620 WDAE is reporting that the Lightning have recalled goaltender Karri Ramo from Springfield of the AHL. Ramo, a 20 year old 6th round pick from the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is 8-3-0 this season with a 2.89 GAA and .911 save percentage with the Falcons. The netminder has won Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week honors for the past two weeks going undefeated in four starts over that span.
Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports center Blair Jones has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL. He also sources Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen as saying 2006 first round pick Riku Helenius could return to Ilves in February. Helenius underwent shoulder surgery recently and was thought to be out for the year.
According to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, forward Eric Przepiorka has been attending Chiefs practices and the team is pondering whether to sign him to a contract. The 5'9" 181 lb left winger was a top scorer for Dartmouth in the ECACHL for four years amassing 39 goals and 102 points in 132 games before making his pro debut last year in an ATO with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Przepiorka started this season with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL and in 20 career games in the league he has 1 goal, 3 points and 10 penalty minutes.
More points left on the table at the hands of ex-Detroit Viper Tim Thomas.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 25 shots before going perfect deep into the shootout until rookie Phil Kessel beat him with a shot high glove side to win it for Boston. Eric Perrin, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Lightning with Ruslan Fedotenko and Vaclav Prospal adding individual helpers.
I can't be too upset, because the Lightning have outshot their opponents 84-45 in the last two games, and yet the club has only gotten one of a very winnable four points and are slowly slipping behind Carolina and Atlanta in the standings. Again, the schedule the next two months is brutal. The Lightning must bank whatever winnable games they can get, because there won't be many.
Boston 11:06, Brad Boyes 6 (Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Alberts)
Tampa Bay 17:08, Eric Perrin 6 (Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 4:44, Martin St. Louis 16 (shorthanded) (Eric Perrin)
Boston 18:26, P.J. Axelsson 7 (shorthanded) (Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara)
Tampa Bay 9:50, Vincent Lecavalier 12 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal)
Boston 10:55, Glen Murray 13 (Jason York, Marc Savard)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Denis Kazionov had a goal last night in the Russian Selects' 5-3 loss to the WHL in the CHL-Russia Challenge. Kazionov is currently third on the Russian team in scoring checking in officially at 2 goals and 4 points in 5 games with 4 penalty minutes. The tour concludes tonight with a rematch between Russia and the WHL Selects.