AHL Game Night: 3-5-10 River Rats at Admirals

Five straight wins at home for the Admirals.

NOR-3 (SO)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 28 shots before stopping 2 out of 4 shooters in the penalty shot session for the shootout win. Janus moved his record to above .500 for the season at 7-6-0 with the win, and he's riding a personal 5 game winning streak.

First Period
ALB Terry, (14) (FitzGerald), 3:47

Second Period
NOR Hall, (12) (Tyrell, Craig), 9:59
NOR Keller, (13) (Mihalik, Tyrell), 16:07 (PP)

Third Period
ALB McBain, (6) , 0:26


ALB- Terry, McBain
NOR- Keller, Jones, Fornataro, Fadden

Adam Hall, Janus, and Justin Keller were the game's three stars.

In a stunning development, Juraj Simek, the Don of the Presov Mafia, was stopped for the first time all season in the shootout. He was the one and only Admiral to fail to convert on Justin Pogge. With a pair of assists, Dana Tyrell had his 5th multi-point game in his last 11 games, and he's on a 3-game point streak. Vladimir Mihalik notched his 6th point in his last 12 games and has matched his season total for point from a year ago and is 1 point shy of his career best AHL season. Paul Szczechura is about to be recalled to Tampa Bay and did not play tonight.

The win moves the Admirals to within 1 point of Albany for 2nd place in the East Division with the Rats holding 1 game in hand. The Admirals will give the Rats a rematch tomorrow night at The Scope, and a regulation win could move Norfolk into 2nd place all by themselves in the division. Fourth place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is losing 4-1 to Syracuse in the third period. If that holds up, Norfolk will move 7 points up on the Penguins with the Pens holding 3 games in hand. 5th place Adirondack lost to Rochester 5-2 and, if the Crunch's score holds up, they'll be tied with Syracuse at 12 points behind the Admirals with each team holding 3 games in hand on Norfolk. Bolt Prospects has declared the Binghamton Senators deceased.

In the crossover, Bridgeport beat Portland 5-4, Providence fell to Manchester 2-1, and the Hartford Wolf Pack were idle. So, the Admirals remain 5 points up on the 5th place team in the Atlantic (Bridgeport), move 7 points up on the 6th place team (Providence) with the Bruins holding 2 games in hand, and the Admirals move 11 points up on 7th place Hartford with the Pack holding 3 games in hand. If the Admirals were to fall to 4th in the East Division, they would have to finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to make the postseason.

It's an epic clash tomorrow between the Admirals and the Rats with 2nd place in the division potentially up for grabs.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 3-5-10

Astana 3 @ Dynamo Riga 5
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 16 PIM

Karsums played 14:35 in the match, and scored an empty net goal with 3 seconds left in the game to seal the deal for Riga.

Omsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, DNP
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 34/36, 1.85 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 21-16-4, 4 SO, 2.09 GAA, .914 sv%

Ramo allowed 2 out of 3 shooters he faced in the shootout to convert as Omsk fell in the penalty shot session. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a goal in the match for Omsk.

St. Petersburg 3 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 24/27, 3.01 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 48 GP, 25-15-8, 8 SO, 1.92 GAA, .928 sv%

Former NHLers Sergei Zubov and Alexei Yashin each had 2 helpers for St. Petersburg.

Cherepovets 2 @ Ekaterinburg 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 18 PIM

Kazionov played 14:37 in the match.

KHK MVD 2 @ Kazan 3 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM

The elder Kazionov played 13:45 in the match and assisted on a third period goal by former Sharks draft pick Hannes Hyvonen. Former NHLer Alexei Morozov also had a goal in the match for Kazan.

CHL Game Night: 3-4-10


Belleville Bulls 3 @ Barrie Colts 4
C Richard Panik, BEL: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM (interference), *Third Star*
Season Totals: 55 GP, 18-16-34, +6, 43 PIM
With Bulls: 22 GP, 9-7-16, -9, 24 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 57 GP, 19-14-33, -19, 51 PIM
With Bulls: 44 GP, 17-13-30, -17, 31 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 45-29-74, +40, 54 PIM

Although Hutchings scored his 45th of the year, fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik (pictured) had the most goals of anyone in the game with two – good enough for a Third Star honor on the road. Panik’s goals cut Barrie’s leads to 2-1 and 3-2 respectively in the third period. The Bulls would later tie it at three before Barrie got a goal with just over three minutes remaining to win it. Hutchings extended his point streak to 12 games and his goal streak to seven games. Barrie has five games left and Hutchings is five goals from 50.

NHL Game Night: 3-4-10 Lightning at Capitals

At this rate, neither of the Lightning's goaltenders deserve to be back with the team next season.


Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the loss. You simply cannot give up soft goals to a team like the Capitals. They have no trouble scoring 3-4 goals a night on their own. When you spot them freebies, you've got pracitically no chance to win.

First Period
WSH 6:10, Eric Fehr 16 (unassisted)
TB 11:55, Downie 16 (Foster, St. Louis)(PP)

Second Period
WSH 2:17, Knuble 24 (Laich, Morrison)
WSH 8:21, Knuble 25 (Backstrom, Ovechkin)
TB 9:03, Lecavalier 16 (St. Louis, Foster)(PP)

Third Period
WSH 10:11, Walker 4 (Green, Gordon)
TB 10:35, Lecavalier 17 (Purcell, Meszaros)
TB 12:28, Stamkos 38 (Ohlund, St. Louis)
WSH 13:09, Walker 5 (Green, Chimera)

It's sickening. The past two games the team hasn't played as poorly as their goals allowed have indicated, but the goaltenders are struggling and so are a couple of the defensemen. You can compensate for defensemen struggling. You can't if your goaltenders are giving up 1-2 soft goals a night. The power play looks good. The forwards are playing pretty well. But, if the goaltending isn't right, you've got no chance.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Elitserien Game Day: 3-4-10

Frolunda 4 @ Sodertalje 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 33/37, 4.00 GAA, .892 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.68 GAA, .914 sv%

Helenius and Sodertalje were overwhelmed in the match by Frolunda, which outshot their opponent by a margin of 37-17. Former Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala had a helper in the match for Frolunda.

AHL Game Night: 3-3-10 Admirals at Penguins

Things tighten up a bit in the playoff chase...


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 33 shots in the loss.

First Period
WBS Grant, (2) (Johnson, Tangradi), 5:50
NOR Hall, (11) (Tyrell, Craig), 9:25

Second Period
WBS Wallace, (18) (Smith, Conner), 8:22 (PP)
NOR Jones, (8) (Tarkir, Fadden), 10:07

Third Period
WBS Pushkarev, (6) (Lee, Tangradi), 8:06
WBS Jeffrey, (19) (Wallace), 19:56 (EN)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton now pulls within 5 points of Norfolk with the Pens holding 3 games in hand. The good news is that, after tonight, Norfolk has just 4 road games remaining on their schedule and 12 at home.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 3-3-10

Back from the Olympic Break...

Omsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 5
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-3-6, +6, 14 PIM

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 20/24, 4.03 GAA, .833 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 21-16, 4 SO, 2.10 GAA, .913 sv%

Fresh off a solid performance for Latvia in the Olympics, Karsums had 1 goal and 1 assist in 20:26 in a solid drubbing on Avangard Omsk. KHL goal scoring leader Marcel Hossa scored his 33rd and 34th goal of the season in the match for Riga.

Yulaev 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM

Harju led Dynamo in shots on goal in 12:34 but could not crack former NHLer Vitaly Kolesnik in their 3-0 shutout loss to the East's first place team, Yulaev. Harju was 54% on draws in the match.

Cherepovets 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 24/25, 1.00 GAA, .960 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 25-14, 8 SO, 1.89 GAA, .929 sv%

Former Coyotes first round pick Viktor Tikhonov scored his 14th goal of the season in support of Koshechkin in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 win.

Mytischi 3 @ Ekaterinburg 2 (SO)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 18 PIM

The younger Kazionov brother played 16:04 in the match and had a team high 4 shots on goal for Ekaterinburg. Former Lightning draft pick Vadim Epanchintsev had an assist in the match for Mytischi.

Spartak Moscow 1 @ Kazan 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 18-8-26, +9, 16 PIM

The elder Kazionov played 15:17 in the match for Kazan.

Lightning Trade Halpern for Purcell, 3rd

The Lightning have traded veteran forward Jeff Halpern to the Los Angeles Kings for young winger Ted Purcell and Florida's third round pick.

An accomplished scorer in the minors, Purcell has been somewhat of an inconsistent prospect in the NHL thus far, with three goals and three assists in 41 games so far this year on a stacked Kings squad. He had 16 points (4 goals) in 40 games with the Kings a season ago.

CHL Game Night: 3-2-10


Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 13-42-55, +39, 64 PIM

Barberio scored what turned out to be the game winner less than five minutes into the first period. The ‘Cats would add another goal less than a minute later, then hold the Eagles off the scoresheet for the rest of the game. Moncton has won eight straight.


Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 5 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 44-30-74, +41, 52 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 7-15-22, -6, 16 PIM
With Sudbury: 23 GP, 4-8-12, -11, 10 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Hutchings scored his 44th goal of the year at 2:45 of overtime to give the Colts the road win and extend his point streak to 11 games. He has goals in six straight. This was his 11th game winning goal of the season, tying him with Ottawa's Cody Lindsay (undrafted) for the league lead. Sointu’s two assists gave him his first multi-point game since January 31. Sointu finished February with no goals and three assists in 10 games. Hutchings had 10 goals and five assists in 12 February games.


Regina Pats 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: Did not play.
Season Totals: 60 GP, 23-26-49, -5, 100 PIM
With Regina: 32 GP, 10-13-23, +3, 48 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

That’s two huge losses to the eighth-place Broncos in the last week for Regina, which drops them 11 points back of Swift Current with five games remaining. That means they’re officially done. No word yet as to why Ashton was scratched. If he’s healthy, there’s a good chance he joins AHL Norfolk when the Pats are finished with their season. I’d also expect (and look forward to seeing) Jordan Eberle join the Oilers.

NHL Game Night: 3-2-10 Flyers at Lightning

Season circling the drain?


I've never seen a defense and goaltender play worse in a period than the Lightning played in the third tonight. And, it wasn't just the rookie Hedman. Matias Ohlund got his lunch money stolen on the first goal of the period that set the Lightning on their heels and on their way to getting embarassed. I don't get it. I don't get how a team can hold it together and play well for 40 minutes and then mentally check out in the third when the stakes are so high.

Box score from NHL.com.

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