Elitserien Game Day: 2-4-10

Sodertalje 3 @ Brynas 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Tie, 24/27, 2.79 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 1-1-1, 0 SO, 2.65 GAA, .908 sv%

Petri Pakaslahti scored a goal for Sodertalje with the goaltender pulled for the sixth attacker and just 1:13 left in regulation to help stake his club to a 3-3 tie with Brynas. 2003 Avalanche 7th rounder Linus Videll had a pair of assists in the game for Sodertalje. There are only eight rounds remaining in the Swedish league's schedule. Sodertalje sits in 11th in the 12 team league and would miss the postseason if the playoffs started today. They are 6 points back of 8th place Frolunda, however, and in the Elitserien a regulation win is worth 3 points.

CHL Game Night: 2-3-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 6 @ PEI Rocket 1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 11-35-46, +29, 48 PIM

Barberio’s six-game point streak came to an end, though he still has 11 points in his last seven games.

OHL All-Star Game

East 17 vs. West 10
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 3-2-5, +5, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 49 GP, 33-23-56, +32, 45 PIM

This was Hutchings’ third All-Star Game appearance, and he made the most of it, scoring once in each period and adding two assists. Niagara's Andrew Agozzino had four goals and was named Player of the Game for the East. Hutchings’ Barrie teammate Alex Pietrangelo was plus-9 in the game with four assists. Likely No.1 overall pick in 2010 Taylor Hall had just one assist for the West.

WHL

Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Vancouver Giants 11
C James Wright, VAN: 1-3-4, +4, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 2 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright (pictured) set up the Giants' first goal and later scored their 11th goal, adding two more assists in between in an 11-1 Vancouver blowout win over Lethbridge. This was Wright’s first goal since returning to junior hockey from the NHL.

AHL Game Night: 2-3-10 Bears at Admirals

So close to a signature victory...

HER-3
NOR-2 (SO)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 29 shots before allowing 2 of 5 shooters to defeat him in the shootout.

First Period
NOR Fadden, (2) (Parrish), 12:21
HER Joudrey, (7) (Osala), 18:20

Second Period
NOR Lashoff, (5) (Hall, Keller), 7:42

Third Period
HER Joudrey, (8) (McNeill, Pinizzotto), 17:52

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
HER- Aucoin, Bourque
NOR- Simek

Tokarski was named the game's third star.

Norfolk held Hershey, which has been routinely blowing teams out and hanging 6-8 goals on them in the process, to just 29 shots and 2 goals through 65 minutes, and came within 2:08 of beating the Bears in regulation. They matched the best team in the league shift for shift and shot for shot, and Head Coach Jim Johnson remains undefeated in regulation with a 6-0-2 mark.

Norfolk, which is 3rd in the East Division, stays 2 points ahead of Adirondack, who lost in a shootout tonight to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. They'll lose 1 point to the Pens who are now also 2 points behind. Both Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton have 2 games in hand on Norfolk. Norfolk also gains 1 point on idle Syracuse (4 points back) and Binghamton (8 points back). Syracuse now holds 1 game in hand and Binghamton holds 5 games in hand.

Norfolk also climbed to within 7 points of 2nd place Albany with the River Rats holding 1 game in hand. If Norfolk were to climb all the way into 2nd in the division, they could avoid a first round matchup with Hershey. Why not dream big?

In the crossover chase, Norfolk lost 1 point to Hartford, which sits in 5th in the Atlantic Division and is now 4 points back. They gained 1 point on idle 6th place Bridgeport and are now 2 points back of the Sound Tigers with 1 game in hand. If Norfolk finishes in 4th place in the East Division, they must finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic Division to still make the playoffs.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 2-3-10

Chelyabinsk 2 @ Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 18/20, 2.00 GAA, .900 sv%
Season totals: 45 GP, 24-18, 6 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%

Koshechkin got the support of a pair of goals from forward Denis Platonov, a 2001 draft pick of the Nashville Predators.

Kazan 4 @ Astana 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM

Kazionov missed his second game in a row for Kazan. Kazan got two helpers from former Rangers prospect Jarkko Immonen in the game.

Nizhnekamsk 1 @ Omsk 2 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 21-16, 4 SO, 2.03 GAA, .916 sv%

Omsk got a goal from former NHLer Timofei Shishkanov in the match.

Dynamo Riga 3 @ Chekhov 1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM

Marcel Hossa scored his 32nd goal of the season in the match for Riga.

CHL Game Night: 2-2-10

QMJHL

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 11-35-46, +29, 48 PIM

Barberio now has 21 points in his last 15 games. He also has a six-game point streak in which he’s registered 11 points. With his two primary assists Tuesday, he tied his career high for points (46) and assists (35), set two seasons ago in 70 games. Moncton had their 12-game win streak broken. This game was originally scheduled for last November.

WHL

Red Deer Rebels 3 @ Regina Pats 2 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 20-19-39, -6, 84 PIM
With Regina: 20 GP, 7-6-13, +2, 32 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina is 6-1-0-3 in their last 10 games, included two-straight shootout losses. Ashton did not participate in the shootout.

NHL Game Night: 2-2-10 Lightning at Thrashers

Niitty still owns Atlanta.

TB-2
ATl-1

Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win. He's now 16-0-0 against Atlanta, including an 11-0-0 mark at Phillips Arena. Still hilarious.

First Period
TB 9:37, Veilleux 3 (Tanguay, Lecavalier)
TB 12:43, St. Louis 17 (Stamkos, Downie)

Second Period
ATL 2:46, White 5 (Popovic, Afinogenov)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Same as the last time the Lightning played Atlanta: the Thrashers had the better of the chances (although it wasn't as lopsided as last time out) but Niitty remained the difference.

For the moment, the Lightning are in a 3-way tie for 7th place in the Eastern Conference at 57 points.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

European Game Day: 2-2-10

Elitserien (Sweden)
Sodertalje 1 @ Linkopings 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 21/24, 3.20 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 1-1-0, 0 SO, 2.58 GAA, .917 sv%

Helenius was bested by former Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena of Linkopings in the match. Former Lightning forward Jan Hlavac also had an assist in the game for Linkopings.

KHL (Russia)
Dynamo Moscow 3 @ CSKA 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 3-11-14, -8, 38 PIM

Harju has gone cold again after having fair success as a setup man between late December and early January. Harju played 10:22 today and was 50% on draws. He also took a matching roughing minor at the conclusion of the second period. Veteran forward Alexei Kaluzhny had 2 goals in the match for Dynamo.

CHL Game Night: 2-1-10

WHL

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Regina Pats 1 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 20-19-39, -7, 84 PIM
With Regina: 19 GP, 7-6-13, +1, 32 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Ashton’s modest two-game goal streak came to an end. Jordan Eberle (Oilers 1/’08) scored in the third period to force overtime for Regina, but they lost the shootout 2-1. Ashton did not participate in the shootout. This was a makeup game as the originally schedule contest was postponed due to weather and travel conditions. Even with the point, 10th place Regina is seven points back of Prince Albert for the eighth spot in the conference - with Swift Current in ninth.

Beanpot Game Night: 2-1-10

Harvard Crimson 0 @ No.14 Boston College Eagles 6
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 6-8-14, +1, 16 PIM

The streak without a Beanpot tournament title continues for Harvard, who hasn’t won since current Carolina Hurricanes broadcaster Tripp Tracy led them to a championship in 1993. Killorn had the game’s first shot and created more than a few scoring chances, but Harvard looked disorganized and was badly outplayed by BC.

KHL Game Day: 2-1-10

Omsk 1 @ Yulaev 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.05 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 21-16, 4 SO, 2.03 GAA, .916 sv%

Ramo, fresh off his All-Star appearance, could not hold out Yulaev, which has opened up a 5 point lead for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Chelyabinsk 4 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 16 PIM

Kazionov played 11:57 in the match. Ekaterinburg is now 3 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference. Former AHL journeyman Martin Grenier had a pair of helpers in the match for Chelyabinsk.

Nizhnekamsk 3 @ Kazan 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM

The elder Kazionov did not play in today's match.

Dynamo Riga 5 @ Dynamo Minsk 4
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM

Karsums did not play in today's match for Riga.

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