Game Night Results

  • 26 weeks 2 days ago

    Legendary goaltending by Gudlevskis, but no dice in the shootout.

    SYR-1 (SO)

    Kristers Gudlevskis sparkled, allowing 1 goal on 29 shots before allowing 1 of 9 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. That's a shame.

    First Period

    Second Period

    Third Period
    SYR Connolly, (15) (Namestnikov), 6:42
    HAM Leblanc, (12) (Ellis), 10:36


    HAM- Blunden

    Gudlevskis was the game's second star. He was bested in the goaltending duel by counterpart Robert Mayer, whose performance included stopping Yanni Gourde on a penalty shot.

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  • 26 weeks 2 days ago

    Win if you can. Survive if Kostka lets you.


    Ben Bishop stopped all 23 shots he faced for his 5th shutout of the season, besting the living legend Marty Brodeur in the low-scoring battle. U of Maine Justice, to be sure. He's had a rough last couple of weeks, and while he didn't have to be terribly active in tonight's game he made key saves when he needed to and looked rock solid doing it, which is the best takeaway of the whole night.

    With the victory, Bishop breaks the Lightning single-season record for wins by a goaltender, and there's a lot of hockey left to be played in this regular season.

    First Period

    Second Period
    12:26 TB Crombeen (3), (Kostka, Filppula)
    16:58 TB Kostka (4), (Palat, Filppula)

    Third Period
    16:41 TB Thompson (9), (Brown)

    Bishop, Valtteri Filppula, and Mike Kostka were the game's three stars. Kostka was robbed!

    The Lightning finally played a complete game tonight against a team they have traditionally not played well against. That's probably a big part of the focus they showed tonight, because they knew going in how frustrating playing the Devils can be if you make mistakes. They came out with a lot of energy and got a lot of possession, but did not allow themselves to get impatient when that possession didn't yield chances. When the Devils made the flash surges they make, the Lightning handled them with solid work on the backcheck and the handful of key Bishop saves. And, when the chances finally came, they potted them. Most importantly of all, with the 2-0 lead going into the Third Period, they did not sit back like they've done on other leads recently. They went for the throat and eventually expanded the lead to the final 3-0 score. The Lightning finally look to have learned a hard lesson, and not a moment too soon.

    Mike Kostka had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +2 with 3 shots in 16:16. You saw why Kostka has passed Barberio on the depth chart in full display tonight. He gets a center point wrist shot through traffic on the Crombeen goal for the tip-in and then he reads the play and jumps into the rush at the right time on his own goal. Yes, there are times Kostka makes some poor decisions in his own end. He gives you a lot of positives as a tradeoff, though. He jumps into the play well and he's been very good in his time with the Lightning at getting shots through and onto the net. I find myself remembering when the Lightning picked up Dan Boyle from the Panthers way back in the day. Boyle came to the Lightning with an atrocious reputation defensively (just short of Andy Delmore-bad). But, he kept finding the scoresheet every other game for the Lightning, forcing me to, tongue-in-cheek, say "You FEAR Dan Boyle" every time he got a point. I ended up saying that a lot of times over the ensuing 5 seasons Boyle was with the team. I, tongue-in-cheek, started saying, "Win if you can. Survive if Mike Kostka lets you." since the team brought Kostka in off waivers, and darnit all if he hasn't made me say that a lot so far, too. Boyle was my guilty pleasure back in 2001-2002, and Mike Kostka is very quickly becoming my guilty pleasure in 2013-2014. He's got 2 goals and 5 points in his first 7 games with the team. Will he keep it up like Boyle eventually did? Chances are he won't. But, he has me dying to see if he can.

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  • 26 weeks 2 days ago

    Nadezhda Cup
    Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Omsk 4
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
    Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:11 of ice time as Omsk took the second game of their second round Nadezhda Cup series against Yugra. Ex-Canucks draft pick Sergei Shirokov had a goal in the win for Omsk.

  • 26 weeks 3 days ago

    Miami RedHawks 5 @ No. 4 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 (OT)
    NCHC Quarterfinals

    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 as Miami upset the top-seeded Huskies, 5-4 in overtime.

    Colorado College Tigers 2 @ No. 10 North Dakota 4
    NCHC Quarterfinals

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 28 GP, 6-8-14, +4, 8 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

    O’Donnell scored UND’s insurance goal mid-way through the third period to secure a 4-2 win in Game 1 vs Colorado College.

    No. 16 Yale Bulldogs 2 @ No. 6 Quinnipiac Bobcats 6
    ECAC Quarterfinals

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 37 GP, 12-23-35, +6, 16 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

    The Bobcats outshot Yale 40-19, including 21-7 in the second period en route to a Game 1 win. Game 2 is Saturday.

    No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ No. 13 Michigan Wolverines 2 (OT)

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 24 shots
    Season totals: 33 GP, 23-4-6, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%, 3 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    Kyle Rau (Panthers) scored in overtime to propel the No. 1 Gophers to a 3-2 win over Michigan and the Big 10 championship. Minnesota clinched the conference title with the win.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 26 weeks 3 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 7 SOG, 13/21 FO, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 45 GP, 28-73-101, +49, 43 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Drouin topped the 100-point mark for the second straight season with two goals and an assist to lead the Mooseheads to a 7-2 win over the Sea Dogs. Halifax had a 7-0 lead after two periods. The third period featured several misconducts and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties as things got out of hand.

    Ontario Hockey League

    North Bay Battalion 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 3

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 54 GP, 4-26-30, +9, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    Blujus got to 30 points in the season, the second time in his OHL career he has hit the mark. He had 34 points in his draft year.

    Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5 (OT)

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 53 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Ikonen scored the game-opening goal, his 25th goal of the season.

  • 26 weeks 3 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Jon DiSalvatore's objective was to just jab the puck toward the net.

    With nearly two minutes gone in overtime, the Syracuse Crunch forward took a whack at a loose puck a few feet from the net. In a stroke of luck, the puck went off a Hershey Bears defenseman, fluttered up over the goalie, kissed the crossbar and fell just over the goal line to give the Crunch a 3-2 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    "I'll take it," DiSalvatore said with a grin.

  • 26 weeks 3 days ago

    Syracuse unleashes the secret weapon.

    SYR-3 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the victory. The Latvian rookie is now 4 games over .500 for the season and has inched his save percentage up to .901 for the campaign.

    First Period
    HER Brown, (15) (Newbury, Byers), 9:50 (PP)
    SYR Landry, (1) (Paradis, Gourde), 14:04

    Second Period
    SYR Smith, (5) (Rankin, Langelier-Parent), 2:48

    Third Period
    HER Watkins, (10) (Kolomatis, Byers), 9:13

    SYR DiSalvatore, (10) (Connolly), 1:50

    Jon DiSalvatore and Gudlevskis were the game's first and second stars. But, who cares about that? After nearly 3 seasons in the organization, finally Charles Landry was let loose upon the league. Tonight the young defenseman finally scored his first ever AHL goal. Congratulations.

    Also, as advertised, new signee Yanni Gourde had a helper in his Syracuse debut, keeping the forward at his point a game pace for the season.

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  • 26 weeks 3 days ago

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    (1)Magnitogorsk 4 vs. (8)Vladivostok 3 (OT)
    Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 37/40, 2.85 GAA, .925 sv%
    Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 0 SO, 2.03 GAA, .927 sv%

    Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 3:15 into Overtime to deliver Magnitogorsk a 4-3 Game Five victory and eliminate expansion Vladivostok for the KHL playoffs. Mozyakin's goal punctuated the 3 assists he posted in regulation.

    (4)Ufa 4 vs. (5)Novgorod 2
    Ufa Leads the Series 3-2
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 27/29, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
    Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 1.54 GAA, .947 sv%

    Remember when Ufa was down 2-0 in the series and it took an amazing pad save in Double Overtime of Game Three by Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy on Novgorod's Jarkko Immonen just to keep them from the brink of elimination? That save may well have been the turning point of the opening round series, as Ufa has screamed back to a 3-2 series lead on the strength of their 4-2 Game Five win today. Center Denis Khlystov had 3 assists in the win for Ufa while Novgorod's Sakari Salminen had 1 goal and 1 assist for Novgorod in defeat.

    Nadezhda Cup
    Khanty-Mansiysk 5 vs. Omsk 1
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM

    Yugra laid the wood to Avangard Omsk in the opener of their second round Nadezhda Cup matchup, defeating the KHL power 5-1. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev played 14:14 in the match and Yugra also got a helper from former Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak in the win.

  • 26 weeks 4 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Oshawa Generals 0 @ North Bay Battalion 3

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 53 GP, 4-25-29, +8, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    Brampton got 20 saves from Jake Smith (2014) to shut out the Gens, 3-0.

    Barrie Colts 5 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 62 GP, 11-25-36, +20, 117 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Dotchin added another goal to season stats, giving him 11 for the year.

  • 26 weeks 4 days ago

    Lightning sweep up the trash.


    Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the win. He was very off positionally tonight, including a wickedly bad short side softie, but goal support is a beautiful thing.

    First Period
    1:44 FLA Fleischmann (7), (Kulikov, Bjugstad)(PP)
    5:38 TB Salo (3), (Filppula)
    5:50 FLA Howden (1), (Hayes, Pirri)
    8:18 TB Kostka (3), (Purcell)

    Second Period
    12:04 TB Callahan (12), (Palat, Filppula)
    18:53 TB Johnson (21), (Stamkos)

    Third Period
    10:47 TB Stamkos (15), (Filppula, Hedman)(PP)
    18:55 FLA Upshall (12), (Bjugstad, Boyes)
    19:33 FLA Pirri (8), (Petrovic, Campbell)

    Valtteri Filppula, Steven Stamkos, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars.

    This win wasn't the elixir. Florida is terrible and you still saw some concerning signs including bad penalty killing, subpar goaltending from Bishop, and late game lapses while the team was trying to close out a win. So, if you're a glass-half-empty person, there's plenty to complain about. On the other hand, Callahan got his first Lightning goal, Stamkos got his first points since coming back from the broken leg, and the Lightning finally got a W, if you're a glass-half-full person. I'd say the game was a building block, and if they work on correcting the problematic things they will be ok moving forward. The effort has been very good the past few games and they finally got the positive feedback tonight.

    10 hits for Radko Gudas in his return from injury. Double digits. Clearly, the trainer's table puts him in a foul mood. Everyone else on the team only had 8 hits combined.

    Mike Kostka had a goal and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 15:44. Is he perfect defensively? No. But he's given the Lightning the offensive dynamism in the tradeoff you want from an offensive defenseman. So much so, in fact, that he's temporarily supplanted Barberio on the depth chart.

    Nikita Kucherov was -2 in 10:09 as he graduates from prospect status on the website with a whimper. With the other new lines Cooper put together playing pretty well, the one casualty was the 4th line with Brown and Kucherov, which saw the ice very little.

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