AHL Game Night 1-19-10: AHL All Star Game

Canadian AHL All-Stars 10 @ Planet USA All-Stars 9 (SO)
Blair Jones, Canadian AHL All-Stars, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Jones assisted on Jason Jaffray's game opening goal and led all Canadian AHL All-Stars in shots with 7. Tyler Ennis, a Buffalo prospect, was named the game's MVP after scoring 1 goal and 2 assists for the Canadians, including a helper on the game-tying goal with 18 seconds left in regulation.

KHL Game Day: 1-20-10

Novosibirsk 2 @ Omsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .913 sv%

Ramo did not dress for the third straight game for Omsk. Undrafted 20 year old Igor Averin had a pair of goals for Omsk in the win.

Dynamo Moscow 5 @ Dynamo Minsk 4 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 3-11-14, -7, 28 PIM

Harju played 14:54 in the match and was 44% on draws. Dynamo Moscow was led by a pair of goals from former NHLer Karel Rachunek.

NHL Game Night: 1-19-10 Lightning at Rangers

Nothing's quite as humiliating as crapping the bed on national TV.

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Antero Niittymaki allowed 5 goals on 20 shots for the loss before giving way to Dustin Tokarski who allowed 3 goals on 11 shots the rest of the way.

What was the difference between tonight and last night? The Lightning overreacted to adversity. The Rangers got the game to 3-1 at the end of the first period, and rather than stay within their system the Lightning loosened up and played out of control. That's foolish. There's no such thing as a two point goal. You have to work and stay within your system and dismantle a two goal lead one goal at a time. If you don't, chances are your gambles will find you behind three goals, at which point the blood is in the water and it's a lot harder to get back within your system.

Box score from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 1-18-10

NCAA

Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ Harvard Crimson 4
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 5-7-12, -1, 16 PIM

Killorn, who started the game on the second line, is third on the Crimson in scoring behind Michael Biega (undrafted) and Louis Leblanc (Canadiens 1/09).

Northeastern Huskies 2 @ No.18 Vermont Catamounts 9 (1/16)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (holding), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 10 PIM

Vermont avenged a Friday night home-ice loss to the Huskies in a big way. Despite Vermont putting up nine goals, Marshall somehow finished on the minus side of zero – the only Catamount to do so in the game.

Blair Jones Wins AHL Hardest Shot Competition

All hail the hammer. Blair Jones won the AHL's Hardest Shot competition tonight at the AHL All-Star Skills Competition. Jones clocked in with a slap shot of 100.7 mph.

NHL Game Night: 1-18-10 Lightning at Hurricanes

That was outstanding. The Lightning played hard and they played under control.

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Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win.

First Period
TB 11:07, Malone 20 (Foster, Veilleux)

Second Period
CAR 16:28, Cullen 9 (Whitney, Staal)
TB 18:55, Lecavalier 12 (Meszaros, Halpern)(PP)

Third Period
CAR 4:07, LaRose 2 (Gleason)
TB 9:11, Downie 11 (St. Louis, Smaby)

For one of the rare times in the past two seasons, the Lightning did not panic whenever the opposing team got a goal to even things up. They stayed under control, and they went right back to work to retake the lead. That's exactly the way they need to play down the stretch to piece together enough points to make the postseason.

Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 13:41.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-18-10

Novokuznetsk 2 @ Omsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .913 sv%

Jaromir Jagr scored the game winning goal for Omsk with 6:59 to go in the third period off an assist from former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov.

Kazan 6 @ Mytischi 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 18-6-24, +7, 12 PIM

Kazionov played 14:17 in an amazing 3 point effort for Kazan. Former Lightning draft choices Vadim Epanchintsev and Alexei Glukhov each had helpers in the loss for Mytischi.

Dynamo Moscow 2 @ Ekaterinburg 5
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 3-11-14, -6, 28 PIM

The younger Kazionov brother didn't have a 3 point game, but he did play a team high 19:12 for Ekaterinburg. Johan Harju continued his second half trend of being a setup man, assisting on the game's opening goal while playing 13:05 and going 57% on draws.

KHK MVD 2 @ Chekhov 3 (OT)
Martins Karsums, KHK MVD, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Former NHLer Chris Simon scored the game winning goal for Chekhov and also had a helper in the match. Martins Karsums has yet to make his KHL debut for KHK MVD after being assigned to the club by the Lightning.

Dynamo Riga 3 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.02 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 20-18, 6 SO, 2.01 GAA, .926 sv%

Koshechkin's season GAA popped back over 2.00 today in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 loss to Dynamo Riga. Former NHLer Stan Chistov scored both goals in the match for Magnitogorsk.

CHL Game Night: 1-17-10

OHL

Barrie Colts 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 28-23-51, +29, 36 PIM

Hutchings broke out of his longest scoreless drought since his rookie year with two goals and a First Star award - unofficially his seventh First Star of the season. He scored both of his goals in the first period to start the game’s scoring.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Guelph Storm 8
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Oshawa Generals 6 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 30 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.61 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was back on the bench for the Gens, who didn’t get an extremely strong performance from Kevin Balie, but found a way to win.

CHL Game Night: 1-16-10

QMJHL

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 9-25-34, +26, 40 PIM

Barberio had his eight-game point streak and three-game goal streak snapped.

OHL

London Knights 4 @ Belleville Bulls 2
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 38 GP, 11-10-21, +9, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -6, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 13-8-21, -9, 37 PIM
With Bulls: 27 GP, 11-7-18, -7, 17 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste hasn’t registered a point in five games. He is minus-eight in that span. Panik is scoreless in two.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 27 saves on 31 shots
Season Totals: 30 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.61 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO

Zador got his first start since January 3, but lost his sixth straight game as Oshawa continues to struggle.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 4 @ Regina Pats 3 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-18-36, -10, 77 PIM
With Regina: 14 GP, 5-5-10, -2, 25 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina got at least a point for their fourth game in a row. They outshot the Broncos 39-22.

Lightning Relieve Admirals Head Coach Darren Rumble

Late tonight, after the conclusion of the Admirals' game against the Adirondack Phantoms, the Lightning and GM Brian Lawton announced that Head Coach Darren Rumble has been relieved of his duties. Assistant Coach Jim Johnson has been named the new Head Coach and Assistant Coach Leigh Mendelson will remain with the team. Rumble departs the Admirals, officially, with a 50-61-6-5 record in one and a half seasons with the team, although he unofficially assumed the role of Head Coach midway through the 2007-2008 season. Norfolk is currently 17-23-2 this season, which is last place in the AHL's East Division and six points out of a playoff spot.

In my mind, two things contributed to Brian Lawton's decision to make a move. First, although the Lightning have promoted several players to Tampa Bay this season, Norfolk returned a very deep roster dotted with numerous NHL and AHL veterans. While it may not have been fair to expect this team to be competing with Hershey for the division title, this roster probably should be in the thick of the pack in the East Division fighting for second or third, not in last place. The second factor is that, although some prospects like Blair Jones and Dustin Tokarski are having excellent seasons, some of the Lightning's most prized prospects have struggled, namely Matt Lashoff and Dana Tyrell.

To his credit, Rumble can claim to have placed several players in the NHL during his term as coach in Norfolk, including Zenon Konopka, Paul Szczechura, Mike Lundin, Steve Downie, and Matt Smaby.

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