Helenius, Riku

NHL Game Night 3/31: Lightning at Bruins

The Lightning's forecheck officially belongs on a milk carton.

TB-1
BOS-3

Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 39 shots in the loss. He rebounded from a couple of puck handling errors and was otherwise very solid. The Lightning have a tough decision to make with McKenna. Ordinarily, you would want a veteran #3 goaltender like McKenna in your organization. But, it will be very tough for the Lightning to send Riku Helenius or Dustin Tokarski down to the Coast if they do re-sign McKenna.

First Period
14:03 BOS Wheeler (20), (Savard)

Second Period
06:56 BOS Chara (17), (Bergeron, Krejci)(PP)
13:35 BOS Kobasew (20), (Chara, Krejci)(PP)

Third Period
12:07 TB Stamkos (20), (Malone, Lashoff)

Other than Stammer's 20th of the season tonight, there's not a whole lot to be excited about from the past couple of games.

Noah Welch had 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 11:34.

Matt Smaby was -1 with 2 hits in 20:30. Good to have the big guy back. I thought he moved pretty well tonight after sitting out the game against Ottawa.

Martins Karsums was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:55.

Richard Petiot was +1 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 5 hits in 19:42.

Matt Lashoff had 1 assist and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 21:41. There were one or two plays tonight where Lashoff made plays that are hopefully indicative of the way his game is going to evolve next season: playing the proper angle defensively and then cancelling out the opposing forward physically. I'm just guessing he had a little extra juice playing against his old organization, but if he can do that consistently, he's going to be a stud defenseman in this league. The offense is there (6 assists in 8 games so far with the Lightning). If his defensive game rounds out, he's going to be every bit as good as Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/27: Griffins at Admirals

Jimmy Howard steals two points from Norfolk.

GR-2
NOR-1

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 34 shots in the loss. He's now 8-12-0 on the season with a 2.69 GAA, 1 shutout, and a .919 save percentage.

First Period
NOR Simek, (8) (Zingoni, Henley), 10:28
GR Walsh, (3) (Stafford, Gagnon), 10:54

Second Period
GR Emmerton, (9) (Abdelkader, Haydar), 5:01

Third Period
NO SCORING

Juraj Simek was named the game's third star.

The Admirals outshot Grand Rapids 48-34, but could only solve Jimmy Howard once in the game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/20: Senators at Admirals

60 minutes. Nice.

BNG-2
NOR-4

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win. The victory snaps a 5 game personal losing streak for Riku and raises his season save percentage back to .918.

First Period
NOR Konopka, (15) (Smolenak, Segal), 3:24
NOR Smolenak, (21) (Keller, Boyle), 12:45 (PP)
BNG Mauldin, (20) (Regin, Karlsson), 15:41 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Kinrade, (1) (Bochenski), 8:12
BNG Smith, (21) (Zubov, Kudelka), 11:52
NOR Konopka, (16) (Bochenski, Segal), 17:48 (PP)

The Admirals signed their first ATO, defenseman Geoff Kinrade out of Michagan Tech, and he paid instant dividends with the game winning goal.

Zenon Konopka, Kinrade, and Radek Smolenak were the game's three stars. Smolenak potted his 21st of the season in the win. Run up those numbers, young man.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/18: Senators at Admirals

The Admrials continue to experience third period collapses.

BNG-5
NOR-3

Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 39 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Simek, (7) (Konopka, Lundin), 10:49 (PP)

Second Period
BNG Karlsson, (7) (Mauldin, Regin), 10:51
BNG Weller, (4) , 15:12
NOR Smolenak, (20) , 17:05

Third Period
BNG Smith, (5) , 6:26 (PP)
BNG Mauldin, (19) (Regin, Smith), 7:05 (PP)
BNG Regin, (16) (Petruic), 9:17
NOR Lawrence, (5) (Keller, Zingoni), 14:46

Radek Smolenak scored his 20th goal and there was a third Chris Lawrence sighting. Accentuate the positive, I suppose.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 3/15: Admirals at Phantoms

Admirals run out of gas late on the road.

NOR-2
PHI-3

Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Konopka, (14) (Bochenski, Lundin), 18:43 (PP)

Second Period
PHI Bartulis, (1) (Matsumoto), 0:40
NOR Zingoni, (5) (Hooton), 2:09
PHI Ross, (23) (Sirianni, Kane), 2:46

Third Period
PHI Ross, (24) (Kane, Curry), 2:40 (PP)

Pete Zingoni was named the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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