"Oh no. We suck again!"
Karri Ramo stopped 15 of 17 for the loss before giving way to Jonathan Boutin who fared no better stopping 11 of 13. Right about this time last year the Falcons plummeted from playoff contention deep into the division basement. The team has now fallen to just 1 game over .500 and desperately needs to stop the bleeding tomorrow night at Worcester. The Falcons seem to have reached a fork in the road this season. We'll see what path they choose as a team.
ALB Dwyer, (7) (McCormick, Flood), 13:45
ALB McCormick, (1) (Guite), 5:44
ALB Boychuk, (1) (Estrada, Peters), 11:32
ALB Finger, (2) , 3:00
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
You have got to be kidding. The Chiefs were outshot 40-15.
Gerald Coleman probably deserves a medal for stopping 37 of 40 shots faced in the game. Andrew Martens scored the lone Chiefs goal off assists from Maxime Boisclair and Adam Henrich. 40-15? Mercy. Whatever the team meal was, never have it again.
DAY Maiser, (4) (Cullen), 17:27 (SH)
DAY Ford, (3) (Cullen, Labenski), 1:11 (PP)
JHN Martens, (1) (Henrich, Boisclair), 12:53
DAY Walton, (3) , 14:19
It should be noted, the game marked the return of defenseman Brady Greco who had missed the first 2+ months of the season and Lightning camp with shoulder surgery. Greco was even with 2 penalty minutes in tonight's game.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Vasily Koshechkin ran his season record to 11-6-3 as Togliatti defeated Chelyabinsk 2-1.
Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist in Yaroslavl's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk.
Anton But had an assist in garbage time as SKA was pasted by Omsk 6-2.
Both Kazionovs were scoreless in Kazan's 6-5 overtime win against Tver. Denis was a scratch for KHK.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless as Dynamo fell to Nizhnekamsk 4-2.
Lightning Superleague Prospect Statistics Through 12/8:
Dimitri Kazionov, Kazan (RUS), 32 GP, 8-8-16, 16 PIM, +13*
Anton But, St. Petersburg (RUS), 31 GP, 7-8-15, 49 PIM, -2
Albert Vishnyakov, Dynamo (RUS), 23 GP, 6-5-11, 28 PIM, +3
Evgeny Artyukhin, Yaroslavl (RUS), 30 GP, 2-7-9, 141 PIM**, -3
Alexei Glukhov, Cherepovets (RUS), 30 GP, 1-7-8, 52 PIM, -2
Denis Kazionov, Tver (RUS), 21 GP, 0-0-0, 8 PIM, -4
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti (RUS), 22 GP, 11-6-3, 2 SO, 2.30 GAA
* Dimitri Kazionov is currently tied for 5th in the Superleague in +/-.
** Evgeny Artyukhin is currently second in the Superleague in PIMs.
Kevin Beech stopped 47 of 49 (not typos) shots faced tonight and was the first star of the game in Sudbury's 6-2 win at Windsor. Beech is now 11-11-1-2 this year with 1 shutout, a 3.25 GAA and a .894 save percentage.
What did frosty the snowman do? Thumpety thump thump on the Thrashers?
Marc Denis stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout. Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis went absolutely crazy on Atlanta to earn the first and second stars of the game. Lecavalier started the game with the first three goals for the hat trick and then decided sharing is fun in the holiday season and added 2 assists. St. Louis had 4 assists before capping his own 5 point scoring spree by finishing a Lecavalier pass on a 2-on-1 shorthanded to make the game 7-0. Dan Boyle added 1 goal and 1 assist as did Brad Richards. Nikita Alexeev and Ruslan Fedotenko also had goals with individual helpers going to Perrin, Kuba, Prospal, Craig and Janik.
Every once in a while there's that one perfect night where everything comes together, and tonight was that night against a national media darling that just so happens to be the team I dispise almost as much as the Florida Panthers (maybe even more these days). Not only did Lecavalier and St. Louis continue their torrid season scoring paces that should have them earning All-Star honors and possibly MVP candidates (if the Lightning can right their ship) but Marc Denis got his first win in, well, forever and did so in shutout fashion. Hopefully, the train is now back on the tracks and ready to roll. Old ex-Panther dirt bag Scott Mellanby getting stuck with a -5 doesn't hurt my feelings either.
Here's the really fun part:
Tampa Bay 19:32, Vincent Lecavalier 15 (Eric Perrin, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 6:28, Vincent Lecavalier 16 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 12:14, Vincent Lecavalier 17 (Filip Kuba, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 12:48, Nikita Alexeev 8 (Brad Richards, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 14:58, Brad Richards 10 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Game sheet from NHL.com.