Keep your foot on the gas and you win.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 35 shots but he also allowed 1 goal on 3 shootout attempts and that was all it took for him to get the penalty shot session loss. He deserved a lot better. He was absolutely brilliant in the third period.
TB 12:12, Downie 6 (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
COL 12:11, Wolski 12 (Stastny, Wilson)
The Lightning were actually leading in shots after two periods 17-14, primarily on the strength of a very good first 30 minutes. They started to let off the gas midway through the middle frame, and then suddenly the Avalanche hung a 20-5 shot disparity on them the rest of the way. It's unacceptable. The forecheck just evaporates way too easily for this team, especially when they're trying to protect a lead. Take a tip from Chris Dingman, the best way to protect a one goal lead is to get the puck behind their net and sit on it for 30 seconds. The Lightning are lucky to hold possession in the other team's zone for 3 seconds in scenarios like tonight. Someone's got to start paying the price to hold onto the puck.
And for the love of God, someone please score a (Ooh La La!) shootout goal.
Matt Smaby led the Lightning in hits with 4 in 15:30. Hello old friend. We missed you.
Zenon Konopka had 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 63% on draws in 8:37.
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 4 shots and 1 hit in 18:18.
James Wright had 1 shot, 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 67% on draws in 15:32.
Victor Hedman had 1 shot in 25:31.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the loss.
MTB Rome, (5) (Desbiens, Murray), 14:17
NOR Smolenak, (4) (Parrish, Bochenski), 12:12
MTB Rome, (6) (Keane), 14:32 (PP)
MTB Pettinger, (6) (Keane), 18:55 (EN)
MTB Murray, (7) (Ramsey), 19:29 (EN)
Norfolk was outshot 12-4 in the third period, which they entered into with a 1-1 tie. Manitoba showed more urgency and they got two points. That's bad news for Norfolk, who already entered the night having fallen to fifth in the division. The Ads are now 3 games under .500 and Wilkes-Barre and Binghamton, the two teams ahead of them in the East Division, both have games in hand. A win tomorrow night in the rematch against Manitoba may very well be a prerequisite for this Norfolk team.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Ekaterinburg 5 @ Astana 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 4-3-7, -11, 10 PIM
Ekaterinburg got 1 goal and 2 assists from Alexei Simakov in their 5-2 win over Astana. Former Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev scored his second goal of the season in the match for Astana. Denis Kazionov played 10:58 in the match.
Magnitogorsk 4 @ Yulaev 5 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 27/31, 3.70 GAA, .871 sv%
Season totals: 33 GP, 17-14, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA, .923 sv%
Yulaev squeaked past Magnitogorsk in the shootout in a matchup of the first and second place teams in the KHL Eastern Conference. Vasily Koshechkin took his 14th loss of the season in the match, allowing both Yulaev shooters to score in the penalty shot session. Former NHLer Oleg Tverdovsky scored a goal with less than ten minutes to play in the final period to force the game into overtime.
Chelyabinsk 3 @ Omsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 22/25, 3.01 GAA, .880 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 15-11, 3 SO, 1.99 GAA, .915 sv%
Karri Ramo and Omsk fell to Chelyabinsk 3-2, helping Chelyabinsk cling to 8th place in the East.
Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Nizhnekamsk 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-7-10, -4, 26 PIM
I'm declaring the slump officially over. Johan Harju assisted on Linus Omark's 15th goal of the season today to help lift Dynamo to a 4-0 shutout victory of Nizhnekamsk. Harju played 14:33 in the match and was 67% on draws.
Dynamo Minsk 1 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-2-13, +1, 12 PIM
The older of the Kazionov brothers has really got it cooking. Dmitry had a multi-point effort today to help propel Kazan to a 4-1 victory over Dynamo Minsk. The forward played 12:11 in the match. Kazionov has already eclipsed his goal total from a season ago (9) set in 55 games. Kazionov is also on a pace to post a modest improvement in points over his total from a year ago (20). Kazan sits in sixth in the standings in the KHL's Eastern Conference.
Erie Otters 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 46 saves on 49 shots
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-3-1-0, 2.94 GAA, .919 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 8-9-17, +14, 19 PIM
Welcome back, Mr. Janus (pictured). The Slovakia native returned from missing several games due to injury to reportedly put on a show in a loss to the CHLâ€™s top ranked team, Windsor. Fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik beat Janus early in the second period for what turned out to be the game winner for the Spits. It has been 23 games since Windsor lost in regulation.
Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 4 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 33 saves on 37 shots
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO
Oshawa scored with just over a minute left in the game to tie it, then won it on Calvin de Haanâ€™s power play goal in overtime. De Haan was a first round pick (12th overall) of the Islanders at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has 19 points (5 goals) in 26 games this season for Oshawa. Zador has won four straight starts and has not lost in regulation in seven games.