Game Night Results

  • 29 weeks 4 days ago

    KHL Western Conference Final
    (4)Yaroslavl 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 2
    St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-0
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff totals: 13 GP, 6-8-14, +2, 2 PIM
    Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

    Ex-NHL'er Evgeny Dadonov had a pair of helpers to lead SKA to a 2-1 Game Four win over Yaroslavl to sweep the KHL Western Conference Final. Forward Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:48 in the match. They look likely to face the East's top seed Magnitogorsk, which currently holds a 3-0 series lead over Ak Bars Kazan.

  • 29 weeks 6 days ago

    Vampire Lightning again rise from the dead to keep their season alive.

    CHI-4
    TB-5 (OT)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 29 goals for the win. He was actually pulled toward the end of the opening frame for Petr Budaj, who stopped the 3 shots he faced, but Cooper re-inserted Vasilevskiy and eventually got the payoff in the form of two key breakaway saves including the save of the game denying Kane on a breakaway move that he scores on 99 out of 100 goaltenders on the planet. Not Vasilarceniy tonight, however.

    First Period
    1:23 CHI Panarin (25), (Kero)
    9:29 TB Palat (16), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
    10:17 CHI Kane (34), (Hjalmarsson, Keith)
    13:41 CHI Jurco (1), (Schmaltz)

    Second Period
    8:47 CHI Panik (21), (VanRiemsdyk, Schmaltz)
    11:45 TB Drouin (19), (Killorn, Stralman)
    12:47 TB Stralman (4), (McKegg, Palat)
    16:24 TB Drouin (20), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    4:25 TB Gourde (2), (Hedman)

    Yanni Gourde, Jonathan Drouin, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars.

    My God. What did we just witness? Every once in a while something happens in sports that you think can't happen, but by shear force of will a player or a team makes it happen. When Richard Panik put the Lightning down 4-1 around the middle of the Second Period of this game, the Lightning season looked completely dead and over. It's not just that the Lightning had fallen behind an opponent by three goals with about half the game to make up the deficit, but it was against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was against a defensive corps we all watched strangle this Lightning team to death in the Stanley Cup Final just a couple of years ago. There should have been no way they would surrender a 3 goal lead, and especially so to a Tampa Bay club that looked sloppy and disorganized for most of the first 30 minutes and couldn't get out of its own way.

    I give a lot of credit to Jon Cooper and, more importantly, to the character of this team. They could've flat given up right there and I might not have blamed them. Instead, the team resolved to turn the remaining ~35 minutes of hockey in this game into a breathtaking demonstration of the brand of Lightning hockey we've rarely seen this season but know these players are capable. Speed? Yes. Skill? Yes. But, more importantly, a suffocating dedication to puck pursuit and denying the opposition time, space, and passing lanes. The Lightning started to crawl all over the Blackhawks like a troop of extremely pissed off fire ants in all three zones and eventually made the breaks they needed to get 2 points that looked impossible just an hour and a half or so ago. That forecheck tonight, in particular... my goodness. When they forecheck like that there's not a team on earth that can stand up to the pressure.

    The Lightning move to just 1 point behind Boston for the final Wild Card spot, and they've got another game against Jack Edwards and The Spoked Satan left on the schedule. The dream of a Lightning playoff berth refuses to die.

    Luke Witkowski had 4 penalty minutes, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:56. He had a hit on Hossa tonight that you rarely see do that much damage against a guy as sturdy on his skates as Hossa is.

    Gregg McKegg had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:20. A comeback like this rarely comes without some secondary scoring help from the lower lines, and McKegg supplied the key play around the net that led to Stralman's goal.

    Jake Dotchin was -1 with 5 shots and 3 hits in 20:40.

    Gabriel Dumont was +1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:41.

    Gourde, the man of the hour, had the OT GWG shooting forehand on a breakaway. He also had 1 shot in his 16:30 of ice time and was 27% on 15 draws.

    Adam Erne was -1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:19.

    Joel Vermin was -1 with 2 hits in 11:15. Even without gaudy stat lines, I can't underscore enough how important the minutes and work Dumont, Erne, and Vermin put in tonight. They were active, tenacious, and they didn't let up on Chicago as the Lightning comeback continued to sweep over Chicago. You would think a team like Chicago's depth would be able to take advantage of some of these Lightning callups, and it was the other way around tonight. Guys like Erne were looking to take their lunch money.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 29 weeks 6 days ago

    KHL Western Conference Finals
    (4) Yaroslavl 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 2 (OT)
    St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-0
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Playoff totals: 12 GP, 6-8-14, +3, 2 PIM
    Regular season: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

    Nikita Gusev had an early Third Period power play marker to force OT as SKA came from behind to defeat Yaroslavl 2-1 in OT. Gusev played 18:08 in the match. Undrafted 22 year old forward Alexander Barabanov scored the OT winner for SKA that has now put them one win shy of the KHL Gagarin Cup Final. In the East, top seeded Magnitogorsk holds a 2-0 series lead on Ak Bars Kazan.

  • 29 weeks 6 days ago

    Roller coaster goes down.

    SYR-0
    TOR- 4

    Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    1:13 TOR Greening (10), (Kapanen, Valiev)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    6:22 TOR Oleksy (3), (Greening, Sislo)
    8:53 TOR Kalinin (1), (Johnsson, Oleksy)
    17:39 TOR Leipsic (13), (Greening)(EN)

    Syracuse slipped 2 points behind Toronto for the top spot in the North Division with the loss, although they still hold a game in hand on the Marlies.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 30 weeks 15 hours ago

    Crunch make good on the previous night's defeat.

    UTI-1
    SYR-5

    Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. I think that might be his first quality start in a Crunch uniform.

    First Period
    10:27 UTI Zalewski (5), (Billins, Pelletier)
    11:56 SYR Conacher (15), (Bournival, Peca)

    Second Period
    12:30 SYR Ikonen (4), (Comrie, Thomas)(PP)

    Third Period
    4:57 SYR Kurtz (3), (Peca, Condra)
    8:44 SYR Froese (27), (Taormina, Conacher)(PP)
    13:26 SYR Conacher (16), (McGinn)

    Cory Conacher, Matthew Peca, and Henri Ikonen were the game's three stars. A rare Henri Ikonen sighting.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 30 weeks 1 day ago

    Norfolk Admirals 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 28 GP, 3-4-7, -2, 4 PIMs, 51 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 5-14-19, +11, 6 PIMs, 42 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
    Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-10-0-1, 2.89 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

    The K-Wings rolled out a repeat performance Saturday night of Friday night's 5-3 victory over the Norfolk Admirals. Joel Martin was in goal for this contest, stopping 26 shots while Lightning prospect Cam Darcy set up a first period power play marker by Peter Schneider. Kalamazoo now sits just 2 points back of Quad Cities for third in the Central Division. The K-Wings hit the road for three games in Estero, FL next week, playing the Florida Everblades Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

  • 30 weeks 1 day ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch answered quickly and kept plugging away.

    The Crunch netted the equalizer 89 seconds after the Comets opened the scoring and went on to score five unanswered goals, as Syracuse routed rival Utica, 5-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    “We thought we had a solid effort from the first to last minute,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It was unfortunate that they took the lead, but we were able to answer back quickly. That gave us confidence for the rest of the game.”

  • 30 weeks 1 day ago

    KHL Western Conference Finals
    (2)St. Petersburg 4 vs. (4)Yaroslavl 1
    St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-0
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff totals: 10 GP, 5-7-12, +4, 2 PIM
    Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

    Nikita Gusev had a power play assist on an Ilya Kovalchuk goal in SKA's 4-1 Game Two win over Yaroslavl. He played 16:41 in the match. Ex-Penguins and Coyotes forward Sergei Plotnikov led the way for SKA with 2 goals and 3 points in the victory. Meanwhile, in the East, top seed Magnitogorsk has a 1-0 series lead on third seeded Ak Bars Kazan.

  • 30 weeks 2 days ago

    Norfolk Admirals 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 27 GP, 3-4-7, -1, 4 PIMs, 48 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG, *Second Star*
    Season Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 5-13-18, +12, 6 PIMs, 41 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MIN, 36/39
    Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-10-0-1, 2.89 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

    The K-Wings secured their place in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs Friday night in front of 2,154 fans at the Wings Event Center, besting the Norfolk Admirals 5-3. Nic Riopel returned to the net and turned away 36 shots. Lightning prospect Cam Darcy scored the eventual game-winner on an unassisted marker early in the 3rd period with a one-on-one glove-side move against the Norfolk netminder, earning 2nd Star Honors. Kalamazoo and Quad Cities are battling to see who draws Toledo or Fort Wayne in the playoffs, with the Mallards up by 4 points over the K-Wings with a game-in-hand. Kalamazoo finishes up the three-game home stand Saturday night with a rematch against Norfolk.

  • 30 weeks 2 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Libor Hajek hopped over the boards for the first shift roughly 1:20 into the game.

    The 19-year-old defenseman described the feeling simply. “Just nervous. That’s it.”

    The Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2016 second round draft pick made his pro debut with the Crunch, but Syracuse was outmatched by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    “Libor was good. I like the way he skated,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Tough night for him. It’s tough to start your career in a game like this. Overall, I thought he did some good things.”

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