Slovakia 0 @ Denmark 6
Vladimir Mihalik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 4 PIM
Denmark scored 6 goals in the first period to shock Slovakia 6-0 in their preliminary round World Championships match. Lightning prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik played 19:07 in the match for the Slovaks while fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik played 20:40.
Canada 12 @ Norway 1
Steve Downie, Canada, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 10 PIM
Steven Stamkos, DNP
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM
Norway had the unfortunate task of playing an annoyed Canadian squad after the Canadians lost in an upset to Switzerland in their previous match, and the results were not pretty. Canada got a hat trick from the Islanders' John Tavares as they dismantled the Norweigians 12-1. Lightning forward Steve Downie had a goal 15:14 of ice time. Star forward Steven Stamkos missed the match while recovering from a concussion.
Finland 2 @ Belarus 0
Kirill Gotovets, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Finland got a pair of second period goals, including a marker by Jarkko Immonen in Finland's 2-0 win over Belarus. Lightning prospect defenseman Kirill Gotovets had 6:43 of ice time and did not see another shift after being on the ice for Finland's second goal.
Sweden 4 @ Latvia 2
Victor Hedman, Sweden, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM
Martins Karsums, Latvia, 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 2 PIM
Latvia got a pair of goals from Lightning prospect forward Martins Karsums, but it wasn't enough as the Baltic republic fell to Sweden 4-2. Karsums played 15:31 in the match and was named Latvia's best player. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman assisted on a first period goal by Oilers first rounder Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and played 17:06 in the match. Lightning prospect forward Johan Harju played played 14:38 and was on the ice for Karsums' second goal in the third period.
Russia 3 @ Belarus 1
Kirill Gotovets, Belarus, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .970 sv%
Team Russia got 1 goal and 1 assist from Sergei Mozyakin in a 3-1 win over Belarus. Belarussian defenseman and Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets gained 12:47 of valuable experience in the loss. Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for Russia.
Kazakhstan 1 @ Slovakia 5
Vladimir Mihalik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM
Slovakia got a pair of goals from Ivan Ciernek in their 5-1 blowout win over Kazakhstan. Lightning prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik played 19:41 in the match while forward prospect Richard Panik played 12:27 in the match for the Slovaks. Ex-Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev played 13:21 in the match but was -3 with 3 shots on goal for Kazakhstan.
Sweden 1 @ Czech Republic 2
Victor Hedman, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Despite a goal from Edmonton Oilers first rounder Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, Sweden fell to the Czech Republic 2-1 today. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played 21:02 in the match. Lightning prospect forward Johan Harju played 14:31 for the Swedes, but was on the ice for a shorthanded goal by Tomas Rolinek that opened the scoring for the Czechs.
Slovakia 1 @ Russia 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 32/33, 1.00 GAA, .970 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .970 sv%
Vladimir Mihalik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Vasily Kosehchkin bested NHL goaltender Peter Budaj in Russia's World Championships opener, helping his club defeat Slovakia 3-1. Ex-NHLer Viktor Kozolov added a late empty net goal to seal the victory. Lightning prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik played 18:23 in the match on Slovakia's third pairing and took a second period minor for cross checking. Lightning forward prospect Richard Panik played 14:54 for Slovakia, splitting time between the fourth and third lines.
Norway 2 @ Sweden 5
Victor Hedman, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Sweden got 1 goal and 2 assists from Edmonton first round Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson on their way to a 5-2 rout of Norway. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played 21:31 for Sweden on their top pairing. Lightning prospect forward Johan Harju played 13:58 in the match for the Swedes on their third line and took a third period minor for high sticking.
This week it was announced Lightning prospect and Norfolk Admiral Richard Panik will represent Slovakia at the 2010 World Hockey Championship being held May 7-23 in Germany, reports the Belleville Bulls, Panik's former OHL team. Panik previously represented Slovakia at the past two World Junior Hockey Championships.
Fellow Lightning prospect and Norfolk Admiral Vladimir Mihalik is also suiting up for Slovakia, who lost 2-0 to Latvia in exhibition play earlier this week. Lightning property Martins Karsums scored for Latvia.
Panik led Slovakia in scoring at the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship with six goals and two assists in six games played. At the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship, Panik recorded two goals and five points in seven games played. He also led Slovakia in scoring at the 2008 World Under 18 Hockey Championship.
Panik was acquired by the Bulls in January in a trade with the Windsor Spitfires. In 27 games played with Belleville, Panik scored 12 times while adding 11 assists and 36 penalty minutes. Following the conclusion of his season with the Bulls, Panik joined the AHLâ€™s Norfolk Admirals where he earned one assist in five games played.
The Martin, Slovakia native was selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lightning representatives at the 2010 World Championships include:
Kirill Gotovets, D, Belarus
Steven Stamkos, C, Canada
Steve Downie, W, Canada
Martins Karsums, W, Latvia
Vasily Koshechkin, G, Russia
Vladimir Mihalik, D, Slovakia
Richard Panik, C/W, Slovakia
Johan Harju, C/W, Sweden
Victor Hedman, D, Sweden
Mike Lundin, D, USA
Players to watch:
Nino Neiderreiter, W, Switzerland: A strong possibility for the Lightning at No.6 in this summer's NHL draft.
Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev, W, Kazakhstan: Rumors have linked the 26 year-old to the Lightning. Could be a free agent signing.
Former Lightning draft picks in the tournament:
Heeeeeyyyyyy there goes a snowman!
Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 32 shots, but bathed in the clear, cool waters of rejuvenating goal support for the win.
ADK Holmstrom, (1) (Marshall, Pyorala), 3:46
NOR Craig, (21) (Hall, Fornataro), 8:45 (PP)
NOR Tyrell, (7) (Craig, Hall), 14:22
ADK Ross, (10) (Pyorala, Bourdon), 0:14
NOR Hall, (14) (Lashoff, Craig), 5:36
NOR Keller, (14) (Mihalik, Tarkir), 8:57
ADK Nodl, (10) , 9:54
NOR Keller, (15) (Lawrence, Jones), 13:29
NOR Ashton, (1) (Panik, Marks), 2:36
ADK Kalinski, (9) (Bellamy, Bodrov), 5:27
NOR Fadden, (6) (Fornataro), 6:39
NOR Tyrell, (8) (Jackson, Hall), 9:22
Norfolk got the benefit of facing two extremely inexperience netminders, Teslak (13 games of AHL experience coming into the night) and Mayotte (8 games of AHL experience entering the night), and absolutely punished them for daring them to step off the bus all game long. Norfolk gets Adirondack again tomorrow night, and I know it's hard to beat a team twice on back-to-back nights, but both of those young netminders have to be shell shocked.
Congratulations to Tyrell on the first multi-goal game of his professional career. Some folks may look at his numbers for the season and draw the conclusion he's had a pedestrian rookie season (8 goals and 31 points in 64 games). But, it should be pointed out that since 2-12-10 the speedy forward has posted 6 goals and 20 points in 17 games. We always expected Tyrell to get off to a slow start while he shook off the rust after knee surgery, and we always thought he'd have a strong second half. But, I don't think we ever believed he'd be this strong. In those 17 games he has 7 multi-point outings, all 2 point affairs, including tonight's game. He's got world class speed and acceleration and world class ethic, and has shown that he has underrated hockey sense in the offensive zone. He's one to watch, for sure.
Congratulations to Carter Ashton on his first professional goal, set up by Richard Panik for his first professional assist. That's a scoresheet combo I'm sure the Lightning would love to see often over the next 5-10 years.
Vladimir Mihalik tied his career high in points (16) with his assist on Justin Keller's first goal.
With the win, Norfolk reaches 76 points, which surpasses their point total of 75 from a season ago. They still sit in 3rd in the East Division and moved to within 8 points of 2nd place Albany with the Admirals holding a game in hand. 4th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stayed just 1 point behind the Admirals with the Pens holding a game in hand by overcoming a 3 goal deficit against Springfield tonight. 5th, 6th, and 7th place Syracuse, Adirondack, and Binghamton are all 10 points back of Norfolk with all three holding 1 game in hand on the Admirals. So, coming down the stretch, this is shaping up into a 3-5 team dogfight between the Admirals, Penguins, and a logjam of about three teams (Manchester, Lowell, and Bridgeport) in the Atlantic that could wind up in 5th place in that division but still make the playoffs because of the crossover rule.
In the crossover, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place in the Atlantic Division are beginning to bunch up. Lowell lost tonight and Manchester lost in a shootout, so they're tied 77 points, 1 point ahead of the Admirals and 2 points ahead of 5th place Bridgeport, which beat Syracuse. So the Ads hold a slim 1 point lead on Bridgeport with the Sound Tigers hanging onto a game in hand, but if you look at the past 10 games as the trend, Bridgeport may climb up to third in the Atlantic and it may be Manchester or Lowell that slips all the way to 5th. 6th place Providence remains alive, 6 points back of the Admirals and 5 back of the Tigers.
So, now, it's a 10 game sprint to the finish line for the Admirals and we'll see if this snowman they just hung on Adirondack gives them a little extra kick in the final 100 meters. Norfolk has 7 games remaining at home and 3 on the road. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has 5 at home and 6 on the road. Ultimately, though, this is coming down to the three head-to-head matchups the Admirals have with the Penguins in the remaining few weeks of the season. Win and they're in. Lose and they'll be scoreboard watching what the Atlantic Division teams do, which is not the position you want to be in.
Box score from TheAHL.com.