Lightning gut it out to get back in the win column.
Karri Ramo with a really gritty performance in net. He surrendered New York's first goal on a puckhandling gaffe and never looked 100% comfortable, but he stopped the pucks he had to stop and ended up making 31 saves on 34 shots for the win.
NY Rangers 4:22, Michal Rozsival 11 (power play) (Chris Drury, Paul Mara)
Tampa Bay 19:57, Martin St. Louis 17 (empty net) (Vincent Lecavalier)
The Lightning pulled this one out with a critical penalty kill down two men with a one goal lead in the third. Credit to the Lightning PK for getting in shooting lanes and Ramo for getting the one glove save he needed 2/3 through that PK to get a whistle. It doesn't hurt that the Rangers kept missing the net too.
Mathieu Darche was even in 9:28 with 1 shot on goal.
- Sea Wolves extends win streak to four games
- Ryan Munce pitches a 36 save 1-0 shutout on the road against Gwinnett earning Second Star honors
- Munce makes 36 saves against Trenton in a Sunday night 2-1 home OT victory earning Third Star honors
- Marek Kvapil recorded the primary assist on both of Mississippi's goals against Trenton
Lightning prospect results from the USHL, BCHL, and CHL.
Luca Cunti was scoreless with 1 shot on goal tonight in Chicago's 3-1 win over Des Moines. Cunti is now riding a three game scoreless streak in which he has managed just 4 shots on goal.
That said, here's your fun fact of the night:
Chicago is 5-0 since Cunti joined the team in late December. Looks like the Steel have their very own precision Swiss good luck charm.
And the Lightning decide to try their hand at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...
Johan Holmqvist actually had a decent game, right up until he allowed Ottawa's winner on a bad angle 5-hole softie. He ended up getting the overtime loss allowing 4 goals on 27 shots.
Tampa Bay 5:43, Martin St. Louis 16 (Vaclav Prospal, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 11:17, Vincent Lecavalier 28 (Paul Ranger, Martin St. Louis)
Ottawa 19:21, Randy Robitaille 5 (Mike Fisher, Wade Redden)
Ottawa 4:26, Dany Heatley 25 (Jason Spezza)
Ottawa 3:17, Mike Fisher 15 (Daniel Alfredsson, Anton Volchenkov)
Mathieu Darche was -2 in 10:24 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot.
Marc Denis only had to stop 18 of 19 shots to get his first win as an Admiral as Norfolk outshot Bridgeport 33-19 even without Kyle Wanvig.
NOR Milley, (10) (Schneider, Scalzo), 14:09 (PP)
BRI Tambellini, (21) (Nielsen, Bentivoglio), 5:25
NOR Kearns, (1) (Klinkhammer, Smaby), 12:10
Bracken Kearns and Norm Milley were the first and second stars of the game respectively.
The resurgent Adam Henrich missed tonight's game with an upper body injury. Incidentally, on the injury front, word on the street is defenseman turned left winger turned Gary Roberts Lite Mike Egener is apparently close to returning from a shoulder injury that has kept him out for the past couple of months.
Box score from TheAHL.com.