You know things are bad when the team that rides the short bus to the game (alright, that's an unnecessary cheap shot) manages to steal a point from you.
John Grahame stopped 24 of 27 before beating M.A. Fleury in the shootout 2-0 on successful attempts by Richards and Prospal. Congratulations to Darren Reid on his first NHL point, a secondary assist on the first of Dan Boyle's two goals. Ryan Craig later got a helper on a Dimitry Afanasenkov marker.
Craig led the rookies in ice time with 18:30 but did not manage a shot on goal. He was +1. Paul Ranger was +2 in 17:40 with 1 hit. Nick Tarnasky was even with 1 shot in 5:37. Darren Reid was +1 in 5:21 with 1 shot and 1 hit. Norm Milley was a scratch and Evgeny Artyukhin served the first game of his two game suspension for El Kabonging a Senator with his own helmet.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Lada Togliatti defeated Chekhov today 4-1 to hand Vasily Koshechkin his 18th win of the season. His record improves to 18-13-6 overall. The average age of the team iced today by Lada: 22.44 years old. There is just one tour remaining on the Russian regular season schedule.
As the SM-liiga regular season continues to wind down, Karri Ramo tried to make a case for playing time in the playoffs as he shut out last place KalPa 4-0 today. The young netminder made 32 saves to improve his record to 9-7-3 this season. Ramo is currently 5th in the league with a .933 save percentage and 6th in GAA with a 2.03 GAA. There are now four games remaining for HPK in the regular season.
Sens crush Lightning. In related news, the sky is blue.
At least Reid and Tarnasky got some garbage time to sharpen their games, although 5 and a half minutes a piece isn't much.
Post mortem from NHL.com.
Fredrik Norrena and Linkopings fell 2-0 today to #1 seeded HV71 in the regular season finale for both teams. Norrena stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in the loss. His final record was 19-11-5 this season with a .914 save percentage (7th Elitserien), a 2.16 GAA (T-4th Elitserien) and 4 shutouts (T-4th Elitserien).
Final Elitserien Statistics for All Lightning Properties
D Andreas Holmqvist, 46 GP, 6-16-22, 64 PIM, (+8)
LW Jimmie Olvestad, 50GP, 10-9-19, 90 PIM, (-2)
RW Shane Willis, 6 GP, 0-1-1, 4 PIM, (-1)
G Fredrik Norrena, 19-11-5, 2.16 GAA, 4 SO, .914 SV%