Niitty steals a point, and the Lightning shooters continue to make fools of themselves in the shootout.
Antero Niittymaki was lights out tonight, stopping 37 of 38 before going 3 for 4 in the shootout session for the shootout loss. He deserved a lot better from the guys in front of him.
NJ 0:50, Zajac 6 (Fraser)
TB 4:34, Stamkos 10 (St. Louis, Malone)
The Lightning absolutely sleepwalked through the first two periods of the game, with the exception perhaps of the final five minutes of the first period. It was terrible. Shots were 28-9 after 40 minutes, for New Jersey. Without Nittymaki, this game would have easily been a blowout. I don't get the inconsistency from this Lightning team from game to game, period to period, and situation to situation. And as far as the shootouts go, if I were Tocchet I'd ban dekes from the star players. Tell them to shoot. At least force the goaltenders to make a save.
Steve Downie had 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 4 hits in 11:08.
Drew Miller was -1 in 8:51.
Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and was 50% on draws in 11:04.
James Wright had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 14:20.
Victor Hedman was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 26:24. I'm going to reiterate my request from the last game: I'd like to see him get more shots, particularly on the power play. They need to get him off this pass-first mentality. The scouting report from the Swedish Elitserien is that Victor possesses a world class one-timer. Nothing else is working on the PP (an ugly 0-for-3 tonight). Try a different weapon.
Harvard Crimson 5 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Harvardâ€™s regular and conference season debut was a good one for both the team and Killorn. The sophomore scored twice and added an assist in the second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead. His assist came on a goal by Canadienâ€™s first rounder Louis Leblanc.
No.10 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ Maine Black Bears 4
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (hitting from behind), 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
Marshall scored his second career goal and first of the season, but No.10 Vermont struggled overall against the Black Bears in Orono. Marshallâ€™s goal came on a slap shot from the right circle that beat the goalie through his five-hole.
Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ No.20 Michigan State Spartans 2
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 6 PIM
Witkowskiâ€™s first collegiate point came on the power play. He fired a slap shot that was saved, but the Broncos scored on the rebound to make the score 2-1 in the third period.
Windsor Spitfires 7 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season Totals: 16 GP, 4-7-11, +13, 6 PIM
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 20 PIM
Panikâ€™s linemate, Eric Wellwood (Flyers), had four goals in the game. DeCoste notched his first assist of the season in the loss.
Barrie Colts 7 @ Guelph Storm 5
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 16 GP, 8-10-18, +7, 8 PIM
Hutchings failed to register a point in a game for the fifth time this season.
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Ottawa 67â€™s 7
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 4 PIM
A big win for Ottawa. Sointu has been nursing a sore foot caused by a blocked shot.
Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-6-15, -7, 24 PIM
Ashton extended his point streak to three games, albeit in a bad loss to last place Seattle. Lethbridge found themselves down 4-1 entering the third period, but despite a 15-2 shot advantage in the period couldnâ€™t come all the way back.
Goal support, please.
Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 20 shots in the loss.
SYR Picard, (5) (Roy, MacKenzie), 0:32
SYR Pelletier, (3) (Fritsche, MacKenzie), 19:27 (EN)
Janus was named the game's second star. Norfolk outshot Syracuse 32-21 in the game. There's too much veteran talent in Norfolk to keep struggling offensively like this.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Mytischi 3 @ Omsk 2 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 10-7, 2 SO, 1.89 GAA, .912 sv%
Ramo was out after leaving Omsk's last game after the first period. His backup, Evgeni Tsargorodtsev was bested by former NHLer Martin Gerber in a shootout.