A monumental come from behind victory in the Steve Stamkos sweepstakes.
Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 31 shots for the loss. When you're staked a three goal lead coming into the third period, you have to get the W. I don't care how bad the team plays in front of you. Ramo had to make it stand up, and he failed miserably. That's probably only the fourth bad start he's had this year.
Matt Smaby was -1 in 12:11 with 4 hits, including one particularly vicious hit standing up and dropping Patrick Kaleta on the rush. Like the rest of the team, I thought he played a pretty good first 40 minutes. But he didn't see much ice in the third. He did tie Vincent Lecavalier for the team high in hits with 4 though in his limited ice time, so there's something to build on.
Just like last season, the Baby B's own the Lightning's farm team.
Jonathan Boutin allowed 7 goals on 33 shots in the loss. Marc Denis stopped 6 of 6 shots in relief.
PRO Bitz, (9) (Sigalet, Karsums), 3:03 (PP)
PRO Hoggan, (28) , 16:29 (PEN/SH)
PRO Thompson, (16) , 0:45 (SH)
PRO Collins, (18) (Hendricks), 12:45
PRO LoVecchio, (2) (Thompson, Curry), 18:34 (SH)
PRO Hendricks, (20) (Hoggan), 11:09
PRO Collins, (19) (Sigalet, Hendricks), 11:21
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Western Hockey League announced the 2007-08 WHL Eastern Conference First and Second All-Star Teams and Lightning draft pick and Lethbridge Hurricane Mitch Fadden was named a Second Team All-Star. Fadden was not a finalist for an award.
The center was named team co-MVP with Ben Wright this week.
Fadden, a 2007 fourth round pick of the Lightning, had 34 goals and 55 assists for 89 points in 72 games this season for the Hurricanes.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -2, 5 PIM (plus match penalty), 0 shots on goal
After dropping their last two regular season games in Cape Breton, Lewiston (37-26-5-2), the Eastern Division's fifth seed, will open the playoffs this week in the same arena against the fourth seeded Screaming Eagles.
Update: Ward has been suspended by the QMJHL for one game "after he spit in the direction of an opponent during last Sundayâ€™s game versus the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles."
(6) Everett will play (3) Spokane in the first round.
(4) Seattle will host (5) Kelowna in the first round.
Prince George Cougars 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Tyrell and PG's tough season mercifully ends, but on a high note with a win.
Edmonton Oil Kings 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
(3) Lethbridge will face (6) Brandon in the first round.
*Final regular season stat update coming soon.