The Lightning finally work in one of their mandatory 3-4 late game goal wave off hosings.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 30 shots and only 1 of 3 shooters to score in the shootout, but still took the loss. I'm thinking the Finnish goaltenders in the organization are feeling discriminated against for lack of goal support tonight.
LA 7:20, Doughty 4 (Kopitar, Smyth)(PP)
TB 11:39, Malone 12 (Hale, Stamkos)
A controversial wave off of an Andrei Meszaros overtime goal ushered the Lightning into the shootout where they re-established their season-long streak of futility after a brief taste of success against Minnesota.
Steve Downie had 2 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 13:49.
Zenon Konopka had 15 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 6:02.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 13:25.
James Wright had 1 shot in 8:57.
Victor Hedman had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 26:13.
Another one gets away from the Admirals late.
Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the overtime loss. That's a tough fate for a goaltender who played over 58 minutes of shutout hockey tonight. He didn't get the goal support he's become accustomed to, however.
NOR Smolenak, (1) (Jones, Bochenski), 4:46
ALB Dwyer, (8) (Carson, FitzGerald), 18:05
ALB Boychuk, (5) (Dwyer, Paiement), 1:46
Radek Smolenak was named the game's third star. If I told you coming into the year that it would take 17 games for Radek to get his first goal and the team would be .500 and sitting in fourth in the division without his goal production, you'd have laughed at me, I'm sure.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Astana 5 @ Ekaterinburg 4 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-3-5, -7, 8 PIM
Former NHLer Josef Stumpel scored the winner for Astana. Denis Kazionov played 9:33 in the match.
Omsk 6 @ Chelyabinsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 23/24, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-7, 2 SO, 1.84 GAA, .915 sv%
Ramo returned to the lineup and got a goal and two assists from former Lightning Eric Perrin in support of his cause.
Togliatti 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 31/32, 0.92 GAA, .969 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 8-12, 2 SO, 2.12 GAA, .920 sv%
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 12 PIM
Koshechkin stopped both shooters he faced to get the "W" in the shootout session.
Kazan 4 @ Dynamo Minsk 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 6-1-7, -3, 10 PIM
The elder Kazionov played 13:12 in the match. Former Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev had a goal in the match for Kazan.
Zador vs. Janus ... Ashton extends streak ... Sointu his first multi-point game ... and more.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ No.20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 4 PIM
The Bobcats scored twice in the second period to break open a 1-1 game before a sellout crowd and NESN audience. Harvard did not receive any votes in the latest USCHO poll.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 10 PIM