GP, 3-7-10, +6, 6 PIM
Sointu did not participate in the shootout.
Guelph Storm 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 22 saves on 25 shots
Season Totals: 17 GP, 7-9-1-0, 3.42 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO
Zador has played well lately, though his won-loss record doesnâ€™t reflect it.
Kootenay Ice 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season Totals: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -5, 44 PIM
Ashtonâ€™s nine game point streak and three game goal streak came to an end in the OT loss.
Antero Niittymaki is currently tied for the best save percentage in the NHL with Ryan Miller of Buffalo with a .939 mark. He's also second in the league in goals against average at 1.93.
We give props to the Turku mobster.
Janus stops 50, but loses his first of the season ... Ashton extends his point streak to nine, goal streak to three.
Harvard Crimson 3 @ Princeton Tigers 3
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 4 PIM
Harvard tied the game with less than a minute to go.
No.15 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No.16 Boston College Eagles 7
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
This was a 1-1 game in the first period before BC ran away with it. The Catamounts will likely fall out of the polls this week.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 12 PIM
Witkowski has points in two straight games â€“ both 4-2 losses to Ohio State.
The Lightning finally work in one of their mandatory 3-4 late game goal wave off hosings.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 30 shots and only 1 of 3 shooters to score in the shootout, but still took the loss. I'm thinking the Finnish goaltenders in the organization are feeling discriminated against for lack of goal support tonight.
LA 7:20, Doughty 4 (Kopitar, Smyth)(PP)
TB 11:39, Malone 12 (Hale, Stamkos)
A controversial wave off of an Andrei Meszaros overtime goal ushered the Lightning into the shootout where they re-established their season-long streak of futility after a brief taste of success against Minnesota.
Steve Downie had 2 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 13:49.
Zenon Konopka had 15 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 6:02.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 13:25.
James Wright had 1 shot in 8:57.
Victor Hedman had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 26:13.
Another one gets away from the Admirals late.
Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the overtime loss. That's a tough fate for a goaltender who played over 58 minutes of shutout hockey tonight. He didn't get the goal support he's become accustomed to, however.
NOR Smolenak, (1) (Jones, Bochenski), 4:46
ALB Dwyer, (8) (Carson, FitzGerald), 18:05
ALB Boychuk, (5) (Dwyer, Paiement), 1:46
Radek Smolenak was named the game's third star. If I told you coming into the year that it would take 17 games for Radek to get his first goal and the team would be .500 and sitting in fourth in the division without his goal production, you'd have laughed at me, I'm sure.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Astana 5 @ Ekaterinburg 4 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-3-5, -7, 8 PIM
Former NHLer Josef Stumpel scored the winner for Astana. Denis Kazionov played 9:33 in the match.
Omsk 6 @ Chelyabinsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 23/24, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-7, 2 SO, 1.84 GAA, .915 sv%
Ramo returned to the lineup and got a goal and two assists from former Lightning Eric Perrin in support of his cause.
Togliatti 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 31/32, 0.92 GAA, .969 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 8-12, 2 SO, 2.12 GAA, .920 sv%
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 12 PIM
Koshechkin stopped both shooters he faced to get the "W" in the shootout session.
Kazan 4 @ Dynamo Minsk 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 6-1-7, -3, 10 PIM
The elder Kazionov played 13:12 in the match. Former Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev had a goal in the match for Kazan.