NHL Game Night: 12-7-09 Capitals at Lightning

They can skate with the Caps, but they couldn't finish their chances.

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Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
WSH 7:39, Ovechkin 19 (Semin)
WSH 12:32, Eric Fehr 8 (Fleischmann)
WSH 19:35, Ovechkin 20 (Fleischmann, Semin)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Steven Stamkos 0 shots on goal. I rest my case. The coaching staff needs to get on Steven hard to shoot the puck more. If I was Tocchet I'd tell Lecavalier, Stamkos, and St. Louis the first one to 5 shots in the next game gets $500.

Zenon Konopka was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:57 and was 50% on draws.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 80% on draws in 13:17.

James Wright had 2 shots and was 50% on draws in 13:38.

Victor Hedman was -1 with 2 hits in 19:11.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-7-09

Ekaterinburg 4 @ Yulaev 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 4-3-7, -10, 10 PIM

Ekaterinburg got a pair of goals from Anatoli Nikontsev, including the winner in the final period, to help upset Yulaev 4-3. The younger Kazionov played 11:47 in the match.

Magnitogorsk 5 @ Omsk 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 38/41, 3.00 GAA, .927 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 16-13, 4 SO, 2.08 GAA, .923 sv%

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 33/38, 5.00 GAA, .868 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 14-10, 2 SO, 2.03 GAA, .913 sv%

In a battle of Lightning goaltending titans in the KHL, it was Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk that came out on top. Magnitogorsk extended their lead in the East over Yulaev to five points with the victory. Omsk sits in third in the East, but is a full 18 points behind Magnitogorsk with 3 games in hand.

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Kazan 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-6-9, -6, 26 PIM

Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 9-1-10, E, 12 PIM

The elder Kazionov opened the game's scoring with a second period marker from Danis Zaripov and Yarkko Immonen, and Kazan carried a 2-1 lead into the final frame. But, Johan Harju assisted on a Linus Omark goal to tie the game up 1:13 into the final period and Omark scored again with under five minutes left in regulation to help lead Dynamo to a 4-2 win over Kazan. The goals were Omark's 12th and 13th of the season. Harju played 18:45 in the match and was 37% on draws. Kazionov played 11:36 for Ak Bars.

Hutchings Named Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week

(OHL release) The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Alex Hutchings of the Barrie Colts is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 6. Hutchings recorded eight points in three games scoring four shorthanded goals and four assists with a league-best plus-minus rating of plus-6.

CHL Game Night: 12-6-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 2-20-22, +7, 30 PIM

Barberio (pictured) notched his 20th assist of the year in a 5-4 road win over Cape Breton. His career high for assists is 35, set two seasons ago in 70 games. He had 30 in 66 last season to go with 15 goals. Former Erie Otter Shane Owen improved to 4-1 in net for Moncton.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Brampton Battalion 1
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sudbury has won three in a row after a lengthy losing streak. They are now two points behind Brampton for third in the Central Division. Cody Hodgson still hasn’t played this season for Brampton due to his back injury.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 7-9-16, +13, 19 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 23 GP, 10-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .901 sv%, 1 SO

Zador got the night off and watched as his backup, Kevin Ballie, defeated the CHL’s top team in a shootout. Windsor had their 12-game winning streak snapped, but extended their streak of games without a regulation loss to 22.

NCAA Game Night: 12-6-09

New Hampshire Wildcats 5 @ No.19 Vermont Catamounts 2
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 4 PIM

Vermont falls back to .500 at 6-6-2. Losing to unranked New Hampshire may complete their fall out of the Top-20.

Lightning Reassign Jones to Admirals

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned center Blair Jones to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced Sunday.

Jones, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, appeared in two games for the Lightning after being recalled on Friday. He recorded one shot on goal and averaged 12:43 in ice time per game. Jones has played in 26 career NHL games with the Lightning, recording a goal and three points. He was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

CHL Game Night: 12-5-09

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 9-8-17, +1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste’s point streak is now at four games.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-20-38, +17, 22 PIM

Hutchings scored his fourth shorthanded goal in the last three games, extending his goal-scoring streak to seven games and has point streak to eight. He has eight points in his last three games and likely has a Player of the Week award in his immediate future. Barrie is on a 17 game win streak.

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Erie Otters 3 (SO)
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus served as the backup to Ramis Sadikov (2010 draft) as he continues to battle injuries. Shane Owen, Erie’s third goaltender, was let go recently upon Janus’ (re)arrival to the club from AHL Norfolk. Owen, 19, passed through OHL waivers unclaimed and has since signed with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats, home of Lightning prospect Mark Barberio. Owen went 3-6-2, 4.31, .880 for Erie in Janus’ absence.

Windsor Spitfires 9 @ Peterborough Petes 5
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 7 PIM (roughing, fighting)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 7-9-16, +13, 19 PIM

Panik (pictured) tangled with Petes defenseman Chris Buonomo (2010) in his first OHL fight. Panik got in several rights before dropping him with a left (watch it here). Windsor now has at least a point in 21 straight games. At 25-3-0-3 they remain on a collision course with Barrie (25-4-0-1) for the OHL championship this spring. They play each other for the first time in the regular season on January 14.

NCAA Game Night: 12-5-09

No.12 Alaska Nanooks 4* @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 1-3-4, -8, 16 PIM

NHL Game Night: 12-5-09 Islanders at Lightning

Just what the doctor ordered.

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Mike Smith stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout. He's been fairly resilient this season. He had a terrible game against Ottawa earlier in the year and he had a good start his next time out afterwards. He was suspect a couple of times against Boston, in my opinion, but he shut the door tonight against the Isles.

First Period
TB 1:35, Malone 16 (Meszaros, St. Louis)
TB 19:08, Downie 5 (Meszaros, St. Louis)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
TB 2:58, Halpern 5 (Foster, Lecavalier)(PP)
TB 10:31, Hedman 1 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)

Steve Downie is quietly becoming a real weapon on the power play, and Jeff Halpern is obviously a new man after his conversion to the wing.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 71% on draws in 7:34.

James Wright had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 50% on draws in 12:51.

Blair Jones had 1 shot, 1 blocked shot, and was 50% on draws in 12:00.

Victor Hedman scored his first NHL goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 21:32. To use the basketball vernacular, the big man filled the lane and finished with authority on the "fast break" 3-on-1. Seriously, he looked like a shark attacking his prey the way he recognized the odd man rush situation and used his speed to blast right to the net and he made no mistakes with his shot. Beautiful, beautiful goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-5-09 Admirals at Bears

Hershey is so tough to stop when they're in Hershey.

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Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 37 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Parrish, (4) (Jackson, Bochenski), 1:35
NOR Wishart, (3) (Tyrell, Craig), 4:07
HER Bourque, (1) (Collins, Aucoin), 4:29
HER Beagle, (3) (Gordon, Bacashihua), 7:38
NOR Hall, (4) (Tyrell, Craig), 14:32

Second Period
NOR Parrish, (5) (Smolenak, Bochenski), 1:01
HER Wilson, (8) (McNeill, Collins), 7:32
HER Aucoin, (9) (Gordon, Bourque), 10:54

Third Period
HER Bourque, (2) (Carlson, Kane), 10:29 (PP)

Veteran Mark Parrish was named the game's second star. The Admirals really gave Hershey a good run, but in the end the Bears were too much with their 37-20 shot advantage in the game.

Dana Tyrell is still hunting for his first goal of the season, but with a pair of helpers tonight he got his first multi-point game of the season. We expect the former Prince George Cougar to get stronger as the season progresses as he shakes off the rust from missing half a season last year with a knee injury and continues to acclimate to the pro game.

Scott Jackson was +3 tonight and seized the team lead in plus-minus at +11. He's not the world's fastest skater, but he was known as a very strong player positionally coming out of junior and it's showing this year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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