It really hurts when you outplay a team but you don't get the bounces.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the loss.
16:55 TB Recchi (11), (unassisted)
05:34 CAR Larose (11), (Cullen)(SH)
18:36 CAR Cullen (11), (Pitkanen)
05:10 TB Malone (15), (Recchi, Downie)
18:24 CAR Staal (21), (Samsonov, Gleason)
The really bad news is that Florida is in the process of smoking Montreal tonight, so the Lightning will wake up tomorrow 10 points out of 8th place.
Steve Downie had 1 assist, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 9:59.
Matt Smaby was +1 with 2 hits in 9:59, and played really well for a guy who was a late decision to play tonight.
I like reports like this: Big games from Courtnall, Fadden, Jung, Tokarski, and Wright (pictured).
Victoria Grizzlies 6 @ Alberni Valley Bulldogs 1 (Tuesday)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 2-0-2, 9 PIM (roughing after the whistle double minor, fighting major), *Second Star*
Season totals: 49 GP, 19-33-52, 88 PIM
With Victoria down 1-0 in the second, Courtnall scored twice in just over five minutes to give the Grizzlies a lead they would never relinquish. Courtnall, who has five goals in his last two games, sets a new career high for points in a season with 52. He tied last yearâ€™s goal mark of 19 â€“ set in 60 games. He also tied his career high for penalty minutes in a season.
Cunti's hot streak continues ... Tokarski comes up short again for CHL award.
Key point of the game: Lightning kill the 5-on-3 in the first period to keep it 2-1.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the win.
03:08 TB Malone (14), (Artyukhin)
07:15 MTL Lapierre (9), (Markov, Komisarek)
08:06 MTL Kovalev (13), (unassisted)
02:49 TB Lecavalier (22), (St. Louis, Murphy)(PP)
14:57 TB Prospal (12), (Krajicek)
17:08 TB Downie (3), (Eminger, Stamkos)
11:04 TB St. Louis (18), (Lecavalier, Meszaros)(PP)
11:26 MT Lapierre (10), (Latendresse, Gorges)
That last goal on the 2-on-1 by St. Louis from Lecavalier, my Lord. That belongs hung on a wall in a museum somewhere. That's art, folks.
Good news and bad news. The good news is Toronto and Carolina lost. So, the Lightning finally jump over Toronto and gain 2 points on Carolina and idle Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, Florida won, so the Lightning only gain 1 point on 8th place (8 points back) with the Panthers leapfrogging the Hurricanes. The Lightning hold 1 game on the Canes with the Panthers having 1 in hand on the Lightning. That second period laydown in the last game against Florida is still haunting them.
Steve Downie had 1 goal and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:55. He's very noticable, in a good way, on the handful of shifts he's out.
David Koci was -1 in 2:10.
The Mississippi Sea Wolves returned to action this weekend after a brief pause for last Wednesday night's ECHL All-Star game. Lightning goaltending prospect Riku Helenius was reassigned to the Gulf Coast from Norfolk on Friday and was on the bench backing up former Bolt prospect Ryan Munce against the visiting Charlotte Checkers. Helenius again backed up Munce Sunday afternoon at home against the South Carolina Stingrays. The Sea Wolves split the weekend games against division rivals, with Helenius seeing no game action.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Charlotte 6 @ Mississippi 5 OT
G Riku Helenius: did not play
Sunday, January 25, 2009
South Carolina 2 @ Mississippi 4
G Riku Helenius: did not play
The road ahead this week for the Sea Wolves include stops in Johnstown Wednesday and Friday, followed by a tilt against Wheeling on Saturday.