Looks like you guys who watched the Lightning game tonight had a much better time than I did.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 18 of 20 shots faced for the win.
Tampa Bay 5:36, Vincent Lecavalier 4 (Shane O'Brien)
Tampa Bay 18:04, Martin St. Louis 1 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 18:43, Mathieu Darche 1 (Chris Gratton, Paul Ranger)
Tampa Bay 7:16, Vaclav Prospal 7 (power play) (Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis)
Atlanta 7:47, Brett Sterling 1 (Bryan Little)
Prospal's going to get his money folks.
Tomorrow's headline: Admirals Killed by Self Inflicted Wounds.
NOR Taylor, (2) (Wanvig, Jones), 3:59 (PP)
BNG Hamel, (1) (Nikulin, Bois), 5:12
BNG Bois, (2) , 10:19 (SH)
BNG Mauldin, (1) (Zubov, Lee), 0:42
BNG Bass, (2) (Kinch, Zubov), 17:43
BNG Hamel, (2) , 6:51
Ouch. And head coach Stefan Walby waited two years for this? Mississippi was 0 for 4 on the power play and allowed a short-handed goal. Meanwhile the Sea Wolves PK was 5 of 8.
Ex-Lightning prospect Morgan Cey torched for 6 goals on 42 shots, but 4 of the 6 goals were scored by the Florida special teams.
With 3-1/2 minutes left, Brandon Elliot was tagged with the 2-5-10 (Roughing, FM, GM) in an attempt to save the Wolves a bit of face.
Strong nights by the usual suspects in the WHL.
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#6 Michigan 3 @ Northern Michigan 1
Kevin Quick - Defense - Michigan 0-0-0 Even, 0 PIM
Quick recorded one shot on net in Michigan's (2-1-0) 3-1 win over Northern Michigan(1-2-0). The Wolverines outshot the Wildcats 30-14. The two teams face each other tonight again in Marquette, Mich.
UMASS-Lowell 2 @ #15 Massachusetts 2
John Wessbecker Defense - UMASS 0-0-0 Even, 0 PIM
UMASS (1-1-1) plays to a tie against in-state and Hockey East rival UMASS-Lowell (0-0-1) to open their conference play. The Minutemen host Connecticut (1-0-0) tonight in a non-conference match-up.
Sorry these are belated...
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Spartak's 1-0 loss to Yaroslavl.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-2 loss to Novokuznetsk. His younger brother Denis did not play for Novokuznetsk.
Anton But was scoreless in a wild 7-4 St. Petersburg win against Chekhov.
That was an awesome home opener. That was a great indoctrination into what the Norfolk fan base is all about.
Ryan Munce had a relatively light night stopping 17 of 18 for the win. That did include stopping a breakaway and a handful of other dangerous chances, but for the most part Norfolk's defense kept Binghamton from getting any puck possession and when they did they were kept out to the perimeter.
NOR Mihalik, (1) (Kvapil, Wanvig), 4:49
NOR Milley, (1) (Klinkhammer, Taylor), 3:25
NOR Stewart, (1) (Collymore), 11:13 (SH)
BNG Bass, (1) (Mauldin, Yablonski), 12:30
NOR Wanvig, (3) (Jancevski, Jones), 5:02 (PP)
NOR Taylor, (1) (Leach, Wanvig), 6:52
Norfolk outshot Binghamton 31-18 in the game, and the territorial time felt it was tilted even more in the favor of the Admirals.
Mathieu Darche is hoping life begins at 30, a ripe time to become a National Hockey League regular.
Darche has been a minor-league star for years, but the St. Laurent native has never been able to catch on permanently with an NHL club.
He's hoping, almost praying, this year will be different as a third-line winger with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"As long as I'm here, I don't ask questions," Darche said before last night's faceoff against the Bruins in Boston.
For the rest of the feature, see The Montreal Gazette.
Boston continues to be unholy ground for the Lightning.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 23 shots in the loss. Two of the goals went through Holmer, albeit one on a deflection and one through a screen, and the final Bruins goal resulted from a Holmqvist whiff on a pass across the top of his crease he clearly should've gotten. You can't say he cost the Lightning the game tonight because Thomas was unsolvable for the B's, but it might be time for Marc Denis to get his first start.
Boston 3:48, Peter Schaefer 1 (Andrew Ference)
Boston 19:50, Marco Sturm 2 (Andrew Ference, Patrice Bergeron)
Boston 9:49, Mark Stuart 1 (Marc Savard, Chuck Kobasew)
Boston 16:19, Marco Sturm 3 (Patrice Bergeron, Glen Murray)