The Lightning get right... very right.
Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the win. Smitty has fully rebounded from his terrible outing against Ottawa.
TB 0:30, Wright 1 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)
TB 15:01, Malone 7 (Hale, Downie)
SJ 12:34, Vesce 3 (Huskins, Demers)
TB 16:39, Stamkos 5 (unassisted)
TB 2:54, Meszaros 2 (Fedoruk, Veilleux)
SJ 13:41, Boyle 2 (Thornton, Marleau)(PP)
TB 19:41, Stamkos 6 (Tanguay)(EN)
The Lightning finally got the first goal of a game for the first time of the season and they defeated a San Jose team that absolutely dismantled the Rangers within the last week. Short of Lecavalier and/or Tanguay getting their first goals of the season, this game resolved many of the problems the Lightning were having after getting pasted twice against the Senators and Penguins.
Steve Downie had an assist and was +1 in 13:35 in his debut on the Stamkos line. This might be a better fit for Downie with Stammer being a pure, shoot-first player and Downie being allowed to play more the playmaking role he's comfortable with.
Drew Miller had 1 shot in 14:05.
Zenon Konopka was +1 with 2 hits on 9:45.
James Wright, the funoodle, had his first NHL goal and was +1 with 2 shots in 15:18.
Victor Hedman was +2 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 24:03. That was maybe his best defensive game thus far of the season.
Togliatti 3 @ Chelyabinsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 14/16, 2.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 7-7, 2 SO, 2.20 GAA, .920 sv%
It's been a long haul, but Koshechkin has managed to even his record at .500 for the season. Togliatti has been the beneficiary, creeping up to 6th in the standings in their conference with today's win.
Kazan 4 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 6 PIM
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-1-5, -4, 10 PIM
Little brother Denis won the battle on the scoresheet, assisting on Ekaterinburg's only goal, but older brother Dimitry's team Kazan won the war. Denis played 12:24 in the match while Dimitry had 14:07 in ice time. Kazan was led by former NHLer Alexei Morozov, who had 2 goals and an assist in the match.
Dynamo Moscow 6 @ Khabarovsk 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 8 PIM
Harju has had 11 shots in the past two games, but still can't seem to buy a goal. His lifelong teammate Linus Omark, however, had 2 goals in the match. Dynamo also got a pair of goals from former NHLer Vitali Yachmenev as well.
Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Montreal Junior 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1,+1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-10-11, +1, 18 PIM
Barberio set up the tie-breaking goal while on the power play in the second period. The Wildcats scored an insurance goal late in the second and held on for the win. Barberio has points in five of his last six games. Barberio is tied for 10th in the league among defenseman in scoring. Monctonâ€™s three-headed defensive monster of Barberio, David Savard (Blue Jackets) and Brandon Gormley (2010) all have 11 points or more.
Portland Winterhawks 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (boarding)
Season totals: 13 GP, 7-4-11, -5, 20 PIM
Lethbridge has dropped four in a row, this one to perennial basement dweller turned powerhouse Portland. The Winterhawks lead the Western Conference (you read that right) with 20 points. Theyâ€™re tied with Calgary for the WHL lead in points after finishing last in their conference the last three seasons. Ashton assisted on the tying goal for the Hurricanes, but they fell in overtime.
Omsk 1 @ CSKA 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 29/29, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-6, 1 SO, 1.99 GAA, .906 sv%
Ramo pitched the first shutout of his young KHL career, stopping all 29 shots he faced in a razor thin 1-0 victory. Former NHLer Anton Babchuk scored the lone goal of the entire match.
Togliatti 5 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-7, 2 SO, 2.22 GAA, .922 sv%
Togliatti and Koshechkin continue to ride the roller coaster this season. Today, Lada managed to knock off first place Magnitogorsk. Former NHL first rounder Stan Chistov had the only goal of the match for Magnitogorsk.
Kazan 3 @ Chelyabinsk 2 (OT)
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-1-5, -4, 10 PIM
Kazionov got back on track, notching his 4th goal of the season in 12:01 of ice time. Former NHLer, and arguably the best player in the KHL, Alexei Morozov scored the overtime winner for Kazan.
Nizhnekamsk 7 @ Ekaterinburg 6
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 6 PIM
Ekaterinburg's freshman kicker must have missed the extra point. The younger Kazionov played 8:11 in the match, and assisted on Alexander Streltsov's first goal of the season.
Dynamo Moscow 3 @ Novosibirsk 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 6 PIM
Harju's miserable first half continued with another scoreless day at the rink. Harju played 15:04 in the match and was 69% on draws, but the scoresheet still eluded him, despite 5 shots on goal. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl had the winning goal in the match for Dynamo.