The Lightning were hosed.
Marc Denis allowed 6 goals on 33 shots for the overtime loss. Denis is now 4-0-1 when the Lightning provide him 3 or more goals of support. Vincent Lecavalier led the Lightning attack with 4 assists and Martin St. Louis had 1 goal and 1 assist. Individual goals went to Afanasenkov, Alexeev, Fedotenko and Richards and individual assists went to Kuba, Prospal and Ranger.
If you ever needed proof the league office in Toronto favors their big market, northeastern traditional teams over their small market, southern expansion cousins, witness Zdeno Chara clearly knocking in the game tying goal with a high stick and after a full 10 minutes of review Toronto still blew the call. And, to add insult to injury, Filip Kuba was given a cross check to give Boston a 5-on-3 which they cashed in on in overtime to take the second point. Kudos to the otherwise attrocious Lightning penalty kill for managing to get out of regulation with a point despite being down two men. I won't sit here and say the Lightning played well (they didn't) in this game, but I do know the NHL robbed the team of a point tonight.
Boston 4:08, Marc Savard 3 (P.J. Axelsson, Glen Murray)
Tampa Bay 12:13, Ruslan Fedotenko 6 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 7:15, Brad Richards 3 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
Boston 9:08, Marc Savard 4 (Glen Murray, Nathan Dempsey)
Boston 11:03, Phil Kessel 3 (Shean Donovan, Wayne Primeau)
Tampa Bay 11:13, Nikita Alexeev 5 (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 15:38, Martin St. Louis 10 (Vincent Lecavalier, Paul Ranger)
Boston 17:47, P.J. Axelsson 4 (power play) (Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron)
Tampa Bay 18:14, Dmitry Afanasenkov 2 (unassisted)
Boston 19:13, Zdeno Chara 3 (power play) (Marc Savard, Paul Mara)
Boston 0:17, Glen Murray 6 (power play) (Paul Mara, Marc Savard)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
This team's not perfect, but it's skilled and it has some goaltending, and if you've got those elements you have a chance.
Johnstown got a very solid night from Gerald Coleman who stopped 35 of 37 shots faced for the win. The Chiefs were outshot 37-26 but still poured it on to move to .500 at 4-4-0 for the year. PJ Atherton paced the team with 3 power play assists while Gus Katsuras and Stanislav Lascek both poured in 1 goal and 1 assist each. Veteran Randy Rowe had 2 assists and newcomer David Spina, rookie Maxime Boisclair, and big Adam Henrich each had goals. Zbynek Hrdel and Andrew Martens each had individual assists.
Coleman, Atherton and Rowe were the game's three stars.
Lascek leads all ECHL rookies with 11 points in 7 games and is tied for sixth in the league in scoring. Atherton has 8 assists in 8 games and is first among all rookie defensemen in scoring and forth among all ECHL defensemen in scoring overall. I smell recalls, and for Atherton, sooner or later I smell Lightning contract.
WHE Collins, (4) (McLean, Cameron), 0:32
JHN Katsuras, (2) (Hrdel), 1:02
JHN Spina, (3) (Lascek, Atherton), 11:31 (PP)
JHN Lascek, (2) (Atherton, Katsuras), 8:10 (PP)
WHE McLean, (4) (Collins, Jensen), 15:25 (PP)
JHN Boisclair, (3) (Rowe, Martens), 11:47
JHN Henrich, (1) (Atherton, Rowe), 14:37 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Maybe the best game of the year for the Falcons?
Sean Burke stopped 21 of 23 shots faced for the win to move to 2-3-0 on the year. The Falcons outshot Worcester 37-23 in the game. The birds were led by a pair of goals by recent PTO recall and long time Johnstown Chief Jean Desrochers and Doug O'Brien who had a two helpers in the game. Desrochers' talleys were the first two AHL goals of his career. Veteran Norm Milley scored the game winning goal and Zdenek Blatny, Marek Kvapil and Eric Healey had individual assists.
Desrochers and Milley were the game's first and second stars, respectively.
The Falcons are now 4-6-0 on the year with an opportunity to have a winning weekend if they can defeat the Lowell Devils in Lowell tomorrow, which is a tall order considering how badly the Devils outplayed the Falcons the last time the two teams met.
WOR Darche, (12) (Stevenson, Pavelski), 5:12
SPR Desrochers, (1) (Blatny, O'Brien), 17:48
WOR Stevenson, (2) , 19:21 (SH)
SPR Desrochers, (2) (Kvapil, Healey), 7:34
SPR Milley, (5) (O'Brien), 19:06 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Mike Lundin's second period PPG was proven the game winner as the undefeated #1 Maine Black Bears beat Merrimack 4-1. It was Lundin's second goal of the season, his previous was also on the PP. Maine is 7-0-0 for the season and 2-0-0 in the HEAST.
Sophomore defensemen, John Wessbecker was even with 2 shots in Massachusetts' 4-1 win over Providence. Wessbecker has played in 4 of the Minutemen's 5 games this season. He has no points, is -2 with 2 PIM.
Senior Dusty Collins was even in Northern Michigan's 5-1 loss to #4 Miami. The Wildcats fell to 4-4-1 overall and 1-2-0 in the CCHA. In 9 GP, Collins has 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points, is -2 and 6 PIM.