Can you believe there was a time when people were trying to run Jussi Jokinen out of town?
Mike Smith was excellent, allowing just 1 goal on 36 shots for the win. I thought Barry Melrose might give Smith a couple of nights off after the frustration he showed late in the Rangers game, but he threw Smith right back in and the young netminder responded.
17:20 PHI Briere (4), (Gagne, Richards)(PP)
07:58 TB Jokinen (5), (Recchi, Roberts)
13:35 TB Prospal (3), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
The best free agent signing of the offseason by the Lightning? Mark Recchi at $1.25M? Don't look now, but the old man has 8 points in 13 games so far this season.
Steven Stamkos had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 44% on draws in 9:39.
Karri Ramo allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots for the win.
RFD Pelletier, (5) (Kontiola, Skille), 2:33
NOR Segal, (7) (Smolenak, Szczechura), 3:35
NOR Konopka, (3) (Ward, Heward), 3:47
NOR Kearns, (2) , 19:13 (EN)
Steve Downie was +1 with 9 penalty minutes in his Norfolk debut, including a fighting major with an unsportsmanlike conduct chaser.
This team started clicking this weekend thanks in part to Zenon Konopka snapping an eight game goalless drought to chip in goals in each of the games against Rockford. Norfolk is now 5 points back of fourth place Philadelphia in the division, and they will start a road trip through the Atlantic Division starting Tuesday against Lowell before back-to-back games against Manchester on Friday and Saturday. Both teams are under-.500 and give an opportunity for the 3-6-2 Admirals to start to climb the ladder.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Kevin Quick assisted on the game-winning power-play goal as the Augusta Lynx defeated the Charlotte Checkers in OT on Friday night. It was just Augusta's 2nd home game of the season as the Lynx surrendered a 3-1 lead in the 3rd period, but took advantage of an Charlotte hooking penalty in the extra session and reclaimed the victory. Riku Helenius was given the night off as recent signee Mike Brodeur made 30 saves for Augusta's 5th win of the season.
Charlotte 3 @ Augusta 4 OT
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 0-1-1; +1; 0 PIM; 3 SOG
Augusta improves to 5-3-1 and continues their home stand against the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday afternoon.
DeCoste (pictured) gets off the schnide ... Fadden makes his Tri-City debut ... First Star for Wright vs. Tyrell