One of the quiet success stories from this season continues...
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Linkopings' 1-1 tie with Mora today. After spending much of the year on his club's 2nd pairing, Holmqvist has recently spent the majority of his time on his club's first pairing with Jonas Junland.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 5-4 win over Khimik.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 4-3 overtime win against Podolsk.
Mississauga 1 @ Kingston 4
The IceDogs continue to struggle, losing their third straight game to a team they should beat, this time dropping a 4-1 decision in Kingston. Chris Lawrence scored his 41st goal of the year for Mississauga. He was also minus-1.
Kitchener 5 @ Erie 4
For the second time in a week, Kevin Beech and Erie nearly beat the high-powered Rangers, but Kitchener came back from a 4-3 deficit to beat the Otters 5-4. Beech had stopped 50 of 52 shots in a 2-1 loss in Kitchener just a few days ago. This time, Beech stopped 40 of 45 shots.
Salisbury School 14 - Canterbury School 2
In their final game of the regular season the Knights won their 13th straight and clinched the #1 seed in the west for the New England playoffs. On a sour note, his team put up 14 goals but Lightning prospect Kevin Quick failed to record a point in the blowout.
Salisbury plays host to #4 seed South Kent School from South Kent, Conn. on Wednesday.
#18 Massachuetts 5 - Northeastern 3
John Wessbecker was scoreless and a minus-1 in the win. UMASS heads home to finish out the regular season against #12 Maine next weekend. The series will determine seeding the HEast tournament as both teams are tied for forth in the division with 29 points.
Northern Michigan 4 - #9 Miami 1
Dusty Collins and the Wildcats finished off their up and down season with an impressive win over a ranked team. Collins scored his third goal of the season in the win which turned out to be the game winner. He finished the regular season with three goals and two assists in 36 games played. He also recorded 30 PIM and was a minus-9. Northern Michigan takes on Ohio State in the first round of the CCHA tournament next weekend.
#12 Maine 5 - Merrimack 1
Maine completed the weekend sweep over Merrimack with Saturday's win. Mike Lundin was scoreless and even in both games. Maine concludes their regualr season next weekend with two games at Massachuetts.
You know things are bad when Dennis Packard drops a multi-point game on you.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 20 of 24 in the loss. Philippe Sauve stopped 24 of 24 for the shutout for Providence. Former Lightning prospect Dennis Packard was named first star of the game.
PRO Thompson, (6) (Stuart, Packard), 9:02
PRO DiCasmirro, (7) (Rosa, Zinger), 18:52 (SH)
PRO Packard, (4) (Talbot, Glenn), 16:06
PRO Pelletier, (13) (Trevelyan), 9:10
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
The Lightning just answered the bell with remarkable punctuality.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 17 of 18 shots faced in the game for the victory. Consider that for a moment. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and all the impressive firepower the Pittsburgh Penguins can array the Tampa Bay Lightning shut them down and held them to a paltry 18 shots on goal. And Shane O'Brien hasn't yet added his particular talents to this defensive corps.
Brad Richards ran wild on Pittsburgh with 1 goal and 3 assists. Martin St. Louis added 1 goal and 1 assist while Richards' linemates, Eric Perrin and Ruslan Fedotenko, each had 2 assists. Vincent Lecavalier scored his league leading 41st goal, a shorthanded marker, Filip Kuba his 10th and Paul Ranger had his 4th talley of the season. Dan Boyle had an individual assist.
And so, the Lightning fully capitalized on their game in hand on Atlanta and Carolina and have opened up a 3 point lead on the Smirkin' Chikins and a 4 points lead on the Hurricanes with just 18 games remaining in the regular season. The trade deadline is Tuesday. With the addition of one or two more forwards, this is a Stanley Cup contender. The ball is in your court, Jay Feaster.
Tampa Bay 2:17, Martin St. Louis 38 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Brad Richards)
Tampa Bay 3:56, Paul Ranger 4 (Eric Perrin, Brad Richards)
Tampa Bay 4:58, Filip Kuba 10 (Brad Richards, Ruslan Fedotenko)
Pittsburgh 8:26, Sergei Gonchar 10 (power play) (Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby)
Tampa Bay 1:31, Brad Richards 22 (Eric Perrin, Ruslan Fedotenko)
Tampa Bay 14:16, Vincent Lecavalier 41 (shorthanded) (Martin St. Louis)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Sudbury 5 @ Mississauga 4 (Shootout)
The IceDogs dropped their second straight home game to a team behind them in the conference standings, this time losing out on one point in a 5-4 shootout loss to Sudbury. The Wolves are 14 points behind Mississauga in the Central Division. Chris Lawrence scored his career-high 40th goal of the year in the loss, and was also even with charging and hooking minors. Lawrence shot first for the IceDogs in the shootout, but did not score.
London 3 @ Owen Sound 6
Despite having first rounders Bobby Ryan and Bobby Sanguinetti, Owen Sound sits third-worst in the Western Conference at 64 points. However, the Attack has clinched a playoff spot because all but two teams make it in and Erie (29 points) and Windsor (39) are so bad. London, on the other hand, has a league-best 90 points. This proves why games are played on the ice and not on computer screens as the Attack soundly beat the Knights 6-3 Saturday night. Marek Bartanus was scoreless and minus-1 in the game.
Ottawa 7 @ Erie 3
The good news is Erie finally held a team under 30 shots against (27), but the bad news is they still gave up 7 goals. Kevin Beech was responsible for a lot of those as he stopped just 20 of 25 shots before being pulled after 2 periods. His backup, Jonathan Laniel, stopped 0 of 2 in the third period when the 67â€™s called off the dogs.
Prince George 6 @ Kamloops 3
Vladimir Mihalik had two power play assists to help the Cougars defeat the Blazers in Kamploops, 6-3. Mihalik was even with an interference minor in the fight-filled game.
Everett 1 @ Seattle 4
Dane Crowley was a team worst minus-4 in Everettâ€™s 4-1 loss to the Thunderbirds in Seattle.