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Ellis Sent to Anaheim for McElhinney; Smith on Re-entry Waivers

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Curtis McElhinney from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

McElhinney, 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, has played in 21 games with the Ducks this season, posting a 6-9-1 record with a 3.43 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage. He also has two shutouts. McElhinney has set career-highs this season for games played and wins. He recorded his first career shutout on November 10 against the New York Islanders.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/23/11

QMJHL

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM (hooking), 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 49 GP, 11-27-38, +25, 26 PIM

Montreal scored seven goals for the second game in a row. Landry tied for the team-high in plus/minus at plus-4 Wednesday. His 11th goal of the season gave the Juniors a 2-0 lead in the first.

WHL

Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Prince George Cougars 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 48 GP, 36-22-58, -5, 24 PIM

Portland completed a sweep of the Cougars in their two game series this week, winning 6-5 Wednesday night. Connolly was scoreless in both games. His fellow 2010 first rounders Ryan Johansen (Blue Jackets) and Nino Niederreiter (Islanders) combined for a goal (Johansen) and two assists (El Nino) Wednesday. Prince George is one point up on Kamloops for seventh in the West while Portland is back at No.1 in the conference.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 3-14-17, +24, 131 PIM

Brayden Schenn (Kings) had two goals and five points for First Star honors in a win over his former team. He was also plus-5 on the night, as was his Canadian WJC teammate, Curtis Hamilton (Oilers).

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/22/11

WHL

Everett Silvertips 3 @ Tri-City Americans 2
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Tri-City: 19 GP, 8-16-24, -1, 37 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 24-27-51, -13, 77 PIM

The Ams lost their third in a row Tuesday. Ashton has one assist in his last four games.

Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 36-22-58, -4, 22 PIM

This game featured the players taken at four, five, and six in last summer’s NHL Entry Draft. Ryan Johansen (4, Columbus - pictured) had two goals and was First Star of the game Tuesday. Nino Niederreiter (5, NYI) had an assist and four penalty minutes, and Connolly (6, Tampa Bay) did not find the scoresheet. For the season, Johansen has 32-36-68 in 50 games. El Nino has 27-21-48 in 42 games after starting the year with the Islanders.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/21/11

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Guelph Storm 10
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

Guelph has 18 goals in their last two games – both without scoring sensation Richard Panik. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom did not play for the Soo. He remains out with a concussion. Panik is trying to get over a sprained ankle.

WHL

Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Tri-City Americans 1
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 18 GP, 8-16-24, +1, 35 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 24-27-51, -11, 75 PIM

TC started their two-game set with Spokane two points behind the Chiefs for third in the Western Conference and three points behind Portland for first (B.C. Division leader Kelowna is seeded second). The Ams dropped the first game – at home – to the Chiefs 6-2, then were soundly beat Monday 5-1. The loss leaves TC five points behind third place Portland and six behind Spokane, who took over the top spot from the Winterhawks.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/20/11

BCHL

Penticton Vees
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-1-2, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
Final season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM

O’Donnell finished the season second on the Vees in points, goals, and assists, and led in power play points with 18. The Vees (38-17-3-2) will play Quesnel (13-38-3-6) in the first round of the BCHL Interior Conference playoffs.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 50 GP, 7-20-27, +10, 30 PIM

Gatineau outshot the Drakkar 43-18, but had to come from behind to win. They have already clinched a playoff spot and are within one point of Shawinigan for third in the TELUS West Division.

OHL

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 3 (SO)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
With Attack: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Owen Sound scored with a minute left in regulation to send the game to overtime, but the Attack fell in a shootout.

WHL

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (checking from behind, holding)
Season totals: 60 GP, 3-14-17, +22, 131 PIM

Oilers second rounder Tyler Pitlick had two goals and three points to lead the Tigers to a win over the league-leading Blades.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/19/11

BCHL

Quesnel Millionaires 2 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-1-2, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM

O’Donnell has four points (three goals) in his last two games. Both his points Saturday came in the Vees’ four-goal second period.

USHL

Fargo Force 2 @ Tri-City Storm 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-27-42, +21, 20 PIM

Mullin had the primary assist on the Force’s second goal, helping Fargo bounce back from a tough loss to Lincoln Friday night with a shutout win over Tri-City Saturday. Mullin, a USHL all-star, hasn’t scored in seven game and 13 of his last 14. He has 10 assists in those 14 games. He led Fargo with six shots on goal Saturday night.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (checking from behind), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 49 GP, 7-20-27, +10, 30 PIM

Gatineau outshot the Sags 31-18 but lost. Janosik (pictured) is now within two goals of his career high of nine goals set last season.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 48 GP, 10-27-37, +21, 24 PIM

David Rose (undrafted) and Nicolas Chouinard (undrafted) both had two goals for the Juniors.

OHL

Guelph Storm 3 @ Erie Otters 8
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

A snowman sighting in Erie. The Otters were up 8-1 at one point. Panik missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle. There is no timetable for his return.

Note: Owen Sound’s game with Ottawa was postponed due to weather. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, when former Red Wing Kirk Maltby will be recognized.

WHL

Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Tri-City Americans 2
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Darren Kramer)
With Tri-City: 17 GP, 8-16-24, +1, 35 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 24-27-51, -11, 75 PIM

TC came into the game two points behind Spokane for third in the Western Conference and three points behind Portland for first (B.C. Division leader Kelowna is seeded second). With their less-than-stellar home ice showing Saturday and Portland’s win, that hole got a little deeper for TC. The Ams do have two games in hand on Portland and three on Spokane, however.

Everett Silvertips 4 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 36-22-58, -4, 22 PIM

Everett took both games from Prince George in their weekend series. The Tips went up by two goals early and the Cougars played catch-up all night. Prince George is now tied for sixth in the West with Everett, three points up on eighth place Kamloops and seven up on ninth place Chilliwack.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Kootenay Ice 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 59 GP, 3-14-17, +21, 127 PIM

Kings first rounder Brayden Schenn and undrafted forward Jesse Ismond both had two goals for the Blades.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/18/11

BCHL

Prince George Spruce Kings 2 @ Penticton Vees 2
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 2-0-2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 28-42-70, 26 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) scored both his team's goals and hit 70 points for the season after accumulating 61 in 53 games last year with the Winnipeg South Blues of the MJHL. The game ended in a tie Friday. In the BCHL, they play five minutes of 4-on-4 hockey, then another five of 3-on-3 play if no one has scored. If the game is still tied after 10 extra minutes, the contest is finished; there is no shootout. Last season there were only seven ties in 510 BCHL games.

USHL

Fargo Force 1 @ Lincoln Stars 4
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-26-41, +20, 20 PIM

Mullin was named to the USHL All-Star team earlier in the day, though no actual game will take place this year.

QMJHL

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 47 GP, 10-27-37, +21, 24 PIM

Montreal won a battle of division leaders at home over the Remparts. Swedish import player Viktor Hertzberg had a goal and two assists for Montreal. He went undrafted in both 2009 and 2010.

OHL

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Guelph Storm 6
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

Panik missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle. Initial reports said he missed his last game with a knee injury. According to the Guelph Mercury, there is no timetable for his return.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 2 @ Tri-City Americans 6
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 16 GP, 8-15-23, +1, 30 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 24-26-50, -11, 70 PIM

Ashton’s two game goal streak came to an end. Justin Feser, undrafted in 2010, had a hat trick for TC. The Ams outshot the Bruins 51-20.

Everett Silvertips 4 @ Prince George Cougars 1
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 35-21-56, -6, 22 PIM

Prince George fell victim to the “first home game after a long road trip” lull and gave up three third period goals to the Tips in a 4-1 loss. Connolly had his five game goal streak and eight game point streak snapped.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/17/11

QMJHL

Quebec Remparts 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 48 GP, 6-20-26, +9, 28 PIM

A big win for Gatineau over the TELUS East Division-leading Remparts. The Olympiques have clinched a playoff spot and sit in fourth in the TELUS West Division, one point behind Shawinigan.

Montreal Juniors 4 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Charles Landry, MTL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 46 GP, 10-27-37, +22, 24 PIM

Landry’s career high 10th goal of the season was scored on the power play in the first period to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. The Juniors would later fall behind 3-1 before storming back for a 4-3 win. The game winning goal was scored by Jeremy Gouchie (undrafted) with 35 seconds left in the game. Montreal leads the TELUS West Division with 86 points, five more than Drummondville. They have clinched a playoff spot. Only St. John (95) has more points in the Q.

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 3
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
With Attack: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Owen Sound maintained their five point lead in the Western Conference over Saginaw with a win in St. Catherines. They have clinched a playoff spot.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/16/11

BCHL

Westside Warriors 4 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 26-42-68, 26 PIM

O’Donnell’s 26th goal of the season came on the power play.

OHL

London Knights 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: Did not play (injured - concussion)
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-7-8, -11, 54 PIM

Beukeboom has now missed the Soo’s last five games with a concussion.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Erie Otters 6
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Loss, 19 saves on 25 shots
With Attack: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Zador got a second straight start for the Attack after stopping 37 of 38 shots in a close win vs. Plymouth his last game. He did not fare nearly as well as Owen Sound was beaten handily by an inferior Erie squad, 6-2, despite only being outshot 25-24. Zador’s personal five game win streak came to an end.

WHL

Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 58 GP, 3-14-17, +20, 125 PIM

Kings first rounder Brayden Schenn scored his 12th goal in 13 games - a goal that came in overtime Wednesday to thwart a full Tigers comeback and give the Blades a win. Medicine Hat scored twice in the late third to tie the game, including a shorthanded goal with 1:15 to go by California native Emerson Etem. The Ducks first round pick last summer scored twice in the game. He has 32 goals on the year. The Tigers’ Linden Vey, also a Kings pick (4/2009) had three assists in the game to regain the WHL scoring lead with 95 points in 55 games (38 goals).

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/15/11

WHL

Tri-City Americans 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 3 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
With Tri-City: 15 GP, 8-15-23, +1, 30 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 24-26-50, -11, 70 PIM

Ashton scored for the second straight game, but the Americans lost the shootout 2-0 and the game 3-2. He did not participate in the shootout. Ashton, who scored on the power play, has goals in consecutive games after going seven games without a goal. With the goal he matched his point total from his draft year at 50 and is within one point of his career high, set last year with Lethbridge and Regina. His career high for goals in 30, set in his draft year with the Hurricanes.

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 3-13-16, +19, 123 PIM

Saskatoon’s 11 game unbeaten streak came to an end against Brandon. Stars 2009 first round draft pick Scott Glennie had a hat trick for the Wheaties. He has 26 goals and 70 points in 57 games this season. Senators sixth rounder (2010) Mark Stone had six points in the game for Brandon. (TC Americans photo)

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