Jonathan Boutin is working on his cult hero status.
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.
WOR Walsh, (2) (Packard, Iggulden), 4:29
NOR Scalzo, (5) (Milley, Jones), 13:19
NOR Wanvig, (16) (Henrich, Stewart), 0:25
NOR Szczechura, (11) (Jones, Lessard), 12:57
NOR Milley, (14) (Jones, Keller), 16:28
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.
On Valentine's Day the Lightning showed that they still love kicking the snot out of the Flyers.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 27 of 30 shots for the win.
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)
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.
Merritt Centennials 2 @ Victoria Grizzlies 6
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 2 PIM (matching delay-of-game penalty)
Victoria sits in 5th in the Coastal Conference standings, 3 points behind Burnaby with a game in hand, and 4 points ahead of Cowichan.
Seattle Thunderbirds 2 @ Tri-City Americans 5
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Loss, stopped 32 of 37 shots
In a battle between the WHLâ€™s two top save percentage leaders, Americans goaltender Chet Pickard got the better of Helenius, stopping 25 of 27 for the win. Tri-City got out to a quick 4-0 lead, including a shorthanded penalty-shot goal, and never looked back. Helenius fell to 4th in the WHL in save percentage after the game, .02 points behind Pickard, who also leads the league in wins (37).
Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ Prince George Cougars 2
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
The Cougars have lost 6 straight.
Fleury bests the Admirals.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss going head-to-head with Marc-Andre Fleury who is down in the A for a conditioning stint.
WBS Brent, (11) (Filewich, Engelland), 11:34
WBS Gove, (11) (Stone), 11:40 (SH)
NOR Szczechura, (10) (Lessard, Schneider), 18:11 (PP)
WBS Kennedy, (5) (Engelland, McLean), 8:49
Box score from TheAHL.com.
U.S. prep stats as of February 12, 2008:
C/W Matt Marshall, Noble and Greenough School: 25 GP, 20-19-39
Marshall, a University of Vermont commit, has 3 goals and 8 assists in his last 5 games for Nobles.
C Alex Killorn, Deerfield Academy: 21 GP, 25-25-50
Killorn, a Harvard commit, is third overall in scoring among U.S. Prep players.
Note: For more updates on Harvard's program, see Crimson Hockey.
N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/12
Kootenay Ice 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 7
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 2-0-2, +3, 10 PIM (misconduct)
Mitch Fadden scored his 27th and 28th goals of the year as Lethbridge scored 5 first period goals and coasted to a 7-1 win over Kootenay. Zach Boychuk had a goal and 3 assists to earn First Star honors for the 'Canes.
Lethbridge, who clinched a playoff spot with the win, has been posting QMJHL-like numbers lately, averaging more than 5 goals per game in their last 7 contests.
From Greg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News:
The game, which was sold out (5,335), featured 136 penalty minutes, 71 of them to Lethbridge, and, yes, a line brawl . . . No fans are thought to have left the game early . . . Yes, there is some bad blood here. . . . Lethbridge head coach Michael Dyck called a timeout while leading 5-0 and enjoying a 5-on-3 advantage. "We've got a lot of speed and we've got some skill and when teams start taking liberties on us, and I felt at times they were pinpointing who they took runs at, the only way that we're going to hurt them is on our power play," Dyck told Trevor Kenney of the Lethbridge Herald. "So I gave our No. 1 unit a rest and the opportunity to go back out and try and make it 6-0."
Quality start by the kid. Quality effort by the team in front of him.
Karri Ramo stopped 19 of 21 shots faced for the win.
Montreal 0:50, Christopher Higgins 17 (Andrei Markov)
Tampa Bay 5:15, Michel Ouellet 7 (Jan Hlavac, Chris Gratton)
Montreal 9:48, Tomas Plekanec 21 (power play) (Mark Streit)
Tampa Bay 19:19, Vaclav Prospal 24 (Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 11:51, Vaclav Prospal 25 (Vincent Lecavalier)
25 goals now for Vaclav Prospal. Could he pry a late 1st round pick at the deadline?
BCHL, USHL, and CHL stats for Lightning prospects as of February 11, 2008.
Key (Skaters): Games Played, Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes.
Key (Goalies): Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts.
Seattle Thunderbirds 9 @ Spokane Chiefs 7
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play.
DeSerres got the start for Seattle, who apparently signed Seahawks kicker Josh Brown and got 3 field goals for the win. If this was the case, though, a football team named the Chiefs would be capable of scoring a touchdown, so this obviously is fictional.