Chris Lawrence had an assist and 7 penalty minutes including a fight against Kris Belan as Mississauga won a wild track meet with Oshawa 7-5.
Vladimir Mihalik was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in Prince George's 4-0 loss to Calgary.
Coleman's seen more shots in the last week and a half than the Lightning's goaltenders see in a month.
Gerald Coleman stopped 34 of 37 shots faced in a game where the Chiefs were outshot 37-24 for the loss. Doug Andress (powerplay) and Brandon Elliot (shorthanded) had the Johnstown goals. Maxime Boisclair, Randy Rowe, Grant Jacobsen and Geoff Waugh had individual assists.
BAK Hofstrand, (2) (Rodberg, Lutes), 4:45 (PP)
BAK Venedam, (10) (Irving), 10:03
BAK Ianiero, (6) (Irving, Scott), 16:13 (PP)
JHN Andress, (6) (Boisclair, Rowe), 2:16 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (3) (Jacobsen, Waugh), 8:29 (SH)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Marek Bartanus was scoreless in Owen Sound's 3-2 shootout win against Guelph. Bartanus was also unsuccessful as the Attack's sixth shooter in the penalty shot session.
Dane Crowley assisted on the game tying goal with 7 second left in regulation and then scored the overtime winning goal to lift Swift Current to a 2-1 victory over Brandon. He was named third star of the game and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes. Crowley has 2 goals and 6 points in 6 games this month.
You can't afford to spot a team like the Ducks any soft goals, and the one Denis allowed tonight cost the Lightning at least a point.
Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots and Chris Kunitz's shot from behind the net riccocheting off Denis' left skate and in as the netminder left his post to early on a rush in the third period proved to be the Lightning's death knell. Martin St. Louis had 2 assists while goals were scored by Eric Perrin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards. Vincent Lecavalier and Paul Ranger added individual assists, but it was a sputtering power play that went 0-for-5 including a squandered long 5-on-3 power play in the third period with the Lightning chasing the tying goal that was the real story offensively. Atlanta picks up a point in the standings and now has an 11 point lead on the Lightning in the division.
Anaheim 3:07, Dustin Penner 11 (Todd Marchant, Shawn Thornton)
Tampa Bay 10:20, Eric Perrin 8 (Paul Ranger, Martin St. Louis)
Anaheim 10:58, Dustin Penner 12 (power play) (Shawn Thornton, Francois Beauchemin)
Anaheim 12:48, Teemu Selanne 17 (Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz)
Tampa Bay 17:25, Ruslan Fedotenko 8 (Vincent Lecavalier)
Anaheim 2:26, Chris Kunitz 16 (Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer)
Tampa Bay 10:10, Brad Richards 11 (Martin St. Louis)
The moral victory is the Lightning proved they can go toe to toe with the second best team in the NHL and certainly hold their own. But moral victories don't count in the standings and the brutal December schedule rolls on as this Lightning team is still trying to hit its stride.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
First, a stat correction last night. The AHL website originally had both Karri Ramo and Jonathan Boutin allowing 2 goals last night against Albany. The corrected sheet has Ramo allowing 3 goals on 14 shots while Boutin allowed 1 goal on 16 shots faced, which is relevant because of what Boutin did tonight.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 32 of 32 shots faced tonight and was the proverbial stopper getting the win to break the team's 2 game losing streak and the shutout which was his first of the season and second of his AHL career. Boutin's night included a crucial third period where the Falcons were outshot 12-4 but Boutin stood up to the test. Justin Keller scored Springfield's first goal on a 5-on-3 power play and Norm Milley added an insurance marker on a 5-on-4 power play before Marek Kvapil sealed the win with an empty net goal. Eric Healey had 2 assists while individual assists went to Daniel Corso and Eric Healey.
SPR Keller, (8) (Corso, Healey), 11:56 (PP)
SPR Milley, (11) (Delmore), 0:30 (PP)
SPR Kvapil, (4) (Healey), 19:45 (EN)
Don't look now, but Jonathan Boutin is 3-0-0 in December with 1 shutout, a 1.30 GAA and a .958 save percentage in 5 games this month. Coach Stirling has become confident in Boutin's ability and now has two talented, athletic young goaltenders in his arsenal, and until Springfield learns to put in a full 60 minute effort, they'll rely heavily on their goaltenders to weather surges and get wins. The Falcons are now 14-12-0 with 28 points, just 3 points behind division leading Portland with the Pirates holding a game in hand.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.