Not. Even. Close.
Olaf Kolzig allowed 4 goals on 39 shots in the loss.
14:09 Recchi (3), (Krajicek, Vrbata)
18:19 TB Jokinen (6), (Meszaros, Ranger)(PP)
01:33 DET Datsyuk (5), (Lidstrom, Hossa)
01:38 DET Zetterberg (10), (Franzen, Hossa)(PP)
02:30 DET Samuelsson (3), (Datsyuk, Kronwall)(PP)
09:21 DET Franzen (7), (Zetterberg, Samuelsson)
15:42 TB Pettinger (1), (St. Louis, Prospal)
The Lightning were outshot 39-18 in the game.
When the Detroit Red Wings come to town, it's an opportunity for every other team to see how they measure up. Whether you like Detroit or not, they have been almost inarguably the most successful franchise in hockey for more than a decade. They have a system and a program, and it doesn't matter who the players are or even who the coaches are, they win hockey game. That's how they could absorb the losses of Hall of Fame caliber players like Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan without skipping a beat. They are the measuring stick.
In the 2003-2004 regular season when the Lightning scratched a clawed their way to a point against Detroit in a very evenly matched contest between what would eventually become the first and second highest point totals in the league, it became very clear the Lightning were a legit contender for the Stanley Cup they hoisted at the end of that season. Tonight? Not. Even. Close. Yeah, I know it was a one goal game on paper, but when you get outshot by more than a 2:1 ratio and get completely outclassed in the final frame when you entered the period with a one goal lead to protect, it shows that you're miles behind the big dogs.
Now the Lightning have their first three game regulation losing streak of the season, and one has to wonder if the scenario we wondered about this summer on Bolt Prospects is potentially about to come to pass. Will the organization pull together, or does this all degenerate into a circular firing squad? Honestly, I think there's only two people who can really pull this out of the gutter right now: Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. This is their team and it's been their team for years. The solutions clearly aren't coming from the front office or the coaching staff, so they need to come from inside the room from the team leaders.
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 9:51 with 1 hit and was 40% on draws.
Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 4-12-16, -2, 12 PIM
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 3 (SO)
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 18 GP, 5-3-8, -7, 17 PIM
Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4 (SO)
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Shootout loss, 30 saves
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-3-0-2, 3.13 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 shutout
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 35 saves, *First Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 11-4-0-2, 1.68 GAA, .947 sv%, 3 shutouts
Tokarski continues to lead the league in GAA, save percentage, and shutouts. Heâ€™s third in wins. Unofficially this was his fourth First Star of the year, to go along with five Seconds and two Thirds.
Vancouver Giants 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 1
C James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 9-10-19, +13, 6 PIM
How not to inspire confidence in the Lightning fan base.
Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.
16:33 FLA McCabe (1), (Campbell, Olesz)
01:28 FLA Horton (6), (unassisted)(PP)
10:25 FLA Campbell (1), (Bouwmeester, Horton)(PP)
16:28 FLA Campbell (2), (Bouwmeester, Peltonen)
The Lightning were outshot 31-24 in the game. Great.
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 10:59 with 1 shot and 2 hits and he was 43% on draws.
By Corine Gatti
NORFOLK, Va. â€“ It is part of the life of an athlete. Being traded and packing up the suitcase to start over in an unfamiliar city is nothing new. Norfolk center Paul Szczechura experienced that last winter after being informed that the Iowa Stars traded him to the Norfolk Admirals. Shocked and disappointed, Szczechura turned his thinking around and his game around. â€œIt was a little rough in the beginning when I found out and left Iowa [Stars],â€ Szczechura said. â€œIt was around Christmas time and I knew I had to work harder.â€ Iowa had initially signed Szczechura to an Amateur Tryout Contract in March 2007 after finishing his collegiate career at Western Michigan University [CCHA]. He was signed to an American Hockey League Standard Playerâ€™s contract the following season. With that all behind him, Szczechura joined Norfolk undrafted and without an NHL contract.
But that didnâ€™t last.
Szczechuraâ€™s destiny and career took a turn for the better. The Brantford, Ontario native tuned into his own offensive rhythm and adapted instantly to an Admirals jersey. The Southeast seemed to smile down on the rookie, notching seven goals in his first 10 games with Norfolk. The center tied the Admirals for third on the team with 14 goals, and finished the 2007-2008 campaign by scintillating fans with 26 points in 24 games.A two-year NHL contract with the Lightning soon followed in April. What deemed to be a setback, the trade paid dividends for both Tampa and Szczechura.
Change was good.
Red Deer Rebels 1 @ Prince George Cougars 6
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-3-4, +2, 2 PIM (holding), *Second Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 16-13-29, -12, 21 PIM
Tyrellâ€™s goal came while shorthanded and two of his assists came on the power play. Tyrell is now seventh in the league in points and second in goals. Vancouver power forward Evander Kane (pictured - 2009 eligible) leads all scorers with 33 points in 18 games. He is indeed named after former heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield.
Vancouver Giants 2 @ Chilliwack Bruins 3
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-9-18, +13, 6 PIM
Despite peppering Bruinsâ€™ goalie Marc Friesen (2009 eligible) with 43 shots, Vancouver suffered its first regulation loss of the year (14-1-0-3).
Good start to a long road trip.
Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 34 shots faced for the win.
LOW Wiseman, (1) (Rheaume, DiSalvatore), 4:07 (PP)
NOR Heward, (2) (Jones, Downie), 5:05 (PP)
LOW DiSalvatore, (2) (Swift), 5:41
NOR Heward, (3) (Hutchinson, Downie), 10:56 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Segal, Ramo), 11:12
LOW Zharkov, (4) (Corrente, Swift), 8:17
NOR Konopka, (4) (Downie, Hutchinson), 18:41
Jamie Heward was named the game's first star.
Steve Downie had his first point in an Admirals uniform on Heward's power play marker. Zenon Konopka has a three game goal scoring streak and not-so-coincidentally, the Admirals have a three game winning streak. Veteran Andrew Hutchinson also has had two multi-point games over that stretch. Now if the Ads can get Wyatt Smith and Brandon Bochenski off the milk carton, they'll really be cooking.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
G Riku Helenius, 3-2-1-0, 0 SO, 3.24 GAA, .902 sv% *
indicates not on current roster
* indicates Rookie
In today's Augusta Chronicle, head coach John Marks said he expects an additional forward will be reassigned to the Lynx prior to this weekend's back-to-back tilt against the Florida Everblades.
Kolzig's return to Washington DC was a cold reception.
Olaf Kolzig allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss.
08:20 WSH Poti (2), (Brashear, Erskine)
09:55 WSH Green (5), (Ovechkin, Backstrom)
16:24 WSH Fehr (1), (Laich, Steckel)
16:30 TB Roberts (1), (Recchi, St. Louis)(PP)
15:54 WSH Ovechkin (3), (Semin, Schultz)
19:34 TB Roberts (2), (Eminger, Jokinen) (PP)
The Lightning outshot the Caps 36-30 in the game.
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 11:24 with 1 shot and was 45% on draws.
Fadden getting back to normal ... Cunti too.
The South Carolina Stingrays blanked the punchless Lynx 4-0 in an afternoon tilt at James Brown Arena. The Lynx, coming off an impressive offensive effort after losing Slattenren and Keller to the AHL, put up 25 shots but Washington Capitals 2006 2nd round rookie prospect netminder Michal Neuvirth slammed the door shut for his first professional shutout. Lighting rookie prospect goaltender Riku Helenius allowed four goals on 26 shots, while Kevin Quick was scoreless on four shots. Forward Chris Lawrence who was reassigned to Augusta from Norfolk by the Lighting earlier in the day, has not yet joined the team.
South Carolina 4 @ Augusta 0
G Riku Helenius: 4 GA; 60:00 MIN; 22 SV; 26 SH
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; E; 0 PIM; 4 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: did not play
Augusta falls to 5-4-1 and hits the road for a back-to-back tilt against the Florida Everblades in Estero next Friday and Saturday.