AHL Game Night 3/7: Phantoms at Admirals

Home sweet home.

PHI-2
NOR-4

Marc Denis stopped 42 of 44 shots faced for the win, and is playing really well of late.

First Period
NOR Segal, (6) (Kearns, Smolenak), 6:17
NOR Henrich, (11) (Wanvig, Keller), 13:11 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Jones, (13) , 4:37
PHI Matsumoto, (17) (Laliberte, Gauthier), 8:23 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Smolenak, (10) (Jones, Scalzo), 3:18 (PP)
PHI Laliberte, (3) (Matsumoto, Powe), 14:34

Denis, Blair Jones, and Radek Smolenak were the game's three stars.

Tonight was the Ads' first game back at The Scope after the annual marathon known as the circus road trip. The road trip was modestly successful, considering the team lost 2/3 of its top line to a call up and an injury. Still, there's no doubt that the Admirals are a much better team at home and the team put a really good first period together tonight to jump out to a 2-0 lead and Denis helped make it stick. Denis pulled his save percentage for the AHL season up above .900 tonight, which is a welcome sign.

A night like tonight also gives you a lot of hope that the youngsters on this team are starting to get it. Jones and Smolenak each chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist, Adam Henrich potted a goal, and Justin Keller added a helper. With Junior Lessard in Tampa and Paul Szczechura on the shelf injured it would be easy for the Ads to pack it in right now. But, the kids are stepping up a little here and taking more reponsibility on their shoulders. Good.

Don't look now, but Vladimir Mihalik is sitting on a +7 rating, which is somewhat phenomenal for a guy who plays 20 minutes a night on a team that's 11 games under .500 and has been outscored by 38 goals this season. This young man is going to be a beast in two or three years.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Recalls

Damian Crisdotero is reporting on his blog that winger Karl Stewart has been recalled from Norfolk of the AHL after enforcer Andre Roy was sent home to Tampa for disciplinary reasons.

The move comes two days after Mike Egener was recalled from Mississippi of the ECHL and four days after winger Zbynek Hrdel was sent down to the Sea Wolves.

NHL Game Night 3/6: Lightning at Flyers

Another tough late loss.

TB-2
PHI-3

Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Who does Karri Ramo have to bribe to get a start?

First Period
Tampa Bay 0:31, Jussi Jokinen 15 (Martin St. Louis, Dan Boyle)
Philadelphia 14:51, Daniel Briere 23 (R.J. Umberger)
Philadelphia 16:40, Jeff Carter 24 (unassisted)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 8:18, Michel Ouellet 11 (Jussi Jokinen, Doug Janik)

Third Period
Philadelphia 18:06, Jeff Carter 25 (Sami Kapanen, Kimmo Timonen)

Jussi Jokinen had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game and Michel Ouellet continued his streak of good production of late with a goal. That's the good news. If the Lightning can get that one more bluechip offensive player (Stamkos please), these complimentary pieces are looking like they might be ready to step up and chip in offensively.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Thursday's Elitserien Scores

Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 2-1 win over Mora.

Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist and 2 penalty minutes in Frolunda's 4-1 loss to Farjestads.

Saturday will be the final round of the Elitserien regular season.

BCHL Playoffs Game Night 3/5: Victoria Advances

BCHL Coastal Conference, First Round

Game 5: No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ No.4 Burnaby Express 2 (OT)
Victoria wins Best of 5 Series 3-2

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Series: 5 GP, 2-0-2, 4 PIM

Victoria's Jonathan Millhouse scored on a wrist shot at 2:44 of overtime to give the Grizzlies a first round series win over the higher seeded Burnaby Express. Victoria will open their conference semi-final matchup against the second-seeded Langley Chiefs on Friday. In the other Coastal Conference first round matchup, sixth ranked Powell River, fresh off a first round upset of Surrey, will play top seeded Nanaimo.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/5

WHL
Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Prince George Cougars 2
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, stopped 22 of 24 shots
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping)

After battling a knee sprain and a tandem goaltender on a hot streak, Helenius made his first start since February 20 and earned a win for Seattle. Seattle sits in fourth in the Western Conference, four points ahead of Everett and five ahead of Kelowna. Tyrell and PG have long been out of the running for a playoff spot. Tyrell has just two assists in his last five games.

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 1
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play

Vancouver outshot Kelowna 35-17 in the game. Jung has not started a game since February 23 and has not won a start since January 30. Kelowna is currently in sixth in the Western Conference with a secured playoff spot. They could move up as high as fourth with a strong finish, but will more likely be the fifth or sixth seed.

The WHL regular season ends March 16.

AHL Game Night 3/5: Admirals at Sharks

Denis drops the donut on Worcester.

NOR-4
WOR-0

Marc Denis stopped 32 of 32 shots faced to register the shutout victory.

First Period
NOR Smaby, (1) , 1:44
NOR Smolenak, (9) (Henrich, Quick), 10:21

Second Period
NOR Kearns, (5) (Rosehill), 17:13

Third Period
NOR Keller, (11) (Quick), 18:23

Matt Smaby, Denis, and Adam Henrich were the game's three stars.

Kevin Quick registered his first two points as a pro with a pair of helpers.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

BCHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/4

BCHL Coastal Conference, First Round

Game 4: No.4 Burnaby Express 5 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 2
Best of 5 Series tied 2-2

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Series: 4 GP, 2-0-2, 4 PIM

The decisive Game 5 will be played tonight (Wednesday) in Burnaby.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/4

QMJHL
St. John Sea Dogs 1 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 shot on goal

Lewiston, the defending QMJHL champions, is holding down the fifth seed right now in the Eastern Division, but is just two points out of third and seven points out of first with five games left. They have clinched a playoff spot.

WHL
Everett Silvertips 5 @ Tri-City Americans 2
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM

Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Prince George Cougars 1
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Made 1 save on 1 shot in 3:50 of work.
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*

Jacob DeSerras started for the T-Birds but left late in the third period. Helenius finished the game and is expected to start tonight (Wednesday) in a rematch with PG. Seattle is currently two points ahead of Everett for the Western Conference’s fourth seed. The WHL is using a new playoff format this year, where the division winners (2) in each conference automatically get the top two conference seeds and the rest fall in line in a traditional format. Previously teams would play within their own division during the first round (1-4, 2-3).

An example of some WHL craziness from this game (per Jim Swanson of the Prince George Citizen): “(Prince George goaltender Real) Cyr stopped the (Holloway) shot, but slid into the net, across the line, and after a lengthy discussion involving the four on-ice officials and the goal judge, it was correctly ruled a goal. Interesting that the third period was played without a goal judge at that end -- the story is the original goal judge walked away because he disagreed with the referees' decision. A child sat in his chair for part of the period, but no one sat in the seat for the final 15 minutes.”

NHL Game Night 3/4: Penguins at Lightning

Unfortunately, this is the team we have right now: the kind of team that can lose a game (in essence) 1-0.

PIT-2
TB-0

Mike Smith took the tough loss allowing 1 goal on 22 shots. Smith also stopped a Peter Sykora penalty shot in the game.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
1. Pittsburgh, 17:13, Talbot (13), (Dupuis, Crosby)
2. Pittsburgh, 19:55, Malkin (38), (Talbot)

This is a one line team right now, and the Lightning needs to seriously re-tool their second line in the offseason, particularly at the center position now that Richards is gone.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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