Arthur Blank owns the Atlanta Falcons, Liberty Media owns the Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Spirit LLC owns the Atlanta Hawks, but Niitty owns the Atlanta Thrashers.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 38 shots and blanked the Thrashers on 5 shootout attempts to improve to 15-0-0 lifetime against Atlanta. He owns that team. It's hilarious.
ATL 5:23, Antropov 13 (Little, Kubina)
TB 7:28, Stamkos 27 (Foster, Malone)
The Lightning totally did not deserve to win tonight. After a strong opening, they really took their foot off the gas pedal toward the end of the first period. It was a slow, lethargic effort, and only by the grace of some luck and Niitty getting sharper as the game went on did they pull two points out tonight. They were ultimately outshot 38-27 in the game and they absolutely can't survive on efforts like this if they're going to make the playoffs.
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 9:45.
Jim Johnson is 2-0-0 as Head Coach.
Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the win. He has to be basking in all this goal support he's suddenly getting.
MCH Gauthier, (7) (Holloway, Cavanagh), 3:42
NOR Smolenak, (6) (Craig, Mihalik), 19:08
NOR Fadden, (1) (Wishart, Parrish), 3:32 (PP)
NOR Fornataro, (2) (Quick, Fadden), 6:05
MCH Walker, (3) (Clune, Elkins), 17:25
MCH Westgarth, (8) (King, Kolomatis), 10:13
NOR Hall, (9) (Smolenak, Krajicek), 16:59
NOR Smolenak, (7) (Wishart), 19:18 (EN)
Adam Hall and Mitch Fadden were the game's first and second stars. Norfolk outshot Manchester, which is in first place in the Atlantic Division, by a stunning 49-20 margin. The recent changes to the Norfolk staff have, if nothing else, lit a fire under the team.
Fadden scored his first AHL goal in the game and has 4 points over the past 2 games after going scoreless for the first 15 games of his pro career. The consensus on Fadden has always been that if he commits himself to hustle defensively and physically, and he learns to train like a pro, he can be a scorer not just at this level but up top in the NHL as well. He's struggled with some injuries and he'll probably need a big boy workout regime to build himself up this offseason to help prevent those, but the effort level has been way up with Fadden and the floodgates have finally opened this weekend. The Lightning have to be very pleased to see him coming on.
Speaking of which, Ty Wishart has 3 multi-point games in his last 4 contests. He's playing his way into the conversation for next year's Lightning blueline.
The best news for the Admirals may have been 2 goals and 1 assist by Radek Smolenak. With Brandon Bochenski up in Tampa and Martins Karsums off in Riga, Latvia, Norfolk needs all hands on deck in the scoring department. Smolenak had just 2 points in the 15 games prior to tonight's contest. Smolenak had 24 goals last season, but he only had 5 coming into tonight. He needs to get hot as the Admirals try to climb the ladder back into playoff contention.
Norfolk picks up 2 points on Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and keeps pace with Binghamton with the win. So, the Admirals move within 4 points of the Penguins for the final playoff spot. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Phantoms, who are 3 points ahead of the Ads, have 2 games in hand on Norfolk and the Senators, who are 2 points ahead of the Ads, have 3 games in hand. So, every point is extremely precious for Norfolk right now.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Novgorod 2 @ Kazan 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 18-7-25, +7, 16 PIM
Kazionov played 14:01 in the match for Kazan. Kazan got assists from former NHLers Niko Kapanen and Alexei Morozov in the victory.
Moncton Wildcats 6 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 10-26-36, +29, 46 PIM
Barberio has points in nine of his last 10 games. After a slow start, heâ€™s been very consistent this season and could be heading toward an NHL contract. Heâ€™s within 10 points of his career high, set two seasons ago in 70 games. Moncton has won eight in a row and 17 of their past 19. This was an impressive, dominant road win over a team ranked No.6 in the entire CHL.
Belleville Bulls 0 @ Ottawa 67â€™s 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 11-10-21, +8, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -7, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 41 GP, 13-8-21, -9, 39 PIM
With Bulls: 28 GP, 11-7-18, -7, 21 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste was at or a near a point-per-game pace well after the trade from the Soo to Belleville, but heâ€™s since fallen well off that pace. He hasnâ€™t had a point in six games. Panik, meanwhile, hasnâ€™t scored in three. Ottawa outshot Belleville 34-18.
Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 30-23-53, +30, 38 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Hutchings (pictured) was back on the scoresheet with another multi-goal game â€“ his seventh of the season. He hit 30 goals for the second time in his career. Heâ€™s four off his career high for goals (34), set last season in 63 games. As for Sointu, it was reported this week the injury he sustained at the WJCs was the result of a puck to the face. Ouch.
Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: 14 saves on 15 shots
Season Totals: 31 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.59 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 SO
Zador didnâ€™t start the game, but was admirable in relief of starter Kevin Bailie, who allowed four goals on 11 shots. Kingston added an empty netter late.
Swift Current Broncos 5 @ Regina Pats 6 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 18-18-36, -10, 77 PIM
With Regina: 15 GP, 5-5-10, -2, 25 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Regina got at least a point in their fifth game in a row, a streak which has included two shootout wins over the Broncos. Swift Current (51 points) is ninth in the Eastern Conference and Regina (46 points) 10th. Theyâ€™re both chasing eighth-place Red Deer (52 points).
Vancouver Giants 2 @ Tri-City Americans 4
C James Wright, VAN: Did not play.
08-09 Season: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM
Wright is expected to (re-)join the Giants next week after being assigned to Vancouver by Tampa Bay. The Giants (29-18-1-2) are currently leading the B.C. Division and as a result are the second seed in the Western Conference behind the Americans.
Harvard Crimson 4 @ Union Dutchmen 1
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 5-7-12, -1, 16 PIM
Killorn was back to starting the game on the top line, but failed to register a point. Harvard is (finally) starting to heat up.
Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ Bowling Green Falcons 4 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 26 PIM
Bowling Green won the shootout, 3-2.