Four point win.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the win. He's been so good over the past couple of weeks. He's helping the Lightning get wins when they're not on top of their game.
TB 14:15, Stamkos 30 (Foster, St. Louis)(PP)
NYI 15:26, Moulson 21 (Gervais)
NYI 9:12, Sim 8 (Weight, Park)
TB 9:37, St. Louis 18 (Stamkos, Downie)
TB 10:13, Lecavalier 15 (Tanguay, Hedman)
TB 11:49, Stamkos 31 (Downie, Lundin)
TB 19:22, Tanguay 9 (Veilleux, Lecavalier)
Martin St. Louis is cold blooded. The Islanders absolutely worked their tails off to earn the 2-1 lead at 9:12 of the second, only to see Marty come down and score the short side goal 25 seconds later. He completely deflated the Isles in less than half a minute. That sort of thing was happening to the Lightning far too often in the first half of the season. It's good to see the Lightning being the victimizers instead of the victims.
This just in: Steven Stamkos is the truth. He doesn't turn 20 until Sunday, and he just staked himself to his first 30 goal season as an NHLer... and then scored number 31 just for emphasis. Can you imagine how good he's going to be at 24-25 years old?
Victor Hedman walked into the Forum -3 for the season. He walked out +1. Not bad.
Sodertalje 3 @ Brynas 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Tie, 24/27, 2.79 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 1-1-1, 0 SO, 2.65 GAA, .908 sv%
Petri Pakaslahti scored a goal for Sodertalje with the goaltender pulled for the sixth attacker and just 1:13 left in regulation to help stake his club to a 3-3 tie with Brynas. 2003 Avalanche 7th rounder Linus Videll had a pair of assists in the game for Sodertalje. There are only eight rounds remaining in the Swedish league's schedule. Sodertalje sits in 11th in the 12 team league and would miss the postseason if the playoffs started today. They are 6 points back of 8th place Frolunda, however, and in the Elitserien a regulation win is worth 3 points.
Moncton Wildcats 6 @ PEI Rocket 1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 11-35-46, +29, 48 PIM
Barberioâ€™s six-game point streak came to an end, though he still has 11 points in his last seven games.
OHL All-Star Game
East 17 vs. West 10
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 3-2-5, +5, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 49 GP, 33-23-56, +32, 45 PIM
This was Hutchingsâ€™ third All-Star Game appearance, and he made the most of it, scoring once in each period and adding two assists. Niagara's Andrew Agozzino had four goals and was named Player of the Game for the East. Hutchingsâ€™ Barrie teammate Alex Pietrangelo was plus-9 in the game with four assists. Likely No.1 overall pick in 2010 Taylor Hall had just one assist for the West.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Vancouver Giants 11
C James Wright, VAN: 1-3-4, +4, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 2 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM
Wright (pictured) set up the Giants' first goal and later scored their 11th goal, adding two more assists in between in an 11-1 Vancouver blowout win over Lethbridge. This was Wrightâ€™s first goal since returning to junior hockey from the NHL.
So close to a signature victory...
Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 29 shots before allowing 2 of 5 shooters to defeat him in the shootout.
NOR Fadden, (2) (Parrish), 12:21
HER Joudrey, (7) (Osala), 18:20
NOR Lashoff, (5) (Hall, Keller), 7:42
HER Joudrey, (8) (McNeill, Pinizzotto), 17:52
HER- Aucoin, Bourque
Tokarski was named the game's third star.
Norfolk held Hershey, which has been routinely blowing teams out and hanging 6-8 goals on them in the process, to just 29 shots and 2 goals through 65 minutes, and came within 2:08 of beating the Bears in regulation. They matched the best team in the league shift for shift and shot for shot, and Head Coach Jim Johnson remains undefeated in regulation with a 6-0-2 mark.
Norfolk, which is 3rd in the East Division, stays 2 points ahead of Adirondack, who lost in a shootout tonight to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. They'll lose 1 point to the Pens who are now also 2 points behind. Both Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton have 2 games in hand on Norfolk. Norfolk also gains 1 point on idle Syracuse (4 points back) and Binghamton (8 points back). Syracuse now holds 1 game in hand and Binghamton holds 5 games in hand.
Norfolk also climbed to within 7 points of 2nd place Albany with the River Rats holding 1 game in hand. If Norfolk were to climb all the way into 2nd in the division, they could avoid a first round matchup with Hershey. Why not dream big?
In the crossover chase, Norfolk lost 1 point to Hartford, which sits in 5th in the Atlantic Division and is now 4 points back. They gained 1 point on idle 6th place Bridgeport and are now 2 points back of the Sound Tigers with 1 game in hand. If Norfolk finishes in 4th place in the East Division, they must finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic Division to still make the playoffs.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Chelyabinsk 2 @ Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 18/20, 2.00 GAA, .900 sv%
Season totals: 45 GP, 24-18, 6 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Koshechkin got the support of a pair of goals from forward Denis Platonov, a 2001 draft pick of the Nashville Predators.
Kazan 4 @ Astana 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM
Kazionov missed his second game in a row for Kazan. Kazan got two helpers from former Rangers prospect Jarkko Immonen in the game.
Nizhnekamsk 1 @ Omsk 2 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 21-16, 4 SO, 2.03 GAA, .916 sv%
Omsk got a goal from former NHLer Timofei Shishkanov in the match.
Dynamo Riga 3 @ Chekhov 1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM
Marcel Hossa scored his 32nd goal of the season in the match for Riga.