NHL Game Night 1/22: Oilers at Lightning

Don't look now, but the Lightning have a little something going here.


Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the win.

First Period

Second Period
Tampa Bay 0:38, Brad Richards 14 (Martin St. Louis, Jan Hlavac)
Tampa Bay 4:29, Craig MacDonald 1 (Nick Tarnasky)
Tampa Bay 9:17, Martin St. Louis 19 (shorthanded) (Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Lukowich)
Edmonton 10:08, Andrew Cogliano 9 (power play) (Sam Gagner, Joni Pitkanen)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 5:51, Vincent Lecavalier 30 (power play) (Martin St. Louis)
Edmonton 12:55, Steve Staios 5 (Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner)
Edmonton 18:41, Ales Hemsky 13 (Dustin Penner, Shawn Horcoff)

The bad news is, the Lightning are still 4 games under .500. The good news is they're just 7 points back of division leading Carolina with 3 games in hand and Dan Boyle likely to come back into the lineup at any time. Between that and the fact no one else in the Southeast Division seems to have their stuff together and the Lightning suddenly look like a team with a prayer of making the playoffs.

It's a challenge, but it's do-able.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Stat Update: 1/21

CHL, BCHL, and USHL stats for Lightning prospects as of January 21, 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.

ECHL Game Night 1/20: Florida @ Mississippi; Munce Snubbed as All-Star

Ryan Munce gave up 3 goals against the Everblades Sunday night for the second time in a row, but his offense couldn't bail him out this time. Florida outshot the weary Sea Wolves 46-29 enroute to a 3-1 victory, with Munce stopping 43 of those shots to lose for the first time in 8 games. Munce had beaten the Blades Friday night 4-3 on the first of a three-in-three series with Florida, Texas, and Florida.

Munce also received news Sunday night that he had been snubbed for the ECHL All-Star game scheduled for Wednesday night, January 23 in Stockton, CA. Bloody filthy robbery.

Sunday's Superleague Scores

Anton But assisted on St. Peterburg's only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Chelyabinsk.

Dimitri Kazionov and Alexei Glukhov were scoreless in Kazan's 5-3 win over Cherepovets.

Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Omsk's 4-3 win over Dynamo.

Albert Vishnyakov was scorless as Novokuznetsk was shut out by Spartak 5-0.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/20

Prince George Cougars 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 5
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, Stopped 26 of 27 shots
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

Tyrell was the only Cougar to beat Helenius Sunday night, scoring early in the third period. Tyrell extended his point streak to 6 games and Helenius broke a personal 3 game losing streak (0-2-0-1).

Regina Pats 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

The third place Hurricanes fell five points behind second place Regina in the Eastern Conference standings. Lethbridge was without Zach Boychuk, who was serving a one game suspension for a check-from-behind. Boychuk is a possible Lightning target at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Another possible draft choice, Everett's Kyle Beach, will miss Wednesday's CHL Top Prospects Game due to an injury. Boychuck, of course, is listed on the event's roster.

ECHL Game Night 1/19: Mississippi @ Gwinnett

Ryan Munce had the night off but former Lightning prospect Morgan Cey made 52 saves as the Sea Wolves outlasted the Gwinnett Gladiators 5-4 as Mississippi's new win streak extends to three games. The Wolves have now won 9 of their last 10 games. Mike Egener and Brandon Elliott remain injured.

NCAA Game Night: 1/19

Hockey East
No.10 Massachusetts 1 @ No.15 UMass-Lowell 3
D John Wessbecker, UMASS: Did not play (undisclosed injury)

No.8 Notre Dame 1 @ No.1 Michigan 5
D Kevin Quick, UM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding), 0 shots on goal

Michigan completed a weekend sweep of the Irish with a decisive 5-1 win. Quick earned the lone assist on Louie Caporusso’s second period goal that gave Michigan a 3-1 lead. The freshman defenseman has 2 goals and an assist in his last 4 games.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/19

Saturday night's highlights:

  • Smoke Eaters no match for Justin Courtnall
  • Fadden earns Third Star for 1+1 night
  • Tyrell on a 5 game point streak for the struggling Cougars
  • Jung could return Wednesday

Friday's Superleague Scores

Anton But had 1 goal and 1 assist as St. Petersburg defeated Novosibirsk 3-0.

Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless as CSKA blew out Nizhnekamsk 10-1.

Dimitri Kazionov had 1 assist in Kazan's 5-2 win over Tver. In net for Tver was former Lightning 3rd round pick Evgeny Konstantinov.

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 2-1 overtime win over Dynamo.

Denis Kazionov was scoreless as Omsk beat Khimik 4-3.

Saturday's Elitserien Scores

Johan Harju had a goal and 2 penalty minutes as Lulea steamrolled Linkopings 5-0.

Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist in Frolunda's 3-2 loss to Mora.

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