Game Night Results

  • 14 weeks 2 days ago

    Bow down to your new blueline overlord.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 40 shots for the victory. It's been like watching a new age Grant Fuhr early in this season. The stats don't part your hair when you read them, but he makes the big saves to help the team get W's.

    First Period
    6:07 TB Koekkoek (1), (Kunitz, Stralman)
    13:46 PIT Guentzel (2), (Letang, Rust)
    19:59 TB Hedman (1), (Killorn, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    3:59 TB Stamkos (1), (Namestnikov, Killorn)(PP)
    8:58 PUT Sheary (3), (Ruhwedel, Niemi)
    9:49 TB Kucherov (4), (Coburn, Killorn)
    14:24 PIT Rust (1), (Guentzel, Maatta)(PP)
    17:55 TB Koekkoek (2), (Killorn, Johnson)

    Third Period
    10:01 PIT Hunwick (1), (McKegg, Kessel)

    Slater Koekkoek, Alex Killorn, and Kikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

    It wasn't the same tour de force performance that the Lightning put together against Washington, but the Lightning looked the better team 5 v 5 all night long against Pittsburgh and deserved the result tonight. Had they stayed out of the box consistently, they surely would've made this a lot easier on themselves, and even with some lapses of discipline there were several moments in the game it looked like it was teetering on the edge of the Lightning getting a 3 goal lead and making it a laugher. Against that team, that's impressive. Back-to-back wins against Washington and Pittsburgh are absolutely impressive, and leave little doubt the Lightning are legit early in this campaign.

    4 games into the season, the Lightning have 6 points. 6 more points to collect in the next 6 games to make this a successful segment of the season.

    Koekkoek had his first 2 NHL goals and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:44. The first goal, which was deflected by the Pens and a bit of puck luck, looked like it took a 200 pound gorilla off of Slater's back. The second goal looked like sheer exuberance as Koekkoek emerged from the box to patiently deposit a 3-on-1 chance on his backhand. Might be time to give him a game or two with a little more IT to see how he handles it.

    Yanni Gourde had 3 shots and was 50% on 4 draws in 15:45. I liked that he was shooting the puck more. That will pay dividends in the long run.

    Gabriel Dumont was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 8:59. He was also 33% on 9 draws. Skating's an issue. It just needs to be said.

    Jake Dotchin was -1 with 2 blocked shots in 16:45. Little by little, he keeps rounding into form.

    Mikhail Sergachev was -1 in just 5:22 of ice time. Sheary snuck behind him off the bench to steal a goal, and it seemed like Sergachev didn't see the ice much after that. With Koekkoek playing a nice little game, I wouldn't be shocked in the Lightning gave Mikhail a game off to watch and re-center before throwing him back into the fire.

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  • 14 weeks 5 days ago

    Out of the ashes, Tampa Bay issues a statement.

    TB-4 (OT)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory. The stat lines not pretty, but a handful of his saves had to be in order to allow the Lightning to keep contact and get the win.

    First Period
    16:42 WSH Backstrom (1), (Burakovsky, Oshie)
    18:05 WSH Oshie (2), (Carlson, Backstrom)(PP)

    Second Period
    5:28 TB Killorn (1), (Point, Coburn)
    7:49 WSH Oshie (3), (Backstrom, Kuznetsov)(PP)
    18:09 TB Kunitz (1), (Stralman, Paquette)

    Third Period
    10:46 TB Kucherov (3), (Killorn, Stralman)

    3:08 Point (3), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

    Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn were the game's first and second stars.

    Every man in that lineup up and down deserved a star. That was Lightning hockey, and it was Lightning hockey at a level I don't think we've seen in a regular season matchup against the Capitals in forever. Coming off an embarrassing performance in Sunrise, the Lightning outskated, outpossessed, and outplayed Washington for the bulk of 63 minutes of hockey, allowing them to overcome some negative puck luck in the First Period to get the job done. And, it wasn't just the top lines or the top pairs. Every man all the way down to the checking line got it done tonight. Cedric Paquette even played like a beast tonight. Kunitz. Callahan. You name it. This team had a different look in their eye coming out of, one would presume, some kind of team meeting this morning, and they wouldn't be denied tonight. This isn't hype, it's truth: if they play with that level of determination, attention to detail, and hustle every night, they're going to leave a lot of opposing teams in their wake as they plow through this season. The back checking pressure of the Lightning forwards in the neutral zone alone tonight... well, Nigel's going to need to smoke a cigarette while he puts this film together. It's that good.

    7 games left in segment 1 of the campaign: 8 points left to go.

    Slater Koekkoek played 3:09 as the 7th d-man. If you blinked, you missed him.

    Yanni Gourde had 2 penalty minutes in 14:44. I need some more SOG's, Yanni.

    Jake Dotchin had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 4 blocked shots in 12:01. He's slowly rounding into form.

    Mikhail Sergachev had 2 shots and 1 hit in 12:40. Mixed bag. Egregious turnovers in the First Period. Darned near potted a regulation winner in the Third Period.

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  • 15 weeks 54 min ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch came into the night shorthanded on the blue line.

    The Crunch iced a lineup with just five defensemen after one player was hurt and another had a family issue arise. Syracuse held Rochester to 18 shots on goal, but the Crunch fell to the Americans, 3-2, in overtime in the homer opener at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    “My hat’s off to our D. The five of them were outstanding (in their) second game in two nights,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It’s very demanding and my hat’s off to them because they hung in there and they did a fantastic job.”

  • 15 weeks 1 hour ago

    Travesty in Sunrise. And, no, I don't mean that the building was half empty on their opening night.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on a staggering 48 shots for the loss. Without Vasiy, the Panthers may have scored 10 goals tonight.

    First Period
    3:30 TB Kucherov (2), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)
    4:48 TB Namestnikov (2), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
    12:18 FLA Dadonov (1), (Ekblad, Huburdeau)

    Second Period
    1:46 FLA Bjugstad (1), (Dadonov, McCann)
    13:57 TB Point (2), (Palat)

    Third Period
    6:06 FLA Sceviour (1), (Haley, Barkov)
    6:42 FLA McCann (1), (Bjugstad, Brickley)
    8:34 FLA Trocheck (1), (Vrbata, Barkov)
    14:12 TB Johnson (1), (Gourde, Point)

    The score line doesn't depict what a squash this was, at all. Even the 48-30 shot disparity doesn't depict it, given half of the Lightning's shots came in the final frame. The team's top line pounced on Florida early to stake the club to a 2-0 lead and looked within an eyelash of making the game a laugher, and then took their foot off the gas and the whole thing went sideways. They spent most of the rest of the game looking slow and confused as they surrendered turnover after turnover and scoring chance after scoring chance until garbage time came and they began the quixotic quest for the improbable comeback. It's not good enough. In 120 minutes of hockey this season the Lightning have only played well in about... 35... of those minutes. It's unacceptable. I don't like the lower two lines. I don't like two of the three pairings. I don't like that the club overall doesn't seem to have a clue what to do with Jon Cooper's new tweaks to his system. Consider this a first test for the team's new leadership council, because a night like this is a rude awakening, and I'll be damned if I have to sit through another night where "Panther Territory" is celebrating like they just won the Stanley Cup (pathetic).

    Yanni Gourde had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit in 14:42. He's played well, but he needs to translate that into shots on goal for himself to take another step.

    Jake Dotchin was -2 with 5 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 13:25. Good Lord, I hope this isn't the beginning of Dotchin turning back into a pumpkin.

    Mikhail Sergachev was -1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 16:54. Tonight he got roughed up physically and mentally. Not going to lie. He had some nice moments but he also got targeted by Florida and had some bad turnovers to go along with some dubious decision-making from the point on the power play. Mind you, I don't know he should be getting power play time at this juncture of his development, but that's another matter.

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  • 15 weeks 2 hours ago

    Ex-Lightning prospect bests new Lightning prospect.

    SYR-2 (OT)

    Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the OT loss in his pro debut.

    First Period
    10:33 RCH Smith (1), (Fedun, Redmond)(PP)
    16:16 SYR Conacher (1),(Thomas, Peca)

    Second Period
    1:49 RCH Criscuolo (1), (Smith, Nelson)

    Third Period
    11:51 SYR Lynch (1), (Stephens, Thomas)

    0:39 RCH Porter (1), (unassisted)

    Cory Conacher and Ben Thomas were the game's second and third stars.

    Ex-Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox helped Rochester overcome a 26-18 shot deficit to pull out the win for the Americans.

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  • 15 weeks 1 day ago



    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. He was clearly the difference in the game, allowing the Lightning to overcome an anemic opening 40 minutes while Roberto Luongo surrendered a couple of soft goals at the other end of the rink.

    First Period
    6:33 TB Palat (1), (Point, Hedman)

    Second Period
    0:25 TB Point (1), (unassisted)
    12:21 FLA Brickley (1), (Petrovic)
    17:47 FLA Pysyk (1), (Vrbata, Trocheck)

    Third Period
    0:59 TB Namestnikov (1), (Stamkos, Killorn)(PP)
    6:38 TB Kucherov (1), (unassisted)
    14:30 FLA Huberdeau (1), (Dadonov, Yandle)
    19:46 TB Palat (2), (Point)(EN)

    Brayden Point, Anton Stralman, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars.

    Really a very mixed bag on the night, with slightly more good than bad. The team looked flat and got outpossessed by a wide margin in the first 40 minutes of the game, and it took some great play by Vasilevskiy and some soft play by Luongo to keep the Lightning from getting run out of their own barn. I think it starts from the backline where I simply didn't like the pairings with Jake Dotchin being scratched. If Jake's still paying his penance to Coach Cooper, I hope it's paid in full soon, because playing Girardi top pair isn't sustainable and playing Sustr at all isn't either. Sustr, in particular, did not cloak himself in glory in this game.

    Through the first two frames, I thought only the Palat/Point/Gourde line showed up to the rink, but they were joined by the top line of Namestnikov/Stamkos/Kucherov that started to come on in the Third Period. I'm really heartened to see Brayden Point have a good opening game. With Tyler Johnson off the scoring lines and nearly invisible, the Lightning's ace up their sleeve is Point. I suspect he can have a breakout season and help give the Lightning the two balanced lines they need.

    So, all in all, I think the pieces I think the Lightning need to really have a strong season (Vasilevskiy, Point, and to a lesser extent the returning Stamkos) had a good opening night with the exception of the exiled Dotchin. Hopefully the Lightning can get him back and playing as well as he did at the end of last season, and that'll push Girardi down to third pair with Coburn and Sustr to the press box, which I think will soothe a lot of defensive ills.

    Yanni Gourde was +1 with 2 hits in 13:36.

    Gabriel Dumont was 67% on 6 draws in 9:01.

    Mikhail Sergachev was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 4 shots in 16:03. I like that he's being mentored on a pair with Stralman and tonight was mostly what I'm hoping to see from him as a rookie. The Lightning need quality minutes more than hefty offensive production, and while I hope that ultimately Sergachev lands closer to 18 minutes on a game to game basis, this was a good start to his Lightning career.

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  • 15 weeks 1 day ago

    Syracuse fails to unlock Linus Ullmark.


    Michael Leighton allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    18:32 RCH Bailey (1), (Redmond)

    Second Period
    1:06 RCH Moses (1), (Criscuolo, Smith)(PP)

    Third Period
    14:37 RCH Bailey (2), (unassisted)
    17:34 SYR Stephens (1), (Erne, Bodie)

    Syracuse drops their opener despite outshooting Rochester 29-20.

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  • 15 weeks 6 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch cut their deficit to one goal in the third period, but the Utica Comets were quick with their answer.

    The Comets’ Anton Cederholm scored 1:07 after Jason Akeson got the Crunch on the board, as Utica topped Syracuse, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday. The teams split the two-game preseason series.

    For Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, the weekend showed the work that needs to be done before the regular season opener on Friday.

    “I thought we played a good game last night. We had a lot of energy and today — the last game before we start thinking about real things — and I think we didn’t have good legs. No execution,” Groulx said. “Their team was much better than us. They were skating better. They were moving the puck way better. I thought it was the opposite last night.
    “Overall, (I’m) very happy with training camp. We had a good week and we still have a lot to do. This game showed we still have a lot of work to do.”

  • 16 weeks 1 hour ago

    Lightning close preseason in style.

    NSH-2 (OT)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the OT victory.

    First Period
    5:49 TB Killorn, (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
    10:46 NSH Salomaki, (unassisted)(SH)(PS)

    Second Period
    13:51 TB Killorn, (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

    Third Period
    16:07 NSH Sissons, (Josi, Fiala)

    1:02 TB Kucherov, (Stralman, Stamkos)

    Nikita Kucherov was the game's first star.

    Not going to say this game wasn't without its flaws, but after several mediocre performances against Florida, this team needed a result to cap the preseason. That's what they got tonight, via the play of their biggest guns.

    Slater Koekkoek had 1 blocked shot in 13:48.

    Yanni Gourde had 2 hits in 14:50.

    Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 3 shots and was 80% on 5 draws in 8:25.

    Jake Dotchin had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:48 in his preseason debut off suspension.

    Mikhail Sergachev was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 20:33.

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  • 16 weeks 1 hour ago

    UTICA, N.Y. – Dennis Yan scored twice in the second period to lift the Syracuse Crunch over the Utica Comets, 3-2, in the team's first preseason game tonight at Kennedy Arena.

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