Final nail in the coffin.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 32 of 35 shots in the loss.
Washington 16:12, Tomas Fleischmann 8 (power play) (Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom)
Washington 13:52, Dave Steckel 5 (Matt Bradley, Quintin Laing)
Tampa Bay 15:49, Vaclav Prospal 27 (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 16:22, Jan Hlavac 9 (Filip Kuba, Shane O'Brien)
Washington 17:00, Alexander Semin 16 (Viktor Kozlov, Mike Green)
This game was said to be critical in determining just how much the Lightning were going to be sellers at the deadline. There was little doubt moves were going to be made, but a win here might've meant wholesale changes would've been put off until the summer. Now? Sell, sell, sell.
Maybe the game that gets Marc Denis back to the NHL?
Marc Denis stopped a preposterous 48 of 50 shots faced for the victory.
NOR Milley, (15) (Jones, Schneider), 7:25
NOR Rosehill, (2) (Mihalik, Milley), 12:22
WOR Setoguchi, (5) (Kaspar, Raduns), 16:49 (PP)
WOR Setoguchi, (6) (Traverse, Cavanagh), 17:39 (SH)
NOR Szczechura, (12) (Wanvig, Smolenak), 6:18
NOR Wanvig, (17) (Milley, Jones), 19:39 (EN)
Denis was named first star of the game while Norm Milley earned third star of the game honors. There are rumors the Lightning may put Denis through re-entry waivers in the next week or two in the hope another team will take him. And effort like tonight coupled with a great relief appearance last night will go a long way toward making that happen.
Don't look now but Vladimir Mihalik, favorite target of the Norfolk fan base, improved his +/- to even on the season with a +3 night and had an assist.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
This week's Superleague scores and updated skater statistics.
Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Chicago Steel 5
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 shots on goal
Victoria Grizzlies 1 @ Nanaimo Clippers 3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 7 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 1
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 shots on goal
Ward had to be helped off the ice in the mid-third after sliding awkwardly into the boards.
Calgary Hitmen 0 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 1
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM (tripping, boarding-roughing)
Prince George Cougars 1 @ Vancouver Giants 4
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Spokane Chiefs 2 @ Everett Silvertips 3 (SO)
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play