Russia 2 @ Finland 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Koshechkin dressed, but was the backup on Saturday for the Russians. Finland got a goal from Petri Kontiola with 7 seconds left in regulation to take the win. The centerman, ironically, is Koshechkin's teammate with Magnitogorsk of the KHL.
Czech Republic 3 @ Sweden 4 (OT)
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Harju played on the third line for Sweden in the game. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl scored the overtime winner for the Swedes. Weinhandl is Harju's teammate in the KHL with Dynamo Moscow.
Left a point on the ice.
Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 23 shots for the loss. It seems to me, at least in the short term, it may be time to make Dustin Tokarski the number one and quit rotating the netminders. Helenius is clearly on a cold streak.
BNG Kinrade, (2) (Svendsen), 6:16
NOR Karsums, (3) (Wishart, Lundin), 16:36 (PP)
BNG Daugavins, (10) (Condra), 4:26
NOR Wishart, (4) (Karsums, Bochenski), 13:04 (PP)
BNG Hamel, (12) (St. Pierre, Smith), 14:37 (PP)
BNG Smith, (5) (Keller, Daugavins), 0:15
NOR Simek, (6) (Wishart), 12:31
NOR Craig, (10) (Jackson, Karsums), 15:50
BNG Smith, (6) (O'Brien), 17:36
Ty Wishart and Martins Karsums were named the game's second and third stars. Wishart's 1 goal and 2 assist night was his first multi-point effort of the season and he now has 6 points in his last 6 games. He's a guy who was a big scorer from the backline in junior. Is his offensive ability finally starting to peek through? Karsums has exploded with 5 points in the two games against the Sens this weekend. He had just 6 points all season prior to last night's win.
Matt Lashoff is now -16 in 26 games after a -2 night tonight. Oof.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 3-22-25, +12, 34 PIM
Moncton had their seven-game win streak broken by the Eagles when rookie Brad Cuzner scored with half a period to go in the game. Moncton had just scored twice in the early third period to tie the game at two. Cuznerâ€™s goal came less than a minute after the tying marker. Barberioâ€™s plus-12 rating is two better than any other Wildcat.
Barrie Colts 10 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 21-22-43, +23, 22 PIM
Hutchings (pictured) extended his point streak to 11 games as the Colts hit double digits and won their 20th in a row. Unofficially, this was Hutchings fifth First Star award. He has 20 points in his 11-game point streak.
Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Erie Otters 5
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 5-9-14, +1, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 9 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 15 saves on 19 shots
Season Totals: 10 GP, 6-3-1-0, 2.95 GAA, .913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
This wasnâ€™t Janusâ€™ best game, but he earned his second straight win. Sointu now has points in three straight games.
Plymouth Whalers 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 29 saves on 31 shots
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-10-2-1, 3.20 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO
Plymouth was led by two Team Canada (WJC) cuts, Tyler Seguin (2 assists) and Matt Hackett (34 saves). Zador performed well after sitting for Oshawaâ€™s last two games. Oshawa had won seven straight.
Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 32 GP, 14-16-30, -11, 62 PIM
With Regina: 5 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 10 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Regina has lost its last six games. Ashton has points in four of his five games with the Pats and is on a four game point streak despite the Pats only scoring five goals in that span.
Light at the end of the tunnel?
Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals in 26 shots for the win.
STL 10:04, Winchester 1 (Backes, Kariya)(PP)
TB 10:37, St. Louis 7 (Tanguay, Lecavalier)
TB 0:36, Stamkos 19 (Foster, St. Louis)
TB 6:24, Foster 5 (Hedman, Malone)
STL 3:58, Oshie 7 (Kariya, Sydor)
TB 4:12, Halpern 6 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)
STL 9:03, Tkachuk 7 (Boyes, McDonald)(PP)
TB 11:15, Halpern 7 (Malone)
TB 19:02, Stamkos 20 (St. Louis)(EN)
I thought in the second period, in particular, the Lightning played with a determination and urgency that is very, very welcome to see. The team's puck movement was also particularly quick and crisp in that period. If they skate and pass the puck like that for 60 minutes a game here on out, they'll win a boat load of hockey games. In particular, Vincent Lecavalier was flying, and the team in general played with a chip on its shoulder. That's the kind of hockey I expected to see this season.
It's a week to Christmas and Steven Stamkos has 20 goals. He's 19 years old. He won't be 20 until February. Think about that.
Zenon Konopka was -1 in 6:45.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot, 3 hits, and was 44% on draws in 13:48.
James Wright played 9:57.
Blair Jones was +1 with a fight, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:27. He struggled a bit in his own end of the rink, but if you watched that second period you saw why we've been saying all along he could flourish under Rick Tocchet. He obliterated David Backes on a clean neutral zone hit and, when challenged, answered the bell pretty well again Carlo Colaiacavo. More importantly, there were times he showed hustle and strength on the puck in the forecheck, too, and his big screen on Kurtis Foster's goal helped give the Lightning a key goal that really put St. Louis behind the eight-ball the rest of the way.
Victor Hedman had an assist and was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 24:17.
Norfolk is combining good defense, good goaltending, and home ice advantage to win some key divisional games.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the win.
NOR Simek, (5) (Bochenski, Parrish), 10:14
NOR Hall, (5) (Karsums, Lundin), 7:31
BNG Bannister, (2) (Smith, Kudelka), 14:56 (PP)
NOR Hall, (6) (Karsums, Craig), 19:12 (EN)
I still can't believe Drew Bannister is still playing hockey.
In another example of Norfolk's exciting forward depth, Martins Karsums stepped up with a multi-point night tonight after only having 6 points through 27 games entering the night. You just knew a veteran with his speed and his track record of scoring at the AHL level was going to eventually start finding the scoresheet.
Box score from TheAHL.com.