AHL Game Night 1/2: Admirals at Sharks

The Lightning injury problems trickle down to the farm.


Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 19 shots before giving way to Riku Helenius who made his AHL debut allowing just 1 goal on 12 shots in the third period.

First Period
NOR Lundin, (1) (Gratton, Henley), 13:25
WOR Armstrong, (11) (Wilson, Kaspar), 18:58 (PP)

Second Period
WOR Armstrong, (12) (Desjardins, Westgarth), 2:47
WOR Fornataro, (2) (Vesce, Traverse), 14:37
WOR Vesce, (11) (Desjardins, Greiss), 19:26 (SH)

Third Period
WOR Armstrong, (13) (Desjardins, Lemieux), 16:40 (PP)

The Admirals were in a very tough spot with Vladimir Mihalik and Matt Smaby up in Tampa and Andy Rogers still hurt. Outside of Mike Lundin they had rookie Darryl Boyle, rookie Scott Jackson, virtual rookie Kevin Quick, and two converted ex-defensemen in Brent Henley and Jay Rosehill. Between that and some flukey goals by the Sharks and the Admirals were in a really tough position.

Why not Ty Wishart, you ask? Erik Erlendsson reports with Lukas Krajicek and Paul Ranger still hurt and Jamie Heward having had his clock cleaned in Washington, Wishart will make his NHL debut Saturday night against Carolina. Andrej Meszaros may have to play 30-35 minutes tomorrow night.

1/3 Update: Wishart has been recalled by Tampa Bay.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night 1/1: Lightning at Capitals

Thin Lightning defensive corps gets thinned out even more.


Mike Smith allowed 7 goals on 35 shots in the loss.

First Period
03:58 WSH Collins (1), (Ovechkin, Morrisonn)
08:02 WSH Steckel (5), (Bradley, Jurcina)
18:29 WSH Green (9), (Ovechkin, Backstrom)

Second Period
00:58 TB Lecavalier (15), (Prospal, St. Louis)
02:37 TB Malone (9), (Halpern)
02:48 WSH Bradley (4), (Gordon)
19:44 TB Lecavalier (16), (Prospal, St. Louis)

Third Period
08:07 WSH Gordon (5), (unassisted)
12:22 TB Recchi (9), (St. Louis, Meszaros)
12:47 WSH Clark (1), (Nylander, Green)
18:14 WSH Ovechkin (26), (Backstrom)

Paul Ranger and Lukas Krajicek were already scratches when Jamie Heward got sent to the hospital in the third period with a concussion. It left the Lightning with an incredibly short bench at the end of the game, with the coaching staff not having much confidence in recall Vladimir Mihalik.

Matt Smaby was -2 with 1 shot, 6 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 21:22. He has 13 hits in his last two games. That's something, although he was also on the ice for five Capitals goals (albeit, he was saddled with Eminger as a pairing partner).

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 15:13.

Vladimir Mihalik had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 13:22. He saw precious little ice though after Heward went down, which is telling.

Steven Stamkos was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit and he was 50% on draws in 12:20.

I think you ball this one up and forget about it, considering all the injuries and other odd circumstances. The good news is: Lecavalier and St. Louis woke up.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Mihalik on Emergency Recall

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger will miss tonight's game against Washington with an injury. Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik has been recalled on an emergency basis from Norfolk to take his place. Lucas Krajicek is expected to sit due to injury as well.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/31

New Year's Eve results from the USHL, QMJHL, OHL, and WHL.

WJC Game Night: 12/31

World Junior Championships
Canada 7 vs. USA 4
W Dana Tyrell, CAN: Did not play (injured - out for tournament).
G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 22 saves on 26 shots

What a game.

AHL Game Night 12/31: Admirals at Pirates

Tough loss. Close game.


Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period

Second Period
NOR Gratton, (1) (Wishart, Jones), 5:01
POR Mancari, (13) (Darche, Zagrapan), 14:09 (PP)
POR Campbell, (1) (Fretter, Baier), 17:56

Third Period

McKenna was named the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/30

A little Christmas vacation delay... three days worth of CHL scores.

Team Canada Notes:
Canada has named Dustin Tokarski starter for tonight's game vs. the USA (NHL Network - 7 PM EST). Here's hoping that NHL contract doesn't prove to be a distraction for him (and judging from his demeanor throughout his young career, it won't), but it's a great sign that Pat Quinn trusts him for Canada's first big test.

NHL Game Night 12/30: Canadiens at Lightning

Ou est Lecavalier et St. Louis?

TB-1 (SO)

Mike Smith allowed just 1 goal on 30 shots, but then allowed both Montreal shooters to score in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss.

First Period
13:18 TB Prospal (7), (Malone, St. Louis)(PP)

Second Period

Third Period
00:46 MTL Latendresse (5), (Lapierre, Kostopoulos)


MTL- Kovalev, Lapierre
TB- Jokinen

The Lightning's best players tonight were, in no partocular order, Smith, Ryan Malone, Andrej Meszaros, and Evgeny Artyukhin. Absent from that list? Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. It's not rocket science: if those two don't score, the Lightning are going to struggle to defeat quality opponents like Montreal. They're getting excellent goaltending and some secondary scoring. Heck, they're even getting some inspired play from their defensemen at times. So now it's up to Lecavalier and St. Louis. They need to turn up the volume over the next two months to get this team over the hump.

It was nauseating to be outnumbered by Canadiens fans in our own barn. They were well behaved, at least. I mean, I wasn't stepping over drunks and weaving between fist fights like I would if we were invaded by Flyers fans. Still, I would've loved nothing better than to answer their annoying little "Go Habs Go" chant with a little "Go Home Habs."

Matt Smaby had a team high 7 hits in 15:47 filling some of the ice time vacated by a scratched Marek Malik. He did some good things. He's looked better in this recall; good enough for me to think that maybe he needs to replace Jamie Heward on the roster. He made some mistakes again, sure. But, like I said after the last game, as long as they are mistakes of aggression I'm more willing to live with them. And, it's not like his veteran bretheren on the Lightning blueline don't make mistakes in their own rights. Steve Eminger is working hard to make me go gray early in life by backing off shooters and routinely letting them walk the puck into the slot.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 hit and was 57% on draws in 10:34. He's taken a bit of a step back since that amazing game against the Pens.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot, 2 hits, and was 67% on draws in 11:45. He had one really awful power play shift in the third period. Other than that I thought he was ok.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lawrence, Jackson Recalled to Norfolk

Just in time for Nofolk's three game road trip, Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced today that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned prospect forward Chris Lawrence and defenseman Scott Jackson to the Admirals from the ECHL Mississippi Sea Wolves

Lawrence and Jackson had both appeared in three games with Mississippi after being reassigned from Norfolk last Friday. Lawrence registered one assist and five penalty minutes in those three games. Jackson netted his first professional goal – the game-winner – last night at Gwinnett. He also registered two penalty minutes in his three-game stint with the Sea Wolves.

Lawrence, a 6-foot-4, 217-pound right wing, has appeared in 19 games with the Admirals this season, scoring one goal and two assists with 18 penalty minutes. The second-year pro has skated in 72 career American Hockey League games – all with Norfolk – and has scored six goals and 13 assists with 50 penalty minutes.

Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, has appeared in 16 games with Norfolk this season, registering one assist and seven penalty minutes. The rookie made his professional debut on October 11 versus Hershey.

Bolts Sign Tokarski

Sportsbook Review is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning signed prospect goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a standard three year entry level contract on Tuesday.

Tokarski, selected by the Lightning in the 5th round (122nd overall) of the 2008 draft, is currently playing for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships.

The 19-year-old is midway through his third season with Spokane of the Western Hockey League where he has posted a record of 16-9-2 with four shutouts and a 1.97 goals-against average.

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