Ward makes his Cape Breton debut ... Another goal for Wright ... plus results from several others.
Harvard Crimson 2 vs. Lake Superior Lakers 6
F Alex Killorn , Harvard: 0-0-0, -2, 2PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 13GP, 3-6-9, -4, 26 PIM
Harvard (4-7-2) dropped the first game of the Badger Showdown in Madison, Wis. to Lake Superior (5-8-6) giving up 3 unanswered goals early. The Crimson play Alabama-Huntsville tonight in the consolation game. The Chargers (2-10-1) were shutout by No. 14 Wisconsin 5-0 Saturday night. UAH is coached by former Lightning forward Danton Cole.
Chris Lawrence and Scott Jackson joined the Sea Wolves squad in Charleston, SC tonight after being reassigned from Norfolk earlier today. Not the best of debuts, Lawrence and Jackson on the same 5-on-5 squad were on the ice for the Stingray's first and third goals.
Mississippi 2 @ South Carolina 3
D Scott Jackson: 0-0-0; -2; 2 PIM; 1 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; -2; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
The Lightning are finally starting to establish an identity in the post-Tortorella era.
Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 29 shots in the win.
07:06 TB Stamkos (4), (Smaby, Jokinen)
14:03 TB Artyukhin (3), (Recchi, Jokinen)(PP)
03:09 FLA Booth (13), (unassisted)
04:52 TB Lecavalier (13), (St. Louis, Malone)
16:27 FLA Horton (7), (Stillman, Weiss)(PP)
16:53 FLA Booth (14), (Frolik, McCabe)(PP)
19:54 TB Lecavalier (14), (St. Louis, Malone)
04:42 TB Malone (8), (St. Louis, Ranger)
07:46 TB St. Louis (13), (Lecavalier, Malone)
13:57 FLA Weiss (6), (Booth)
I haven't seen a Lightning team play this physical is about 12.5 years. You can see, it's starting to sink in and become the new identity of this team. Rick Tocchet has found a real nice energy line with Artyukhin, Szczechura, and Pettinger, and he's got some other bangers like Hall and it's starting to get contagious. I noticed Andrej Meszaros and Mark Recchi starting to take the body more recently and tonight, my goodness, Vaclav Prospal was in seek and destroy mode on a couple of plays. When you start getting a finesse playmaker like Prospal to lower the boom, you've got something cooking.
The other side of the equation, as I said last night, is that the first line has to get cooking, and they did tonight. The Lightning are getting secondary contributions, but they're meaningless unless Lecavalier and St. Louis can manufacture a couple of goals themselves between them on a nightly basis. Lecavalier's goal late in the second period settling down his tee shot off a Marty St. Louis rebound was a big, big goal; maybe the biggest of the year thus far.
The Lightning are now 6 games under .500 and I think they now need to go into the same mode Norfolk is in: try to get this thing back to .500 over the next month or so and then go from there.
Matt Smaby had 1 assist, 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 12:57 tonight. He made some mistakes, but they were mistakes of aggression, which I think the coaching staff is more able to live with than passive mistakes.
Paul Szczechura had 4 shots, 1 hit, and was 50% on draws in 10:08.
Steven Stamkos had 1 goal, and was +1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and he was 60% on draws. He might've stolen Smaby's first NHL goal from him on the tap in (Smaby got his first NHL point on the resulting assist). As with Smaby, Stamkos isn't playing perfect, but he's at least playing aggressive. Controlled aggression: that's what this team's motto needs to be.
Mike McKenna stopped 34 of 36 shots faced for the win.
NOR Segal, (12) , 2:37
NOR Keller, (4) (Ward, Potulny), 5:11
NOR Potulny, (5) (Konopka, Bochenski), 1:25 (PP)
NOR Downie, (4) (Lundin, Bochenski), 3:10 (PP)
NOR Rosehill, (2) (Potulny, Lundin), 15:36
PHI Matsumoto, (11) (DeSantis, Syvret), 17:38 (PP)
NOR Downie, (5) (Smolenak, Lundin), 19:36
NOR Downie, (6) (Mihalik), 10:16
PHI Klotz, (1) (Matsumoto, Sirianni), 14:08
Downie continues to make a strong case for a recall. That young man is a stud prospect.
Norfolk improves to 13-16-5 this season, just 3 games under .500. Next up, a three game roadie through the Northeast starting on New Year's Eve at Portland.
Box score from TheAHL.com.