Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 7
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 3-22-25, +10, 32 PIM
A huge win as Barberio (pictured) and Moncton broke the Sea Dogsâ€™ 22-game winning streak â€“ the third longest in QMJHL history. Barberioâ€™s seven shots on goal led the Wildcats. PEI native Randy Cameron (Red Wings 5/2007) had five points for Moncton.
Kitchener Rangers 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 2
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
Windsorâ€™s 24-game streak without a regulation loss came to a crashing halt Sunday, and at home no less. Rangers goaltender Mavric Parks (undrafted) stopped 46 shots to earn First Star honors. Panik will now join Team Slovakia for their WJC camp. Windsor Forwards Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, and Greg Nemisz, along with defensemen Ryan Ellis and Cam Fowler were all out of the line-up for this game, either attending their WJC camps or preparing for camps.
Oshawa Generals 4 @ Brampton Battalion 3 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .901 sv%, 1 SO
Zador did not play for the second straight game. He has not lost in regulation since November 15 (seven games).
I'm hard pressed to remember an offensive effort that pathetic.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 4 goals on 29 shots. The goal he allowed at the end of the second period was painfully soft and essentially ended the game. He also tried to allow another softie late in the third that he barely swept off the line. It was not a strong performance, although the Lightning weren't much of a threat to Chicago all game long, so it didn't really matter.
CHI 7:42, Kane 10 (Keith)
CHI 10:42, Eager 2 (Hossa, Sopel)
CHI 19:44, Hossa 4 (Sharp, Seabrook)
CHI 6:01, Toews 9 (Byfuglien, Seabrook)
18 shots on goal. How does an NHL team with this kind of offensive talent allow itself to be held to 18 shots on goal? Vincent Lecavalier (-3, 1 shot on goal) still is doing nothing on the forecheck around the opposition cage, which is where he showed he was an elite player. His failures are helping to drag down Martin St. Louis. Alex Tanguay has been lost all season. Steven Stamkos has forgotten about the necessity of shooting the puck (2 shots), and that's hurt Ryan Malone because he's the type of guy who hops on rebounds and excels in scrums around the cage.
The power play is a joke right now. They don't surround loose pucks and win one on one battles. They don't make smart, short passes to loosen up the opposing PK. They labor trying to free up Kurtis Foster for his shot and have forgotten they have lethal options like Vincent Lecavalier around the circles and Steven Stamkos around the circles and in the slot.
It's bad. This is a team that is fundamentally awful offensively right now. When Stephane Veilleux is the best player on the ice on a team with this roster, that also suggests a lack of effort, too.
Zenon Konopka had 5 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and was 33% on draws in 7:45.
Paul Szczechura had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 15:36.
James Wright was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 12:55.
Victor Hedman was -2 with 4 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 19:05. His poor decision on the Blackhawks second goal was terrible, and that was a very deflating goal for the Lightning. That's a mistake that cannot happen.
Magnitogorsk 3 @ Togliatti 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 33 GP, 17-14, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA, .923 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin got the night off in his return to Togliatti, who lost Koshechkin's services earlier this season when they couldn't afford to meet payroll. Koshechkin's backup Ilya Proskuryakov stopped 24 of 26 shots faced for the win.
Chelyabinsk 1 @ Kazan 0 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 11-2-13, +1, 12 PIM
Kazionov played 15:09 in the match. The game-long 0-0 deadlock wasn't broken until the penalty shot session when Evgeni Skachkov and Ravil Gusmanov both scored for Chelyabinsk to help propel Tractors the win.
St. Petersburg 0 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-7-10, -4, 26 PIM
Harju played 15:52 in the match but was only 25% on draws. Former Lightning draft pick Vadim Epanchintsev had an assist in the win for Dynamo.
Belleville Bulls 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 10-8-18, -2, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 17 GP, 8-7-15, E, 11 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (hooking, hooking)
Season Totals: 28 GP, 4-8-12, +3, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Sointu notched just his second point in seven games since moving to Sudbury. This was the first time in a month DeCoste has failed to register a point in back-to-back games.
Ottawa 67â€™s 1 @ Barrie Colts 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 19-21-40, +20, 22 PIM
Hutchings extended his point streak to 10 games. Heâ€™s scored a goal in eight of his past nine contests. His plus-20 rating is second on the Colts.
Erie Otters 3 @ Sarnia Sting 2
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 29 saves on 31 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 9 GP, 5-3-1-0, 2.83 GAA, .921 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Sarnia outshot Erie 12-3 in the third period while the Otters were clutching to their 3-2 lead. Janus shut the door, unofficially earning his first First Star of the season. If Janus had enough games to qualify, his save percentage would rank sixth in the league.
Regina Pats 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (hooking, slashing)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 13-14-26, -10, 56 PIM
With Regina: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Ashton took a hooking penalty in the first minute of his first game back in Lethbridge. The last place Hurricanes easily took care of the Pats, outshooting them 40-16 (30-7 after two periods). This was Reginaâ€™s first game without Canadian national team stars Jordan Eberle and Colton Teubert, who are at the WJC camp. With the win, Lethbridge pulled into a second-last place tie with Edmonton in the Eastern Conference. Regina fell to last in the East Division, but are in eighth in the Eastern Conference.
St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ No.19 Vermont Catamounts 3
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
Vermontâ€™s first game this season out of the Top-20 (No.21/receiving votes) was a good one. Marshall played left wing on the Catamountsâ€™ fourth line.
No.13 Ferris State Bulldogs 4 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, -8, 16 PIM
Ferris State swept the weekend series with WMU, outscoring them 7-3 in total.