Game stars galore ... and unfortunately, slumps, too.
USA Under-18 4 @ No.20 Harvard Crimson 0 (Exhibition)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
No.3 Boston University Terriers 7 @ No.14 Vermont Catamounts 2 (Hockey East)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
UMass Minutemen 5 @ Providence Friars 1 (Hockey East)
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +7, 6 PIM
UMass took both games vs. the Friars this weekend, outscoring them 14-5.
*USCHO poll used for rankings.
Michal Sersen had an assist in Bratislava's 4-3 shootout win over Trencin.
Michal Sersen had another helper in Bratislava's 4-1 win over Kezmarok.
Matias Sointu was still out as Ilves Jr. A fell to Lukko Jr. A 5-2.
Matias Sointu was still out as Ilves Jr. A beat HIFK Jr. A 2-1.
Matias Sointu was still out as Ilves Jr. A defeated Karpat Jr. A 2-0.
Matias Sointu is still out. Ilves Jr. A beat Lahti Jr. A 2-1 in overtime.
Back-to-back wins against teams that have traditionally tortured the Lightning. Nice.
Mike Smith stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win.
08:06 OTT Vermette, (Schubert, Foligno)(PP)
14:09 TB Lecavalier, (Krajicek, Prospal)
14:48 OTT Heatley, (Kuba, Vermette)
13:48 TB Carle, (Prospal, Krajicek)
OTT- Spezza, Ruutu
TB- Jokinen, St. Louis, Artyukhin
Ottawa tastes defeat at the shootout hands of the bottomless pit, Evgeny Artyukhin.
In past years, if the Lightning had the Sabres and Senators back-to-back on the schedule, most Lightning fans would be happy with 2 points and not getting blown out in either game, so this is the first time I can honestly say Barry Melrose and OK Hockey have changed the on-ice dynamic of the team for the better. The Lightning are now 4-3-3 on the season, thanks largely to the incredible goaltending of Mike Smith and Olaf Kolzig, and look like a team that is finally getting its footing. At the very least, Vincent Lecavalier is looking hot as a flamethrower right now.
Steven Stamkos had 3 shots on goal and was 38% on draws in 13:54.