Jonathan Boutin is working on his cult hero status.
Boutin stopped 20 of 21 shots before being thrown out of the game early in the third for participating in a massive brawl ending with the young netminder squaring off against Sharks prospect goaltender Tomas Greiss. Boutin got the win with Marc Denis stopping 19 of 20 shots the rest of the way.
WOR Walsh, (2) (Packard, Iggulden), 4:29
NOR Scalzo, (5) (Milley, Jones), 13:19
NOR Wanvig, (16) (Henrich, Stewart), 0:25
NOR Szczechura, (11) (Jones, Lessard), 12:57
NOR Milley, (14) (Jones, Keller), 16:28
WOR Raduns, (11) (Fox, Mink), 15:40 (PP)
Boutin was named first star of the game while Mario Scalzo was named the game's third star. Boutin is now 4-0-1 in his last 5 decisions. Let the goaltending controversy continue! Tonight's win was his 10th of the season, a new career high.
Blair Jones posted his first multi-point game since November.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
On Valentine's Day the Lightning showed that they still love kicking the snot out of the Flyers.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 27 of 30 shots for the win.
Tampa Bay 2:13, Dan Boyle 3 (power play) (Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 10:12, Jan Hlavac 8 (Michel Ouellet, Filip Kuba)
Tampa Bay 16:35, Martin St. Louis 21 (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)
Unfortunately, Carolina won tonight so this Lightning team continues to fight hard but appears to be stuck in the standings equivalent of quicksand with the trade deadline looming.
Merritt Centennials 2 @ Victoria Grizzlies 6
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 2 PIM (matching delay-of-game penalty)
Victoria sits in 5th in the Coastal Conference standings, 3 points behind Burnaby with a game in hand, and 4 points ahead of Cowichan.
Seattle Thunderbirds 2 @ Tri-City Americans 5
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Loss, stopped 32 of 37 shots
In a battle between the WHLâ€™s two top save percentage leaders, Americans goaltender Chet Pickard got the better of Helenius, stopping 25 of 27 for the win. Tri-City got out to a quick 4-0 lead, including a shorthanded penalty-shot goal, and never looked back. Helenius fell to 4th in the WHL in save percentage after the game, .02 points behind Pickard, who also leads the league in wins (37).
Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ Prince George Cougars 2
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
The Cougars have lost 6 straight.
Fleury bests the Admirals.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss going head-to-head with Marc-Andre Fleury who is down in the A for a conditioning stint.
WBS Brent, (11) (Filewich, Engelland), 11:34
WBS Gove, (11) (Stone), 11:40 (SH)
NOR Szczechura, (10) (Lessard, Schneider), 18:11 (PP)
WBS Kennedy, (5) (Engelland, McLean), 8:49
Box score from TheAHL.com.