And now it's 5 points.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 29 of 31 shots before stopping 1 of 2 shooters in the shootout for the win. King Holmer's perfection on a shot by shot basis goes by the board, but he still has yet to be bested by another goaltender in the penalty shot session. The Lightning's goals came from Vincent Lecavalier and Blair Jones, with Jones' goal being the first of his young NHL career. Ryan Craig, Brad Richards, Andre Roy and Tim Taylor had individual assists. The Lightning were a perfect 3-for-3 in the shootout with goals from the big three: Lecavalier, Richards and St. Louis.
Jones was +1 in 7:03 tonight with 1 shot, 1 hit and 2 takeaways. He was 1 for 2 on draws as well.
With the Lightning's win and Atlanta's shootout loss tonight the Lightning have moved to within 5 points of the division lead with a game in hand. The Lightning also have moved within 2 points of 4th place Montreal which lost to Carolina tonight.
Tampa Bay 2:23, Vincent Lecavalier 34 (power play) (Ryan Craig, Brad Richards)
Tampa Bay 4:18, Blair Jones 1 (Andre Roy, Tim Taylor)
Los Angeles 1:13, Mike Weaver 1 (Derek Armstrong, Dustin Brown)
Los Angeles 7:41, Mike Weaver 2 (Brian Willsie, Anze Kopitar)
Los Angeles- Kopitar
Tampa Bay- Lecavalier, Richards, St. Louis
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Marek Bartanus was scoreless as Owen Sound lost their fifth in a row, 2-1 in Ottawa. Bartanus was on the ice for both Ottawa goals, finishing minus-2.
It's a shame the Falcons couldn't quite get that second point to salvage more out of this weekend.
Karri Ramo stopped 43 of 45 shots faced in the loss. Sylvain Dufresne had two assists in the game with Springfield's goals coming from Marek Kvapil and Eric Healey. Adam Henrich and Norm Milley added individual assists. Justin Keller failed to capitalize on a 2nd period penalty shot opportunity and former Falcon Ryan Vesce scored twice in the shootout for Binghampton who emerged triumphant 2-1 in the penalty shots in six frames. Ramo and Healey were named first and third stars respectively.
BNG David, (2) (Pecker), 6:49
BNG Rawlyk, (1) (Cook, Vesce), 4:50 (PP)
SPR Kvapil, (10) (Henrich, Dufresne), 7:00 (PP)
SPR Healey, (22) (Dufresne, Milley), 14:26
BNG- Vesce (2)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 2-2 tie with Novokuznetsk. Ak Bars Kazan remains on top of the Superleague table with the tie. Kazionov is second among Lightning Russian prospects in scoring behind SKA's Anton But.
Mike Lundin was scoreless and even in #9 Maine's 2-1 loss to #1 New Hampshire. The defensmen had two shots in the game. The Black Bears (17-8-2, 10-8-1) split the weekend series with the Wildcats and still sit in 6th in the HEast one point behind UMASS. They face Vermont next weekend.
UMASS' four game unbeaten streak came to an end in their 2-1 loss to UMASS-Lowell. John Wessbecker was scoreless and even in the game.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and +1 in Northern Michigan's 2-1 loss to Lake Superior. The Wildcats (12-18-2, 9-14-1) have only four games remaining and sit tied for 8th in the CCHA with Western Michigan and Alaska.