Game Night Results

  • 5 weeks 4 days ago

    Vasilevskiy plays the role of the slump slayer.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the victory in his first NHL start.

    First Period
    19:19 PHI Simmonds (14), (Streit, Giroux)(PP)

    Second Period
    1:50 TB Stamkos (18), (Drouin, Callahan)
    6:34 TB Johnson (10), (Callahan, Kucherov)

    Third Period
    19:18 TB Filppula (6), (Paquette, Johnson)(EN)

    Ryan Callahan and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and third stars. The night offered Lightning fans a brief slice of the future, with Vasilevskiy in net and Jonathan Drouin playing on the top line with Stamkos. Both had important hands in the outcome of the game, with a cameo appearance by young Cedric Paquette on the EN goal to seal the game.

    Paquette had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot. He was also 67% on draws.

    Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 17:28. If I have a critique of Drouin, it's that I'd like to see him look to shoot a little more and generate some offense that way, too. I hope he stays on that line with Stamkos from here on out.

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  • 5 weeks 5 days ago

    Bad news in Pittsburgh.


    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 5 shots before leaving the game after the First Intermission with what was deemed a "lower body injury". Evgeny Nabokov allowed 3 goals on 21 shots the rest of the way for the loss.

    First Period
    19:09 PIT Sutter (7), (Scuderi)(SH)
    19:33 TB Drouin (2), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    2:55 PIT Rust (1), (Ebbett)
    19:26 PIT Downie (5), (Hornqvist, Malkin)(PP)

    Third Period
    7:47 PIT Dumoulin (1), (Downie, Spaling)
    16:56 TB Kucherov (12), (Filppula)

    The Lightning came out flying in the First Period, and were betrayed by a mixture of bad luck and great goaltending by Fleury. The one goal Bishop allowed was a shot that was going wide that took a goofy bounce off the knob of his stick and bounded into his net. It was so goofy and unlucky, I wouldn't be surprised if Bishop hurt himself kicking something in the locker room about his buzzard's luck. It was that kind of night. You then had Nabby handing Pittsburgh a free goal on a puckhandling gaffe and then a fourth goal coming off a deflection off Hedman. Meanwhile, the Lightning couldn't buy another goal on Fleury until a breakaway goal from Kucherov late in garbage time. Just nothing is going right now, and you hope that Bishop being held out for precautionary reasons turns out to be over something minor like a stubbed toe rather than something being broken or torn.

    Cedric Paquette had 1 shot and 4 hits and was 60% on draws in 14:10.

    Jonathan Drouin had a goal and 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 14:50. He was probably one of the three best players on the rink for the Lightning tonight, and that was reflected in his promotion to the Stamkos line in the Third Period. He could've easily had a 3 point night tonight if the Lightning were so cursed right at the moment.

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  • 5 weeks 5 days ago

    Bratislava 6 vs. Jokerit 2
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 25/27, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%
    Season totals: 20 GP, 6-10-4, 2 SO, 2.68 GAA, .898 sv%

    Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius surrendered 6 goals in defeat for Jokerit in their 6-2 loss to Slovan Bratislava.

  • 5 weeks 5 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 6

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
    Season totals: 25 GP, 9-6-15, -11, 43 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

    The Soo continued its strong play, knocking off visiting Windsor 6-4 on Sunday. DiGiacinto (5’11” 196) fought Tyler Gandy (6’2” 196). Both players got several punches in, with Gandy getting the victory nod. He declared victory himself after the fight, actually. It was DiGiacinto’s third fight this season, per

  • 5 weeks 5 days ago

    No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ No. 11 Denver Pioneers 1

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 17 GP, 5-2-7, E, 25 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

    No. 1 North Dakota salvaged a weekend split with Denver on Saturday, though it knocked them down to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday.

  • 5 weeks 6 days ago

    Khabarovsk 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals: 35 GP, 12-7-19, +5, 10 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was +1 in 17:34 with a team high 5 shots in Yugra's 3-1 win over Khabarovsk. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had a helper in the win for Yugra.

    Mytischi 3 vs. Omsk 1
    Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 25 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 24 GP, 1-4-5, -1, 45 PIM

    Dmitry Korobov got kicked out of Mytischi's 3-1 win over Omsk for checking to the head. He ended up playing just 3:22 in the match. Ex-NHLer Slava Kozlov had a helper in the win for Mytischi.

  • 6 weeks 8 hours ago

    Indy Fuel 4 at Florida Everblades 5 SO

    D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals: 17 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 6 PIM, 25 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Allen York, FLA, W, 64:10 MIN, 4 GA, 32 SH, 28 SV, *THIRD STAR*
    Season totals: 15 GP, 12-2-0-1, 2.23 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 2 SO

    F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 13 GP, 4-1-5, +5, 18 PIM, 26 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 4-3-7, +1, 11 PIM, 25 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    The Blades bent but didn't break in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win against visiting Indy, preserving a 5-game win streak behind Adam Brace's hat trick on teddy bear toss night. A roller coaster affair with Florida charging out of the gate with three 1st period goals and then the Fuel responding with three 2nd period goals. The Everblades peppered Indy with 48 shots, and Allen York was tested in the 2nd and 3rd periods giving up 4 goals before making 28 saves for his 12th win. York made three saves in OT and then stuffed all four Fuel shooters in the skills match to earn 3rd Star honors. Lightning camper Mike Aviano scored Florida's 2nd goal with Jeff Costello drawing an assist. The Gwinnett Gladiators roll into Estero for a pair of games this week.

    Quad City Mallards 0 at Wichita Thunder 5

    F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 24 GP, 12-13-25, -1, 31 PIM, 81 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

    D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 24 GP, 0-5-5, -5, 53 PIM, 27 SOG

    Feels good to get the funk out. Wichita pasted the Mallards in a 5-zip shutout and Danick Gauthier notched two assist, one on the power play. Wichita returns to Tulsa Wednesday night to play Oilers.

  • 6 weeks 11 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 8

    C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, -4, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/22 FO, 1 Hits
    With Sherbrooke: 2 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 4 PIM
    With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-15, -6, 14 PIM
    Season totals: 23 GP, 1-16-18, -10, 18 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

    Darcy extended his point streak to four games, though his new team was crushed in Shawinigan, 8-2. He led the Phoenix in faceoffs taken for the second straight game.

    Quebec Remparts 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 8

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits
    Season totals: 29 GP, 21-24-45, +18, 32 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Quebec lost its fourth straight game. Erne will be joining Team USA shortly in preparation for the World Junior Championships.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Peterborough Petes 4 @ Sarnia Sting 3 (SO)

    D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, *First Star*
    Season totals: 28 GP, 10-26-36, E, 64 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

    DeAngelo’s point streak hit seven games as he scored twice Saturday. DeAngelo (Sarnia Observer photo) also scored in the shootout, which the Petes won, 3-2. He’ll join Team USA’s camp soon.

    Notes: Brayden Point (Moose Jaw) is with Team Canada, Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is with Team Czech Republic, and Ben Thomas (Calgary) remains out with a lower body injury.

  • 6 weeks 11 hours ago

    Gudlevskis responds.

    UTI-1 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the OT win, rebounding from giving up 4 or more goals in each of his previous 3 starts. Gudlevskis saw the Vasilevskiy train leaving the station, and didn't want to be left behind. Big plus for the Crunch that he stepped up tonight.

    First Period

    Second Period

    Third Period
    UTI DeFazio, (9) (Tommernes, Sanguinetti), 15:09
    SYR Angelidis, (10) (Ikonen, Mormina), 17:49

    SYR Gourde, (11) (Richard, Mormina), 6:00

    Gudlevskis and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars. Also, very quietly, Henri Ikonen has 1 goal and 3 points in the last 2 games. That matches his statistical output from all of November.

    The Crunch's win pulls them within 2 points of division and conference leading Springfield, which lost to Norfolk tonight. Syracuse has 2 games in hand on the Falcons, and they can move into a tie with Springfield on Wednesday when they square off against Rochester.

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  • 6 weeks 11 hours ago

    Little things.


    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

    First Period

    Second Period
    10:33 WSH Backstrom (6), (Wilson, Schmidt)
    18:40 WSH Backstrom (7), (Ovechkin, Wilson)

    Third Period
    2:17 WSH Backstrom (8), (Ovechkin)
    15:36 TB Johnson (9), (Carle, Kucherov)
    17:29 TB Carle (3), (Stamkos, Garrison)
    19:21 WSH Fehr (6), (unassisted)(EN)

    Frustrating. This was a game filled with self-inflicted wounds. I'm not going to dwell on the disallowed Stamkos goal in the First Period, because ultimately that's not what undid the Lightning in this game. They had a 5-on-3 for a full 2 minutes and only got a slow dribbler chance by Callahan that Holtby held out. Then Paquette loses a faceoff and loses his man. Little thing. Down 1-0. They have plenty of guys back in transition and they completely blow the coverage and Backstrom gets a rebound goal. Little thing. Down 2-0. They have a neutral zone turnover and the defense parts to let Backstrom get a prime chance in the slot. Little thing. Down 3-0. They even have 2 players collide at center with the extra attacker so Fehr can get the EN goal. Little things, and they surrender the 4th goal. It's not like the Caps have dominated these two games, but the Lightning have done everything in their power to make them look like world beaters. Other than the PK there was very little of value to take out of tonight, other than what little morale building you can get out of climbing to withing 1 goal late in a game where you were down 3-0 in the Third Period.

    Moving back to basics: Cooper's got to get these guys to get 35 shots on goal a night. The shot totals have been anemic lately, and when shot totals are low you don't get a good diet of greasy goals. They need that, and they need a healthy Palat back. A functional PP would be a nice change of pace, too. Every season has a spot like this where the offense will just struggle to get goals. It seems like, more often than not, the Lightning's struggle seems to come in December. It happened in '03. It's happening now.

    Cedric Paquette was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and he was 33% on draws. The first goal was on him. He lost the draw and then lost Backstrom, which allowed Backstrom to easily collect the blocked shot and roll to the slot to get the backhander. Not good.

    Jonathan Drouin was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 10:55. He was on the ice for Paquette's faux-pas and the Fehr empty-netter, so the +/- is deceiving. He got more comfortable and looked more dangerous as the game rolled on.

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