Game Night Results

  • 2 weeks 4 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7
    QMJHL Finals
    Rouyn-Noranda wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 5 Hits
    Playoff totals: 20 GP, 10-5-15, +2, 32 PIM
    Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

    Rouyn-Noranda won the President Trophy as QMJHL champs with a 7-2 win Thursday over Dennis Yan and Shawinigan. The Huskies advance to the Memorial Cup where they will join tournament host Red Deer and OHL champ London. Seattle and Brandon continue to battle in the WHL for the last spot. Yan completes his year with a bounce-back post-season after a lackluster finish to the regular season. He finishes the playoffs 10th in league goal scoring and second in penalty minutes. He’ll return to the Q next year.

    Ryan Zuhlsdorf of USHL Dubuque is the lone Lightning prospect left playing. His Saints take on Tri-City in the USHL Clark Cup Finals.

  • 2 weeks 5 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6
    QMJHL Finals
    Rouyn-Noranda leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
    Playoff totals: 19 GP, 9-5-14, +3, 28 PIM
    Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

    Shawinigan staved off elimination for at least one more game, avoiding a sweep at the hands of Rouyn-Noranda with a 6-4 win Tuesday. Dennis Yan’s ninth goal of the playoffs gave the Cataractes a 3-0 lead they’d later relinquish. The Huskies came back from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits to tie the game before Shawinigan went ahead for good late in the third period. Former Lightning camper Philippe Cadorette stopped 33 of 37 shots for Shawinigan, earning second star. Game 5 is Thursday in the Huskies’ arena.

    United States Hockey League

    Bloomington Thunder 0 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 3
    Eastern Conference Finals
    Dubuque wins best-of-5 series, 3-2

    D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 10 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
    (University of Minnesota signee)

    Dubuque advanced to the Clark Cup Finals with a 3-0 shutout win over Bloomington Tuesday. Hunter Miska (undrafted Minnesota-Duluth commit) stopped 25 shots for the shutout win. The Saints will face Adam Wilcox’s old team, the Tri-City Storm, in the finals starting Friday.

  • 3 weeks 23 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 1
    QMJHL Finals
    Rouyn-Noranda leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6 Hits
    Playoff totals: 18 GP, 8-5-13, +1, 28 PIM
    Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

    The Huskies are within one win of the President Cup after a 2-1 Game 3 win in Shawinigan Sunday. Rouyn-Noranda won the completion of Game 2 Saturday, 4-1. Game 4 is Tuesday. Yan is the last remaining Lightning prospect playing outside the NHL.

    United States Hockey League

    Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 @ Bloomington Thunder 3 (OT) (Saturday)
    Eastern Conference Finals
    Best-of-5 series tied, 2-2

    D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, +4, 10 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
    (University of Minnesota signee)

    Dubuque outshot Bloomington 9-6 in overtime, but the Thunder snuck out the win to avoid elimination and force a deciding Game 5 in the USHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. The series will end one way or another Tuesday in Dubuque.

  • 3 weeks 1 day ago

    Halfway to the mountaintop...

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    NYI-0
    TB-4

    Tampa Bay Wins the Series 4-1

    Ben Bishop stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout and the issuance of even more U of Maine Justice in a closeout game. He had 1-2 timely saves early in the game and one big time larceny on Boychuk to preserve his SO, but otherwise it was an afternoon of light work for Bish. His homework for the ECF: come out sharper for Game One, as he looked a little off in Game One of both the DET and NYI series, and the Lightning can't afford to spot any opponent a game here on out.

    First Period
    13:49 TB Hedman(3), (unassisted)
    18:41 TB Boyle(3), (Carle, Paquette)

    Second Period
    4:22 TB Hedman(4), (Drouin, Johnson)(PP)

    Third Period
    4:40 TB Kucherov(9), (Killorn)

    Victor Hedman, Bishop, and Brian Boyle were the game's three stars.

    The Lightning took the Islanders' heart in OT wins in Game Three and Game Four and today they did a clinical job of taking their playoff lives. Sensing the advantage, the Lightning finally played an excellent First Period for the first time in the series to build the 2-0 lead. In the Second Period, they leveraged the power play to get the all important 3 goal advantage after 40 minutes. And, just to discourage the Isles from any thought of a comeback, Kucherov bagged the breakaway early in the Third Period to allow the Lightning to cruise to the Eastern Conference Finals.

    For the first time ever, the Lightning are in the NHL's final four teams in back to back years. In other words, today they officially became elite.

    Speaking of which... Victor Hedman's only roadblock to competing for Norris Trophies has been his inability to establish himself as a legit sniper from the point. In this series, he started to show the ability to find the range. If that continues and carries over into next season, he'll challenge the likes of Doughty and Karlsson and lay legit claim to being the league's best defenseman. And, he's learning how to lug the hefty minutes every game that those Norris-caliber defensemen often do for their teams, as well.

    Now the Lightning get some crucial time off to rest as they await their next opponent. I'm not going to sugar coat this: the Lightning just cleared the JV side of the bracket in the Eastern Conference. The heavy lifting is definitely to come. However, you can only play the opponents on the schedule and the Lightning disposed of both of DET and NYI quickly, as a legitimate contender should have. It's a far cry from last season where the Lightning had already played 13 of a possible 14 games at this point of the playoff season.

    Who do I root for between WAS and PIT on the other side of the bracket? An earthquake or other natural disaster. Frankly, I can't stand either one of them and the national hockey media will do their best to put the machine behind whichever one of Ovechkin or Crosby advances. Six/one half dozen. Either way the Lightning need to start getting Brown, Stralman, and Stamkos back if they're going to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, so protracted, bloody multi-overtime games between the Pens and Caps, and the extra time they would afford the Lightning, might be the best result of all.

    Slater Koekkoek had 1 hit in 9:49. He's clearly supplanted Nesterov in the every day lineup for the team.

    Luke Witkowski had 1 hit in 4:17.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 3 weeks 2 days ago

    United States Hockey League

    Dubuque Fighting Saints 6 @ Bloomington Thunder 4
    Eastern Conference Finals
    Dubuque leads best-of-5 series, 2-1

    D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
    Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +4, 10 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
    (University of Minnesota signee)

    Dubuque limited Bloomington to just 19 shots on goal in Game 2, but allowed 42 in Game 3. The result was the same, however: a Saints win. Dubuque will go for the series win Saturday in Indiana.

    NOTE: Game 2 of the QMJHL Finals between Rouyn-Noranda and Shawinigan was postponed due to a coolant link under the ice. The game will be resumed Saturday afternoon.

  • 3 weeks 2 days ago

    Smash. And. Grab.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    TB-2
    NYI-1 (OT)

    Tampa Bay Leads the Series 3-1

    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. As with Game Three, Bishop made the key saves necessary for the Lightning to keep contact at 1 goal down and execute the perfect road smash and grab.

    First Period
    4:20 NYI Okposo(2), (Kulemin, Nielsen)(PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    7:49 TB Kucherov(8), (Johnson)

    Overtime
    1:34 TB Garrison(1), (Sustr, Palat)

    Jason Garrison and Ben Bishop were the game's first and third stars.

    The Lightning used guile and a dash of luck to get away with an extremely flat performance tonight and take a stranglehold advantage in the series. After a good initial push in the First Period the Islanders received a power play on a questionable exchange in a goalmouth scrum, and once Okposo scored on the ensuing power play the Islanders carried the bulk of the play thereafter. Mind you, the Isles didn't generate a ton of chances with their possession advantage, but they made it very difficult for the Lightning to break out of their own end and they were very stingy with the scoring chances. However, when the Isles had a chance to put the game away, such as their First Period 4 minute power play or Tavares and Okposo's 2-on-1 chance, they couldn't build the 2 goal advantage. When you allow a team as skilled as Tampa Bay to maintain contact on the scoreboard, you invite the smash and grab. Kucherov only needed a sliver of daylight to tie the game in the Third Period, and once they got it to the end of regulation tied, they simply believed they were going to win it. It was obvious, and they blew the Isles off the ice early in OT with a masterful shift punctuated by Garrison's point bomb for the winner.

    Garrison played a great rebound game after looking like the dog's breakfast in Game Three. Perhaps the bizarre domino effect of Carle's minutes coming back into the lineup.

    Isles fans are going to complain about the missed high sticking call on Garrison late in the Third Period. Rightfully so. But, then again, the refs completely changed the momentum of the game early on when Bishop got cross checked in the back of the head at the bottom of a scrum and only Blunden got a call in the resulting melee. Cooper's complaint about soft starts by the Lightning are valid, but I'd also point out I'm a little sick of seeing the momentum shift early in games because of ticky tack or uneven officiating. So, Isles fans can whine all they want, but they've been the beneficiary of poor officiating quite often in this series, too.

    Sunday afternoon, the Lightning need to finish this. There's a chance Pittsburgh may close out the other side of the bracket early, and you don't want to put the team at any disadvantage in terms of energy or additional injuries. I expect (hope) the Lightning have learned a lesson and blow the Isles off the rink in the First Period and discourage the Islanders from hanging around any longer.

    Slater Koekkoek had 1 shot in 10:17.

    Luke Witkowski was +1 in 2:14 of ice time. He extended a clear invitation to any Isles player who wanted to dance. None wanted to take him up on it.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 3 weeks 5 days ago

    Hit me with your best shot...

    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    TB-5
    NYI-4 (OT)

    Tampa Bay Leads the Series 2-1

    Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 39 shots for the win. He was the victim of some very sloppy play by his defense tonight, and while his stat line is not impressive on its face, it included about a half dozen ten bell saves in key moments of the game that allowed the Lightning to maintain contact and eventually steal the win.

    First Period
    7:55 NYI Bailey(1), (Kulemin, Hamonic)
    19:47 TB Callahan(1), (Killorn, Filppula)(PP)

    Second Period
    8:10 TB Hedman(2), (Johnson)
    14:50 NYI Leddy(1), (Clutterbuck, Cizikas)

    Third Period
    2:27 NYI Bailey(2), (Hickey, Prince)(PP)
    3:25 TB Namestnikov(1), (Filppula, Killorn)
    11:23 NYI Clutterbuck(2), (Cizikas)
    19:21 TB Kucherov(7), (Drouin, Hedman)

    Overtime
    2:48 TB Boyle(2), (Hedman, Callahan)

    Brian Boyle and Victor Hedman were the game's first and second stars.

    The Islanders made it pretty clear going into this game they were determined to transform this series into a street fight rather than a hockey exhibition. After being dominated for much of the last 90 minutes of hockey in Game One and Game Two in Tampa Bay, the Islanders were busy splicing up hype videos glorifying Erik Condra's concussion (classy) and trying to start scrums in pregame warmups (Hamonic running into Boyle). There was no equivocating about the night's agenda: the Islanders were going to try to pound the skill out of the Lightning. And, to be honest, they nearly succeeded. In the First Period, Jonathan Drouin made an ill advised attempt to cut to the center of the ice that led to a bone-jarring hit by Hickey that put Jonathan Drouin into the quiet room until deep into the Third Period. With Drouin out and the Lightning playing a skeleton crew of 10 forwards and about 4.5 NHL caliber defensemen, the Isles fourth line waged a night-long campaign to pummel the Lightning into turnovers and mistakes. Back and forth they fought, with the Lightning amazingly answering Bailey's second goal of the night with a Namestnikov equalizer on the very next shift in the Third Period. But, eventually it all took a toll that put the team into a 4-3 hole midway through the Third Period after Jason Garrison (who had an awful case of the yips all game long) threw away a puck off of Cizikas' skate on what became a perfect centering feed to Cal Clutterbuck for what appeared to be the winning goal.

    And then, out of the locker room, young Jonathan Drouin strode forth like a boss... the stuff of legend.

    With the extra attacker pulled and under one minute to play, Drouin (who also absorbed a pretty nasty high stick that drew blood from his nose after returning midway through the Third Period) swooped down the left wing boards probing for a sliver of a crease through the Islander defense. Then, at the moment of truth, he found Nikita Kucherov (the finisher of #ThatLine) dead center of the slot. Bang. Bang. In the blink of an eye the Islanders' perfectly laid plans were obliterated by a player who they thought they had buried less than two periods earlier. And, the indignity was just beginning...

    Recall that revenge is a dish best served cold (an old Klingon proverb, as the late great Ricardo Montalban would remind us).

    Early in overtime, Brian Boyle crushed Thomas Hickey at the Isles blueline, forcing a turnover that eventually led to a 3-on-2 rush. The puck found the trailer, Victor Hedman, who in Hedman-esque fashion missed the net. The bounce found Boyle at the side of an open cage. Kisses to Travis Hamonic. Drive home safely, everybody. Lightning lead the series 2-1.

    Was it artful? No. The Lightning's puck management was terrible in this game, and for a wide swath of the Third Period it looked like the Islanders' plan to pull the Lightning's collective punk card was going to work. But both the Lightning and Jonathan Drouin ultimately proved tonight that if you take a shot at them, you best not miss. And, you'd better be sure you kill them, or they're fully capable of rising back up and taking you out. That's the resilience of a team that, over the last calendar year, has been in a lot tougher spots and faced a lot deeper adversity than what they faced in that SUV showroom in Brooklyn tonight.

    Now the series rolls onto Game Four, where a fragile young Islanders team that isn't overly skilled to begin with will have to manufacture a win to stay viable in the series. They just gave the Lightning their best shot and were less than a minute from victory before getting absolutely humiliated by the two tormentors (Drouin and Boyle) they probably least expected and least wanted to have the satisfaction. The Lightning, on the other hand, have already accomplished their mission in Brooklyn. They've wrestled home ice back from the Islanders and they move into Game Four playing with a heaping stack of the house's chips. Advantage: Lightning. They have a golden opportunity to apply the right pressure to end this series quickly while Stralman, Brown, and Stamkos continue to get healthier by the day and the Caps and Penguins continue to kill each other in protracted, bloody warfare on the other side of the Eastern Conference bracket. For a Lightning team that pretty much did everything the hard way in last year's postseason en route to a painful loss in six games in the Stanley Cup Final, this is a chance to set all their ducks in a row in nearly perfect fashion and give themselves the best possible strategic chance to win it all this year.

    Matt Taormina played 2:43. He got 4 shifts all game. I'm not sure he got one after a glorious turnover that nearly ended up in the back of his own net. I'd expect to see him out of the lineup in Game Four.

    Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 11:35. With Taormina and Nesterov hardly cloaking themselves in glory tonight, the coaching staff gave Koekkoek a little extra responsibility. And, with the exception of one really awful turnover in the Third Period on a failed breakout pass, he handled it pretty well, including some penalty kill time. Perhaps a silver lining of Stralman breaking his leg and Carle getting nicked up will be that Koekkoek plays enough to get a higher level of comfort from the coaching staff to feed him some minutes. Athletically, he's far better equipped to handle it than a lot of the other options available.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 1 day ago

    United States Hockey League

    Bloomington Thunder 4 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 3
    Eastern Conference Finals
    Best-of-5 series tied, 1-1

    D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 2 SOG
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +5, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
    (University of Minnesota signee)

    Dubuque limited Bloomington to just 19 shots on goal, but they scored on four of them to take Game 2, 4-3, and tie the series at one game apiece. The Saints scored all three of their goals in the third period. Zuhlsdorf had a holding penalty and a double minor for roughing. Game 3 is Friday in Indiana.

  • 4 weeks 2 days ago

    Lightning begin to establish their dominance.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    NYI-1
    TB-4

    Series Tied 1-1

    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the victory. He didn't face a lot of good chances, but he made the key situational saves as he rebounded from that fragrant performance in Game One. It's not at all surprising he played well in a rebound game.

    First Period
    6:03 TB Johnson(3), (Palat, Hedman)
    11:55 TB Drouin(1), (Filppula)
    15:15 NYI Kulemin(1), (Hickey, Quine)(PP)

    Second Period
    11:59 TB Hedman(1), (Johnson, Drouin)(PP)

    Third Period
    17:42 TB Johnson(4), (Garrison)(EN)

    Victor Hedman, Jonathan Drouin, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars. I'd give an honorable mention to Ondrej Palat, personally.

    Game One begged the question of what this series will look like once Bishop and the Lightning tighten up their game, and Game Two answered that question: pure dominance. The young Islanders, probably lacking the playoff experience to see the gathering dark clouds, ultimately had no clue what was about to hit them. The Lightning forechecked them like crazy, with speed that just tormented the Islanders D all game long as they gave away turnovers and lost 50/50 pucks en masse. The only thing that saved the Islanders from complete humiliation was the Lightning becoming the victim of some ticky tack calls in the First and Second Periods that yielded the Islanders' only goal on the Kulemin deflection of Hockey's point shot. Other than that, the Islanders barely got a sniff all game long and that's amazing considering that, with Matt Carle out, the Lightning were down to about 4-1/2 NHL caliber defensemen. That didn't matter, though, with the Lightning in the Isles end all game long.

    On a tangential note: if you want to see what this series probably boils down to, go ahead and split screen how the Isles played protecting a multi-goal lead in Game One (turtle shelling) and how the Lightning played protecting a multi-goal lead in Game Two (pushing like crazy for the 3 goal advantage). One of these teams knows how to win in the playoffs and the other hasn't been in these situations. School's in session.

    Oh, and Greiss is mortal. Drouin's goal was pretty soft, and I think we're about to see a reversion to the mean for Greiss. That's to say, I think he's a competent goalie, but if the Isles are expecting him to steal multiple wins to wrestle this series away from Bishop and the Lightning, that's probably a bridge too far for him to cross.

    Now the series moves on to Brooklyn where the Lightning just need to get 1 of 2 games to get home ice and control of the series back. At this hour, given how dominant the Lightning have looked over the past about 90 minutes of hockey, that seems like a low bar to clear.

    Matt Taormina was +1 in 5:31 of ice time.

    Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 1 shot in 6:47 of ice time. He nearly got the kill shot goal in the Third Period, but overall he and Taormina simply weren't going to see the ice much in this game unless the Lightning really, really had broken it open.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 2 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6
    QMJHL Semifinals
    Shawinigan wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

    W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
    Playoff totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, E, 25 PIM
    Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

    W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play (injured – out for playoffs)
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
    Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
    Playoff totals: 15 GP, 8-4-12, +5, 26 PIM
    Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

    Dennis Yan and the Cataractes advanced to the QMJHL Finals with a 6-3 home win in Game 5 against the Sea Dogs. Anthony Beauvieller (Islanders) had two goals and five points for Shawinigan. Boko Imama returned for Saint John, and may have played his final junior game Friday. He is eligible for the pros next season should the Lightning choose to sign him. He could also return to juniors as an overager and the Lightning would retain his rights for another year. Mathieu Joseph’s remarkable season officially ends, though he was out for the remainder of the playoffs with a severe cut on his calf that required surgery. He’ll head back to Saint John next year. Yan and Shawinigan await the winner of Moncton and Rouyn-Noranda, Nikita Kucherov’s former team.

    United States Hockey League

    Bloomington Thunder 1 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 7
    Eastern Conference Finals
    Dubuque leads best-of-5 series, 1-0

    D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +5, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
    (University of Minnesota signee)

    Captain Keegan Ford (undrafted, Michigan Tech commit) had two goals and two assists from the blueline to lead the Saints to a 7-1 shellacking of Bloomington in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Ryan Zuhlsdorf, who is the only NHL draft pick in the series, finished plus-3 in the win. The Thunder, who upset Cedar Rapids in five games in the conference semifinals, had a 1-0 lead after the first period.

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