Ironically, the last game the Lightning played pretty well until the 3rd. Tonight they didn't really seem to show up until the final frame. No, wait, that's not ironic. It just plain sucks.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Update 10:08 PM:
In fairness, I should've put my disgust at the final outcome aside and mentioned Evgeny Artyukhin's first NHL goal and the 12:41 of ice time he played tonight. It appears to me R2 may be up to stay. 15:35 and +1 for Ranger, the only plus player on the night. 8 shifts for 5:42 for Tarnasky with his first NHL point, a helper on R2's goal.
To go into Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton and Hershey on back to back nights and steal 3 out of 4 points is outstanding. Period.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 50 of 52 shots faced. 50 saves in his AHL debut. That's not a typo. And he had an assist on top of that. That's not a typo either. Rightfully he earned #1 star of the game even in a shootout defeat. It's a shame he couldn't make that one more save late in the 3rd period or that the Falcons' final three shooters in the shootout couldn't get that one more talley for the rookie. The irony is that if this game was played under the NHL's shootout rules, Boutin wins.
Ryan Vesce was outstanding again with two goals in regulation and he scored in the shootout for Springfield as well. The rookie now has 4 goals and 10 points in 10 games and it may well be time for the Lightning to consider purchasing his contract from the Falcons and making him officially a member of the Lightning family. Just my opinion.
Game sheet can be found at TheAHL.com.
I apologize to all who tried to access the site over the last 36 hours while we were down. Last I heard from Tim, we were having some hardware issues in Bolt Prospects Tower, Nashville. So what'd we miss in the mean time?
-The Lightning took a road loss in Ottawa 4-2 in a game where I thought they played a decent road game for 45 minutes only to come unraveled at the end.
-Zbynek Hrdel was recalled by the Falcons from Johnstown after Adam Henrich was benched for two periods in Springfield's Wednesday victory over Albany. In other news from Johnstown, Mike Egener was slated to play in Friday's game against Trenton after leaving the previous game against Toledo with an undisclosed injury.
-Vasily Koshechkin notched another shutout Friday with a 2-0 victory over Dynamo, his 6th of the season. The shutout was Koshechkin's 6th in 9 games and improved his record to 7-2-1 since becoming the starter for Lada Togliatti.
-The Johnstown Chiefs are still looking for their first victory of the season after dropping a shootout loss in Trenton 3-2.