What did frosty the snowman do? Thumpety thump thump on the Thrashers?
Marc Denis stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout. Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis went absolutely crazy on Atlanta to earn the first and second stars of the game. Lecavalier started the game with the first three goals for the hat trick and then decided sharing is fun in the holiday season and added 2 assists. St. Louis had 4 assists before capping his own 5 point scoring spree by finishing a Lecavalier pass on a 2-on-1 shorthanded to make the game 7-0. Dan Boyle added 1 goal and 1 assist as did Brad Richards. Nikita Alexeev and Ruslan Fedotenko also had goals with individual helpers going to Perrin, Kuba, Prospal, Craig and Janik.
Every once in a while there's that one perfect night where everything comes together, and tonight was that night against a national media darling that just so happens to be the team I dispise almost as much as the Florida Panthers (maybe even more these days). Not only did Lecavalier and St. Louis continue their torrid season scoring paces that should have them earning All-Star honors and possibly MVP candidates (if the Lightning can right their ship) but Marc Denis got his first win in, well, forever and did so in shutout fashion. Hopefully, the train is now back on the tracks and ready to roll. Old ex-Panther dirt bag Scott Mellanby getting stuck with a -5 doesn't hurt my feelings either.
Here's the really fun part:
Tampa Bay 19:32, Vincent Lecavalier 15 (Eric Perrin, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 6:28, Vincent Lecavalier 16 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 12:14, Vincent Lecavalier 17 (Filip Kuba, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 12:48, Nikita Alexeev 8 (Brad Richards, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 14:58, Brad Richards 10 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Delayed, but finally here:
Vasily Koshechkin fell to 10-6-3 on the year as Togliatti lost to Magnitogorsk 3-1.
Evgeny Artyukhin scored his second goal of the season in Yaroslavl's 4-3 win over Novosibirsk.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-2 loss to Omsk.
Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 4-2 loss to Khimik.
Dimitri Kazionov and Albert Vishnyakov were scoreless in Kazan's 7-4 win over Dynamo.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 3-0 loss to Nizhenkamsk.
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Chris Lawrence had an assist and 2 penalty minutes in Mississauga's 3-1 loss to Brampton.
Marek Bartanus had an assist and was -1 in Owen Sound's 8-4 drubbing of Erie.
Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 2 penalty minutes as Prince George blew a 3-0 lead to fall 5-3 at Lethbridge.
Dane Crowley had a power play goal and a power play assist with 4 PIMs as Swift Current beat Prince Albert 5-2. Crowley was named third star of the game. Through 24 games Crowley has 2 goals and 10 points with a -1 rating and 71 penalty minutes.
Time to start a new winning streak.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 27 shots before being pulled in the third period for Jonathan Boutin who stopped 6 of 6 shots faced. Springfield, for whatever reason, struggled to get into the game in the first two periods and were outshot 26-12 through 40 minutes before putting together a decent third period to get the final total to 33-27, Lowell. Marek Kvapil and Eric Healey scored the Falcons' goals, both on the power play. For Kvapil, it is just his 3rd of the season, which is disappointing. Mike Egener, Andy Delmore, John Adams and Blair Jones had assists.
LOW Minard, (8) (McGillis, Papineau), 6:35 (PP)
SPR Kvapil, (3) (Egener, Delmore), 2:04 (PP)
LOW Papineau, (8) (Marshall, Tallackson), 5:45 (PP)
LOW Minard, (9) (Papineau), 8:04
LOW Bergfors, (9) (Vrana, Voros), 4:22 (PP)
SPR Healey, (9) (Adams, Jones), 5:57 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
A good start to the game and good effort throughout, but nothing to show for it.
Daniel Briere scored his first career hattrick and Ryan Miller was in all-star form as Buffalo erased a 1-0 deficit with four unanswered goals on their way to a 4-1 victory on Dave Andreychuk night. Vincent Lecavalier's wraparound goal in the game's first minute was the only marker for Tampa - who had multiple scoring chances, but saw passes jump over sticks, shots hit skates, and/or Miller come up big. Vaclav Prospal had the only assist on the evening, and even that was speculative as it appeared Prospal gave the puck away behind the net and Jochen Hecht of Buffalo was trying to swing it around the end boards when Lecavalier blocked the attempt with his right foot, then kicked the puck to his stick with his left foot before putting it through the legs of an unsuspecting Miller for the goal.
Andre Roy saw his first action for the Lightning since the Cup year and fought Andrew Peters in his first shift. Roy's physical play also sparked Nick Tarnasky to throw more hits and that line - which was centered by captain Tim Taylor - was very effective not only on the forecheck, but creating scoring chances.
Once again, however, if the Lightning made a mistake, the puck ended up in the back of the net. This was highlighted by an odd decision by Brad Richards to stickhandle through a player while he was the last man back - resulting in a turnover that led to Buffalo's third goal. Just as odd was Martin St. Louis trying basically the same thing later in the game, and he nearly lost the puck to an opposing player in front of Mark Denis, who made 25 saves on the night, including a miraculous save on Maxim Afinogenov when Denis dove to his right and got his stick on a shot headed for an open net. Easily the save of the year so far for the Lightning.
Tampa Bay 0:53, Vincent Lecavalier 14 (Vaclav Prospal)
Buffalo 7:17, Daniel Briere 11 (Jason Pominville, Dmitri Kalinin)
Buffalo 10:34, Chris Drury 17 (Nathan Paetsch, Ales Kotalik)
Buffalo 17:15, Daniel Briere 12 (Jochen Hecht)
Buffalo 12:21, Daniel Briere 13 (Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville)
Game sheet from NHL.com.