NHL Game Night 3/6: Blues at Lightning

One point further away from Tavares or Hedman?

STL-4
TB-3 (OT)

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 36 shots for the overtime loss. His rebound control needs work, but he was fairly sharp in this one.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
05:43 STL Tkachuk (19), (Boyes, McDonald)
09:25 STL McDonald (10), (Backes, Boyes)(PP)

Third Period
03:28 TB St. Louis (23), (Lecavalier, Stamkos)
06:10 STL Backes (19), (Oshie, McDonald)
12:10 TB Pettinger (3), (Halpern, Artyukhin)
19:44 TB Stamkos (14), (Murphy, St. Louis)

Overtime
00:27 STL Boyes (26), (Colaiacovo, McDonald)

Noah Welch was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 23:06. He's servicable, if unspectacular.

Matt Smaby was -1 with 1 shot, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 23:23. He took a skate to the cheek and hardly missed a shift. You can make a very strong case that he's been the team's best d-man over the last month.

David Koci had 1 hit in 6:52.

Martins Karsums was -1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:59. You can see the attraction from the Lightning's end: he's a good skater with decent burst and feisty for an average sized player.

Brandon Segal had 2 shots and 3 hits in 12:50. He had some good moments tonight on the forecheck but shanked a rebound off a Karsums shot that should've been his first NHL goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/6: Devils at Admirals

Devils can't keep up with the Joneses.

LOW-1
NOR-4

Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the win. He improves his record to 6-7-0 on the season with a 2.27 GAA, 1 shutout, and a .932 save percentage.

First Period
NOR Jones, (14) (Boyle), 7:16
LOW Vasyunov, (12) (Eckford), 17:42

Second Period
NOR Keller, (13) (Henley, Konopka), 7:27
NOR Jones, (15) (Smolenak, Hooton), 15:56

Third Period
NOR Lundin, (4) (Simek, Quick), 2:15

Blair Jones, Helenius, and Mike Lundin were named the game's three stars.

Jones sets new career highs in goals (15) and points (43) in 12 less games than he played in his previous career season last year. He has 4 goals in his last 2 games and he and Juraj Simek appear to be the beneficiaries of the recent callups and injuries that have redistributed ice time.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/5

OHL
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 6
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 13-12-25, -23, 72 PIM
With SSM: 22 GP, 5-6-11, -10, 21 PIM

Defenseman Ryan Ellis (Likely 2009 Top-15 pick) had two assists for Windsor and now has 83 points (19 goals) in 54 games. He's also a plus-45.

Segal Recalled to Tampa, Again

With Gary Roberts announcing his retirement earlier today and Paul Szczechura being a game-time decision tonight with a wrist injury, the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing Brandon Segal from the Norfolk Admirals.

Segal, 6-foot-2, 214-pounds, appeared in his first career NHL game Tuesday night against Pittsburgh, skating 14:45 and recording one hit, one takeaway and one blocked shot.

Segal has appeared in 52 games with the Admirals this season. His 21 goals and 41 points both rank second on the club. Those marks are also AHL career highs for the sixth-year professional. This season, Segal also has a +1 rating, 70 penalty minutes, four power play goals, one shorthanded goal and two game-winning goals with the Admirals this season.

Harju, Lulea Crush Frolunda in Opening Match of Elitserien Playoffs

3/5:
Johan Harju had 2 power play goals and an assist as Lulea steamrolled Frolunda 5-1 to take a 1-0 lead in their opening round playoff series. Janne Niskala had 2 penalty minutes in the game. Game two of the series is slated for Saturday.

Downie Video Available

Video from Steve Downie's supposed abuse of officials from last week's Admirals-Bears game is finally available here.

Hat tip to the BP message board ...

Admirals Appealing Downie Suspension

The Norfolk Admirals have released a media advisory stating that the club has filed an appeal of the 20 game suspension against winger Steve Downie and that the team will have no further comment regarding the Downie situation until the appeal is addressed.

More on this story as it develops...

Segal, Petiot Assigned to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned right wing Brandon Segal to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. Segal, 6-foot-2, 214-pounds, appeared in his first career NHL game Tuesday night against Pittsburgh, skating 14:45 and recording one hit, one takeaway and one blocked shot. Segal's reassignment to Norfolk likely comes at the expense of the deadline day acquisition of right wing Martins Karsums, who is expected to be in the lineup for Friday's lineup against the St. Louis Blues.

The Lightning also announced that they have reassigned defenseman Richard Petiot to the Admirals. Petiot, 26, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound native of Daysland, Alberta. He was acquired by the Lightning yesterday in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

AHL Suspends Downie

The American Hockey League today announced that Norfolk Admirals right wing Steve Downie has been suspended for twenty (20) regular-season games as a result of his actions in a game at Hershey on Feb. 28.

At the 19:48 mark of the third period, Downie was assessed a game misconduct under the provisions of AHL Rule 41.2 for deliberately striking an official with his stick.

Downie has already served three games of the suspension. He is scheduled to be eligible to return to the Norfolk lineup on Apr. 11. (John Wright photo)

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/4

Rimouski wins again ... Jung interview ... Fadden's streak stopped by Wright's club ... Tokarski and Spokane fading?

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