And R2 started the first minor riot of his NHL career.
Curtis Joseph kept this one respectable, but the Lightning were in control throughout and could've easily won this game 5 or 6 to 1. It was a very nice reversal from last night's debacle in Anaheim. Evgeny Artyukhin made quite an impression in his 10:24 of ice time which included a third period incident where he bumped Dave Scatchard and sent him flying into the boards which prompted Jamie Lundmark of the Coyotes to jump on Artyukhin's back in immediate retaliation. A couple of short punches by Artyukhin later while on the ice, and R2 was ushered off to the showers with a major for boarding and a minor for roughing. Paul Ranger, who has seen his ice time decreasing slowly of late, had 12:59 of playing time. The biggest chunk of minutes lost have come on the power play where Ranger only had 13 seconds of ice time tonight. He did have a glorious opportunity at even strength jumping into the play in the first period tonight to take a cross ice pass and send a low wrister just wide far post on Curtis Joseph.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Apologies on the tardiness of this post on last night's game and congratulations to Jonathan Boutin on two straight shutouts.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 37 of 37 shots faced for his second straight shutout. Justin Kelly scored the game winning goal in the second period assisted by Adam Henrich and Gerard Dicaire. Johnstown was outshot 37 to 17, but Boutin stole the two points.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Team Finland scored a dramatic come from behind shootout victory today to defeat the Czech Republic 3-2 in their opening match of the Rosno Cup. Netminder Fredrik Norrena stopped 25 of 27 shots faced before defeating former Togliatti goaltender Adam Svoboda in penalty shots.
Meanwhile, home team Russia defeated Team Sweden 3-1. Anton But, who played the game as a third line right winger, was on the ice in the final minute and potted an empty net goal with 35 seconds left to seal the win. For Sweden, Andreas Holmqvist played on the team's 4th pairing while Djurgardens forward Jimmie Olvestad played third line left wing. Both were scoreless with 2 penalty minutes on the game.
Apparently trying to keep pace with fellow Lightning prospect Stanislav Lascek for the goal-scoring lead among Lightning prospects, Justin Keller had a hattrick Wednesday night as Kelowna beat up on Swift Current, 6-3. However, Keller one-upped Lascek in that his was a natural hatter. Starting at the 4:40 mark of the third period - and down 3-2 in the game - Keller scored three straight goals to give the Rockets the lead. A teammate would add an empty netter to get the 6-3 final score.
Keller now has 24 goals on the year, one behind Lascek. Keller's 41 points in 31 games are good enough for fifth place in the WHL, 13 points behind Moose Jaw Warrior Troy Brouwer. He is third in the league in goals.
To hear Anaheim's announcers tell it, they just won the Stanley Cup.
John Grahame stopped 3 of 32 in the loss. The Lightning as a team just never really seemed to get their legs under them. Paul Ranger played 14:42 of even rating hockey registering one hit. Evgeny Artyukhin had 8:38 of ice time.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
The Russian leg of the four country Euro Tour will begin tomorrow with the Rosno Cup. Four Lightning properties will be featured in this year's tournament including goaltender Fredrik Norrena of Finland, left wing Anton But of Russia, and left wing Jimmie Olvestad and defenseman Andreas Holmqvist of Sweden. In tomorrow's games, the Czech Republic will face Finland while Russia will open in Moscow against Sweden.
Stanislav Lascek wasn't happy with not registering a point in Chicoutimi's last game - a 2-1 loss in Lewiston.
Scouts can tell a lot from a prospect by how they respond to â€œadversity.â€ Lascek responded to the tune of five points.
Tuesday night, Chicoutimi faced off against Rimouski for the third time since November 29 and the result was no different - the Sagueneens beat L'Oceanic, this time 7-3. Chicoutimi also won 4-2 on December 9 and 7-5 on November 29. Lascek and Rimouski's Mark Tobin both hit the scoresheet and all three games.
This time, however, Lascek almost single-handedly beat Rimouski.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will boast at least five prospects at this year's U-20 World Junior Championships as Slovakia has announced the inclusion of three Lightning prospects on their tournament roster: Stanislav Lascek, Marek Bartanus and Vladamir Mihalik.
Lascek is a returning member of the Slovakian U-20 team after posting 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points and a +1 rating for Slovakia in last year's tournament. A member of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, Lascek currently leads that league in scoring with 22 goals and 73 points in 34 games this season. The left winger barely makes the age cut off for the tournament as he will turn 20 early next month.
Making his first appearance at the U-20 tournament will be right wing Marek Bartanus. The 2005 4th round pick has struggled offensively this season with the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL posting a meager 1 goal and 4 points in 28 games with an attrotious -16 rating for the season. Last year with Slovakia's U-18 team Bartanus had 1 goal, 2 points and a -2 rating in 6 games.
Also making his first U-20 appearance is mammoth defenseman Vladamir Mihalik. A member of the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, Mihalik has 2 goals and 8 points with a -9 rating in 32 games this season. Last year for Slovakia at the U-18 tournament, the 2005 1st round pick was scoreless with a +2 rating in 6 games.
Slovakia's first game is scheduled for December 27th against Latvia in Kelowna.
It's anticlimactic perhaps, but it is now official that left wing Radek Smolenak has made the Czech Republic's team for the U-20 World Junior Championships to be held in Western Canada after Christmas. Smolenak, who plays for the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, is currently tied for 19th in that league in scoring with 19 goals and 43 points in 30 games this season. Smolenak played for the Czech Republic in last year's U-18 tournament posting 1 assist in 5 games and a +2 rating. This will be Smolenak's first U-20 tournament.
The Czech Republic will open their tournament on December 26th against Latvia in Kamloops.
The following are the official statistics for Lightning prospects playing within the Canadian Hockey League as of December 12, 2005. Leading the way are Stan Lascek, whoâ€™s first in the QMJHL in scoring, Radek Smolenak, who's in the OHL's top-20, and Justin Keller and Blair Jones, both of whom are among WHL scoring leaders.
Stanislav Lascek, RW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL): 34GP, 22-51-73, 54PIM (+24)
Radek Smolenak, LW, Kingston (OHL): 30GP, 19-24-43, 52PIM (Even)
Justin Keller, RW, Kelowna (WHL): 30GP, 21-17-38, 24PIM (+7)
Blair Jones, C, Moose Jaw (WHL): 33GP, 16-19-27, 35PIM (Even)
Mark Tobin, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL): 32GP, 12-11-23, 55PIM (-33)