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Elitserien Game Night: 2-28-13

Elitserien (Sweden)
Brynas 3 @ MODO 1

Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 17-9-26, -7, 16 PIM

After winning just once in in its previous nine matches, Brynas took an initial lead which it built on and expanded a second time after MODO made it 2-1 to secure a much-needed regulation win with the season winding down and AIK nipping at their heels for the league's last playoff spot. After scoring last match, Harju had a mostly clean stat line. Former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist, who got the nod yet again, stopped 24 of 25 shots on goal in the match. On Saturday, Brynas (16-19-6-12, 72 PTS) travels to take on AIK (15-24-7-7, 66 PTS), which has three straight victories over the pending visitors.

Official Recap | Box Score | Highlights

ECHL Game Night: 2-27-13

Florida Everblades 2 vs. Reading Royals 4

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 3-9-12, +3, 23 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 35 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 31 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: L, 4.17 GAA, 15 S / 19 SA (.789 SV%)
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-8-3, 3.15 GAA, 712 S / 790 SA (.901 SV%), 0 SO

Florida was able narrow the gap to one after falling behind by a couple goals midway through the first and late in the second periods not after Readingstruck again in final frame. The Everblades held the Royals to just 19 shots on goal in the contest but the visitors won the special teams battle, scoring on three of their five power play chances while limiting Florida to just one conversion on an equal number of opportunities with the man-advantage. Charles Landry, just returned from his call-up to Syracuse, was back in the lineup for the first time in three weeks. Alex Hutchings remains with the Lightning's AHL affiliate. Florida (28-19-10, 66 PTS) next hosts Gwinnett (34-23-3, 71 PTS), currently at the head of the South division standings, Friday night.

Official Recap | Box Score

NHL Game Night: 2-26-13 Sabres at Lightning

The Lightning lose one they really couldn't afford to let get away.

BUF-2
TB-1

Mathieu Garon allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the loss.

First Period
01:24 TB Stamkos (14), (Purcell, Conacher)
10:02 BUF Hodgson (8), (Sekera, Vanek)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
00:52 BUF Myres (3), (Vanek, Hodgson)

Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

With so many road games on the docket over the next week, the Lightning really needed to capitalize at home against a struggling Sabres team. And, to be honest, they didn't play badly, outshooting Buffalo 31-21 and really badly outchancing them, too. Unfortunately, they have Ryan Miller, who stole them a win tonight.

Alex Killorn was -2 with 4 shots and 1 hit in 12:38.

Richard Panik had 1 hit in 8:36.

Cory Conacher had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 17:19.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-26-13 Crunch at Americans

Palat x3!

SYR-4
ROC-1

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win. He came within 1:35 of his third straight shutout when Bolt Prospects Alumni Nick Tarnasky stuck the shiv in his former organization's farm team.

First Period
SYR Palat, (8) (Johnson, Korobov), 10:17
SYR Palat, (9) (Connolly, Oberg), 14:20 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Palat, (10) (Wyman, Johnson), 15:35
RCH Tarnasky, (12) (Rissmiller, Ellis), 18:25 (PP)
SYR Wilson, (4) (Brown, Mikkelson), 18:53 (EN)

Ondrej Palat, Desjardins, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars. Palat's hat trick moved him into the top-20 in the AHL in scoring, tied with 2 others for 16th at 43 points. Johnson's 53 points are now tops in the league and Brett Connolly is tied for 4th at 49 points.

The scoring is nice, and it makes everyone feel good, but the defense and goaltending is what really should scare every other team in the AHL. Syracuse has run their winning streak out to 8 games now, and when this organization went on the tear it did last year in Norfolk, it was just as much about stifling defense and solid goaltending as it was about glitzy scoring. Syracuse's 190 goals lead the AHL pretty comfortably, but the big thing to watch now is whether they can start to catch up to teams like Bingo and Springfield in goals against. History tells us that when Coach Cooper has it all in place, his teams are extremely stingy.

Syracuse draws Albany on Friday as they go for #9.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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