Back to life, back to reality for Craig Kowalski.
Kowalski allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.
NOR Segal, (19) (Lundin, Smolenak), 4:13 (PP)
NOR Kearns, (12) (Simek, Jones), 5:58
BNG Smith, (14) (Cavosie, Smith), 19:43 (PP)
BNG Smith, (15) (Cavosie, Bois), 19:59
NOR Zingoni, (2) (Jones), 5:44
BNG Hamel, (17) (Smith, Regin), 7:11
BNG Bois, (11) (Karlsson, Cavosie), 1:24
BNG Bois, (12) , 12:27
BNG Hamel, (18) , 19:38 (EN/SH)
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 6
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 10-11-21, -23, 67 PIM
With SSM: 16 GP, 2-5-7, -10, 16 PIM
Sudbury was the only team the Soo had beaten since January 10 (1-13-0-1), a 6-4 home win on February 11.
Prince George Cougars 0 @ Tri-City Americans 4
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 1-1-2, +1, 6 PIM (hooking x 2, elbowing)
Season totals: 50 GP, 27-35-62, +19, 45 PIM
With TC: 41 GP, 25-32-57, +17, 37 PIM
Fadden has 10 goals in his last 10 games (10-9-19). Chet Pickard earned First Star while notching his sixth shutout of the year, which ties Dustin Tokarski for the team lead.
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It's a shame that no one but the young kids showed up.
Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 49 shots for the loss. The game could've be 8 or 9 to 3 without Ramo. The Lightning got outshot 19-3 in the first period and 15-7 in the third. That's just hanging your goaltender out to dry. The kid deserved better. He showed flashes of what he was prior to this season's disappointments.
11:53 CHI Keith (7), (Havlat, Seabrook)
12:58 TB Stamkos (8), (Melichar, Krajicek)
10:28 TB Stamkos (9), (Prospal, Roberts)(PP)
11:38 TB Stamkos (10), (Eminger, Prospal)(PP)
19:12 CHI Toews (19), (Kane, Barker)(PP)
01:46 CHI Kane (18), (Campbell, Toews)(PP)
12:46 CHI Bolland (13), (Havlat, Keith)
15:59 CHI Toews (20), (Brouwer, Kane)
The team completely laid down after Stamkos' hat trick. It was bizarre, and sickening. I give him a lot of credit for playing hard to the final horn to break up a potential empty net goal. I wish some of the veterans on the team showed that much pride.
Ty Wishart had 1 shot in 8:02.
Steve Downie had 17 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 6:28.
Matt Smaby was -1 with 6 hits and 4 blocked shots in 22:00, which was a high among the defensemen.
Helenius is probably wishing he was paid by the save.
Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 45 shots for the overtime loss.
BRI Bentivoglio, (6) (Lee, Callahan), 1:59
NOR Segal, (17) (Smolenak), 19:22
NOR Segal, (18) (Smolenak), 12:27
BRI Walter, (12) (Iggulden, McLean), 0:29 (PP)
BRI Fraser, (6) (Smith, McLean), 4:39
Brandon Segal and Helenius were the game's second and third stars. Segal deserves a recall to Tampa Bay.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Ty Wishart from the Norfolk Admirals on an emergency basis, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.
Wishart, 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, has played in 46 games with the Admirals this season, recording one goal and four points with a plus-2 rating. Wishart scored his first professional goal on December 19 against Albany.
Wishart has played his first two career NHL games this season with the Lightning, recording one assist. He made his NHL debut on January 3 versus Carolina and then notched his first NHL point with an assist on January 21 versus Buffalo. The 20-year-old was acquired by the Lightning from San Jose on July 4, 2008. He was drafted by the Sharks in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Victoria Grizzlies 7 @ Nanaimo Clippers 4
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 21-38-59, 96 PIM
Fargo Force 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 5-9-14, +21, 90 PIM
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 6
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: Did not play (injured).
Season totals: 49 GP, 13-23-36, +4, 26 PIM
The Oceanicâ€™s win streak hits 11 games. No word on Cuntiâ€™s injury, only that it was sustained in a game last Wednesday.
Plymouth Whalers 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 51 GP, 10-11-21, -22, 65 PIM
With SSM: 15 GP, 2-5-7, -9, 14 PIM
Prince George Cougars 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 22 saves on 25 shots
Season totals: 40 GP, 27-11-0-2, 1.83 GAA, .940 sv%, 6 shutouts
And that, folks, is why the Lightning spent a 15th overall pick on the kid.
Riku Helenius was scintillating, stopping 41 of 42 shots in regulation and overtime before blanking all three Sound Tigers shooters in the penalty shot session for the win. Helenius improves to 2-3-0 with 1 shutout, a 2.12 GAA, and a .940 save percentage.
BRI Smith, (24) (McLean, Walter), 18:03 (PP)
NOR Segal, (16) , 9:04 (PP)
NOR- Szczechura, Konopka, Segal
Helenius and Brandon Segal were the game's first and third stars.
Norfolk moves back to 4 games under .500 despite having McKenna and Ramo up in the NHL. Impressive.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
#6 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Harvard Crimson 4
F Alex Killorn Har: 1-0-1, 2 SOG, Even
Season totals: 24GP, 5-7-12, 40 PIM, -11
Crimson have two win weekend over conference teams.
#5 Vermont Catamounts 4 @ Merrimack Warriors 3
F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 21GP, 1-3-4, 12 PIM, +3
Vermont gets back in the HEast mix.
Massachusetts Minutemen 4 @ #3 Northeastern Huskies 1
D John Wessbecker UMASS: Did not play
Season totals: 27GP, 0-4-4, 30 PIM, +8
Tokarski part of a St. Valentine's Day Massacre of Edmonton ... Fadden hits 60 ... Barberio helps Moncton to shootout win.
At least Ramo got some work.
05:02 WSH Semin (21), (Backstrom)
13:21 WSH Ovechkin (38), (Semin, Backstrom)
19:20 WSHS Morrisonn (2), (Steckel, Gordon)
05:33 WSH Green (22), (Semin)(PP)
09:30 TB Malone (19), (Lecavalier)
13:31 WSH Fehr (8), (Fleischmann)
Two AHL goaltenders and both your best d-men on the shelf is not the way you want to face this Caps team. The Lightning actually had their chances to make a game of it, but Washington's stars finished their chances. The Lightning's did not.
Steve Downie was -1 with 1 shot, hits, and 1 blocked shot in 12:49.
Matt Smaby was -3 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 20:12.
David Koci had 2 shots in 8:43.