The Lightning snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win.
TOR 7:05, White 9 (Kessel, Gunnarsson)(PP)
TB 11:46, Stamkos 26 (Lecavalier, Foster)
TOR 9:08, Stajan 15 (Hagman, Kulemin)
TB 16:11, Malone 21 (Lecavalier, Stamkos)(PP)
TB 4:50, St. Louis 13 (Stamkos, Lecavalier)(PP)
If the power play stays hot, that's one thing that will give the Lightning a big edge down the stretch of this season. It saved the game tonight, and that was as close to a must-win as it could be.
Vincent Lecavalier has climbed up to a point a game pace for the season. Steven Stamkos goes over a point a game pace. Martin St. Louis remains well over a point a game pace for the season. And, the ironic thing is that Rick Tocchet might be right: Steve Downie might be playing better hockey than all of them.
Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 10:05.
Ekaterinburg 4 @ Nizhnekamsk 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 4-3-7, -16, 14 PIM
It's been many moons since Kazionov, who played 10:22 in the match, found the scoresheet. Ekaterinburg was led by a pair of helpers from forward Vitali Sitnikov.
CSKA 3 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 18-7-25, +7, 14 PIM
The elder Kazionov, who has had no problem finding the scoresheet recently, switched it up today with a helper on a Jarkko Immonen goal in 15:31 of ice time. Kazan was led by former Penguin Alexei Morozov, who had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game.
Canadian AHL All-Stars 10 @ Planet USA All-Stars 9 (SO)
Blair Jones, Canadian AHL All-Stars, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Jones assisted on Jason Jaffray's game opening goal and led all Canadian AHL All-Stars in shots with 7. Tyler Ennis, a Buffalo prospect, was named the game's MVP after scoring 1 goal and 2 assists for the Canadians, including a helper on the game-tying goal with 18 seconds left in regulation.
Novosibirsk 2 @ Omsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .913 sv%
Ramo did not dress for the third straight game for Omsk. Undrafted 20 year old Igor Averin had a pair of goals for Omsk in the win.
Dynamo Moscow 5 @ Dynamo Minsk 4 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 3-11-14, -7, 28 PIM
Harju played 14:54 in the match and was 44% on draws. Dynamo Moscow was led by a pair of goals from former NHLer Karel Rachunek.
Nothing's quite as humiliating as crapping the bed on national TV.
What was the difference between tonight and last night? The Lightning overreacted to adversity. The Rangers got the game to 3-1 at the end of the first period, and rather than stay within their system the Lightning loosened up and played out of control. That's foolish. There's no such thing as a two point goal. You have to work and stay within your system and dismantle a two goal lead one goal at a time. If you don't, chances are your gambles will find you behind three goals, at which point the blood is in the water and it's a lot harder to get back within your system.
Box score from NHL.com.