NHL Game Night 11/22: Lightning at Panthers

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.

First Period
Tampa Bay 7:38, Eric Perrin 5 (Ryan Craig, Nolan Pratt)
Tampa Bay 15:39, Brad Richards 7 (power play) (Filip Kuba, Dan Boyle)

Second Period
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)

Third Period
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.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/22: Pirates at Falcons

All hail Karri Ramo.

SPR-3 (SO)

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.

First Period
POR Wilson, (4) (Rome, Ferguson), 5:15
SPR Spina, (1) , 6:38 (SH)
POR Konopka, (6) (Miller), 17:00

Second Period

Third Period
SPR Cavanaugh, (1) , 3:15


POR- Skinner
SPR- Henrich, Corso

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Wednesday's Superleague Scores

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.

CHL Game Night: 11/22

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.

CHL Game Night: 11/21

Vladimir Mihalik was +2 in Prince George's 3-0 shutout victory against Regina. Mihalik's +/- now moves to the positive side of the ledger at +1 now after being in the minus overall since October 1st of this year.

NCAA Game Night: 11/21

John Wessbecker was scoreless with 2 PIM and an even rating in UMASS' 3-0 loss to Vermont.

Vermont defensemen, Art Femenella missed his 4th straight game due to injury.

Henrich Recalled to Springfield

In a move to fill the vacancy left by Blair Jones who is up with the Lightning, the Springfield Falcons today announced the recall of LW/C Adam Henrich. Henrich, a former 2002 2nd round pick, is riding a hot streak with 7 points in his last 3 games in the ECHL.

Tuesday's Superleague Scores

Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 2-2 tie with CSKA.

Vasily Koshechkin got the day off as Togliatti defeated Yaroslavl 3-1. Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in the match for Loko.

Alexei Glukhov and Anton But were scoreless as Cherepovets pummelled St. Petersburg 7-1.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 11/13-11/19

Gerald Coleman (2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.51 GAA, .945 sv%) and Adam Henrich (3 GP, 2-5-7, 4 PIM, +6) both put together outstanding weeks for Johnstown, but there's no doubt in my mind this week's winner was the most valuable player of his team for the past seven days.

NHL Game Night 11/20: Lightning at Sabres

Kind of glad I skipped watching this one.


Marc Denis allowed all 7 goals on the 13 shots he faced in the second period and faced 29 shots overall. Martin St. Louis scored both Lightning goals. Sarich, Prospal, Ranger and Lecavalier all had assists. Let the trade rumors recommence.

First Period
Tampa Bay 15:56, Martin St. Louis 12 (Cory Sarich, Vaclav Prospal)

Second Period
Buffalo 1:14, Paul Gaustad 4 (power play) (Maxim Afinogenov, Teppo Numminen)
Buffalo 2:17, Jiri Novotny 4 (Daniel Paille, Adam Mair)
Buffalo 7:48, Thomas Vanek 14 (Nathan Paetsch, Maxim Afinogenov)
Buffalo 10:49, Paul Gaustad 5 (Daniel Paille, Dmitri Kalinin)
Buffalo 11:13, Jaroslav Spacek 3 (Michael Funk, Ales Kotalik)
Buffalo 14:02, Thomas Vanek 15 (power play) (Ales Kotalik, Paul Gaustad)
Buffalo 17:19, Chris Drury 12 (Ales Kotalik, Drew Stafford)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 1:52, Martin St. Louis 13 (Paul Ranger, Vincent Lecavalier)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Hoek notes Blair Jones' first NHL game might've been a good reason to watch this one. Jones played 9:10 and was -1 with 1 shot and was 25% on draws. Uh, I think I'm still glad i skipped the 7 goal second period. Congratulations to Jones though. He's played well to move up to the first line in Springfield and he's earned the recall.

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