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.
Brampton Battalion 5 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 6 (OT)
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 23 GP, 5-5-10, -8, 23 PIM
2008 first round defenseman Alex Pietrangelo scored the game winner in overtime for Niagara. Pietrangelo started the year with the St. Louis Blues, playing in eight games (0-1-1, Even rating) before being returned to juniors. He now has 11 points in five games for the Ice Dogs from the back line.
DeCoste hit the 10 point mark on the year with a second period primary assist on a goal by Canucks first rounder Cody Hodgson. It was Hodgson's 16th goal in 18 games since returning to juniors. DeCoste had 22 total points last season for the Battalion. Last year he didn't get his 10th point until December 16.
Dustin Tokarski made 22 saves in front of a hometown Prince Albert crowd to give Team WHL a 2-1 win and take the ADT CHL Canada-Russian Challenge 5-1 for the CHL. The CHL's only loss was by the QMJHL team in Game 2.
Kyle Beach (Chicago Blackhawks) had the game winner for the WHL.
Riku Helenius allowed 6 goals on 42 shots as the Gwinnett Gladiators defeated the Lynx 6-2. Augusta's winless streak now stretches to 7 games amid concerns of reports that the franchise is struggling financially. As of Thanksgiving, the Lynx have only had 6 home games, with only 2 of those games on the weekend.
No word on why Chris Lawrence was not in the lineup.
Augusta 2 @ Gwinnett 6
G Riku Helenius: 6 GA; 60:00 MIN; 42 SH; 36 SV
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: did not play
Augusta falls to 5-9-1-1, and next play a home-and-home series with the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday and Sunday.
Johan Harju had a power play assist in Lulea's 3-2 overtime loss to Timra.
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Djurgardens' 4-3 loss to Rogle.
Janne Niskala had 2 penalty minutes in Frolunda's 2-0 win over Farjestads.
Johan Harju had a power play goal in Lulea's 3-3 tie with Brynas.
Johan Harju had a goal in Lulea's 1-1 tie with HV 71.
Andreas Holmqvist had a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Djurgardens' 4-2 win over Timra.
Janne Niskala was scoreless in Frolunda's 5-0 win over Rogle. In 5 games so far with the club, Niskala has 1 goal and 3 points with 4 penalty minutes and a +3 rating.