Time to take the cap off the pen and start writing down some preliminary plans for next season.
Karri Ramo stopped 22 of 24 shots faced in the loss as the Lightning wasted another quality start by the kid giving him no goal support.
What's worse than getting shutout by a has been like Jose Theodore? I can't think of many things. The Lightning did well to put 22 shots on Theodore in a futile third period comeback bid, but they did so after sleepwalking through the first two periods in which the Avs outshot the Lightning 21-10.
The math simply does not favor a Lightning playoff berth at this point, and by the time Dan Boyle returns in another two weeks there likely won't be anything to play for but jobs next season.
Mathieu Darche was even in 10:03 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots.
Mississippi's season-best 5 game winning streak came to an end last Saturday night at James Brown Arena in Augusta, GA, losing to the Lynx by a score of 4-1. The lost coincided with goaltender Morgan Cey's first start of 2008 after Ryan Munce piloted the Wolves resurgence in the standings. Marek Kvapil was scoreless on 1 shot in the road loss.
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Frolunda's 3-0 shutout win over Djurgardens. Andreas' brother Michael had a goal for Frolunda in the match.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 shots on goal
Everett Silvertips 5 @ Portland Winter Hawks 0
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Tri-City Americans 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 1
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Loss, Stopped 22 of 24 shots
Starting his third game in three nights, Helenius couldnâ€™t come up with a third win despite a strong statistical showing. The Americans added a late empty net goal. Former Traverse City Lightning Colton Yellow Horn scored his league-leading 30th and 31st goals of the season for Tri-City. The 20 year old has 61 points in 41 games.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 5-4 loss to Togliatti.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scorless in CSKA's 4-3 loss to Chelyabisnk.