Game Night Results

  • 6 weeks 5 days ago

    Lightning manufacture a huge win in Dallas.

    TB-4
    DAL-2

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 41 shots for the victory. He might want the Fidler goal back, but there's little doubt he was THE reason the Lightning won this afternoon.

    First Period
    1:25 TB St Louis (28), (Brewer, Palat)
    12:09 TB Thompson (6), (Hedman, Killorn)

    Second Period
    14:31 TB St Louis (29), (Palat)
    15:50 DAL Roussel (10), (Connauton, Fiddler)
    18:11 DAL Fiddler (4), (Roussel, Garbutt)

    Third Period
    7:12 TB Salo (2), (Hedman, Killorn)

    Bishop and Martin St. Louis were the game's first and third stars.

    As the game wore on, the contours of the contest took on a hauntingly similar look to the Nashville game. I thought the Lightning did a pretty good job of trying to press for the goal to get to 3-0 and weren't that bad through the first 5-6 minutes of the Second Period, but everything went sideways after that. Once Roussel got the greasy goal to make it 3-1, Dallas just took over the game and only some good individual efforts by the likes of St. Louis, Palat, and Salo really allowed the Lightning to get 2 points (on top of Bishop raising the deflector shields). If you're looking for another silver lining, though, it's that the PK stood up and didn't disintegrate this afternoon the way it did against the Predators. Mind you, they weren't perfect and Bishop had to erase some big errors, but they didn't allow Dallas nearly the zone time and chances they gave the Preds.

    If you look at the standings, you'll see why this was such a big win. They get back on par with Montreal for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division and reopen a 6 point gap on Washington for the last team out in the Eastern Conference. At 73 points after 60 games they're 1 point ahead of the pace they need to be on to comfortably make the playoffs. They didn't hit the target of 12 points for the last 10 game segment and had to burn off 2 of the 3 insurance points they had stored up, but at least they didn't fall off schedule for the first time this year. Now, they have to keep manufacturing wins somehow until Valtteri Filppula and Steven Stamkos can get settled back into the lineup and, in particular, until Stammer can get the rust knocked off.

    Mike Kostka had 2 hits and 5 blocked shots in 8:42. He, unfortunately, had the Roussel goal go in off of his skate, but he wasn't awful. He makes a better option than Cote or Taormina and probably Aulie, too.

    J.T. Brown as -1 with 2 shots in 14:35. He did some really good work on the forecheck with the Lightning clinging to their lead. Today was his 41st game of the season, so he has graduated from prospect status on the site.

    Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot and was 50% on draws in 9:08. I think you saw a marked step forward in Namesy's comfort level today, and he had some dangerous rushes with his speed in the First and Second Periods. I don't know that I trust him yet defensively, but he at least looked more like an NHLer today than he did against Nashville.

    Nikita Kucherov had 2 shots in 12:15. The SunSports team was praising his defense in this game, but I thought this was a subpar game for Kucherov in that respect. He really had problems moving the puck out of the Lightning zone within the last 10 feet before the blueline. That's something that will make coaches want to strangle you.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago

    Florida Everblades 2 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 4

    W Danick Gauthier, FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 25 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 49 PIM

    D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM

    W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM

    Florida lost a 2-goal lead, giving up four in the final period en route to a 4-2 road loss. The only Syracuse or Tampa Bay connection in the game was PM Devos, who was on a Syracuse contract last year. He was scoreless and minus-2. No sign of Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier.

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago

    Harvard Crimson 2 @ No. 16 Colgate Raiders 1

    F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 27 GP, 6-7-13, -4, 18 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

    Harvard improved to 6-11-4 in conference by upsetting Colgate, who came into the game 12-5-3 in the ECAC.

    Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 @ Miami RedHawks 4

    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

    Mullin was a scratch.

    No. 10 North Dakota 5 @ No. 5 St. Cloud State Huskies 2

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 24 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

    O’Donnell set a new career high for points in a season with 13, topping the 10 he accumulated last year as a sophomore. UND is surging, winning five games in a row. Their win on Friday put UND one win away from winning the Penrose Cup as the first National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season champions. O’Donnell’s team leapfrogged SCSU into first place. They can clinch the title with a win on Saturday night.

    No. 8 Quinnipiac Bobcats 8 @ St. Lawrence Saints 0

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 2-4-6, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
    Season totals: 35 GP, 12-21-33, +5, 16 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

    Woah. Matt Peca had six points – four more than anyone else on the Bobcats – as QU put a snowman on the scoreboard at St. Lawrence. The Saints tied the Bobcats, 2-2, just a couple weeks ago. Peca surpassed last season’s point total of 30, and is approaching his career high of 39 set in his freshman season. Peca’s six points are the most by a Lightning prospect in a game this season, topping Jonathan Drouin’s five-point game in November. Drouin has never had a six-point game (two five-pointers). No game stars were listed in the recap, but we’re going to give first star to Peca.

    Penn State Nittany Lions 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 30 saves on 31 shots, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 30 GP, 21-4-5, 1.94 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    Wilcox stopped 30 of 31 shots as Minnesota improved to 22-4-5 this season with a win over Penn State. Wilcox, who is a Hobey Baker Award candidate for the NCAA’s top player, was named a candidate this week for the first Mike Richter Award, given to the country’s top goaltender.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The first tests for Anders Lindback came just moments after the puck dropped.

    The Tampa Bay Lightning netminder, sent to Syracuse for a weekend conditioning assignment, made a few crucial saves in the opening minutes. Once he had time to settle in, Lindback stopped a steady stream of shots in his first game since Jan. 30.

    "I got a couple of good shots early on, and they came pretty hard," Lindback said. "Then it was continuous the whole game, it was an even pace, which is what you prefer."

    Lindback registered a 30-save shutout in his Crunch debut, as Syracuse won its third-straight by topping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    "He's huge. He takes up a lot of the net," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler of the 6-6 Swede, who is expected to make another start Sunday. "Just him going down in the butterfly takes up a lot of net. They've got to make a great shot to beat him."

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 6 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 0

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits, 5/13 FO, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 40 GP, 24-61-85, +39, 41 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Drouin is approaching his career high for assists in a season. Halifax outshot the Titan, 40-18.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Barrie Colts 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 1 (SO)

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 56 GP, 10-22-32, +21, 111 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    The second period was delayed due to a fire alarm. There’s probably a joke to be made about both goalies being on fire as Plymouth’s Alex Nedeljkovic (2015) stopped 49 of 50 shots and Barrie’s Mackenzie Blackwood (2016) saved 35 of 36.

    Belleville Bulls 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 10

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, +14, 37 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Ikonen and Sam Bennett (2014) combined for seven points to lead the Fronts to a huge win over the visiting Bulls. Ikonen hit the 40-assist and 60-point marks for the season.

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton gets Lindbacked!

    WBS-0
    SYR-4

    Anders Lindback stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout victory. I guess the ankle is feeling better.

    First Period
    SYR Richard, (2) (Panik, Tyrell), 2:02
    SYR Taormina, (5) (Panik, Richard), 19:18

    Second Period
    SYR Taormina, (6) (Angelidis, Paradis), 5:23
    SYR Olson, (3) (Rankin, Langelier-Parent), 6:50

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Lindback, Matt Taormina, and Dana Tyrell were the game's three stars.

    Richard Panik extended his point streak to 3 games with 2 goals and 7 points over that span. Tanner Richard closed February with his second multi-point game of the month and third overall this season.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago

    Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 0 (SO)
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 50 GP, 29-12-8, 8 SO, 1.92 GAA, .939 sv%

    Vasily Koshechkin was perfect, even stopping three of three in the penalty shot session, in Magnitogorsk's 1-0 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil was among the unlucky Dynamo shooters nullified by Koshechkin in the skills competition.

    Ufa 1 vs. Kazan 0
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%

    Only slightly less impressive than Koshechkin's shutout, Andrey Vasilevskiy turned aside all 23 shots he faced to deliver Ufa a 1-0 win over Kazan. Longtime KHL star Konstantin Barulin turned aside 27 shots at the other end of the ice for Kazan in defeat.

    Yaroslavl 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 42 GP, 7-6-13, -5, 10 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was -1 in 12:22 of ice time as Yugra got crushed 6-2 by Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in defeat for Yugra.

    Bratislava 1 vs. Donetsk 2
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 25/27, 2.03 GAA, .926 sv%
    Season totals: 39 GP, 15-16-8, 2 SO, 2.85 GAA, .898 sv%

    Jaroslav Janus couldn't quite duplicate the feats of Lightning prospect brethren Koshechkin and Vasilevskiy, falling 2-1 to Donetsk. Ex-NHLer Martin Skoula assisted on Slovan's only goal.

  • 7 weeks 5 hours ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Guelph Storm 5 @ North Bay Battalion 4

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 48 GP, 4-21-25, +1, 54 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    Blujus is approaching last season’s point total, but in 20 fewer games played. His career high is 34 points in a season, set in his draft year (66 games).

    Barrie Colts 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 10-22-32, +20, 109 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 15-38-53, +46, 42 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

    In a game that was delayed due to road conditions affecting the Colts, the Spits topped Barrie, 4-1. Slater Koekkoek finished minus-1. His assist came on the power play. Both he and Dotchin had four penalty minutes each.

  • 7 weeks 15 hours ago

    Music City choke.

    TB-2
    NSH-3

    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. None of the three goals were terrible, but you'd have liked to have seen him squeeze off that third one in tight to preserve at least a point (not that the team in front of him deserved it).

    First Period
    5:26 TB St Louis (26), (Palat)
    9:13 TB St Louis (27), (Kucherov, Purcell)(PP)

    Second Period
    12:05 NSH Cullen (6), (Ellis, Smith)(PP)
    13:16 NSH Josi (9), (Weber)(PP)

    Third Period
    13:56 NSH Hornqvist (11), (Fisher, Weber)(PP)

    Martin St. Louis was the game's second star.

    That was infuriating. I thought the team came out flat as a pancake but lucked out with a goal off the rush in transition and then a softie on the PP. Staked with the 2 goal lead and with Nashville looking like they were in shock, the Lightning had all the momentum and opportunities to end the game early, especially on a PP to start the Second Period.

    They sleepwalked through the final 40 minutes of that game. That compete-level was garbage. They should give back 2/3 of their paychecks tonight. Yes. They were bad and they should feel bad, and their special teams are an absolute thermonuclear dumpster fire right now. That PK, if you can call it that, is the worst PK I've ever seen the Lightning put on the ice, and there have been some awful Lightning teams that have come and gone.

    The Lightning now will fall short of their 12 point target for this 10 game segment of the season, and if they fail to get a point out of the finale of the segment they will fall behind the pace they need to be on to comfortably make the playoffs. And, honestly, if they're going to allow themselves to be outworked like that and if their special teams are going to be that craptacular, there's no point in showing up for the postseason tournament. Yes, a healthy Filppula and Stamkos will make a considerable difference, so I'm not ready to load the team in a cannon and shoot them to the moon quite yet. But the work ethic was not there tonight, and that's not good enough.

    16 shots on goal against a goaltender, Carter Hutton, that couldn't stop a beach ball? The Lightning should feel deep shame. Deep, deep shame.

    Mark Barberio had 3 blocked shots in 16:50. Tonight was his 41st NHL game of the season, so he graduates from prospect status on the website. Sad this was such a clunker to get over the finish line on.

    J.T. Brown had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:49. He'll graduate from prospect status in his next game this season.

    Vladislav Namestnikov had an ill-timed minor penalty and was 20% on draws in 8:10.

    Nikita Kucherov had a helper and 1 shot in 11:22. He rang a post in the Third Period with the Lightning down 3-2, and that was all she wrote for the team after that. Kucherov needs 5 more games this season to graduate from prospect status.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 7 weeks 1 day ago

    Magnitogorsk 0 vs. Chekhov 2
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 27/29, 2.06 GAA, .931 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 29-12-7, 7 SO, 1.96 GAA, .938 sv%

    The Korolyuk's, Anton and Alexander, each had helpers in Chekhov's 2-0 win over Magnitogorsk. Sergei Denisov turned away 34 for the shutout.

    Ufa 2 vs. Novgorod 1 (OT)
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 25/26, 0.98 GAA, .962 sv%
    Season totals: 26 GP, 12-8-5, 2 SO, 2.31 GAA, .921 sv%

    Andrey Vasilrvskiy started the post-Olympics stretch with a quality, 25 save overtime victory over Novgorod. Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel had a helper in the match for Ufa.

    Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 41 GP, 7-6-13, -4, 10 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 12:46 as Yugra got stomped by Cherepovets 4-1. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had Yugra's only goal.

    Bratislava 4 vs. Dinamo Minsk 3 (SO)
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
    Season totals: 38 GP, 15-15-8, 2 SO, 2.88 GAA, .898 sv%

    Jaroslav Janus turned away all three shooters he faced to deliver Bratislava a 4-3 shootout win over Minsk. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had a goal in the match for Slovan. Ex-Lightning defenseman Lukas Krajicek had a pair of helpers in defeat for Minsk.

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