All of a sudden these 1 goal games aren't going the Lightning's way.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 20 shots in the loss. Vincent Lecavalier had both Lightning goals while Vaclav Prospal had a pair of assists in the game. Martin St. Louis and Dan Boyle added individual assists. The Lightning outshot the conference leading Sabres 37-20 in the game but were unable to break Ryan Miller when it mattered most.
The Lightning's loss couples with Atlanta's overtime win against the Rangers drops Tampa Bay to 4 points back in the Southeast Division with 1 game in hand.
Tampa Bay 2:11, Vincent Lecavalier 47 (Martin St. Louis, Vaclav Prospal)
Buffalo 7:29, Jason Pominville 30 (Nathan Paetsch, Daniel Briere)
Buffalo 8:05, Derek Roy 14 (Thomas Vanek, Drew Stafford)
Buffalo 10:24, Jason Pominville 31 (Daniel Briere, Jochen Hecht)
Tampa Bay 4:38, Vincent Lecavalier 48 (Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Credit to Bolt Prospects member Mark for bringing this up in comments...
Fran Sypek writes on the Springfield Republican blog that the Springfield Falcons have called a Monday press conference to announce the team is dissolving their affiliation with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization to form a new one with the Edmonton Oilers. Sypek speculates the press conference means the Lightning have finalized a deal with the Norfolk Admirals to be the Lightning's affiliate next season, given that a precondition of the out clause of the recent deal signed between the Lightning and Falcons was that the Lightning needed to have a deal in place with another franchise to nullify the contract.
Bolt Prospects has learned from the Lightning that 2006 first rounder Riku Helenius has been cleared to play after recovering from shoulder surgery. Helenius, who was named the Lightning's top-ranked prospect and the 41st overall ranked prospect in The Hockey News' Future Watch, will participate in an under-19 tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia starting April 10.
Helenius' junior team has completed its season, recently being knocked out of the playoffs, and the goaltender will not join the Ilves Elite team as they're currently in a playoff run.
Maine defensman Mike Lundin won the Hockey East's Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award yesterday. In 37 games played this season, the senior had only one minor penalty.
Lundin was also named to the HEast second-team. He finished the season with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points. Five of his six goals came on the power play.
Mississauga 3 @ Barrie 4 (Shootout)
Chris Lawrence was scoreless and minus-1 in the IceDogs 4-3 shootout loss in Barrie. Lawrence was not one of Mississauga's 3 shooters in the shootout.
Erie 3 @ Sarnia
Kevin Beech did not dress tonight for Erie in their loss to Sarnia. Beech had started the Otters' last game.
#9 Cherepovets will stretch #8 Khimik to the limit after forcing a decisive Game Five with a 6-2 win today. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in the game and is -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 4 games thus far. Game Five will take place Saturday.
According to the Springfield Falcons website, Center Dusty Collins has been signed to a standard Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Falcons. Collins just finished his senior season at Northern Michigan. In his four years at Northern he scored 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 137 games. He also registered 135 PIM.
Prince George 3 @ Everett 1
In what was basically an exhibition game, the Prince George Cougars got a win in Everett Wednesday night. Both teams, having already secured playoff positioning, sat several of their more prominent players. Vladimir Mihalik played for Prince George and was scoreless and even with a minor hooking penalty. Dane Crowley did not dress for Everett. Crowley was named Star of the Week this week for the Silvertips by the Seattle Times. Crowely had two assists during the two games the team played last week and was strong defensively. The loss by Everett last night marked the first time all season the CHL's No.1 ranked team lost two games in a row. Everett and Crowley will play Spokane in the first round of the WHL playoffs.
You almost get the feeling that this team has already moved from a focus standpoint.
SPR Milley, (23) (Rosehill, Healey), 10:11
LOW Marshall, (6) (Fraser, Harant), 5:24
LOW Murphy, (15) (Pihlman), 19:19
LOW Vrana, (11) (Murphy, Gionta), 13:44
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
#1 Kazan completed a three game sweep of #16 Novosibirsk today 5-3. Dimitri Kazionov once again did not suit up for Ak Bars.
#3 Ufa completed a three game sweep of #14 SKA defeating St. Petersburg 3-2 in a shootout. Anton But did not play in the match. He finishes the playoffs with 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes and a +1 rating in 2 games.
#4 Magnitogorsk finished off a three game sweep of #13 Tver today winning Game Three 3-2. Denis Kazionov finishes the playoffs scoreless with 2 penalty minutes in 3 games.
Vasily Koshechkin and #11 Togliatti's season ended today as they were swept by #6 CSKA losing Game Three 4-3 in overtime. Koshechkin finishes the playoffs with an 0-3 record and a 4.29 GAA.
#7 Yaroslavl completed a three game sweep of #10 Dynamo winning today 4-2. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the match for Dynamo which was his only appearance in the playoffs. Evgeny Artyukhin did not suit up for the Lokomotive.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in #9 Cherepovets' 2-0 win over #8 Khimik to extend their opening round playoff series to Game Four.
After today's myriad of first round sweeps, Dimitri Kazionov, Evgeny Artyukhin and Alexei Glukhov are the only Lightning prospects remaining in action, although the elder Kazionov and Artyukhin have yet to play a game in the postseason.
Through three rounds of playoff games, the favored team is an amazing 46-2.