On Thursday, 2/15, Andreas Holmqvist was again out of the lineup as Linkopings fell 4-3 to Farjestads.
On Saturday, 2/17, Holmqvist was again out as Linkopings was trounced 5-1 by Frolunda.
Erie 2 @ Owen Sound 4
Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack defeated Kevin Beech and Erie for the second straight night, and for the second straight night Beech stood on his head in a loss. Beech earned first star honors for stopping 67 of 70 shots in the game (Attack had an empty net goal), including 34 of 35 in the first period alone. The teams were tied at 2 entering the third period. Erie managed 19 shots in the entire game. In total, Beech faced 150 shots in the two games, saving 139 of them. Bartanus was scoreless and minus-1 for the game.
Vancouver 3 @ Prince George 1
Vladimir Mihalik was on the ice for all three Vancouver goals as the Cougars dropped a 3-1 decision to the Giants. He did not figure in on the Prince George goal.
Lethbridge 2 @ Everett 3
Dane Crowley was scoreless and plus-1 for the Silvertips in their 3-2 home win over Nick Tarnasky's alma mater, Lethbridge. Crowley also had 2 PIM. After going 3+5 and plus-14 in his first 8 games with Everett, Crowley has not registered a point in his last 7 games and is plus-4 over that time.
Not a good night for the organization, even with the Lightning moving into first.
Jonathan Boutin returned to the Springfield net and made 35 saves, but it wasnâ€™t enough to steal a win against the Sharks. Steve Bernier, who started the year on a scoring line in San Jose, scored the game winner for Worcester in a 2-1 win. The Sharks outshot the Falcons 37-21.
The Falcons got their goal from defenseman Doug Oâ€™Brien, with assists going to Daniel Corso and Jay Rosehill. This was the first goal in 10 games for Oâ€™Brien.
Gerald Coleman served as the back-up goaltender.
SPR O'Brien, (6) (Corso, Rosehill), 4:37
WOR Stevenson, (8) (Evans, Prudden), 13:52
WOR Bernier, (3) (Armstrong, Staubitz), 2:43
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Make that two losses in a row to first place Cincinnati.
The Chiefs again couldnâ€™t get a full game from their starter as Ryan Munce only lasted a little over 2 minutes before giving up 2 goals on 3 shots and finding a spot on the bench. Morgan Cey took the loss for Johnstown. He made 23 saves on 27 shots.
Johnstown got goals from Dmitri Tarabin, Stanislav Lascek, Jean Desrochers, and Andrew Martens. Adam Henrich continued his strong play with 2 assists. Since his demotion from Springfield, Henrich as 10 points in 5 games and is now over a point-per-game on the year with 32 points in 31 games (13-19-32). Heâ€™s also a plus-13 and over 100 PIM at 117.
JHN Tarabrin, (11) (Henrich, Desrochers), 0:18
CIN Daoust, (20) (Deitsch), 2:07
CIN Daoust, (21) (Deitsch, Martin), 2:51
JHN Lascek, (10) (Martens, Hrdel), 5:58
JHN Desrochers, (10) (Tarabrin, Henrich), 7:09
JHN Martens, (5) , 7:09
CIN Lisabeth, (13) (Starling, Wirll), 19:02
CIN Wirll, (32) (Martin, Ehgoetz), 0:16
CIN Daoust, (22) (Deitsch, Aubin), 2:31 (PP)
CIN Wirll, (33) (Deitsch), 16:11
CIN Aubin, (8) (Grumet-Morris, Martens), 19:06 (EN)
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The Good News = Lightning move into a tie for first place in the Southeast Division
The Bad News = Tampa Bay fails to get both points, and possible injuries to Ranger and Fedotenko.
Tampa Bay-4 (Overtime)
With Atlanta's loss in Ottawa this afternoon, the Lightning needed just one point to move into a first place tie with the Thrashers. The held on for the point, but fell in overtime in South Florida 5-4 to the Panthers. Tampa now leads the division by tiebreaker with 69 points and hold the No.3 seed. Atlanta also has 69 and the Hurricanes, who won tonight in Montreal, are 2 back at 67. The Lightning has a game in hand on both division rivals.
The Panthers won their first game in extra time this year and move to 57 points, 2 ahead of Washington for 13th place in the conference. They are 9 points out of a playoff spot.
Back to the game â€¦ Johan Holmqvist struggled at times in net for Tampa, stopping 25 of 30 shots. The Lightning only put up 20 shots on Ed Belfour, including just 3 in the final period. Part of the reason for the low shot total was the absolutely horrific ice conditions that both teams battled. No less than three goals were the direct or indirect result of the puck jumping over or off of a stick. With 6 minutes left in the third period, the teams had combined for 5 shots and what seemed like 2 dozen giveaways. It was awful to watch, but both teams had to deal with it.
The â€œLightnings,â€ as they were referred to by Panthers analyst Denis Potvin at one point, got goals from Martin St. Louis (2), Dan Boyle, and Eric Perrin. Assists were compiled by Vaclav Prospal (2), Vincent Lecavalier (2), Boyle, Perrin, and Brad Richards.
Ruslan Fedotenko suffered a thigh or knee injury when he was hit by Bryan Allenâ€™s raised knee late in the third. No penalty was called on the play. Paul Ranger also left the game with an injury, but the Panthers broadcast never addressed it. They were too busy fawning over Allenâ€™s hit on Fedotenko.
Blair Jones was a scratch for the Lightning and Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune speculates he could be sent back to Springfield on Monday.
Florida 1:47, Ruslan Salei 6 (power play) (unassisted)
Florida 4:02, Stephen Weiss 12 (Nathan Horton, Martin Gelinas)
Tampa Bay 6:09, Martin St. Louis 34 (Vaclav Prospal, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 11:03, Eric Perrin 10 (Brad Richards)
Tampa Bay 16:28, Martin St. Louis 35 (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)
Florida 6:48, Bryan Allen 2 (Stephen Weiss, Martin Gelinas)
Tampa Bay 11:11, Dan Boyle 13 (power play) (Eric Perrin, Vaclav Prospal)
Florida 11:28, Ville Peltonen 10 (power play) (Olli Jokinen, Steve Montador)
Florida 0:29, Nathan Horton 19 (Jay Bouwmeester, Stephen Weiss)
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