Vasily Koshechkin dropped to 11-7-3 allowing 3 goals in Togliatti's 4-2 loss to CSKA. CSKA tacked on an empty net goal with 1:10 left in the third to seal the game.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 3-2 loss to Omsk.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 4-1 loss to Khimik. Kazionov will not be appearing for Russia at the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.
Mike Mastovich reports in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat that the Chiefs will likely be without several players this weekend. On top of Maxime Boisclair's recall to Springfield of the AHL, the team may also be missing goaltender Gerald Coleman who left late in the first period of last Saturday's game. According to Mastovich, Coleman suffered a groin strain which may be serious enough to keep him out of the lineup through Christmas. The diagnosis may actually be a relief to some Chiefs fans as speculation from those who attended the game focused on Coleman's knees.
The matter of Brady Greco does not have any such silver lining. The second year pro defenseman was arrested last Sunday and charged with several crimes after fleeing the scene of an autmobile accident. Greco, it turns out, did not have a license nor did he have any proof of insurance. The incident is not be the first in Greco's career as he also was charged with a DUI and was rumored to be in an incident in which he assaulted another student that led to his transfer from Michigan Tech after his freshman season in college. Greco is in the final year of his entry level contract and has already had two major shoulder surgeries since turning pro. Reemerging questions with his personal character will only dampen what already looked like a bleak outlook for his re-signing.
Marc Denis stopped 20 of 24 shots for the win. Filip Kuba and Vincent Lecavalier paced the Lightning with 1 goal and 2 assists in the game. Martin St. Louis also chipped in 2 goals with Nikita Alexeev scoring the other Lightning marker. Dan Boyle, Ryan Craig, Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal and Cory Sarich each chipped in a helper in the contest.
The win will keep the Lightning 2 points ahead of Florida, which is pounding Toronto tonight 7-1 and will move the team back to 2 games under .500. Baby steps, I suppose.
Tampa Bay 7:34, Filip Kuba 4 (power play) (Ryan Craig, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 12:54, Martin St. Louis 21 (Vincent Lecavalier, Cory Sarich)
Washington 13:54, Alexander Ovechkin 23 (Brooks Laich, Brian Sutherby)
Tampa Bay 17:15, Vincent Lecavalier 19 (power play) (Filip Kuba, Dan Boyle)
Tampa Bay 1:35, Martin St. Louis 22 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
Washington 8:36, Jamie Heward 3 (power play) (Ben Clymer, Kris Beech)
Tampa Bay 19:18, Nikita Alexeev 10 (Ruslan Fedotenko)
Washington 10:29, Kris Beech 4 (power play) (Alexander Semin, Ben Clymer)
Washington 12:12, Bryan Muir 3 (Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
University of Maine defensemen Mike Lundin was named Hockey East Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week.
Lundin had an assist in Saturday night's 1-1 tie with Mercyhurst. The senior sent a shot through from the point on a powerplay in the second period that forward Billy Ryan tipped past Lakers goalie Jordan Wakefield. Lundin had four total shots in the game.
In 15 games this season, Lundin has 2 goals and 6 assists and a +5 rating.
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