Nothing's quite as humiliating as crapping the bed on national TV.
What was the difference between tonight and last night? The Lightning overreacted to adversity. The Rangers got the game to 3-1 at the end of the first period, and rather than stay within their system the Lightning loosened up and played out of control. That's foolish. There's no such thing as a two point goal. You have to work and stay within your system and dismantle a two goal lead one goal at a time. If you don't, chances are your gambles will find you behind three goals, at which point the blood is in the water and it's a lot harder to get back within your system.
Box score from NHL.com.
Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ Harvard Crimson 4
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 5-7-12, -1, 16 PIM
Killorn, who started the game on the second line, is third on the Crimson in scoring behind Michael Biega (undrafted) and Louis Leblanc (Canadiens 1/09).
Northeastern Huskies 2 @ No.18 Vermont Catamounts 9 (1/16)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (holding), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 10 PIM
Vermont avenged a Friday night home-ice loss to the Huskies in a big way. Despite Vermont putting up nine goals, Marshall somehow finished on the minus side of zero â€“ the only Catamount to do so in the game.
That was outstanding. The Lightning played hard and they played under control.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win.
TB 11:07, Malone 20 (Foster, Veilleux)
CAR 16:28, Cullen 9 (Whitney, Staal)
TB 18:55, Lecavalier 12 (Meszaros, Halpern)(PP)
CAR 4:07, LaRose 2 (Gleason)
TB 9:11, Downie 11 (St. Louis, Smaby)
For one of the rare times in the past two seasons, the Lightning did not panic whenever the opposing team got a goal to even things up. They stayed under control, and they went right back to work to retake the lead. That's exactly the way they need to play down the stretch to piece together enough points to make the postseason.
Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 13:41.
Novokuznetsk 2 @ Omsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .913 sv%
Jaromir Jagr scored the game winning goal for Omsk with 6:59 to go in the third period off an assist from former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov.
Kazan 6 @ Mytischi 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 18-6-24, +7, 12 PIM
Kazionov played 14:17 in an amazing 3 point effort for Kazan. Former Lightning draft choices Vadim Epanchintsev and Alexei Glukhov each had helpers in the loss for Mytischi.
Dynamo Moscow 2 @ Ekaterinburg 5
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 3-11-14, -6, 28 PIM
The younger Kazionov brother didn't have a 3 point game, but he did play a team high 19:12 for Ekaterinburg. Johan Harju continued his second half trend of being a setup man, assisting on the game's opening goal while playing 13:05 and going 57% on draws.
KHK MVD 2 @ Chekhov 3 (OT)
Martins Karsums, KHK MVD, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Former NHLer Chris Simon scored the game winning goal for Chekhov and also had a helper in the match. Martins Karsums has yet to make his KHL debut for KHK MVD after being assigned to the club by the Lightning.
Dynamo Riga 3 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.02 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 20-18, 6 SO, 2.01 GAA, .926 sv%
Koshechkin's season GAA popped back over 2.00 today in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 loss to Dynamo Riga. Former NHLer Stan Chistov scored both goals in the match for Magnitogorsk.
Barrie Colts 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 28-23-51, +29, 36 PIM
Hutchings broke out of his longest scoreless drought since his rookie year with two goals and a First Star award - unofficially his seventh First Star of the season. He scored both of his goals in the first period to start the gameâ€™s scoring.
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Guelph Storm 8
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Oshawa Generals 6 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 30 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.61 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO
Zador was back on the bench for the Gens, who didnâ€™t get an extremely strong performance from Kevin Balie, but found a way to win.