That's a bitter, bitter pill to swallow.
The Lightning blow a two goal lead allowing a goal late in the second period and then Daniel Alfredsson's game winning goal with 7 seconds left in regulation. A win would've put the Lightning into a tie for 6th in the conference with New Jersey. How quickly fortunes change.
John Grahame stopped 27 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Evgeny Artyukhin got his 13th assist of the season on a Dimitry Afanasenkov goal.
Ryan Craig played 16:30 of even hockey with 1 shot on goal and 2 hits. Paul Ranger played 14:36 and was +1. Evgeny Artyukhin was +1 in 10:53 of ice time with 1 shot and 2 hits. Nick Tarnasky remained out of the lineup with an injury.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
There were no games scheduled in the CHL last night.
Stanislav Lascek scored his 44th and 45th goals of the season and added an assist as Chicoutimi beat Shawinigan 6-2. Lascek was named first star of the game.
Radek Smolenak had an assist and was even despite Kingston losing big to Ottawa 5-1.
Blair Jones scored his 33rd goal of the season and added an assist in regulation, then scored again in overtime as Moose Jaw topped Saskatoon on the Blades' home rink, 4-3. Jones was named the game's third star.
A five point night will do that for you. Radek Smolenak has been named the OHL Player of the Week after scoring 6 goals and 8 points in 3 games last week including a hat trick in Kingston's victory at Toronto on Sunday. Smolenak has already shattered his rookie OHL totals of 32 goals and 60 points in 67 games potting 42 goals and 82 points in 61 games this season.
Avangard Omsk spanked SKA St. Petersburg 5-1 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best of five series. Nikita Alexeev was a scratch for Omsk.
Anton But was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 5-1 trouncing of Novosibirsk. Loko takes a 2-0 series lead.
Lada Togliatti defeated Moscow Dynamo 4-3 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. Albert Vishnyakov was scratched for Dynamo but Dimitry Kazionov did play and was scoreless. Vasily Koshechkin moved to 2-0 in the playoffs this season.
Khimik MO beat Nizhnekamsk 4-2 to knot their series at 1 game a piece. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless for Khimik in the match.
CSKA returned fire on Cherepovets today crushing them 6-1 to tie their opening round series at a game each. Alexander Polushin dressed, but was scoreless and even in the contest.
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Kingston Frontenacs forward Radek Smolenak is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday March 12 after scoring six goals and eight points in three games last week.
Smolenak started the week with two goals in a 5-4 win over the Mississauga IceDogs on March 8. He added a goal in a 5-2 win over the Barrie Colts on March 10 and was the first star after scoring two goals and three assists in a 6-4 win over the Toronto St. Michael's Majors on March 12. The three-win weekend clinched home ice advantage for the Frontenacs in the first round of the OHL playoffs.