What a big win to keep the fledgling streak alive.
Marc Denis stopped 32 of 34 shots faced for the win. The second goal he allowed to Kotalik was obviously inexcusable, but other than that I thought he played an outstanding game particularly in that third period where the Lightning were under siege getting outshot 13-5. Vincent Lecavalier, Dan Boyle and Brad Richards had the Lightning goals. Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger and Ruslan Fedotenko had individual helpers. Ranger, in particular, made a great play to set up Richards' third period game winner.
With his 41st game of the season tonight, Nick Tarnasky has graduated from prospect status by Bolt Prospects criteria. Tarnasky will be moved to the Bolt Prospects Alumni section on the prospects page once we release our Midterm Rankings for the organization within the next week. Congratulations to Tarnasky who played an even 10 minutes tonight. In the last couple of weeks he's finally started to become more than a spot shifter and started to really contribute to the team's success on a nightly basis. That's a 9th round pick folks. The Lightning have given Nick the opportunity and his hard work has carried him the rest of the way.
The Lightning move to 2 games over .500 and will establish a small measure of breathing room between them and Toronto which is getting pasted tonight by Vancouver.
Monday, noon. 5 in a row?
Tampa Bay 10:05, Vincent Lecavalier 27 (power play) (Martin St. Louis)
Buffalo 4:06, Jason Pominville 20 (Jaroslav Spacek, Daniel Briere)
Buffalo 4:50, Ales Kotalik 13 (Brian Campbell)
Tampa Bay 15:38, Dan Boyle 10 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 6:56, Brad Richards 15 (Paul Ranger, Ruslan Fedotenko)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Marty ST. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier have been added to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. I thought Boyle should've gotten a chance to go as well but at least Tampa will be well represented.
Mike Lundin had an assist in Maine's 6-5 loss to Boston University. The helper kept Lundin's point streak alive, now at 6. He finished a -1.
John Wessbecker was scoreless but +3 in UMASS' 5-1 win over UMASS-Lowell.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and -2 in Northern Michigan's 5-2 loss to Michigan.
Art Femenella was scratched while Vermont tied Northeastern 2-2.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 1-1 tie with Khimik.
Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 5-3 loss to Novosibirsk.
Vasily Koshechkin posted his 3rd shutout of the season today helping Togliatti topple Ufa 3-0. Last season Koshechkin posted 10 shutouts in an amazing breakout year. Koshechkin's record improved to 13-10-3 on the season and he now possesses a 2.19 GAA.
Evgeny Artyukhin did not play in Yaroslavl's 3-1 loss to CSKA.
Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 4-1 win over Nizhnekamsk. Glukhov has 1 goal and 11 points in 35 games for Severstal with 68 penalty minutes and a -3 rating.
Morgan Cey has stood on his head more this season than the cast of Cirque du Soleil.
Morgan Cey stopped 43 of 44 shots faced in regulation and overtime before going a perfect 5 for 5 in the shootout session for the win. Dimitri Tararbrin had the lone Chiefs goal, unassisted. Adam Henrich scored the one and only successful penalty shot in the shootout to secure the extra point for Johnstown. Cey and Tarabrin were named first and third stars of the game, respectively.
DAY Walton, (9) (Ford, Farynuk), 8:20 (PP)
JHN Tarabrin, (2) , 19:50
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Unfortunately they don't award points in the standings for improvement.
Karri Ramo stopped 23 of 26 shots faced in the loss. David Spina led the Falcons with 1 goal and 1 assist while veteran Eric Healey notched 2 assists. Doug O'Brien scored the other Falcons goal and Daniel Corso had an individual helper. Obviously the Falcons were much more competitive tonight than last weekend when they were shellacked 7-2 by Providence, but the team is still in desperate need of wins.
SPR Spina, (4) (Corso, Healey), 11:07 (PP)
PRO Trevelyan, (12) (Pelletier), 14:25
PRO Krejci, (8) (Stastny, Versteeg), 0:22 (PP)
PRO Allen, (4) (Krejci), 12:31 (PP)
SPR O'Brien, (2) (Spina, Healey), 18:04
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Kevin Beech made his first start for Erie tonight in London and stopped 32 shots, but took the loss as the Otters were soundly beaten, 5-3. The Knights outshot the Otters 37-23 in the game, including 21-6 in the second period.
Chris Lawrence returned to Sault Ste. Marie and scored his 25th goal of the year, but the Ice Dogs fell to the Greyhounds 7-3.
Vladimir Mihalik is not in the lineup tonight for Prince George.
Dane Crowley made his Everett Silvertips debut, however the 'Tips dropped a 3-1 decision to Portland.
How do you lose a teenager who's 6-8 and 240 pounds?
"[Newly re-acquired goaltender] Scott Bowles just got in, [defenseman] Jesse Dudas just got in, and we donâ€™t know where Vladimir Mihalik is,â€ said Cougars head coach Drew Schoneck told the Citizen. â€œWe think heâ€™s stormed in somewhere, flight issues, but we plan to use him today vs. Kelowna if he gets here in time, which we think he will."
Mihalik has yet to arrive in Prince George since playing in Sweden in the World Junior championships. He was reportedly given an extra week off by the Cougars.
CHL Update: 1/12
Two days after being traded from a playoff contender to the OHL's worst team, Kevin Beech did not get the start for Erie in the Otters 7-1 loss to Sarnia last night. Beech did see action, however, as he replaced starter Jonathan Laniel down 5-0 to begin the third period. Beech stopped 10 of 12 third period shots as Laniel took the loss.
Beech's old team, the Sudbury Wolves, lost their first game without Beech, 4-2 to the Chris Lawrence-led Mississauga Ice Dogs Wednesday night. Sebastian Dahm, whom the Wolves acquired from Sarnia to take Beech's place, stopped 32 of 36 shots in the loss. Lawrence was held scoreless and was minus-1.
Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack were defeated by Peterborough 4-3 despite Owen Sound outshooting the Petes 56-31. Bartanus was scoreless and even for the Attack in the game Thursday - his first since returning from World Juniors.
On Wednesday, Vladimir Mihalik did not play as Prince George fell to Portland 3-2.
Springfield Falcons Release
Springfield, MA â€“ The Springfield Falcons, proud members of the American Hockey League, announced today that they have mutually agreed to release forward Zdenek Blatny and allow Blatny to sign with MODO of the European Elite League.
Blatny originally signed a standard American Hockey League contract with the Falcons on August 22, 2006 and appeared in 19 games this season collecting six goals and seven assists for 13 points.
Blatny has played in 25 career NHL games, five with Boston and 20 with the Atlanta Thrashers. Blatny was originally drafted by the Thrashers in the third round (68th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Blatny split three seasons (2001-2004) between the Thrashers and the Chicago Wolves before spending the 2004-05 campaign playing in Europe.