Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5 D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-2-2, -8, 40 PIM
Panthers first rounder Erik Gudbranson was scoreless in the game for Kingston. Since returning to juniors, Gudbranson has 1 goal and 7 assists in 15 games, along with a minus-7 rating and 32 penalty minutes.
Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Guelph Storm 3 (OT) D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM
Avalanche first rounder Joey Hishon had 3 assists for the Attack. No word yet on why Schemitsch didn't play.
Belleville Bulls 2 @ Oshawa Generals 1 (OT) C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-11-22, +1, 20 PIM G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-3-1-1, 3.48 GAA, .880 sv%, 1 SO
In the â€œbad newsâ€ department: Zador appears to have definitely lost his starterâ€™s job and Panik hasnâ€™t scored in 8 games (and 1 in his last 10). Kevin Bailie, who started the year as Zadorâ€™s backup, earned Second Star in the loss for the Gens.
Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Regina Pats 4 RW Carter Ashton, REG: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 10-7-17, -8, 34 PIM
The Pats had a 4-2 lead entering the third period, but exited with yet another loss. Seattle scored the gameâ€™s final four goals. On the plus side, Ashton is creeping toward point-per-game status and extended his goal scoring streak to 3 games (4 goals in that time).
Prince George Cougars 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 4 RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 15-10-25, -8, 6 PIM
Connolly was minus-3 for the second straight game. He hasnâ€™t been on the plus-side of even in 8 games, and is -12 over that time.
Florida Everblades 3 @ Greenville Road Warriors 6 C Mitch Fadden: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-11-17, +1, 12 PIM LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (roughing double minor, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-1-4, -5, 8 PIM G Jaroslav Janus: Did not play.
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-2-0-0, 4.43 GAA, .869 sv%, 0 SO
Fadden extended his point streak to 10 games, but the Everblades were doubled-up by the Road Warriors, 6-3. This wasnâ€™t as close as the score appeared as Greenville had a 4-0 early in the third period. Faddenâ€™s goal came on the power play. Florida is 7-6 on the year, 4 points behind Greenville for first in the South Division.
The Lightning's MASH unit finally collapsed in the final eight minutes of the game.
Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 20 shots for the loss. One softie.
08:01 PIT Dupuis (5), Letang (13), Talbot (2)
08:28 PIT Goligoski (4), Rupp (3), Letestu (5)
05:30 TB Stamkos (15), St Louis (12), Purcell (7)(PP)
12:12 PIT Talbot (3), unassisted
16:44 PIT Crosby (11), Dupuis (3)
18:50 PIT Engelland (1), Crosby (13), Kunitz (5)
It's tough to go into a game without three of your best forwards (Gagne, Lecavalier, and Downie) battle to within an eyelash of tying the game at 2-2, and see it disintegrate in the final eight minutes. There's been no shame in the way the Lightning have played the past couple of nights, but psychologically Guy Boucher has his work cut out for him to reinstill their confidence.
Mattias Ritola was -1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:51.
Johan Harju was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:54. He got stronger as the game progressed after looking lost in the first period. He'll be fine with a little more experience under his belt.
Canada West 3 vs. Sweden 2 C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, CW: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, 0 PIM
Canada West is through to the semifinals after getting the winning goal early in the third period to defeat Sweden. Oâ€™Donnell had the primary assist on Westâ€™s second goal, scored on the power play. West will now face top-seeded USA and Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin. Switzerland will play Canada East in the other semifinal.
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Montreal Juniors 5 D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-6-6, +5, 0 PIM
Montreal had a 4-1 lead early in the third period and coasted to a Thursday night win.
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Peterborough Petes 2 (OT) D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP, 0-2-2, -8, 38 PIM
Beukeboomâ€™s two game point streak came to an end. The Lightning 2010 second rounder was on the ice for both Petes goals. Beukeboom will play for Team OHL in the Canada-Russia Subway Super Seriesâ€™ fourth game. In Game 3, OHL defeated Russia 4-0 last night. Russia beat the Q twice before moving to the OHL portion of their schedule.
Florida Everblades 4 @ Greenville Road Warriors 5 C Mitch Fadden: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-11-16, -1, 12 PIM LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-1-4, -5, 4 PIM G Jaroslav Janus: 8 saves on 12 shots, pulled in
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-2-0-0, 4.43 GAA, .869 sv%, 0 SO
Fadden extended his point streak to 9 games. Janus was pulled after allowing four goals in the first period. The Everblades mounted a furious comeback, scoring twice in the third period, including Faddenâ€™s fifth of the season, but they couldnâ€™t get the game tying goal.
The Lightning played a lot better than the score indicates.
Dan Ellis allowed 5 goals on 25 shots for the loss. I didn't think he played as poorly as his stat line indicates, either.
09:27 TB Purcell (2), Bergenheim (4), Thompson (4)
02:21 WSH Poti (1), Semin (8), Backstrom (11)
07:51 WSH Knuble (3), Laich (7), Fleischmann (4)
02:43 TB Malone (2), St Louis (10), Stamkos (12)(PP)
04:33 WSH Semin (10), Backstrom (12), Ovechkin (13)(PP)
10:46 WSH Semin (11), Backstrom (13), Ovechkin (14)
12:43 TB Stamkos (14), Moore (2), St Louis (11)
15:08 WSH Ovechkin (9), Semin (9), Schultz (4)
19:44 WSH Semin (12), Backstrom (14), Carlson (7)(EN)
It's tough. They outshot the Caps 41-26 in the game and were about even, I imagine, in chances. Their guys beared down on their chances. The Lightning didn't. This could've been a 6-3 game in favor of the Lightning pretty easily if they got the bounces. I'll take the effort the Lightning gave tonight on most nights. The big drama now, though, is what the fallout will be from Vincent Lecavalier not touching the ice in the third period. Injured? Benched? We shall see.
UPDATE: Lecavalier broke his right hand and is out indefinitely.
Mattias Ritola was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:20.
Dana Tyrell was -2 in 11:14 with 1 shot. He seemed off tonight.
Russia 1 @ Finland 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, SO, 25/25, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA. 1.000 sv%
Ex-Lightning first rounder Alexander Svitov scored with 2:10 left in regulation and Vasily Koshechkin made 25 saves to lift Russia to a 1-0 win over Finland in Day One of the Karjala Cup. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo sat backup in the match for the Finns.
In the tournament's other match, Sweden edged Czech Republic 4-3 on the strength of three third period goals. Recent Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper in the match for Sweden.
Sweden 1 vs. USA 5 C Jimmy Mullin, USA: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 4-0-4, 0 PIM
Mullin scored his tournament-leading fourth goal early in the first period, and the Americans scored three more in the second before Sweden found the scoresheet as USA easily disposed of the Swedes 5-1 in Penticton, B.C. USA is looking for its third-straight gold medal. They stand alone at the top of the standings with six points after two games and along with Switzerland will get a bye to the semifinals.
Canada West 4 vs. Russia 2 C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, CW: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Canada West had a 2-0 lead midway through the game, but that quickly vanished by the end of the second period. Tied at 2 entering the third, Canada scored twice in the final frame to take the win. They will play Sweden on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Oshawa Generals 4 @ Belleville Bulls 0 G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7-3-1-1, 3.48 GAA, .880 sv%, 1 SO C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-11-22, +1, 25 PIM
Belleville only managed 16 shots against Zadorâ€™s (former?) backup Kevin Bailie, who was getting his second straight start. The Bulls have been searching for offense as a whole all season.
Portland Winterhawks 5 @ Regina Pats 4 (OT) RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 8-7-15, -8, 34 PIM
This was a good showing for the Pats against the leagueâ€™s top team. Portland needed a late goal to force overtime. Blue Jackets first round pick Ryan Johansen had a goal for Portland, his eighth of the year, and Islanders first rounder Nino Niederreiter went without a point against Regina. After a slow start, Ashton has 12 points in his last 10 games, including goals in his last two.