Huet was just the better goaltender tonight.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the loss. Vaclav Prospal had the lone Lightning goal off assists from Cory Sarich and Brad Richards. The game's back breaking moment came when, on a Montreal power play with the Lightning down 2-1, two Canadiens collided in the Montreal zone allowing Brad Richards to walk in on a short handed breakaway which he failed to convert. Moments later Guillaume Latendresse nailed the coffin shut for the Lightning with a quick shot off a toe drag move on the left wing.
Certainly no need to panic. The Lightning outshot and outchanced the Canadiens throughout the game. There will always be a handful of nights throughout the season when the other team's netminder stands on his head. This was one of those.
Montreal 2:35, Sheldon Souray 7 (power play) (Saku Koivu, Mark Streit)
Tampa Bay 7:22, Vaclav Prospal 3 (Cory Sarich, Brad Richards)
Montreal 15:12, Sheldon Souray 8 (power play) (Andrei Markov, Michael Ryder)
Montreal 9:24, Guillaume Latendresse 4 (power play) (Sergei Samsonov, Alexei Kovalev)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Losing Lascek to callup is going to really hurt the Chiefs.
Morgan Cey stopped 39 of 43 shots faced in the loss. The Chiefs entered the final frame tied 2-2 with Trenton, but were outshot a staggering 21-11 in the final stanza. Adam Henrich, who appears to have responded to his benching, led the way for Johnstown with 1 goal and 2 assists. Rookie Maxime Boisclair had 2 assists. Randy Rowe had 1 goal and 1 assist while rookie Ryan Gibbons added his first professional goal. PJ Atherton had an individual helper in the game, the 11th point in 13 games. On paper, the Chiefs appear to have the pieces to be a much better club with several player at or around a point a game and two solid, esperienced pro goaltenders, but to this point Coach Anzalone's group just hasn't been able to put it all together.
JHN Rowe, (6) (Henrich, Boisclair), 4:29
TREN Riddle, (4) (Tormey, Miller), 9:16
JHN Henrich, (3) (Rowe, Boisclair), 10:47
TREN Miller, (1) (Henkel, Haggett), 5:18
TREN Mondou, (3) (Riddle, Haggett), 9:52 (PP)
TREN Pandolfo, (6) , 14:00
JHN Gibbons, (1) (Atherton, Henrich), 18:40
Johnstown now slips to 5-7-1 on the year. Randy Rowe was named first star of the game.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Karri Ramo is only just barely 20 years old and he's already this good. Wrap your mind around that.
Ramo stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in regulation/overtime before stopping 4 of 5 penalty shots to lift Springfield to a 3-2 shootout victory. Ramo improves to 5-3-0 this season and has won 3 of his last 4 starts. The Falcons were outshot 39-24, but Ramo made up the difference.
Justin Keller and Andy Delmore had the Falcons' goals. Daniel Corso, Matt Smaby and, yes, Ramo himself had assists. Corso and David Spina were Springfield's two scorers in the shootout. Ramo was named first star and Delmore third star of the game.
SPR Keller, (5) (Corso, Smaby), 16:52
HER Hendricks, (6) (Arsene), 9:14
HER Giroux, (7) (Hendricks, Fehr), 13:43
SPR Delmore, (4) (Ramo), 16:05
With tonight's win, Springfield moves to a game under .500 for the fourth time this season. Springfield faces the Toronto Marlies on Friday night at home with the opportunity to get back to .500 for the first time since the second game of the season.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Despite facing scrutiny from the IIHF for a knee to knee hit which led to his ejection from the Karjala Cup, Evgeny Artyukhin was in the lineup today in Yaroslavl's 5-3 win over Khaborovsk. Artyukhin was scoreless in the match.
Vasily Koshechkin fell to 8-5-3 as he was chased today in Togliatti's 6-4 loss to Omsk.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 3-2 loss to CSKA.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 5-3 win over Chekhov.
Alexei Glukhov scored his first goal of the season as Cherepovets beat Novosibirsk 5-3.
Falcons Recall Spina, Adams, and Lascek
Deveaux, Greco Demoted
Aulin Released from PTO
(Springfield Falcons Release)
The Springfield Falcons announced today that forwards David Spina, Stanislav Lascek, and defenseman John Adams have been recalled from their ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs. All three players are expected to join the Falcons for their game Wednesday when they host the Hershey Bears at the MassMutual Center.
Lascek currently leads the Chiefs in scoring with five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 10 games. Lascek, who attended Falcons training camp this year, is also tied for the Johnstown lead in assists. The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Martin, Slovakia is in his first season of professional hockey after leading Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in scoring last year with 47 goals and 88 assists for 135 points in 64 games.