A good win for the Lightning and their young netminder.
Karri Ramo stopped 29 of 32 shots for the win in his first NHL start of the season.
03:28 TBL St. Louis (16), (Lecavalier)(SH)
01:41 TB Prospal (9), (Lecavalier, Artyukhin)
08:42 ANA Ebbett (2), (Morrison, Hedican)(PP)
17:51 TB Malone (11), (St. Louis, Meszaros)(PP)
18:28 ANA Montador (3), (Morrison, Ebbett)
18:40 ANA Pronger (8), (Getzlaf, Miller)
10:50 TB Malone (12), (Halpern, St. Louis)
This is the kind of win that helps build psychological toughness for the club. After not showing up for the third period in Phoenix and then giving up two quick goals at the end of the second, it would've been easy for the Lightning to implode in the third against Anaheim. But, they didn't. They can draw on the experience the next time they face some adversity.
Similarly, Ramo rebounded from seeing his soft goal late in the second chased by a quick tying goal 18 seconds later to shut the door stopping 8 of 8 shots in the final frame to take with win. You can't underestimate how important that is for a young netminder like Ramo who has struggled the first half in Norfolk. This is a critical juncture for Karri with a job in Tampa likely open when and if Olaf Kolzig is moved at the trade deadline. Ramo is in the final year of his entry-level deal, and he appeared a lock to move up in March at the start of the year, but confidence in the netminder has flagged slightly. Getting a big win in Anaheim will hopefully help him regain his swagger over the next month and a half once he gets sent back to Norfolk and give him the momentum he needs to seize the backup job in Tampa Bay.
Matt Smaby was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:45.
Paul Szczechura had 2 hits and was 47% on draws in 15:52.
Steven Stamkos was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career. Tonight would've been his graduation from prospect status at Bolt Prospects, but that will have to wait for the game against the Kings.
The Admirals dub thee the losing team.
Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the win.
NOR Konopka, (8) (Potulny, Bochenski), 0:08
NOR Potulny, (6) (Gratton, Lundin), 17:06 (PP)
NOR Konopka, (9) (Bochenski, Downie), 0:50 (PP)
MCH Moulson, (5) (Azevedo), 15:09 (PP)
MCH Murphy, (4) (Murray, Collins), 1:42
NOR Kearns, (7) , 4:10
MCH Lewis, (10) (Moulson, Gauthier), 13:57 (PP)
Justin Keller was stopped on a third period penalty shot in the game.
Norfolk moves back to 4 games under .500.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
(Greyhounds release) The Soo Greyhounds acquired 18-year old centreman Kyle DeCoste and a 5th round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection from the Brampton Battalion on Friday morning in exchange for 19-year old winger Anthony Peluso.
DeCoste, a 6â€™2â€, 190 lb native of London, Ontario has 8 goals and 6 assists for 15 points along with 31 penalty minutes in 31 games played this season.
Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Brampton Battalion 6
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 8-6-14, -13, 51 PIM
Cody Hodgson had a goal and assist in his return to Brampton from Team Canada. DeCoste scored his eighth of the year. He had 10 in 66 games last season.
What a sad, ugly third period.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 27 shots in the loss.
08:36 TB Meszaros (1), (Halpern)
12:17 PHX Jokinen (14), (Doan, Michalek)
00:46 PHX Mueller (9), (Reinprecht, Doan)(PP)
14:43 TB Halpern (2), (Prospal, Recchi)(PP)
08:09 PHX Turris (6), (Hale, Reinprecht)
The team just looked like it was skating in quicksand in the final frame.
Matt Smaby had 3 hits in 11:31.
Steven Stamkos had 2 shots and was 50% on draws in 10:49.
Fadden scores his 10th in 22 games with Tri-City ... Spokane gets a win while they wait for Tokarski ... results from the Q.
That one hurts badly.
Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 29 shots in the loss.
HER Giroux, (24) (Aucoin, Bourque), 3:53 (PP)
NOR Bochenski, (12) (Gratton), 18:24
NOR Keller, (5) (Curadeau, Kearns), 7:57
HER Wilson, (16) (Helmer, McNeill), 10:51 (PP)
HER Joudrey, (3) (Wilson, Helmer), 14:51
McKenna was named the game's third star.
Let it be noted that the Admirals stood toe to toe with the best team in the Eastern Conference and came within 10 minutes of defeating them.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Team Canada Notes:
Dustin Tokarski was greeted in his home province of Saskatchewan Tuesday by a horde of family and friends at the Saskatoon airport. Tokarski was wearing his gold medal around his neck when he came off the plane. He will take a few days off before rejoining the Spokane Chiefs. (CJME photo)
PEI Rocket 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 8-20-28, +12, 24 PIM
Medicine Hat Tigers 2 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots, *Second Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 11-9-1-4, 2.54 GAA, .913 sv%, 2 shutouts
Edmonton beat Medicine Hat for the first time in modern franchise history.
The American Hockey League announced today that Norfolk Admirals forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Steve Downie will play for Team Canada at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Charter Communications, to be played later this month at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Downie, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario, has posted six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in just 15 games for Norfolk this season. Among his notable accomplishments with the Admirals this season are a franchise-record tying four-assist game on December 13 versus Bridgeport, a hat trick on December 27 versus Philadelphia and a Norfolk season-high eight-game scoring streak from November 16 â€“ December 27 during which he registered five goals and ten assists.
Downie was acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Philadelphia Flyers along with Steve Eminger on November 7 in the deal that sent Matt Carle to the Flyers. Prior to the trade, he also appeared in four games with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, recording one goal and seven assists. In 19 total AHL games this season, Downie has seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points. In 41 career AHL contests between Norfolk and Philadelphia, the second-year professional has scored 12 goals and 38 assists for 50 points.
World Junior Championships â€“ Gold Medal Game
Canada 5 vs. Sweden 1
W Dana Tyrell, CAN: Did not play (injured â€“ out for tournament).
G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 39 saves on 40 shots, *Canada Player of the Game*
Thatâ€™s more like it.
Dustin Tokarski showed why heâ€™s a big game goaltender, stopping 39 of 40 shots to help Canada to their fifth straight World Junior Championship gold medal Monday night.
Tokarski took a shutout into the third period before surrendering his only goal, and outplayed Swedenâ€™s Jacob Markstrom (a Florida Panthers pick to boot) for the win.
For more on the game, see tsn.ca.