Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports center Blair Jones has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL. He also sources Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen as saying 2006 first round pick Riku Helenius could return to Ilves in February. Helenius underwent shoulder surgery recently and was thought to be out for the year.
According to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, forward Eric Przepiorka has been attending Chiefs practices and the team is pondering whether to sign him to a contract. The 5'9" 181 lb left winger was a top scorer for Dartmouth in the ECACHL for four years amassing 39 goals and 102 points in 132 games before making his pro debut last year in an ATO with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Przepiorka started this season with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL and in 20 career games in the league he has 1 goal, 3 points and 10 penalty minutes.
More points left on the table at the hands of ex-Detroit Viper Tim Thomas.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 25 shots before going perfect deep into the shootout until rookie Phil Kessel beat him with a shot high glove side to win it for Boston. Eric Perrin, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Lightning with Ruslan Fedotenko and Vaclav Prospal adding individual helpers.
I can't be too upset, because the Lightning have outshot their opponents 84-45 in the last two games, and yet the club has only gotten one of a very winnable four points and are slowly slipping behind Carolina and Atlanta in the standings. Again, the schedule the next two months is brutal. The Lightning must bank whatever winnable games they can get, because there won't be many.
Boston 11:06, Brad Boyes 6 (Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Alberts)
Tampa Bay 17:08, Eric Perrin 6 (Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 4:44, Martin St. Louis 16 (shorthanded) (Eric Perrin)
Boston 18:26, P.J. Axelsson 7 (shorthanded) (Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara)
Tampa Bay 9:50, Vincent Lecavalier 12 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal)
Boston 10:55, Glen Murray 13 (Jason York, Marc Savard)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Denis Kazionov had a goal last night in the Russian Selects' 5-3 loss to the WHL in the CHL-Russia Challenge. Kazionov is currently third on the Russian team in scoring checking in officially at 2 goals and 4 points in 5 games with 4 penalty minutes. The tour concludes tonight with a rematch between Russia and the WHL Selects.
Chris Lawrence scored his 16th goal of the season and was +2 in Mississauga's 6-5 shootout loss to Belleville. The 2005 3rd round pick failed to convert on his attempt in the penalty shot session and had 7 minutes in penalties including a fight against Belleville's Aaron Snow. Lawrence's point streak now extends to six games. Over that span he has netted 5 goals and 11 points with a +10 rating and 11 penalty minutes.
The WHL All-Stars beat Russia 5-3 in Game 5 of the Canada-Russia Challenge Wednesday night. While no Tampa prospects played for Team WHL, Denis Kazionov had another goal for Russia in the loss.
The Springfield Falcons have announced they have sent defenseman Geoff Waugh down to Johnstown of the ECHL. The move likely signals the return of defenseman Doug O'Brien who has missed the past seven games for the Falcons due to head and facial injuries caused by an illegal hit from Manchester's Peter Kanko.
John Wessbecker was scoreless with an even rating and 2 PIM in UMASS' 2-2 tie with #9 Boston University. UMASS is 6-3-2 overall and tied for 4th in the HEAST.
Defensemen Art Femenella was scoreless with 4 PIM in Vermont's 2-1 win over Harvard in OT tonight.
Femenella came back in Saturday night's 3-2 win over #3 Maine after missing 4 games due to injury. He assisted on a 1st period goal and finished a +1 with 2 PIM.
The senior has 1 goal and 1 assist and 22 PIM in 7 games this season. Vermont is 8-4-1 overall and 2nd in the HEAST.
What a bizarre game with a disconcerting outcome.
Johan Holmqvist stopped just 10 of 13 shots he faced for the loss before giving way to Marc Denis who stopped 5 of 6 before Washington tacked on an empty net goal. The Lightning outshot the Caps by a stunning 50-20 margin including a 16 shot first period and a mind blowing 25 shot third period. Olaf Kolzig, however, was up to the task. Dan Boyle had 2 assists to lead the Lightning attack. Nick Tarnasky and Vincent Lecavalier scored the Lightning goals. For Tarnasky, it was his first in the NHL with Blair Jones and Ryan Craig getting individual assists in the game.
The downside of the night's outcome is the team squandered an opportunity to move into a tie for second in the division with Carolina and to pick up a point against Atlanta. On paper, the Lightning's schedule in December and January looks potentially brutal so the Lightning must get points when they play lesser opponents like Washington. You can't necessarily fault their effort tonight against the Caps, but the points left on the table still hurt.
Washington 14:12, Kris Beech 2 (Matt Pettinger, Alexander Semin)
Washington 1:53, Boyd Gordon 2 (shorthanded) (Matt Pettinger)
Washington 16:29, Alexander Semin 9 (Brian Sutherby, Steve Eminger)
Washington 18:30, Chris Clark 6 (Alexander Ovechkin, John Erskine)
Tampa Bay 5:10, Nick Tarnasky 1 (Blair Jones, Dan Boyle)
Tampa Bay 10:03, Vincent Lecavalier 11 (Ryan Craig, Dan Boyle)
Washington 18:51, Alexander Ovechkin 16 (empty net) (unassisted)
Game sheet from NHL.com.