Halifax Mooseheads 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 40 GP, 8-25-33, +20, 36 PIM
Barberio has scored in consecutive games, and after a slow start is approaching his career-high of 15 goals in a season. His plus-20 rating obliterates his previous career-high of plus-9. Both marks were set last season.
Sudbury Wolves 7 @ Oshawa Generals 4
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play.
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
G Michael Zador, OSH: 2 saves on 4 shots
Season Totals: 28 GP, 11-13-2-1, 3.60 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 SO
Zador started on the bench for the third straight game, but entered the contest when Kevin Bailie was pulled after giving up five goals on 27 shots. Itâ€™s been almost a month since Oshawa has given up less than three goals in a game. The Generals are in fourth in the East Division, five points ahead of Richard Panik, Kyle DeCoste and Belleville. Meanwhile, Sointu still hasnâ€™t rejoined Sudbury after the WJCs because he recently had surgery in Finland for an undisclosed injury, according to the Sudbury Star. He is expected to rejoin the team in late January. Sudbury is in third in the Central Division.
Fortunately, all this bizarreness results in two important points for the Lightning.
Mike Smith allowed a total of 2 goals on 35 shots for the win.
TB 6:58, Downie 9 (Foster, Malone)(PP)
TB 5:13, Bochenski 1 (Stamkos, Foster)(PP)
TB 10:04, Stamkos 22 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)
NJ 8:36, Zajac 12 (Langenbrunner, Oduya)
TB 9:35, Stamkos 23 (St. Louis, Bochenski)
NJ 19:26, Parise 20, (Zajac, Langenbrunner)
It was frightening to see the Lightning have less shots on goal in the second half of this game than they had in the first half. Still, they made it stand up. No complaints. Just get out of New Jersey while the lights are still on.
Paul Szczechura ended up -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:23. He was also 70% on draws.
Blair Jones had 3 shots and 2 hits in 12:33.
Victor Hedman played a total of 23:11 in this, his graduation game from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 3
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 5-4-9, -2, 8 PIM
Harvard dropped both games this weekend against the unranked Gophers. Killorn started the year strong, but has cooled off considerably recently.
Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Michigan Wolverines 6
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (hooking x2), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 24 PIM
Witkowski was back in the lineup as WMU dropped the second of a home-and-home series swept by Michigan.
Is it Richards? Carter? No. Apparently Blair Betts owns the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.
PHI 13:01, Giroux 9 (Richards, Gagne)(PP)
PHI 3:36, Hartnell 10 (Briere, Pronger)
TB 13:05, St. Louis 11 (Stamkos, Downie)
PHI 16:55, Betts 5 (Laperriere, Coburn)
PHI 19:33, Betts 6 (unassisted)(EN)
If Blair Betts played more games against the Lightning, he might be a 30 goal scorer. It's a strange thing to see a Lightning team that put up 6 goals in 4-1/2 periods against Ryan Miller and Martin Brodeur revert back to offensive ineptitude. Of course, when you only get 18 shots on goal, that will happen. Now the Lightning have to go back to New Jersey and try to make a 3-0 lead stand up for 29 minutes. How bizarre.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 10:11.
Blair Jones was -1 with 5 penalty minutes in 10:43.
Victor Hedman was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 22:54. At the intersection of weird and unprecedented, Hedman's 41st game of the season was last night, which I suppose means his graduation date will go down as 1/8/10 on the Bolt Prospects Alumni page. But he got one more night tonight to have the spotlight by virtue of Lou and the Devils not being able to keep on their lights. Congratulations to Victor on becoming an NHLer.