All hail King Holmer.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 29 of 32 shots faced in overtime and regulation before stopping 2 of 2 in the shootout to remain a perfect 15 for 15 in the shootout this season. A bit of a softie on the Richardson goal tonight, but Holmqvist made up for it on several stops tonight. This was not necessarily a game the Lightning deserved to win, but as road warriors they've been finding ways to grind out two points out of these games lately. The win is the Lightning's sixth straight road win which is a new team record.
Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had a goal and an assist to lead the Lightning offensively. Ruslan Fedotenko had the other Lightning goal (and played great tonight) and Ryan Craig, Dan Boyle, Andreas Karlsson, Paul Ranger and Filip Kuba added individual helpers. Lecavalier and Brad Richards (who also played great tonight) had the Lightning's shootout talleys.
For anyone wondering, Blair Jones played just 4 shifts tonight for 2:36 of ice time. He had 1 blocked shot and was 2-for-2 on faceoffs. His last three shifts he must've been in stealth mode, because his first period shift was the only time I saw him all night.
The win, coupled with a Carolina loss against Toronto tonight, moves the Lightning within 2 points of second place in the Southeast Division with a game in hand and the Hurricanes on the slate for Thursday night. The team also maintains pace with Atlanta 10 points back of the division lead with 1 game in hand on the Thrashers and 2 head-to-head matchups remaining on the schedule. The Lightning can almost certainly make a run at this, especially with the bottomfeeding Panthers on the schedule 5 more times.
Tampa Bay 6:32, Martin St. Louis 31 (power play) (Ryan Craig, Dan Boyle)
Philadelphia 7:23, Mike Richards 2 (shorthanded) (Alexei Zhitnik, Joni Pitkanen)
Philadelphia 18:49, Jeff Carter 7 (shorthanded) (Simon Gagne, Denis Gauthier)
Tampa Bay 19:24, Ruslan Fedotenko 11 (power play) (Andreas Karlsson, Paul Ranger)
Philadelphia 3:13, Peter Forsberg 9 (Joni Pitkanen)
Tampa Bay 12:06, Vincent Lecavalier 31 (Filip Kuba, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay: Lecavalier, Richards
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 5-2 loss to Omsk.
Alexei Glukhov stayed hot offensively with an assist in Cherepovets' 4-3 win over Kazan. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Ak Bars.
Evgeny Artyukhin did not play in Yaroslavl's 3-1 win over Salavat Yulayev.
Vasily Koshechkin got the day off as Mike Fountain and Togliatti shut out Khabarovsk 2-0.
Anton But had 1 goal and 1 assist in SKA's crushing 7-3 victory over Novokuznetsk.
Albert Visnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 2-0 win over Chelyabinsk.
Hartford Wolf Pack forward Ryan Callahan scored the game winning goal with under 4 seconds left in regulation tonight to lift the PlanetUSA All-Stars to a 7-6 win over the Canadian All-Stars at the AHL All-Star Game. Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo played in the second period for the PlanetUSA Team stopping 9 of 12 shots faced. Callahan's goal came just after a mildly controversial no call by the referees after PlanetUSA netminder Marek Schwarz clearly handled the puck below the goal line outside of the trapezoid. Hershey forward Thomas Fleischmann subsequently guided his team down on a 2-on-1 and shot the puck, leaving Callahan a juicy rebound for the winning marker.
According to the press release, Jones, 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, has played in 45 games for the Falcons this season. He has scored five goals and recorded 21 points. He played in two games with the Lightning during the 2006 preseason and logged nearly 10 minutes of ice time in each game while landing two hits, recording one takeaway and blocking three shots.
He has already played six games with the Lightning this season. He appeared in his first NHL game November 20 at Buffalo and logged nearly 10 minutes of ice time. He recorded his first career point with an assist on the game winner on November 22 at Florida. He has two assists this season with Tampa Bay.
My apologies for the tardiness....I spent the weekend moving back to the Tampa area.
Mike Lundin and #7 Maine had a tough weekend, splitting the series with Northeastern. Maine dropped Friday's game 6-1 and needing overtime on Saturday to beat the Huskies 2-1. Lundin was scoreless for the series and finished a -4 with 2 PIM.
John Wessbecker and UMASS had a pretty good weekend, knocking off rival UMASS-Lowell on Friday 6-3. Wessbecker was a +2 with 2 PIM. On Saturday, the Minutemen drew a tie against another rival in #6 Boston University 3-3. Wessbecker was +1.
Northern Michigan and center Dusty Collins took a hard hit in the standings, being swept by Nebraska-Omaha. They fell Friday 6-3 and Saturday 6-1. Collins was scoreless and -2 in Friday's contest and Saturday compiled a total of 14 PIM, given a 10-minute misconduct toward the end of the game.
Stats for Lightning prospects in the Canadian Hockey League as of January 29, 2007:
SLU = Since Last Update (January 8)
*= Team leader in that category
Skaters: Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus Rating, Penalties in Minutes
Goalies: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts
Ontario Hockey League
Left Wing, Owen Sound Attack (23-20-6; 4th of 5 in Midwest Division)
6-4, 220 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 4th Round
SLU: 8 Games Played; 0-0-0, -5, 6 PIM
2006-07: 38 Games Played; 4-12-16, -9, 41 PIM
2005-06: 49 Games Played; 7-12-19, -14, 47 PIM
Goaltender, Erie Otters (12-34-3; 5th of 5 in Midwest Division, last in OHL)
6-4, 180 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 6th Round
SLU: 9 Games Played; 3-3-1, 4.11 GAA, .890 sv%, 0 S.O.
2006-07 (Erie): 9 Games Played; 3-3-1, 4.11 GAA, .890 sv%, 0 S.O.
2006-07 (Sudbury): 36 Games Played; 15-14-5, 3.16 GAA, .898 sv%, 1 S.O.
2006-07 (totals): 44 Games Played; 18-17-6, 3.33 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 S.O.
2005-06 (Sudbury): 63 Games Played; 33-25-4, 2.94 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 S.O.
Right Wing/Center, Mississauga IceDogs (30-16-2; 2nd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 217 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 3rd Round
SLU: 9 Games Played; 11-5-16, +5, 18 PIM
2006-07: 44 Games Played; 35*-30-65*, +25, 88 PIM
2005-06: 67 Games Played; 23-30-53, -20, 91 PIM (with SSM/Miss.)
Current OHL Rankings: 4th in goals, 19th in points
Western Hockey League
Defense, Everett Silvertips (40-7-2; 1st of 5 in American Division, 1st in WHL, clinched playoff spot)
6-3, 208 lbs.
Drafted: 2006 â€“ 6th Round
SLU: 7 Games Played; 3-4-7, +12, 2 PIM
2006-07 (Everett): 7 Games Played; 3-4-7, +12, 2 PIM
2006-07 (Sw.Ct.): 33 Games Played; 4-15-19, -2, 96 PIM
2006-07 (Totals): 40 Games Played; 7-19-26, +10, 98 PIM
2005-06 (SK/SC): 71 Games Played; 1-20-21, -15, 149 PIM
Defense, Prince George Cougars (19-23-6; 3rd of 5 in B.C. Division)
6-8, 241 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 1st Round
SLU: 5 Games Played; 2-0-2, +2, 9 PIM
2006-07: 29 Games Played; 5-9-14, -2, 49 PIM
2005-06: 62 Games Played; 3-9-12, -12, 86 PIM (with Red Deer)
Mike Lundin and his high-ranked U of Maine teammates will be taking on New Hampshire this coming weekend broadcast on CSTV. Just a heads up for some of you guys with cable/satellite that might want to checkout Lundin.
Mississauga is putting up goal-totals like it's in the Q.
Chris Lawrence continued his hot streak with a goal and 2 assists as Mississauga put up double-digits on Kingston, 10-2. Lawrence's goal was his 35th of the year. He was also plus-2 and had 4 PIM, which included 2 minutes for "check-to-the-head." He was named the game's third star.
Dane Crowley and Everett needed overtime to beat expansion Chilliwack, 4-3. Crowley had an assist in the game and was plus-1.
Note: Lightning CHL stat update coming soon.
Have we mentioned he's just 20? Karri Ramo continued to expand his reputation as a wunderkind tonight in winning the Top Goaltender Award at the AHL Skills Competition. Ramo tied for best in the competition with 15 saves including 7 of 10 in the rapid fire, 3 of 3 in the 3-on-0 event and 4
5 of 6 in the breakaway event. Congratulations to Karri on another great night in an already great rookie season.
Unfortunately, it looks like things might be getting a little worse in Johnstown before they get better.
Gerald Coleman stopped 29 of 32 shots faced in his first start since returning from a groin injury. Randy Rowe scored the lone Chiefs goal off an assist from Jean Desrochers. Rowe was named the third star of the game.
One small editorial: where is Zbynek Hrdel? Other than the side of a milk carton? Hrdel is scoreless in his last 5 games and has just 1 assist in his last 7 at a level of hockey where he should be a consistent scoring line player. Hrdel has another year on his contract after this one, but he's quietly playing himself out of the organization, in my opinion, unless he starts to pick it up.
DAY Herneisen, (7) (Tifu, Maiser), 14:35
DAY Walton, (11) (Farynuk, Maiser), 2:13 (PP)
JHN Rowe, (11) (Desrochers), 6:13
DAY Cullen, (5) (Farynuk, Ford), 1:29 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.