Radim Vrbata's revenge!
Antero Nittymaki took the shootout loss while going the distance.
TB - Malone 2 (Hedman, Ohlund) 04:16
PHO - Vrbata 1 (Aucoin)(PP) 04:10
PHO - Mueller 3 (unassisted)(PP) 04:53
TB - Stamkos 1 (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP) 10:17
TB - Lecavalier 1 (Downie, Lundin) 03:16
PHO - Upshall 2 (Fiddler, Michalek) 03:50
PHO- Vrbata, Mueller
Seemed to be a game that confirmed what the Lightning have more so than answering questions about what they don't have. This just in: Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Martin St. Louis, and Steven Stamkos are good. In related news, water is wet.
I liked the look of the Lightning first team power play. They're showing a very meat and potatoes setup right now with four world class shooters and Malone to take out the garbage. That's the kind of power play that doesn't fall into long slumps like the finesse schemes do.
Lecavalier's goal from Downie came on an assist from the Downie's knees. That's why I think Steve Downie eventually wins this job. Stephane Veilleux doesn't have the skill level to make a play like that. At the end of the day, his upside is capped very low and he'll never be more than a Band Aid for that line. They're better off putting Downie out there and seeing what they've got. If he scores 20 goals and 45-50 points and keeps his nose clean, you re-sign him. If not, I think you've got enough defensive depth you can move a chip like Paul Ranger at the deadline to get another solution on Vinny's wing. You may have to do that anyway with Tanguay being a temporary solution on the other side.
Box score from Yahoo Sports.
Smitty in regular season form.
Mike Smith, unofficially, with 32 saves on 33 shots, and the one he let in was somewhat controversial.
TB - Halpern 1 (Wright, Meszaros)(PP) 02:32
TB - Halpern 2 (Wright, Miller) 05:18
PHO - Prucha 1 (Vrbara, Hanzal) 10:34
What a boon it would be for the Lightning if Jeff Halpern could get back to 20 goal form on the third line. It'd make the Lightning one of the best offensive teams in the conference, easily.
Two straight strong games by James Wright. He can't be JF Soucy redux, though. He needs to follow this up with a strong 30 goal campaign in the WHL.
Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 21 shots and had an assist in Omsk's 3-1 win over Kazan. Dimitry Kazionov was scoreless in 14:30 for Ak Bars.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in 5:02 as Ekaterinburg fell to Magnitogorsk 3-1.
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 37 of 38 shots but allowed 1 of 2 shooters to score in a 2-1 Togliatti loss to Astana.
Johan Harju had 2 shots on goal in 16:16 as Dynamo Moscow fell 5-4 to CSKA in the shootout. Harju was also 54% on draws.
The Lightning's lower liners and prospects fall to many of Ottawa's top liners in a neutral site game.
Not much in the way of statistics for this one. Antero Nittymaki took the loss allowing 2 goals over the first 40 minutes. Riku Helenius allowed the Sens an insurance marker in the Third Period.
OTT Fisher 4 (Regin) 03:22
TB Ashton 1 (Walker) 04:10
OTT Kovalev 2 (Spezza, Michalek) 07:45
OTT Spezza 1 (Fisher, Karlsson) 09:45
Box score from Yahoo Sports.
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 5 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Moncton moved to 2-0 with Barberio in the lineup â€“ both shootout victories. They are 3-1 overall. Cape Bretonâ€™s Olivier Roy (Oilers) streak of 24 straight shootout saves was broken. He stopped 10 of 11 in this shootout (0/14 last year, 0/10 this year). Barberio did not participate in the shootout. His assist - his first point of the year - came on the power play in the first period. He had 45 points in 66 games last season.