Big night for #12.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the win in his first game in a Lightning uniform. He was good and lucky, in equal proportions, which will get you a W every time.
CAR 12:42, Staal 2 (Whitney, Cullen)(PP)
TB 13:24, Ranger 1 (Lecavalier, Veilleux)
TB 13:39, Malone 2 (Ohlund, St. Louis)
CAR 17:28, Brind'Amour 2 (Samsonov, Jokinen)(PP)
TB 10:46, Malone 3 (St. Louis, Ranger)
TB 13:00, Downie 1 (Meszaros, Ohlund)(PP)
TB 18:44, Malone 4 (unassisted)(EN)
The Lightning were again very successful at generating puck possession and pressure, outshooting Carolina 39-26 in the game.
Ryan Malone completed his hat trick with one of the best empty net goals you'll ever see, having his head up and shooting the puck while falling down and hitting the net from 100 feet out. Great play. Great night.
Steve Downie tipped in a power play goal and had 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:19.
Drew Miller had 1 blocked shot in 14:26.
Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 6:20.
James Wright had 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:52.
Victor Hedman was +2 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 26:13. Ho hum. Another 26 minute night for the rookie. Freakish.
Dustin Tokarski pitched a 26 save shutout in just his second professional start. Exciting.
NOR Bochenski, (2) (Simek, Szczechura), 5:54
NOR Craig, (1) (Wishart), 19:20 (EN)
Tokarski and Brandon Bochenski were the game's first and second stars, respectively.
Norfolk outshot Manchester 39-26 in the game. Radek Smolenak was in the lineup after being reclaimed off waivers from the Blackhawks.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The gang's all here!
St. Petersburg 3 @ Togliatti 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 20/23, 3.00 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-5, 1 SO, 2.54 GAA, .910 sv%
This I know for sure: it's close to impossible for a goaltender to win a hockey game if his club can't manage a single goal for him. St. Petersburg benefitted from a goal from former Lightning prospect Anton But and a pair of assists by former Lightning forward Nils Ekman.
Omsk 5 @ Novosibirsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 14/17, 3.00 GAA, .824 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 7-5, 0 SO, 2.08 GAA, .900 sv%
On the flip side: it's difficult for a goaltender to lose when he gets five goals worth of support.
Ekaterinburg 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 2 PIM
So much for the floodgates opening up for Harju. He was 56% on draws in 16:59 of ice time. Meanwhile, at the other end of the rink, Kazionov saw limited ice time of 7:37.
Mytischi 4 @ Kazan 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-0-2, -5, 10 PIM
The elder Kazionov scored Kazan's second goal in a third period rally that fell just short. Kazionov got a robust 19:07 of ice time in the match, but his line's efforts weren't enough to overcome a pair of goals by former NHLer Jan Bulis.
Jonathan Bernier stymies the Admirals.
Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss. My guess is he'd really like that second goal back, because he got a piece of it and it turned out to be the difference.
MCH Bagnall, (1) (Moller, Parse), 1:20
MCH Moller, (1) (Bagnall, Parse), 13:43
NOR Bochenski, (1) (Lundin, Jones), 16:02
Brandon Bochenski was named the game's third star.
Strange the way the farm team and the big league club seemed to face similar fates, outshooting their opponent by a wide margin but still falling short. Norfolk outshot Manchester 42-23 but could not crack Jonathan Bernier in an interesting matchup of 2006 1st round picks with Helenius.
If there's one criticism to carry over from Hershey, it's that special teams once again reared its head. The Admirals managed to hold Manchester off the board with the man advantage, but went 0-for-7 themselves including a late power play that could have tied the game up. The good news is that, with the man advantage, Norfolk has the pieces. They just haven't had enough practice time to gel, but they should come together.
Box score from TheAHL.com.