Hate the outcome. Loved the style of play from these two teams matching up.
Marc Denis stopped 28 of 32 shots in the loss. Vincent Lecavalier had 1 power play goal and 1 assist. Vaclav Prospal scored the other Lightning goal. Individual helpers belonged to Cory Sarich, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis. The Lightning fail to capitalize on the opportunity to leapfrog several teams in the conference standings.
Colorado 16:43, Joe Sakic 18 (power play) (Paul Stastny, John-Michael Liles)
Tampa Bay 1:45, Vaclav Prospal 5 (Vincent Lecavalier, Cory Sarich)
Colorado 3:17, Milan Hejduk 13 (Paul Stastny)
Tampa Bay 4:30, Vincent Lecavalier 23 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)
Colorado 12:43, Tyler Arnason 11 (Karlis Skrastins, Brett Clark)
Colorado 18:10, Paul Stastny 10 (Andrew Brunette, Karlis Skrastins)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Chris Lawrence had 2 of Mississauga's 9 goals tonight as the Ice Dogs whipped Nikita Alexeev's alma mater, the Erie Otters, 9-2. Lawrence was also plus-1 and had a minor penalty. He earned the game's second star award for his efforts. Lawrence now has 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points in 34 games played. He's also plus-19. Travis Fuller, who participated in the Lightning's prospect camps this past summer, was third star for the Ice Dogs tonight. Fuller is 11-28-39 in 36 games.
In Sudbury, Kevin Beech stopped 26 of 27 shots in regulation and overtime but was beat on 2 of 3 shootout attempts as Barrie defeated the Wolves 2-1. This was a good showing for Beech, considering the overager was pulled in his last start and twice in the past few weeks.
Mississauga wasn't the only team to put up 9 Friday night as Dane Crowley and Swift Current destroyed Regina 9-0. Crowley scored his fourth goal of the year and was plus-2.
Mike Lundin had an assist in #5 Maine's 4-2 win over UMASS-Lowell. It was Lundin's 8th helper of the season and 11th point. The Black Bears improve to 13-3-2 and 6-3-1 in the HEast.
John Wessbecker was scoreless and -1 in UMASS' 2-1 loss to Merrimack. The Minutemen's winless streak now reaches 4, falling to 8-7-3 overall and 5-5-1 in the HEast.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and even in Northern Michigan's 4-1 win over Ferris State. The Wildcats now sit 8-12-2 overall and 5-9-1 in the CCHA.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 3-2 win over Nizhnekamsk.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 4-2 win over Khabarovsk.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 4-2 win over Salavat Yulayev.
Anton But had a pair of goals in SKA's 4-3 loss to Ufa.
Morgan Cey had to face 70 shots tonight between regulation, overtime and the shootout. 70.
Morgan Cey stopped 59 of 62 shots faced in overtime and regulation before allowing 2 of 8 penalty shot chances to take the shootout loss. Have mercy. Andre Deveaux led the Falcons with 2 goals and 1 assist while Radek Smolenak had 1 goal and 2 assists. Adam Henrich, Geoff Waugh and PJ Atherton had individual assists. Gwinnett tallied the tying goal on the power play with under 2 minutes to go in regulation to force overtime. Naturally, Gwinnett, being the organization and county in Georgia with the utmost of humility and class (that's sarcasm) did not give a single star in the game to a Johnstown player even though Deveaux and Smolenak had the game high in points and Cey stopped 59 shots. Considering the media pool for Gwinnett includes a certain massive Thrashers homer/online editor for HF, I'm not surprised.
Some good news from the night: Gerald Coleman is on the bus for this swing through the south and was in uniform as Cey's backup.
JHN Deveaux, (4) (Smolenak, Henrich), 15:24
GWT Awe, (16) (Schell, Mifsud), 5:57 (PP)
JHN Smolenak, (12) (Deveaux, Waugh), 15:13
GWT Painchaud, (9) (York, Contois), 3:43
JHN Deveaux, (5) (Smolenak, Atherton), 8:12
GWT Schell, (15) (Mifsud, Awe), 18:12 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Bolt Prospects will, hopefully, be wrapping up the game evaluation process for the Midterm Rankings and will continue that effort tonight live blogging the Falcons/Pirates game tonight via the B2 Networks feed. Springfield will be missing veterans Norm Milley, Randy Rowe and Dan Cavanaugh tonight, leaving a depleted Falcons squad in a tough spot. Zbynek Hrdel has been recalled to the Falcons as a consequence. As always, check between periods for regular intermission reflections and updates.
Tonight's Starting Lineup:
1. SPR- Corso, (unassisted)(SH)(PS)
2. POR- Wirtanen, (Salcido, Skinner)(PP)
3. SPR- Kvapil, (Healey, Lascek)
4. SPR- Corso, (Spina, Healey)
5. POR- Wirtanen, (Shannon, Bembridge)
6. SPR- Spina, (Delmore, Healey)(PP)
7. POR- Shannon, (Konopka, Durno)
The last five minutes of that game nearly gave me a coronary.
Marc Denis stopped 29 of 31 shots and got some help from his friend Mr. Post to secure his 9th win of the season. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had 1 goal and 1 assist while Paul Ranger escaped Chateau au Bow Wow to register 2 helpers in the game. Defenseman Dan Boyle scored the other Lightning goal. The Lightning pull into the halfway point of the season 1 game under .500 with 40 points and tonights victory will not stop trade winds from gusting.
On a site administrative note: with their 41st games played of the season Eric Perrin and Doug Janik have graduated from overage prospect status and will be moved into the Bolt Prospects Alumni section of the prospect page. Congratulations to both men on their success and proving they have what it takes to make it at hockey's highest level.
Tampa Bay 8:42, Martin St. Louis 26 (shorthanded) (Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 13:52, Dan Boyle 9 (Paul Ranger)
Minnesota 0:44, Mark Parrish 14 (Pavol Demitra, Mikko Koivu)
Tampa Bay 14:54, Vincent Lecavalier 22 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger)
Minnesota 13:45, Pavol Demitra 11 (Mikko Koivu, Mark Parrish)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov did not play in Kazan's 3-2 win over Khimik. It was the third game the elder Kazionov has missed this season. Dimitri's brother Denis, also a Lightning prospect, plays for Superleague club Tver.
Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist registered two assists today as Linkopings blasted Mora IK 7-2 in Elitserien play. Holmqvist now has 5 goals and 15 points in 33 games this season. Last season Holmqvist posted 6 goals and 22 points in 46 games.
Slovakia finished their 2007 World Junior Championships experience with a win - their first and only win of the tournament - when they crushed Belarus today 9-0 in the final game of the relegation round. Slovakia finished 0-4 in round robin play and had lost to Switzerland earlier this week in their first relegation round game.
Bartanus, a winger, finished the round robin and relegation rounds tied for third in team scoring with a goal and two assists. He also had a minus-one rating, eight penalty minutes, and 11 shots on goal.
Mihalik, a defenseman, registered one goal, six shots, four penalty minutes, and tied for the team lead with a plus-one rating.