Game Night Results

  • 5 days 12 hours ago

    The yak is still on the loose.

    SYR-2
    HFD-0

    Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 24 shots he faced for the victory and his first shutout of the campaign. He's won his last 4 starts allowing just 3 total goals in the last 3 of those starts, while running his season save percentage back up to .906 in the process. Now things get very interesting in Syracuse, once Vasilevskiy returns, because this is what we expected coming into the year. These are two of the best prospect netminders around, and they'll be in a knock-down, drag-out for starts all season long. The competition is going to push both guys to play better than they ever thought possible. It's going to be great to see unfold.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    SYR Richard, (5) (Koekkoek), 2:12
    SYR Namestnikov, (3) (Nesterov, Marchessault)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Gudlevskis and Tanner Richard were the game's first and second stars. As of this posting, Richard's +18 mark is second best in the AHL behind the +21 of Manchester's Nick Shore. I should also point out that, on top of the game winning helper he had tonight, Nikita Nesterov hasn't had a minus game in a full month, when he had a -1 outing on 11/19 against Hartford. He's been +9 since that game, taking him up to +9 for the year. He was -2 last year and the 13 points he has in 28 games this season is 3 off the 16 he posted as a rookie in 54 games last season. So, like Richard, here's a player who had some holes in his game who seems to be rounding the corner a bit. Nice to see. Slater Koekkoek, oh by the way, has helpers in 3 of the last 4 games.

    Tomorrow, Syracuse draws Albany at home.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 days 12 hours ago

    Lightning manage to wrestle 1 point out of the quicksand.

    TB-2
    NJ-3 (SO)

    Evgeny Nabokov allowed 2 goals on 18 shots before allowing 1 of 3 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. I'll give him full marks for battling tonight, but that was hard to watch. The first goal was a fluky goal that he put into his own cage. Okay. But, the second goal cannot be allowed at any level of hockey and he got the benefit of 5 or 6 posts tonight on top of that. The Lightning have a real issue there, and the solution may be figuring out some way to shuttle one of the two good goaltenders they have in Syracuse up in back-to-back situations from here on out, which is a roster challenge, but may be necessary. You could've timed that second goal from shot to net with a sun dial it fluttered so slowly.

    First Period
    3:01 NJ Henrique (9), (Greene, Gomez)(PP)
    15:17 NJ Elias (4), (Havlat, Henrique)

    Second Period
    14:55 TB Stamkos (19), (Callahan, Drouin)

    Third Period
    19:19 TB Kucherov (13), (Callahan, Garrison)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    TB- NONE
    NJ- Elias

    Nikita Kucherov was the game's first star.

    Glass half full: they managed to squeeze a point out of a game where they trailed New Jersey in the Third Period. That's no small feat, and part of climbing out of the big hole that they were in was one of the better passing displays we've seen in the last 3-4 weeks, especially in the Second Period. I also thought Radko Gudas, coming off a stomach bug, might've played his best game of the season tonight at both ends of the rink.

    Glass half empty: the goaltending was bad. The power play might've actually been worse, though. 0-for-5 on the power play tonight and one was a key double minor in the Third Period while they were pushing to tie the game where they got nothing going. Nothing. At some point as the season progresses, Yzerman seriously needs to find a righty PP QB to acquire via trade. Nothing they're doing to try to free up Stamkos with lefties at center point is working, and it's becoming counterproductive trying to force set pieces his way or asking him to force passes back through the seam to Filppula, who can't do anything with them because he's not a shooter.

    Cedric Paquette had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 12:39 and he also was 44% on draws.

    Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 21:15. Circle that ice time number. Playing with Stamkos for the full game, this was the first time Cooper really let Drouin out of the stable, and I think Stamkos in particular responded well with 10 shot attempts tonight. My big thing with Drouin now, though, is that team's are playing him as a pass first guy. He needs to shoot it more. 2 shots is more than he's been getting, but he only had 3 shot attempts total. I want to see him at a minimum of 4 shot attempts a game from here on out. Stamkos won't mind, Jonathan. 91 likes rebound goals, too.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 days 1 hour ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

    C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 6/14 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
    With Sherbrooke: 3 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 4 PIM
    With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
    Season totals: 24 GP, 2-16-18, -9, 18 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

    Darcy extended his point streak to five games when he scored the game-winning goal for the Phoenix early in the third period. It was Darcy’s 100th career point and first goal with his new team.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 1

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 26 GP, 9-6-15, -12, 43 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

    The Spits put up 38 shots on Spirit goalie Jake Paterson (Red Wings), but could only beat him once.

    Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
    Brayden Point (Moose Jaw) is with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
    Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia) and Adam Erne (Quebec) are with Team USA
    Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is with Team Czech Republic
    Ben Thomas (Calgary) remains out with a lower body injury

  • 1 week 11 hours ago

    Gwinnett Gladiators 4 at Florida Everblades 5

    D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 18 GP, 5-4-9, +7, 6 PIM, 28 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Allen York, FLA, Recalled to Syracuse (AHL)
    Season totals: 15 GP, 12-2-0-1, 2.23 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 2 SO

    F Kevin Lynch, FLA: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 10 GP, 2-5-7, -4, 10 PIM, 16 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 10 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 10 PIM

    F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 4-3-7, +3, 20 PIM, 29 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 4-4-8, +1, 11 PIM, 28 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    Life, at least temporarily, without Allen York began for the Everblades Wednesday night after his recall to Syracuse earlier in the week as part of the ripple effect of the Ben Bishop injury. Gwinnett jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but the Blades stormed back scoring five straight, topped off by Bolt prospect Artem Sergeev's power-play marker early in the 3rd that would become the eventual game-winner. Kevin Lynch, fresh off signing his AHL contract with Syracuse, tallied in his first game back with Florida. Both Jeff Costello and Mike Aviani had helpers in the five-goal run. Gwinnett, losers of four straight, will get another chance to end the East Division leader's six-game win streak on Friday night.

    Wichita Thunder 2 at Tulsa Oilers 1

    F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 25 GP, 12-13-25, E, 35 PIM, 85 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

    D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 25 GP, 0-5-5, -5, 53 PIM, 28 SOG

    Following up on last weekend's five-zip shutout, Wichita notched its first win in seven attempts against arch-rival Tulsa on Wednesday night. Next game Friday night against Rapid City.

  • 1 week 12 hours ago

    The Killer G's.

    SYR-3
    RCH-2

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the victory. That's two straight quality starts for Kristers since Vasilevskiy started to show his Latvian tandem-mate his tail lights, and he squared his save percentage away at exactly .900 with his effort tonight.

    First Period
    SYR Paradis, (7) (Mormina, Gourde), 1:19
    RCH Ellis, (7) (McCabe, Pysyk), 18:20 (PP)

    Second Period
    SYR Gourde, (12) (Richard, Koekkoek), 5:24
    RCH Ruhwedel, (6) (Irwin), 11:28 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Blunden, (4) (Angelidis, Kunyk), 2:14

    Yanni Gourde and Mike Blunden were the game's first and second stars. Gourde, who along with Gudlevskis was the other Killer G in tonight's contest, is now tied for 3rd in the league in goals, as of this posting. He's just 2 back of the league leader right now and is doing his best to be the next diminutive, undrafted Lightning gem, following in the footsteps of Conacher and Johnson before him.

    Here's a stat that you could've won a lot of money with before this season: Tanner Richard is tied for second in the league in +/- right now at +17. His point tonight helped him match his scoring totals from all of last season (17 points) in 38 less games, and his +/- has improved dramatically from the -9 mark he posted last year. The light has come on for the pesky Richard, who looks to fit a future role as a two-way third liner who can create as a playmaker and has a little bit of instigator's edge to him, too.

    Syracuse's win moves them into a tie with Springfield for the division lead at 37 points and they currently sit at second in the Eastern Conference by virtue of this 7-game winning streak/magic carpet ride they're on. Although they don't yet have the ridiculously good defensive stats and goal differential, this is starting to take on the appearance of one of the old Jon Cooper teams: long winning streaks, plenty of goals, and also, at this moment, tied for second in the league in penalty minutes, too. Fast, talented, and rough and tough when they need to be.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 week 1 day ago

    Vasilevskiy plays the role of the slump slayer.

    TB-3
    PHI-1

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the victory in his first NHL start.

    First Period
    19:19 PHI Simmonds (14), (Streit, Giroux)(PP)

    Second Period
    1:50 TB Stamkos (18), (Drouin, Callahan)
    6:34 TB Johnson (10), (Callahan, Kucherov)

    Third Period
    19:18 TB Filppula (6), (Paquette, Johnson)(EN)

    Ryan Callahan and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and third stars. The night offered Lightning fans a brief slice of the future, with Vasilevskiy in net and Jonathan Drouin playing on the top line with Stamkos. Both had important hands in the outcome of the game, with a cameo appearance by young Cedric Paquette on the EN goal to seal the game.

    Paquette had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot. He was also 67% on draws.

    Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 17:28. If I have a critique of Drouin, it's that I'd like to see him look to shoot a little more and generate some offense that way, too. I hope he stays on that line with Stamkos from here on out.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 1 week 2 days ago

    Bad news in Pittsburgh.

    TB-2
    PIT-4

    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 5 shots before leaving the game after the First Intermission with what was deemed a "lower body injury". Evgeny Nabokov allowed 3 goals on 21 shots the rest of the way for the loss.

    First Period
    19:09 PIT Sutter (7), (Scuderi)(SH)
    19:33 TB Drouin (2), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    2:55 PIT Rust (1), (Ebbett)
    19:26 PIT Downie (5), (Hornqvist, Malkin)(PP)

    Third Period
    7:47 PIT Dumoulin (1), (Downie, Spaling)
    16:56 TB Kucherov (12), (Filppula)

    The Lightning came out flying in the First Period, and were betrayed by a mixture of bad luck and great goaltending by Fleury. The one goal Bishop allowed was a shot that was going wide that took a goofy bounce off the knob of his stick and bounded into his net. It was so goofy and unlucky, I wouldn't be surprised if Bishop hurt himself kicking something in the locker room about his buzzard's luck. It was that kind of night. You then had Nabby handing Pittsburgh a free goal on a puckhandling gaffe and then a fourth goal coming off a deflection off Hedman. Meanwhile, the Lightning couldn't buy another goal on Fleury until a breakaway goal from Kucherov late in garbage time. Just nothing is going right now, and you hope that Bishop being held out for precautionary reasons turns out to be over something minor like a stubbed toe rather than something being broken or torn.

    Cedric Paquette had 1 shot and 4 hits and was 60% on draws in 14:10.

    Jonathan Drouin had a goal and 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 14:50. He was probably one of the three best players on the rink for the Lightning tonight, and that was reflected in his promotion to the Stamkos line in the Third Period. He could've easily had a 3 point night tonight if the Lightning were so cursed right at the moment.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 1 week 2 days ago

    Bratislava 6 vs. Jokerit 2
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 25/27, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%
    Season totals: 20 GP, 6-10-4, 2 SO, 2.68 GAA, .898 sv%

    Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius surrendered 6 goals in defeat for Jokerit in their 6-2 loss to Slovan Bratislava.

  • 1 week 2 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 6

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
    Season totals: 25 GP, 9-6-15, -11, 43 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

    The Soo continued its strong play, knocking off visiting Windsor 6-4 on Sunday. DiGiacinto (5’11” 196) fought Tyler Gandy (6’2” 196). Both players got several punches in, with Gandy getting the victory nod. He declared victory himself after the fight, actually. It was DiGiacinto’s third fight this season, per hockeyfights.com.

  • 1 week 2 days ago

    No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ No. 11 Denver Pioneers 1

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 17 GP, 5-2-7, E, 25 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

    No. 1 North Dakota salvaged a weekend split with Denver on Saturday, though it knocked them down to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday.

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