NHL Game Night: 12-9-09 Oilers at Lightning

Lightning fall to .500. Season at a crossroads.

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Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
TB 1:08, St. Louis 6 (Lecavalier, Malone)
EDM 11:21, Gilbert 2 (Nilsson, Stortini)

Second Period
EDM 6:31, Penner 17 (Gagner, Brule)
TB 7:34, Hedman 2 (St. Louis)
EDM 11:07, Stortini 3 (Stone)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Ryan Malone left in the first period with a lower body injury. Steven Stamkos didn't see the ice again after what turned out to be Edmonton's winning goal with an injury.

Messages are being sent. If they aren't received, changes are almost sure to be the next option.

Zenon Konopka was -1 with 12 penalty minutes, and was 80% on draws in 7:48.

Paul Szczechura was -2 with 2 shots and 1 hit and was 56% on draws in 20:50.

James Wright was -2 in 13:57.

Victor Hedman had a goal, 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots as he rose back to the 26 minute mark with 26:04 of ice time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-9-09

Ekaterinburg 0 @ Omsk 4
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 21/21, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 15-10, 3 SO, 1.95 GAA, .916 sv%

Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-3-7, -10, 10 PIM

Ramo rebounded from his rough outing against Magnitogorsk by throwing a 21 save shutout against lowly Ekaterinburg. It was Ramo's third shutout of the season. Kazionov played 15:01 in the match for Ekaterinburg.

Magnitogorsk 4 @ Astana 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 27/27, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 17-13, 5 SO, 2.02 GAA, .925 sv%

Remember what we said about Koshechkin having a history of getting shutouts in bunches? After a small blip against Karri Ramo's Omsk in which he allowed 3 goals, Koshechkin threw his third shutout in his last four starts today by blanking Astana 4-0. Koshechkin now is along in first in the KHL in shutouts and sits tied for third with former NHLer Robert Esche in wins.

Dynamo Moscow 3 @ Togliatti 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-7-10, -5, 26 PIM

Dare we say that the slump is over? After floundering in his first 25 or so games in the KHL, Harju's scoring has seen a modest uptick, as he assisted on Linus Omark's 14th goal of the season today to cap a three goal Dynamo third period. Harju played 15:32 in the match and was 40% on draws. Detroit Red Wings property Jiri Hudler had his 12th and 13th goals of the season for Dynamo in the win.

Dynamo Riga 2 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 10-1-11, E, 12 PIM

The elder Kazionov, who had 9 goals all of last season, potted his 10th of the season to cap a 4-2 win by Kazan over Dynamo Riga. Kazionov played 11:49 in the match.

Lethbridge Sends Ashton to Pats

(Regina Pats release) Regina Pats General Manager is proud to announce the acquisition of forwards Carter Ashton, Craig Orfino and a 3rd round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes. In exchange, the Pats send 17 year old forward Graham Hood, 15 year old prospect Taylor Balog, a 2nd round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, as well as their 1st round pick in 2011.

Eighteen year old Carter Ashton is native of Saskatoon and was a 1st round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. This season he has 13 goals and 13 assists in 28 games with the Hurricanes.

CHL Game Night: 12-7-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ PEI Rocket 0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 2-20-22, +7, 30 PIM

Shane Owen, who was waived by Erie of the OHL when Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus returned to the Otters, improved to 5-1 for Moncton with a 30 save shutout and a First Star award against the Rocket.

CHL Game Night: 12-7-09

WHL

Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Lethbridge scored three third period goals, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. Ashton is second on the Hurricanes in goals and points. He leads in power play goals with seven – four more than anyone else on the team. He’s tied for the lead in shorthanded goals with one.

NHL Game Night: 12-7-09 Capitals at Lightning

They can skate with the Caps, but they couldn't finish their chances.

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Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
WSH 7:39, Ovechkin 19 (Semin)
WSH 12:32, Eric Fehr 8 (Fleischmann)
WSH 19:35, Ovechkin 20 (Fleischmann, Semin)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Steven Stamkos 0 shots on goal. I rest my case. The coaching staff needs to get on Steven hard to shoot the puck more. If I was Tocchet I'd tell Lecavalier, Stamkos, and St. Louis the first one to 5 shots in the next game gets $500.

Zenon Konopka was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:57 and was 50% on draws.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 80% on draws in 13:17.

James Wright had 2 shots and was 50% on draws in 13:38.

Victor Hedman was -1 with 2 hits in 19:11.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-7-09

Ekaterinburg 4 @ Yulaev 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 4-3-7, -10, 10 PIM

Ekaterinburg got a pair of goals from Anatoli Nikontsev, including the winner in the final period, to help upset Yulaev 4-3. The younger Kazionov played 11:47 in the match.

Magnitogorsk 5 @ Omsk 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 38/41, 3.00 GAA, .927 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 16-13, 4 SO, 2.08 GAA, .923 sv%

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 33/38, 5.00 GAA, .868 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 14-10, 2 SO, 2.03 GAA, .913 sv%

In a battle of Lightning goaltending titans in the KHL, it was Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk that came out on top. Magnitogorsk extended their lead in the East over Yulaev to five points with the victory. Omsk sits in third in the East, but is a full 18 points behind Magnitogorsk with 3 games in hand.

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Kazan 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-6-9, -6, 26 PIM

Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 9-1-10, E, 12 PIM

The elder Kazionov opened the game's scoring with a second period marker from Danis Zaripov and Yarkko Immonen, and Kazan carried a 2-1 lead into the final frame. But, Johan Harju assisted on a Linus Omark goal to tie the game up 1:13 into the final period and Omark scored again with under five minutes left in regulation to help lead Dynamo to a 4-2 win over Kazan. The goals were Omark's 12th and 13th of the season. Harju played 18:45 in the match and was 37% on draws. Kazionov played 11:36 for Ak Bars.

Hutchings Named Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week

(OHL release) The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Alex Hutchings of the Barrie Colts is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 6. Hutchings recorded eight points in three games scoring four shorthanded goals and four assists with a league-best plus-minus rating of plus-6.

CHL Game Night: 12-6-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 2-20-22, +7, 30 PIM

Barberio (pictured) notched his 20th assist of the year in a 5-4 road win over Cape Breton. His career high for assists is 35, set two seasons ago in 70 games. He had 30 in 66 last season to go with 15 goals. Former Erie Otter Shane Owen improved to 4-1 in net for Moncton.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Brampton Battalion 1
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sudbury has won three in a row after a lengthy losing streak. They are now two points behind Brampton for third in the Central Division. Cody Hodgson still hasn’t played this season for Brampton due to his back injury.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 7-9-16, +13, 19 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 23 GP, 10-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .901 sv%, 1 SO

Zador got the night off and watched as his backup, Kevin Ballie, defeated the CHL’s top team in a shootout. Windsor had their 12-game winning streak snapped, but extended their streak of games without a regulation loss to 22.

NCAA Game Night: 12-6-09

New Hampshire Wildcats 5 @ No.19 Vermont Catamounts 2
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 4 PIM

Vermont falls back to .500 at 6-6-2. Losing to unranked New Hampshire may complete their fall out of the Top-20.

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