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NHL Game Night: 2-7-13 Lightning at Devils

It was a bad call.

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Anders Lindback allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss. He was victimized statistically by the two 5-on-3's at the end of the game. Lindback is now two decisions away from graduating from prospect status on the site.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
03:28 NJD Henrique (3), (Volchenkov, Elias)
13:19 TB Thompson (2), (St. Louis)

Third Period
15:02 NJD Greene (2), (Clarkson, Elias)(PP)
15:16 NJD Elias (3), (Kovalchuk, Greene)(PP)
17:45 TB Carle (2), (St. Louis, Stamkos)

It's very frustrating to have a very tight game essentially yanked out from under you the way the game tonight was by the referees. The high sticking call late in the game on Adam Hall was flat out wrong on two levels. First, Hall was in the process of trying to shoot the puck away on the PK, and last I checked the follow through when shooting a puck is specifically legislated not to be a high-sticking infraction. Second, and just as importantly, Zajac tripped Hall on the play, causing Hall to spin and fall to the ice as he was making the clearing attempt, with the stick primarily hitting Zajac's visor. Guy Boucher was absolutely right. It was a bad call. Unfortunately expressing that nugget of truth to the refs came with the price tag of the unsportsmanlike minor that made things go from bad to worse.

So the Lightning now meet adversity in the form of a 3-game losing streak smack in the middle of a tough road trip. This is where you'd hope Lindback or Garon could step up and be a streak stopper.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 1 shot in 15:10.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-6-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play
Season totals: 18 GP, 12-19-31, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 12 GP, 9-12-21, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov re-injured his hand in last Friday night’s game and has now missed two games. He missed two weeks earlier this month with the injury.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 0

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 49 GP, 20-47-67, +22, 83 PIM

Paquette (pictured) snapped a two-game scoreless streak with an assist in a shutout win over Chicoutimi. Etienne Marcoux (undrafted) had the shutout for the Armada.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers5 @ Guelph Storm 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 8-44-52, +16, 82 PIM

Richard was back in the lineup after missing Guelph’s last game with the flu. He did not record a point in the Storm’s intra-division loss to the Rangers, 5-2.

Oddset Hockey Games: Day One

Russia 4 vs. Finland 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, SO Win, 27/30, 2.77 GAA, .900 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .900 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 2 of 3 shooters in the penalty shot session to help deliver Russia a 4-3 shootout win over Finland in the first game of the Oddset Hockey Games. Ex-Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala had a helper in defeat for the Finns. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov, the elder brother, had 1 shot on goal and was over 60% on draws in a 4th line role for the Russians. They play Sweden next on Saturday.

NHL Game Night: 2-5-13 Lightning at Flyers

Still trying to figure out how to win a close, tight checking game.

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Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
04:25 PHI Sestito (1), (Voracek, Schenn)

Third Period
09:30 TB Pouliot (3), (Purcell, Pyatt)
11:11 PHI Sestito (2), (Talbot, Fedotenko)

The Lightning have their first losing streak of the season now as they attempt to break the code on how to win a close, tight checking game. My 2 cents: the power play has to be better in games like this.

Cory Conacher had 4 shots and 1 hit in 16:35.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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