What a finish. What a finish.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 of 25 shots faced for the win. Dan Boyle had a pair of goals for the Lightning including the tying goal with the extra attacker with 21 seconds left that was a point shot which deflected off of two Thrashers and in to force overtime. Martin St. Louis had 1 goal and 1 assist with his overtime winning goal coming off some incredible work in the corner by Vaclav Prospal who, along with Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba, Ryan Craig and Cory Sarich, had individual helpers in the game. The overtime win moves the Lightning within five points of the division leader with games in hand on both Atlanta and Carolina.
Atlanta 2:37, Jason Krog 1 (Glen Metropolit, Jim Slater)
Atlanta 2:36, Steve Rucchin 5 (Shane Hnidy, Jon Sim)
Tampa Bay 8:43, Dan Boyle 3 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
Tampa Bay 19:39, Dan Boyle 4 (power play) (Ryan Craig, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 2:25, Martin St. Louis 14 (Vaclav Prospal, Cory Sarich)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 32 shots faced including a third period in which he weathered the Falcons being outshot 14-3 by stopping all shots he faced. He now improves to 8-3-0 this year with a 2.89 GAA and .911 save percentage with 1 shutout. John Adams led the way for the Falcons with 1 goal and 2 assists. Veteran Daniel Corso had 1 goal and 1 assist as well. Marek Kvapil and Eric Healey had 2 helpers in the game. Stanislav Lascek and Adam Henrich, a pair of recalls from Johnstown who are settling in nicely in Springfield, had the other Springfield goals. Andy Delmore had an individual assist. With the win, the Falcons are now over .500 for the first time this year since their opening night win over Hartford. Adams, Ramo and Corso were the three stars of the game.
SPR Henrich, (1) (Kvapil, Adams), 4:21
SPR Corso, (4) (Adams, Healey), 5:39 (PP)
SPR Lascek, (2) (Delmore, Kvapil), 10:36
SPR Adams, (1) (Healey, Corso), 13:56 (PP)
WOR Cavanagh, (3) (Gorges, Stafford), 17:38 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
I'm amazed at how well Johnatown has played with Spina and Lascek getting called up.
Gerald Coleman stopped 38 of 43 for the victory as the Chiefs were outshot 43-27. Rookie Maxime Boisclair led the way for Johnstown with a hat trick and a pair of assists. Veteran Randy Rowe chipped in 4 assists. Andre Deveaux had 1 goal and 2 assists. Radek Smolenak and PJ Atherton each had 1 goal and 1 assist as well. Doug Andress also had a goal for the Chiefs. Zbynek Hrdel and rookie Gus Katsuras had individual assists in the game. Boisclair, Rowe and Deveaux were named the game's three stars.
JHN Andress, (5) (Rowe, Boisclair), 3:24 (PP)
REA Hogeboom, (7) (MacMillan), 10:07
JHN Smolenak, (5) (Hrdel), 11:49
JHN Deveaux, (2) (Boisclair, Rowe), 13:26
JHN Boisclair, (6) (Atherton, Deveaux), 19:00
JHN Boisclair, (7) (Rowe, Deveaux), 13:19
JHN Atherton, (1) (Smolenak, Katsuras), 16:07 (PP)
REA Becker, (4) (Mihaly, Bala), 19:41 (PP)
REA Mihaly, (13) (Collymore, Zappala), 11:01
JHN Boisclair, (8) (Rowe), 16:11
REA Christiansen, (1) (Lukacevic, Mihaly), 19:08
REA Bala, (3) (Hogeboom, Lukacevic), 19:35
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
In the first game between the OHL and a select touring team of Russian juniors in the CHL-Russia Challenge, Chris Lawrence had an assist tonight as the OHL won 5-0. Denis Kazionov is a member of Russia's entrant in the tour.
Dimitri Kazionov snapped a long scoreless streak tallying a goal and adding an assist in Kazan's 5-2 win over Chekhov. Kazionov still leads all Lightning Russian prospects in scoring with 7 goals and 14 points in 26 games.
Evgeny Artyukhin and Yaroslavl were shutout by Ufa 1-0. Artyukhin's 137 penalty minutes in 24 games is tops in the Superleague.