Omsk 2 @ KHK MVD 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 31/31, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 21-15, 4 SO, 2.00 GAA, .916 sv%
Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov assisted on both Omsk goals as Karri Ramo notched his 4th shutout of the season. Ramo is now tied for 4th in the league in shutouts behind fellow Lightning prospect V. Koshechkin (7), former NHLer Robert Esche (6), and Yarolslav netminder Georgy Gelashvili (6).
Ekaterinburg 3 @ Noovosibirsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 16 PIM
Kazionov played 9:20 in the match and scored his 5th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough to lift Ekaterinburg to victory in a critical battle for the last playoff spot in the KHL's Eastern Conference. Novosibirsk moved into a tie with Ekaterinburg and Khabarovsk at 54 points, but Novosibirsk holds 8th in the conference by virtue of the one game in hand they hold over both clubs. Former Lightning forward Alex Kharitonov had his 3rd goal of the season in the match for Novosibirsk.
Magnitogorsk 4 @ Novokuznetsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/30, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 23-18, 7 SO, 1.95 GAA, .928 sv%
Koshechkin notched his league leading 7th shutout of the season to help Magnitogorsk keep pace with Yulaev just 2 points out of first place in the Eastern Conference. Former Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had his 5th goal of the season in the match for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 2nd in the KHL in wins behind only former NHLer Robert Esche (26).
Cherepovets 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 3-11-14, -7, 36 PIM
Harju played 15:49 in the match and was 46% on draws. Harju's lifelong teammate and Edmonton Oilers prospect Linus Omark scored his 19th goal of the season in the loss for Dynamo.
Mytischi 5 @ Dynamo Riga 6 (OT)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM
Karsums played 11:43 in the match and notched a goal and also assisted on a goal by former NHLer Tyler Arnason. Marcel Hossa scored his league leading 30th goal of the season in the match for Riga.
Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 7 @ Belleville Bulls 2
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 11-10-21, +6, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -9, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 14-8-22, -11, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 30 GP, 12-7-19, -9, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
Not a good night for the Bulls, who were tied with Mississauga at one after the first period. Panikâ€™s scoreless streak stretched to five games. Belleville is tied for ninth in the conference and is just five points behind Brampton for eighth, but they have to make their run now. Mississauga has the second best point total in the conference at 71.
In case you needed a reminder of what a special talent #4 is...
Antero Niittymaki stopped all 33 shots he faced tonight for the shutout. It's been a heck of a bounce back these past couple of games from Niitty after being somewhat terrible in 2 of the 3 games prior to that.
TB 9:50, St. Louis 14 (Downie)
TB 2:23, Lecavalier 14 (Tanguay, Downie)
TB 5:54, Stamkos 28 (Foster, Lecavalier)(PP)
Vincent Lecavalier, between the legs, 2-0 Lightning. Eat your heart out, Montreal. Have I professed my continuing admiration for Steve Downie and Matt Smaby lately? Downie had a pair of assists tonight and was second star of the game while Matt Smaby continues to single-handedly force opposing teams to respect the Lightning at Tampa Bay's blueline and in the neutral zone. Don't get me wrong, Mattias Ohlund will hit you. But, #32 will harm you. He only got credit for 1 hit tonight. As Bobby Taylor has said on the television broadcasts before, though, the scorekeepers seem to routinely short change Smaby on his hit totals at the Forum. Downie and Smaby: they're both gentlemen and scholars, I tell you.
Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 1 hit, and he was 67% on draws in 10:54. Szczechura is now 5 games away from graduation from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.
Jim Johnson is 4-0-0 as Head Coach.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the win.
NOR Lashoff, (4) (Simek, Hale), 2:51 (PP)
HFD Byers, (12) (Locke, Roche), 10:05 (PP)
NOR Parrish, (11) (Fadden, Wishart), 14:12
HFD Crowder, (10) (Ambuhl, Owens), 2:42
HFD Roche, (1) (Locke), 6:49
NOR Tyrell, (2) (Cruthers), 10:10
NOR Hale, (1) (Smolenak, Lashoff), 19:09 (PP)
HFD Locke, (19) (Williams, Heikkinen), 15:08 (PP)
NOR Fadden, (2) (Fornataro, Jackson), 17:14
Mark Parrish was named the game's first star. It's absolutely amazing. After being nowhere statistically for the first half of the season, Mitch Fadden and Dana Tyrell have stepped up and found the scoresheet regularly on this road trip. After going 38 games without a goal, Tyrell now has a goal in each of the past couple of games. And, after going scoreless for the first 15 games of his pro career, Fadden now has 1 goal and 5 points in the past 4 games.
After a scoring change on the game winning goal, Ty Wishart now has 4 multi-point games in his last 6 contests. He's got 20 points now. Why not 30? You can also file Matt Lashoff having his first multi-point night of the season tonight in the category of good news. Much like Radek Smolenak, who started to get on track in the last game and had an assist tonight, the Admirals need Lashoff to start playing to his potential if they're going to push their way into the playoffs.
All in all, despite allowing 4 goals, the Admirals can feel very good about tonight's win considering their captain, Ryan Craig, is away from the team temporarily while he and his wife are having a baby. With the win, Norfolk now creeps to just 2 games under .500. More to the point, the Admirals have jumped to with 1 point of Adirondack for the final playoff spot in the East Division, with Adirondack holding 2 games in hand. They're tied with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 44 points with the Penguins also having 2 games in hand. They've also moved 2 points ahead of Binghamton, but the Senators hold 4 games in hand.
Norfolk gets a day off before heading back to Springfield, which is in last place in the Atlantic Division, on Friday night. Here's the big one, though: circle it on your calendars. Norfolk has a colossal 4 point divisional tilt in Adirondack on Saturday night. Looking at the schedule, the formula for the Admirals to make the playoffs is pretty simple: they have 14 road games left and 20 at home. They're playing 2 games over .500 on the road by and games under .500 at home. If they can start protecting home ice better and win the lion's share of the 4 point divisional tilts left on their schedule, they will get in. Norfolk has 4 games left against Adirondack (2 home/ 2 away), 6 games left against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4 home/ 2 away), and 3 games left against Binghamton (0 home/ 3 away).
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Togliatti 0 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM
Kazionov played 13:57 in the match. Kazan got 2 goals from former Rangers farmhand Jarkko Immonen in the victory.