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NHL Game Night 2/7: Islanders at Lightning

Roberts goes from goat to hero in the span of a couple of nights.

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Mike McKenna had a 28 save shutout for his first career NHL win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
13:34 TB Roberts (3), (Eminger, Stamkos)

Roberts, who got played like a fiddle by Matt Cooke to help cost his team a point in the standings against the Pens, tipped in an Eminger point shot for the game winning goal tonight. I sense mayhem on the message boards.

Steve Downie was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:37. He limped off after getting hit with a puck, so we'll have to see if he's ready to go next time out.

Matt Smaby got himself a 5 for fighting early in the game and also had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:22. Tonight was a really good night for Smaby. He got an opportunity to show the coaching staff what he can do with more ice time, and he was solid. He was even surprisingly good at pinching in and keeping plays alive at the blueline in the offensive zone. I've been extremely impressed since he came back from his injury. It looks to me like he may very well stick this time.

David Koci played 1:31 in the game.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 2/7: Sound Tigers at Admirals

When this season is over, the Ads are going to look back at games like this where they had leads in the third period and left points on the table... and kick themselves.

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Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Lundin, (3) (Bochenski, Konopka), 4:46 (PP)
NOR Keller, (8) (Bochenski, Jackson), 6:18
BRI Iggulden, (19) (Walter, Smith), 16:25

Third Period
BRI Colliton, (4) (MacDonald), 11:43
BRI Joensuu, (14) (Smith, Kohn), 19:03

Justin Keller was named the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Jokinen Traded to Carolina

According to tampabaylightning.com, the Lightning have traded twice-waived winger Jussi Jokinen to the Carolina Hurricanes for winger Wade Brookbank, defenseman Josef Melichar, and a fourth round pick.

Jokinen, who was acquired in the Brad Richards deal from Dallas last year, had a fine finish to last season while playing on a line with Michel Ouellet and Matthieu Darche. This year he started off better than expected in camp, earning a center spot on a scoring line to start the year. It's been all downhill since that time and he currently stands at 6 goals and 10 assists for 16 points and a minus-8 rating in 46 games.

Brookbank, a known fighter who stands 6'4" and 227 pounds, has one goal and 40 PIM in 27 games played for the 'Canes.

Melichar, a 30 year old 6'2" 225 pound defenseman, has 4 assists in 15 games this year. He was assigned to Albany in December by Carolina, where he has 1 goal and 4 assists in 25 games. His best season in the NHL was 2005-06 when he had 15 points in 72 games. He's regarded as a defensive defenseman and holds a $1 million contract this year.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/6

Jung in the hospital as he's announced as First Star ... Wright helps Vancouver hand Tokarski first loss in two months ... Witkowski sets career highs ... Cup hosts heating up ... Fadden and TC go cold ... and a Jeff Beukeboom reference.

NCAA Game Night: 2/6

Harvard Crimson 1 @ #14 Yale Bulldogs 5
F Alex Killorn Har: 0-0-0, 1 SOG, Even

Yale outshot Harvard 50-15.

Providence Friars 1 @ #7 Vermont Catamounts 4
F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0 Even

Massachusetts Minutemen 0 @ #12 Boston College Eagles 2
D John Wessbecker UMASS: 0-0-0, Even

AHL Game Night 2/6: Sound Tigers at Admirals

Wow. Atta boy, Riku!

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Riku Helenius pitches a 41 save shutout in his first career AHL start. A star is born?

First Period
NOR Bochenski, (17) (Konopka, Keller), 11:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (18) (Smolenak, Lundin), 4:43
NOR Segal, (13) (Smolenak, Gratton), 15:38

Wow. This is where Karri Ramo needs to start feeling the heat coming up his back. Everyone's known for the past 2-1/2 years that Helenius is athletically capable, and the bizarre reshuffling and suspension situation has given Helenius an opportunity to finally get in between the pipes. And, damn-it-all if he hasn't seized the opportunity by the throat in his first start. Wow.

Wow!

Don't look now, but Vladimir Mihalik just got back to even for the season with a +3 night tonight. His play has picked up since the embarassment of the San Jose Sharks game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Tokarski Goes 0-3

Tokarski was robbed like USA's Colin Wilson against ... well ... Tokarski.

The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Raffaele D’Orso of the Val d’Or Foreurs is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 1. D’Orso won three games for the Foreurs including one shutout victory stopping a total of 133 shots with a goals-against-average of 1.33 and a save percentage of .971.

D’Orso began his week Tuesday night when the Foreurs hosted the Montreal Juniors. He stopped all 48 shots including 17 in the third period for the 3-0 shutout win, his first of the season, with first star of the game honours. On Friday D’Orso was again solid between the pipes making 33 saves helping the Foreurs defeat the Halifax Mooseheads 6-2. His week would end on Saturday with an outstanding performance against a strong Moncton Wildcats team. D’Orso made 22 third period saves for a game-total of 52 as first star of the game leading the Foreurs to a 4-2 win.

The OHL nominee for the award this week is Scott Stajcer of the Owen Sound Attack who won all three of his starts and posted a goals-against-average of 2.00 with an OHL best save percentage of .956. Stajcer is eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and competed at the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Lightning prospect Dustin Tokarski of the Spokane Chiefs was the best goaltender in the WHL for the third week in a row with three victories including two shutouts allowing just one goal on 88 shots. Tokarski has now won 11 straight games for the Chiefs.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/4

All-Star results from the USHL and OHL ... Michael Ward continues break-out year ... Torrie Jung, who was just featured in the Edmonton papers (link included), would like to start the week over.

NHL Game Night 2/4: Lightning at Penguins

Amazing. Truly a game that Pittsburgh had no business winning.

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Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the overtime loss in his first NHL start. He can thank a lazy referee for one of those goals.

First Period
15:25 TB Malone (16), (Recchi, Ranger)

Second Period
05:00 TB St. Louis (19), (Lecavalier, Eminger)
16:52 TB Lecavalier (24), (Prospal, St. Louis)

Third Period
02:25 PIT Malkin (23), (Dupuis)
14:06 PIT Eaton (2), (Sykora)
16:31 PIT Sykora (20), (Malkin, Crosby)(PP)

Overtime
04:44 PIT Malkin (24), (Staal, Orpik)

It's the kind of stuff that makes you want to vomit. The Lightning completely controlled this game, and the drip, drip, drip. Paul Ranger with a turnover led to Pittsburgh's first goal. Then Gord Dwyer refuses to try to move on a harmless play around the boards that ends up eventually in the back of the net on a shot by Mark Eaton that bounces off Eminger's shin pad and in. Then Gary Roberts takes an absolutely idiotic penalty flexing his pimp hand on Matt Cooke. Tying goal goes in. Pittsburgh wins it late on a goalmouth scramble. Vomit. So much good effort in this game wasted by bad luck and stupidity by veteran players. Seriously, Gary Roberts got played by Cooke like a violin. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Steve Downie was -1 in 9:15 with 1 shot and 4 hits.

Matt Smaby was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 2/3: Lightning at Islanders

Done.

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Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 16 shots for the loss before being pulled for Mike McKenna, who made his NHL debut and stopped all 11 shots he faced the rest of the way.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
06:27 NYI Hunter (13), (Nielsen, Okposo)(PP)
08:29 NYI Streit (9), (Weight, Comrie)
09:52 NYI Martinek (1), (Park, Witt)

Third Period
03:05 TB Lecavalier (23), (Recchi, Murphy)(PP)

I think you now readjust your goals for the season to trying to finish with a winning record, but playoffs is likely out of the question. There will be a lot of folks trying to lay tonight's loss at the feet of Karri Ramo, and he did allow two soft goals, but the Lightning only scored 1 goal on an AHL caliber club with Yann Danis in net. That's absolutely unacceptable.

Steve Downie had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 7:44. He doesn't play enough, in my opinion.

Matt Smaby had 4 shots and 2 blocked shots in 10:38. He, also, probably doesn't play enough minutes. He absolutely destroyed Blake Comeau and drew a penalty in the process behind the net in the first period tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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