NHL Game Night 12/13: Lightning at Senators

There's not a worse team in the NHL on the forecheck than the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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OTT-2

Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 32 shots and still had to eat the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
05:04 OTT Picard (3), (Bell, Zubov)(PP)

Third Period
19:15 OTT Alfredsson (8), (Kuba, Fisher)(EN)

Jussi Jokinen hasn't won a battle along the wall in a month.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit and a real nice fight with Chris Neil in 3:22.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and he was 27% on draws. And, again, he was awesome. Good positionally. Great in terms of his effort and battle level. Szczechura is the exact same size as Jokinen and smaller than 75% of the forwards on this team and yet, consistently, he's been better along the wall and braver in the high traffic areas than most every other player on the Lightning team since his recall. That's high praise for Szczechura, and a condemnation of the rest of the Lightning team.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and 3 hits in 11:43. Tocchet has been, rightfully, ramping down Stamkos' ice time. His decision making was better in this game, but he's still tip toeing around too much.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/13: Sound Tigers at Admirals

Even with Lundin, the Admirals defense remains a sieve.

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NOR-4

Mike McKenna allowed 6 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
BRI Lee, (1) (Iggulden, Hillen), 0:30
BRI Hennigar, (3) (Hillen, Iggulden), 8:16
NOR Ward, (1) (Downie, Lundin), 10:31
BRI Tambellini, (1) (Walter), 14:21
NOR Lawrence, (1) (Downie, Rosehill), 18:30

Second Period
BRI Smith, (12) (Colliton, Iggulden), 14:07
NOR Keller, (2) (Downie), 16:34
NOR Keller, (3) (Downie, Mihalik), 17:13

Third Period
BRI Smith, (13) (Colliton, Skinner), 16:47
BRI Smith, (14) (Iggulden, Hillen), 19:59

Steve Downie and Justin Keller were the game's second and third stars.

Downie is reacting just like you would hope a guy who has just been sent down would: like a guy who has gotten a taste of the show and wants to get back. Mike Lundin had an assist in his Norfolk debut. Chris Gratton is in Norfolk, but did not suit up for the Ads.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Lundin Assigned to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that defenseman and BoltProspects alumni Mike Lundin has cleared waivers and has been assigned to Norfolk of the AHL.

Personally, so long as Mike doesn't pout in Norfolk, I think this could be a positive for his career, in the long term. When he was originally drafted Lundin was considered to be a young defenseman with some offensive upside. However, in the NHL, he's been asked to play a very simple game as a third pairing blueliner and simply not make mistakes. In Norfolk he should receive over 20 minutes a night including a healthy amount of power play time, which should help flesh out his game and could help him progress from being a #5/6 type defenseman in the NHL to a #3/4 type.

Word on the street is that Chris Gratton has reported to the Admirals and is likely to make his Norfolk debut tonight as well.

NCAA Game Night: 12/12

American International Yellow Jackets 0 @ UMass Minutemen 4
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-2-2, +12, 10 PIM

UMass received 23 votes in the latest USCHO poll, good for No.27.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/12

Canada WJC Selection Camp Red-White Game
White 6 vs. Red 3
W/C Dana Tyrell, Red: 0-0-0
G Dustin Tokarski, White: 18 saves on 20 shots

Tokarski performed well after replacing division rival Chet Pickard at the halfway point of the game. He would allow John Tavares' second and third goals of the game.

Tyrell lined up on a checking unit with big Rimouski center Patrice Cormier (New Jersey) and Atlanta prospect Angelo Esposito. Known as a scorer for the Montreal Juniors, TSN reported Esposito was being tried in a two-way role next to shut-down expert Cormier and the defensive savvy Tyrell.

CHL: Scoresheet sightings for Courtnall, Barberio, DeCoste, and Witkowski ...

ECHL Game Night 12/12: Sea Wolves at Gladiators

Riku Helenius made 49 saves in his debut with the Mississippi backstopping the Sea Wolves to a 4-2 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators and earning Second Star honors. Helenius joined the team on Wednesday after being assigned by Tampa after former Bolt goaltending prospect Ryan Munce was recalled to Syracuse.

Mississippi 4 @ Gwinnett 2
G Riku Helenius: 2 GA; 60:00 MIN; 51 SH; 49 SV; *SECOND STAR*

AHL Game Night 12/12: Sound Tigers at Admirals

It won't be long until guys like Segal and Jones get their shots in Tampa too.

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NOR-3

Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 33 shots in the win.

First Period
NOR Segal, (11) (Downie, Rosehill), 5:04
NOR Potulny, (4) (Kearns, Segal), 18:27
BRI Bentivoglio, (4) (Colliton, Callahan), 18:51

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
BRI McLean, (7) (Iggulden), 0:30
NOR Jones, (6) (Segal, Downie), 6:29 (PP)

Brandon Segal helped make sure Bridgeport was On Deadly Ground at The Scope, as he was named the game's first star. Blair Jones was named the game's second star with his power play game winning goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Lundin Placed on Waivers

Damian Crisdotero of the St. Pete Times is reporting that defenseman and BoltProspects Alumni Mike Lundin has been placed on waivers. According to the claim period will last until Saturday at noon. If Lundin passes, he will likely be assigned to Norfolk of the AHL.

Bolts Reassign Steve Downie to Norfolk; Recall Jamie Heward

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned right wing prospect Steve Downie to the Norfolk Admirals (AHL), it was announced on Friday by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.

Downie, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario, appeared in eight games with the Lightning after being recalled on November 27. He posted one goal and 16 penalty minutes. Downie was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia on November 7 and has skated in 10 AHL games between Philadelphia and Norfolk this season, tallying a goal, 12 assists and 51 penalty minutes.

On Thursday, the Lightning recalled defenseman Jamie Heward from Norfolk. Heward, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman, leads all Norfolk defensemen in scoring with 14 points. In 20 games, Heward has six goals and eight assists with 25 penalty minutes. Four of his goals and seven of his assists have come on the power play. Heward ranks in the top 15 of AHL scoring by defensemen. The 37-year-old from Regina, Saskatchewan, has two assists and four penalty minutes in four games with the Lightning this season.

NHL Game Night 12/11: Lightning at Canadiens

Those Quebecois boys sure do enjoy that home cooking.

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Olaf Kolzig allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the win.

First Period
05:34 MTL Brisebois (2), (Kovalev, Markov)(PP)
10:49 TB St. Louis (9), (Recchi, Lecavalier)
12:03 TB Lecavalier (12), (Meszaros, Krajicek)

Second Period
08:31 TB St. Louis (10), (Krajicek)(SH)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Is it fixed? Not really. The Lightning were outshot 32-22 on the night. But, at least the streak is over, and it's nice to be a winner for a change.

Steve Downie had 1 shot in 7:21.

Zenon Konopka had a fight and 2 hits in 5:16.

Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 38% on draws in 13:39.

Radek Smolenak had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 9:07.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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