Why do I get the feeling every time the Lightning play Florida it's their Stanley Cup?
Johan Holmqvist allowed 2 goals on 2 shots before being pulled for Marc Denis who took the back door loss allowing 4 goals on 34 shots faced. Nolan Pratt and Vaclav Prospal had the Lightning goals. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Eric Perrin and Dan Boyle added assists. The Lightning now must regroup on the long flight out to a Western Canada swing which could make or break the team's division title ambitions. The Lightning's loss gives Atlanta a game in hand and the Thrashers loom large just two points behind.
Florida 5:03, Nathan Horton 23 (Martin Gelinas)
Florida 5:25, Olli Jokinen 30 (Jozef Stumpel, Rostislav Olesz)
Tampa Bay 8:16, Nolan Pratt 1 (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Florida 11:11, Stephen Weiss 15 (Bryan Allen)
Florida 15:38, Stephen Weiss 16 (power play) (Martin Gelinas, Alexei Semenov)
Florida 7:54, Ville Peltonen 12 (penalty shot)
Florida 8:27, Nathan Horton 24 (Alexei Semenov, Jay Bouwmeester)
Tampa Bay 17:20, Vaclav Prospal 11 (Eric Perrin, Dan Boyle)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Even taking a point feels painful right now for this team.
Morgan Cey stopped 49 of 51 shots faced in regulation and overtime including a penalty shot before taking the shootout loss by allowing 3 goals on 5 shooters faced. The Chiefs were outshot 51-37 in the game. Grant Jacobsen and Brandon Elliot had the Johnstown goals. Ryan Gibbons, Geoff Waugh, Dimitri Tarabrin and Gus Katsuras had individual assists. Katsuras and Jacobsen also scored in Johnstown's unsuccessful shootout bid.
JHN Jacobsen, (6) (Gibbons, Waugh), 2:44
WHE Mitchell, (1) (Hellemeyer, Sonnenberg), 13:50
WHE Blanshan, (3) (Havern, Edinger), 15:56 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (11) (Tarabrin, Katsuras), 14:27
JHN- Katsuras, Jacobsen
WHE- Havern, Hellemeyer, Guenther
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Ohio State 6 - Northern Michigan 2
The Wildcats dropped game 1 of the best of three series to open the first found of the CCHA Tournament. Dusty Collins was scoreless and plus-1 for the game. Game 2 is tonight at Ohio State.
#16 Massachuetts 3 - #11 Maine 1
Both teams entered the weekend tied for forth in the Heast standings. UMASS pulls two points ahead with the win while Maine hopes to even it up tonight and stay ahead of Vermont. Maine's Mike Lundin was scoreless and plus-1 while UMASS defensemen John Wessbecker was scoreless and even.
The Black Bears are one point ahead of #15 Vermont who dropped their game to UMASS-Lowell last night 2-1, Lightning prospect Art Femenella did not play.
Brampton 3 @ Mississauga 5
The IceDogs snapped their 3-game losing streak, beating Brampton 5-3 at home. Chris Lawrence scored his 42nd goal of the year on the power play. He was also minus-1.
Owen Sound 3 @ Sarnia 7
Owen Sound outshot the Sting 43-27, including 19-6 in the third period, but the Attack could not win in Sarnia, falling 7-3. Marek Bartanus did not register a point and was minus-1 in the game.
Windsor 5 @ Erie 3
In a battle between the OHL's worst teams, the Spitfires beat Kevin Beech and the Otters 5-3 in Erie. Beech stopped 32 of 37 in the loss. Erie is now 12 points behind Windsor for second last.
Kelowna 4 @ Prince George 2
Although the Cougars are pretty much locked in 3rd in the B.C. Division, it's never good to lose to a team 21 points behind you in the standings in your own barn. Vladimir Mihalik tied for the team "lead" with a minus-3 rating for the night. He did not register a point.
Portland 5 @ Everett 2
Portland was 71, that's right, 71 points behind first place Everett in the standings entering Friday, yet the last-place Winterhawks soundly defeated the Silvertips 5-2 in Everett. Dane Crowley was scoreless and minus-2. Portland was beaten 9-1 by Spokane, who is one spot above them in the U.S. Division standings, earlier this week. The game between Portland and Everett featured a classic WHL brawl with 3 seconds left in the game with both goalies getting involved.
Dimtri Kazionov did not play in Kazan's 2-1 win against Omsk.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 2-1 win over Nizhnekamsk.