KalPa 2 vs. HPK 0
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 3-3-6, E, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was -1 in 12:02 of ice time in HPK's 2-0 loss to KalPa. Oilers 3rd rounder Samu Perhonen stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout for KalPa.
Zagreb 5 vs. Bratislava 4
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 31/36, 5.08 GAA, .861 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 2.93 GAA, .893 sv%
Ex-Pens 2nd rounder Matt Murley had a pair of goals for Slovan in their 5-4 defeat at the hands of Zagreb.
Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Nizhnekamsk 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 36 GP, 23-5-5, 4 SO, 1.79 GAA, .935 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin again did not dress in Magnitogorsk's 3-1 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Ex-Syracuse Crunch Dan Sexton had a goal for Nizhnekamsk in the victory.
Chelyabinsk 5 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 14-7-21, +3, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:33 of ice time in Yugra's 5-2 loss to Chelyabinsk. Chelyabinsk got 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-Wings farmhand Francis Pare who transferred to Chelyabinsk recently after playing 35 games for Magnitogorsk.
Mytischi 2 vs. Dinamo Minsk 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 1-6-7, +2, 47 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was -1 in 15:16 in Mytischi's 4-2 loss to Minsk. Ex-Blackhawks pick Matt Ellison had 1 goal and 3 points in the win for Minsk.
Canada 5 vs. Slovakia 1
Brayden Point, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +6, 4 PIM
Jets 2nd rounder Nic Petan registered a hat trick to lead Canada to a 5-1 Semifinals victory over Slovakia. Lightning prospect Brayden Point had a minor penalty for hooking in the match. Canada faces Russia in the Gold Medal Match.
Wichita Thunder 2 at Allen Americans 3
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 32 GP, 14-16-30, +3, 37 PIM, 103 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-6-6, -9, 68 PIM, 33 SOG
The Thunder rallied in the 3rd period to draw within a goal, but could not quite net the equalizer, ending the team's modest four-game win streak. Beginning Wednesday, Wichita has a couple of back-to-backs against Quad City and Evansville.
Every win streak starts at one.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 20 shots. He was beaten by the first shot he faced, but settled down, making some underrated saves in the second period. He coasted in the third when the Lightning controlled the majority of play. He's not his pre-injury self yet, but he's getting closer.
0:32 OTT Turris (9), (MacArthur, Ceci)
3:48 TB Hedman (5), (Drouin, Carle)
7:30 OTT Stone (9), (Turris, Karlsson)
16:08 TB Johnson (14), (Kucherov, Stralman)
16:55 TB Stamkos (21), (Killorn, Hedman)
7:58 Johnson (15), (Kucherov, Palat)
Johnson and Kucherov were the game's first and second stars, respectively.
Like in Pittsburgh, the Lightning started slow again, but the game turned out more like the recent Leafs game than Pens when they controlled the second and third periods.
The Lightning were horrific on the power play to start the game, unable to get into Ottawa’s zone without looking like a pee-wee team. It wasn’t until Johnson finished off a slick cross-ice pass from Kucherov late in the second period that they finally broke through on the man advantage. They finished a paltry 1/9, though that’s better than an 0-fer. Ottawa has experienced similar futility lately on the power play; they haven’t scored with the man advantage since December 19. They were 0/3 on Sunday.
Shortly after Johnson’s goal, Stamkos scored a highlight-reel, high-effort marker to hopefully get the monkey off his back. A big difference for him tonight was the presence of Alex Killorn on his line in place of Jonathan Drouin, which opened up some additional space. If this doesn’t get Stamkos going, Jon Cooper may think about putting Callahan back on Stamkos’ line as an investment of sorts in the Lightning’s top asset.
The difference in this game was the Lightning’s pressure in the second and third periods. The Sens played Boston on Saturday and the Lightning had been sitting in Ottawa since the Penguins game on Friday night. By the end of the third period the Lightning were getting extended zone time and Ottawa wasn’t showing much desire to keep playing.
With the win, the Lightning begin their fifth 10-game segment of the season with 2 points. To review, the goal is 12 points per segment, and they already have 4 extra points in the bank from previous segments.
The key now for the Lightning is to turn a single win into a streak. There’s no better place to start than Montreal on Tuesday night in a battle for the top spot in the Atlantic. Both teams have 54 points, with the Habs having two games in hand. This is where the 2004 Lightning took off on their way to the East's No. 1 seed.
Cedric Paquette was even with 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:18. He played a lot with Callahan and Filppula and didn’t look out of place. He’s not thriving like he did when he was first called up, but he’s settling into his checking role nicely.
Jonathan Drouin had 1 assist and was +2 with 3 shots in 12:59. He created a rebound that led to Hedman’s goal and was a Lehner toe save away from scoring on his own in the third period. Though getting fourth-line duty with grinders Morrow and Boyle, Drouin is able to produce better because he’s not up against the opposition’s best shut-down lines and pairs. It’s part of the long learning process. You can't say Cooper didn't give him a chance up top.
Nikita Nesterov was even with 2 PIM, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 13:06. He took a tripping penalty in the first period, but nearly scored after exiting the box and pinching in deep. He was sheltered for a lot of the game, though he continues to show impressive poise and aggressiveness for a rookie. Slotting in over Barberio was an interesting choice by Cooper, though it could be because Nesterov has experience playing the right side and Barberio is much better on the left than right. Both are lefties. Radko Gudas is out for the road trip so I’m curious to see if Nesterov or Barberio get the nod in the important Montreal game. I can’t say enough about how big of a difference there is in Nesterov’s play and on-ice demeanor between last year at this time and now. Kudos to him and the Syracuse staff.
Box score from NHL.com.