N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/18

WHL
Prince George Cougars 4 @ Portland Winter Hawks 1
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM

Prince George won a battle between the league's two worst teams, and with the two points moved into a tie for third last overall with Calgary. The Cougars have won 2 in a row, both on the road. Portland, who dressed just 14 skaters for the game because of injuries yet outshot PG 41-39, has lost 16 straight games. Their last win was a shootout victory over PG.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/16

BCHL
Nanaimo Clippers 2 @ Victoria Grizzlies 5
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

USHL
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Chicago Steel 3 (OT)
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (“board checking”), 2 shots on goal

QMJHL
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 (OT)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 shots on goal

WHL
Regina Pats 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 3 (SO)
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play.

Prince George Cougars 5 @ Chilliwack Bruins 4
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM

PG snapped a 7 game losing streak.

Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Everett Silvertips 8
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Loss, stopped 27 of 34 shots through 2 periods
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM (high sticking, hooking, roughing)

NHL Game Night 2/16: Capitals at Lightning

Final nail in the coffin.

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TB-2

Johan Holmqvist stopped 32 of 35 shots in the loss.

First Period
Washington 16:12, Tomas Fleischmann 8 (power play) (Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
Washington 13:52, Dave Steckel 5 (Matt Bradley, Quintin Laing)
Tampa Bay 15:49, Vaclav Prospal 27 (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 16:22, Jan Hlavac 9 (Filip Kuba, Shane O'Brien)
Washington 17:00, Alexander Semin 16 (Viktor Kozlov, Mike Green)

This game was said to be critical in determining just how much the Lightning were going to be sellers at the deadline. There was little doubt moves were going to be made, but a win here might've meant wholesale changes would've been put off until the summer. Now? Sell, sell, sell.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 2/16: Sharks at Admirals

Maybe the game that gets Marc Denis back to the NHL?

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NOR-4

Marc Denis stopped a preposterous 48 of 50 shots faced for the victory.

First Period
NOR Milley, (15) (Jones, Schneider), 7:25
NOR Rosehill, (2) (Mihalik, Milley), 12:22
WOR Setoguchi, (5) (Kaspar, Raduns), 16:49 (PP)
WOR Setoguchi, (6) (Traverse, Cavanagh), 17:39 (SH)

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (12) (Wanvig, Smolenak), 6:18

Third Period
NOR Wanvig, (17) (Milley, Jones), 19:39 (EN)

Denis was named first star of the game while Norm Milley earned third star of the game honors. There are rumors the Lightning may put Denis through re-entry waivers in the next week or two in the hope another team will take him. And effort like tonight coupled with a great relief appearance last night will go a long way toward making that happen.

Blair Jones now has two multi-point games in a row after a long drought while Radek Smolenak broke his short scoring slump with a helper on the game winning goal.

Don't look now but Vladimir Mihalik, favorite target of the Norfolk fan base, improved his +/- to even on the season with a +3 night and had an assist.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

This Week's Superleague Scores

This week's Superleague scores and updated skater statistics.

Saturday's Elitserien Scores

Andreas Holmqvist did not play in Frolunda's 1-1 tie with Djurgardens.

Johan Harju was scoreless is Lulea's 5-2 loss to Farjestads.

Jonathan Boutin is Your Daddy

Skip ahead to about 30 seconds into the video where Boutin ragdolls Greiss during last night's Admirals game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tih8DsGrgUQ

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/15

USHL
Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Chicago Steel 5
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 shots on goal

BCHL
Victoria Grizzlies 1 @ Nanaimo Clippers 3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

QMJHL
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 7 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 1
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 shots on goal

Ward had to be helped off the ice in the mid-third after sliding awkwardly into the boards.

WHL
Calgary Hitmen 0 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 1
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM (tripping, boarding-roughing)

Prince George Cougars 1 @ Vancouver Giants 4
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Spokane Chiefs 2 @ Everett Silvertips 3 (SO)
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play

AHL Game Night 2/15: Sharks at Admirals

Jonathan Boutin is working on his cult hero status.

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NOR-4

Boutin stopped 20 of 21 shots before being thrown out of the game early in the third for participating in a massive brawl ending with the young netminder squaring off against Sharks prospect goaltender Tomas Greiss. Boutin got the win with Marc Denis stopping 19 of 20 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
WOR Walsh, (2) (Packard, Iggulden), 4:29
NOR Scalzo, (5) (Milley, Jones), 13:19

Second Period
NOR Wanvig, (16) (Henrich, Stewart), 0:25
NOR Szczechura, (11) (Jones, Lessard), 12:57
NOR Milley, (14) (Jones, Keller), 16:28

Third Period
WOR Raduns, (11) (Fox, Mink), 15:40 (PP)

Boutin was named first star of the game while Mario Scalzo was named the game's third star. Boutin is now 4-0-1 in his last 5 decisions. Let the goaltending controversy continue! Tonight's win was his 10th of the season, a new career high.

Blair Jones posted his first multi-point game since November.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night 2/14: Lightning at Flyers

On Valentine's Day the Lightning showed that they still love kicking the snot out of the Flyers.

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PHI-3

Johan Holmqvist stopped 27 of 30 shots for the win.

First Period
Tampa Bay 5:31, Vaclav Prospal 26 (Martin St. Louis)
Philadelphia 11:00, Joffrey Lupul 18 (Mike Richards, R.J. Umberger)
Philadelphia 19:24, Steve Downie 5 (shorthanded) (Mike Richards)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 2:13, Dan Boyle 3 (power play) (Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 10:12, Jan Hlavac 8 (Michel Ouellet, Filip Kuba)
Tampa Bay 16:35, Martin St. Louis 21 (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 2:18, Jason Ward 7 (unassisted)
Philadelphia 6:42, Jeff Carter 19 (Randy Jones, Joffrey Lupul)

Unfortunately, Carolina won tonight so this Lightning team continues to fight hard but appears to be stuck in the standings equivalent of quicksand with the trade deadline looming.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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