Ryan Munce stopped 27 shots and Marek Kvapil scored the game winner on a breakaway as the Sea Wolves defeated the Columbia Inferno 2-1 Thursday night. Munce was named the game's First Star while Kvapil earned Third Star honors. It was Munce's 12th win on the season, and it was Kvapil's third goal and fifth point in his first two games back in Mississippi after spending a couple of weeks in Norfolk. Head coach Steffon Walby seems to have found a lethal line combination in Kvapil, rookie and All-Star Ryan Menai, and Jason Tejchma.
Lightning live to fight another day.
Karri Ramo got the win stopping 23 of 26 shots faced.
Vancouver 2:41, Luc Bourdon 2 (Alex Burrows, Taylor Pyatt)
Tampa Bay 7:56, Vaclav Prospal 21 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards)
Vancouver 16:24, Taylor Pyatt 13 (Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows)
Tampa Bay 8:34, Brad Richards 16 (Martin St. Louis, Filip Kuba)
Vancouver 19:35, Alexander Edler 3 (shorthanded) (Mason Raymond, Daniel Sedin)
The Lightning stayed within 9 points of division leading Carolina with 2 games in hand. Is it enough to keep the Lightning from being sellers at the deadline? Probably not. If they can string some wins together it might be enough to keep the Lightning from making big structural changes though.
Wednesday night's highlights:
- Stars for Jung and Helenius
- Ward scores again
- Potential draft target Kyle Beach returns from an injury that one coach originally called "a charade."
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Chilliwack Bruins 2 (SO)
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
Fadden helped the â€˜Canes fight back from a 2-0 deficit with his 25th goal and a primary power play assist. Fadden also scored the shootout winner for Lethbridge. The Hurricanes are third in the Eastern Conference.
Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Everett Silvertips 1
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Everett is currently fifth in the Western Conference. Prince Albert is 20 points out of a playoff spot.