Albany, NY Region
In a mild upset, Maine defeated Michigan State to advance to the Frozen Four. Lightning defenseman prospect Mike Lundin had a power play assist and one shot on goal in the game. Maine will play the winner of the Wisconsin/Cornell game later tonight while North Dakota will square off with Boston College in the semifinal round.
The Tampa Tribune is reporting Doug O'Brien is expected to be recalled today from Springfield of the AHL. Defenseman Day Boyle missed much of last night's game with an ankle injury which is expected to keep him off the ice for at least a game or two.
Vasily Koshechkin's season came to a close today as Lada fell to Magnitogorsk 2-1. Metallurg takes the series 3-1 and will advance to play Omsk in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, in overtime, Yaroslavl defeated Khimik to leave Anton But the Lightning's last man standing in the Russian Superleague. But had an assist in the game. Loko wins the series 3-1 and will play Kazan in the semifinals.
Peaking at the right time.
John Grahame stopped 19 of 23 shots faced before going 3-for-3 in the shootout. Brad Richards proved once again he's the Lightning's best shootout player juking Henrik Lundqvist out of his skates for the winning goal. Richards also tied Brian Bradley's Lightning single season assist record with 2 assists. Among the rookies, Ryan Craig was the beneficiary of a double deflection goal, his 15th of the season. An injury to Dan Boyle forced the Lightning down to 5 defensemen for much of the game and may necessitate a callup from Springfield.
After the game, Ryan Craig's goal was switched back to Cory Sarich's first of the season with Craig getting a second assist. If it was a case of Craig going to the scorer and saying he didn't touch it in order to get Sarich his first of the year, that's the epitome of class and leadership from a young player.
Game sheet from NHL.com.