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NHL Game Night 12/19: Lightning at Capitals

Thank goodness.

TB-5
WSH-4

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.

First Period
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)

Second Period
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)

Third Period
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.

Mike Lundin named HEAST Defensive Player of the Week

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.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 12/11-12/17

After being a runner-up several times already this season, this week's winner finally gets the gold...

CHL Game Day: 12/17

Kevin Beech stopped 30 of 32 shots faced today as Sudbury defeated Mississauga 4-2. Chris Lawrence had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in the game for the Ice Dogs.

AHL Game Day 12/17: Falcons at Pirates

What a game.

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POR-5 (SO)

Jonathan Boutin stopped 32 of 36 shots faced in regulation and overtime before allowing 2 goals on 5 attempts to take the shootout loss. Veteran Eric Healey led the way with 2 goals and 2 assists while Daniel Corso had 4 helpers in the contest. Norm Milley had 1 goal and 1 assist and Marek Kvapil scored the game tying goal to send the game into overtime with just 1 second remaining in the third period.

This is the kind of effort the Falcons need out of their veterans in big games, and the team's resiliency was incredible in erasing a two goal third period deficit in a little over 10 minutes. Unfortunately, Springfield now falls 5 points behind Portland for the division lead at 15-13-1 with 31 points. If the season ended today, the Falcons would claim the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference.

First Period
POR Wirtanen, (4) (Bembridge, Wilson), 2:00
POR Parenteau, (11) (Salcido, Konopka), 14:00
SPR Healey, (10) (Corso, Milley), 15:01

Second Period
SPR Healey, (11) (Corso), 10:09

Third Period
POR Parenteau, (12) (Genoway, Salcido), 2:15
POR Moran, (1) (Wilson, Wirtanen), 10:01
SPR Milley, (13) (Healey, Corso), 10:14
SPR Kvapil, (6) (Healey, Corso), 19:59

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SPR- Spina
POR- Genoway, Konopka

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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