Gaunce, Cameron

NHL Game Night: 2-13-20 Oilers at Lightning

Lightning starting to look like an unbreakable machine.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. Unbeaten in his last 20 starts. The man's going to mess around and win another Vezina.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:39 TB Maroon (7), (Gaunce, Schenn)
9:36 EDM Jones (3), (Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl)
13:01 TB Gourde (8), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
19:04 TB Paquette (5), (Point, Killorn)(EN)

Yanni Gourde and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and second stars. Gourde finally took his mojo back from Killorn. That's my guess, at least.

Granted, Edmonton's dealing with a rash of important injuries, too. But, with five regulars out of the lineup and Cameron Gaunce having to take a regular shift at forward (for crying out loud) the Lightning still looked poised and determined within their good hockey structure and habits en route to outshooting the Oilers 37-30 and winning their ninth in a row. They once again move to within a lone point of Boston for the league's top mark and show no signs of letting up.

Cameron Gaunce had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:13. At forward? Ordinarily, I'd be revolted at anyone not named Fredrik Modin being allowed the honor of wearing #33 for the Lightning, but he did it justice tonight.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 and 56% on 18 draws in 16:48. Once again, accepted the greater responsibilities and ice time well.

Alexander Volkov was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:43.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lighting Announce a Pair of Organizational Moves

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Cameron Gaunce to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Gaunce, 29, skated in two games with the Lightning during the 2018-19 regular season, posting seven penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. Gaunce made his Lightning debut on April 1 against the Ottawa Senators, recording seven penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenseman has appeared in 34 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Bolts over four seasons, registering two goals and five points to go along with 43 penalty minutes.

The Sudbury, Ontario native also appeared in 59 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2018-19 season, recording 10 goals and 46 points to go along with 65 penalty minutes. He ranked first among all Syracuse defensemen for goals, assists and points. Gaunce also ranked sixth in the AHL among defensemen for assists and tied for seventh for points. He also skated in four Calder Cup Playoff games for Syracuse, posting a pair of assists.

Gaunce has skated in 594 career AHL games with the Cleveland Monsters, Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins, Portland Pirates, Texas Stars and Crunch, collecting 34 goals and 217 points. He helped the Texas Stars win the Calder Cup in 2014, skating in 18 postseason games, recording four assists and a plus-6 rating.

Gaunce was originally drafted by Colorado in the second round, 50th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

The Lightning have also acquired the Nashville Predators’ seventh-round selection in 2021 in exchange for goaltender Connor Ingram, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Ingram was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round, 88th overall, at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

AHL Game Night: 4-12-19 Rocket at Crunch

Crunch take care of business to set up important final two games of regular season.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:34 SYR Volkov (22), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)
2:39 SYR Andreoff (26), (Raddysh, Gaunce)
12:58 LAV Struthers (1), (Alain, Fleury)(PP)

Second Period
1:21 SYR Verhaeghe (32), (Gaunce, Conacher)(PP)
10:27 SYR Verhaeghe (33), (Dumont, Barre-Boulet)

Third Period
16:23 SYR Barre-Boulet (34), (Conacher)(PP)

Carter Verhaeghe, Alex Barre-Boulet, and Cameron Gaunce were the game's three stars.

This could've been a trap game where the team might've looked ahead at a big game against Rochester coming up, so it's reassuring to see the Crunch's big guns rise to the occasion to put away Laval efficiently in this one.

Rochester lost to Bingo in OT tonight, so the Crunch hold a 2 point lead in the North Division with each team having two games left to play. Tomorrow night, 7 pm, the Americans come to town. If Syracuse wins, they hang another division banner. If not, their ROW advantage is now such that they could still win the division with a win against Utica on Sunday in the regular season finale. But, I'm going to posit a guess that nobody's going to be satisfied with backing into a division championship. So, tomorrow's game takes on incredible importance.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 4-1-19 Lightning at Senators

Productive business trip to Ottawa ends as it needs to.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the win. He'll want that first 5-hole softie back, but otherwise it was pretty light work tonight for Vasiy.

First Period
12:04 TB Gourde (21), (Kucherov, Point)
18:48 OTT Tkachuk (21), (DeMelo, Pageau)

Second Period
7:48 TB Sergachev (6), (Kucherov, Coburn)
13:43 TB Point (41), (Gourde, Kucherov)

Third Period
4:34 OTT Veronneau (2), (Balcers, Wolanin)(PP)
5:22 TB Gourde (22), (Coburn, Sergachev)
16:55 TB Stamkos (42), (Joseph, Palat)

Yanni Gourde, Nikita Kucherov, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

Ultimately, that's the response you'd expect from the Lightning after dropping an embarrassing game against Washington last time out. It took them longer than you'd hope to put Ottawa away in this one, mostly due to some sloppy passing in the First Period, but ultimately the team took care of business. Just three more regular season tilts left to go.

Cameron Gaunce was +2 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 12:07. Meh.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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