Lightning can't climb out of a three goal first period hole.
15:20 COL Leopold (4), (Svatos)(PP)
17:21 COL Wolski (3), (Svatos, Arnason)
18:57 COL Wolski (4), (Arnason, Svatos)
12:17 TB Lecavalier (10), (Ranger, Malone)
03:42 COL Jones (2), (McCormick, Clark)
09:19 TB Malone (7), (Eminger, Stamkos)(PP)
15:31 TB Stamkos (3), (Lecavalier, Eminger)(PP)
Obviously Ryan Malone and Steven Stamkos have started to come around in recent games, but keep an eye on Steve Eminger. The former high Capitals pick is finally starting to live up to his considerable offensive potential.
It may not come together in time to save this team's playoff ambitions, but we're starting to see some components of this team's future start to come together, both in Tampa and in Norfolk where there are a handful of players starting to get in line to make a move to the next level. Losses aside, I'm starting to get excited about some of the new foundation that is getting laid down.
Steve Downie had a fight and a blocked shot in 7:39.
Stamkos had 1 goal and 1 assist and was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 21:42. He was also 50% on draws.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ No.5 Boston College Eagles 5
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM (high sticking, hitting-after-the-whistle), 2 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 22 PIM
St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ No.17 UMass Minutemen 3
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-2-2, +8, 10 PIM
UMass scored two goals with the goalie pulled in the gameâ€™s final minute to pull to 4-3. They got one last shot off to try to tie the game, but the shot was blocked.
*USCHO poll used for rankings.
It was an inexplicably passive third period.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss.
WBS Thomas, (2) (Letestu, Richmond), 16:12 (PP)
NOR Boyle, (2) (Simek, Kearns), 19:39
WBS James, (7) (Jeffrey), 12:59 (SH)
NOR Jones, (4) (Konopka, Bochenski), 19:16 (PP)
WBS James, (8) (Lovejoy, Caputi), 10:57
WBS Taffe, (12) (Caputi, Wallace), 16:35
NOR Bochenski, (8) (Konopka, Potulny), 19:31
Brandon Bochenski was named the game's second star.
I'm absolutely flabbergasted. Norfolk played 40 minutes of very solid hockey only to come out flat as a pancake in the final period to take the loss. It's a tough one to take. Maybe it was expecting too much considering the team had 4 players called up, but they played so well in the first couple of periods its shocking how badly they got rolled in the third.
Blair Jones extended his point streak to 4 games with a power play goal. Jones, a righty shot, is once again being used on the point on the power play as he has been from time to time in his professional career, and the Admirals seem to be running a lot of their PP set pieces through Jones and his ever improving point shot. His goal tonight came with Vladimir Mihalik being used in front of the net as a king-sized screen.
Norfolk squares off with the Penguins again tomorrow night.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Nik Backstrom owns the Lightning.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 32 shots in the loss.
12:07 MIN Nolan (3), (Miettinen, Sheppard)
19:20 TB Vrbata (3), (Stamkos, Ranger)(PP)
09:51 TB Malone (6), (Lecavalier)
02:01 MIN Sheppard (2), (Bergeron, Zidlicky)
06:10 MIN Koivu (6), (Miettinen, Bergeron)
19:37 MIN Belanger (6), (unassisted)
The Lightning had their chance to tie late on a 5-on-3 opportunity, but Nik Backstrom slammed the door.
Steve Downie had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 6:05 in his Lightning debut.
Steven Stamkos had an assist and was -2 with 3 shots and 2 hits in a career high 20:32 of ice time. He also was 33% on draws.