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NHL Game Night 4/3: Lightning at Devils

Waiting for this team to mature is painful sometimes.

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Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 39 shots for the overtime loss. Really, it was a tale of two games for Karri. He was playing very well through the first 32 minutes or so of the game, and then he made an incredibly stupid decision to throw his stick that resulted in a penalty shot and the wheels started to fall off a little. About two minutes later Karri, who I think was a little rattled and out of focus, didn't come out and challenge a shot from a rush coming down the wing and got beat glove side and suddenly the Lightning went from being solidly in control to being in a dog fight. The lesson is an important one: in regular season hockey, one mistake generally doesn't kill you. It's when you allow yourself to lose focus and things start to snowball that you lose hockey games. Karri was screened on New Jersey's third goal and hung out to dry on a bad line change on the game winner. He might want the rebound back on Jersey's fourth goal, but that wasn't egregious to me. But it was that one lull in focus that probably cost the Lightning a second point. Tonight was Karri's 40th NHL decision, so he will graduate from BP prospect status with his next one, but there's still much for the 22 year old to learn.

First Period
01:38 TB Artyukhin (6), (Melichar)

Second Period
05:09 TB Stamkos (21), (St. Louis, Lashoff)(PP)
13:05 NJ Shanahan (6), (unassisted)(PS)
14:50 NJ Pandolfo (5), (Langenbrunner, Oduya)
18:29 NJ Langenbrunner (26), (Rolston, Parise)(PP)

Third Period
02:41 TB Malone (26), (unassisted)
10:35 NJ Langenbrunner (27), (Zajac, Parise)
14:06 TB Karsums (1), (Pettinger, Krajicek)

Overtime
01:21 NJ Parise (43), (Zajac, Martin)

It wasn't exactly a banner night in the goaltending or the defensive department, but there were some positives to point to up front. Steven Stamkos tied Brad Richards' Lightning rookie record for goals at 21. That record's good as gone.

Ryan Malone scored his 26th of the season, which is pretty remarkable considering how lost he looked with injuries early in the year. I confess, I wasn't a big proponent of the Malone deal in the offseason, because he didn't have a proven track record that merited handing him that much money. Well, now he's got a track record. He's one goal shy of matching last year's 27 goals and one would think with some health and some stability behind the bench, 30-35 goals should be within his reach next year. People have been comparing Ryan to Fredrik Modin, and I don't think the comparison is really that apt. Freddy was better along the wall and was far more of a sniper. Ryan isn't as good as he could be along the wall at his size and is more of a garbage man, although he has surprisingly good hands in open ice as evidence by his de-jocking on Brodeur on the breakaway tonight. In some ways, he's kind of the answer to the question, "What if Dave Andreychuk could skate?"

Noah Welch was +2 with 3 hits in 19:44. I can't believe I just typed that either.

Matt Smaby was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 4 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 26:00. One of those minuses came on that bad change in overtime. Smaby is now 2 games away from graduation here at BP. Considering Tocchet's been rotating Ramo and McKenna, that means there may be a double graduation coming up Tuesday against the Penguins.

David Koci was +1 with 5 hits in 8:47.

Paul Szczechura was +1 with 1 blocked shot and was 38% on draws in 14:33. I thought he came out flying in the first period, but faded as the game went on. Maybe it was conditioning?

Martins Karsums can say he scored his first NHL goal on Martin Brodeur. How cool is that? He had 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:54. He also picked off a pass in the neutral zone and nearly generated a nice scoring chance for himself earlier in the game. He was better tonight than most every game thus far in a Lightning jersey.

Matt Lashoff dispenses PP assists like a Pez dispenser. He also had 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in a team high 27:40 tonight. He's got 7 assists in 9 games in a Lightning uniform. There ain't nothing wrong with that kind of production.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 4/3: Phantoms at Admirals

Desperate Phantoms claw the second point away from Norfolk.

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Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 37 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
PHI Ratchuk, (4) (Clackson, Raduns), 15:37

Second Period
NOR Konopka, (17) (Kinrade, Simek), 1:02

Third Period
NOR Quick, (1) (Swanson, Kinrade), 2:58
PHI Sirianni, (11) (Kane, Syvret), 4:06

Overtime
PHI Ross, (29) (Bartulis), 1:37

Kevin Quick, who scored his first career AHL goal, was named the game's second star.

Forward Brandon Buck was signed today to an ATO and was scoreless and shotless in his debut.

The point gained by Norfolk, coupled with an Albany loss, moved the Admirals into a tie with the River Rats at 69 points, with 5 games left for both teams in the season. Albany currently holds the tiebreak by having one more regulation win than the Admirals. Still a lot to play for.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 4/1: Bears at Admirals

No quit in Norfolk.

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Craig Kowalski allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the win.

First Period
HER Bourque, (21) (Giroux, Kronwall), 0:51
NOR Jones, (18) (Konopka, Lundin), 14:55 (PP)
NOR Smolenak, (22) (Wishart, Segal), 16:36

Second Period
NOR Swanson, (1) (Wishart, Konopka), 10:48

Third Period
HER Giroux, (55) (Bourque, Kronwall), 1:01

ATO forward John Swanson, who was signed today out of St. Cloud State, potted the game winning goal in his first pro game and was named third star. Well played. Kowalski was the game's first star.

Radek Smolenak potted his 22nd goal of the season while Blair Jones inched closer to the 20 goal plateau by lighting the lamp for the 18th time this year. There are still questions about Jones' intensity, no doubt, but 20 goals has to make you stand up and take notice.

Ty Wishart returned to the ice for the first time in about three weeks and hit the scoresheet for helpers in duplicate for the first multi-point game of his pro career.

It kind of snuck up on me: but Mike Lundin has 26 points now in Norfolk. He has a very real opportunity to hit 30 points in about 50 AHL games with the Admirals. I know Darren Rumble really likes Lundin, but the question remains about how well he fits with what Rick Tocchet is trying to do in Tampa Bay. There's no doubt in my mind, though, that his time in the AHL this year has been beneficial to his development and some NHL team is going to reap the rewards next season with a better player.

Norfolk's win, its 30th of the season, and Albany's loss inches the Admirals within 1 point of climbing out of the division basement with 6 games to go in the season. The Admirals also improved to 20-14-4 on home ice with the victory. Norfolk's final two home games of the season are this weekend, meaning the worst the Admirals could finish on their home rink is 4 games over .500. However incremental it may be, there is progress in Norfolk, VA.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Victoria Eliminated from Playoffs, Will Wait for RBC Cup

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/31

Courtnall has a full month of practices ahead of him.

BCHL Playoffs – Coastal Conference Finals

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Powell River wins Best of 7 series 4-3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (slashing, roughing)
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, 24 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM

Top-seeded Victoria, owned by Lightning co-owner Len Barrie, will not be advancing to the BCHL championship series. Despite coming back from a 3-1 series deficit, the Grizzlies lost on their home ice 4-1 in Game 7, ending the BCHL playoffs - but not career - of Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall. The former 7th rounder was second on the team in scoring during the regular season, but had a hard time finding the scoresheet during the playoffs for the second straight year.

Add Another: Fadden Named CHL Player of the Week

(CHL Release) Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Mitch Fadden of the Tri-City Americans is the Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 29. Fadden scored two goals and six assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

The CHL is comprised of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League.

NHL Game Night 3/31: Lightning at Bruins

The Lightning's forecheck officially belongs on a milk carton.

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Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 39 shots in the loss. He rebounded from a couple of puck handling errors and was otherwise very solid. The Lightning have a tough decision to make with McKenna. Ordinarily, you would want a veteran #3 goaltender like McKenna in your organization. But, it will be very tough for the Lightning to send Riku Helenius or Dustin Tokarski down to the Coast if they do re-sign McKenna.

First Period
14:03 BOS Wheeler (20), (Savard)

Second Period
06:56 BOS Chara (17), (Bergeron, Krejci)(PP)
13:35 BOS Kobasew (20), (Chara, Krejci)(PP)

Third Period
12:07 TB Stamkos (20), (Malone, Lashoff)

Other than Stammer's 20th of the season tonight, there's not a whole lot to be excited about from the past couple of games.

Noah Welch had 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 11:34.

Matt Smaby was -1 with 2 hits in 20:30. Good to have the big guy back. I thought he moved pretty well tonight after sitting out the game against Ottawa.

Martins Karsums was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:55.

Richard Petiot was +1 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 5 hits in 19:42.

Matt Lashoff had 1 assist and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 21:41. There were one or two plays tonight where Lashoff made plays that are hopefully indicative of the way his game is going to evolve next season: playing the proper angle defensively and then cancelling out the opposing forward physically. I'm just guessing he had a little extra juice playing against his old organization, but if he can do that consistently, he's going to be a stud defenseman in this league. The offense is there (6 assists in 8 games so far with the Lightning). If his defensive game rounds out, he's going to be every bit as good as Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Jung Cleans Up at Team Awards

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) goalie and Lightning prospect Torrie Jung was the the main reason for the club's first playoff run this season, and his efforts were recognized with a trio of team awards over the weekend.

According to the Edmonton Sun, the 19-year-old was named team Most Valuable Player and earned the three-stars award as well as the humanitarian award.

Fadden Named WHL Player of the Week ... Again

(CHL Release) The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Mitch Fadden of the Tri-City Americans.

Fadden picked up eight points, scoring two goals and six assists to go with a +5 rating in three games over the last week, helping the Tri-City Americans win their Kal-Tire 2009 WHL Western Conference Quarter-Finals best-of-seven series over the Everett Silvertips 4-1.

On Wednesday, March 25th, the Tri-City Americans’ opening round series shifted back to the Comcast Arena in Everett for games three and four versus the Silvertips, with the series tied 1-1. In game three Fadden picked up a goal and an assist as the Americans downed the ‘Tips 4-2 to jump out to a 2-1 series lead and was named the games 1st Star. In game four on Friday, March 27th, Fadden netted one goal and added two assists as the Americans took a strangle hold on the best of seven series 3-1 with their 4-1 victory. He was also named the games 2nd Star.

NHL Game Night 3/29: Senators at Lightning

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. Ottawa's first goal was a short side shot you could fault him for, but otherwise he was solid. He got no offensive support and the refs decided to throw the shaft in at the end to wreck his stats by giving Ottawa a freebee 5-on-3.

First Period
09:45 OTT Heatley (35), (Fisher)(PP)
13:44 OTT Shannon (8), (unassisted)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
16:41 OTT Spezza (30), (Alfredsson, Kuba)(PP)

Ottawa took a string of penalties early in the Second Period that were a hand engraved invitation to get back in the game that the Lightning refused to RSVP. At even strength, the Lightning just couldn't get in behind the Ottawa defense to get any forecheck generated. That's a big part of why they only had an anemic 17 hits on the game.

Noah Welch had 2 blocked shots in 18:21.

David Koci had 2 penalty minutes in 12:40. Get well soon, Matt Smaby.

Martins Karsums had 2 hits in 10:36.

Richard Petiot had 1 blocked shot in 23:33.

Matt Lashoff was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 3 blocked shots in 22:49. He scored a beautiful goal banking a puck in off of the back of the goaltender's pads. Unfortunately, that goalie was Karri Ramo.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Recall Bochenski

According to Tribune beat writer Erik Erlendsson, the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled veteran forward Brandon Bochenski from the Norfolk Admirals in response to the Matt Smaby and Paul Szczechura being unable to play tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

Bochenski, 6 foot 1, 187 pounds, has played in 69 games with the Admirals this season, recording 27 goals, 11 power-play goals and 53 points. He leads Norfolk in goals, power-play goals and is second in points.

A native of Blaine, Minnesota, Bochenski has played in 121 career NHL games with Nashville, Anaheim, Boston, Chicago and Ottawa. He has amassed 24 goals, 54 points, six power-play goals and two game-winning goals. In 2006-07 he established career highs for games played (41), goals (13), assists (11), points (24), power-play goals (3) and game-winning goals (2) with Boston and Chicago. Bochenski also represented the United States in the 2007 IIHF World Championships, recording two goals and five points in seven games.

Bochenski has played in 214 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Binghamton Senators., scoring 117 goals and recording 236 points. He has also appeared in nine Calder Cup Playoff games, netting two goals and registering three points.

Drafted in the seventh round, 223rd overall, by the Ottawa Senators at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, he was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 8, 2008.

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