Chris Lawrence had 2 goals and an assist Thursday night to lead the Mississauga IceDogs to a 5-1 road win over Toronto St. Mike's. Lawrence was also plus-2 and had 6 PIM. One of his goals was the game winner and the other was a power play marker. Anyone who had him in their stat-category-based OHL fantasy hockey league is probably patting themselves on the back for that performance. Lawrence was named the game's first star.
"The coaches have emphasized that I've got to drive the net more," Lawrence told the Mississauga News. "And if you work hard, the goals will come."
"When he's going to the net as hard as he did tonight, not too many people can handle him at this level," Coach Mike Kelly said of Lawrence's performance.
Note: This was Mississauga's last game in the old Toronto rink, St. Michael's College Arena, which has seen the likes of Red Kelly, Tim Horton, and Frank Mahovlich come through on their way to the pros. The Mississauga News reports the current Toronto club will likely play in Mississauga's Hershey Centre next year after the IceDogs move to Niagara Falls.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 26 of 28 in regulation and overtime before stopping 3 of 3 to stay perfect in shootout situations. Brad Richards had a pair of goals and the shootout winner while assists went to Paul Ranger, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis. Ranger, in particular, deserves plaudits for an incredible tape to tape pass from just above his own goal line to Richards at the Devils' blueline for the breakaway goal.
New Jersey 1:58, Jay Pandolfo 6 (John Madden, Sergei Brylin)
Tampa Bay 4:07, Brad Richards 17 (Paul Ranger)
Tampa Bay 19:56, Brad Richards 18 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)
New Jersey 12:50, Paul Martin 1 (power play) (Zach Parise, Brian Rafalski)
Tampa Bay- Richards
New Jersey- NONE
Game sheet from NHL.com.
TSN.ca is reporting the Los Angeles Kings have claimed veteran netminder Sean Burke off re-entry waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning will gain $350,000 in cap relief from the move.
Vladimir Mihalik finally returned to the Prince George lineup and helped the Cougars to a 3-2 win over Kelowna Tuesday night. Mihalik was plus-1 for the game with two penalty minutes.
Also, while Dane Crowley and Everett were not in action Tuesday, Crowley is in the news in Washington as the Silvertips are counting on his addition to help them to a Memorial Cup appearance. Two articles on Crowley were released recently:
That one hurts.
Marc Denis stopped 24 of 27 shots faced in the loss. Lightning goals came from Vincent Lecavalier and Dan Boyle with individual assists belonging to Martin St. Louis, Cory Sarich, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards.
The team deserved better. They absolutely dominated the first 40 minutes of the game but Andrew Raycroft stood on his head and although they were running out of steam on the tail end of the back to back in the third period, they looked to have at least a point in hand before the lucky play that saw a scuffed shot by Stajan become an easy game winning goal.
Tampa Bay 14:52, Vincent Lecavalier 29 (shorthanded) (Martin St. Louis, Cory Sarich)
Toronto 2:18, Nik Antropov 6 (Alexei Ponikarovsky, Chad Kilger)
Tampa Bay 17:33, Dan Boyle 11 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Brad Richards)
Toronto 19:53, Johnny Pohl 7 (Bryan McCabe, Tomas Kaberle)
Toronto 15:39, Alexander Steen 10 (power play) (Matthew Stajan, Tomas Kaberle)
Toronto 19:05, Alexei Ponikarovsky 12 (empty net) (Mats Sundin, Nik Antropov)
Game sheet from NHL.com.