Flip. The. Script.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 34 shots and stopped both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the big shootout win.
MIN 16:53, Pouliot 2 (Sheppard, Schultz)
MIN 3:47, Johnsson 2 (Brunette, Koivu)(PP)
TB 8:44, Stamkos 13 (Malone)(SH)
MIN 11:35, Nolan 4 (unassisted)
TB 9:17, Downie 2 (Halpern, Ohlund)
TB 19:45, Malone 11 (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP)
TB- Lecavalier, Stamkos
After frittering away 3-4 points already this season by allowing opponents to tie a game late and then losing in the shootout, the Lightning flipped the script to steal 2 points from Minnesota and stay unbeaten in regulation at home.
Steve Downie had a big goal to key the comeback and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 11:49. He's 5 games from graduation from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.
Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:17. And, thankfully, he chose not to commit suicide by fighting Boogard.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and was 75% on draws in 11:54. He brought some jump back to the lineup.
James Wright was -1 with 1 shot in 12:41.
Victor Hedman had 1 shot in 24:02 in his first game back from the concussion. He was wildly out of position on Minnesota's first goal, but was decent otherwise.
Omsk 4 @ Ekaterinburg 5 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-3-5, -5, 8 PIM
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 10-7, 2 SO, 1.89 GAA, .912 sv%
Kazionov potted his second goal of the season to open the game's scoring and played 11:46 in the match. Karri Ramo remains out, presumably due to injury.
Togliatti 3 @ Dynamo Minsk 4 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 17/20, 2.77 GAA, .850 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 7-12, 2 SO, 2.19 GAA, .917 sv%
Koshechkin allowed both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session to score to take the shootout loss in his first game back from the Karjala Cup.
Kazan 1 @ Dynamo Riga 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-1-7, -4, 10 PIM
Former NHLer Marcel Hossa had a pair of goals to help lead Riga over Kazan. Kazionov played 14:56 in the match for Kazan.
Nizhnekamsk 1 @ Dynamo Moscow 3
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 12 PIM
Harju helped wash the bitter taste of a bad Karjala Cup tournament out of his mouth with a helper on Linus Omark's 9th goal of the KHL season in the second period of a 3-1 win. The big center/winger played 16:06 in the match and was 67% on draws.
Oshawa Generals 2 @ Belleville Bulls 1 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 23 saves on 24 shots
Season Totals: 15 GP, 7-7-1-0, 3.48 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 20 PIM
With Bulls: 3 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
Zador broke a personal seven game losing streak, though he was named a game star in his last appearance. Hopefully this sparks him on another win streak. The lone goal against him was kind of a fluke as he had the puck covered in a goal-mouth scramble, but no whistle was blown. He raised his blocker off the ice to see if the puck was under it, which it was, and a Bull poked it home. It looked like the ref should have blown the whistle (see Bulls highlights below). Zador stopped four of five shooters to secure the shootout win. No word yet why DeCoste missed the game.
Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Erie Otters 5
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 27 saves on 29 shots, 2 PIM (delay of game)
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2.50 GAA, .909 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus moved to 2-0 since his return to the OHL from AHL Norfolk. Erie scored four times in the third period to get the win.
Norfolk came out ready to kick butt tonight.
Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win. Slick Rik is now 3-1-0 on the season with a 1.51 GAA and .937 sv%. That's stylish. I wish the Lightning brass gave him a little more love publicly.
NOR Bochenski, (9) (Simek, Jones), 2:06
NOR Wishart, (1) (Bochenski, Simek), 3:20 (PP)
NOR Lundin, (2) (Karsums, Hall), 19:14
NOR Jones, (3) (Bochenski, Jackson), 5:26
BNG Hamel, (3) (Keller, Karlsson), 7:38
NOR Bochenski, (10) (Jones, Mihalik), 8:05
BNG Daugavins, (3) (Hennessy, Condra), 8:47
Brandon Bochenski, Blair Jones, and Ty Wishart were the game's three stars. Bochenski's 4 point night moves him over a point a game for the season with 16 in 15 games. He's currently 9th in the league in scoring. Jones has had two three point games in his last three contests, helping fill the void left when Ryan Craig was called up.
Mike Lundin is on pace for a 48 point season. He's tied for 11th in the league in scoring for defensemen, as of this writing. I would consider he and Bochenski to be very strong candidates to be AHL All-Stars if they stay on schedule.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT:0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 2-12-14, +5, 22 PIM
Moncton played their first game since October 29 thanks to a flu-cancelled game against Montreal and a long layoff. The Wildcats lost the shootout 2-1 after leading 1-0 at the completion of round 1.
Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, tripping)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 10-12-22, -5, 38 PIM
Ashton extended his point streak to seven games with his 10th goal of the season as the Hurricanes beat first place Calgary 3-2. Lethbridge was 0-7 on the power play compared to Calgaryâ€™s 2-5. The Hurricanes, who won their third game in a row, climbed out of the cellar with the win and now stand at 8-11-2-0 on the year, 14 points behind Calgary in the Central Division.