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  • 7 years 20 weeks ago

    It's over, Brian.


    Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 7 shots in the first period for the loss before giving way to Antero Niitymaki, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots the rest of the way.

    It's over, and it's time to throw some support down to Norfolk in the hope that at least one team in this organization can make the postseason. Right now the best case scenario is if the Lightning could somehow get in a position to take Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin and add another franchise caliber piece to the puzzle. This season, however, is done.

    Matt Lashoff had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 19:43. That's the kind of performance he needed to get back in the conversation for next season. With the Lightning off until Tuesday, he'll presumably head to Binghamton to help the Admirals tomorrow night.

    Vladimir Mihalik was -2 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 12:01. It's striking that, even despite the rash of injuries, the coaching staff still is holding Vladdy down to a dozen minutes a game. That's not a good sign. He presumably will also be headed back to the Admirals for tomorrow night's game.

    I kind of hope Paul Szczechura joins them, also. Not because Paul has played poorly, but because the Admirals need the help.

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  • 7 years 20 weeks ago

    Against all odds, Keller, Tokarski, and the Admirals have life.


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the win. He's been good down the stretch, and he'll need to be amazing in the final 5 games of the season to get the Admirals over the hump.

    First Period
    ALB Blanchard, (14) (Micflikier, Samson), 12:37
    NOR Keller, (16) (Jones), 16:03

    Second Period

    Third Period
    NOR Keller, (17) (Case, Jackson), 13:29

    Justin Keller and Tokarski were the game's first and second stars.

    Tonight was supposed to be a funeral for the Norfolk Admirals. With Ty Wishart out hurt and Lashoff and Mihalik called up due to injuries, the Admirals blueline consisted of Scott Jackson and a bunch of no-names. On the road. Against a hot Albany club that's dominated the series this season. And, somehow, the Admirals have parlayed doom into hope, despite being outclassed for much of tonight's game. They made their own breaks. Blair Jones made a great individual play to steal a puck to set up Keller on the first goal, Tokarski made every key save he had to to keep it 1-1, and then in the final frame, when the Ads looked to just be holding on for a point, Justin Keller got a little daylight and used his laser shot to propel Norfolk to the win. That's why they play the games.

    It's now essentially a four team race for three spots, and everything looks to have gone Norfolk's way tonight. Inside the division, Binghamton smoked third place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 6-2, meaning the Admirals are 3 points back of the Penguins. In the crossover, Lowell (which is struggling), fell 5-2 to Hartford and Bridgeport is down 4-1 to Manchester very late in the third period. If that score holds, Norfolk will be 2 points back of both the Devils and Monarchs, and in all three cases the Admirals will hold one game in hand.

    Can they defy the odds again tomorrow night in Binghamton? If they do, they can pull within 1 point of the Penguins for 3rd place in the East Division. Moreover, they could pull back into a playoff spot if Lowell falls in regulation to Worcester and/or Bridgeport falls in regulation to Portland. Theoretically, with the Lightning off until Tuesday, the Admirals should get Matt Lashoff and Vladimir Mihalik back for tomorrow night, and one would hope a forward or two might also be thrown into the mix, because tomorrow is make-or-break for Norfolk, and Binghamton has been playing well.

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  • 7 years 20 weeks ago

    KHL (Russia) Playoff Game Day
    Eastern Conference Finals
    (1)Yulaev 3 @ (3)Kazan 4
    Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 10 GP, 3-1-4, +5, 6 PIM

    Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov picked a heck of a time to have a breakout game. Kazionov had a pair of goals today, each assisted by former NHLer Niko Kapanen, to help Kazan knock off top seed Yulaev in Game One of their KHL Eastern Conference Finals series. The 2002 4th round pick played 18:23 in the match.

    In the Western Conference Finals series, KHK MVD and Yaroslavl are tied 1-1 after trading overtime wins over the past couple of days. Game Two between Kazan and Yulaev is slated for tomorrow.

    Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
    Vaxjo 7 @ Sodertalje 6 (OT)
    Riku Helenius, Sodetalje, Loss, 28/35, 6.83 GAA, .800 sv%
    Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 7 GP, 5-1-0, 1 SO, 2.82 GAA, .900 sv%

    All good things come to an end, and Riku Helenius' personal 7 game winning streak that extended back into the Elitserien regular season was spoiled spectacularly today in a 7-6 overtime loss to Allsvenskan side Vaxjo. Sodertalje still sits in first on the promotion/relegation series table.

  • 7 years 20 weeks ago


    East-5 Brampton Battalion 3 @ East-1 Barrie Colts 5
    Conference Semifinals, Game 1. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: Did not play.
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

    Although Hutchings played all four games of the Sudbury series, he reportedly missed Game 1 vs. Brampton with an apparent “lower body injury.” Alex Burmistrov, who is expected to go near the top of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had a goal and an assist to earn First Star honors in the game for the Colts. Game 2 is Sunday.

  • 7 years 20 weeks ago

    You explain it. I sure can't.


    Mike Smith had a 27 save shutout for the victory. He was strong in tight and the Lightning did a very good job at limited the east-west chances and odd-man rushes that Smitty struggles with.

    First Period
    TB 17:00, Stamkos 46 (St. Louis, Foster)(PP)

    Second Period
    TB 0:29, Downie 22 (St. Louis, Stamkos)

    Third Period

    I don't get it. I don't get how you lose to Columbus one night, and then handle the defending champs easily the next. This wasn't like the Bruins game where the Lightning were outshot 3:1. The Lightning were very much under control defensively in tonight's game and they dutifully capitalized on the few chances they had. Was it trying to send a message on national TV? Trying to show out for Steven Stamkos' Richard Trophy race? The Pens announcers suggested they were playing for Tocchet's job. I'm not sure that's true one night after you choke against the Blue Jackets. Whatever it was, I enjoyed it.

    Kudos to Mike Lundin (29:48) and Mattias Ohlund (27:07) for picking up the ice time with only 4 true NHL d-men in uniform and one of the minor leaguers getting thrown out in his first shift. Whoever ends up being GM, they need to re-sign Lundin expeditiously before July 1st. Even if he doesn't improve an iota over what he is right now, which seems unlikely, he's a solid, mobile, 20 minute a night ice time eater.

    Steve Downie is now just 4 points shy of 50 of the season. Fun with numbers: since the turn of the year when he started taking on more of a scoring line role, Downie has 14 goals, 29 points, and 112 penalty minutes in 36 games. That pro-rates to 32 goals, 66 points, and 255 PIMs over an 82 game season. So he's got a chance to be a 30 goal and 70 point player next season, and possibly more. If Downie ratcheted up the discipline a bit more and trimmed his PIMs down to, say, a 150 PIM pace, how many more points would he have with an extra 50-60 minutes worth of total ice time? For Downie, that'd be like tacking another 3-4 games onto his season in which to hit the scoresheet.

    Steven Stamkos is 1 goal back in the Richard Trophy race. I'd have killed for him to tie Crosby with an EN goal at the end.

    Zenon Konopka still leads the PIM King chase. There's another guy who needs to be re-signed before July 1st.

    Matt Lashoff was like Tom Berringer in that awful Sniper movie: one shift, one kill. 15 penalty minutes in 49 seconds after boarding ex-Lightning Rusty Fedotenko. The knock on Lashoff has been twofold: that he's soft and he's mildly stupid in his own end positionally. I'm thinking he was a little overeager to answer the first critique.

    Vladimir Mihalik had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:18. He looked fairly poised and confident at times tonight, which is likely a byproduct of playing with countryman Andrej Meszaros. The good news with Vladdy is that his skating hasn't been as much of an issue as I thought it might be. The bad news is that NHL competition has highlighted the fact that even though Vladdy is big, he's not strong. He needs to build his upper body strength to compete better along the wall.

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  • 7 years 20 weeks ago

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...


    Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    TB 16:50, Lundin 3 (Thompson, Meszaros)
    CBS 18:04, Nash 32 (unassisted)

    Second Period
    TB 8:06, Lecavalier 23 (St. Louis, Foster)(PP)

    Third Period
    CBS 6:21, Tyutin 6 (Vermette, Huselius)
    CBS 7:37, Nash 33 (Umberger, Huselius)(PP)

    The Lightning have dropped into the third worst record in the NHL. That's quite possibly the worst spot they could be in because the 2010 draft looks like a two player draft at the top (Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall), so the Lightning might not even get a consolation prize for this late season collapse. The Lightning remain 3 points ahead of Toronto with the Lightning actually holding a game in hand.

    Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:40.

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  • 7 years 20 weeks ago

    Kval till Elitserien
    Sodertalje 7 @ Vaxjo 4
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 29/33, 4.00 GAA, .879 sv%
    Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-0-0, 1 SO, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%

    At the halfway point of Sweden's promotion/relegation series, Riku Helenius remains an undefeated 5-0-0 despite allowing 4 goals today to Vaxjo Lakers. Helenius has a 7 game personal winning streak extending all the way back into the Elitserien regular season. His last loss was on March 4th against Frolunda and former Lightning netminder and Bolt Prospects alumni Johan Holmqvist. Ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll led the scoring for Sodertalje with 2 goals and 3 assists in the match.

    Sodertalje's next game is on Friday in a rematch against Vaxjo. The club is in first place on the Kval till Elitserien table with an 8 point lead on 3rd place AIK. The top two teams earn their spot in the Elitserien for next season, and wins in Sweden count for 3 points in the standings.

  • 7 years 21 weeks ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
    (3)Kazan 3 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 1
    Kazan Wins the Series 4-2
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 6 PIM

    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 23/26, 3.00 GAA, .885 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 5-4, 1 SO, 2.02 GAA, .930 sv%

    Happy trails to Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Alexei Badyukov had a pair of goals in Kazan's 3-1 Game Six victory to eliminate Metallurg from the Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 17:06 in the match and took a second period minor for slashing. The Lightning are reportedly interested in signing Koshechkin, whose season is now complete.

    Kazionov and Kazan advances to face top seeded Yulaev in the Eastern Conference Finals after Yulaev defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-1 today to seal a six game semifinal series victory. In the Western Conference, KHK MVD will face Yaroslavl.

  • 7 years 21 weeks ago

    Season over.


    Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 6 shots for the loss before being lifted for Mike Smith, who allowed 4 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way.

    The Lightning are 8 points out of 8th with 7 games remaining, so it's getting to the point where the playoffs are extremely improbable statistically. When your best defenseman is Mike Lundin, you've got problems. It's just bizarre the way that several of the young forwards have progressed this season. Steve Downie got his 21st of the season tonight and Steven Stamkos has obviously been unconscious all year. But, these young d-men have not really progressed. Hedman has slid backward. Meszaros continues to steal money. Matt Smaby appears to have been banished to Chateau au Bow Wow. The only guy who has progressed has been Lundin, and somewhere off with Ricky Williams and Dave Chappelle, Paul Ranger has to be glad he isn't stuck in the middle of this. The goaltending, I believe, is a personnel issue. The defense is, in my mind, both a personnel and a coaching issue (and, in fairness, the Lightning have been struck with injuries again late in the year).

    I hope, at some point soon, the decision to move at least Mark Parrish and possibly also Paul Szczechura down to Norfolk with the Admirals just 2 points out of a playoff spot. The Lightning's chances are a lost cause. The Admirals are one good weekend away from being back in the dance.

    Dear Vincent Lecavalier: if you're going to retaliate on someone, do it with your fists, not with your stick. Please. The latter gets you suspended.

    Big Vladimir Mihalik was -1 in 12:10 of ice time. I doubt that's the effort he needed to get himself penciled into next year's plans.

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  • 7 years 21 weeks ago


    Atlantic-3 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0 @ Atlantic-2 Moncton Wildcats 4
    First Round, Game 5. Moncton wins Best of 7 Series 4-1
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 2 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

    Cape Breton put up a good fight in avoiding a sweep in Game 4, but was shutout by a much stronger team when the Wildcats returned to their home ice. Barberio went pointless for the first time in the series.

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