How about not falling behind 3 goals to start the game for a change?
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 10 shots for the loss before being pulled for Jonathan Boutin who allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss. Credit to the Falcons for battling back and making a game of this one against a very good Rochester team, coming within just 1:19 of stealing a point, but have mercy, how about not playing from half a mile behind for a change?
Justin Keller led the way for the Falcons with a breakout night scoring his first AHL goal and adding three, three, three helpers and was named second star of the game. Dan Cavanaugh also chipped in a pair of helpers as the Birds' checking line slowly emerges from it's October long slumber. The Falcons' other goals were scored by rookie sensation Blair Jones, veteran Eric Healey, and the long invisible in this early season Darren Reid. Jay Rosehill checked in with an individual assist which was his first point of the season in the AHL.
ROC Stafford, (5) (Smith), 6:14
ROC Ryan, (4) , 8:33
ROC MacArthur, (4) (MacDonald, Sprukts), 15:30
SPR Jones, (4) (Keller, Rosehill), 6:53
SPR Reid, (1) (Keller, Cavanaugh), 12:13
ROC Ryan, (5) (Stafford), 17:19
SPR Healey, (6) (Keller, Cavanaugh), 6:40
SPR Keller, (1) , 9:35
ROC Sprukts, (3) (Stafford, Ryan), 18:41 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Wow. Coach Anzalone's boys just smacked the taste out of Trenton's mouth.
In his Johnstown debut, David Spina led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist while veteran Randy Rowe had 1 goal and 2 assists and Lightning prospects Stanislav Lascek and PJ Atherton each added 3 assists. Doug Andress, Gus Katsuras and Maxime Boisclair each piled on with 1 goal and 1 assist while Lightning prospect Brandon Elliot chipped in his first goal of the season and Adam Henrich and John Adams each had individual helpers.
Morgan Cey stopped 30 of 33 shots faced for the win to move his record to 3-1-0 this year. The Chiefs outshot the Titans 38 to 33, a marked turnaround after subpar efforts in their last couple of games. Spina, Rowe and Lascek were the game's three stars.
JHN Katsuras, (1) (Lascek, Atherton), 3:48 (PP)
TREN Pandolfo, (4) (Haggett, Laliberte), 5:29 (PP)
JHN Spina, (1) (Lascek, Atherton), 8:35 (PP)
JHN Boisclair, (2) (Rowe, Andress), 14:45 (PP)
JHN Spina, (2) (Rowe, Boisclair), 17:36 (PP)
JHN Rowe, (3) (Henrich, Atherton), 1:13 (PP)
TREN Mondou, (1) (Cava), 1:25
TREN Haggett, (3) (Cava, Mondou), 3:45 (PP)
JHN Andress, (3) (Katsuras, Lascek), 15:24
JHN Elliott, (1) (Spina, Adams), 17:34
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
FalconsAHL.com is reporting the Springfield Falcons have signed ECHL veteran C/W Jean Desrochers to a professional tryout contract and have recalled him to Springfield. Desrochers leads the Johnstown Chiefs in scoring with 4 goals and 7 points in 6 games thus far this season.
According to the Lightning, 2006 first rounder Riku Helenius underwent surgery on his injured shoulder and will be out up to three months.
Helenius was expected to be the starting goaltender for Finland at this year's World Junior Championships, but he will not be recovered in time for the tournament.
Thursday's Superleague scores will be delayed a day as box scores have yet to be posted online by the Russian Superleague for the day's two matches. CSKA played at Cherepovets (Glukhov) and Chekhov visited St. Petersburg (But). Bolt Prospects will update this thread as more information becomes available.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-1 loss to CSKA.
Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 1-0 win over Chekhov.
Even the wins are ugly right now.
Congratulations to Johan Holmqvist who stopped 30 of 32 shots faced for his first NHL win and who, along with Martin St. Louis, nearly single handedly willed the Lightning to two points tonight. St. Louis had 2 goals and an assist while Vincent Lecavalier chipped in 1 empty net goal and 2 assists. Eric Perrin scored his first NHL goal into an empty net goal and Tim Taylor had his 1st goal of the season. Individual helpers also were added by Dimitry Afanasenkov, Luke Richardson, Brad Richards and Ruslan Fedotenko.
All that said, the team did everything it could to self destruct again in the third period tonight and their efforts were only surpassed by Peter Forsberg's individual self destruction as he took a selfish elbowing major and knocking out Nolan Pratt just as the Flyers were looking like they were about to get the game's tying goal.
There is no joy on the Lightning right now. None. You can see it in the way they conduct their interviews and the way they carry themselves on the ice. At some point hockey became about business to this team and ceased being a game, with the possible exceptions of Lecavalier and Perrin, and it shows. There are very few endeavors in life where people can excel when they have no enthusiasm for what they're doing, and hockey isn't one of the exceptions to this rule. I'd like to believe at some point on this road trip the Lightning will begin to gel more as a group and start to have some, dare I say, fun, but I sincerely doubt it. I hope I'm wrong, but I would not be surprised if only a tranfusion of new blood can remedy the robotic, passionless way this team has been going about its business lately.
Tampa Bay 10:39, Martin St. Louis 8 (Vincent Lecavalier, Dmitry Afanasenkov)
Tampa Bay 7:27, Martin St. Louis 9 (Luke Richardson, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 18:10, Tim Taylor 1 (Brad Richards, Ruslan Fedotenko)
Philadelphia 11:20, R.J. Umberger 2 (Kyle Calder)
Philadelphia 11:41, Randy Jones 1 (Simon Gagne, Geoff Sanderson)
Tampa Bay 18:26, Vincent Lecavalier 8 (empty net) (Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 19:03, Eric Perrin 1 (empty net) (unassisted)
Doug Janik was -1 in 4:17 as his ice time continues to plummet and Craig Ramsey's confidence in veterans Nolan Pratt and Luke Richardson continues to grow. Eric Perrin was +1 in 15:07 with 2 shots and 1 hit and he was 40% on draws. Nick Tarnasky was even in 4:01.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
The Springfield Falcons have announced the recall of LW Radek Smolenak, G Jonathan Boutin and D Geoff Waugh from Johnstown of the ECHL. In addition, the team has reassigned LW David Spina to Johnstown of the ECHL.
Through 6 games in Johnstown this season Smolenak has 2 goals and 6 points with 6 penalty minutes and a -4 rating. A 3rd round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Smolenak was rated the 9th best prospect in the organization in Bolt Prospects' Preliminary Rankings for 2006-2007. Boutin expectedly returns to the Falcons after going 0-2-0 in the last week with a 3.07 GAA and .919 save percentage. Waugh, who just recently cleared up work visa issues which had plagued him after strong showings at Lightning and Chiefs camps, was even in 2 games played with the Chiefs with 2 penalty minutes.
Bolt Prospects has learned that defensive prospect Kevin Quick has declared his intent to play for the University of Michigan hockey program next fall.
After narrowing his choices to a short list that included Clarkson, Ohio State, and Providence, Quick made his decision to play for the highly regarded Wolverine program this past Monday. The 6-foot, 175-pound defenseman took his official visit to the CCHA school this past weekend. Considering that Quick has drawn comparisons to current Michigan defensive standout Jack Johnson, his decision to play for the Wolverines bodes well for his continued development.
Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster called the choice "great," saying Michigan is "one of the best programs in the country."
"[Kevin] will be well-coached and well-developed there," Feaster stated. "I believe it is an excellent choice."
The Buffalo, NY native was Tampa's third round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and is currently completing his senior year at Salisbury Prep School in Salisbury, CT.