AHL Game Night: 2-3-10 Bears at Admirals

So close to a signature victory...

HER-3
NOR-2 (SO)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 29 shots before allowing 2 of 5 shooters to defeat him in the shootout.

First Period
NOR Fadden, (2) (Parrish), 12:21
HER Joudrey, (7) (Osala), 18:20

Second Period
NOR Lashoff, (5) (Hall, Keller), 7:42

Third Period
HER Joudrey, (8) (McNeill, Pinizzotto), 17:52

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
HER- Aucoin, Bourque
NOR- Simek

Tokarski was named the game's third star.

Norfolk held Hershey, which has been routinely blowing teams out and hanging 6-8 goals on them in the process, to just 29 shots and 2 goals through 65 minutes, and came within 2:08 of beating the Bears in regulation. They matched the best team in the league shift for shift and shot for shot, and Head Coach Jim Johnson remains undefeated in regulation with a 6-0-2 mark.

Norfolk, which is 3rd in the East Division, stays 2 points ahead of Adirondack, who lost in a shootout tonight to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. They'll lose 1 point to the Pens who are now also 2 points behind. Both Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton have 2 games in hand on Norfolk. Norfolk also gains 1 point on idle Syracuse (4 points back) and Binghamton (8 points back). Syracuse now holds 1 game in hand and Binghamton holds 5 games in hand.

Norfolk also climbed to within 7 points of 2nd place Albany with the River Rats holding 1 game in hand. If Norfolk were to climb all the way into 2nd in the division, they could avoid a first round matchup with Hershey. Why not dream big?

In the crossover chase, Norfolk lost 1 point to Hartford, which sits in 5th in the Atlantic Division and is now 4 points back. They gained 1 point on idle 6th place Bridgeport and are now 2 points back of the Sound Tigers with 1 game in hand. If Norfolk finishes in 4th place in the East Division, they must finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic Division to still make the playoffs.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 2-3-10

Chelyabinsk 2 @ Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 18/20, 2.00 GAA, .900 sv%
Season totals: 45 GP, 24-18, 6 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%

Koshechkin got the support of a pair of goals from forward Denis Platonov, a 2001 draft pick of the Nashville Predators.

Kazan 4 @ Astana 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM

Kazionov missed his second game in a row for Kazan. Kazan got two helpers from former Rangers prospect Jarkko Immonen in the game.

Nizhnekamsk 1 @ Omsk 2 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 21-16, 4 SO, 2.03 GAA, .916 sv%

Omsk got a goal from former NHLer Timofei Shishkanov in the match.

Dynamo Riga 3 @ Chekhov 1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM

Marcel Hossa scored his 32nd goal of the season in the match for Riga.

CHL Game Night: 2-2-10

QMJHL

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 11-35-46, +29, 48 PIM

Barberio now has 21 points in his last 15 games. He also has a six-game point streak in which he’s registered 11 points. With his two primary assists Tuesday, he tied his career high for points (46) and assists (35), set two seasons ago in 70 games. Moncton had their 12-game win streak broken. This game was originally scheduled for last November.

WHL

Red Deer Rebels 3 @ Regina Pats 2 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 20-19-39, -6, 84 PIM
With Regina: 20 GP, 7-6-13, +2, 32 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina is 6-1-0-3 in their last 10 games, included two-straight shootout losses. Ashton did not participate in the shootout.

NHL Game Night: 2-2-10 Lightning at Thrashers

Niitty still owns Atlanta.

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Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win. He's now 16-0-0 against Atlanta, including an 11-0-0 mark at Phillips Arena. Still hilarious.

First Period
TB 9:37, Veilleux 3 (Tanguay, Lecavalier)
TB 12:43, St. Louis 17 (Stamkos, Downie)

Second Period
ATL 2:46, White 5 (Popovic, Afinogenov)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Same as the last time the Lightning played Atlanta: the Thrashers had the better of the chances (although it wasn't as lopsided as last time out) but Niitty remained the difference.

For the moment, the Lightning are in a 3-way tie for 7th place in the Eastern Conference at 57 points.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

European Game Day: 2-2-10

Elitserien (Sweden)
Sodertalje 1 @ Linkopings 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 21/24, 3.20 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 1-1-0, 0 SO, 2.58 GAA, .917 sv%

Helenius was bested by former Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena of Linkopings in the match. Former Lightning forward Jan Hlavac also had an assist in the game for Linkopings.

KHL (Russia)
Dynamo Moscow 3 @ CSKA 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 3-11-14, -8, 38 PIM

Harju has gone cold again after having fair success as a setup man between late December and early January. Harju played 10:22 today and was 50% on draws. He also took a matching roughing minor at the conclusion of the second period. Veteran forward Alexei Kaluzhny had 2 goals in the match for Dynamo.

CHL Game Night: 2-1-10

WHL

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Regina Pats 1 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 20-19-39, -7, 84 PIM
With Regina: 19 GP, 7-6-13, +1, 32 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Ashton’s modest two-game goal streak came to an end. Jordan Eberle (Oilers 1/’08) scored in the third period to force overtime for Regina, but they lost the shootout 2-1. Ashton did not participate in the shootout. This was a makeup game as the originally schedule contest was postponed due to weather and travel conditions. Even with the point, 10th place Regina is seven points back of Prince Albert for the eighth spot in the conference - with Swift Current in ninth.

Beanpot Game Night: 2-1-10

Harvard Crimson 0 @ No.14 Boston College Eagles 6
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 6-8-14, +1, 16 PIM

The streak without a Beanpot tournament title continues for Harvard, who hasn’t won since current Carolina Hurricanes broadcaster Tripp Tracy led them to a championship in 1993. Killorn had the game’s first shot and created more than a few scoring chances, but Harvard looked disorganized and was badly outplayed by BC.

KHL Game Day: 2-1-10

Omsk 1 @ Yulaev 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.05 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 21-16, 4 SO, 2.03 GAA, .916 sv%

Ramo, fresh off his All-Star appearance, could not hold out Yulaev, which has opened up a 5 point lead for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Chelyabinsk 4 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 16 PIM

Kazionov played 11:57 in the match. Ekaterinburg is now 3 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference. Former AHL journeyman Martin Grenier had a pair of helpers in the match for Chelyabinsk.

Nizhnekamsk 3 @ Kazan 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM

The elder Kazionov did not play in today's match.

Dynamo Riga 5 @ Dynamo Minsk 4
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM

Karsums did not play in today's match for Riga.

CHL Game Night: 1-31-10

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Brampton Battalion 3 (SO)
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 34 GP, 7-10-17, -1, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 13 GP, 4-3-7, -6, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu scored for the second straight game and notched the second multi-point night of his brief OHL career. He had two assists on November 13 for Ottawa.

Ottawa 67’s 6 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 33 saves on 39 shots
Season Totals: 35 GP, 13-16-2-1, 3.54 GAA, .895 sv%, 2 SO

Despite being pulled in the first period against Ottawa Friday, Zador got the start again for the Generals. He lasted the whole game, but gave up six, with three coming on the power play.

WHL

Portland Winterhawks 4 @ Vancouver Giants 3
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 2 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Vancouver held a 2-0 at the game’s midway point, but Portland scored the next four and hung on as the Giants scored one early in the third to pull within 4-3. Wright, who is still trying to find his place in the lineup, is looking for his first WHL goal of the season. He had 21 in 71 games last season.

NHL Game Day: 1-31-10 Lightning at Capitals

The Lightning come within an eyelash of taking a point away from a very fired up Capitals team.

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WSH-3

Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the loss. What a tough spot to be put in for your first game back. "So, uh, Smitty. You got the Caps tonight. They've won 9 in a row and they're super angry the way we whipped them last time we played them. Go get 'em tiger!" Give credit to Smith for battling and giving the Lightning a serious chance to get points out of this one.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
WSH 0:57, Backstrom 23 (Ovechkin, Fleischmann)(PP)
WSH 12:56, Laich 16 (Semin, Fleischmann)

Third Period
TB 5:00, St. Louis 16 (Foster, Stamkos)
TB 7:42, Stamkos 29 (Foster, St. Louis)(PP)
WSH 13:34, Ovechkin 35 (Backstrom, Poti)

There's no such thing as a moral victory, and I doubt the club feels very good about losing a point with under 10 to play. But, watching this game out of the corner of my eye while the Norfolk game was on, you could tell the Caps came out with playoff intensity and they were out there to try to embarass the Lightning after Tampa Bay spanked them so badly in the last meeting they had. For the most part, the Lightning handled the Caps' surges and they blocked a ton of shots to keep the overall shot total close at 31-27 even though they got outchanced. And, they played opportunistic hockey in the third and capitalized on a key power play opportunity that almost was enough to steal a point out of the capitol city. In other words, even in defeat, the Lightning managed to let Washnington know the last game in Tampa was not a fluke. The gap is closing in the Southeast.

How long has it been since a Lightning game didn't have a prospect in it? It's the first time in about a season and a half, at least, with Paul Szczechura being sent to the Admirals for a brief conditioning stint. On a somewhat related note, it'll be interesting to see if the Lightning send some reinforcements like Szczechura to Norfolk over the Olympic break to see if they can aid in the Admirals' own quest for the playoffs.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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