Payback. Revenge. Gettin' even.
Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the win.
TB 7:20, Stamkos 8 (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)
TB 4:34, Fedoruk 2 (Hale, Downie)
TB 14:48, Malone 8 (Hale, Tanguay)
TB 7:09, Stamkos 9 (Lecavalier, Malone)(PP)
TB 9:29, Tanguay 1 (Malone, Stamkos)
OTT 10:17, Ruutu 4 (Kelly, Donovan)
OTT 14:19, Kovalev 4 (Alfredsson, Lee)
For the Lightning to crush Ottawa a little over a week after the Senators absolutely embarassed the Lightning 7-1 is a tremendous psychological victory, and the fact they physically outcompeted Ottawa right to the final whistle makes the win that much powerful. A game like this gives the Lightning big mo'. And Alex Tanguay breaks the snide in his first night on the Stamkos line. Beautiful. And, if the early verdict is true and this line continues to be productive, that frees Marty St. Louis up to stay on Vincent Lecavalier's line, and you know eventually those two will click together.
Steve Downie had an assist and was +1 with 7 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 12:04. He was strong on the puck. He was agitating as could be. He even beat up a bigger man in Jarkko Ruutu. Simply put, it might have been Downie's best game in a Lightning uniform (I'll overlook that first period turnover ten feet inside the Ottawa blueline). I wonder if he might get another shot in Wright's spot on Lecavalier and St. Louis' line at some point.
Drew Miller was -1 in 11:47. It's bizarre how clean his stat lines are.
Zenon Konopka was +1 with 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:55. His stat lines tend to be the antithesis of Miller's. He was also 63% on draws.
James Wright was -2 in 10:07. Congratulations on sticking with the team, kiddo.
Victor Hedman had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 blocked shots in 23:53. My current wishes for Hedman: work on keeping the puck in at the point on the PP, and I would like to see the Lightning encourage Hedman to shoot more on the PP. The man possesses a howitzer, but he's been deferring to the vets. Opposing PK's are adjusting to that. Hedman needs to stop being strictly a pass-first player.
Novokuznetsk 3 @ Togliatti 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 15/17, 2.00 GAA, .882 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 7-10, 2 SO, 2.71 GAA, .921 sv%
Koshechkin's stirling numbers are being wasted by a Togliatti club that just can't seem to give him consistent goal support. Former Bolt Prospect Albert Vishnyakov had a helper in the match for Novokuznetsk.
Novosibirsk 4 @ Kazan 7
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 5-1-6, -4, 10 PIM
Kazionov failed to hit the scoresheet in 16:25 of ice time despite Kazan hanging a touchdown and an extra point on Novosibirsk. Alexei Morozov had four, count them, four goals in the match for Kazan.
Ekaterinurg 3 @ KHK MVD 2 (SO)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, DNP
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 8 PIM
The younger Kazionov missed today's match, in which Stanislav Zhmakin scored the shootout winner for Ekaterinburg.
Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste remained in the lineup for two straight games, but failed to manage a point for the Soo in their win against rival Sudbury. SSM sits in second in the West Division with a 9-6-0-1 record, six points behind division leader Windsor. They are 3-6-0-1 in their last 10 games.
WHL Note: Carter Ashton and Lethbridge received some good news this week when the Anaheim Ducks returned defenseman Luca Sbisa to the junior club. Lethbridge recently climbed out of the Central Division cellar, but has a lackluster 5-9-2-0 record thus far.
St. Petersburg 2 @ Omsk 3 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, No Decision, 7/8, 3.00 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 18 GP, 10-7, 2 SO, 1.89 GAA, .912 sv%
Ramo left the match today after the first period. Former Lightning prospect Anton But had a goal in the match for Omsk.
Dynamo Moscow 1 @ Dynamo Minsk 5
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-3-5, -6, 10 PIM
Harju played 15:50 in the match and was 56% on draws.