Is it Richards? Carter? No. Apparently Blair Betts owns the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.
PHI 13:01, Giroux 9 (Richards, Gagne)(PP)
PHI 3:36, Hartnell 10 (Briere, Pronger)
TB 13:05, St. Louis 11 (Stamkos, Downie)
PHI 16:55, Betts 5 (Laperriere, Coburn)
PHI 19:33, Betts 6 (unassisted)(EN)
If Blair Betts played more games against the Lightning, he might be a 30 goal scorer. It's a strange thing to see a Lightning team that put up 6 goals in 4-1/2 periods against Ryan Miller and Martin Brodeur revert back to offensive ineptitude. Of course, when you only get 18 shots on goal, that will happen. Now the Lightning have to go back to New Jersey and try to make a 3-0 lead stand up for 29 minutes. How bizarre.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 10:11.
Blair Jones was -1 with 5 penalty minutes in 10:43.
Victor Hedman was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 22:54. At the intersection of weird and unprecedented, Hedman's 41st game of the season was last night, which I suppose means his graduation date will go down as 1/8/10 on the Bolt Prospects Alumni page. But he got one more night tonight to have the spotlight by virtue of Lou and the Devils not being able to keep on their lights. Congratulations to Victor on becoming an NHLer.
It's time to hit the panic button in Norfolk.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the loss. Coach Rumble decided to go back with Tokarski rather than insert Janus, and although Tokarski allowed Norfolk to fall into a 2-0 hole in the first period, he blanked Syracuse the rest of the way.
SYR Aulin, (11) (Reese, LaVallee-Smotherman), 2:37
SYR Kana, (7) (Bell, MacKenzie), 12:01
NOR Lashoff, (3) (Simek, Krajicek), 0:46
Matt Lashoff was named the third star of the game.
Norfolk outshot Syracuse 39-32 but, as was the case in the third period last night, Kevin Lalande was practically impossible for Norfolk to solve tonight. The loss drops Norfolk into a tie for last place with Syracuse and 5 games under .500. What's really frightening is that the team is now 7-10-0 at The Scope, which typically is one of the hardest arenas for any team in the league to have to go play in. It's more than a little strange for the Admirals to have a better winning percentage on the road than at home.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Spartak Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 3-11-14, -6, 28 PIM
Harju keeps steadily increasing his assist totals over the last month, as he had a helper today in 14:22 of ice time. Harju was also 33% on draws in the game. Former Flyers prospect Stefan Ruzicka scored the shootout winner for Spartak.
The game between Chekhov and Karri Ramo and Omsk that was scheduled for today was postponed.
The Chekhov/Omsk game was suspended due to an ugly string of brawls that led to 19, yes 19, ejections.
Belleville Bulls 1 @ Ottawa 67â€™s 5
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 10-9-19, +11, 23 PIM
With Bulls: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 4 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season Totals: 37 GP, 13-8-21, -4, 37 PIM
With Bulls: 24 GP, 11-7-18, -2, 17 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
Belleville scored the gameâ€™s first goal, then gave up the next five.
Barrie Colts 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 39 GP, 26-23-49, +27, 34 PIM
After a 22-game win streak, Barrie has now lost two of their last four games. Barrie announced the acquisition of Alex Pietrangelo earlier in the day, but he did not play in the game. Pietrangelo was just reassigned to the OHL by the St. Louis Blues after he won Best Defenseman honors at the World Junior Championships.
Brampton Battalion 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Sointu has yet to return to the Wolves lineup after representing Finland at the World Junior Championships.
Peterborough Petes 3 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-13-2-1, 3.54 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 SO
Zador has served as Oshawaâ€™s backup the last two games.
Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season Totals: 38 GP, 16-17-33, -12, 71 PIM
With Regina: 10 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 19 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
It was Jordan Eberle and Colton Teubert Day in Regina, honoring the Pats' two Canadian WJC stars, but despite outshooting the Warriors 37-25, the Pats lost. Eberle was -3 and Teubert -1 with an assist. Ashton, who started the game off the top line, is approaching his career high in penalty minutes (93), set last season in 70 games.