Hey look, it's a Caps fan, appropriately dressed as a clown no less.
Gritty, gutty effort by John Grahame and the whole Lightning team. Grahame stopped 27 of 30 shots faced for a critical win to keep the Lightning in 6th in the conference. Rookies Paul Ranger and Ryan Craig each had primary assists in the game. Ranger got back on the plus side of the ledger for the first time in a few games going +1 in 21:24 with 3 shots on goal, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. Craig played 13:46 of even hockey with 3 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin played a sparing 5:01 with 2 hits and 2 blocked shots.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Omsk defeated CSKA 6-1 to take a 2-0 series lead. Nikita Alexeev did not dress for Avangard.
Vasily Koshechkin allowed 6 goals in 40 minutes of play before being lifted for the third period in Lada's 7-0 loss to Magnitogorsk. The series is now tied 1-1.
Ramo/Rask IV will have to wait. Miika Wiikman got the start today in HPK's opening game of the SM-liiga playoffs beating Tuukka Rask and Ilves 4-2. Rask stopped 35 of 39 shots faced in the game.
I think Wheeling might've been a little mad after losing two straight to the Chiefs.
Gabe Winer stopped 27 of 31 shots faced before being pulled for the third period for Mike Betz who stopped all 9 shots faced. The teams played a physical first period that saw fights by Adam Henrich and Andre Deveaux as well as double minor for roughing to Brandon Elliot. Elliot would later have a fight of his own in the second period where Adam Henrich collected his 8th through 21st penalty minutes of the night (slash, fighting, roughing, rough and ten minute misconduct).
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Blues snuck past JYP in overtime yesterday in the final match of the play-in round to set the field for the SM-liiga quarterfinals. Third seeded HPK will face off with sixth seeded Ilves. That means we could see Karri Ramo once again square off with countryman Tuukka Rask in a battle between the two brightest star goaltending prospects in Finland.