Gudas, Radko

NHL Game Night: 4-18-13 Lightning at Canadiens

Another respectable, competitive effort in garbage time of the season.

TB-2
MTL-3

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
04:04 MTL Galchenyuk (9), (Gallagher, Drewiske)
15:05 MTL Gionta (13), (Plekanec, Pacioretty)
17:36 TB Panik (5), (Hedman, Killorn)(PP)

Third Period
05:07 TB Lecavalier (10), (Pouliot, Hedman)
19:13 MTL Gionta (14), (Weber, Ryder)

At this stage of the season, I'm looking for effort and competitiveness more so than wins. Baby steps.

With 4 goals and 19 points now in 40 games, we can start to take a peek at what Victor Hedman might be at in an 82 game season. It comes out to a very respectable 8 goal, 39 point season. Bear in mind Hedman's gotten a greener light since Cooper took over behind the bench, which is why I'd expect his scoring pace to pick up.

Alex Killorn had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:08. It's been interesting to see his ice time slowly turned down. Projected over 82 games, Killorn's 7 goals and 19 points in 34 games pro-rates to 17 goals and 46 points. Pretty good rookie numbers.

Richard Panik had a goal and was -1 with 3 shots, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 10:59. That scoring line on his power play goal, being assisted by Killorn and Hedman, was like a telegram from the future. It's a much smaller sample set of 22 games, but his 5 goals and 9 points projects to about 19 goals and 34 points in an 82 game season, which is pretty good given how small his average ice time numbers are. It might be hard to consider holding him off the team next season.

Radko Gudas was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 20:35.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie played 10:19.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 4-16-13 Lightning at Jets

Semi-respectable result in garbage time of the season.

TB-3
WPG-4 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 36 shots but then allowed 2 of 3 to score in the penalty shot for the old SOL.

First Period
01:23 WPG Ladd (17), (Wheeler, Little)
10:27 TB St. Louis (12), (unassisted)

Second Period
08:37 WPG Wheeler (16), (Ladd, Bogosian)
17:54 WPG Ladd (18), (Wheeler, Bogosian)(PP)

Third Period
05:19 TB Labrie (2), (Thompson, Gudas)
11:17 TB Stamkos (27), (Carle)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- NONE
WPG- Santorelli, Ladd

Winnipeg should consider themselves extremely fotunate to have survived Tampa Bay's deployment of the secret weapon, P.C. Labrie.

Alex Killorn had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 17:39.

Richard Panik was +1 with 1 shot, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:56. Interesting to see his ice time nudging up toward Killorn's.

Radko Gudas had a helper, 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 16:11.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie laid waste to a Pavelec rebound and all in his path for a goal, a +1 rating, 2 shots, and 3 hits in 10:49. If he gave Labrie anymore ice time, Cooper would have to turn himself in for war crimes.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 4-14-13 Lightning at Sabres

Feel the Nichushkin-mentum.

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BUF-3

Mathieu Garon allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss including his obligatory 1 that he'd want back.

First Period
04:09 BUF Ennis (10), (Vanek, Ehrhoff)(PP)

Second Period
08:00 BUF Hecht (4), (Gerbe)
12:37 BUF Porter (4), (Flynn, Ott)
13:30 TB Pouliot (8), (Brewer, Lecavalier)

Third Period
NO SCORING

The Lightning outshot Buffalo 33-22 with most of that coming once they spotted the Sabres the 3 goal lead. I have no idea what sort of weird sports psychology issue makes a team only start playing harder once they fall behind big. It's bizarre. That's something for Jon Cooper to sort out in the offseason. In the meantime, the Lightning will be looking at one of the big three draft prospects or possibly Traktor Chelyabinsk power forward Valery Nichushkin in their future.

Alex Killorn had 3 shots in 20:26.

Richard Panik was -2 with 2 shots and 1 hit. The biggest challenge for a young player isn't proving you can be brilliant as Panik was last night. The biggest challenge is proving you can do it consistently, and Panik was a non-factor tonight.

Radko Gudas was -1 with 5 hits and 2 blocked shots in 17:40.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 4-13-13 Lightning at Capitals

Moral victory?

TB-5
WSH-6 (OT)

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 20 shots before being pulled after the first period. Mathieu Garon allowed 3 on 18 the rest of the way for the old back door loss.

First Period
13:45 WSH Brouwer (16), (Ribiero, Ovechkin)(PP)
18:45 WSH Hillen (2), (Beagle, Oleksy)
19:22 WSH Ovechkin (27), (Backstrom)

Second Period
02:41 WSH Chimera (2), (Perrault, Oleksy)
03:55 TB Panik (3), (Pyatt, Purcell)
05:26 WSH Fehr (8), (Perreault)
18:47 TB St. Louis (10), (Stamkos, Pouliot)

Third Period
04:23 TB Panik (4), (Gudas, Aulie)
08:17 TB St. Louis (11), (Hedman, Pyatt)
17:25 TB Purcell (11), (Pyatt, Panik)

Overtime
02:59 WSH Green (10), (Ribiero, Fehr)(PP)

Richard Panik was the game's third star.

I expected the Lightning to get routed tonight. That's why I spent most of it watching Peca in the Quinnipiac game. And, it pretty much went to plan until all of a sudden the Lightning decided not to lay down. Whatever Jon Cooper said to them, they had the hearts of lions in the Third Period and to start Overtime. It's a shame one bad defensive play (Matt Carle) got them in the box and they lose on a 4-on-3 situation. Still, you have to like the show of character.

Alex Killorn was -1 with 4 shots and 1 hit in 20:14.

Panik went insane with 2 goals, 1 assist, and a +4 rating. 4 shots and 4 hits too in 15:32. He's got this kind of ability, folks. He's a beast when it comes together.

Radko Gudas had a helper, 1 shot, and 4 hits in 17:14.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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