Would have really been nice to hold onto this one in regulation and deny Pittsburgh the point.
Johan Holmqvist was outstanding in stopping 20 of 22 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 3 of 3 penalty shots in the shootout. Ryan Craig led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist and the Lightning got their other goal from The Real Secret Weapon, Nick Tarnasky. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards all had assists. St. Louis also scored the game winning shootout goal on an unorthodox move going sideways in the slot and potting a backhand 5-hole on M.A. Fleury.
Really a strange game that the Lightning could've buried the Pens in regulation in were it not for M.A. Fleury. You know it's a strange night when Lecavalier gets stoned on two breakaways and a shootout attempt but Tarnasky can pot a nice goal on a good high shot from the middle of the slot. The Lightning move to 1 game under .500 and to within 2 points of 8th in the conference.
Tampa Bay 7:09, Ryan Craig 10 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Pittsburgh 19:55, Sidney Crosby 20 (Mark Recchi)
Tampa Bay 14:04, Nick Tarnasky 2 (Ryan Craig, Brad Richards)
Pittsburgh 17:27, Mark Recchi 10 (power play) (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin)
Tampa Bay- Martin St. Louis
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 4-1 win over Yaroslavl. Evgeny Artyukhin did not play.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 4-3 win over Salavat Yulayev.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 2-1 win over Khabarovsk.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 5-2 win over Ufa.
7-2 seems like a popular score.
Needless to say, no minor pro player is getting Prospect of the Week after this weekend.
SC Schwabe, (10) (MacLean, Reid), 4:48
SC Szabo, (7) (Dovgan, Chaput), 7:45
SC Szabo, (8) (MacLean, Reid), 17:46
JHN Przepiorka, (5) (Desrochers, MacLean), 5:38
SC Schwabe, (11) (Reid, Romfo), 6:57
SC McElroy, (4) (Reid, Romfo), 9:31
SC Stefanishion, (7) (Chaput, Szabo), 11:40 (PP)
JHN Deveaux, (6) (Henrich, Martens), 19:01
SC Bernakevitch, (11) (Judy, Schwabe), 19:59 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Bolt Prospects will complete its evaluation process for the Midterm Rankings with this afternoon's game between the Falcons and P-Bruins. Bolt Prospects will be again live blogging the game via the B2 Networks feed. Check this blog post between periods for game notes and observations. Tonight's scartches are Jay Rosehill (healthy), John Adams (healthy), Norm Milley (broken jaw), Justin Keller (high ankle sprain) and Randy Rowe (lower back).
1. PRO- Allen, (Sigalet, Versteeg)
2. PRO- Stastny, (Krejci, Stuart)
3. PRO- Stuart, (Versteeg, Stastny)
4. PRO- Stanstny, (Curry, Packard)
5. PRO- Pelletier, (Trevelyan, Walter)
6. SPR- Healey, (unassisted)
7. PRO- Trevelyan, (Walter, Pelletier)
8. SPR- Corso, (Blatny, Spina)(PP2)\
9. PRO- Sigalet, (Trevelyan, Pelletier)
Mike Lundin scored a powerplay goal in #5 Maine's 5-2 win over UMASS-Lowell. It was Lundin's fourth goal of the season and third on the powerplay. The senior defensemen's point streak now reaches five games, recording two goals and three assists during the span. The Black Bears are now unbeaten in eight straight games.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and -1 in Northern Michigan's 5-3 loss to Ferris State. In 23 games, Collins has two goals and two assists, 14 PIM and a -5 rating.
John Wessbecker was scoreless and +2 in UMASS' 4-2 win over Merrimack. The win snaps a four-game winless streak for the Minutemen. Wessbecker is scoreless through 18 games this season with 10 PIM and a +2 overall rating.
Chris Lawrence scored his 24th goal of the year and added two assists to help Mississauga to a 4-2 home win over Oshawa this afternoon. He was also plus-1. The 6-4 winger opened the game with a power play goal before adding a power play assist with 5 minutes left in the second period. He then set up fellow winger Jadran Beljo with 6 seconds left in the middle period to give the Ice Dogs a 4-1 lead.
Marek Bartanus has yet to join Owen Sound following the conclusion of the WJCs in Sweden. The Attack fell at home to Kingston tonight 4-3.
Kevin Beech had a good showing for the second night in a row - but Beech and Sudbury lost in a shootout for the second night in a row. Beech stopped 30 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 1 of 2 attempts in the shootout. The Wolves went 0 for 3 in the shootout and Sault Ste. Marie took the win, 2-1. Sudbury's Patrik Lusnak had scored with 2 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Beech was named the game's second star for his efforts.
In the WHL, Dane Crowley and Swift Current fell 6-2 on the road in Regina, one night after crushing the Pats 9-0 in Swift Current. Crowley, who had a goal last night, was scoreless tonight with a minus-1 rating and had an early first period fighting major vs. Mike Reich. Reich earned a 10-minute misconduct in addition to a fighting major.
Andreas Holmqvist had an assist in Linkopings' 4-1 win over Lulea. Holmqvist has been playing regularly on his club's second pairing and now has 5 goals and 16 points in 34 games. The point extends Holmqvist's scoring streak to 4 games.
Ugly ugly second period.
Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 34 shots faced including 4 goals in a second period that saw the birds get outshot 22-4 by Hartford. Damn. Andy Delmore led the Falcons with a pair of first period power play goals and Maxime Boisclair added his first career AHL goal, a power play talley. Individual helpers belonged to Blair Jones, Doug O'Brien, David Spina, Eric Healey, Zdenek Blatny and Matt Smaby. Smaby now has 4 points in his last 7 games. Springfield draws Providence at 4pm tomorrow afternoon. Portland moved back into a tie for 2nd in the Atlantic with a win over Worcester tonight and Hartford, after an abysmal start to their season, has now pulled into third place just 2 points back of the Falcons and Pirates.
HFD Korpikoski, (5) (Girardi), 3:33 (SH)
SPR Delmore, (10) (Jones, O'Brien), 4:55
SPR Delmore, (11) (Spina, Healey), 6:04 (PP)
HFD Isbister, (7) (Dawes, Helminen), 5:10 (PP)
HFD Byers, (9) (Lampman, Liffiton), 10:05 (PP)
HFD Dawes, (6) (Graham), 16:05
HFD Dawes, (7) (Isbister), 19:34
SPR Boisclair, (1) (Blatny, Smaby), 6:21 (PP)
HFD Helminen, (7) (Callahan), 19:42 (EN/SH)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
The Midterm Evaluation rolls on as the Chiefs roll into Augusta, Ga and the James Brown Arena as Johnstown tries to prove "they've got soul and they're super bad" and Augusta is just "talkin' loud and saying nothing." Bolt Prospects is live blogging the game via the B2 Networks feed and will post game updates during the intermissions.
1. AUG- Erickson, (Passmore)
2. AUG- Hynes, (Goulet, Blanchard)(PP)
3. AUG- Goulet, (Hynes, Lang)(PP)
4. AUG- Passmore, (Marakhovski)
5. JHN- Przepiorka, (Wallace, MacLean)
6. AUG- Southern, (Norrington)
7. JHN- Desrochers, (Wallace, Przepiorka)
8. AUG- Scuderi, (Petz)
9. AUG- Southern, (unassisted)(EN)
Hate the outcome. Loved the style of play from these two teams matching up.
Marc Denis stopped 28 of 32 shots in the loss. Vincent Lecavalier had 1 power play goal and 1 assist. Vaclav Prospal scored the other Lightning goal. Individual helpers belonged to Cory Sarich, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis. The Lightning fail to capitalize on the opportunity to leapfrog several teams in the conference standings.
Colorado 16:43, Joe Sakic 18 (power play) (Paul Stastny, John-Michael Liles)
Tampa Bay 1:45, Vaclav Prospal 5 (Vincent Lecavalier, Cory Sarich)
Colorado 3:17, Milan Hejduk 13 (Paul Stastny)
Tampa Bay 4:30, Vincent Lecavalier 23 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)
Colorado 12:43, Tyler Arnason 11 (Karlis Skrastins, Brett Clark)
Colorado 18:10, Paul Stastny 10 (Andrew Brunette, Karlis Skrastins)
Game sheet from NHL.com.