Game Night Results

  • 7 weeks 6 days ago

    Nizhnekamsk 0 vs. St. Petersburg 4
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
    Season totals: 38 GP, 18-33-51, +30, 6 PIM

    Nikita Gusev had a garbage time power play goal, a game-opening power play assist, and an even strength assist sandwiched in between in SKA's 4-0 blanking of Nizhnekamsk. Gusev played 17:50 in the match and had a game high 7 shots on goal. The 3 point effort sets a new career high in points for Gusev at 51 through 38 games, which surpasses his total of 49 points in 56 games last year. He moves back to third in the KHL in scoring behind only Sergei Mozyakin of Magnitogorsk and his teammate and former NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk. Ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen turned aside all 30 shots he faced for SKA for the shutout victory.

  • 8 weeks 15 hours ago

    Spartak Jr. 0 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3
    Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
    Season totals: 24 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 50 PIM

    Ilya Konovalov posted a 21 save shutout in Loko Jr.'s 3-0 win over Spartak Jr.

  • 8 weeks 1 day ago

    Schedule and injuries victimize the Lightning.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss before being lifted for Kristers Gudlevskis, who stopped all 3 shots he saw in garbage time. I wasn't in love with the 1st and 4th goals Vasilevskiy gave up, not that this atrocity was his fault.

    First Period
    0:55 WSH Carlson (2), (Alzner, Wilson)
    15:42 WSH Carlson (3), (Johansson, Backstrom)

    Second Period
    10:48 WSH Ovechkin (15), (Orlov)

    Third Period
    8:33 WSH Johansson (13), (Backstrom)

    No chance. The Lightning got to Washington at 2:30 am last night after their game against St. Louis already hobbled with multiple injuries. You had guys like Bournival who have played something like 6 of the last 8 days along with the travel. Stralman looked like he was completely running on fumes. This was a schedule loss, plain and simple, and it was made worse by fatigue leading to multiple injuries. Drouin and Coburn went out. Hedman went out and came back in. The Lightning would've been better off not getting of the plane and declaring this a no contest. This schedule in the first three months of the year has been as vicious as I think I've seen in the league for a Lightning team. They've been grinded down into the ground and they just collapsed under the weight of it tonight.

    Unfortunately, halfway through this fourth ten game segment of the season, the Lightning need 7 of a possible 10 remaining points in the segment just to tread water and not dig their hole deeper in their playoff pursuit. Fortunately, the Lightning do have a glut of home games and hopefully a glut of guys returning from injury to try to make some hey with over the course of those five games.

    Brayden Point was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 19:35.

    Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 15:34.

    Tanner Richard was -1 with 2 hits and he was 38% on 13 draws in 16:07.

    You get a minus. And, you get a minus. And, YOU get a minus!

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  • 8 weeks 1 day ago

    Togliatti 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (OT)
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 37 GP, 17-31-48, +29, 6 PIM

    Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and assisted on the OT power play winner in SKA's 3-2 win over Lada Togliatti. Gusev played 15:08 in the win. Vadim Shipachyov had the OT winner for SKA to go with a pair of assists. Gusev now has 48 points in 37 games this season, which is 1 point off his career high of 49 points set in 56 games between SKA and Yugra last year.

  • 8 weeks 2 days ago

    The Bournival Ultimatum: Beat St. Louis.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory. The good ones respond to giving up a couple in the opening frame by shutting the door the rest of the way. That's exactly what Vasilevskiy did tonight.

    First Period
    14:11 STL Perron (9), (unassisted)
    14:43 STL Megan (1), (Reaves, Edmundson)

    Second Period
    9:48 TB Boyle (8), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)
    17:27 TB Bournival (1), (Garrison, Brown)

    Third Period
    5:25 TB Killorn (11), (Stralman, Hedman)
    18:20 TB Drouin (9), (Filppula, Stralman)
    19:29 TB Drouin (10), (Hedman, Filppula)(EN)

    Alex Killorn, Brian Boyle, and Jonathan Drouin were the game's three stars.

    Just when you think the team is ready to collapse under the weight of the bloated, overfed injury bug that has feasted on the roster all year, the Lightning show the pride of an elite franchise and rise from the ashes. The Lightning went tonight without Paquette and Namestnikov, which led to the quick recall of Michael Bournival and playing Nikita Nesterov at forward (by the way, let's not be quick to dismiss the whole "Nesterov to forward" idea). The Lightning came out and played a sloppy First Period falling behind 2-0. Vultures were circling. Anton Stralman was threatening to politely go postal in the intermission interview. And then, the Lightning resolved to tighten up their game, and the final 40 minutes became a Lightning clinic. Bournival, fresh off the airplane, tied the game on a tip late in the Second Period setting the stage for a Third Period that was punctuated by Jonathan Drouin literally breaking a goaltender on a deke. Not figuratively. In basketball, they talk about a guard figuratively breaking a defender's ankles with a cross over. So sudden and nasty was Drouin's deke left to right on the Lightning's fourth goal that he literally broke Jake Allen. I don't think I've ever seen that in a game. Mercy. Merci.

    Brayden Point had 2 shots and 1 hit in 18:46 and was 29% on 7 draws. He had a turnover in the First Period that ended up in the back of the Lightning net, which is a rare mistake this year for a player who has shown maturity beyond his years.

    Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:24.

    Tanner Richard was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:37. He was also 83% on his 6 draws.

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  • 8 weeks 3 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Adam Erne had a hand in every Syracuse goal, but the Crunch came up short.

    The Syracuse forward netted a pair of goals and assists for his first four-point night as a pro, but the depleted Crunch fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

    Three of the Crunch’s six leading scorers are on recall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    “Obviously, we want to win hockey games regardless of the lineup,” Erne said. “I don’t think that’s really an excuse for us. I think we need to find a way to win these games.”

  • 8 weeks 3 days ago

    Frantic Syracuse comeback falls just short.


    Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 24 shots for the loss. With Ben Bishop potentially injured for the long term and Gudlevskis up in Tampa Bay, Syracuse's crease belongs to Wilcox now. We'll see how he handles the challenge.

    First Period
    16:08 SYR Erne (7), (Peca)
    19:42 HFD Graves (4), (Joly, Jensen)

    Second Period
    2:58 HFD Tambellini (5), (Fontaine, Kampfer)(PP)
    6:21 HFD Bodie (6), (Oksanen, McPherson)
    7:48 SYR Hart (3), (Erne)
    17:28 HFD Oksanen (2), (Bodie, McRae)

    Third Period
    1:01 SYR Erne (8), (Taormina)
    2:11 HFD Fontaine (4), (Nieves)
    4:00 SYR Walcott (1), (Gourde, Erne)

    Adam Erne and Brian Hart were the game's first and third stars. Erne's 4 point night moves him to 5 goals and 10 points in 9 games in the month of December. An afterthought for much of the past few seasons, the former 2nd round pick Hart now has 3 goals and 4 points in the past 5 games. Two young power forwards starting to make a little progress, at least on the scoresheet, is a positive thing.

    Syracuse's North Division lead has now shrunk to 2 points, although the Crunch still hold a couple of games in hand on Albany.

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  • 8 weeks 3 days ago

    Chekhov Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 5
    Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
    Season totals: 24 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 50 PIM

    Oleg Sosunov did not dress for the second game of Loko Jr.'s set with Chekhov Jr. Loko currently sits in 6th place in the 15 team conference.

  • 8 weeks 4 days ago

    Lightning dominate Wings even as injuries continue to mount.


    Ben Bishop stopped all 4 shots he faced before leaving in the First Period with an apparent groin or other kind of soft tissue injury. I'm not a doctor, but I'll play one on the internet: the eye test indicates that's likely a week-to-week injury rather than a day-to-day injury, but we'll see and hold out hope. Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal (with under 11 seconds left to go) on 23 shots for the rare back door win. Hmmmmm.

    First Period
    7:02 TB Boyle (7), (Stralman, Drouin)

    Second Period
    7:41 TB Drouin (8), (Killorn, Johnson)(PP)
    17:04 TB Point (3), (Johnson, Hedman)
    19:27 TB Namestnikov (4), (Killorn, Point)

    Third Period
    19:49 DET Mantha (5), (Jensen, Zetterberg)

    Jonathan Drouin, Brayden Point, and Brian Boyle were the game's three stars. Drouin and Point were very dangerous all game and Drouin is starting to be the star his skill set always said he was going to be. If he ever figures out the nuances of situational hockey on top of this, he's going to be a Hall of Famer.

    Point had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +2 with 2 shots in 19:32. He could've had a second goal easily on a shot where he hit the goalpost flush.

    Slater Koekkoek had 1 hit in 11:23.

    Tanner Richard had 1 shot, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot and was 27% on 11 draws in 12:23 in his NHL debut. He wasn't glaringly good or bad, which is neither particularly good or bad for a first game. He'll need to get used to going against the best faceoff men in the world at this level and I think the speed of the skaters up top will be a challenge for him to adjust to.

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  • 8 weeks 4 days ago

    SaiPa 2 vs. HIFK 4
    Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 25 GP, 2-4-6, -4, 39 PIM

    Saku Salminen was scoreless in 9:33 of ice time in SaiPa's 4-2 loss to HIFK. Ex-Canadiens farmhand Brock Trotter had a goal in defeat for SaiPa.

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