Game Night Results

  • 6 weeks 3 days ago

    Crunch hang on for opening night win.


    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the victory. He didn't have a ton of work in the first half of the game, but made a handful of key stops at key moments in the second half of the contest to preserve the win, including a big glove stop at the end of the Third Period.

    Click on any of the goals listed to see a GIF of the play.

    First Period
    SYR Blunden, (1) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 9:00
    LV Palushaj, (1) (Leier, Gostisbehere), 11:39 (PP)
    SYR Marchessault, (1) (Vermin, Blujus), 14:31
    SYR Paradis, (1) (Richard, DeAngelo), 18:38

    Second Period
    SYR Marchessault, (2) (Blujus, Tambellini), 6:07
    LV Conner, (1) (Padakin, Parks), 9:17

    Third Period
    LV Martel, (1) (Conner, Cousins), 16:31

    Jonathan Marchessault and Dylan Blujus were the game's first and second stars.

    It was kind of a tale of two games tonight, with Syracuse looking dominant in the first part of the game, only allowing the Phantoms chances on the odd unforced turnover and on the man advantage. They established a 4-1 lead in the Second Period and it had the look of a laugher, but they allowed Lehigh Valley to stick around and eventually spent the bulk of the Third Period protecting the dreaded 2 goal lead. They had a handful of very good forechecking shifts in the final frame to take some of the pressure off, but in the end it was a lot closer than it should have been.

    Snap decision on this iteration of the Crunch is that they're very similar to last year's edition. Not surprising. They have decent speed but didn't look terribly threatening off the rush. Their bread and butter is still going to be the cycle and manufacturing those greasy goals, punctuated by the occasional laser beam from Marchessault (who was lethal tonight from the slot). With only one PP opportunity on the night, it's too early to judge if their extra man unit will be better than the travesty they called a power play last season.

    As for the key newcomers, I thought Matthew Peca played a nice, responsible two-way game. He wasn't able to flash on the rush as I'd have expected, but I'm sure that'll come. Anthony DeAngelo got a helper for his first AHL point, but didn't get a chance to flash his offensive skill much in the game. Defensively, he reminds me a bit of Paul Ranger when Ranger was a rookie pro. That is to say, he's in the right zip code positionally, and even though he's not in perfect spots he's mobile enough to close the gap quickly. If he's anything like Ranger, he'll get sharper in that aspect as time goes on. Adam Erne had one very poor tripping penalty, but also showed a lot of the qualities that make him a valued prospect. He hits to hurt and he was very good on the cycle and on the forecheck in the Third Period as Syracuse was nursing the lead.

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  • 6 weeks 3 days ago

    Lightning rock solid in their first road game of the season.


    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory. He didn't have to face nearly the quality of chances he did in the opener against Philly and was solid on the ones he did.

    First Period

    Second Period
    8:14 TB Condra (1), (Hedman, Filppula)
    13:55 BUF Deslauriers (1), (Reinhart, Gorges)
    19:34 TB Kucherov (1), (Johnson, Stralman)

    Third Period
    8:53 TB Stamkos (1), (Callahan)
    12:41 TB Brown (1), (Garrison, Coburn)

    Nikita Kucherov, J.T. Brown, and Bishop were the game's three stars.

    That's just a top-to-bottom solid effort by the Lightning. I thought Johnson was solid in his own right for Buffalo in net, but after weathering an early push by Buffalo in the First Period the Lightning depth and quality showed up. They got a goal from every single line and after allowing 11 shots in the First Period, they surrendered just 14 the rest of the way. Buffalo should feel fortunate it wasn't worse for them. The Lightning were 0-for-4 on the PP, but were getting the looks they wanted. This could've been a 6-1 or 7-1 win pretty easily, in my opinion.

    If I had a nitpick, it would be that the Lightning were only 41% on draws today, and only 38% through the first couple of periods. You can make an argument the Lightning lost the Stanley Cup Final in the faceoff circles after Tyler Johnson broke his wrist, giving Chicago an avenue to artificially generate zone time and scoring chances they weren't otherwise getting in the run of play. That aspect of Tampa Bay's game has to improve over the course of the year.

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  • 6 weeks 4 days ago

    No. 10 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 @ No. 6 Minnesota State Mavericks 2

    W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
    2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

    Jimmy Mullin played in an official game for the first time in well over a year, scoring in a 3-2 Minnesota State upset loss to Nebraska-Omaha. Mullin was last seen with the University of Miami (Ohio), where he sustained a major knee injury while playing sparingly in his junior season. He redshirted last season at Miami and transferred to Mankato in the summer. Mullin showed well at the Lightning’s prospect development camp in July and carried that into the season, matching his junior season goal total in one night.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 6 weeks 4 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Charlottetown Islanders 1

    W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5 Hits
    Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

    W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hits
    Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 2 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

    Joseph had a shorthanded goal and Imama led the team in hits as Saint John won on PEI, 3-1.

    Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 8 (OT)

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 3-2-5, +2, 4 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 6 GP, 6-5-11, -1, 10 PIM
    2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

    Dennis Yan had a hat trick and added two assists to help the Cataractes to an 8-7 overtime win over the Huskies. Yan had a goal in each period, as well as the secondary assist on Anthony Beauvillier’s overtime winner. Beauvillier, a New York Islanders first rounder, was also 3-2-5 for the game, but was named first star.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Oshawa Generals 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 4

    C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 7 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 0 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

    The 67’s had a 3-0 lead before Oshawa got on the scoreboard. The Gens had a lengthy 5 on 3 power play to try to get back into the game, but gave up two shorthanded breakaways in the sequence. Cirelli was on the ice for the shift that drew the original penalty, then all of the 5 on 3. Ottawa added another goal late to give the game its final score, 4-1.

    Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 2 (OT)

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 5 GP, 2-4-6, +3, 4 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

    Cristiano DiGiacinto had two assists, including the primary helper on Christian Fisher’s overtime winner, in the Spits’ win at the Aud in Kitchener.

    Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2

    W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 4 GP, 4-1-5, +3, 6 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

    Saginaw outshot the Soo 37-15 en route to a 5-2 road win. Stephens was coming off a hat trick in his last game.

    Western Hockey League

    Edmonton Oil Kings 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (SO)

    D Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
    Season totals: 3 GP, 5-4-9, +2, 2 PIM
    2015-16 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

    Moose Jaw lost Friday in an old-fashioned shootout, 4-3 to Edmonton. Brayden Point continued his assault on WHL goalies, scoring on a power play penalty shot, then again as Moose Jaw’s first shooter in the shootout. The Oil Kings won the skills competition, 2-1. Point has two first stars and one second in his three games this season.

    Red Deer Rebels 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 4

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -5, 8 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

    Calgary improved to 5-1 with a solid win over rival Red Deer. Ben Thomas was scoreless and minus-1, dropping him to a team-worst minus-5 on the year. His former defense partner, Travis Sanheim (Flyers), leads the Hitmen at plus-7.

    United States Hockey League

    Des Moines Buccaneers 2 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (OT)

    G Kris Oldham, OMA: Win, 31 saves on 33 shots, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1, 2.46 GAA, .923 sv%
    2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
    (University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

    The Lancers squeaked by the visiting Buccaneers, 3-2 in overtime. Oldham has won two straight games since being pulled on opening night.

    Bloomington Thunder 2 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1

    D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
    (University of Minnesota commit)

    St. Louis native Cameron Gornet (undrafted, uncommitted) stopped 27 of 29 shots to steal a road win for Bloomington in Sioux City.

  • 6 weeks 4 days ago

    Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Bratislava 3
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, No Decision, 5/7, 8.18 GAA, .714 sv%
    Season totals: 17 GP, 7-5-4, 0 SO, 2.08 GAA, .923 sv%

    Vasily Koshechkin was lifted after 14:40 in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 loss to Slovan Bratislava. Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov allowed 1 goal on 14 shots the rest of the way for the back door loss. Ex-Lightning prospect defenseman Michal Sersen had a helper on the game winner for Slovan.

    Nizhnekamsk 0 vs. Jokerit 3
    Saku Salminen, Jokerit, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

    Saku Salminen notched his first career KHL point assisting on ex-Islanders pick Jesse Joensuu's game opening goal in Jokerit's 3-0 blanking of Nizhnekamsk. Salminen played 5:36 in the win. Joensuu also had a helper in the match.

    CSKA 1 vs. Novgorod 4
    Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 3-0-3, -3, 10 PIM

    Carter Ashton took a minor for tripping in 13:41 of ice time as Novgorod crushed CSKA 4-1. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had a helper in the win for Novgorod.

  • 6 weeks 5 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Peterborough Petes 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

    D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 10 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

    D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 6 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 4 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

    DiGiacinto sniped his second goal of the year on a wicked wrist shot (video) to lead the Spits to a 4-1 win over visiting Peterborough. The Petes, who started 3-0, have fallen to 3-3. Dominik Masin had his first point of the season in the game for Peterborough.

  • 6 weeks 5 days ago

    Entertaining finish to new season's beginning.

    TB-3 (OT)

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the win. Thought he deserved a star, considering he turned aside two PS attempts including one by Claude Giroux where he got deked badly but deftly lifted Giroux's stick to deny the chance. He made the saves he needed to in order to allow his team to get the win.

    First Period

    Second Period
    1:25 TB Garrison (1), (Callahan, Drouin)
    10:14 PHI Read (1), (Laughton, Umberger)(PP)
    12:03 PHI B. Schenn (1), (Umberger, Medvedev)(PP)
    18:22 TB Callahan (1), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)

    Third Period

    2:17 TB Garrison (2), (Killorn, Filppula)

    Jason Garrison and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and second stars.

    It was a strange game with a strange feel throughout, and maybe that's to be expected when you raise a banner. I felt like the Lightning were clearly the superior team athletically and on a skill level, but the energy level was uneven and they seemed a little out of sync on their passing and puck handling most of the night. We should be happy they cobbled together two greasy goals to get to the wild OT and win it, the biggest being Callahan's PP goal, which is underrated in importance. The 3-on-3 OT, for what it's worth, is basically QMJHL line rushes, with occasional whistles. Mason made a handful of amazing saves to keep the Flyers alive, countered by one ten bell variety by Bishop, before Garrison tucked home the winner. The whole play was made by Filppula, sans hockey stick, winning a board battle and kicking a breakout pass to Killorn to start the rush. Fantastic play.

    For the Lightning, keeping focus and effort is going to be the challenge to start the year. It's psychologically difficult to get fully invested in an 82 game grind again when you finish 2 wins from a championship just a few months prior. It's got to happen, though. They've got to buckle down and get their minimum 12 points every 10 games and get back on the ladder to the playoffs, understanding they can't win the Stanley Cup in October, but they can damned sure lose it if they are flat and fall behind in the standings.

    No prospects in the lineup? Really? What sort of witchcraft is this?

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  • 6 weeks 5 days ago

    Khanty-Mansiysk 0 vs. Khabarovsk 1
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 18 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 4 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was held scoreless in 16:53 of ice time as his current club, Yugra, fell 1-0 to his former club, Khabarovsk. Finnish netminder Juha Metsola stopped all 26 shots he faced for the shutout.

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Oshawa Generals 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3 (OT)

    C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 6 GP, 2-2-4, -3, 0 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

    Conor McGlynn (undrafted) scored the overtime-winner for the Fronts, who beat Oshawa, 3-2. The Gens fell to 3-2-1-0 on the season.

    Western Hockey League

    Vancouver Giants 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

    D Brayden Point, MJ: 3-1-4, +4, 0 PIM, *First Star*
    Season totals: 2 GP, 4-3-7, +4, 2 PIM
    2015-16 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

    To say Brayden Point has had an impact on Moose Jaw since his return from the Lightning is an understatement. The Warriors have 14 goals in two games since their captain’s return, and Point has factored in seven of those goals. He was First Star on Wednesday, scoring the sixth hat trick of his WHL career. Going back to last season, Point has a goal in 11 straight games. He has 24 points in those 11 games.

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago

    Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Zagreb 2 (OT)
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Win, 21/23, 1.99 GAA, .913 sv%
    Season totals: 16 GP, 7-5-4, 0 SO, 1.98 GAA, .927 sv%

    Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of goals, including the OT winner, in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 win over Zagreb. Zagreb got a goal from ex-NHLer Gilbert Brule in defeat.

    Chelyabinsk 5 vs. Jokerit 3
    Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
    Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Ex-Flyers pick Andrei Popov had 1 goal and 4 points for Chelyabinsk in their 5-3 win over Jokerit.

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