For the second straight game some dubious officiating leaves the stench of league bias in Lightning land.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 27 of 29 shots for the loss.
First, I give credit to Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers defensive discipline. This was a tight game that could've gone either way.
However, someone needs to explain to me the disallowed third period goal. The goal was waived off by the referee on the ice and there was no definitive shot of the puck crossing the line. Of course, the reason why there was no definitive shot of the puck crossing the line was because Brendan Shanahan's glove was closed on top of it.
Now, last I checked, that's a penalty shot. It was one or the other. It was either a goal, or it was penalty shot. Instead, mighty and wise Toronto says no goal and they line it up at center ice. No acknowledgement of the fact Shanahan just broke a major rule to keep the puck out. No penalty shot. So when the Lightning scored with about 16 seconds left in the game, how furious do you think I was? How furious do you think Torts is going to be when he sees the tape? The league's a joke, a total, absolute joke. This was almost as bad as Chara-gate in Boston last year. Gorilla Monsoon's WWF was more on the up and up than Bettman's NHL is.
Norfolk gets an early touchdown and holds Philly to a field goal.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 28 of 31 shots faced to advance his record to 4-2-2 on the season.
NOR Wanvig, (11) , 0:39 (PEN/SH)
NOR Jones, (4) (Keller, Stewart), 0:51
NOR Jones, (5) (Fletcher, Keller), 10:20 (PP)
NOR Campbell, (1) (Scalzo, Jones), 18:23 (PP)
NOR MacDonald, (2) (Smaby, Milley), 18:55
NOR Milley, (3) (MacDonald), 13:13
PHI Downie, (1) (Ross, Parent), 17:56
PHI Ross, (6) , 4:39 (SH)
PHI Picard, (2) (Downie, Potulny), 10:03
NOR Stewart, (2) (MacDonald, Wanvig), 18:22 (PP)
Norfolk now 2 points out of the last playoff spot in their division with a 2 game set against Springfield coming up.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Taking Munce's spot on Norfolk's roster will be goaltender Karl Goehring, who has been signed to a PTO contract. Goehring, 29, was 0-1-0 in 2 games this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a 2.11 GAA and .909 save percentage. The 5'8" 160 lbs goaltender spent last season with Milwaukee of the AHL where he compiled a 22-15-4 record with a 2.69 GAA and .908 save percentage. Goehring, born in Apple Valley, MN, played his college hockey with North Dakota.
The Admirals also released forward Mark Rooneem from his PTO contract.
Gee, who do you think Versus and the NHL wanted to see win tonight?
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the overtime loss.
Ridiculous officiating. Ridiculous broadcasting by Versus. Ridiculous all around.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Omsk's 5-2 loss to Ufa.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Spartak's 3-2 shootout loss to Togliatti.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 5-3 win over Yaroslavl. The game was the second of the season for Buffalo Sabres goaltender Mika Noronen's for Ak Bars. Noronen has fought injuries throughout the first half of this season.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Anton But had an assist in St. Petersburg's 4-3 shootout win over Tver.
There has been a trade...
The Lightning have dealt overage prospect Bryce Lampman to the Dallas Stars in exchange for prospect defenseman Mario Scalzo Jr. Scalzo, 23, has 1 goal and 9 points in 15 games so far this season for Iowa of the AHL. The 5'10" 190 lbs defenseman is most well known for his brief stint in 2004-2005 with Rimouski of the QMJHL where, after being acquired at the trade deadline in his overage season, he scored 13 goals and 44 points in 23 regular season games helping the Oceanic and Sidney Crosby reach the Memorial Cup final. Scalzo Jr's best professional season came as a rookie in 2005-2006 when he posted 4 goals and 33 points in 74 games.
The trade of Lampman resolves the Admirals' issue of having one more veteran than they were allowed to dress under AHL rules.
The American Hockey League announced today that Norfolk Admirals left wing Mathieu Darche has been named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending November 18, 2007. In his first four AHL games of the season, Darche erupted for 10 points on three goals and seven assists.