Close, but no cigar.
Karri Ramo allowed just 2 goals on 40 shots in regulation and overtime before surrendering goals to both shooters he faced for the shootout loss. One of his goals during regulation was pretty soft, but it's hard to complain about a .950 save percentage in the game. Unfortunately, the shootout has been really tough for Karri all season, and Patrik Elias absolutely de-jocked Ramo on the game winning shootout goal.
04:33 TB Malone (20), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)
12:55 TB Malone (21), (Lecavalier, Smaby)
02:16 NJ Clarkson (11), (Zubrus)(PP)
01:13 NJ Parise (35), (Zajac, Langenbrunner)(PP)
NJ- Parise, Elias
The effort level tonight from the whole team was much higher than in the Chicago game, and the club actually outpaced New Jersey 41-40 in shots tonight. Steve Eminger played 30:04? Holy cow!
Ty Wishart had 1 blocked shot in 9:05. He's been pretty invisible on this recall. That's good in some ways and not so good in others.
Steve Downie had 1 hit in 8:42.
Matt Smaby had 1 assist, 7 penalty minutes, and was +1 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 20:29. He's really coming into his own as an NHL player now.
Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 12-24-36, +11, 42 PIM
Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5 (OT)
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: Did not play (injured).
Season totals: 50 GP, 13-23-36, +4, 28 PIM
The Oceanicâ€™s win streak hits 12 games.
Montreal Juniors 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 7
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 5-25-30, +5, 85 PIM
With Cape Breton: 20 GP, 1-12-13, +4, 33 PIM
Seattle Thunderbirds 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 7
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 19 saves on 22 shots
Season totals: 41 GP, 28-11-0-2, 1.86 GAA, .939 sv%, 6 shutouts
Spokane had a comfortable 7-1 lead heading into the third period, when they were outshot 9-5. Drayson Bowman (Carolina) and 5'9" center Tyler Johnson (undrafted in 2008) both had hat tricks for the Chiefs.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 6
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 10-11-21, -23, 67 PIM
With SSM: 16 GP, 2-5-7, -10, 16 PIM
Sudbury was the only team the Soo had beaten since January 10 (1-13-0-1), a 6-4 home win on February 11.
Prince George Cougars 0 @ Tri-City Americans 4
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 1-1-2, +1, 6 PIM (hooking x 2, elbowing)
Season totals: 50 GP, 27-35-62, +19, 45 PIM
With TC: 41 GP, 25-32-57, +17, 37 PIM
Fadden has 10 goals in his last 10 games (10-9-19). Chet Pickard earned First Star while notching his sixth shutout of the year, which ties Dustin Tokarski for the team lead.
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It's a shame that no one but the young kids showed up.
Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 49 shots for the loss. The game could've be 8 or 9 to 3 without Ramo. The Lightning got outshot 19-3 in the first period and 15-7 in the third. That's just hanging your goaltender out to dry. The kid deserved better. He showed flashes of what he was prior to this season's disappointments.
11:53 CHI Keith (7), (Havlat, Seabrook)
12:58 TB Stamkos (8), (Melichar, Krajicek)
10:28 TB Stamkos (9), (Prospal, Roberts)(PP)
11:38 TB Stamkos (10), (Eminger, Prospal)(PP)
19:12 CHI Toews (19), (Kane, Barker)(PP)
01:46 CHI Kane (18), (Campbell, Toews)(PP)
12:46 CHI Bolland (13), (Havlat, Keith)
15:59 CHI Toews (20), (Brouwer, Kane)
The team completely laid down after Stamkos' hat trick. It was bizarre, and sickening. I give him a lot of credit for playing hard to the final horn to break up a potential empty net goal. I wish some of the veterans on the team showed that much pride.
Ty Wishart had 1 shot in 8:02.
Steve Downie had 17 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 6:28.
Matt Smaby was -1 with 6 hits and 4 blocked shots in 22:00, which was a high among the defensemen.
Helenius is probably wishing he was paid by the save.
Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 45 shots for the overtime loss.
BRI Bentivoglio, (6) (Lee, Callahan), 1:59
NOR Segal, (17) (Smolenak), 19:22
NOR Segal, (18) (Smolenak), 12:27
BRI Walter, (12) (Iggulden, McLean), 0:29 (PP)
BRI Fraser, (6) (Smith, McLean), 4:39
Brandon Segal and Helenius were the game's second and third stars. Segal deserves a recall to Tampa Bay.
Box score from TheAHL.com.