Dallas is good.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 26 of 28 shots faced in the overtime loss. Brad Richards had the only Lightning goal, shorthanded, off assists from Eric Perrin and Paul Ranger. Dallas absolutely dominated the first 20 minutes of play before the final 40 turned into a heavyweight street fight with both teams creating huge surges of pressure.
First impressions of Shane O'Brien? Worth the price. His passing ability is outstanding and although he lacks scintilating acceleration, once he hits his stride he's amazingly fast for a man that size. If he gets indoctrinated into the Lightning system quickly and starts looking up for those long stretch passes and, at the same time, uses his speed to jump in and hold in pucks along the wall from the point in, he's going to start racking up assists.
The Lightning's hard earned overtime point moves them 2 points ahead of Atlanta in the division and 5 points ahead of Carolina which dropped their game with Ottawa tonight 4-2.
Dallas 10:59, Jere Lehtinen 22 (power play) (Jussi Jokinen, Mike Modano)
Tampa Bay 19:41, Brad Richards 23 (shorthanded) (Eric Perrin, Paul Ranger)
Dallas 1:35, Ladislav Nagy 10 (Mike Ribeiro, Philippe Boucher)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Linkopings' 1-1 tie with Mora today. After spending much of the year on his club's 2nd pairing, Holmqvist has recently spent the majority of his time on his club's first pairing with Jonas Junland.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 5-4 win over Khimik.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 4-3 overtime win against Podolsk.
Mississauga 1 @ Kingston 4
The IceDogs continue to struggle, losing their third straight game to a team they should beat, this time dropping a 4-1 decision in Kingston. Chris Lawrence scored his 41st goal of the year for Mississauga. He was also minus-1.
Kitchener 5 @ Erie 4
For the second time in a week, Kevin Beech and Erie nearly beat the high-powered Rangers, but Kitchener came back from a 4-3 deficit to beat the Otters 5-4. Beech had stopped 50 of 52 shots in a 2-1 loss in Kitchener just a few days ago. This time, Beech stopped 40 of 45 shots.
Salisbury School 14 - Canterbury School 2
In their final game of the regular season the Knights won their 13th straight and clinched the #1 seed in the west for the New England playoffs. On a sour note, his team put up 14 goals but Lightning prospect Kevin Quick failed to record a point in the blowout.
Salisbury plays host to #4 seed South Kent School from South Kent, Conn. on Wednesday.