Following the lead of the big club, the Admirals break through against the Caps' farm team.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the win.
HER Wilson, (12) (Carlson, Pinizzotto), 13:24
NOR Keller, (6) (Lawrence, Krajicek), 3:14
NOR Simek, (11) (Quick), 15:59
NOR Craig, (13) (Keller, Lawrence), 3:22
HER McNeill, (3) (Aucoin, Giroux), 4:21
HER Giroux, (14) (McNeill, Gordon), 7:33
NOR Parrish, (9) , 19:53
Mark Parrish and Justin Keller were the game's first and second stars. The Admirals had lost all five of their previous encounters this season to the Bears, which was a streak of futility oddly similar to the one the Lightning just broke against the Capitals. The Admirals pull into the halfway point of the season at four games under .500, and they'll be 1-2 points behind Adirondack for fourth in the division by the end of the night, tied with both Syracuse and Binghamton at 36 points.
Chris Lawrence broke a 17 game scoreless streak with his first multi-point night of the season. Way to go, Larry.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Omsk 4 @ Novosibirsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 23/25, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .913 sv%
Omsk got 2 goals and 1 assist from former NHL superstar Jaromir Jagr and 1 goal and 1 assist from former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov in their 4-2 win over Novosibirsk. Omsk leapfrogged Kazan into fourth place in the KHL's Eastern Conference with the win.
#5 Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Harvard Crimson 3
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, 0, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 5-5-10, -2, 8 PIM
The Crimson knocked off their second Top 10 team in a row at home when Harvard bested the 5th ranked Yale Bulldogs on Tuesday night. Killorn, Conor Morrison, and Louis Leblanc completed a tic-tac-toe play started by Killorn's centering pass from the left boards with Morrison touch passing to Leblanc for one of his two goals. Killorn rang a 3rd period power play shot off the left post, which didn't count as one Killorn's team-high 6 shots on goal.
That was another signature win by the Lightning, beating a team they haven't bested in what seems like forever.
Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 12 shots before leaving with an injury likely suffered when Brooks Laich ran him in the first period. Antero Niitymaki allowed 2 goals on 23 shots the rest of the way for the win.
TB 6:34, Lecavalier 11 (Tanguay)
TB 12:03, Stamkos 24 (Bochenski, Foster)(PP)
WSH 14:05, Semin 19 (Fleischmann, Schultz)
TB 17:28, Stamkos 25 (Bochenski, St. Louis)(PP)
TB 18:35, Veilleux 2 (unassisted)
WSH 1:34, Green 11 (Semin, Ovechkin)(PP)
WSH 7:44, Fehr 11 (Morrison, Chimera)
WSH 12:08, Green 12 (Backstrom, Ovechkin)(PP)
TB 17:28, St. Louis 12 (Stamkos, Bochenski)(PP)
TB 4:00, Foster 7 (Hedman, St. Louis)
TB 9:54, Halpern 8 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)(PP)
God I hate the Caps. I hate their fans. I hate their players. I'll never forgive Alex Ovechkin for that disrespectful dancing bull crap last season. How do you say "punk" in Russian? "Ovechkin." Did I love Steve Downie popping him in the mouth in round one? You betcha. Did I enjoy the emasculation of Ovechkin when Matt Bradley had to jump in to fight his battle for him against Downie in round two? Oh yeah. And knowing what a chirper Downie is, he's got material for the next two seasons out of that. "Does he hold your hand when your cross the street too, Ovie?" Beautiful.
And then the coup de gras: Zenon Konopka beating David Steckel up one side and down the other. Steckel's ancestors felt that beating. He looked like a speed bag with eye balls: a 6'5" 222 pound speedbag who got the drum part from "Wipe Out" played on his skull by a man four inches shorter in height, but clearly at least that much bigger in cojones. Love it. The Lightning whipped them on the scoreboard and they whipped them physically, too. That was a statement. Not only did the Lightning let the Caps know that the days of them rolling up huge wins on them are over, but they informed them that on any street, alley, boulevard, overpass, or underpass (take your pick) the Lightning are ready to bloody their nose. When the Lightning pass the Caps in the standings within the next three seasons and take over as the dominant team in the division, remember this game. They don't have the talent to live in the penthouse yet, but tonight was their down payment.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 12:22.
Kazan 1 @ Ekaterinburg 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 15-5-20, +5, 12 PIM
It was brother against brother in Kazan, as Ekateriburg and the younger Kazionov sibling, Denis, knocked off Kazan 2-1 to move with 2 points of the final playoff spot in the KHL Eastern Conference. Denis played 10:59 in the contest while big brother Dmitri got 15:31 for Ak Bars.
Nizhnekamsk 3 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/28, 2.04 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 19-16, 6 SO, 2.01 GAA, .925 sv%
Nizhnekamsk got 2 goals from Evgeny Lapenkov to help give Vasily Koshechkin his 16th loss of the season for Magnitogorsk. It should be noted that out of Vasily's 16 losses, 7 have come after regulation.