The Lightning's road trip is over. But, after two wins, the season isn't, thankfully.
Mike Smith allowed just 2 goals on 38 shots for the win.
NYI 16:47, Hunter 6 (Bailey, Hillen)(PP)
TB 6:20, Stamkos 21 (St. Louis, Malone)
NYI 16:25, Thompson 1 (Okposo, Nielsen)
TB 19:41, Lecavalier 9 (Tanguay, Malone)
TB 2:48, Malone 17 (Stamkos, Foster)(PP)
TB 11:39, Malone 18 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
The Lightning have climbed back to within 1 game of the .500 mark and 2 points of 8th place in the Eastern Conference.
Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 4 hits, and was 75% on draws in 14:05.
James Wright had 1 shot and 2 hits in 7:17.
Blair Jones had 2 shots and 2 hits in 12:34.
Victor Hedman was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 4 blocked shots in 19:47.
Owen Sound Attack 8 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 33 saves on 39 shots, pulled in third period
Season Totals: 26 GP, 11-11-2-1, 3.33 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO
Zador started the game, but was pulled after allowing his sixth goal against. Kevin Bailie finished the game, allowing two goals on eight shots. After a seven-game win streak, Oshawa has lost two of its past three games.
Note: The QMJHL and WHL are both off until the 27th for Christmas break. The OHL is off until the 28th. Bolt Prospects will provide updates from our two World Junior Championship participants, Matias Sointu (Finland) and Richard Panik (Slovakia), throughout the holiday tournament.
Russia 4 @ Czech Republic 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 34/37, 2.77 GAA, .919 sv%
Koshechkin stopped 34 of 37 shots in regulation and overtime and blanked the Czechs in the penalty shot session to record the shootout win. Sergey Mozyakin potted the winning marker in the shootout for the Russians.
Finland 4 @ Sweden 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Harju and lifelong teammate Linus Omark moved back up to Sweden's second line in the game, and Omark responded with 1 goal and 1 assist in the game. But, it was Jarkko Immonen's shootout goal that sealed the win for the Finns. With the victory, the Finns clinched the Channel One Cup despite a very pedestrian 1-0-2 record. Sweden finished last in the tournament with a 0-1-2 record.
Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
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
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-22-43, +25, 24 PIM
Two streaks fell and one continued as Barrie edged Sudbury 5-4. Hutchingsâ€™ 11-game point streak came to an end, as did Sointuâ€™s three-game point streak. Barrieâ€™s 21-game winning streak lives. Hutchings streak was the fifth-longest point streak in the OHL this season.
Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 3 @ Erie Otters 1
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 30 saves on 33 shots
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-4-1-0, 2.96 GAA, .913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus lost for the first time in three games. He has a 3.02 GAA and a .909 save percentage in December (2-2).
Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sarnia Sting 2
C Richard Panik, WSR: Did not play (WJC camp).
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
Oshawa Generals 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-10-2-1, 3.20 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO
Zadorâ€™s backup, Kevin Bailie, got the nod in net for Oshawa.
Dartmouth Big Green 3 @ No.19 Vermont Catamounts 4
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 6 PIM
Vermont (8-6-2) is 4-1-1 in its last six games, but remains out of the USCHO Top-20 at No.22.