Lightning enter All-Star break with a thud.
Ottawa 13:43, Daniel Alfredsson 30 (Antoine Vermette)
Ottawa 14:12, Jason Spezza 17 (Randy Robitaille, Daniel Alfredsson)
Ottawa 18:41, Daniel Alfredsson 31 (power play) (Jason Spezza, Andrej Meszaros)
Ottawa 4:38, Daniel Alfredsson 32 (shorthanded) (Mike Fisher)
Ottawa 9:36, Antoine Vermette 11 (Daniel Alfredsson, Wade Redden)
Tampa Bay 13:51, Dan Boyle 1 (unassisted)
Ottawa 1:39, Randy Robitaille 8 (Daniel Alfredsson)
Tampa Bay 1:59, Nick Tarnasky 4 (Brad Lukowich)
Ottawa 3:58, Dean McAmmond 6 (Chris Neil, Mike Fisher)
Tampa Bay 5:07, Craig MacDonald 2 (Andre Roy, Nick Tarnasky)
Tampa Bay 15:17, Dan Boyle 2 (Paul Ranger, Martin St. Louis)
Ottawa 16:33, Jason Spezza 18 (Andrej Meszaros, Wade Redden)
The good news is the Lightning got Dan Boyle back from injury and he promptly potted a pair of goals.
Plaudits for Nick Tarnasky's 1 goal and 1 assist.
CHL Top Prospects Game
Team White 8 Team Red 4
Possible Lightning target Zach Boychuck had a goal and two assists â€“ one of which came on a gorgeous play where he turned a defenseman inside-out on a rush and cut to the net for a shot which was eventually knocked in by a teammate. Likely top pick Steven Stamkos had a Gordie Howe hattrick (1+1). Game recap.
Lighting prospect results from Wednesday:
Break up the Admirals.
Marc Denis allowed 2 goals on 27 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 4 shooters in the penalty shot session for the win.
NOR Lessard, (12) (Smolenak), 1:22
NOR Szczechura, (4) (Keller, Schneider), 8:19 (PP)
HER Boumedienne, (2) (Beagle, Lepisto), 10:50
HER Fehr, (1) (Boumedienne, Lepisto), 9:05 (PP)
Ordinarily, a shootout win wouldn't be such a big deal, but considering Hershey has tortured Norfolk most of this season in a way reminiscent of how Providence used to torment Springfield, a win is sweet indeed.
AHL all-star Justin Keller was named first star with an assist and the sealing goal in the shootout. Marc Denis received third star of the game honors.
Don't look now, but Radek Smolenak has 1 goal and 4 points in his last 3 games.
The Admirals outshot Hershey 39-27 in the game. Now if they can just get Blair Jones back on track.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist in CSKA's 2-1 win over Tver. Since joining CSKA Artyukhin has 1 goal, 4 points, 61 penalty minutes, and a +2 rating in 10 games.
Don't look now, but the Lightning have a little something going here.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the win.
Tampa Bay 0:38, Brad Richards 14 (Martin St. Louis, Jan Hlavac)
Tampa Bay 4:29, Craig MacDonald 1 (Nick Tarnasky)
Tampa Bay 9:17, Martin St. Louis 19 (shorthanded) (Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Lukowich)
Edmonton 10:08, Andrew Cogliano 9 (power play) (Sam Gagner, Joni Pitkanen)
Tampa Bay 5:51, Vincent Lecavalier 30 (power play) (Martin St. Louis)
Edmonton 12:55, Steve Staios 5 (Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner)
Edmonton 18:41, Ales Hemsky 13 (Dustin Penner, Shawn Horcoff)
The bad news is, the Lightning are still 4 games under .500. The good news is they're just 7 points back of division leading Carolina with 3 games in hand and Dan Boyle likely to come back into the lineup at any time. Between that and the fact no one else in the Southeast Division seems to have their stuff together and the Lightning suddenly look like a team with a prayer of making the playoffs.
It's a challenge, but it's do-able.