Got away with murder.
Marc Denis was just short of amazing in this game stopping 29 of 32 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 2 of 3 penalty shots for the shootout victory. We'll put the save he made on Jokinen up once it gets youtubed. Save of the year. Ryan Craig and Martin St. Louis had the Lightning's goals. Andreas Karlsson, Doug Janik, Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier had helpers. Richards and St. Louis scored in the shootout.
And the Lightning deserved squat tonight. They only showed up for about 15 of the 65 minutes of hockey played tonight and they're lucky, lucky, lucky that A.) Marc Denis looked like Patrick Roy redux tonight and B.) the Panthers are a Mickey Mouse Junior B team masquerading as an NHL franchise. Kudos to the Lightning for wounding Panthers color man Denis Potvin's inner child by stealing the 2 points tonight after Potvin practically gloated for 2 1/2 periods about the Panthers' play. All in favor of Potvin and Carolina color man Tripp Tracey getting rear ended while carpooling in a pre-recall 1978 Pinto, say aye.
Speaking of which, in Carolina, Atlanta defeated the defending champs 3-1 to keep pace with the Lightning at 71 points with Tampa holding a game in hand.
Tampa Bay 2:15, Ryan Craig 13 (Andreas Karlsson, Doug Janik)
Florida 5:30, Nathan Horton 20 (unassisted)
Florida 10:53, Nathan Horton 21 (Martin Gelinas, Bryan Allen)
Tampa Bay 7:43, Martin St. Louis 36 (power play) (Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay: Richards, St. Louis
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Avon Old Farms-2
Kevin Quick scored his first goal of the season as Salisbury won their 10th game in a row. Quick fired a quick wrist shot from the top of the circles that found its way through in the third period. Salisbury sits in a three-way tie for first place in the Founders League with Avon Old Farms and Hotchkiss School. The Knights make up last weeks game, which was cancelled due to weather, against Albany Academy tonight then face Hotchkiss on Wednesday.
#7 Maine fell 6-5 to #13 Boston College as the Eagles completed the weekend sweep of the Black Bears. Mike Lundin was scoreless and -3 in the game.
Vermont avoided the sweep blanking UMASS 3-0. Wessbecker was scoreless and a minus-1. Femenella was scratched for the game and has not played since a February 2 home game against Providence.
Mississauga 6 @ Ottawa 3
Chris Lawrence had 3 primary assists today to help the IceDogs defeat the 67's 6-3 in Ottawa. Lawrence was also a plus-1.
Everett 2 @ Chilliwack 3 (Overtime)
Everett went into expansion Chilliwack and came away with an overtime loss, 3-2. Dane Crowley was scoreless and even with a minor penalty for Everett. His scoreless streak is now at 8 games.
Everett is second in the WHL in points with 95. Medicine Hat (who produced Darren Reid) has 96 to lead the league and is on a 17 game win streak. Everett has 5 games in hand on Medicine Hat, however.
Chilliwack is tied with Kelowna (Justin Keller) for the second fewest points in the league at 43. Portland has a league worst 32 points.
It's a shame.
Karri Ramo stopped 19 of 22 shots faced in the loss. David Spina and Daniel Corso had the Falcons' goals. Individual assists belonged to Sylvain Dufresne, Doug O'Brien and Norm Milley. Corso was named the game's second star.
Karri Ramo has not posted a win in his last nine starts. The Falcons have scored a league low 135 goals this season in 58 games (2.33 goals per game).
SPR Spina, (7) (Dufresne, O'Brien), 11:01 (PP)
LOW Minard, (22) (Mottau, Greene), 2:56 (PP)
SPR Corso, (13) (Milley), 14:09
LOW Murphy, (10) (Pihlman, Mottau), 6:28
LOW Gionta, (5) (Clarkson), 1:22
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.