And the Lightning decide to try their hand at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...
Johan Holmqvist actually had a decent game, right up until he allowed Ottawa's winner on a bad angle 5-hole softie. He ended up getting the overtime loss allowing 4 goals on 27 shots.
Tampa Bay 5:43, Martin St. Louis 16 (Vaclav Prospal, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 11:17, Vincent Lecavalier 28 (Paul Ranger, Martin St. Louis)
Ottawa 19:21, Randy Robitaille 5 (Mike Fisher, Wade Redden)
Ottawa 4:26, Dany Heatley 25 (Jason Spezza)
Ottawa 3:17, Mike Fisher 15 (Daniel Alfredsson, Anton Volchenkov)
Mathieu Darche was -2 in 10:24 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot.
Marc Denis only had to stop 18 of 19 shots to get his first win as an Admiral as Norfolk outshot Bridgeport 33-19 even without Kyle Wanvig.
NOR Milley, (10) (Schneider, Scalzo), 14:09 (PP)
BRI Tambellini, (21) (Nielsen, Bentivoglio), 5:25
NOR Kearns, (1) (Klinkhammer, Smaby), 12:10
Bracken Kearns and Norm Milley were the first and second stars of the game respectively.
The resurgent Adam Henrich missed tonight's game with an upper body injury. Incidentally, on the injury front, word on the street is defenseman turned left winger turned Gary Roberts Lite Mike Egener is apparently close to returning from a shoulder injury that has kept him out for the past couple of months.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Lightning prospect results from the USHL, BCHL, and CHL.
- Sea Wolves start 2008 with two straight home victories
- [url=/ryan-munce]Ryan Munce[/url] makes 45 saves against the Everblades enroute to victory and [b]First Star[/b] honors on New Years Day
- [url=/marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] scores the game-winner on his return to action on New Years Day earning [b]Third Star[/b] honors
- [url=/ryan-munce]Ryan Munce[/url] makes 29 saves against the Devils enroute to victory and [b]Second Star[/b] honors on Friday night
Anton But had a pair of power play goals in St. Petersburg's 4-3 overtime win over Chekhov.
Al Vishnyakov was scoreless as Novokuznetsk was crushed by Yaroslavl 5-1.
Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist in CSKA's 6-3 drubbing of Novogorod.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Omsk's 2-1 shootout loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 5-2 loss to Tver.
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 33 shots in regulation and overtime before getting tuned up in the penalty shot session allowing 3 of 4 shooters to convert for the loss.
NOR Jones, (7) (Milley, Schneider), 2:55 (PP)
BRI Tambellini, (20) (Nielsen, Walter), 1:03 (PP)
NOR Jancevski, (4) (Kearns, Wanvig), 11:42
NOR Keller, (8) (Wanvig, Jancevski), 2:28 (PP)
BRI Nielsen, (6) (Tambellini, Wotton), 7:45
BRI Sertich, (1) (Tambellini, Wotton), 11:31
BRI-Nielsen, Smith, Tambellini
Dan Jancevski was named the game's second star. Justin Keller had a goal and a game high 6 shots on goal.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
I didn't want this to be lost in amongst the eulogy for the season...
With his 41st NHL game played this season, Mike Lundin graduated from prospect status tonight according to Bolt Prospects' criteria. Lundin will be moved to the Bolt Prospects Alumni section of prospects page when we release our 2007-2008 Midterm Rankings some time within the next few months.
In the meantime, congratulations to Mike on his breakthrough year and best wishes on a long and productive career.