Roberts goes from goat to hero in the span of a couple of nights.
Mike McKenna had a 28 save shutout for his first career NHL win.
13:34 TB Roberts (3), (Eminger, Stamkos)
Roberts, who got played like a fiddle by Matt Cooke to help cost his team a point in the standings against the Pens, tipped in an Eminger point shot for the game winning goal tonight. I sense mayhem on the message boards.
Steve Downie was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:37. He limped off after getting hit with a puck, so we'll have to see if he's ready to go next time out.
Matt Smaby got himself a 5 for fighting early in the game and also had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:22. Tonight was a really good night for Smaby. He got an opportunity to show the coaching staff what he can do with more ice time, and he was solid. He was even surprisingly good at pinching in and keeping plays alive at the blueline in the offensive zone. I've been extremely impressed since he came back from his injury. It looks to me like he may very well stick this time.
David Koci played 1:31 in the game.
When this season is over, the Ads are going to look back at games like this where they had leads in the third period and left points on the table... and kick themselves.
Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the loss.
NOR Lundin, (3) (Bochenski, Konopka), 4:46 (PP)
NOR Keller, (8) (Bochenski, Jackson), 6:18
BRI Iggulden, (19) (Walter, Smith), 16:25
BRI Colliton, (4) (MacDonald), 11:43
BRI Joensuu, (14) (Smith, Kohn), 19:03
Justin Keller was named the game's second star.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Jung in the hospital as he's announced as First Star ... Wright helps Vancouver hand Tokarski first loss in two months ... Witkowski sets career highs ... Cup hosts heating up ... Fadden and TC go cold ... and a Jeff Beukeboom reference.
Wow. Atta boy, Riku!
Riku Helenius pitches a 41 save shutout in his first career AHL start. A star is born?
NOR Bochenski, (17) (Konopka, Keller), 11:31
NOR Bochenski, (18) (Smolenak, Lundin), 4:43
NOR Segal, (13) (Smolenak, Gratton), 15:38
Wow. This is where Karri Ramo needs to start feeling the heat coming up his back. Everyone's known for the past 2-1/2 years that Helenius is athletically capable, and the bizarre reshuffling and suspension situation has given Helenius an opportunity to finally get in between the pipes. And, damn-it-all if he hasn't seized the opportunity by the throat in his first start. Wow.
Don't look now, but Vladimir Mihalik just got back to even for the season with a +3 night tonight. His play has picked up since the embarassment of the San Jose Sharks game.
Box score from TheAHL.com.