Thin Lightning defensive corps gets thinned out even more.
Mike Smith allowed 7 goals on 35 shots in the loss.
03:58 WSH Collins (1), (Ovechkin, Morrisonn)
08:02 WSH Steckel (5), (Bradley, Jurcina)
18:29 WSH Green (9), (Ovechkin, Backstrom)
00:58 TB Lecavalier (15), (Prospal, St. Louis)
02:37 TB Malone (9), (Halpern)
02:48 WSH Bradley (4), (Gordon)
19:44 TB Lecavalier (16), (Prospal, St. Louis)
08:07 WSH Gordon (5), (unassisted)
12:22 TB Recchi (9), (St. Louis, Meszaros)
12:47 WSH Clark (1), (Nylander, Green)
18:14 WSH Ovechkin (26), (Backstrom)
Paul Ranger and Lukas Krajicek were already scratches when Jamie Heward got sent to the hospital in the third period with a concussion. It left the Lightning with an incredibly short bench at the end of the game, with the coaching staff not having much confidence in recall Vladimir Mihalik.
Matt Smaby was -2 with 1 shot, 6 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 21:22. He has 13 hits in his last two games. That's something, although he was also on the ice for five Capitals goals (albeit, he was saddled with Eminger as a pairing partner).
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 15:13.
Vladimir Mihalik had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 13:22. He saw precious little ice though after Heward went down, which is telling.
Steven Stamkos was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit and he was 50% on draws in 12:20.
I think you ball this one up and forget about it, considering all the injuries and other odd circumstances. The good news is: Lecavalier and St. Louis woke up.
New Year's Eve results from the USHL, QMJHL, OHL, and WHL.
Tough loss. Close game.
Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the loss.
NOR Gratton, (1) (Wishart, Jones), 5:01
POR Mancari, (13) (Darche, Zagrapan), 14:09 (PP)
POR Campbell, (1) (Fretter, Baier), 17:56
McKenna was named the game's third star.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
A little Christmas vacation delay... three days worth of CHL scores.
Team Canada Notes:
Canada has named Dustin Tokarski starter for tonight's game vs. the USA (NHL Network - 7 PM EST). Here's hoping that NHL contract doesn't prove to be a distraction for him (and judging from his demeanor throughout his young career, it won't), but it's a great sign that Pat Quinn trusts him for Canada's first big test.