The long road back starts now, hopefully.
Gerald Coleman stopped 30 of 32 shots faced for the win. Dimitri Tarabrin scored the OT GWG and had an assist. The Chiefs' other goals came from Stanislav Lascek (power play) and Brandon Elliot (shorthanded) with individual assists going to Zbynek Hrdel and Grant Jacobsen. Tarabrin and Elliot were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.
REA Kindle, (11) (Hogeboom, Rome), 7:03 (PP)
JHN Lascek, (8) (Hrdel, Tarabrin), 17:49 (PP)
REA MacMillan, (8) (Francisco), 18:57
JHN Elliott, (8) (Jacobsen), 5:02 (SH)
JHN Tarabrin, (9) , 3:06
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
I missed the first 3 minutes of the game, but I'm watching it live on B2 Networks.
SYR Platt, (19) (Lindstrom, Picard), 2:23
SYR Platt, (20) (Walser, Lindstrom), 4:05
SYR Walser, (6) (Platt, Picard), 14:27 (PP)
SYR Labelle, (6) (Simon, Verot), 0:21
SYR Pineault, (8) (Glencross, Murray), 14:37
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless as Kazan trounced Tver 8-2 today. Denis Kazionov did not play for Tver.
Albert Vishnyakov had an assist in Dynamo's 4-2 win over Podolsk.
Anton But had a goal in SKA's 2-2 tie with Chelyabinsk.
Vasily Koshechkin got the day off again as Mike Fountain backstopped Togliatti to a thrilling 0-0 tie with Novokuznetsk.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 4-3 overtime win against Khabarovsk.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-2 overtime win against Salavat Yulayev.
Who would have thought going to the league's worst team would strengthen Kevin Beech's value?
Beech and Erie continue to show signs of life after a horrible first half of the season, this time going on the road to Windsor and defeating the Spitfires 3-2 in a shootout. Beech stopped 56 of 58 shots to earn first star honors.
After allowing a respectable 2 goals on 17 shots in the first period, Beech stopped 19 of 19 in the second, 16 of 16 in the third, 6 of 6 in overtime, then 7 of 9 shooters in an extended shootout. Erie managed only 23 shots through 3 periods and overtime (9-4-8-1).
Erie plays at Plymouth tonight.
Holmer and the road warriors just smacked the champs in the mouth in their own barn. I like it.
Johan Holmqvist pitches a 31 save shutout for the win. The shutout is the first of Johan's career and he improves his season record to 17-10-0. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier continued on their MVP caliber tears through the NHL with 1 goal and 1 assist each. Vaclav Prospal added 2 assists of his own as well. The other Lightning goals came from Ryan Craig and Doug Janik. Eric Perrin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards added individual helpers.
The well oiled war machine that is the Lightning on the road extended their franchise record winning streak away from the SP Times Forum to 7 straight games. More importantly, the Lightning have caught the Carolina Hurricanes at 58 points with the Lightning still holding a game in hand. And, by virtue of Atlanta's 5-2 loss to the Islanders tonight the Lightning are now with single digits of the division leader at 8 points behind. The Lightning still hold a game in hand on Atlanta and, more importantly, have two more head-to-head games left on the schedule for a total of six potential points the Lightning can pick up quickly. I am reminded of 2002-2003 when the Lightning ran down the Washington Capitals from behind like a hungry lion runs down a misfortunate antelope.
If the Lightning can stay focused and remain hot for the next couple of weeks, then the spotlight should fall squarely on GM Jay Feaster. Feaster knows as we all do that the team is just a deal or two away from being a serious title contender. It will be incumbent on him to pull the trigger and hit the right targets to give this team the reinforcements they need. If he does, look out. Dare we use the pun, Lightning could strike twice?
Rookie Blair Jones had 5:39 of ice time tonight and was 40% on draws with 2 penalty minutes (and looked about 1,000,000% more comfortable than last time out).
Tampa Bay 15:12, Ryan Craig 12 (power play) (Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 19:23, Doug Janik 2 (Eric Perrin, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 2:49, Vincent Lecavalier 32 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 9:29, Martin St. Louis 32 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards)
Game sheet from NHL.com.