Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 17 shots for the loss before being replaced by Johan Holmqvist who stopped 7 of 7 shots in relief before Florida tacked on a pair of empty net markers. Brad Richards and Filip Kuba had the Lightning goals. Jason Ward, Eric Perrin and Martin St. Louis added assists.
Four games left in the season and the Lightning no longer control their division title and at night's end they will likely be just 2 points out of 9th place. Oh yeah, and they've got to go on the road and play the defending champions next in Carolina. Heckuva time to start squeezing the sticks too tightly.
If Jason Ward is smart, he'll take less to stay in Tampa and continue playing on Brad Richards' line.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Linkopings claimed a commanding 3-1 series lead over #1 seed Farjestads today wiining 4-1 in Game Four of their semifinal playoff series. Lightning prospect blueliner Andreas Holmqvist did not suit up for Linkopings in the match.
Sudbury 3 @ Mississauga 4
Best-of-7 series tied 1-1
Chris Lawrence broke a 3-3 third period tie with his second goal of the game to help the Mississauga IceDogs avert disaster and tie their opening round series with Sudbury at one game apiece. Mississauga was outshot 21-7 in the third, but Lawrence got the period's only goal on the power play. Lawrence was even for the game and was named its No.2 star. Game 3 is in Sudbury Tuesday night.
Kazan defeated Khimik 2-1 in overtime to win their quarterfinal playoff series 3 games to 1 and move on to the Superleague semifinals. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Ak Bars.
Omsk defeated Yaroslavl 4-3 in overtime to win their quarterfinal playoff series 3 games to 1. Evgeny Artyukhin did not play in the match for the Lokomotive. He finishes the playoffs scoreless in 1 game with a -2 rating.
Dimitri Kazionov is the sole Lightning prospect still active in the Superleague playoffs.
Linkopings staked themselves to a 2-1 semifinal series lead with a 5-1 drubbing of Farjestads today. Lightning defenseman prospect Andreas Holmqvist was back in the lineup today but was scoreless in the match.