Victoria drops Game 1 ... Unlikely First Star in the Q ... Luca scores to help Rimouski to win No.17 in a row ... Tokarski and Chiefs fall in the standings ... Oil Kings hanging on.
One point further away from Tavares or Hedman?
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 36 shots for the overtime loss. His rebound control needs work, but he was fairly sharp in this one.
05:43 STL Tkachuk (19), (Boyes, McDonald)
09:25 STL McDonald (10), (Backes, Boyes)(PP)
03:28 TB St. Louis (23), (Lecavalier, Stamkos)
06:10 STL Backes (19), (Oshie, McDonald)
12:10 TB Pettinger (3), (Halpern, Artyukhin)
19:44 TB Stamkos (14), (Murphy, St. Louis)
00:27 STL Boyes (26), (Colaiacovo, McDonald)
Noah Welch was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 23:06. He's servicable, if unspectacular.
Matt Smaby was -1 with 1 shot, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 23:23. He took a skate to the cheek and hardly missed a shift. You can make a very strong case that he's been the team's best d-man over the last month.
David Koci had 1 hit in 6:52.
Martins Karsums was -1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:59. You can see the attraction from the Lightning's end: he's a good skater with decent burst and feisty for an average sized player.
Brandon Segal had 2 shots and 3 hits in 12:50. He had some good moments tonight on the forecheck but shanked a rebound off a Karsums shot that should've been his first NHL goal.
Devils can't keep up with the Joneses.
Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the win. He improves his record to 6-7-0 on the season with a 2.27 GAA, 1 shutout, and a .932 save percentage.
NOR Jones, (14) (Boyle), 7:16
LOW Vasyunov, (12) (Eckford), 17:42
NOR Keller, (13) (Henley, Konopka), 7:27
NOR Jones, (15) (Smolenak, Hooton), 15:56
NOR Lundin, (4) (Simek, Quick), 2:15
Jones sets new career highs in goals (15) and points (43) in 12 less games than he played in his previous career season last year. He has 4 goals in his last 2 games and he and Juraj Simek appear to be the beneficiaries of the recent callups and injuries that have redistributed ice time.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 6
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 13-12-25, -23, 72 PIM
With SSM: 22 GP, 5-6-11, -10, 21 PIM
Defenseman Ryan Ellis (Likely 2009 Top-15 pick) had two assists for Windsor and now has 83 points (19 goals) in 54 games. He's also a plus-45.