Fortunately, all this bizarreness results in two important points for the Lightning.
Mike Smith allowed a total of 2 goals on 35 shots for the win.
TB 6:58, Downie 9 (Foster, Malone)(PP)
TB 5:13, Bochenski 1 (Stamkos, Foster)(PP)
TB 10:04, Stamkos 22 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)
NJ 8:36, Zajac 12 (Langenbrunner, Oduya)
TB 9:35, Stamkos 23 (St. Louis, Bochenski)
NJ 19:26, Parise 20, (Zajac, Langenbrunner)
It was frightening to see the Lightning have less shots on goal in the second half of this game than they had in the first half. Still, they made it stand up. No complaints. Just get out of New Jersey while the lights are still on.
Paul Szczechura ended up -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:23. He was also 70% on draws.
Blair Jones had 3 shots and 2 hits in 12:33.
Victor Hedman played a total of 23:11 in this, his graduation game from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 3
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 5-4-9, -2, 8 PIM
Harvard dropped both games this weekend against the unranked Gophers. Killorn started the year strong, but has cooled off considerably recently.
Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Michigan Wolverines 6
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (hooking x2), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 24 PIM
Witkowski was back in the lineup as WMU dropped the second of a home-and-home series swept by Michigan.
Is it Richards? Carter? No. Apparently Blair Betts owns the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.
PHI 13:01, Giroux 9 (Richards, Gagne)(PP)
PHI 3:36, Hartnell 10 (Briere, Pronger)
TB 13:05, St. Louis 11 (Stamkos, Downie)
PHI 16:55, Betts 5 (Laperriere, Coburn)
PHI 19:33, Betts 6 (unassisted)(EN)
If Blair Betts played more games against the Lightning, he might be a 30 goal scorer. It's a strange thing to see a Lightning team that put up 6 goals in 4-1/2 periods against Ryan Miller and Martin Brodeur revert back to offensive ineptitude. Of course, when you only get 18 shots on goal, that will happen. Now the Lightning have to go back to New Jersey and try to make a 3-0 lead stand up for 29 minutes. How bizarre.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 10:11.
Blair Jones was -1 with 5 penalty minutes in 10:43.
Victor Hedman was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 22:54. At the intersection of weird and unprecedented, Hedman's 41st game of the season was last night, which I suppose means his graduation date will go down as 1/8/10 on the Bolt Prospects Alumni page. But he got one more night tonight to have the spotlight by virtue of Lou and the Devils not being able to keep on their lights. Congratulations to Victor on becoming an NHLer.
It's time to hit the panic button in Norfolk.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the loss. Coach Rumble decided to go back with Tokarski rather than insert Janus, and although Tokarski allowed Norfolk to fall into a 2-0 hole in the first period, he blanked Syracuse the rest of the way.
SYR Aulin, (11) (Reese, LaVallee-Smotherman), 2:37
SYR Kana, (7) (Bell, MacKenzie), 12:01
NOR Lashoff, (3) (Simek, Krajicek), 0:46
Matt Lashoff was named the third star of the game.
Norfolk outshot Syracuse 39-32 but, as was the case in the third period last night, Kevin Lalande was practically impossible for Norfolk to solve tonight. The loss drops Norfolk into a tie for last place with Syracuse and 5 games under .500. What's really frightening is that the team is now 7-10-0 at The Scope, which typically is one of the hardest arenas for any team in the league to have to go play in. It's more than a little strange for the Admirals to have a better winning percentage on the road than at home.
Box score from TheAHL.com.