With the point, the Lightning have entered into a five team pile-up for the final two playoff spots in the conference. But, if they were even mediocre in shootouts, they'd be snugly in.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 32 shots before allowing 2 of 3 shooters to defeat him in the penalty shot session.
TB 9:47, St. Louis 15 (Stamkos)
ANH 6:36, Wisniewski 3 (Getzlaf, Whitney)(PP)
ANH- Getzlaf, Wisniewski
Do I really need to say much more about the Lightning's shootout futility this season? I don't know what it is about the Lightning that makes them so ineffectual at it, despite having some ridiculously skilled players. The gimmick at the end of the game aside (which I, A. Hate, and B. Isn't really that exciting), both teams played a strong game and both teams got strong goaltending. It was a chippy game, and the Lightning answered the bell fairly well against an Anaheim team that has a lot of size and toughness.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:26. He's now 4 games from graduation here on Bolt Prospects.
Norfolk remains undefeated in regulation under Jim Johnson, but fails to secure the second point.
Jaroslav Janus stopped 31 of 34 shots for the overtime loss.
NOR Simek, (12) (Smolenak, Jackson), 11:02
SPR Fretter, (18) (Trukhno, Pokulok), 13:03
SPR Plante, (2) (David, Wiseman), 16:15
NOR Fornataro, (3) (Wishart, Smolenak), 0:24 (PP)
SPR Reddox, (11) (Tarkir, Minard), 1:32
Janus was named the game's third star. A scoring change took away a point from Ty Wishart on the winning goal against Hartford, so tonight's assist is actually his 20th point of the season. The question remains the same though: why not 30? He's got it rolling, and shows no signs of letting up. Radek Smolenak is starting to step up in clutch time of the season. He has 2 goals and 6 points on the current road trip, on which the Admirals have claimed 9 of a possible 10 points in the 5 games.
Norfolk stays at 2 games under .500 with 45 points in 47 games and remains in 4th place in the East Division. However, due to the crossover rules this season, it's highly likely that only the top 3 teams in the East will make the postseason. The Admirals picked up a point on 5th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to move 1 point ahead of the Penguins with the Pens holding 2 games in hand. They also picked up a point on Binghamton to move 3 points up on the Sens with the Senators holding 4 games in hand. That's the good news. The bad news is that they lost a point to Adirondack, which is now 2 points up on Norfolk with 2 games in hand.
And that leads to a huge 4-point tilt tomorrow night between Norfolk and the Phantoms. If Norfolk wins in regulation, they'll move into a tie with Adirondack for the final playoff spot in the East at 47 points. I suspect that's why Jim Johnson saved Dustin Tokarski for that matchup. He's 2-0-0 in his starts on this road trip, including the big 1-0 shutout in Lowell last Sunday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Victoriaville Tigres 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 46 GP, 11-31-42, +29, 48 PIM
Barberio has 17 points in his last 13 games. He scored the game winner on a third period power play. Moncton (34-11-1-3) has won 11 straight and 20 of their last 22, but just now snuck into the CHL Top-10 at No.9. Theyâ€™ve taken two in the last week from Victoriaville, whoâ€™s ranked No.8 in all of Canada.
Belleville Bulls 3 @ Peterborough Petes 1
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 42 GP, 12-12-24, +8, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 9 GP, 3-3-6, -7, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 15-8-23, -11, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 31 GP, 13-7-20, -9, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
Panik broke out of a five-game scoreless streak with a First Star effort on the road. He set up DeCoste with five seconds left in the second period to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead. Panik scored the insurance goal with just over five minutes left in the game.
Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Barrie Colts 4
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 11 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 47 GP, 32-23-55, +30, 38 PIM
Hutchings has 22 goals in his last 24 games, a time span which includes a four-game pointless streak. Sointu was making his first appearance since the World Juniors. He reportedly returned to Finland for surgery after taking a puck to the face in the tournament. Barrie is ranked second in the latest CHL Top-10.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Oshawa Generals 2 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 28 saves on 29 shots
Season Totals: 33 GP, 13-15-2-1, 3.38 GAA, .899 sv%, 2 SO
Zador (pictured) won his second in a row and had his shutout streak at over 100 minutes before the Soo scored early in the third period. He stopped one of two shooters in the shootout, which was won by the Generals when they went three for three.
Omsk 2 @ KHK MVD 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 31/31, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 21-15, 4 SO, 2.00 GAA, .916 sv%
Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov assisted on both Omsk goals as Karri Ramo notched his 4th shutout of the season. Ramo is now tied for 4th in the league in shutouts behind fellow Lightning prospect V. Koshechkin (7), former NHLer Robert Esche (6), and Yarolslav netminder Georgy Gelashvili (6).
Ekaterinburg 3 @ Noovosibirsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 16 PIM
Kazionov played 9:20 in the match and scored his 5th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough to lift Ekaterinburg to victory in a critical battle for the last playoff spot in the KHL's Eastern Conference. Novosibirsk moved into a tie with Ekaterinburg and Khabarovsk at 54 points, but Novosibirsk holds 8th in the conference by virtue of the one game in hand they hold over both clubs. Former Lightning forward Alex Kharitonov had his 3rd goal of the season in the match for Novosibirsk.
Magnitogorsk 4 @ Novokuznetsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/30, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 23-18, 7 SO, 1.95 GAA, .928 sv%
Koshechkin notched his league leading 7th shutout of the season to help Magnitogorsk keep pace with Yulaev just 2 points out of first place in the Eastern Conference. Former Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had his 5th goal of the season in the match for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 2nd in the KHL in wins behind only former NHLer Robert Esche (26).
Cherepovets 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 3-11-14, -7, 36 PIM
Harju played 15:49 in the match and was 46% on draws. Harju's lifelong teammate and Edmonton Oilers prospect Linus Omark scored his 19th goal of the season in the loss for Dynamo.
Mytischi 5 @ Dynamo Riga 6 (OT)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM
Karsums played 11:43 in the match and notched a goal and also assisted on a goal by former NHLer Tyler Arnason. Marcel Hossa scored his league leading 30th goal of the season in the match for Riga.
Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 7 @ Belleville Bulls 2
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 11-10-21, +6, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -9, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 14-8-22, -11, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 30 GP, 12-7-19, -9, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
Not a good night for the Bulls, who were tied with Mississauga at one after the first period. Panikâ€™s scoreless streak stretched to five games. Belleville is tied for ninth in the conference and is just five points behind Brampton for eighth, but they have to make their run now. Mississauga has the second best point total in the conference at 71.