The Lightning finally implode under the weight of injuries and youth.
Karri Ramo allowed 7 goals on 42 shots in the loss. He was mediocre on a night where the Lightning needed a lot better to stay competitive. His rebound control wasn't there all night, although a couple of the rebound goals San Jose got came off of initial shots that were tipped on the way in. Still, you saw the difference tonight between what Mike Smith has been doing all season in controlling rebounds and what Ramo couldn't do.
02:17 SJ Setoguchi (20), (Thornton, Murray)
14:19 SJ Thornton (10), (Marleau, Blake)(PP)
07:47 TB Stamkos (5), (Recchi, Artyukhin)
10:00 SJ Thornton (11), (Setoguchi, Marleau)
17:21 SJ Michalek (10), (Cheechoo, Vlasic)(PP)
19:56 SJ Clowe (18), (Pavelski, Michalek)(PP)
00:34 SJ Pavelski (12), (Michalek, Murray)
02:12 SJ Plihal (5), (Staubitz, Semenov)
This is a critical next 36 hours or so for the coaching staff. They can't allow the team to quit or pout based on what happened tonight. They went 2-2-0 on the west coast swing. Is that perfect? No. But, it's acceptable given the rash of injuries on defense and the fact they had to play two games with just 3 or 4 NHL caliber defensemen. The team showed briefly tonight that their system can work, even against a team as deep and as talented as San Jose, just like it worked against LA and Anaheim. This is where Tocchet's got to make sure the room stays fully invested in the foundation that's being laid.
David Koci was +1 with 12 penalty minutes and 5 hits in 9:08. He got some shifts on defense in the third period once things got out of hand. When you're down six goals, why the heck not?
Paul Szczechura left the game after 3:10 of ice time with an injury.
Kevin Quick was -1 with 1 shot in 15:40 in his NHL debut. He made an ill-advised pass that eventually led to San Jose's last goal. Other than that, he wasn't bad. He didn't look timid and he used his wheels to keep pucks moving and the play in front of him. I was struck by how much better he looked at this level than Mihalik or Wishart. It's just 1 game for Kevin, and it was just 1 game for Wishart, but I have to wonder if the pecking order in the organization may get a second look now.
Vladimir Mihalik was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 4 blocked shots in 15:25. He really needs a brain transplant. With his size and athleticism, he could be a world beater if you could wire the six inches of gray matter between his ears properly.
Taking care of business.
Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 30 shots in the win.
18:16 TB Artyukhin (4), (Stamkos, Mihalik)
18:57 TB Recchi (10), (Lecavalier, Prospal)
05:48 TB Lecavalier (17), (St. Louis, Krajicek)
18:02 LA Harrold (3), (Kopitar)
They fell asleep in the second half of the second period, but other than that it was a very solid, workmanlike effort by the Lightning. It was actually pretty phenomenal considering the team only dressed five defenseman, and one of them played under a dozen minutes.
David Koci had 15 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 2:28.
Paul Szczechura had 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 33% on draws in 11:54.
Vladimir Mihalik had 1 assist and 1 blocked shot in 11:19.
Fargo Force 5 @ Tri-City Storm 2
D Luke Witkowski, FAR: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (slashing, slashing), 4 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 3-5-8, +12, 72 PIM
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 1
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 5-17-22, +3, 64 PIM
With Cape Breton: 8 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 12 PIM
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 9-20-29, +10, 26 PIM
Edmonton Oil Kings 0 @ Regina Pats 3
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 32 saves on 35 shots
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-10-1-4, 2.50 GAA, .914 sv%, 2 shutouts
Scores from all five leagues ... Another Star for Fadden.
Massachuttes Minutemen 2 @ #13 New Hampshire Wildcats 3 OT
D John Wessbecker UMASS: 0-0-0, E
Season totals: 18 GP, 0-3-3, +11, 18 PIM
Yale Bulldogs 6 @ Harvard Crimson 2
F Alex Killorn Har: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM 5 SOG
Season totals: 18GP, 3-7-10, -9, 38 PIM
#9 Boston College Eagles 2 @ #12 Vermont Catamounts 4
F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2 +1, 8 PIM