Just think what the Lightning could've done if they actually played their game in the first period.
BOS 4:24, Satan 3 (Savard, Morris)
BOS 11:21, Lucic 4 (Ryder, Ference)
BOS 15:44, Ryder 14 (Wheeler, Morris)
BOS 17:19, Ryder 15 (Savard, Bergeron)(PP)
BOS 4:53, Lucic 5 (Chara, Paille)
TB 16:10, St. Louis 21 (Hedman, Stamkos)
TB 19:02, St. Louis 22 (Foster, Stamkos)(PP)
TB 11:09, Downie 12 (Hedman, Stamkos)
TB 16:47, Downie 13 (Hedman, St. Louis)
The good news is that, after scoring 4 unanswered goals, what looked like a demoralizing spanking shouldn't destroy the team's confidence heading into the final two games before the Olympic break. They won both of the final two periods decisively after failing to show up for the first period. The bad news is the damage was already done, and it was significant if you look at the standings. Boston climbed into a virtual tie with the Lightning at 63 points in 8th in the conference. They have two more 4-point games against the Isles and Rangers before the break, and they need to capitalize in both contests.
PS, memo to Brian Lawton: you've got to get someone better than Veilleux for the line with Lecavalier and Tanguay. It could be the difference between mediocrity and being a terrifying team come playoff time.
Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 12-35-47, +31, 52 PIM
Moncton remained No.6 in the CHL Top-10 rankings this week.
Ottawa 67â€™s 6 @ Belleville Bulls 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 14-12-26, +4, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 13 GP, 5-3-8, -11, 12 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 16-12-28, -13, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 35 GP, 14-11-25, -11, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste, who has four points in his last two games, tied his career high for points in a season, set in 63 games last year with Sault Ste. Marie and Brampton.
Calgary Hitmen 6 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 23-21-44, -2, 86 PIM
With Regina: 24 GP, 10-8-18, +6, 34 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Calgary scored four times in the second period on their way to a relatively easy win over Regina in Saskatchewan. Brendan Kozun (Kings 6/09) had a hat trick for Calgary.
Hats off to Justin Keller.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the win.
NOR Fornataro, (6) (Parrish, Lashoff), 1:57
WBS Guenin, (2) (Tangradi, Vitale), 4:19
WBS Lee, (7) (Wallace, Caputi), 9:54
NOR Keller, (10) (Szczechura), 11:13
NOR Keller, (11) (Simek, Wishart), 19:54
WBS Guenin, (3) (Vitale), 1:50
NOR Simek, (13) (Lashoff, Szczechura), 13:34 (PP)
NOR Keller, (12) (Parrish), 19:07 (EN)
Keller and Juraj Simek were named the game's first and second stars. Keller was awarded his third goal when he was tripped on a breakaway with the Penguins' goaltender pulled. For the Admirals, the victory was a critical win in a 4-point game and, after playing so poorly last Saturday, it allowed the team to pick its confidence level back up. Norfolk is 8-1-1-1 since Jim Johnson took over as Head Coach.
Norfolk maintains its hold on 3rd place in the East Division by 2 points over 4th place Adirondack, which defeated Rochester tonight. The Phantoms aren't going anywhere, and it's taking on the feeling that the playoffs may come down to the remaining head-to-head games Norfolk has left with Adirondack. The Phantoms also hold 2 games in hand. Norfolk extends its lead over idle 5th place Syracuse to 4 points with the Crunch holding 2 games in hand. The Admirals extend their lead over 6th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to 6 points with the Pens holding 2 games in hand. Pulling up the rear in 7th place, Binghamton defeated Albany in a shootout tonight, so the Admirals maintain an 8 point edge on the Sens with Bingy having 5 games in hand. Norfolk is 6 points back of 2nd place Albany with the Rats having 1 game in hand. If Norfolk's heart is set on catching 2nd place, they'll have that opportunity with 4 head-to-head games left on the schedule.
In the crossover chase, Norfolk closes to within 3 points of Hartford, which holds 5th place in the Atlantic Division, with the Wolf Pack having 1 game in hand. If the 5th place team in the Atlantic finishes ahead of the 4th place team in the East, they will make the playoffs by AHL rule this season. So, for Norfolk, catching 5th place in the Atlantic is another goal to pursue.
Norfolk improved to 1 game over .500 with the victory. They have 16 games remaining at home and 11 games left on the road.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Regina Pats 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 6
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 22-20-42, -3, 86 PIM
With Regina: 23 GP, 9-7-16, +5, 34 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Regina failed to earn a point for just the second time in their last 12 games. They are five points behind Moose Jaw for the final playoff spot, but Moose Jaw has three games in hand on both 10th place Regina and 9th place Swift Current. Brandon is tied for the league lead in points with 80.
Good goaltending + good special teams = win.
Antero Niittymaki allowed just 1 goal on 40 shots. He outplayed Roberto Luongo, and he's 7-0-1 in his last 8 games.
TB 8:00, Stamkos 33 (St. Louis, Malone)(PP)
VAN 19:53, Kesler 15 (Ehrhoff)(PP)
TB 2:52, St. Louis 19 (unassisted)(SH)
TB 15:40, St. Louis 20 (Stamkos, Downie)
You never want to get outshot 40-19, but somehow the Lightning keep manufacturing goals and keep getting the goaltending they need to win. They jumped to 6th in the East with the victory and they're 4 points up on 9th place Boston. But, Boston has a game in hand and is coming into the Forum Thursday for a big 4-point tilt. So, once again, no rest for the wicked.