Johnson, Tyler

NHL Game Night: 10-13-11 Lightning at Islanders

At what point are these guys going to feel embarrassed?


Dwayne Roloson allowed 5 goals on 18 shots for the loss before being lifted for Mathieu Garon, who stopped all 16 he faced the rest of the way.

First Period
NYI Tavares (1), (unassisted), 0:36
TB Stamkos (1), (Bergeron), 7:10
NYI Moulson (1), (Tavares, Eaton), 9:28
NYI Tavares (2), (Moulson, Parenteau), 15:15
NYI Parenteau (1), (Tavares), 18:39

Second Period
NYI Grabner (1), (Okposo), 6:47

Third Period

Let me put this in very simple terms: in the last 3 games the Lightning have allowed 14 goals, and if you take Tomas Vokoun's softies out of the equation, they've only scored 4. They should have been -10 over the past 3 games, and that's terrible no matter how you slice it.

You would think they would've shown more pride than to allow the team that they fought tooth and nail to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals to steamroll them in Boston. Nah. Their division nemesis who they battled in the playoffs and that has tormented them over the past 3-4 seasons? Nah. No pride displayed in either of those games. No forecheck. No focus. No attention to detail.

Having one of the best coaches in the league I wouldn't have expected that kind of effort in back-to-back games, and I damned sure wouldn't have expected it in 3 straight games. But, 36 seconds in, the Lightning started the cycle all over again, and this time they do it against a perennial bottom feeder in the Islanders. Seriously, other than Downie, Ritola, Moore, and maybe one or two others, did anyone else on the team mentally show up for the first 30 minutes?

Will they feel embarrassed now? I don't know. If I were GM, I'm not sure I'd wait for the team to decide to play focused, determined hockey. There are players like Carter Ashton and Tyler Johnson who already are playing focused, determined hockey in the minors. Why on earth they should be working for pennies on the dollar behind guys who should be -10 the past 3 games and have been stealing money from the organization. The complacency and the arrogance have to stop now.

Brett Connolly was +1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 14:41. To finish a plus in a game you get clobbered 5-1 isn't shabby.

Mattias Ritola was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 8 shots, and 1 hit in 15:11. The +/- is ugly, but the effort he made on the forecheck and in the offensive third wasn't. I was impressed with how he played. If only a few more players on the team cared about more than their image.

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AHL Game Night: 10-8-11 Checkers at Admirals

The kids are still alright...


Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the win. With Dustin Tokarski being hurt in camp and after giving up 5 goals on opening night, there's a bit of an opening for Janus to win a few more starts. He helped his stock tonight with a perfect 13/13 in the final frame to slam the door shut and secure the win.

First Period
NOR Ashton, (3) (Barberio, Conacher), 12:58 (PP)
CHA Bowman, (1) (Sanguinetti, Matsumoto), 16:12 (PP)

Second Period
CHA Roy, (1) (Matsumoto, McNicoll), 9:40 (PP)
NOR Picard, (2) (Wright, Fornataro), 10:38
NOR Johnson, (2) (Vernace, Conacher), 15:44
CHA Bowman, (2) (Matsumoto, Bellemore), 19:50

Third Period
NOR Conacher, (1) (Ashton, Johnson), 5:50

Cory Conacher (pictured) and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars. Their linemate, Carter Ashton, also chipped in his 3rd goal of the season, and as a group they accounted for 3 of Norfolk's 4 goals.

Norfolk outshot Charlotte 44-29 in the match.

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AHL Game Night: 10-7-11 Checkers at Admirals

Comeback kids bury the Checkers.

NOR-6 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 29 shots for the win. He should be thankful his guys picked him up tonight.

First Period
NOR Ashton, (1) (Conacher, Barberio), 6:37 (PP)

Second Period
CHA Matsumoto, (1) (Sanguinetti, Boychuk), 4:26 (PP)
CHA Samson, (1) (Peters), 8:20
NOR Johnson, (1) (Barberio, Tyrell), 10:00 (SH)
CHA Samson, (2) (Sanguinetti, Matsumoto), 14:48

Third Period
CHA Boychuk, (1) (Krueger, Terry), 6:08
NOR Angelidis, (1) (Smith, Picard), 8:01 (PP)
CHA Matsumoto, (2) (Bowman), 12:44
NOR Labrie, (1) (Quick, Fornataro), 13:19
NOR Picard, (1) (Ouellet, Smith), 16:38 (PP)

NOR Ashton, (2) (Petiot, Wright), 1:55

Carter Ashton (pictured) and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars. The kids are alright.

Mark Barberio starts his season with assists in triplicate.

Alexandre Picard had the biggest goal of the game on the power play to cap a 2 goal third period comeback and send the game to overtime. Who started the comeback? Pierre-Cedric Labrie with a nifty move to cut past the defense and cut the deficit in half. Somewhere Bolt Prospects writer and secret P-C Labrie fan Chad Schnarr is cringing and chuckling.

Norfolk outshot Charlotte 45-29 in the victory.

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AHL Preseason Game Day: 10-2-11 Admirals at IceCaps

The Admirals win the trilogy of preseason contests.


Dustin Tokarski stopped 30 of 32 in his final tune-up before the regular season.

First Period
NOR 1:08 Ouellet
STJ 4:48 Armstrong

Second Period
STJ 14:49 Jaffray, (Rossa)
NOR 18:39 Dimmen (PP)

Third Period
NOR 7:30 Picard, (Smith)
NOR 16:10 Ashton, (Conacher, Barberio)(PP)
NOR 19:39 Johnson (EN)

Tyler Johnson ends up the only Admiral with points in all three preseason games.

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AHL Preseason Game Night: 9-30-11 Admirals at IceCaps

Late collapse.


Jaroslav Janus allowed 4 goals for the loss.

First Period

Second Period
NOR 2:44 Johnson
STJ 19:08 Matte, (Melichiori)

Third Period
STJ 8:30 Murray
NOR 14:57 Smith
STJ 17:36 Lampe, (Redmond)(PP)
STJ 18:05 Redmond (PP)
STJ 19:19 Armstrong (EN)

The star of these two preseason games for the Ads was Tyler Johnson, who had a couple of helpers and a goal over the past two nights. You don't score a ton like this young man did in the WHL without having some idea how to play the game. It wouldn't shock me in the slightest to see him put up a 20+ goal 50+ point rookie campaign.

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North American Juniors Game Night: 5/2/11


Western Conference Finals

No.1 Portland Winterhawks 6 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3
Portland wins best of seven series 4-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

Spokane certainly had their leads and chances in this series, but it’s the Portland Winterhawks who are moving on to the WHL Finals. Monday night in Washington the Chiefs scored first again, and had a 2-0 lead 3:32 into the game but Portland scored the game’s next three goals and finished it with three more in the third period to win handily. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson was scoreless in the final game of his junior career. To say the overager had an outstanding year would be an understatement, as he led the WHL in goals scored, was second in points, and was the Western Conference Player of the Year. He earned an entry level contract from Tampa Bay in the process. His playoffs were mired by a head injury and suspension, but he still finished at a point-per-game. Johnson will no doubt be in Tampa Bay’s prospect camp(s) the next time we see him and he’s likely to begin next year with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/30/11


Western Conference Finals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 2 @ No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3
Portland leads best of seven series 3-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

Johnson scored on a wrist shot on a partial breakaway 59 seconds into the game to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead, but didn’t score again until the mid-third to cut a 3-1 deficit to 3-2. Spokane couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 3-2 in the game and now trail 3-2 in the series. The Winterhawks can close it out and move on to meet Kootenay by winning Game 6 Monday in Spokane. Game 5 highlights are on

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/29/11

QMJHL Semifinals

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ No.4 Quebec Remparts 3
Quebec leads best of seven series 3-2

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, -5, 10 PIM

Gatineau staved off elimination after losing the last three games of the series by beating Quebec in Quebec City 5-3 Friday. Game 6 is Sunday in Gatineau.


Western Conference Finals

No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 8
Best of seven series tied 2-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 6-7-13, +3, 9 PIM

Thrashers prospect Levko Koper had a natural hat trick and four points and Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson had a goal and three points to lead Spokane to a big 8-3 home win over Portland. Koper was a seventh round selection of Atlanta in 2009. This game got predictably rough in the third period, but only one fighting major occurred. Game 5 is back in Portland Saturday night.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/27/11


Western Conference Finals

No.4 Windsor Spitfires 4 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 10
Owen Sound wins best of seven series 4-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 0-10-10, +6, 2 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

Owen Sound got three assists from Geoffrey Schemitsch and three goals from Matt Petgrave (2011) to crush Windsor 10-4 and win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as Western Conference champions. That title earns the Attack not only a match-up with Bobby Orr Trophy champion Mississauga for the OHL championship, but because the Majors are Memorial Cup hosts and have an automatic bid to that tournament, Owen Sound earns an invitation too as – at minimum – the OHL’s second best team. In Game 5 with Windsor the Spits had 1-0 and 2-1 leads and the game was just 4-2 Attack entering the third period. Owen Sound got two quick goals in the third and then added four more, including three power play goals. Two of Schemitsch’s assists were with the man advantage. Jack Campbell let in all 10 goals for Windsor.


Western Conference Finals

No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 2 (OT)
Portland leads best of seven series 2-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 0 PIM

Portland Rookie Brendan Leipsic scored his second goal of the playoffs at 7:44 of overtime to lead the Winterhawks to a 3-2 Game 3 win and take back home ice advantage in the series. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson had an assist and was on the ice for both of Spokane’s goals. Spokane outshot Portland 43-32 in the match and had a 31-16 shot advantage after two periods. Reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week Mac Carruth (Blackhawks) was strong between the pipes for Portland. Game 4 is Friday in Spokane. Kootenay swept Medicine Hat and awaits the winner of Portland-Spokane.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/24/11


Western Conference Finals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 1 vs. No.1 Portland Winterhawks 2
Best of seven series 1-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 5-4-9, E, 0 PIM

After defeating the top-seeded Winterhawks 2-1 in Game 1, Spokane was looking to take a stranglehold on the series Sunday and took a 1-0 lead late in the first period, but Portland replied less than 30 seconds later to tie the game and eventually win it on a second period power play goal. Ryan Johansen (Blue Jackets) scored the winner for Portland. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson was scoreless in his return to the Chiefs lineup. He was suspended for Game 1 for a kneeing major taken in the last game of the Tri-City series. Spokane outshot Portland 13-5 in the final period to try to get the game tying goal, but were turned away by Mac Carruth (Blackhawks). Portland outshot Spokane 20-5 in the second period. Game 3 is Wednesday in Spokane. The series will follow a traditional 2-2-1-1-1 format.

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