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NHL Game Night: 2-11-10 Bruins at Lightning

Just think what the Lightning could've done if they actually played their game in the first period.


Antero Niittymaki allowed 4 goals on 21 shots before giving way to Mike Smith, who took the back door loss, after allowing 1 goal on 15 shots.

First Period
BOS 4:24, Satan 3 (Savard, Morris)
BOS 11:21, Lucic 4 (Ryder, Ference)
BOS 15:44, Ryder 14 (Wheeler, Morris)
BOS 17:19, Ryder 15 (Savard, Bergeron)(PP)

Second Period
BOS 4:53, Lucic 5 (Chara, Paille)
TB 16:10, St. Louis 21 (Hedman, Stamkos)
TB 19:02, St. Louis 22 (Foster, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
TB 11:09, Downie 12 (Hedman, Stamkos)
TB 16:47, Downie 13 (Hedman, St. Louis)

The good news is that, after scoring 4 unanswered goals, what looked like a demoralizing spanking shouldn't destroy the team's confidence heading into the final two games before the Olympic break. They won both of the final two periods decisively after failing to show up for the first period. The bad news is the damage was already done, and it was significant if you look at the standings. Boston climbed into a virtual tie with the Lightning at 63 points in 8th in the conference. They have two more 4-point games against the Isles and Rangers before the break, and they need to capitalize in both contests.

PS, memo to Brian Lawton: you've got to get someone better than Veilleux for the line with Lecavalier and Tanguay. It could be the difference between mediocrity and being a terrifying team come playoff time.

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CHL Game Night: 2-10-10


Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 12-35-47, +31, 52 PIM

Moncton remained No.6 in the CHL Top-10 rankings this week.


Ottawa 67’s 6 @ Belleville Bulls 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 14-12-26, +4, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 13 GP, 5-3-8, -11, 12 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 16-12-28, -13, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 35 GP, 14-11-25, -11, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste, who has four points in his last two games, tied his career high for points in a season, set in 63 games last year with Sault Ste. Marie and Brampton.


Calgary Hitmen 6 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 23-21-44, -2, 86 PIM
With Regina: 24 GP, 10-8-18, +6, 34 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Calgary scored four times in the second period on their way to a relatively easy win over Regina in Saskatchewan. Brendan Kozun (Kings 6/09) had a hat trick for Calgary.

AHL Game Night: 2-10-10 Penguins at Admirals

Hats off to Justin Keller.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Fornataro, (6) (Parrish, Lashoff), 1:57
WBS Guenin, (2) (Tangradi, Vitale), 4:19
WBS Lee, (7) (Wallace, Caputi), 9:54
NOR Keller, (10) (Szczechura), 11:13
NOR Keller, (11) (Simek, Wishart), 19:54

Second Period

Third Period
WBS Guenin, (3) (Vitale), 1:50
NOR Simek, (13) (Lashoff, Szczechura), 13:34 (PP)
NOR Keller, (12) (Parrish), 19:07 (EN)

Keller and Juraj Simek were named the game's first and second stars. Keller was awarded his third goal when he was tripped on a breakaway with the Penguins' goaltender pulled. For the Admirals, the victory was a critical win in a 4-point game and, after playing so poorly last Saturday, it allowed the team to pick its confidence level back up. Norfolk is 8-1-1-1 since Jim Johnson took over as Head Coach.

Norfolk maintains its hold on 3rd place in the East Division by 2 points over 4th place Adirondack, which defeated Rochester tonight. The Phantoms aren't going anywhere, and it's taking on the feeling that the playoffs may come down to the remaining head-to-head games Norfolk has left with Adirondack. The Phantoms also hold 2 games in hand. Norfolk extends its lead over idle 5th place Syracuse to 4 points with the Crunch holding 2 games in hand. The Admirals extend their lead over 6th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to 6 points with the Pens holding 2 games in hand. Pulling up the rear in 7th place, Binghamton defeated Albany in a shootout tonight, so the Admirals maintain an 8 point edge on the Sens with Bingy having 5 games in hand. Norfolk is 6 points back of 2nd place Albany with the Rats having 1 game in hand. If Norfolk's heart is set on catching 2nd place, they'll have that opportunity with 4 head-to-head games left on the schedule.

In the crossover chase, Norfolk closes to within 3 points of Hartford, which holds 5th place in the Atlantic Division, with the Wolf Pack having 1 game in hand. If the 5th place team in the Atlantic finishes ahead of the 4th place team in the East, they will make the playoffs by AHL rule this season. So, for Norfolk, catching 5th place in the Atlantic is another goal to pursue.

Norfolk improved to 1 game over .500 with the victory. They have 16 games remaining at home and 11 games left on the road.

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CHL Game Night: 2-9-10


Regina Pats 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 6
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 22-20-42, -3, 86 PIM
With Regina: 23 GP, 9-7-16, +5, 34 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina failed to earn a point for just the second time in their last 12 games. They are five points behind Moose Jaw for the final playoff spot, but Moose Jaw has three games in hand on both 10th place Regina and 9th place Swift Current. Brandon is tied for the league lead in points with 80.

NHL Game Night: 2-9-10 Canucks at Lightning

Good goaltending + good special teams = win.


Antero Niittymaki allowed just 1 goal on 40 shots. He outplayed Roberto Luongo, and he's 7-0-1 in his last 8 games.

First Period
TB 8:00, Stamkos 33 (St. Louis, Malone)(PP)

Second Period
VAN 19:53, Kesler 15 (Ehrhoff)(PP)

Third Period
TB 2:52, St. Louis 19 (unassisted)(SH)
TB 15:40, St. Louis 20 (Stamkos, Downie)

You never want to get outshot 40-19, but somehow the Lightning keep manufacturing goals and keep getting the goaltending they need to win. They jumped to 6th in the East with the victory and they're 4 points up on 9th place Boston. But, Boston has a game in hand and is coming into the Forum Thursday for a big 4-point tilt. So, once again, no rest for the wicked.

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Beanpot Game Night: 2-8-10

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Northeastern Huskies 4 Third Place Game
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 4 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 7-9-16, +1, 26 PIM

Harvard finished fourth of four teams in the 58th Beanpot Tournament, losing 4-1 to Northeastern in the consolation game Monday. Killorn created a few scoring chances and drew a penalty, but did not find the scoresheet. Harvard was outscored 10-1 in the tournament. Boston University will play Boston College for the championship.

Elitserien Game Day: 2-8-10

Timra 1 @ Sodertalje 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Tie, 26/27, 0.92 GAA, .963 sv%
Season totals: 1-1-2, 0 SO, 2.20 GAA, .921 sv%

Sodertalje surrendered a 1-0 lead in the third period, and in the process lost 2 crucial points in the standings in their quixotic attempt to make the Elitserien postseason. They're now 11 points back of 8th place Lulea with 7 games left in the regular season.

CHL Game Night: 2-7-10


Barrie Colts 4 @ Oshawa Generals 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 52 GP, 34-23-57, +32, 47 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 32 saves on 36 shots
Season Totals: 38 GP, 13-20-2-1, 3.65 GAA, .894 sv%, 2 SO

Hutchings’ 34th goal of the year, scored late in the first period, turned out to be the game-winner for the Colts. It also tied a career high in goals for Hutchings, set last season in 63 games. He’s 11 points off his career high for points, also set in those 63 games. Hutchings scored on fellow Lightning prospect Michael Zador, who played well against the conference’s best team. Zador, who has been streaky all year, is currently mired in a five-game losing skid.

KHL Game Day: 2-7-10

Kazan 1 @ Yulaev 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM

Yulaev scored 4 unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0 on an Alexei Morozov goal.

Ekaterinburg 6 @ Chelyabinsk 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 18 PIM

Kazionov played 13:42 in the match and took a first period penalty for tripping.

Togliatti 3 @ Omsk 2 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 23/25, 1.85 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 21-15, 4 SO, 2.05 GAA, .915 sv%

Ramo allowed 1 of 3 shooters to defeat him in the penalty shot session. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the match for Omsk.

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Novgorod 3 (OT)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 4-13-17, -8, 38 PIM

Harju played 10:12 in the match and was 83% on draws. His lifelong teammate Linus Omark had 2 assists in the game for Dynamo.

Dynamo Riga 1 @ CSKA 2 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 14 PIM

Karsums played 17:49 in the match and failed in his shootout attempt. Blue Jackets prospect Nikita Filatov had a goal for CSKA.

CHL Game Night: 2-6-10


Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 4 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 50 GP, 12-35-47, +29, 52 PIM

This huge match-up between two of Canada’s best teams went to a shootout, which the Sea Dogs won 3-1. Saint John is the top-ranked team in the CHL; Moncton sixth. Barberio set a new career high for points in a season, in 20 fewer games.


Guelph Storm 5 @ Belleville Bulls 4
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (elbowing)
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-12-26, +6, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 12 GP, 5-3-8, -9, 12 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 47 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 34 GP, 14-10-24, -9, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste’s 16th goal of the year set a new career high for him, set last year between Brampton and Sault Ste. Marie. DeCoste (pictured) is within one point of his career high for points, also set in 63 games last season.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 33-23-56, +31, 45 PIM

Barrie has clinched a playoff spot and has an 11 point lead on Mississauga for the conference's top seed.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 8 @ Sudbury Wolves 3
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 7-12-19, -1, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 15 GP, 4-5-9, -6, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu has points in four straight games and four of five since returning from injury.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Peterborough Petes 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 33 saves on 39
Season Totals: 37 GP, 13-19-2-1, 3.64 GAA, .894 sv%, 2 SO

Oshawa head coach and GM Chris DiPiero has been critical of both Generals goaltenders this year. This game won’t help. Oshawa was only outshot 39-36.


Kootenay Ice 4 @ Regina Pats 5 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 50 GP, 22-20-42, -3, 86 PIM
With Regina: 22 GP, 9-7-16, +5, 34 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina scored twice in the last two minutes of regulation to force overtime, including Jordan Eberle’s clutch goal with under a minute remaining. Eberle (Oilers 1/08) would then set up defenseman Mitch Spooner (2010) with the game winner in overtime.

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Vancouver Giants 4 (SO)
C/WJames Wright, VAN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-4-6, +2, 4 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright’s second goal of the year gave the Giants a 3-0 first period lead, but the Giants would later squander that lead and need a goal with 12 seconds left in regulation to force overtime at 4-4. Wright did not participate in the shootout, which was won by TC 1-0.

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