NHL Game Night 1/8: Lightning at Coyotes

What a sad, ugly third period.


Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 27 shots in the loss.

First Period
08:36 TB Meszaros (1), (Halpern)
12:17 PHX Jokinen (14), (Doan, Michalek)

Second Period
00:46 PHX Mueller (9), (Reinprecht, Doan)(PP)
14:43 TB Halpern (2), (Prospal, Recchi)(PP)

Third Period
08:09 PHX Turris (6), (Hale, Reinprecht)

The team just looked like it was skating in quicksand in the final frame.

Matt Smaby had 3 hits in 11:31.

Steven Stamkos had 2 shots and was 50% on draws in 10:49.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/7

Fadden scores his 10th in 22 games with Tri-City ... Spokane gets a win while they wait for Tokarski ... results from the Q.

AHL Game Night 1/7: Bears at Admirals

That one hurts badly.


Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 29 shots in the loss.

First Period
HER Giroux, (24) (Aucoin, Bourque), 3:53 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Bochenski, (12) (Gratton), 18:24

Third Period
NOR Keller, (5) (Curadeau, Kearns), 7:57
HER Wilson, (16) (Helmer, McNeill), 10:51 (PP)
HER Joudrey, (3) (Wilson, Helmer), 14:51

McKenna was named the game's third star.

Let it be noted that the Admirals stood toe to toe with the best team in the Eastern Conference and came within 10 minutes of defeating them.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/6

Team Canada Notes:
Dustin Tokarski was greeted in his home province of Saskatchewan Tuesday by a horde of family and friends at the Saskatoon airport. Tokarski was wearing his gold medal around his neck when he came off the plane. He will take a few days off before rejoining the Spokane Chiefs. (CJME photo)

PEI Rocket 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 8-20-28, +12, 24 PIM

Medicine Hat Tigers 2 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots, *Second Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 11-9-1-4, 2.54 GAA, .913 sv%, 2 shutouts

Edmonton beat Medicine Hat for the first time in modern franchise history.

Downie Named to AHL All-Star Squad

The American Hockey League announced today that Norfolk Admirals forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Steve Downie will play for Team Canada at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Charter Communications, to be played later this month at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Downie, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario, has posted six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in just 15 games for Norfolk this season. Among his notable accomplishments with the Admirals this season are a franchise-record tying four-assist game on December 13 versus Bridgeport, a hat trick on December 27 versus Philadelphia and a Norfolk season-high eight-game scoring streak from November 16 – December 27 during which he registered five goals and ten assists.

Downie was acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Philadelphia Flyers along with Steve Eminger on November 7 in the deal that sent Matt Carle to the Flyers. Prior to the trade, he also appeared in four games with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, recording one goal and seven assists. In 19 total AHL games this season, Downie has seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points. In 41 career AHL contests between Norfolk and Philadelphia, the second-year professional has scored 12 goals and 38 assists for 50 points.

WJC Game Night: 1/5

World Junior Championships – Gold Medal Game
Canada 5 vs. Sweden 1
W Dana Tyrell, CAN: Did not play (injured – out for tournament).
G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 39 saves on 40 shots, *Canada Player of the Game*

That’s more like it.

Dustin Tokarski showed why he’s a big game goaltender, stopping 39 of 40 shots to help Canada to their fifth straight World Junior Championship gold medal Monday night.

Tokarski took a shutout into the third period before surrendering his only goal, and outplayed Sweden’s Jacob Markstrom (a Florida Panthers pick to boot) for the win.

For more on the game, see tsn.ca.

Mihalik, Wishart Returned to Norfolk

Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced today that the Bolts have returned prospect defensemen Vladimir Mihalik and Ty Wishart to the Norfolk Admirals.

Mihalik, 6-foot-7, 222 pounds, appeared in three games with Tampa Bay after being recalled on January 1. He registered his first NHL point with an assist yesterday in the Lightning's 4-1 win at Atlanta. During the recall, Mihalik registered one assist and two penalty minutes. Mihalik has appeared in his first five career NHL games with Tampa Bay this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes. He was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Wishart, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound rookie defenseman, made his NHL debut Saturday, January 3 versus Carolina. He logged 7:53 of ice time and blocked two shots.

Concurrent with the return of Mihalik and Wishart, the Admirals have released defenseman Mitch Ganzak from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/4

Team Canada Notes:
Canada head coach Pat Quinn has named Dustin Tokarski starter for tonight's Gold Medal Game between Canada and Sweden (7 PM EST NHL Network). Sweden boasts the tournament's best goaltender, Panthers 2nd round pick Jacob Markstrom.

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 8-19-27, +14, 24 PIM

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Brampton Battalion 3
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 9 PIM (slashing, instigating, fighting + 10 min. misconduct + game misconduct)
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-6-13, -13, 51 PIM

NCAA Game Night: 1/4

No.10 Cornell Big Red 5 @ UMass Minutemen 2
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-2-2, +11, 10 PIM

NHL Game Night 1/4: Lightning at Thrashers

That's more like it.


Mike Smith stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win.

First Period
02:48 TB Eminger (3), (Jokinen, Hall)(PP)

Second Period
16:20 TB St. Louis (14), (Lecavalier, Prospal)

Third Period
01:00 TB St. Louis (15), (Prospal, Eminger)
18:16 TB Malone (10), (Halpern, Mihalik)
19:38 ATL Christensen (2), (Slater, Boulton)

I'll have to investigate who broke code by uttering the "s" word before the game was over to cost Smith the goose egg.

You get a new appreciation for the difference between an NHL defenseman and a minor league defenseman watching what getting Krajicek back in the lineup does for the team. You also have to admire the toughness of Andrej Meszaros and you see that when Eminger's offensive game shows up, along with the MVP line, the Lightning are very potent offensively.

Matt Smaby had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 14:58. I believe when Ranger and Heward come back, that Heward should be sent back to Norfolk of the AHL and Smaby should be the new #7 defenseman. It's time for him to learn his craft at the NHL level.

Vladimir Mihalik got his first NHL assist in 6:52 of ice time. Hopefully this emergency recall will energize Vladimir to reapply himself when he goes back to Norfolk. He pouted a bit when he was sent down at the start of the season. The psychology will be different on an emergency recall, I hope.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and was 20% on draws in 11:35. He's now 2 games away from his Bolt Prospects graduation from prospect status.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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