Game Night Results

  • 21 weeks 4 days ago

    Has this team given up?

    ALB-6
    SYR-2

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 6 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Ugly all around.

    First Period
    ALB Hrabarenka, (7) , 3:28
    ALB Larsson, (2) (Zajac, Janssen), 8:34
    ALB Urbom, (1) (Hrabarenka, Zajac), 18:23

    Second Period
    ALB Boucher, (18) (Larsson, Whitney), 1:36
    SYR Connolly, (16) (Paquette, Namestnikov), 2:56 (PP)
    ALB Zajac, (9) (Wohlberg), 9:56

    Third Period
    ALB Sislo, (23) (Timmins, Whitney), 1:07 (PP)
    SYR Marchessault, (15) (DiSalvatore, Connolly), 16:14 (PP)

    There is A LOT wrong in Syracuse right now. A LOT. And although some tweaks have already been made with a view toward next season, I don't think Julien BriseBois was in Syracuse this weekend just to take in the scenery. As the second half of this season has unfolded, it's become clear changes need to be made, but this last stretch of the year may mean bigger changes. This team is fast sinking to the bottom of the conference, and it's got to be an embarrassment to the Lightning organization at this point.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 21 weeks 4 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    After putting the Syracuse Crunch on the board with a power play goal early in the second period, Brett Connolly celebrated with an unenthusiastic fist pump.

    The goal brought the Crunch back to within three, but the Albany Devils continued to pour on the pressure to hand Syracuse its fourth-straight loss, 6-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    "It's a moral victory that we played better tonight than we did last night," Connolly said. "But it's still not good enough."

  • 21 weeks 5 days ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
    (1)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (2)Novosibirsk 2
    Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-0
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 28/30, 2.00 GAA, .933 sv%
    Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
    Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-1-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%

    Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov scored a shorthanded goal and ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had the game winning goal for Magnitogorsk in their 3-2 win over Novosibirsk in Game Two of their second round series. It was Kazionov's first point of the playoffs. Ex-Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare had Metallurg's other goal.

    (2)Astana 5 vs. (4)Ufa 2
    Series Tied 1-1
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 31/36, 5.04 GAA, .861 sv%
    Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 5-4-0, 0 SO, 2.27 GAA, .927 sv%

    Andrey Vasilevskiy was pulled for the final 28 seconds of play in Ufa's 5-2 loss to Barys Astana. Astana got 3 assists from former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski and a goal from former Lightning defenseman Kristian Kudroc in the win.

  • 21 weeks 5 days ago

    When you play the Pens, you play 5-on-7.

    TB-3
    PIT-4 (OT)

    Anders Lindback allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the OT loss. I feel bad for the young man. He was sharp and made some sparkling saves to give the Lightning an opportunity to win this game. In fact, I'd say he was doing his best Ben Bishop impression all game. And then the refs just kept gifting power plays to the Pens, hanging him out to dry.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    5:29 PIT Crosby (34), (Malkin, Zatkoff)(PP)
    16:44 TB Filppula (24), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)

    Third Period
    8:17 TB Stamkos (20), (Killorn, Gudas)
    11:07 PIT Malkin (22), (Niskanen, Crosby)(PP)
    16:43 PIT Malkin (23), (Jokinen)
    18:38 TB Palat (19), (Gudas, Carle)

    Overtime
    1:27 PIT Neal (23), (Malkin, Crosby)(PP)

    Steven Stamkos was the game's third star. He was beastly today. He looked like he's clearly past the injury and back to being hell bent on proving he's the best player in the game today. He was excellent.

    If you want to look on the bright side, I think the Lightning made a statement today. They've been pulling out wins against bad teams and proving they deserve to be in the playoffs, but I think today they asserted to the league that they are a team fully capable of doing damage when they get there. They went toe to tow with one of the two elite teams in the conference and gave them all they could handle. Were the officiating right down the middle, who knows what might've happened.

    But, you know, it wasn't. The referees really gift wrapped two goals for the Pens in this game, which was infuriating. The "slashing" call they gave to Killorn for blade on blade stick contact on Malkin was an absolute joke. Prior to Tyler Johnson's terrible turnover that allowed the Pens to take the lead in the Third Period, you had an obvious interference call perpetrated on Filppula go uncalled. And then, in Overtime, the kill shots came on a borderline too many men call followed up by a uncalled Crosby interference on Tyler Johnson off the faceoff moments before Neal's winning goal. The joke of this league is that you know going into games against certain teams that they'll get every borderline call and even a few they outright don't deserve. You can call it before the game. And right now, at the top of that list, there's the Pittsburgh Penguins. It's rough when you're out there having to compete against 5 very talented hockey players and 2 less-than-above-board referees. Impossible on many nights, in fact.

    All of which should not dampen Lightning fans appreciation of the amazing individual effort Ondrej Palat put in to tie the game at 3-3 and get the team the point today. Nothing against Tyler Johnson, but if you held a gun to my head all season, Ondrej is the one I'd be promoting for the Calder Trophy. He's been the truth in all three zones this season, and that highlight reel goal today likely exposed him to a lot more people around the league.

    Mike Kostka had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:04. When you play against the Pens, arguably the scariest offensive team in the league, and you hold your own, that's proof you belong.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 21 weeks 5 days ago

    Miami RedHawks 3 vs No. 11 North Dakota 0
    NCHC Semifinals

    F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
    Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 31 GP, 7-8-15, +5, 8 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

    Miami continued their hot streak after knocking off top-seeded St. Cloud State last weekend, beating North Dakota, 3-0, in the NCHC semifinals on Friday night. Mullin remains out for the RedHawks with a lower body injury. O’Donnell and North Dakota will wait to see where they play in the national tournament. Miami will play Denver for the first NCHC championship.

    No. 14 Colgate Raiders 3 vs No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (2OT)
    ECAC Semifinals

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 39 GP, 12-26-38, +5, 16 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

    Quinnipiac will go another year without an ECAC championship as they blew a 2-0 lead and fell in double overtime to Colgate, 3-2, in the semifinals. Peca had a power play assist on a one-touch pass into the slot to help the Bobcats to a 2-0 lead. He was on the ice late in the third period with Colgate’s goalie pulled, covering high as Colgate banged away at a loose puck in the crease to tie the game at two. In double overtime, Peca came off the bench to backcheck on an odd-man rush. Colgate’s initial shot caromed back into the high slot and a QU defenseman lost his feet, enabling a clear shot for a Raider player to win the game. The Bobcats will next play in the national tournament.

    Ohio State Buckeyes 3 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1
    Big 10 Semifinals

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 24 shots
    Season totals: 34 GP, 23-5-6, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%, 3 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    Wilcox, who was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist earlier in the week, allowed two goals to Ohio State, but the story was the Gophers picking a bad time for sloppy play. Minnesota wasn’t themselves on Friday night, especially late in the third period when they struggled to even get the puck in deep on the forecheck. One of those failed opportunities resulted in an empty net goal. The Gophers will await their seeding in the national tournament.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 21 weeks 5 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6
    Mooseheads lead best-of-7 first round series, 1-0

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 12 SOG, 15/28 FO, *First Star*
    Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Halifax took Game 1 of their first round series with Charlottetown, 6-3, outshooting the visiting Islanders, 51-18. Drouin, who was named QMJHL First Star for the month of March, had three points and a team-leading 12 shots on goal.

    Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 @ Quebec Remparts 4 (OT)
    Huskies lead best-of-7 first round series, 1-0

    C/W Adam Erne, QUE: Did not play.
    Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, -3, 61 PIM
    2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

    Erne remains out while recovering from a lacerated spleen. He is due back by the end of the month if the Remparts are still alive.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Niagara IceDogs 0 @ North Bay Battalion 4
    Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 1-0

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    Blujus scored his fourth career playoff goal to help North Bay to a 4-0 Game 1 shutout win over Niagara. Blujus’ goal was the game-winner, scored early in the second period on the power play. All of North Bay’s goals came in the middle frame.

    Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4
    Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 1-0

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Ikonen scored his first goal of the playoffs mid-way through the second period to give the Fronts a 3-0 lead. They never looked back en route to a 4-1 Game 1 win.

  • 21 weeks 5 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored twice in the first period, and held on to hand the Syracuse Crunch their second straight shutout loss, 2-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    Syracuse had trouble creating sustained pressure, and was held to four shots in the first period and 16 overall.

    "For whatever reason -- it's hard to explain -- we came out flat tonight," said Syracuse forward Jon DiSalvatore. "You've got to be ready to battle, you've got to be ready for the pressure."

  • 21 weeks 5 days ago

    Offensive outage continues.

    WBS-2
    SYR-0

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for another hard luck loss. Lack of goal support is a terrible thing.

    First Period
    WBS Machacek, (17) (Ebbett, Dumoulin), 7:38
    WBS Payerl, (3) (Manderson, Zlobin), 17:39 (PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Gudlevkis was the game's third star.

    16 shots on goal. That's all Syracuse could manage in the entire game. 16 shots on goal. That's about 5 less than Bishop had to stop in the Third Period alone against Toronto the other night. 16? It's embarrassing.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 21 weeks 6 days ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
    (1)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (6)Novosibirsk 2 (OT)
    Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, 32/34, 1.81 GAA, .941 sv%
    Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 5-1-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%

    Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin scored a power play goal 6:29 into Overtime to deliver Metallurg a 3-2 Game One win over Novosibirsk. Mozyakin also had a pair of helpers in the match to lead the way for Magnitogorsk.

    (2)Astana 2 vs. (4)Ufa 3 (OT)
    Ufa Leads the Series 1-0
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 35/37, 1.97 GAA, .946 sv%
    Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 8 GP, 5-3-0, 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .936 sv%

    Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov scored 1:17 into Overtime to give his club, Ufa, a 3-2 Game One win over Barys Astana. Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov dropped in 2 assists in the win. Former Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin had a goal in defeat for Barys and former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski also had a helper in the loss for Astana.

  • 21 weeks 6 days ago

    Lightning gets the job done.

    TB-5
    OTT-4

    Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the victory. The stat line isn't pretty, but he made some key saves when he needed to and never allowed his team to fall behind on the road. That's how you scratch out points at this time of the season.

    First Period
    0:23 TB Purcell (11), (Hedman, Johnson)
    10:44 OTT MacArthur (21), (Turris)(SH)
    12:38 TB Purcell (12), (Hedman, Johnson)
    13:07 OTT Karlsson (18), (Hoffman, Spezza)(PP)

    Second Period
    5:43 TB Filppula (23), (Palat, Salo)(PP)
    17:32 OTT Hemsky (11), (Michalek)

    Third Period
    3:48 TB Brewer (1), (Brown, Killorn)
    11:58 TB Callahan (13), (Palat, Salo)(PP)
    17:08 OTT Michalek (13), (Karlsson, Spezza)

    Teddy Purcell and Victor Hedman were the game's first and third stars.

    Giving up 4 goals doesn't exactly give you the warm and fuzzies, and perhaps it was a reflection of the quality of opponent tonight, but this was probably the best game the Lightning played of the 3 game set against Canadian-based teams. Ottawa really didn't seem to have concerted pressure in this game, and they didn't look as dangerous on the rush as Toronto did. The goals the Lightning surrendered were on a puck handling gaffe by Salo in the neutral zone, two clean Filppula faceoff losses, and Gudas and Carle getting undressed by a great individual play by Hemsky. All of these things are, at least, correctable, and the Lightning never fell behind in the game and eventually got the result they deserved.

    The Lightning end this 10 game segment of the season right on the target 12 points you want, and at 85 points they're 1 point ahead of pace for the season. At no point this season have the Lightning fallen behind the pace we set forth here, overall, for the year. They've missed 12 points in some segments, but they've always had insurance points saved up to compensate. It's been an impressive, consistent ride by the Lightning thus far. To finish the drill, the Lightning now have 12 games to earn at least 11 points (to hit 96 for the year) and I dare say a 100 point season (15 points in the last 12 games) is certainly not out of the question.

    And if that doesn't earn Jon Cooper NHL Coach of the Year, well, that's another rant for another night.

    Mike Kostka had 1 shot and 3 blocked shots in 15:56. He wasn't quite as good as he was in Toronto when he was pumped up in front of the home town.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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