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Trade Analysis: Tokarski Dealt to Habs

Longtime Tampa Bay Lightning prospect goaltender Dustin Tokarski was traded this morning to the Montreal Canadiens for former Lightning goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.

Desjardins, 27, has appeared in 22 games this season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, compiling a record of 7-13-2 with a 2.94 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. The Edmundston, New Brunswick, native has played in two career NHL games, both with the Lightning during the 2010-11 season, picking up a pair of victories while recording a 1.00 goals-against average and .968 save percentage.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-13-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 6 (SO)

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 1-4-5, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 13-24-37, +7, 2 PIM
With R-N: 14 GP, 10-17-27, +8, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov extended his point streak to 10 games with a 5-point night in Victoriaville. It was his second 5-point night of the season. His shootout attempt was saved as the Tigres won the skills competition, 1-0. Kucherov is now on the fringe of a 2-points-per-game average with the Huskies since his trade from Quebec.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 43 GP, 6-25-31, +19, 42 PIM

Sergeev had an even strength assist to give him 25 assists this season. His previous career high for assists was 22, set in 64 games two years ago.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 10 @ Ottawa 67’s 1

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 4-16-20, +1, 56 PIM
With Barrie: 14 GP, 2-4-6, E, 17 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin (pictured) extended his point streak to a season-long three games in a whopping victory in Ottawa. Jets prospect Mark Scheifele had a hat trick and three assists for the Colts.

Guelph Storm 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 0

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 8-45-53, +17, 88 PIM

Garret Sparks (Leafs) notched his league-leading seventh shutout of the season as the Storm blanked the Attack in Owen Sound, 2-0. Richard’s 45th assist of the season came on the power play.

KHL Game Day: 2-13-13

KHL (Russia):
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Ekaterinburg 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 34 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 14 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov played 14:34 in Chelyabinsk's 3-1 win over sad sack Ekaterinburg. Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis had a helper in the match for Chelyabinsk. They play Magnitogorsk on Sunday.

Nizhnekamsk 1 vs. Ufa 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 3-1-0, 1 SO, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward and Nizhnekamsk captain Martin Cibak was scoreless in their 2-1 loss to Ufa. Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy did not play for Ufa. Ufa plays Cherepovets on Friday.

Yaroslavl 4 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 22 GP, 3-8-11, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 28 GP, 3-9-12, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 7:37 in Khabarovsk's 4-1 loss to Yaroslavl. Lokomotiv got a hat trick from former NHLer Niklas Hagman in their victory. Khabarovsk plays Mytischi on Friday.

Cherepovets 0 vs. Kazan 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 27-19-3, 7 SO, 2.13 GAA, .922 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for Cherepovets' 2-0 loss to Kazan. Kazan got a helper from ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev in the match. Cherepovets plays Ufa on Friday.

Spartak Moscow 3 vs. Bratislava 4 (OT)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 21/24, 2.94 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 26-16-4, 5 SO, 2.15 GAA, .930 sv%

Bratislava overcame a multi-point night by former NHLer Slava Kozlov to defeat Spartak Moscow 4-3 in overtime. Bratislava plays Donetsk on Friday.

Note: Andrey Vasilevskiy's MHL statistics have been updated to reflect the result of three additional starts in early December.

NHL Game Night: 2-12-13 Canadiens at Lightning

It's a loss, but it feels like a win.

TB-3 (SO)

Anders Lindback allowed 3 goals on 34 shots before allowing 1 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. He was magnificent in overtime, helping the team kill off a 4-on-3 PP. Absolutely magnificent. Here's the upshot with Anders: he still doesn't graduate from prospect status on this site until his next NHL decision. Tonight was just the second shootout in his NHL career. He's got a lot of time to gain experience and get better.

First Period
19:17 MTL Gionta (3), (Plekanec, Subban)(PP)

Second Period
8:21 MTL Subban (3), (Eller)
18:54 MTL Moen (1), (Eller, Armstrong)

Third Period
14:04 TB Hedman (3), (Pyatt, Pouliot)
18:17 TB Hedman (4), (Purcell, Salo)
19:16 TB Salo (1), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)


MTL- Desharnais

Victor Hedman and Anders Lindback were the game's first and second stars.

As any reader of this blog should know by now, being down by 3 goals in the third period is supposed to be a death sentence in professional hockey. Unofficially, I'll bet 98% of the time you don't come back from it. That's why cutting leads to 2 goals to give yourself a chance heading into the third period is so important. So, when a team beats the long odds to overcome a 3 goal deficit to steal a point like the Lightning did tonight, it's a big deal for that team's confidence and swagger. And the way the Lightning got the game tied tonight is they made their own luck and got a couple of bounces on their last 2 goals. I expect the team to really break out of their slump in the next game feeding off their performance in the third period tonight. This was a shootout loss that feels like a win, for sure.

Alex Killorn was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot on goal in 10:53.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 9:58 in his NHL debut. As with Killorn's debut in the last game, we're proud papas on the site to see Panik make it to the show.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 2 hits in 14:15.

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