God I love beating the Florida Panthers.
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 37 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping all three shooters for the big shootout victory. Ramo has helped his club claim 5 of the last 6 available points, all in road games. The young man is staking his claim to be Mike Smith's backup next season. We're watching a boy becoming a man under some very tough circumstances.
15:49 FLA Frolik (18), (Booth)
17:11 FLA Booth (25), (Stillman, Weiss)(PP)
18:21 TB Murphy (5), (St. Louis, Stamkos)(PP)
05:35 FLA Booth (26), (Weiss, Frolik)
13:42 TB St. Louis (26), (Krajicek, Petiot)
16:30 TB Halpern (5), (Petiot, Prospal)
Noah Welch was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 10:19.
Matt Smaby was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 25:36. Whereas Ramo is growing up before our eyes, I dare not call Smaby anything less than a grown-ass man out there right now.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:01. He was also 36% on 11 draws.
Martins Karsums had 5 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:28. There's something Ryan Johnson-esque about the way he racks up hit totals despite being physically ineffective.
Richard Petiot had 2 assists and was +2 with 5 hits and 2 blocked shots in 21:36. He skates like a horse, but somehow he manages to get the job done. He's completely outshined Noah Welch so far, which I doubt anybody saw coming when the two overage prospects were acquired at the deadline.