Unfortunately, this is the team we have right now: the kind of team that can lose a game (in essence) 1-0.
Mike Smith took the tough loss allowing 1 goal on 22 shots. Smith also stopped a Peter Sykora penalty shot in the game.
1. Pittsburgh, 17:13, Talbot (13), (Dupuis, Crosby)
2. Pittsburgh, 19:55, Malkin (38), (Talbot)
This is a one line team right now, and the Lightning needs to seriously re-tool their second line in the offseason, particularly at the center position now that Richards is gone.
BCHL Coastal Conference, First Round
Game 3: No.4 Burnaby Express 3 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 4
Victoria leads Best of 5 Series 2-1
W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (interference)
Series: 3 GP, 2-0-2, 2 PIM
Courtnall scored the second of three Victoria goals in the third period to help the Grizzlies turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 regulation win. The Grizzlies can end the series tonight (Tuesday) at home.
This is a bit late (for a variety of pseudo-reasons), but at last the lengthy evaluation process is complete.
Today, Bolt Prospects is releasing its Mid-Term Rankings for the 2007-2008 season. Defenseman Mike Lundin has joined the graduated prospect list; therefore, he is no longer on the prospect rankings list. Mario Scalzo, acquired earlier in the season from the Dallas Stars organization, makes his debut on the rankings list.
Lightning draft picks and New England Prep stars Matt Marshall (2007 - 5th round) and Alex Killorn (2007 3rd round) finished up their respective high school careers last week. Neither Nobles (Marshall) or Deerfield (Killorn) will be participating in the post-season.
Final season stats are as follows:
W/C Matt Marshall, Noble and Greenough School: 29 GP, 25-26-51
Marshall, who will attend the University of Vermont next season, had 5 goals and 6 assists in his last 4 games to end the year. As a junior, Marshall accumulated 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points in 27 games for Nobles.
C Alex Killorn, Deerfield Academy: 25 GP, 24-27-55
Killorn, who will play for Harvard next year, finished with 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games. Last season Killorn had 19 goals and 14 assists for 33 points in 23 games.
Note: Thanks to Crimson Hockey for assistance with statistical updates this year.
Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 shots on goal
Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Portland Winter Hawks 1
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play
Note: Mitch Fadden was recently named the second best skater in the WHL's Eastern Conference in a poll taken from team representatives.
Third period comeback effort falls short.
Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for the loss.
NOR Kvapil, (1) (Scalzo, Henrich), 1:40 (PP)
WOR Iggulden, (20) , 10:02
WOR Mink, (17) (Cavanagh, Iggulden), 15:45 (PP)
WOR Raduns, (12) (Spang, Walsh), 18:47 (PP)
WOR Iggulden, (21) (Armstrong, Evans), 2:20
WOR Iggulden, (22) (Evans, Armstrong), 12:26
NOR Kearns, (4) , 4:56 (SH)
NOR Henrich, (10) (Lawrence), 11:51
NOR Jones, (11) (Segal, Kearns), 19:27 (PP)
Norfolk allowed 5 unanswered goals after scoring the game's opening marker before scoring 3 of their own in the third period in a failed comeback bid.
Adam Henrich was named the game's third star. Henrich has 2 goals and 7 points in his last 10 games, and appears to have gained a good measure of the momentum he had earlier in the season prior to getting hurt. From the outside looking in, it certainly appears that the former 2002 second round pick has done everything you could ask of him to earn a contract next season.
Blair Jones has 3 goals and 11 points in his last 13 games, which is a hopeful sign for a guy who had gone scoreless in his previous 13 games.
It was also really good to see Chris Lawrence get a helper in his first game back after missing a month and a half with a shoulder injury.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
BCHL Coastal Conference, First Round
No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 6 @ No.4 Burnaby Express 5 (OT)
Best of 5 series tied 1-1
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Courtnall scored on the power play early in the third period to give Victoria a 4-3 lead. Game 3 is Monday.
Chicago Steel 2 @ Cedar Rapids Roughriders 1
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 shots on goal
Vancouver Giants 0 @ Prince George Cougars 2
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing)
Real Cyr had a 47 save shutout for PG.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Portland Winter Hawks 3 @ Everett Silvertips 4 (OT)
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (boarding, hooking)
This is just a tired looking Lightning team right now. Mentally, physically, tired.
Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.
Carolina 1:02, Joe Corvo 8 (Sergei Samsonov, Eric Staal)
Carolina 10:01, Sergei Samsonov 10 (power play) (Frantisek Kaberle, Scott Walker)
Carolina 4:02, Sergei Samsonov 11 (Patrick Eaves, Matt Cullen)
Carolina 6:00, Tuomo Ruutu 7 (Eric Staal, Erik Cole)
With all due respect, I think the Lightning are making a mistake not giving Karri Ramo at least half the starts from here on out. Smith is a more known commodity at this stage of his career, but Ramo only has 14 NHL decisions under his belt thus far. Here, in garbage time of the season, is a perfect opportunity to get Ramo more acclimated with the NHL. At the very least, on the tail end of a back-to-back, he should've gotten the start tonight. That's not to say any of the 5 goals tonight were necessarily Smith's fault, it's just a comment on how the Lightning need to look forward strategically to how they're going to lay the foundation for next season.
Coincidentally though, tonight was Smith's 41st career decision. So, technically, he became a Bolt Prospects alumni tonight. Strange but true.
I'm enjoying watching Alex Picard play. You can definitely see there's something there, and I think he could still put on another 5-10 pounds of muscle easily.