NHL Game Night: 1-9-10 Lightning at Flyers

Is it Richards? Carter? No. Apparently Blair Betts owns the Tampa Bay Lightning.

TB-1
PHI-4

Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
PHI 13:01, Giroux 9 (Richards, Gagne)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
PHI 3:36, Hartnell 10 (Briere, Pronger)
TB 13:05, St. Louis 11 (Stamkos, Downie)
PHI 16:55, Betts 5 (Laperriere, Coburn)
PHI 19:33, Betts 6 (unassisted)(EN)

If Blair Betts played more games against the Lightning, he might be a 30 goal scorer. It's a strange thing to see a Lightning team that put up 6 goals in 4-1/2 periods against Ryan Miller and Martin Brodeur revert back to offensive ineptitude. Of course, when you only get 18 shots on goal, that will happen. Now the Lightning have to go back to New Jersey and try to make a 3-0 lead stand up for 29 minutes. How bizarre.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 10:11.

Blair Jones was -1 with 5 penalty minutes in 10:43.

Victor Hedman was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 22:54. At the intersection of weird and unprecedented, Hedman's 41st game of the season was last night, which I suppose means his graduation date will go down as 1/8/10 on the Bolt Prospects Alumni page. But he got one more night tonight to have the spotlight by virtue of Lou and the Devils not being able to keep on their lights. Congratulations to Victor on becoming an NHLer.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-9-10 Crunch at Admirals

It's time to hit the panic button in Norfolk.

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NOR-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the loss. Coach Rumble decided to go back with Tokarski rather than insert Janus, and although Tokarski allowed Norfolk to fall into a 2-0 hole in the first period, he blanked Syracuse the rest of the way.

First Period
SYR Aulin, (11) (Reese, LaVallee-Smotherman), 2:37
SYR Kana, (7) (Bell, MacKenzie), 12:01

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Lashoff, (3) (Simek, Krajicek), 0:46

Matt Lashoff was named the third star of the game.

Norfolk outshot Syracuse 39-32 but, as was the case in the third period last night, Kevin Lalande was practically impossible for Norfolk to solve tonight. The loss drops Norfolk into a tie for last place with Syracuse and 5 games under .500. What's really frightening is that the team is now 7-10-0 at The Scope, which typically is one of the hardest arenas for any team in the league to have to go play in. It's more than a little strange for the Admirals to have a better winning percentage on the road than at home.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-9-10

Spartak Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 3-11-14, -6, 28 PIM

Harju keeps steadily increasing his assist totals over the last month, as he had a helper today in 14:22 of ice time. Harju was also 33% on draws in the game. Former Flyers prospect Stefan Ruzicka scored the shootout winner for Spartak.

Note:
The game between Chekhov and Karri Ramo and Omsk that was scheduled for today was postponed.

Update:
The Chekhov/Omsk game was suspended due to an ugly string of brawls that led to 19, yes 19, ejections.

CHL Game Night: 1-8-10

OHL

Belleville Bulls 1 @ Ottawa 67’s 5
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 10-9-19, +11, 23 PIM
With Bulls: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 4 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season Totals: 37 GP, 13-8-21, -4, 37 PIM
With Bulls: 24 GP, 11-7-18, -2, 17 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Belleville scored the game’s first goal, then gave up the next five.

Barrie Colts 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 39 GP, 26-23-49, +27, 34 PIM

After a 22-game win streak, Barrie has now lost two of their last four games. Barrie announced the acquisition of Alex Pietrangelo earlier in the day, but he did not play in the game. Pietrangelo was just reassigned to the OHL by the St. Louis Blues after he won Best Defenseman honors at the World Junior Championships.

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu has yet to return to the Wolves lineup after representing Finland at the World Junior Championships.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-13-2-1, 3.54 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 SO

Zador has served as Oshawa’s backup the last two games.

WHL

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season Totals: 38 GP, 16-17-33, -12, 71 PIM
With Regina: 10 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 19 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

It was Jordan Eberle and Colton Teubert Day in Regina, honoring the Pats' two Canadian WJC stars, but despite outshooting the Warriors 37-25, the Pats lost. Eberle was -3 and Teubert -1 with an assist. Ashton, who started the game off the top line, is approaching his career high in penalty minutes (93), set last season in 70 games.

NCAA Game Night: 1-8-10

NCAA

Harvard Crimson 2 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 5-4-9, E, 8 PIM

Harvard is now 1-1 after the Christmas break.

Michigan Wolverines 4 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: Did not play.
Season Totals: 17 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 20 PIM

Michigan improved to 11-10-0 this year, while WMU fell to 6-11-4.

NHL Game Night: 1-8-10 Lightning at Devils

Lou didn't pay the electric bill.

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NJ-0 9:12 2nd

The game has been suspended due to New Jersey's inability to get a bank of lights functioning in their allegedly state-of-the-art and pratically brand new arena in scenic downtown Newark, New Jersey.

No announcement has been made regarding how the league will handle the stoppage. We'll have to dig back in the history books, but I seems to recall a game during Paul Ranger's junior career where this same thing happened and Oshawa had to play the remainder of the game at a different date a week or two later. I'm perfectly fine with the Lightning having to finish out the last 29 minutes of the game. A winner doesn't want to be handed 2 points for half a night's work. As long as the Lightning get to start the resumption of this game with a 3-0 lead at the same point on the clock, I'm fine with that. That's fair. If the Devils try to lobby the league for anything else, I'm going to lose a lot of respect for their organization.

Mike Smith has 20 saves on 20 shots thus far.

First Period
TB 6:58, Downie 9 (Foster, Malone)(PP)

Second Period
TB 5:13, Bochenski 1 (Stamkos, Foster)(PP)
TB 10:04, Stamkos 22 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)

I wonder how this is going to be handled in my fantasy league. Stamkos has 1 goal and 1 assist already, for crying out loud!

Update:
The league has announced the game will be restarted at the point it was stopped at a date to be determined. Good.

AHL Game Night: 1-8-10 Crunch at Admirals

It's as if the Admirals got the early goal and then decided it was going to be easy so they didn't have to skate hard anymore.

SYR-4
NOR-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 40 shots for the loss. There were a couple of goals that went through Dustin that I'm sure he wishes he had back. I'd expect Janus to be in tomorrow night.

First Period
NOR Simek, (10) (MacAulay), 1:07 (PP)
SYR Sigalet, (3) (Bell, Aulin), 11:44 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Aulin, (10) (LaVallee-Smotherman, Bell), 7:06
SYR Bell, (7) (Fritsche, Aulin), 9:42 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Blunden, (3) (Radja, Clitsome), 15:44

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-8-10

Ekaterinburg 2 @ Nizhnekamsk 1 (SO)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

Kazionov played an even 8:00 in the match. Ekaterinburg's win was an upset as Nizhnekamsk sits in third in the East while Ekateriburg is 5 points behind Togliatti for the 8th and final playoff spot in the conference.

Magnitogorsk 6 @ Togliatti 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 21/21, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 19-15, 6 SO, 2.00 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin finally played against his old club after sitting in previous contests against Lada, and he helped dismantle them by pitching a shutout in a 6-0 victory. The shutout is Koshechkin's league leading 6th of the season. The big netminder posted 8 shutouts last year in a Togliatti jersey. Magnitogorsk was led offensively by 2 goals and 1 assist by forward Jan Marek.

Chelyabinsk 2 @ Kazan 5
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-5-20, +5, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov's 15th goal of the season was the 20th point of his campaign, which matches his season total in points for all 55 games he played last season. He played 12:07 in today's match and his goal was an unassisted marker. Kazan was led offensively by 2 goals and 1 assist from long-time Kazan star Denis Zaripov.

CHL Game Night: 1-7-10

OHL

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Barrie Colts 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 38 GP, 26-23-49, +28, 32 PIM

Hutchings opened the game’s scoring with his 26th goal of the year. His career high for goals is 34, set last season. He scored 29 two years ago. Barrie is expected to announce the acquisition of Alex Pietrangelo, who was released back to major junior by the St. Louis Blues after being named the top defenseman at the world junior championship while playing for Team Canada.

KHL Game Day: 1-7-10

Novosibirsk 1 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 3-10-13, -9, 28 PIM

Harju played 16:15 in the match and got his 10th assist of the season, but was just 17% on draws in the win. Swedish Olympian Mattias Weinhandl again led the Dynamo attack with 1 goal and 1 assist.

Novgorod 1 @ Omsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 17-14, 3 SO, 2.06 GAA, .912 sv%

Ramo got a goal by former Lightning player Eric Perrin and an assist from former Lightning first round pick Alex Svitov as Omsk knocked off Novgorod 2-1.

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