Anton But continues to play well as he notched a goal and an assist tonight as the Lokomotiv steamrolled KHK MVD 6-1.
Meanwhile, despite a great effort by Vasily Koshechkin, Michal Grosek's 3rd period goal was enough for SKA St. Petersburg to defeat Lada Togliatti 1-0. Koshechkin drops to 14-7-3 this year.
In response to last night's injuries to Fredrik Modin and Rob DiMaio, the Lightning have recalled wingers Jim Campbell and Norm Milley from Springfield of the AHL. The domino effect was the recall of left wing Randy Rowe from Johnstown of the ECHL to Springfield.
Finland found a way to win despite being vastly outplayed by rival Sweden to stay alive in the single elimination portion of the World Junior Championships. Despite being outshot 53-24 Finland needed just Teemu Laakso's overtime winning goal to advance. Tuukka Rask got the shutout for the Finns, who now advance to play Team Canada in the WJC semifinals. Lightning prospect Karri Ramo once again served the role of backup.
The Lightning actually found a way to beat a goaltender standing on his head tonight.
Sean Burke was outstanding stopping 35 of 36 faced for the victory. The Lightning outshot the Islanders 43-36 but Garth Snow was equal to the task until Paul Ranger sprung Martin St. Louis for the game winning short handed goal. Ranger was +1 in 13:21 of ice time with 2 blocked shots. Evgeny Artyukhin played well again in 15:11 of ice time with 3 shots on goal. Ryan Craig was scratched in favor of Dimitry Afanasenkov.
Unfortunately, the win came at a price as forwards Fredrik Modin and Rob DiMaio were forced to leave the game with leg and back injuries. It remains to be seen if the situation is serious enough to warrant recalls from Springfield.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
A year ago Joe Pearce was not playing hockey. As a sophomore, Joe Pearce was not asked to return to Boston College to make room for freshman Cory Schneider. The Eagles did not want him. The Lightning, looking to protect the investment of a 2002 5th round pick, asked Pearce to forego his elligibility and turn pro. Pearce listened to neither, and stayed in school in pursuit of his degree. His patience has paid off.
This year, with Schneider scheduled to be Team USA's starter at the World Junior Championships, Boston College knew they needed an experienced netminder to fill the void in his absence. Joe Pearce answered the call. After defeating Ferris State in a 4-3 shootout win on Friday, Pearce defeated Princeton 5-1 on Saturday to help Boston College win the Denver Cup. Pearce himself was named MVP of the tournament posting a 1.92 GAA and .930 save percentage in the two games. Pearce has a year of NCAA elligibility left after this season. With the Lightning in possession of a glut of goaltending prospects, it's uncertain what Pearce's future with the Lightning will be. But for this weekend, Joe Pearce can definitely savor what he patiently waited for last season.