NHL Game Night: 1-12-10 Capitals at Lightning

That was another signature win by the Lightning, beating a team they haven't bested in what seems like forever.

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TB-7

Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 12 shots before leaving with an injury likely suffered when Brooks Laich ran him in the first period. Antero Niitymaki allowed 2 goals on 23 shots the rest of the way for the win.

First Period
TB 6:34, Lecavalier 11 (Tanguay)
TB 12:03, Stamkos 24 (Bochenski, Foster)(PP)
WSH 14:05, Semin 19 (Fleischmann, Schultz)
TB 17:28, Stamkos 25 (Bochenski, St. Louis)(PP)
TB 18:35, Veilleux 2 (unassisted)

Second Period
WSH 1:34, Green 11 (Semin, Ovechkin)(PP)
WSH 7:44, Fehr 11 (Morrison, Chimera)
WSH 12:08, Green 12 (Backstrom, Ovechkin)(PP)
TB 17:28, St. Louis 12 (Stamkos, Bochenski)(PP)

Third Period
TB 4:00, Foster 7 (Hedman, St. Louis)
TB 9:54, Halpern 8 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)(PP)

God I hate the Caps. I hate their fans. I hate their players. I'll never forgive Alex Ovechkin for that disrespectful dancing bull crap last season. How do you say "punk" in Russian? "Ovechkin." Did I love Steve Downie popping him in the mouth in round one? You betcha. Did I enjoy the emasculation of Ovechkin when Matt Bradley had to jump in to fight his battle for him against Downie in round two? Oh yeah. And knowing what a chirper Downie is, he's got material for the next two seasons out of that. "Does he hold your hand when your cross the street too, Ovie?" Beautiful.

And then the coup de gras: Zenon Konopka beating David Steckel up one side and down the other. Steckel's ancestors felt that beating. He looked like a speed bag with eye balls: a 6'5" 222 pound speedbag who got the drum part from "Wipe Out" played on his skull by a man four inches shorter in height, but clearly at least that much bigger in cojones. Love it. The Lightning whipped them on the scoreboard and they whipped them physically, too. That was a statement. Not only did the Lightning let the Caps know that the days of them rolling up huge wins on them are over, but they informed them that on any street, alley, boulevard, overpass, or underpass (take your pick) the Lightning are ready to bloody their nose. When the Lightning pass the Caps in the standings within the next three seasons and take over as the dominant team in the division, remember this game. They don't have the talent to live in the penthouse yet, but tonight was their down payment.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 12:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-12-10

Kazan 1 @ Ekaterinburg 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 15-5-20, +5, 12 PIM

It was brother against brother in Kazan, as Ekateriburg and the younger Kazionov sibling, Denis, knocked off Kazan 2-1 to move with 2 points of the final playoff spot in the KHL Eastern Conference. Denis played 10:59 in the contest while big brother Dmitri got 15:31 for Ak Bars.

Nizhnekamsk 3 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/28, 2.04 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 19-16, 6 SO, 2.01 GAA, .925 sv%

Nizhnekamsk got 2 goals from Evgeny Lapenkov to help give Vasily Koshechkin his 16th loss of the season for Magnitogorsk. It should be noted that out of Vasily's 16 losses, 7 have come after regulation.

Jones Reassigned to Norfolk

Following up from a story from Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning are reporting via Twitter that prospect forward Blair Jones has been reassigned to the Norfolk Admirals after clearing waivers at noon on Tuesday. Still no word on the destination of prospect forward Martins Karsums after he cleared waivers on Monday.

KHL Game Day: 1-11-10

Omsk 3 @ Yulaev 2 (OT)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 27/29, 1.93 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 33 GP, 18-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .912 sv%

Omsk got 2 goals and 1 assist from former NHLer Timofei Shishkanov, including the overtime winner. Avangard also got a goal from former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov. Yulaev is currently in second place in the KHL Eastern Conference.

Lightning Place Blair Jones on Waivers; Karsums Clears

Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting via Twitter that the Tampa Bay Lightning have placed prospect forward Blair Jones on waivers. BoltProspects assumes that Jones has been waived for purposes of reassignment to the Norfolk Admirals. Jones had recently been criticized by head coach Rick Tocchet as not being opportunistic with potential scoring chances over the last few games, despite bringing a physical and energetic role to the Tampa frontline.

McKenzie is also reporting that prospect forward Martins Karsums has cleared waivers, but his destination at the moment is uncertain. It has been speculated by some in the local Tampa media that Karsums was on waivers as a precursor to his returning to Europe, but with Jones being place on waivers it would seem that perhaps Karsums will be recalled to the Lightning.

Stay tuned to continued developments as this story unfolds.

CHL Game Night: 1-10-10

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 40 GP, 8-25-33, +20, 36 PIM

Barberio has scored in consecutive games, and after a slow start is approaching his career-high of 15 goals in a season. His plus-20 rating obliterates his previous career-high of plus-9. Both marks were set last season.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 7 @ Oshawa Generals 4
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

G Michael Zador, OSH: 2 saves on 4 shots
Season Totals: 28 GP, 11-13-2-1, 3.60 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 SO

Zador started on the bench for the third straight game, but entered the contest when Kevin Bailie was pulled after giving up five goals on 27 shots. It’s been almost a month since Oshawa has given up less than three goals in a game. The Generals are in fourth in the East Division, five points ahead of Richard Panik, Kyle DeCoste and Belleville. Meanwhile, Sointu still hasn’t rejoined Sudbury after the WJCs because he recently had surgery in Finland for an undisclosed injury, according to the Sudbury Star. He is expected to rejoin the team in late January. Sudbury is in third in the Central Division.

Bolt Prospects 2009-2010 Midterm Rankings

It's roughly the midpoint of the NHL season, and with the graduations of prospects James Wright and Victor Hedman, and the conclusion of the U20 World Junior Championships, it's time for Bolt Prospects to release its 2009-2010 Midterm Rankings. The Midterm Rankings reflect a significant amount of change for the club, as it has been a year where the team's prospects haven't stuck to the script. Some players have failed to live up to expectations. Other have come out of nowhere to raise their stock. The end result is one of the widest shifts in rankings we've ever had.

NHL Game Night: 1-10-10 Lightning at Devils

Fortunately, all this bizarreness results in two important points for the Lightning.

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NJ-2

Mike Smith allowed a total of 2 goals on 35 shots for the win.

First Period
TB 6:58, Downie 9 (Foster, Malone)(PP)

Second Period
TB 5:13, Bochenski 1 (Stamkos, Foster)(PP)
TB 10:04, Stamkos 22 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)

Third Period
NJ 8:36, Zajac 12 (Langenbrunner, Oduya)
TB 9:35, Stamkos 23 (St. Louis, Bochenski)
NJ 19:26, Parise 20, (Zajac, Langenbrunner)

It was frightening to see the Lightning have less shots on goal in the second half of this game than they had in the first half. Still, they made it stand up. No complaints. Just get out of New Jersey while the lights are still on.

Paul Szczechura ended up -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:23. He was also 70% on draws.

Blair Jones had 3 shots and 2 hits in 12:33.

Victor Hedman played a total of 23:11 in this, his graduation game from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 1-9-10

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 3
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 5-4-9, -2, 8 PIM

Harvard dropped both games this weekend against the unranked Gophers. Killorn started the year strong, but has cooled off considerably recently.

Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Michigan Wolverines 6
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (hooking x2), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 24 PIM

Witkowski was back in the lineup as WMU dropped the second of a home-and-home series swept by Michigan.

CHL Game Night: 1-9-10

[b][i]QMJHL[/b][/i] [b] Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 6[/b] [i]D [b][url=/mark-barberio]Mark Barberio[/url][/b], MCT: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG [/i] Season Totals: 38 GP, 7-25-32, +18, 36 PIM Barberio (pictured) returned from a one-game suspension for spearing to score his seventh of the year. The goal was scored while shorthanded. [b][i]OHL[/b][/i] [b] Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Belleville Bulls 7[/b] [i]W [b]Matias Sointu[/b], SBY: Did not play. [/i] Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM [i]With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM[/i] [i]C [b][url=/richard-panik]Richard Panik[/url][/b], BEL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 36 GP, 11-10-21, +12, 23 PIM [i]With Bulls: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 4 PIM With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM[/i] [i]RW [b][url=/kyle-decoste]Kyle DeCoste[/url][/b], BEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM[/i] Season Totals: 38 GP, 13-8-21, -4, 37 PIM [i]With Bulls: 25 GP, 11-7-18, -2, 17 PIM With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM[/i] Sointu has not joined the Wolves since playing for Finland at the World Junior Championships (WJC). Panik scored the game’s final goal. Including the WJC’s, he’s got 10 goals in his last 12 games. Meanwhile, DeCoste hasn’t scored in three games. Anthony Peters (undrafted) got the shutout for Belleville in his Bulls debut. He was acquired this week from Saginaw. [b] Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 @ Barrie Colts 3 (OT)[/b] [i]LW/C [b][url=/alex-hutchings]Alex Hutchings[/url][/b], BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 40 GP, 26-23-49, +27, 34 PIM Hutchings failed to register a point in consecutive games for just the fourth time this year. Alex Pietrangelo has yet to join the Colts. [i][b]WHL[/b][/i] [b] Medicine Hat Tigers 5 @ Regina Pats 6 (SO)[/b] [i]RW [b][url=/carter-ashton]Carter Ashton[/url][/b], REG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star* [/i] Season Totals: 39 GP, 17-18-34, -10, 71 PIM [i]With Regina: 11 GP, 4-5-9, -2, 19 PIM With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM[/i] Regina won the shootout 3-2. Ashton, who also scored in the shootout, has two goals in his last three games. The Pats remain 10th in the Eastern Conference, seven points behind 8th-place Swift Current pending Saturday’s results.
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