Johan Harju had 2 power play goals and an assist as Lulea steamrolled Frolunda 5-1 to take a 1-0 lead in their opening round playoff series. Janne Niskala had 2 penalty minutes in the game. Game two of the series is slated for Saturday.
Rimouski wins again ... Jung interview ... Fadden's streak stopped by Wright's club ... Tokarski and Spokane fading?
Shorthanded Admirals lose a heartbreaker.
Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.
NOR Jones, (12) (Mihalik, Quick), 1:36
PHI Kane, (12) (Nodl, Ross), 4:10
PHI Laliberte, (18) (Maroon, Matsumoto), 8:14 (PP)
NOR Jones, (13) (Wishart, Smolenak), 4:58
PHI Sirianni, (4) , 6:07
NOR Smolenak, (18) (Ward, Bochenski), 0:29
PHI Matsumoto, (22) (Maroon, Kukkonen), 15:10 (PP)
Blair Jones was the game's second star.
Norfolk again was forced to sign rentals from the local ECHL club in order to fill out their roster. Tonight, it was a trio of players from the Reading Royals who got to be Admirals for a game.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 34 saves on 36 shots
Season totals: 48 GP, 31-15-0-2, 1.94 GAA, .937 sv%, 7 shutouts
Tokarski got revenge on Calvin Pickard and Seattle for a recent loss and set career high for wins in the process. Seattle had beaten Spokane 3-0 on February 20. Drayson Bowman (Carolina) had two goals for the Chiefs. Spokane would need a miracle to catch Tri-City for first in the US Division and second in the conference (10 points back), and are more concerned about holding onto the three seed as theyâ€™re just three points ahead of Kelowna. Theyâ€™ll play Seattle (5th â€“ 67 points) or Kamloops (6th â€“ 66 points) in the first round.
Trade deadline tomorrow.
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the lost. He made some solid saves, but struggled with his rebound control. Still, I think if he gives the Lightning more games like this (.900+ save percentage and no softies) they'll be pretty satisfied.
07:38 PIT Kunitz (18), (Kennedy)
12:23 TB Prospal (17), (Lecavalier, Malone)
16:44 PIT Kunitz (19), (Sykora, Malkin)(PP)
12:26 PIT Cooke (9), (Dupuis, Talbot)
Matt Smaby was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 22:33.
David Koci was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 6:43. Pittsburgh's third goal was on him.
Brandon Segal had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 14:45. First impressions: he didn't look completely out of place as far his skating goes. If he gets more decisive when he goes to the wall, I think he could do some business up top.
Paul Szczechura had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:53.