What a finish. What a finish.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 of 25 shots faced for the win. Dan Boyle had a pair of goals for the Lightning including the tying goal with the extra attacker with 21 seconds left that was a point shot which deflected off of two Thrashers and in to force overtime. Martin St. Louis had 1 goal and 1 assist with his overtime winning goal coming off some incredible work in the corner by Vaclav Prospal who, along with Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba, Ryan Craig and Cory Sarich, had individual helpers in the game. The overtime win moves the Lightning within five points of the division leader with games in hand on both Atlanta and Carolina.
Atlanta 2:37, Jason Krog 1 (Glen Metropolit, Jim Slater)
Atlanta 2:36, Steve Rucchin 5 (Shane Hnidy, Jon Sim)
Tampa Bay 8:43, Dan Boyle 3 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
Tampa Bay 19:39, Dan Boyle 4 (power play) (Ryan Craig, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 2:25, Martin St. Louis 14 (Vaclav Prospal, Cory Sarich)
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Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 32 shots faced including a third period in which he weathered the Falcons being outshot 14-3 by stopping all shots he faced. He now improves to 8-3-0 this year with a 2.89 GAA and .911 save percentage with 1 shutout. John Adams led the way for the Falcons with 1 goal and 2 assists. Veteran Daniel Corso had 1 goal and 1 assist as well. Marek Kvapil and Eric Healey had 2 helpers in the game. Stanislav Lascek and Adam Henrich, a pair of recalls from Johnstown who are settling in nicely in Springfield, had the other Springfield goals. Andy Delmore had an individual assist. With the win, the Falcons are now over .500 for the first time this year since their opening night win over Hartford. Adams, Ramo and Corso were the three stars of the game.
SPR Henrich, (1) (Kvapil, Adams), 4:21
SPR Corso, (4) (Adams, Healey), 5:39 (PP)
SPR Lascek, (2) (Delmore, Kvapil), 10:36
SPR Adams, (1) (Healey, Corso), 13:56 (PP)
WOR Cavanagh, (3) (Gorges, Stafford), 17:38 (PP)
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I'm amazed at how well Johnatown has played with Spina and Lascek getting called up.
Gerald Coleman stopped 38 of 43 for the victory as the Chiefs were outshot 43-27. Rookie Maxime Boisclair led the way for Johnstown with a hat trick and a pair of assists. Veteran Randy Rowe chipped in 4 assists. Andre Deveaux had 1 goal and 2 assists. Radek Smolenak and PJ Atherton each had 1 goal and 1 assist as well. Doug Andress also had a goal for the Chiefs. Zbynek Hrdel and rookie Gus Katsuras had individual assists in the game. Boisclair, Rowe and Deveaux were named the game's three stars.
JHN Andress, (5) (Rowe, Boisclair), 3:24 (PP)
REA Hogeboom, (7) (MacMillan), 10:07
JHN Smolenak, (5) (Hrdel), 11:49
JHN Deveaux, (2) (Boisclair, Rowe), 13:26
JHN Boisclair, (6) (Atherton, Deveaux), 19:00
JHN Boisclair, (7) (Rowe, Deveaux), 13:19
JHN Atherton, (1) (Smolenak, Katsuras), 16:07 (PP)
REA Becker, (4) (Mihaly, Bala), 19:41 (PP)
REA Mihaly, (13) (Collymore, Zappala), 11:01
JHN Boisclair, (8) (Rowe), 16:11
REA Christiansen, (1) (Lukacevic, Mihaly), 19:08
REA Bala, (3) (Hogeboom, Lukacevic), 19:35
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In the first game between the OHL and a select touring team of Russian juniors in the CHL-Russia Challenge, Chris Lawrence had an assist tonight as the OHL won 5-0. Denis Kazionov is a member of Russia's entrant in the tour.
Dimitri Kazionov snapped a long scoreless streak tallying a goal and adding an assist in Kazan's 5-2 win over Chekhov. Kazionov still leads all Lightning Russian prospects in scoring with 7 goals and 14 points in 26 games.
Evgeny Artyukhin and Yaroslavl were shutout by Ufa 1-0. Artyukhin's 137 penalty minutes in 24 games is tops in the Superleague.
It's good to know that no matter how poorly the Lightning are playing, they've always got those toothless old pussy cats on the schedule to act as slump busters.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 31 of 35 shots for the win. Martin St. Louis led the way with 3 assists in the game while Brad Richards had 2 goals, one of the empty net variety. Ryan Craig, Eric Perrin and Dan Boyle each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Individual assists went to Nolan Pratt, Filip Kuba, Doug Janik, Blair Jones and Nikita Alexeev. Jones' assist was his first NHL point.
Tampa Bay 7:38, Eric Perrin 5 (Ryan Craig, Nolan Pratt)
Tampa Bay 15:39, Brad Richards 7 (power play) (Filip Kuba, Dan Boyle)
Florida 12:21, Ville Peltonen 2 (power play) (Ruslan Salei, Olli Jokinen)
Florida 18:05, Gary Roberts 4 (Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton)
Florida 19:52, Ruslan Salei 3 (power play) (Olli Jokinen, Joe Nieuwendyk)
Tampa Bay 3:05, Ryan Craig 7 (Martin St. Louis, Dan Boyle)
Tampa Bay 7:14, Dan Boyle 2 (Doug Janik, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 12:12, Ryan Craig 8 (Eric Perrin, Blair Jones)
Florida 16:44, Olli Jokinen 10 (Ville Peltonen, Bryan Allen)
Tampa Bay 19:47, Brad Richards 8 (empty net) (Nikita Alexeev, Martin St. Louis)
Now go eat turkey.
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All hail Karri Ramo.
Karri Ramo won his third straight shootout decision to advance his record to 7-3-0 on the year stopping 30 of 32 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 5 penalty shots in the shootout. Falcons goals were scored unassisted by David Spina, shorthanded, and Dan Cavanaugh. Adam Henrich and Daniel Corso scored the winning markers in the shootout as Henrich was given the privilige/responsibility by Coach Stirling to shoot first for the Falcons. Spina and Cavanaugh were the first and third stars of the game respectively.
With the win, Springfield pulls into Thanksgiving at 9-9-0, good for 18 points and 6th in the 7th team Atlantic Division just 1 point behind Bridgeport and Worcester for 8th in the Eastern Conference.
POR Wilson, (4) (Rome, Ferguson), 5:15
SPR Spina, (1) , 6:38 (SH)
POR Konopka, (6) (Miller), 17:00
SPR Cavanaugh, (1) , 3:15
SPR- Henrich, Corso
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Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 2-0 loss to Novosibirsk. Kazionov has been named to Russia's team for the annual CHL-Russia Challenge.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 4-3 loss to Novokuznetsk.
Apologies for the lateness of Wednesday's game posts. Holiday travel has gotten me behind a half a day.
Marek Bartanus had a goal and was -1 in Owen Sound's 8-4 thumping of Oshawa. He also had a double-minor for spearing. The Attack spotted the Generals a 4-0 lead, then scored 8 straight. The goal was Bartanus' fourth in 21 games this year. Last year, the winger had 7 goals in 49 games.
Dane Crowley and Swift Current shutout Portland 3-0. Crowley had an assist, two minor penalties, was even, and was named the game's Third Star.