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KHL Game Day: 1-22-13

KHL (Russia):
Astana 2 vs. Bratislava 4
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 26/28, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 24-13-4, 4 SO, 2.09 GAA, .932 sv%

You know you're have a good season as a netminder when allowed 2 goals on 28 shots brings your save percentage down. That's what happened to Jaroslav Janus today in Bratislava's 4-2 win over Astana. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a helper in defeat for Astana in the match. Bratislava gets Cherepovets on Saturday.

Day-After Digest: Game 2 (Islanders 4, Lightning 3)

The Day-After Digest is a new series that will appear regularly after every Lightning game as part game recap, analysis and scouting report.

By Mike Gallimore

The Rundown

The Lightning mounted a furious comeback attempt, scoring three goals in less than six minutes, but ultimately found, not surprisingly, that their four-goal hole early in the third period proved insurmountable. Tampa Bay was outshot 44-26 for the game by New York, which frustrated the Lightning attack throughout much of the first two periods. As Tampa Bay began to press and the team's structure unraveled, the Islanders were able to generate multiple breakaways and odd-man rushes, of which all of New York's goals were the result of.

"We were opening up the game," coach Guy Boucher explained afterward. "We were trying to get the goal, getting impatient."

Martin St. Louis, Benoit Pouliot and Steven Stamkos, scored for the Lightning. It was St. Louis' third goal of the season while Pouliot and Stamkos, the reigning Rocket Richard trophy winner, both notched their first.

Anders Lindback, who made 40 saves in his second start with the team, might want the last two goals he gave up back but it's hard to find fault with his performance on a night where many of the shots he faced were quality scoring chances.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie, who was scratched along with Brendan Mikkelson and Dana Tyrell in Saturday night's season opener in Tampa, made his season debut in place of Marc-Andre Bergeron as Boucher opted for a full complement of forwards instead of dressing seven defensemen. Labrie and B.J. Crombeen both started the game alongside Vincent Lecavalier, who played his 1,000th game. After the initial puck drop, both Labrie and Crombeen dropped their gloves and engaged fellow toughs Joe Finley and Matt Martin, respectively, in simultaneous fights.

"We wanted to bring some emotion to start," Boucher said. "We didn't want to look horrible like we did last year."

Whatever energy the team received from the tactic, it didn't seem to matter much as the Lightning suffered from a familiar case of inconsistency as the game wore on.

ECHL Game Night: 1-20-13

Florida Everblades 2 vs. South Carolina Stingrays 4

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 30 GP, 11-15-26, E, 24 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-9-12, +3, 23 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 18 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: L, 3.08 GAA, 27 S / 30 SA (.900 SV%)
Season totals: 17 GP, 9-6-1, 0 SO, 3.26 GAA, 486 S / 541 SA (.898 SV%)

All good things must come to an end, as the saying goes, and that's precisely what happened Sunday afternoon as South Carolina took a 3-1 lead into and then close out the third period to bring Florida's five-game winning streak to a halt. Though the Everblades edged the Stingrays in shots and opened the scoring with a power play tally, they lost the special teams battle as South Carolina built its lead in the first two periods with three scores while a man up. Landry scored his third goal of the season and second in as many games in the final minute after South Carolina had already tacked on an empty-netter. Alex Hutchings remains with AHL Syracuse. Florida (20-14-7, 47 PTS) now heads home to await Greenville (26-14-4, 56 PTS) for a Saturday evening match that will provide the Everblades a chance to close the gap in the standings between themselves and the current South division leader.

Official Recap | Box Score

NHL Game Day: 1-21-13 Lightning at Islanders

The spirit was willing, but...

TB-3
NYI-4

Anders Lindback (pictured) allowed 4 goals on 44 shots for the loss. The high shot totals against have to be a concern for Guy Boucher early in the season.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
06:50 NYI Grabner (1), (Streit, Nabokov)(PP)
16:23 NYI Martin (1), (Tavares)
17:35 NYI Okposo (1), (Tavares, Moulson)

Third Period
01:31 NYI Ullstrom (1), (Aucoin, Hamonic)
02:22 TB St. Louis (3), (Stamkos, Conacher)
07:25 TB Pouliot (1), (Crombeen, Hall)
08:00 TB Stamkos (1), (Conacher, St. Louis)

Martin St. Louis was the game's third star.

Need we say the obvious? You can't fall behind 4 goals in the Third Period and expect to win. 3 goals should be a death sentence in pro hockey anyways. It's worse when you don't have the conditioning to dig deep in the last 5-10 minutes of a Third Period because of a lockout. Can't do it. They showed a lot of pride to make a game of it, but can't do it.

Keith Aulie was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 14:20.

Pierre Cedric-Labrie had a fight in 4:54. Pretty good stat line.

Cory Conacher had 2 helpers and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, and 1 shot in 16:03.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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