NHL Game Night 3/1: Lightning at Hurricanes

This is just a tired looking Lightning team right now. Mentally, physically, tired.

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CAR-5

Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
Tampa Bay 7:04, Jeff Halpern 12 (Michel Ouellet, Mathieu Darche)
Carolina 10:43, Eric Staal 31 (Tuomo Ruutu, Tim Gleason)

Second Period
Carolina 1:02, Joe Corvo 8 (Sergei Samsonov, Eric Staal)
Carolina 10:01, Sergei Samsonov 10 (power play) (Frantisek Kaberle, Scott Walker)

Third Period
Carolina 4:02, Sergei Samsonov 11 (Patrick Eaves, Matt Cullen)
Carolina 6:00, Tuomo Ruutu 7 (Eric Staal, Erik Cole)

With all due respect, I think the Lightning are making a mistake not giving Karri Ramo at least half the starts from here on out. Smith is a more known commodity at this stage of his career, but Ramo only has 14 NHL decisions under his belt thus far. Here, in garbage time of the season, is a perfect opportunity to get Ramo more acclimated with the NHL. At the very least, on the tail end of a back-to-back, he should've gotten the start tonight. That's not to say any of the 5 goals tonight were necessarily Smith's fault, it's just a comment on how the Lightning need to look forward strategically to how they're going to lay the foundation for next season.

Coincidentally though, tonight was Smith's 41st career decision. So, technically, he became a Bolt Prospects alumni tonight. Strange but true.

I'm enjoying watching Alex Picard play. You can definitely see there's something there, and I think he could still put on another 5-10 pounds of muscle easily.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/1: Admirals at Devils

Yuck.

NOR-2
LOW-5

Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 43 shots for the loss. The Ads were outshot 44-18 in the contest by Lowell, which coming into the night was the last place team in the Eastern Conference. Not good.

First Period
NOR Smolenak, (8) (Jones), 8:22
LOW Khomutov, (9) (Ruggeri, Mondou), 18:31 (PP)

Second Period
LOW Vrana, (11) (Khomutov, Tallackson), 1:50
LOW Ruggeri, (3) (Zimmerman, Gionta), 3:56
NOR Stewart, (14) (Henrich, Rosehill), 17:03

Third Period
LOW Pelley, (2) (Murphy, Malmivaara), 3:25
LOW Murphy, (6) (Gionta), 19:18 (EN)

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Saturday's Elitserien Scores

Andreas Holmqvist did not play in Frolunda's 3-2 win over HV 71.

Johan Harju had Lulea's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Skelleftea.

With just three games remaining in the Elitserien regular season, Frolunda currently sits in sixth on the league table while Lulea is in eleventh.

Harju's goal today, his 20th of the season, puts him in a tie for 8th in the league in goal scoring.

Andreas Holmqvist is currently tied for 7th amongst all Elitserien defensemen in scoring with 22 points.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/29

BCHL
Victoria Grizzlies 1 @ Burnaby Express 6
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

USHL
Chicago Steel 3 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 4
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 shots on goal

QMJHL
Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 @ P.E.I. Rocket 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 shots on goal

WHL
Vancouver Giants 5 @ Prince George Cougars 2
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Lethbridge Hurricanes 0 @ Prince Albert Raiders 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -4, 7 PIM (interference, fighting major vs. Andrew Clark)

Seattle Thunderbirds 0 @ Everett Silvertips 2
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play.
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM (interference), *Second Star*

Seattle goaltender Jacob DeSerras was the game's third star. Helenius has two starts since February 13th (1-1), whereas DeSerras has six (4-1 and 1 no decision). According tot he Lightning, Helenius is battling a sprained knee.

NHL Game Night 2/29: Maple Leafs at Lightning

Love the win, but can the Lightning defer the points in the standings?

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TB-3 (OT)

Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 25 shots to collect his first win in a Lightning uniform.

First Period
Tampa Bay 8:51, Michel Ouellet 10 (power play) (Jeff Halpern, Dan Boyle)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 12:13, Alexandre Picard 1 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)

Third Period
Toronto 0:27, Alexander Steen 12 (Mats Sundin, Tomas Kaberle)
Toronto 11:29, Jason Blake 12 (Ian White)

Overtime
Tampa Bay 2:02, Dan Boyle 4 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Jussi Jokinen)

Contributions from all the new acquisitions tonight. The Captain, Alexandre Picard, got his first goal for the Lightning and Jeff Halpern and Jussi Jokinen had helpers.

If the Lightning can just find a way to get Stamkos this June, I think they're going to be alright.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 2/29: Admirals at Wolf Pack

In the words of Rob Schneider from Waterboy, "Oh no, we suck again."

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HFD-6

Marc Denis allowed 6 goals on 41 shots for the loss.

First Period
HFD Parenteau, (25) (Byers, Hutchinson), 6:09
HFD Hutchinson, (15) (Parenteau, Pock), 7:38 (PP)
NOR Jones, (10) (Denis), 19:23

Second Period
HFD Anisimov, (11) (Hutchinson, Jessiman), 7:16 (PP)
HFD Korpikoski, (16) (Parenteau, Hutchinson), 16:36 (PP)

Third Period
HFD Moore, (21) (Hutchinson, Pock), 6:06 (PP)
NOR Klinkhammer, (8) (Koci, Kearns), 6:42
HFD Korpikoski, (17) (Ouellette), 14:52

I feel bad for Steve Stirling. Every time he gets this team tuned up right, they shuffle the deck on him.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Update - February 2008

After a blazing start to the new year in January, the month of February has been disastrous for Ryan Munce and the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Highlights include:

  • Wolves go 1-5 on a six game road trip; Munce goes 1-4 and is pulled twice.
  • Wolves are currently 1-4 on a seven game home stand; Munce is 1-3 and has been pulled twice
  • Marek Kvapil (3-7-10 in 10gp) and Zbynek Hrdel (1-0-1 in 2gp) recalled to Norfolk during the current home stand
  • Mike Egener returned to the lineup and scored a goal and a fighting major

Thursday's Elitserien Scores

Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 2-0 loss to Sodertalje.

Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist in Frolunda's 4-3 loss to Linkopings.

Ads Exchange Fletcher for Fan Favorite

Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle today announced that the Admirals have acquired forward David Koci (“KOH-chee”) on loan from the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. In addition, Loiselle announced that the Admirals’ NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, have loaned Norfolk defenseman Justin Fletcher to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.

Koci, 26, is a 6’6”, 238 lb. forward from Prague, Czech Republic. The seventh-year pro has registered 1,074 penalty minutes as a professional. He has spent the majority of the season with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks where he registered nearly four penalty minutes per game. The NHL heavyweight has 156 penalty minutes in 27 NHL games over the past two seasons.

Lessard to Tampa; Kvapil and Hrdel to Norfolk

The Norfolk Admirals are reporting that Admirals winger Junior Lessard has been recalled to the Tampa Bay Lightning as GM Jay Feaster indicated would happen during several interviews on Wednesday. Technically, Lessard was recalled on an emergency basis as Lightning center Chris Gratton will be undergoing hip surgery next week, according to tampabaylightning.com.

Also, forwards Marek Kvapil and Zbynek Hrdel have been reassigned from Mississippi of the ECHL to Norfolk.

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