Would have really been nice to hold onto this one in regulation and deny Pittsburgh the point.
Johan Holmqvist was outstanding in stopping 20 of 22 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 3 of 3 penalty shots in the shootout. Ryan Craig led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist and the Lightning got their other goal from The Real Secret Weapon, Nick Tarnasky. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards all had assists. St. Louis also scored the game winning shootout goal on an unorthodox move going sideways in the slot and potting a backhand 5-hole on M.A. Fleury.
Really a strange game that the Lightning could've buried the Pens in regulation in were it not for M.A. Fleury. You know it's a strange night when Lecavalier gets stoned on two breakaways and a shootout attempt but Tarnasky can pot a nice goal on a good high shot from the middle of the slot. The Lightning move to 1 game under .500 and to within 2 points of 8th in the conference.
Tampa Bay 7:09, Ryan Craig 10 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Pittsburgh 19:55, Sidney Crosby 20 (Mark Recchi)
Tampa Bay 14:04, Nick Tarnasky 2 (Ryan Craig, Brad Richards)
Pittsburgh 17:27, Mark Recchi 10 (power play) (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin)
Tampa Bay- Martin St. Louis
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 4-1 win over Yaroslavl. Evgeny Artyukhin did not play.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 4-3 win over Salavat Yulayev.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 2-1 win over Khabarovsk.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 5-2 win over Ufa.
7-2 seems like a popular score.
Needless to say, no minor pro player is getting Prospect of the Week after this weekend.
SC Schwabe, (10) (MacLean, Reid), 4:48
SC Szabo, (7) (Dovgan, Chaput), 7:45
SC Szabo, (8) (MacLean, Reid), 17:46
JHN Przepiorka, (5) (Desrochers, MacLean), 5:38
SC Schwabe, (11) (Reid, Romfo), 6:57
SC McElroy, (4) (Reid, Romfo), 9:31
SC Stefanishion, (7) (Chaput, Szabo), 11:40 (PP)
JHN Deveaux, (6) (Henrich, Martens), 19:01
SC Bernakevitch, (11) (Judy, Schwabe), 19:59 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Bolt Prospects will complete its evaluation process for the Midterm Rankings with this afternoon's game between the Falcons and P-Bruins. Bolt Prospects will be again live blogging the game via the B2 Networks feed. Check this blog post between periods for game notes and observations. Tonight's scartches are Jay Rosehill (healthy), John Adams (healthy), Norm Milley (broken jaw), Justin Keller (high ankle sprain) and Randy Rowe (lower back).
1. PRO- Allen, (Sigalet, Versteeg)
2. PRO- Stastny, (Krejci, Stuart)
3. PRO- Stuart, (Versteeg, Stastny)
4. PRO- Stanstny, (Curry, Packard)
5. PRO- Pelletier, (Trevelyan, Walter)
6. SPR- Healey, (unassisted)
7. PRO- Trevelyan, (Walter, Pelletier)
8. SPR- Corso, (Blatny, Spina)(PP2)\
9. PRO- Sigalet, (Trevelyan, Pelletier)
Mike Lundin scored a powerplay goal in #5 Maine's 5-2 win over UMASS-Lowell. It was Lundin's fourth goal of the season and third on the powerplay. The senior defensemen's point streak now reaches five games, recording two goals and three assists during the span. The Black Bears are now unbeaten in eight straight games.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and -1 in Northern Michigan's 5-3 loss to Ferris State. In 23 games, Collins has two goals and two assists, 14 PIM and a -5 rating.
John Wessbecker was scoreless and +2 in UMASS' 4-2 win over Merrimack. The win snaps a four-game winless streak for the Minutemen. Wessbecker is scoreless through 18 games this season with 10 PIM and a +2 overall rating.