Karri Ramo is my hero.
For the second game in a row Ramo stole two points stopping 33 of 35 shots faced in regulation/overtime before stopping 5 of 6 penalty shots in the shootout. Ramo has won 4 of his last 5 starts and is now 6-3-0 on the season. Ramo's feats were even more incredible tonight considering the Falcons were again badly outshot 35-18. Andy Delmore and Stanislav Lascek scored the Falcons goals. Lascek's talley was his first goal and point in the AHL. Helpers went to Matt Smaby, Dan Cavanaugh, Jean Desrochers and Marek Kvapil. Zdenek Blatny and Eric Healey converted in the shootout session to secure the win. Ramo and Lascek were the first and third stars of the game, respectively.
SPR Delmore, (5) (Smaby, Cavanaugh), 19:48 (PP)
SPR Lascek, (1) (Desrochers, Kvapil), 2:59
TOR Mitchell, (1) (Earl, Corey), 16:16
TOR Ondrus, (1) (Earl, Newbury), 14:23
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Coleman stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win. Since returning from an injury suffered in October, Coleman is 3-0-1 with a 2.75 GAA and .920 save percentage. Veteran Randy Rowe and Adam Henrich led the offense with 1 goal and 1 assist each. In his last three games Henrich has 3 goals and 6 points with 9 penalty minutes and a +4 rating. The other Chiefs goals were scored by Ryan Gibbons and Zbynek Hrdel. Individual assists belonged to Ian MacLean, Maxime Boisclair, Andre Deveaux and Radek Smolenak. MacLean was reacquired off of waivers after experiencing visa issues when he was originally taken off waivers earlier this month by Wheeling. Rowe, Henrich and Coleman were the three stars of the game.
JHN Gibbons, (2) (MacLean), 2:12
WHE Wallace, (2) (Collins, McLean), 19:59 (PP)
JHN Henrich, (4) (Boisclair, Rowe), 0:20
JHN Rowe, (7) (Henrich), 6:07
JHN Hrdel, (2) (Deveaux, Smolenak), 12:26 (PP)
WHE Cameron, (6) (McLean, Collins), 19:21
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Evgeny Artyukhin assisted on 2 of former Lightning prospect Fedor Fedorov's 3 goals as Yaroslavl dismantled Salavat Yulayev 6-2. Artyukhin now has 1 goal and 6 points in 22 games this year to go along with 121 penalty minutes.
Vasily Koshechkin got the day off in Togliatti's 4-3 loss to Khimik.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 2-1 overtime loss to Chekhov.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 3-1 loss to CSKA.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-2 win over Novokuznetsk.
Anton But had an assist in SKA's 2-2 tie with Novosibirsk.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 2-1 win over Chelyabinsk. After starting the year hot, the elder Kazionov has been stuck on 6 goals and 12 points for nearly a month.
According to the training staff at the University of Vermont, defensemen Art Femenella is listed as day to day. The specifics of the injury were undisclosed.
Femenella is practicing with the team but is not supposed to play in Saturdays game against Merrimack.
The senior has missed the last two games due to the injury.
Vladimir Mihalik had a power play assist and was -1 in Prince George's 7-3 dismantling of Kelowna. Mihalik also received a 5 minute major for fighting Rockets forward James McEwen. McEwen wins the Stupidity-or-Bravery (?) Award, standing in at 6'0" and 187 lbs against Mihalik who is listed at 6'8" 241 lbs.
Dane Crowley scored his first goal of the season and had 2 penalty minutes in Swift Current's 4-2 win over Brandon.
Dusty Collins was even in Northern Michigan's 6-4 loss to Minnesota-Duluth. Collins was listed as the Wildcats 4th line center.
In 13 GP, he has 1 goal and 1 assist to go along with a -2 rating and 8 PIM.
Huet was just the better goaltender tonight.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the loss. Vaclav Prospal had the lone Lightning goal off assists from Cory Sarich and Brad Richards. The game's back breaking moment came when, on a Montreal power play with the Lightning down 2-1, two Canadiens collided in the Montreal zone allowing Brad Richards to walk in on a short handed breakaway which he failed to convert. Moments later Guillaume Latendresse nailed the coffin shut for the Lightning with a quick shot off a toe drag move on the left wing.
Certainly no need to panic. The Lightning outshot and outchanced the Canadiens throughout the game. There will always be a handful of nights throughout the season when the other team's netminder stands on his head. This was one of those.
Montreal 2:35, Sheldon Souray 7 (power play) (Saku Koivu, Mark Streit)
Tampa Bay 7:22, Vaclav Prospal 3 (Cory Sarich, Brad Richards)
Montreal 15:12, Sheldon Souray 8 (power play) (Andrei Markov, Michael Ryder)
Montreal 9:24, Guillaume Latendresse 4 (power play) (Sergei Samsonov, Alexei Kovalev)
Game sheet from NHL.com.