Amazing. Truly a game that Pittsburgh had no business winning.
Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the overtime loss in his first NHL start. He can thank a lazy referee for one of those goals.
15:25 TB Malone (16), (Recchi, Ranger)
05:00 TB St. Louis (19), (Lecavalier, Eminger)
16:52 TB Lecavalier (24), (Prospal, St. Louis)
02:25 PIT Malkin (23), (Dupuis)
14:06 PIT Eaton (2), (Sykora)
16:31 PIT Sykora (20), (Malkin, Crosby)(PP)
04:44 PIT Malkin (24), (Staal, Orpik)
It's the kind of stuff that makes you want to vomit. The Lightning completely controlled this game, and the drip, drip, drip. Paul Ranger with a turnover led to Pittsburgh's first goal. Then Gord Dwyer refuses to try to move on a harmless play around the boards that ends up eventually in the back of the net on a shot by Mark Eaton that bounces off Eminger's shin pad and in. Then Gary Roberts takes an absolutely idiotic penalty flexing his pimp hand on Matt Cooke. Tying goal goes in. Pittsburgh wins it late on a goalmouth scramble. Vomit. So much good effort in this game wasted by bad luck and stupidity by veteran players. Seriously, Gary Roberts got played by Cooke like a violin. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.
Steve Downie was -1 in 9:15 with 1 shot and 4 hits.
Matt Smaby was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot.
06:27 NYI Hunter (13), (Nielsen, Okposo)(PP)
08:29 NYI Streit (9), (Weight, Comrie)
09:52 NYI Martinek (1), (Park, Witt)
03:05 TB Lecavalier (23), (Recchi, Murphy)(PP)
I think you now readjust your goals for the season to trying to finish with a winning record, but playoffs is likely out of the question. There will be a lot of folks trying to lay tonight's loss at the feet of Karri Ramo, and he did allow two soft goals, but the Lightning only scored 1 goal on an AHL caliber club with Yann Danis in net. That's absolutely unacceptable.
Steve Downie had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 7:44. He doesn't play enough, in my opinion.
Matt Smaby had 4 shots and 2 blocked shots in 10:38. He, also, probably doesn't play enough minutes. He absolutely destroyed Blake Comeau and drew a penalty in the process behind the net in the first period tonight.
Harvard Crimson 3 vs. #1 Boston University Terriers 4
F Alex Killorn Har: 1-0-1, 6 SOG, E
Season totals: 21GP, 4-7-11, 38PIM
In the 57th Annual Beanpot in Boston, Mass. last night, Harvard (5-12-4) gave the No. 1 team in the country all they could handle coming just seconds away from forcing overtime. Freshman Killorn (pictured right) put the Crimson up by two early in the second period with his forth goal of the season and fed a late pass to junior Alex Biega whose one-timer beat BU goalie Kieran Millan only just after the buzzer sounded.
The Crimson take on #11 Boston College in the consolation game next Monday. BC lost 6-1 to #3 Northeastern.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season totals: 45 GP, 10-9-19, -21, 59 PIM
With SSM: 9 GP, 2-3-5, -8, 8 PIM
The Greyhounds cut a 3-0 deficit to 3-2 and a 4-2 deficit to 4-3 but gave up a late empty net goal in their game at first place Windsor. The Spitfires lead the OHL with 89 points, 13 more than John Tavaresâ€™ London Knights. Windsor has already clinched a playoff spot. The loss was the Sooâ€™s eighth in a row.