Holy cow. Who'd have thought the Lightning could do THAT in the same week and a half they took a 7-2 beat down from Buffalo?
Johan Holmqvist continued his iron fisted hold on the starting goaltending gig stopping 22 of 23 shots faced. Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Filip Kuba led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist each. Eric Perrin, Paul Ranger and Dan Boyle each had individual assists in the game. Don't look know, but quiet like a thief in the night Kuba is on a pace for 10 goals and about 55 points. Pavel who? Dollar for dollar, you can make an argument Filip was one of the best free agent signings in the NHL last summer.
Ottawa 3:34, Jason Spezza 11 (Dany Heatley, Andrej Meszaros)
Tampa Bay 10:28, Filip Kuba 3 (Eric Perrin, Brad Richards)
Tampa Bay 11:04, Brad Richards 9 (Filip Kuba, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 18:42, Martin St. Louis 15 (power play) (Paul Ranger, Dan Boyle)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Marek Bartanus was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes in Owen Sound's 2-1 loss to Saginaw. Bartanus has just 1 point in his last 8 games. That's rather underwhelming for a player looking to earn a contract with his signing deadline coming up in the summer.
Kevin Beech stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in Sudbury's 4-2 win over Barrie. Beech is now 9-9-1-2 this season with a 3.39 GAA and .889 save percentage. Those numbers are also underwhelming for a player looking to earn a contract, in this case in an organization which has grown crowded with goaltenders.
Dane Crowley was kicked out for instigating a brawl with Dustin Moore in the second period of Swift Current's 5-2 loss to Red Deer. Crowley left the game at +1 with 17 penalty minutes.
Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless as Prince George defeated Chilliwack 3-2.
Why does it feel like when Ramo doesn't start it's an automatic L?
If you ever needed a clearer example of why Karri Ramo is by far and away Springfield's MVP through the first quarter of the season, consider the last two nights an object lesson. Last night the Falcons entered the third period with a three goal lead and were barely outshot in the final frame. Ramo, however, stood on his head and made the key saves necessary to preserve the win. Tonight, against the same opponent, the Falcons built a two goal lead heading into the third period where they were again badly outshot (16-7). Sean Burke, unlike Ramo, did not weather the storm well at all. Eric Healey had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Falcons while Daniel Corso had 2 assists. Norm Milley snapped a long scoreless streak (6 games) with a goal and Andy Delmore had an individual helper. Sean Burke stopped 28 of 33 shots faced for the loss.
Clearly, the Falcons need to get better in the final frame. It seems to be by far their worst period of late and it shouldn't require the goaltender having to stare down a 16 shot barrage to get a win. Still, it seems that for now Coach Stirling needs to play Ramo until he drops because that is almost the team's only chance of getting wins these days. The Falcons are now 2-7 in decisions where Ramo doesn't figure in the final outcome and Burke is a team worst 2-5-0 with a 4.52 GAA and .856 save percentage.
SPR Healey, (7) (Corso, Delmore), 11:16 (PP)
SPR Milley, (7) (Corso, Healey), 5:56 (PP)
WOR Iggulden, (9) (Prudden, Kurtz), 1:53
WOR Rome, (2) (Cavanagh, Kaspar), 9:49
WOR Valette, (5) (Iggulden, Prudden), 11:48
WOR Darche, (19) (Stevenson, Armstrong), 12:32
WOR Armstrong, (7) (Stevenson, Darche), 17:38
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
A little dose of reality for the Chiefs tonight.
Gerald Coleman stopped just 32 of 37 shots faced for the loss before Trenton tacked on an empty net goal. Maxime Boisclair and Grant Jacobsen led the attack for Johnstown with 1 goal and 1 assist each while Doug Andress had 2 assists. Ryan Gibbons had the other Chiefs goal and Randy Rowe and Brandon Elliot each had individual assists. The Chiefs have been surviving with a skilled offensive attack and power play despite being outshot in far too many of their games. Tonight against Trenton they were outshot 38-26 and it caught up with them in the form of four unanswered Titans goals in a third period that saw the tribe outshot 15-5 in the final stanza. Boisclair and Jacobsen were named second and third stars of the game as Johnstown's media apparently rolled out some home cooking on the decision despite their club getting doubled up.
TREN Pandolfo, (7) (Cava, Johnson), 2:05
JHN Gibbons, (3) (Elliott, Jacobsen), 4:06
TREN Henkel, (5) (Mondou, Riddle), 14:33 (PP)
JHN Jacobsen, (2) (Boisclair, Andress), 17:24 (PP)
JHN Boisclair, (9) (Rowe, Andress), 19:19 (PP)
TREN Pandolfo, (8) (Johnson, Laliberte), 7:10
TREN Riddle, (6) (Ruggeri, Haggett), 13:04
TREN Laliberte, (11) (Johnson), 17:38
TREN Ruggeri, (2) , 18:24 (EN)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Chris Lawrence had 1 goal and 1 assist and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in Mississauga's 7-3 loss to Barrie.
Marek Bartanus was -2 in Owen Sound's 7-4 loss to Sault Ste Marie.
Kevin Beech stopped 29 of 32 shots faced before stopping just 2 of 4 shooters in Sudbury's 4-3 shootout loss to Ottawa.
Vladimir Mihalik and Prince George shutout Chilliwack 5-0. Mihalik did not hit the scoresheet and had an even rating. He also had a minor penalty (cross checking).
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)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
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)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
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
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
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.