Niitty thieves two points from PantherNation.
Antero Niittymaki had a world beating 31 saves on 33 shots, including several breakaways and other outstanding post to post saves. He even had an assist. The book on Nitty is that he's a streaky goaltender, and when he's hot like this you ride him 'til the wheels fall off. I doubt we see Smitty next time out.
FLA 8:10, Dvorak 1 (Kreps)(SH)
TB 18:32, Stamkos 3 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
FLA 6:33, Horton 1 (Weiss, Kulikov)(PP)
TB 7:17, St. Louis 3 (Lecavalier, Hedman)(PP)
TB 13:29, Malone 5 (Stamkos, Niittymaki)
The Lightning, frankly, played their worst hockey since the Atlanta game. The difference was that they got great goaltending and they were a little bit tighter in the neutral zone than they were against the Thrashers. Good teams find a way to win when they don't play their best hockey. That said, the Lightning ought not make a steady diet of giving up breakaways at key junctures of games.
Steve Downie had 3 shots and 3 hits in 12:37 and keeps drawing penalties from the opposition right and left.
Drew Miller had 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:38.
Zenon Konopka had 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:34 as the fourth line's ice time crept up by about four minutes in this game. They are fun to watch.
James Wright had 1 shot in 11:26.
Victor Hedman rebounded from an earlier shorthanded giveaway that ended up in the back of his net to have an assist, 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 24:30. The hilarious thing is that 24:30 seems like a light night for Hedman in the ice time department.
Omsk 2 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 18/19, 1.00 GAA, .947 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 8-5, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .903 sv%
Karri Ramo, after a bit of a slow start, has gotten on a roll along with his Omsk teammates. Jaromir Jagr and Eric Perrin had Omsk's goals while former Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov had the lone marker for Novokuznetsk.
Ekaterinburg 1 @ Dynamo Minsk 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
Congratulations to Denis Kazionov, who scored his first KHL goal. Kazionov's marker was the lone tally for Ekaterinburg in the match. The young forward played 11:12 in the game.
Magnitogorsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 5
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 2 PIM
Harju was 54% on draws in 16:27 of ice time, but he still is struggling to find the scoresheet in his first season in Russia. Harju's lifelong teammate, Linus Omark, had an empty net goal in the match, which was his 5th goal and 8th point of the season.
Cherepovets 3 @ Togliatti 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, No statistics available
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-6, 1 SO, 2.47 GAA, .906 sv%
No game stats are available for Koshechkin, who stopped just 2 of 4 shooters in the shootout session to take the loss.
St. Petersburg 4 @ Kazan 3 (SO)
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -4, 10 PIM
Kazionov assisted on a goal by former Thrashers prospect defenseman Ilya Nikulin in the match. Former Lightning prospect Anton But helped key a St. Petersburg comeback on the first of a pair of late third period SKA goals assisted by former NHLer Sergei Zubov and former Lightning winger Nils Ekman.
Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 8
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 12 PIM
Barberio scored his first goal of the year to open the scoring, and from there the onslaught started for Moncton. Barberio, who is starting to heat up, led the team in shots on goal with seven.
Sarnia Sting 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 8 GP, 3-2-5, +6, 2 PIM
Sarnia notched a big win on Windsor ice when they scored with just under two minutes left to finally take the lead for good in this back-and-forth game.
Ottawa 67â€™s 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 4 PIM
Doug Gilmour's Frontenacs swept the home-and-home series this weekend with Ottawa. Sointu had given Ottawa a brief 1-0 lead early in the first. Gilmour, aka "Killer," began coaching Kingston mid-way through last season.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, E, 10 PIM
Barberio assisted on the insurance goal scored on the power play late in the third period.
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 10 PIM
After winning seven to start the year, the Soo has now lost two straight. DeCoste scored his first goal of the season. He had 15 in 65 games last year.
Erie Otters 4 @ Barrie Colts 7
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-7-13, +5, 4 PIM
Hutchings has a five game point streak in which heâ€™s scored eight points. He has three goals in his last two games. Erie, who outshot Barrie 46-40, misses goalie Jaroslav Janus, who remains with the Norfolk Admirals on a tryout contract.
Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM (major for checking-from-behind, game misconduct)
Season totals: 8 GP, 6-2-8, -6, 16 PIM
Ashton was kicked out at 3:58 of the first period after a checking-from-behind major penalty. His four game goal streak was snapped.