According to today's Springfield Republican:
Jonathan Boutin has returned from injury (which was a concussion) and the team will carry three goaltenders into the weekend: Boutin, Karri Ramo, and Gerald Coleman. The paper says that a roster move could be made on Monday. Of interest here is Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster telling the Tampa papers today that he doesn't want to deal off a player from the NHL roster, but instead - if a deal is to be made - he would use a prospect/pick. Tampa currently has three AHL-caliber goaltenders. Hmmmmâ€¦..
Also, Falcons Coach Steve Stirling plans to permanently move David Spina to center. Stirling likes the way Spina and Kyle Wanvig work with each other and the physical presence of Brandon Elliott on that line. The Republican points out Spina assisted on all three of Wanvigâ€™s goals against Hartford the other night.
Probable top-3 lines entering the weekend:
Mike Lundin was scoreless in #7 Maine's 5-2 loss to #13 Boston College. The Eagles were able to gain a little ground in the HEast standings as the two teams came into the two-game series tied for third. The win puts Boston College two points ahead of the Black Bears for third and two points behind Boston University for second. The teams play again tonight at Boston College.
HEast Standings as of 2/15/2007
Standings key: Games played, Wins-Losses-Ties Points
1. New Hampshire 21, 17-3-1 35
2. Boston University 22, 11-4-7 29
3. Boston College 22, 13-8-1 27
4. Maine 22, 12-9-1 25
5. Vermont 21, 10-7-4 24
6. Massachusetts 21, 10-8-3 23
7. Northeastern 22, 7-11-4 18
8. Providence 21, 6-13-2 14
9. Mass.-Lowell 21, 4-14-3 11
10. Merrimack 21, 3-16-2 8
The Lightning made up one of the two games in hand they had on Southeast Division leading Atlanta and took a somewhat difficult two points from Washington with a 3-2 shootout win. The Lightning pulled within just one point of the Thrashers. The Bolts improved to 8-1 on the year in the shootout, making me a fan of it for as long as this continues.
Marc Denis got a rare start in net and flashed a little glove and little attitude in stopping 36 shots in regulation and overtime and all three shootout attempts to get the win. After making an rubber-arm glove save on Alexander Ovechkin in the third, Denis turned his head and glared at the superstar.
Vincent Lecavalier increased his league-leading goal total to 39 with both of Tampa Bayâ€™s goals in regulation (one PPG, one SHG). Martin St. Louis had the shootout winner as the third shooter for the Lightning. Denis had to make a Hasek-like sprawling save on a deking Matt Pettinger to secure the win. Kudos to Denisâ€™ armpit for that one. Assists on the night went to Dan Boyle, who became the all-time Lightning leader in points for a defenseman, Brad Richards, and St. Louis.
Kudos to Sun Sportsâ€™ Rick Peckham for pointing out Washingtonâ€™s Eric Fehr is the former linemate of Ryan Craig from their WHL days in Brandon. Those guys, along with the Predators' Jordin Tootoo, were dynamite for the Wheat Kings. The Caps also featured Jeff Shultz, a former Calgary Hitmen teammate of Springfieldâ€™s Mike Egener. Shultz was taken in the late first round of the 2004 draft; Egener at the top of the second round in 2003.
Washington 9:07, Alexander Semin 30 (power play) (Dainius Zubrus)
Tampa Bay 2:44, Vincent Lecavalier 38 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Brad Richards)
Tampa Bay 7:05, Vincent Lecavalier 39 (shorthanded) (Martin St. Louis)
Washington 19:45, Dainius Zubrus 20 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay misses: Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards
Tampa Bay goals: Martin St. Louis
Washington misses: Alexander Semin, Alexander Ovechkin, Matt Pettinger
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Chris Lawrence scored the first two goals of the game as the Mississauga IceDogs clinched a playoff birth with a 4-1 win over fellow Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack. Lawrence was also plus-1 and was named the game's third star. Lawrence is now on the cusp of 40 goals for the year, sitting at 39. He is alone in fourth in the league for goals scored, behind John Tavares of Oshawa (55), Patrick Kane of London (51) and Tyler Donati of Belleville (50). Bartanus did not register a point in the game and was minus-1 with a slashing minor. Bartanus has not scored a goal in 24 games.
Not much love for Johnstown in Trenton tonight.
TREN Riddle, (18) (Henkel, Ruggeri), 6:33
TREN Bertoli, (11) (Pandolfo, Riddle), 13:35 (PP)
TREN Pandolfo, (35) (Haggett, Pisellini), 13:32
TREN Riddle, (19) , 5:53 (SH)
TREN Haggett, (14) (Ruggeri, Riddle), 19:35 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.