Szczechura off IR; Reassigned to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned center Paul Szczechura to the Norfolk Admirals, it was announced today by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton. He has been sidelined with a lower body injury since January 13.

Szczechura, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound center, had appeared in all 23 games for Norfolk prior to his first NHL call-up on December 1. He was leading the team with 11 goals, 13 assists and 24 points at the time. He also was tied for ninth in the AHL in scoring and tied for tenth in the league in goals at the time.

Szczechura made his NHL debut on December 2 with the Lightning in Philadelphia. Since then, he has played 18 games with Tampa Bay, scoring two goals and two assists with six penalty minutes. Szczechura, 23, signed a two-year deal as a free agent with the Lightning on April 24.

NHL Game Night 2/12: Maple Leafs at Lightning

Martin St. Louis practically beat Toronto by himself.

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TB-6

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the win.

First Period
10:58 TOR Stempniak (9), (unassisted)
12:30 TB Malone (17), (Krajicek, St. Louis)
13:24 TB Malone (18), (St. Louis, Smaby)
15:17 TB Recchi (12), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)
16:43 TB St. Louis (20), (Recchi, McKenna)(PP)

Second Period
11:32 TOR Stempniak (10), (Kubina, Hagman)(PP)
12:46 TOR Hagman (17), (Grabovski, Finger)

Third Period
06:01 TB Stamkos (7), (Prospal, Eminger)(PP)
13:28 TB Lecavalier (25), (Melichar, Murphy)
17:47 TOR Kulemin (9), (Mayers, Frogren)

At the risk of inciting the wrath of the message boards, Steven Stamkos has really benefitted from Gary Roberts' return. He seems to have helped give Stamkos more jump and also a little more space.

Matt Smaby had an assist, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 20:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/11

Rimouski's streak continues ... The Soo and Tokarski end their streaks.

Sweden Wins LG Games

Sweden went 3-0-0 to capture the LG Games leg of the Euro Tour on Saturday.

Lightning prospect Johan Harju was a late addition to the team and had 1 goal in 3 games for the national team. His goal was an empty netter in a wild 6-4 win over the Czech Republic. Harju also had 2 penalty minutes in the tournament and was +1.

The exiled Radim Vrbata led the Czech Republic in scoring in the tournament with 2 goals and 3 points to go with an even rating in 3 games.

Janne Niskala suited up for Team Finland and was -1 in 3 games in the tournament.

Anton But was a late subtraction from Team Russia in the tournament.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/10

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM,7 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 12-23-35, +10, 40 PIM

Barberio’s point streak is now at four games but Moncton couldn’t close the door on the league’s top team in a battle of division leaders. Drummondville (43-9-0-3) scored three unanswered goals, including two in the third period, to beat the Wildcats (40-10-2-3), who lead the Telus Atlantic Division.

NHL Game Night 2/10: Thrashers at Lightning

Dollars to donuts, Stamkos' penalty shot was in.

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TB-1

Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Tampa Bay outshot the Thrashers 41-24, but a soft goal by McKenna ended up being the margin.

First Period
01:24 TB Roberts (4), (Downie, Stamkos)
09:52 ATL Stuart (1), (Perrin)(SH)

Second Period
02:02 ATL Kozlov (18), (Peverley, Havelid)

Third Period
19:50 ATL Kovalchuk (23), (unassisted)(EN)

Steve Downie had an assist, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 9:59.

Matt Smaby had 1 shot, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:58.

David Koci was +1 with 1 hit in 6:48.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 2/9

Beanpot
Harvard Crimson 3 vs. #15 Boston College Eagles 4
F Alex Killorn Har: Did not play.
Season totals: 22GP, 4-7-11, 38PIM, -10

In rematch of last years final, Harvard (5-14-4) comes up short in Beanpot consolation game. BC outshot the Crimson 46-22. Killorn was a scratch due to what is being called an "upper body injury." No word yet on how long he'll be out.

#1 Boston University beat #3 Northeastern 5-2 in championship game to win their 29th Beanpot.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/8

First Star Fadden leads TC to a win over his former team ... Tokarski good, but not good enough vs. Kelowna ... Vancouver's 10 game streak ends ... Barberio a multi-point night.

AHL Game Day 2/8: Admirals at Penguins

Norfolk limps into town, takes a whipping, and limps back out.

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WBS-5

Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 35 shots before being pulled in the third period for Tyler Sims, who allowed 1 goal on 6 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
WBS Jeffrey, (6) (D'Aversa, Letestu), 16:56 (PP)
WBS Daoust, (7) (Taffe), 17:11

Second Period
WBS Daoust, (8) (Taffe, Goligoski), 10:14
WBS Letestu, (14) (Pesonen), 11:23

Third Period
WBS Pesonen, (15) (Letestu), 15:24

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/7

First Star Fadden returns in a big way ... Tokarski and Jung sit ... Courtnall and Barberio with good nights.

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