The frustrating thing is the team did almost everything right tonight and still got nothing for it.
Another quality start by Karri Ramo wasted by lack of goal support. Ramo allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss, but really he did just about everything humanly possible to keep the Lightning in this game. The third Penguins goal which was a broken stick shot by Sykora of a skate to Ryan Malone at point blank range is one of the more unlucky goals I've seen in a while.
The Lightning were a Filip Kuba crossbar and/or a Vincent Lecavalier shooting the puck into Conklin's glove rather than a gaping 4x6 away from getting points out of this one. They played well with the exception of a short span in the second period when they were under siege a bit. Under ordinary circumstances over the past two seasons you could shrug this off and say "They'll get 'em next time." Problem is, there aren't many more next times if you do the math. The Lightning can't leave anymore points on the table and have hopes of making a run at the playoffs. I give it another two weeks before Jay Feaster really has to start thinking about pulling the plug on this thing and picking up assetts for a quick turnaround offseason rebuild.
Mathieu Darche had 1 assist and was +1 in 7:46 with 1 shot and 2 hits. Darche is set to graduate from overage prospect status in 4 games, putting his likely last individual stat line report at 1/19 against the Senators.
Anton But was scoreless in Spartak's 1-0 win over St. Petersburg.
Evgeny Artyukhin had a goal and an assist as CSKA blew out Novosibirsk 5-2.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Omsk's 5-3 loss to Tver.
Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 5-4 loss to Khabarovsk.
Noble and Greenough School 9 @ Lawrence Academy 3
C/W Matt Marshall, Nobles: 2-0-2
Marshall, a University of Vermont commit, came into the game as Noblesâ€™ second-leading scorer with 7 goals and 3 assists in 14 games.
Deerfield Academy 8 @ Loomis Chaffee 1
C Alex Killorn, DFA: 2-0-2
Killorn had 26 points in 9 games coming into the game. One of his goals against Loomis Chaffee came on a â€œperfectâ€ (per Deerfield review) deflection from in front.
*Thanks to Crimson Hockey for helping us out with stat updates for both Marshall and Harvard commit Killorn. If youâ€™re a Harvard fan, be sure to check out the site.
Tri-City Americans 2 @ Everett Silvertips 3 (SO)
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (holding)
Kyle Beach of the 'Tips was ranked No.4 among North American draft eligible prospects by Central Scouting in their midterm rankings. mynhldraft.com had Beach going to the Lightning in a mock draft a month or so ago, but since the Lightning's free-fall in the standings the site now has the Bolts taking Sarnia's Steven Stamkos at No.2. Stamkos was ranked as the No.1 North American skater by Central Scouting in their midterms.
Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 3
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play
Note: The WHL trade deadline is today (1/10).
The good news is that the blowouts have stopped and the team is playing competitive hockey.
Marc Denis stopped 28 of 30 shots faced in the loss.
The AHL's website is down right now, but Norfolk's only goal was scored on a Mario Scalzo deflection of a Dan Jancevski point shot.
The game story is up on the Norfolk Admirals website.
(Norfolk Admirals release)
Norfolk Admirals leading scorer and current Lightning winger Kyle Wanvig has been selected as a member of Team Canada for the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Reebok. The All-Star Classic takes place later this month in Binghamton, New York.
Wanvig, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound right wing, was recalled by the parent Tampa Bay Lightning last week. He remains the Admirals leader with 13 goals, 23 assists, 36 points and seven power play goals. He also is tied for eleventh in points, tied for fifteenth in assists and tied for twelfth in power play goals in the American Hockey League. In 321 career AHL games, Wanvig has 91 goals and 97 assists for 188 points and 648 penalty minutes.
The Mississippi Sea Wolves picked up their lunch buckets and battled out a shootout win over the South Carolina Stingrays Tuesday to extend their season best win streak to five games. Ryan Munce improved to 9-2 on the season with the Wolves stopping 25 shots in regulation and overtime, and four more in the shootout to earn Third Star honors. It is Munce's fifth straight victory. Marek Kvapil had a goal and an assist and scored one of Mississippi's two shootout markers enroute to earning Second Star honors. Kvapil was credited with the game's first goal when a faulty pass from a South Carolina player ricocheted off the skate of Stingrays goalie Josh Johnson and past him to give the Wolves an early 1-0 lead.
The Canadian Hockey League announced yesterday that Lightning prospect Torrie Jung of the Kelowna Rockets is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting three wins with a 1.00 goals against average and .960 save percentage in three games last week.
The 18-year-old native of Nanaimo, BC made 33 saves in a 4-1 win over the Chilliwack Bruins on New Yearâ€™s Eve and followed up with 17 saves in a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday. He finished the week with 22 saves in a 6-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers on Sunday. Jung improved to 8-5-0-3 on the season with a 2.45 goals against average and .902 save percentage in 18 games.
Jung was taken in the seventh round (183rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Lightning.
The Mississauga, Ontario native was 4-0-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 0.99 and a save percentage of .973 to help the Sea Wolves have their longest winning streak of the season and close the gap on Charlotte (13-13-4), which has a one-point lead on Mississippi (13-19-3).
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.