Chris Lawrence scored the first two goals of the game as the Mississauga IceDogs clinched a playoff birth with a 4-1 win over fellow Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack. Lawrence was also plus-1 and was named the game's third star. Lawrence is now on the cusp of 40 goals for the year, sitting at 39. He is alone in fourth in the league for goals scored, behind John Tavares of Oshawa (55), Patrick Kane of London (51) and Tyler Donati of Belleville (50). Bartanus did not register a point in the game and was minus-1 with a slashing minor. Bartanus has not scored a goal in 24 games.
Not much love for Johnstown in Trenton tonight.
TREN Riddle, (18) (Henkel, Ruggeri), 6:33
TREN Bertoli, (11) (Pandolfo, Riddle), 13:35 (PP)
TREN Pandolfo, (35) (Haggett, Pisellini), 13:32
TREN Riddle, (19) , 5:53 (SH)
TREN Haggett, (14) (Ruggeri, Riddle), 19:35 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-2 win over Nizhnekamsk.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 4-2 loss to Salavat Yulayev.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-1 win over Khabarovsk.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 6-1 pounding of Novokuznetsk.
Vasily Koshechkin was perfect in relief of starter Mike Fountain in Togliatti's 5-4 win against Chelyabinsk. Koshechkin is now 16-12-4 this season. He missed the recent LG Hockey Games while nursing an injury.
Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 6-2 defeat at the hands of Podolsk.
Lion= Lightning, Antelope=Thrashers
Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 of 26 shots faced for the win. Vincent Lecavalier led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist while Martin St. Louis had 1 goal and 2 assists. The other member of the MVP Line, Vaclav Prospal, had helpers in triplicate. Brad Richards dropped 1 goal and 1 assist including a salty game winning slap shot on the power play and Ruslan Fedotenko had a pair of assists. The Lightning's insurance goal came from Eric Perrin and Paul Ranger chipped in 1 assist.
The Lightning temporarily move within 3 points of division leading Atlanta while the Thrashers are playing on the road tonight in Calgary. A little over midway through the game at the Saddledome, Atlanta is down 3-1. If the score holds, the Lightning will not only have shaved a once commanding division lead down to 3 points but they'll still also hold 2 critical games in hand.
Tampa Bay 5:56, Vincent Lecavalier 36 (Vaclav Prospal, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 7:52, Martin St. Louis 33 (Vincent Lecavalier, Vaclav Prospal)
Phoenix 8:18, Mike Zigomanis 10 (Oleg Saprykin, Georges Laraque)
Phoenix 11:48, Oleg Saprykin 11 (Keith Ballard, Mike Zigomanis)
Tampa Bay 15:19, Vincent Lecavalier 37 (Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger)
Phoenix 18:16, Derek Morris 4 (Travis Roche, Shane Doan)
Tampa Bay 1:24, Brad Richards 20 (power play) (Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 11:45, Eric Perrin 9 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Brad Richards)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist did not play today in Linkopings' 2-1 victory over HV71. Holmqvist has 5 goals and 22 points in 43 games this season with 48 penalty minutes and a -1 rating.