Veteran ECHL goaltender Mike Brodeur stood on his head tonight, stopping 46 of 46 Florida Everblade shots through both regulation and overtime. But the punchless Lynx offense provided no support for Brodeur, and the Lynx lost the first of two games in Estero in a shootout 1-0. The Lynx only managed 16 shots through 4 periods: 2 in first, 5 in second, 5 in the third, and 4 in overtime. Lightning prospect forward Chris Lawrence was the first Lynx shooter in the shootout, but none of the Augusta shooters converted against undrafted Clarkson University product David Leggio.
Augusta falls to 5-4-1-1 and tomorrow night's rematch against the Florida Everblades and Minnesota Wild prospect goaltender Anton Khudobin looks bleak unless the Lynx can discover some offensive punch.
Left a point on the table.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 32 shots before surrendering shootout goals to 2 of 3 shooters to take the SOL. Ramo continues to struggle this season in the shootout situations.
NOR Simek, (3) (Jones, Boyle), 3:49
MCH Moulson, (3) (Murray, Drewiske), 18:39
NOR Szczechura, (7) (Hutchinson, Smolenak), 0:35
MCH Gauthier, (3) (Purcell, Moulson), 4:59
NOR Smolenak, (6) (Segal, Smaby), 6:47
NOR Smolenak, (7) (Heward, Segal), 19:11 (PP)
MCH Lewis, (3) (Parse, Drewiske), 3:24
MCH Purcell, (3) (Gauthier, Piskula), 16:29
MAN- Dravecky, Purcell
That's a tough one. A win in this game and the Ads would've had an opportunity to get to .500 tomorrow night, and they had a 2 goal lead and momentum heading into the final frame. Ordinarily you feel great if you can get a point on the road, but this was worse than a sister kisser. And, it's hard to get too upset about Ramo's shootout futility considering how poorly the Admirals' shooters have faired on breakaways in the extra extra session this season too. Tonight, Wyatt Smith, Blair Jones, Paul Szczechura, and Smolenak all got blanked in the shootout.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Erik Erlendsson is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have fired Barry Melrose and named Rick Tocchet Interim Head Coach.
And with that, the Lightning are now officially spending more on ex-Head Coaches this season than they are on veteran blueliners. The new ownership is learning some hard lessons. There's not much else you can say.
From TSN, "This was a tough decision to make," Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton said. "Barry is a good man and we have a great deal of respect for him. We wish him nothing but success. However, the results were unacceptable and the players have to understand that we need to be better. Hopefully this change helps push them."
"As for Rick Tocchet, we think this is a great opportunity for him and we believe he's the type of coach who can take the team to the next level. Our players have a great deal of respect for him."
Not. Even. Close.
Olaf Kolzig allowed 4 goals on 39 shots in the loss.
14:09 Recchi (3), (Krajicek, Vrbata)
18:19 TB Jokinen (6), (Meszaros, Ranger)(PP)
01:33 DET Datsyuk (5), (Lidstrom, Hossa)
01:38 DET Zetterberg (10), (Franzen, Hossa)(PP)
02:30 DET Samuelsson (3), (Datsyuk, Kronwall)(PP)
09:21 DET Franzen (7), (Zetterberg, Samuelsson)
15:42 TB Pettinger (1), (St. Louis, Prospal)
The Lightning were outshot 39-18 in the game.
When the Detroit Red Wings come to town, it's an opportunity for every other team to see how they measure up. Whether you like Detroit or not, they have been almost inarguably the most successful franchise in hockey for more than a decade. They have a system and a program, and it doesn't matter who the players are or even who the coaches are, they win hockey game. That's how they could absorb the losses of Hall of Fame caliber players like Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan without skipping a beat. They are the measuring stick.
In the 2003-2004 regular season when the Lightning scratched a clawed their way to a point against Detroit in a very evenly matched contest between what would eventually become the first and second highest point totals in the league, it became very clear the Lightning were a legit contender for the Stanley Cup they hoisted at the end of that season. Tonight? Not. Even. Close. Yeah, I know it was a one goal game on paper, but when you get outshot by more than a 2:1 ratio and get completely outclassed in the final frame when you entered the period with a one goal lead to protect, it shows that you're miles behind the big dogs.
Now the Lightning have their first three game regulation losing streak of the season, and one has to wonder if the scenario we wondered about this summer on Bolt Prospects is potentially about to come to pass. Will the organization pull together, or does this all degenerate into a circular firing squad? Honestly, I think there's only two people who can really pull this out of the gutter right now: Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. This is their team and it's been their team for years. The solutions clearly aren't coming from the front office or the coaching staff, so they need to come from inside the room from the team leaders.
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 9:51 with 1 hit and was 40% on draws.
Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 4-12-16, -2, 12 PIM
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 3 (SO)
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 18 GP, 5-3-8, -7, 17 PIM
Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4 (SO)
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Shootout loss, 30 saves
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-3-0-2, 3.13 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 shutout
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 35 saves, *First Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 11-4-0-2, 1.68 GAA, .947 sv%, 3 shutouts
Tokarski continues to lead the league in GAA, save percentage, and shutouts. Heâ€™s third in wins. Unofficially this was his fourth First Star of the year, to go along with five Seconds and two Thirds.
Vancouver Giants 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 1
C James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 9-10-19, +13, 6 PIM
How not to inspire confidence in the Lightning fan base.
Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.
16:33 FLA McCabe (1), (Campbell, Olesz)
01:28 FLA Horton (6), (unassisted)(PP)
10:25 FLA Campbell (1), (Bouwmeester, Horton)(PP)
16:28 FLA Campbell (2), (Bouwmeester, Peltonen)
The Lightning were outshot 31-24 in the game. Great.
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 10:59 with 1 shot and 2 hits and he was 43% on draws.
By Corine Gatti
NORFOLK, Va. â€“ It is part of the life of an athlete. Being traded and packing up the suitcase to start over in an unfamiliar city is nothing new. Norfolk center Paul Szczechura experienced that last winter after being informed that the Iowa Stars traded him to the Norfolk Admirals. Shocked and disappointed, Szczechura turned his thinking around and his game around. â€œIt was a little rough in the beginning when I found out and left Iowa [Stars],â€ Szczechura said. â€œIt was around Christmas time and I knew I had to work harder.â€ Iowa had initially signed Szczechura to an Amateur Tryout Contract in March 2007 after finishing his collegiate career at Western Michigan University [CCHA]. He was signed to an American Hockey League Standard Playerâ€™s contract the following season. With that all behind him, Szczechura joined Norfolk undrafted and without an NHL contract.
But that didnâ€™t last.
Szczechuraâ€™s destiny and career took a turn for the better. The Brantford, Ontario native tuned into his own offensive rhythm and adapted instantly to an Admirals jersey. The Southeast seemed to smile down on the rookie, notching seven goals in his first 10 games with Norfolk. The center tied the Admirals for third on the team with 14 goals, and finished the 2007-2008 campaign by scintillating fans with 26 points in 24 games.A two-year NHL contract with the Lightning soon followed in April. What deemed to be a setback, the trade paid dividends for both Tampa and Szczechura.
Change was good.
Red Deer Rebels 1 @ Prince George Cougars 6
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-3-4, +2, 2 PIM (holding), *Second Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 16-13-29, -12, 21 PIM
Tyrellâ€™s goal came while shorthanded and two of his assists came on the power play. Tyrell is now seventh in the league in points and second in goals. Vancouver power forward Evander Kane (pictured - 2009 eligible) leads all scorers with 33 points in 18 games. He is indeed named after former heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield.
Vancouver Giants 2 @ Chilliwack Bruins 3
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-9-18, +13, 6 PIM
Despite peppering Bruinsâ€™ goalie Marc Friesen (2009 eligible) with 43 shots, Vancouver suffered its first regulation loss of the year (14-1-0-3).
Good start to a long road trip.
Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 34 shots faced for the win.
LOW Wiseman, (1) (Rheaume, DiSalvatore), 4:07 (PP)
NOR Heward, (2) (Jones, Downie), 5:05 (PP)
LOW DiSalvatore, (2) (Swift), 5:41
NOR Heward, (3) (Hutchinson, Downie), 10:56 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Segal, Ramo), 11:12
LOW Zharkov, (4) (Corrente, Swift), 8:17
NOR Konopka, (4) (Downie, Hutchinson), 18:41
Jamie Heward was named the game's first star.
Steve Downie had his first point in an Admirals uniform on Heward's power play marker. Zenon Konopka has a three game goal scoring streak and not-so-coincidentally, the Admirals have a three game winning streak. Veteran Andrew Hutchinson also has had two multi-point games over that stretch. Now if the Ads can get Wyatt Smith and Brandon Bochenski off the milk carton, they'll really be cooking.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
G Riku Helenius, 3-2-1-0, 0 SO, 3.24 GAA, .902 sv% *
indicates not on current roster
* indicates Rookie
In today's Augusta Chronicle, head coach John Marks said he expects an additional forward will be reassigned to the Lynx prior to this weekend's back-to-back tilt against the Florida Everblades.