The Lightning manage to pull out another hard fought victory in the Steve Stamkos sweepstakes.
Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss.
Columbus 11:29, David Vyborny 6 (Rick Nash, Kris Russell)
Tampa Bay 14:14, Jeff Halpern 13 (Mathieu Darche, Michel Ouellet)
Columbus 19:18, Derek MacKenzie 1 (Gilbert Brule, Dan Fritsche)
Columbus 16:16, Jason Chimera 14 (Nikolai Zherdev, Dick Tarnstrom)
Columbus 19:00, Jiri Novotny 8 (empty net) (Manny Malhotra, Rick Nash)
Today was the final round of the Elitserien regular season:
Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 4-2 win over Timra.
Andreas Holmqvist had an assist in Frolunda's 3-1 win over Sodertalje.
Frolunda finishes the season 6th on the Elitserien table. Lulea finishes 10th, clipping Mora via a tiebreaker on the final day.
Final 2007-2008 Eliserien Statistics
Johan Harju, Lulea (SWE), 51 GP, 20-8-28, 55 PIM, -1
Andreas Holmqvist, Frolunda (SWE), 49 GP, 3-23-26, 40 PIM, +2
Harju finshes the season tied for 10th in the league in goals. Holmqvist finishes the regular season tied for 5th among all Elitserien defensemen in scoring.
BCHL Coastal Conference Semifinals
Game 1: No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ No.2 Langley Chiefs 2
Victoria leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (roughing, roughing after whistle)
Series: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 4 PIM
Playoffs: 6 GP, 2-0-2, 8 PIM
Victoria wins Game 1 on the road, stealing home ice advantage from Langley.
Chicago Steel 2 @ Lincoln Stars 5
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM (interference, delay of game, roughing), 3 shots on goal
St. Johnâ€™s Fog Devils 2 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 1
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 shots on goal
Prince George Cougars 6 @ Kamloops Blazers 3
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Swift Current Broncos 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Everett Silvertips 2 @ Portland Winter Hawks 1
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, stopped 28 of 30 shots
Another quality start by the kid wasted.
Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots in the overtime loss.
New Jersey 12:16, Zach Parise 28 (Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta)
New Jersey 4:02, Patrik Elias 18 (Sheldon Brookbank)
That's three straight quality starts by Ramo, even despite the fact he's had some long layoffs between starts. Ramo now has 15 decisions on the season, and looking through his starts this year there were only about three games where he didn't play well enough to give the Lightning a chance to win games. Ramo is part of the reason I'm optimistic about next season if the Lightning can get Steve Stamkos in the draft or another quality second line center. At just 21 years old Ramo is showing he can consistently give this team quality starts. Mike Smith, at 25 years old, also shows he can give this team quality starts. I feel like this tandem gives the Lightning the most stability they have had, by far, between the pipes since 2003-2004. I also still believe Ramo needs to get more starts. I have a pretty good idea what Mike Smith is and what he's going to do for this organization, but Ramo is just a pup and every start you get him now gives him more experience toward reaching his monster potential.
Alexandre Picard continues to get big minutes in his extended debut for the organization: 28:59 tonight.