Game Night Results

  • 8 weeks 5 days ago

    Novgorod 4 vs. St. Petersburg 2
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 51 GP, 22-42-64, +31, 8 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was -2 in 17:34 of ice time in SKA's rare 4-2 regulation loss to Novgorod. Novgorod got a helper from ex-Lightning first rounder Carter Ashton in the victory.

  • 8 weeks 6 days ago

    Lightning waste inspired performance by young Vasilevskiy.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 37 shots for the OT loss. I feel sick for the kid, because he absolutely deserved the win tonight and had no chance on the two goals he allowed. The good news is that, with back-to-back quality starts, he's starting to answer some questions in the affirmative about his ability to be the starter. And, make no mistake about it, the mere fact he was given back-to-back starts is no coincidence. The Lightning are in full evaluation mode now with the season pretty much out of hand.

    First Period
    9:55 FLA Jokinen (5), (Trocheck, Yandle)(SH)
    11:33 TB Kucherov (19), (Drouin, Killorn)(PP)

    Second Period

    Third Period

    1:49 FLA Marchessault (14), (Yandle, Jokinen)(PP)

    Vasilevskiy was the game's third star. Well deserved.

    Prior to the game defenseman Nikita Nesterov was dealt to Montreal for a 23-year old minor league depth defenseman (Jonathan Racine) and a late round draft pick. Moving Nesterov should be viewed as the team giving up on a young defenseman whose anemic offensive production never really balanced out his defensive deficiencies, which simply weren't improving.

    As for the game, the Lightning played a pretty emotionless, antiseptic game in the First Period. But, as the Panthers acted like the classless lumberjacks they always do, the intensity level came up and the team played a fairly even game with a reasonable work rate. Still, we're not seeing certain players like the Triplets play as well as you'd like to see them right now in this evaluation period. Tyler Johnson ultimately wore the goat horns for taking a penalty following a terrible turnover in OT. That's not good from one of the guys on this roster who I honestly believe is being scrutinized to determine his long term role (or lack thereof) in the organization.

    Jake Dotchin had 4 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 17:20. Mixed bag. I detected at least one bad turnover and his lack of foot speed and experience probably contributed to his two interference calls. That said, he did make some nice plays in all three zones, too. The issue I have with Dotchin is that, with his skating being what it is (and this probably goes with Witkowski, too), I have a hard time seeing him as more than a Band-aid. Can he be an NHL'er in a 6th/7th defenseman role? Perhaps. But, on an elite club like the Lightning should be?

    Gabriel Dumont had 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:27. He may be small, but he sure did beat the stuffing out of McKegg tonight.

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  • 8 weeks 6 days ago

    Another strong effort against the East's top team fails to yield the full two points.

    WBS-3 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the OT loss.

    First Period
    13:26 SYR Vermin (8), (Conacher, Gourde)

    Second Period
    4:15 WBS Kostopoulos (14), (Blueger)
    6:30 WBS Porter (7), (Warsofsky, Gaunce)
    9:31 SYR Comrie (4), (Hart, Ikonen)

    Third Period

    4:58 WBS Warsofsky (9), (unassisted)

    The Crunch actually outshot the Penguins 41-29 in the contest, but couldn't bury the chance to pull out the victory.

    Syracuse is 1 point back of Albany in the North Division with 1 game in hand on the Devils.

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  • 9 weeks 6 hours ago

    Spartak Moscow 1 vs. St. Petersburg 2
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals: 50 GP, 22-42-64, +33, 8 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 17:59 of ice time as SKA edged Spartak 2-1. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk scored the Third Period game winner for SKA.

  • 9 weeks 1 day ago

    Too little too late?


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the victory. Vasilevskiy needs to string together some quality starts like this to begin to answer the question as to whether he can take over the starting duties from Bishop full time next season. That's one of the big agenda items still to be sorted out this year.

    First Period
    10:23 CHI Toews (9), (Panik, Hartman)
    18:35 TB Boyle (12), (Filppula)

    Second Period
    1:26 CHI Keith (3), (Panarin, Toews)

    Third Period
    2:47 TB Nesterov (3), (Boyle)
    6:14 TB Johnson (14), (Killorn, Filppula)
    6:44 TB Johnson (15), (Killorn, Vasilevskiy)
    17:55 TB Kucherov (18), (unassisted)(EN)

    It's a good win against a quality opponent, take nothing away from it as an individual game. But, in the grand scheme of things, barring a crazy 10-game winning streak thrown in somewhere, the standings math is just too dire right now. Sitting on 49 points through 49 games, for the Lightning to get on pace to hit 96 points by game 80 with 2 games left to play, the team would have to get 47 of the next 62 possible points. That's .758 hockey to get on a comfortable playoff pace. Even if you want to gamble the team can get the 4 extra points in games 81 and 82 to get over the finish line and lower the target to 92 points by game 80, that's still .694 hockey and relying on a lot of help/tie breakers to fall the team's way. That's just nearly an impossible ask for this group.

    Still, there were some positive developments in this game. I think the Lightning have some hard questions to ask of the three former members of The Triplets as to what degree they ride or die with them in the long run. Palat and Johnson have been inconsistent and Kucherov hasn't fully been himself since returning from injury earlier this season. So, for Johnson to step up and pot a couple of key goals in this game is hopefully the harbinger of a great stretch run the rest of the year.

    Jake Dotchin had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 15:00 even. This was an extended look-see for the Lightning to diagnose what they have in a prospect, no doubt. I expect to see more of these types of cups of coffee the rest of the year with better ice time for young players to show their wares.

    Gabriel Dumont had 2 hits and was 86% on 7 draws in 10:56.

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  • 9 weeks 1 day ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Kitchener Rangers 0 @ Erie Otters 5

    C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 7/17 FO
    Season Totals: 32 GP, 13-25-38, +20, 8 PIM
    With Erie: 7 GP, 0-5-5, +2, 0 PIM
    With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

    W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season Totals: 35 GP, 28-44-72, +45, 23 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

    Taylor’s brother, Darren Raddysh (undrafted), had a goal and an assist to become Erie’s all-time leading scorer for a defenseman. Cirelli led the Otters in faceoffs taken with 17.

    Western Hockey League

    Kamloops Blazers 4 @ Portland Winterhawks 6

    G Connor Ingram, KAM: No decision, nine saves on 13 shots
    Season Totals: 28 GP, 17-9-1-0, 2.31 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
    2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

    Ingram allowed four goals on 13 shots in the first period before getting the hook. He escaped the loss as Kamloops ended up recovering - somewhat - fro a 4-0 deficit. The appearance made Ingram's GAA rise from 2.18 to 2.29 overnight.

  • 9 weeks 1 day ago

    No. 1 Boston University Terriers 1 @ Merrimack Warriors 3

    D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 0-4-4, +8, 20 PIM
    2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

    New No. 1 BU promptly dropped a mid-week road game at Merrimack, 3-1. MacLeod was charged with hitting from behind and interference.

  • 9 weeks 1 day ago

    CSKA Jr. 0 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 2
    Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 29 GP, 0-0-0, E, 52 PIM

    Ilya Konovalov turned aside all 38 shots he faced for the shutout in Loko Jr.'s 2-0 win over CSKA Jr. 18 year old defenseman Oleg Sosunov evened up his season plus-minus with a plus in the match.

    CSKA Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3
    Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
    Season totals: 29 GP, 0-0-0, E, 52 PIM

    2017 draft eligible Kirill Slepets scored a power play goal midway through the Third Period to lift Loko Jr. to a 3-2 victory over CSKA Jr.

  • 9 weeks 3 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Quebec Remparts 1

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 42 GP, 30-25-55, +21, 42 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

    A 0-0 tie entering the third period turned into a 3-1 Shawinigan win by its close. Yan picked up a plus by being on the ice for the eventual game-winning goal.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Niagara IceDogs 2 @ London Knights 11

    W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 8/11 FO
    Season Totals: 28 GP, 12-19-31, +18, 14 PIM
    With London: 6 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 0 PIM
    With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
    2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

    London put 11 goals on the board against visiting Niagara, though Stephens could only get in on one of them. Four London players had two goals each.

    Western Hockey League

    Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 6

    D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 41 GP: 3-20-23, -4, 49 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

    Hajek has eight points in his last nine games. The Blades are on a five-game win streak and are within two games of .500 (20-22-5-1).

    Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 0

    C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
    Season Totals: 34 GP, 24-26-50, +5, 39 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

    Howden did not dress for Moose Jaw’s shutout win in Edmonton as he was a late scratch due to an illness. Zach Sawchenko (undrafted) stopped 34 shots in the win.

  • 9 weeks 4 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

    W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 43 GP, 29-11-40, +8, 66 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

    W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 32 GP, 28-26-54, +27, 33 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

    Mathieu Joseph set a new Saint John record with a point in his 23rd consecutive game, and Boko Imama had two goals to lead the Dogs over Baie-Comeau, 5-3. Imama scored both his goals on the power play in the first period to give Saint John a 2-0 lead. Joseph scored with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation to keep the streak alive.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Erie Otters 4 @ Flint Firebirds 1

    C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 6/13 FO
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 13-25-38, +20, 8 PIM
    With Erie: 6 GP, 0-5-5, +2, 0 PIM
    With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

    W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season Totals: 34 GP, 27-44-71, +42, 23 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

    Cirelli had the primary assist on Raddysh’s 27th goal of the season, a power play marker that gave the Otters a 3-0 lead at the time.

    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Sarnia Sting 7

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season: 44 GP, 20-18-38, +4, 28 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

    Sarnia had a 5-0 five minute into the second period and coasted to a 7-3 win. The Soo still leads the OHL with 67 points, just two more than Erie, London, and Windsor.

    North Bay Battalion 3 @ Peterborough Petes 5

    W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/15 FO
    Season Totals: 42 GP, 12-19-31, -7, 18 PIM
    With Petes: 5 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM
    With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

    D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 36 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 39 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

    W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
    Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
    2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

    The Petes spotted the Battalion a 3-0 lead after two periods before scoring five in the third.

    Western Hockey League

    Prince George Cougars 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 5 (OT)

    G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 27 saves on 31 shots
    Season Totals: 27 GP, 17-9-1-0, 2.18 GAA, .932 sv%, 2 SO
    2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

    Ingram got his second win in as many nights, and both went to overtime. On Friday night he stopped four of four shooters in the shootout to get the W. Kamloops sent the game to overtime Saturday with a goal in the final minute by Devan Sideroff (Ducks), his 27th.

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