The Tampa Tribune is reporting Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger is out indefinitely with a partially torn MCL in his left knee. Ranger was injured in last night's 3-1 Lightning win over the Edmonton Oilers when Raffi Torres fell on his knee. Filip Kuba was a healthy scratch last night in favor of Doug Janik, so expect Kuba to regain his spot in the lineup with Luke Richardson moving back into the No.7 spot.
Mississauga 3 @ Belleville 2
Chris Lawrence did not register a point, but Mississauga returned to their winning ways with a 3-2 win in Belleville. Lawrence had an even rating and a minor penalty, but also had an isolated 10 minute misconduct in the first period.
Back on track.
Marc Denis gave the Lightning just what they needed stopping 29 of 30 shots faced. Vincent Lecavalier led the way with a pair of goals while Vaclav Prospal had 1 goal and 1 assist. Martin St. Louis had a pair of helpers and Brad Richards, Dan Boyle and Doug Janik each had individual assists.
The Lightning climb back into a tie for the Southeast Division lead at 80 points with Atlanta holding a game in hand.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov did not play in Kazan's 14-1 defeat of Krylya Sovetov.
Albert Vishnyakov had 2 penalty minutes in Dynamo's 4-2 loss to Salavat Yulayev.
Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 3-2 loss to CSKA.
Vasily Koshechkin got the night off as Mike Fountain threw a 24 save shutout in Togliatti's 3-0 win over Nizhnekamsk.
Circling the drain.
Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 35 shots before insult was piled upon injury and Mark Pandolfo added a shorthanded penalty shot goal with 3 seconds left in the third period. Bryan Nathe and Dimitri Tarabrin had Johnstown's goals. Individual assists went to Zbynek Hrdel, Maxime Boisclair and Jean Desrochers.
Trenton vaults into 3rd place in the North Division with the win while Johnstown remains 3 points out of a playoff spot with Toledo holding two games in hand.
JHN Nathe, (2) (Hrdel, Boisclair), 13:18
TREN Riddle, (22) (Bertoli, Henkel), 15:26
TREN Tremblay, (3) (Leblond, McLaughlin), 16:24
TREN Leblond, (3) (Manley, Tremblay), 16:35
JHN Tarabrin, (13) (Desrochers), 13:02
TREN Haggett, (17) (Ortmeyer), 19:11 (EN/SH)
TREN Pandolfo, (16) , 19:57 (PEN/SH)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
After starting the season with an undefeated run through their non-conference schedule and being ranked as high as #1 in the country, the Maine Black Bears (21-12-2), now ranked #14, struggled through the Hockey East schedule. The Black Bears finished fifth in the conference and failed to get home-ice advantage in the first round of the conference tournament, which opens this weekend with Maine against #15 Massachusetts.
Despite their rough road this season, defenseman Mike Lundin has continued his consistent play on the blue-line for the Black Bears, becoming a leader in the locker room. This has him optimistic about his future in hockey and with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
What a wretched third period.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 5 goals on 28 shots in the loss as the Lightning were outshot 28-17 in the game. Vincent Lecavalier had the only Lightning goal with assists from Filip Kuba and Dan Boyle. The Lightning collapsed practically from the drop of the puck in the third period allowing three goals in the frame to drop them 2 points back of Atlanta in the Southeast Division. Shame.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
In their opening match of the Elitserien playoffs, #4 Linkopings easily knocked off #7 ranked Lulea 6-1. Lightning blueline prospect and Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week Andreas Holmqvist had a pair of power play assists in the game. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday.
In other games on the schedule, #1 Farjestads shut out #8 Mora 4-0, #6 Brynas defeated #2 HV71 4-3 and #5 Timra beat #3 MODO 2-1.