Game Night Results

  • 24 weeks 4 days ago

    Lightning leave another 2 points out on the road.


    Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss. No way to sugar coat it: he let the team down tonight. The GWG by Erik Johnson is a softie that simply cannot happen at that juncture of the game. Ever. Certainly it's outside of the norm for Ben this season, but that's frustrating.

    First Period
    16:49 TB Pyatt (2), (Purcell, Salo)
    17:19 COL Barrie (8), (Stastny, MacKinnon)
    19:01 COL O'Reilly (23), (Parenteau, Duchene)

    Second Period
    6:40 TB Thompson (7), (Kostka, Carle)
    17:37 TB Thompson (8), (Kostka)

    Third Period
    5:12 COL Holden (5), (O'Reilly, Duchene)(PP)
    16:05 COL Johnson (8), (unassisted)
    19:06 COL Holden (6), (Talbot)(EN)
    19:53 COL Stastny (19), (MacKinnon, Landeskog)(EN)

    That's upsetting. That's 3-4 points, between this game and the Nashville game, that the Lightning could've easily had that they squandered. Take a look at the standings and you'll see that's the difference between the current 5 point lead on the last team out of the playoffs and an 8-9 point cushion. That's a big, big difference. Self-inflicted sloppiness and bad goaltending dealt the fatal wounds tonight. I didn't think they had a great chance coming into this game with Filppula not returning, but they put themselves in position to win and they should've gotten not less than a point out of this one. That hurts.

    Mike Kostka had 2 assists and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 12:11. Win if you can. Survive if Mike Kostka lets you.

    Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 with 3 shot and 1 hit and he was 55% on draws in 8:40. I'm shocked to see he only had 8:40 of ice time, as that was a very active 8:40 of ice time with multiple scoring opportunities and some very active work in the offensive zone. He's really settled in now, although that might be all for nothing because with Filppula and Stamkos coming back this week, it's no secret Vladdy's probably going back down.

    Nikita Kucherov was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:35. He had the tying goal on his stick on the PP down 4-3 off a glorious setup from Marty and he shot it wide. He's missing these critical chances by fractions of inches in key times, and I'm starting to worry about his psyche, because his confidence level as a sniper is being seriously tested right now.

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  • 24 weeks 4 days ago

    Syracuse's point streak is snapped at 6 games.


    Anders Lindback allowed 3 goals on 19 shots for the loss. If all goes to plan, he'll be recalled either later tonight or early tomorrow and Kristers Gudlevskis will be returned to Syracuse.

    First Period

    Second Period
    ADK Gervais, (8) (Akeson, McGinn), 1:35
    ADK McGinn, (18) (Manning, Akeson), 12:31

    Third Period
    ADK Matczak, (1) (Akeson, VandeVelde), 13:46

    Syracuse sees the opportunity to get back to .500 slide by the boards. Syracuse's next game is Friday, the night after Steven Stamkos is supposed to return in Tampa Bay. Presuming Valtteri Filppula is also back for the Lightning by then, one would presume Gudlevskis may be joined by 1-2 players from the Lightning to bolster the Crunch for next weekend.

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  • 24 weeks 4 days ago

    Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Kazan 0
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 33/33, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%

    Make it back-to-back shutouts and back-to-back 1-0 wins for Vasily Koshechkin as he and Magnitogorsk defeated Kazan today 1-0. Czech forward Jan Kovar scored the game winner for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 5th in the KHL in save percentage and leads the pack in shutouts.

    Ufa 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
    Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%

    Alexei Volkov got the call in net today for Ufa in their 3-1 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Leafs draft pick Leo Komarov assisted on Dynamo's 2nd and 3rd goals as they pulled away for the win.

    Mytischi 5 vs. Khanty-Mansisysk 1
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 43 GP, 7-6-13, -6, 10 PIM

    Yugra continued to look unimpressive emerging from the Olympics break as they were again crushed, this time by Mytischi by a score of 5-1. Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had a helper in the win for Mytischi. Nikita Gusev played 17:50 in the loss.

    Bratislava 0 vs. Spartak Moscow 3
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 21/24, 3.01 GAA, .875 sv%
    Season totals: 40 GP, 15-17-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%

    Jaroslav Janus and Bratislava have appeared to hit another speed bump in their season, stumbling out of the Olympic break. Today they fell 3-0 to Spartak Moscow.

  • 24 weeks 4 days ago

    Florida Everblades 4 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 5

    W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 26 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 49 PIM

    D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM

    W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM

    Florida allowed two power play goals in the final minute of the second period and that ended up being their undoing. They were up, 3-2, before the two goals against. The second of those goals sparked a semi-line brawl. Still no sign of Carl Neilsen or Jordan Henry, both on AHL contracts with Syracuse. The Everblades have dropped to 10th in the conference. Gauthier missed Friday's game against Gwinnett. The Gladiators have won the first two of three games against the 'Blades this weekend. These are bad losses for Florida as the Gladiators are significantly in last place in the division.

  • 24 weeks 4 days ago

    Harvard Crimson 2 @ No. 11 Cornell Big Red 3 (OT)

    F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 28 GP, 6-8-14, -5, 18 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

    Hart helped Harvard to an early 2-0 lead, but the Crimson gave it up and eventually lost in overtime to Cornell, 3-2. Former Bolt prospect Kirill Gotovets had a minor penalty for Cornell. He has three assists in this, his senior season. Speculation is Chicago won’t sign him and he’ll go to Europe to play. He’s from Belarus and has appeared in the World Championships for his home country.

    Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 @ Miami RedHawks 0

    F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
    Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

    Mullin was a scratch.

    No. 10 North Dakota 1 @ No. 5 St. Cloud State Huskies 3

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 25 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

    UND failed to clinch the first Penrose Cup, falling to SCSU, 3-1 after the Huskies scored late into an empty net. The Huskies moved into a tie in the conference, leaving the title up for grabs for another week. UND plays Western Michigan; SCSU has Colorado College.

    No. 8 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 1 (OT)

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 36 GP, 12-22-34, +5, 16 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

    That’s hockey: One night after putting a snowman on the scoreboard vs St. Lawrence, the Bobcats could only score one against Clarkson. Matt Peca had an assist on QU’s only goal. He was coming off a 6-point night against the Saints.

    Penn State Nittany Lions 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play
    Season totals: 30 GP, 21-4-5, 1.94 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    Wilcox got his second night off of the season and watched as Michael Shibrowski earned his second win. Minnesota leads the Big 10, just above Wisconsin. There are two weeks left.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 24 weeks 5 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 2

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 10 SOG, 0 Hits, 12/22 FO
    Season totals: 41 GP, 24-65-89, +40, 41 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Drouin set a new career high for assists in a season despite playing eight fewer games and missing Nathan MacKinnon (NHL Colorado) and Martin Frk (AHL Grand Rapids). He does have potential 2014 first rounder Nikolaj Ehlers next to him, and Ehlers had a hat trick (natural) Saturday for the second night in a row. Drouin assisted on all three goals. Ehlers, a Denmark native who has drawn comparisons to Drouin, is up to 43 goals and 91 points and a plus-56 rating in his rookie season.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Ottawa 67’s 1 @ Barrie Colts 7

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 57 GP, 10-22-32, +20, 113 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Barrie crushed visiting Ottawa on the back of Andreas Athanasious’s hat trick. The Red Wings prospect and former London teammate of Vladdy Namestnikov has 45 goals in 60 games.

    Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Belleville Bulls 2

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 45 GP, 20-43-63, +17, 37 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Ikonen had his second-straight multi-point game.

    Windsor Spitfires 0 @ Plymouth Whalers 5

    D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 61 GP, 15-38-53, +44, 44 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

    Rough night for Windsor in Michigan. Alex Nedeljkovic (2014) had 26 saves for the Whalers.

  • 24 weeks 5 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch won their fourth-straight, but they didn't make it easy.

    The Crunch let a three-goal lead slip away in the third period, but converted on a power play in overtime to slip past the Adirondack Phantoms, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    Syracuse coach Rob Zettler was glad to get the two points, but believed his team shouldn't have given up four goals.

    "I thought our third period was, frankly, borderline embarrassing," Zettler said. "I thought it was bad. I thought they controlled the whole third period. I thought we controlled the whole second period, and we turned around and we were completely flat in the third period."

  • 24 weeks 5 days ago

    Surging Syracuse outlasts Adirondack.

    SYR-5 (OT)

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 36 shots, but got the OT victory.

    First Period
    SYR Tyrell, (8) (Richard), 7:25
    ADK Cousins, (6) (Flanagan, Holmstrom), 17:28 (PP)

    Second Period
    SYR Paradis, (2) (Labrie, Angelidis), 11:29
    SYR Tyrell, (9) (Richard, Panik), 14:58
    SYR DiSalvatore, (9) (Connolly, Paquette), 15:16

    Third Period
    ADK Flanagan, (5) (Alderson, Alt), 8:43 (PP)
    ADK Alt, (3) (Lauridsen, Bordson), 17:10
    ADK McGinn, (17) (Gervais, Manning), 18:01

    SYR Panik, (3) (DiSalvatore, Taormina), 1:37 (PP)

    Richard Panik and Dana Tyrell were the game's first and second stars. Tonight was Panik's third straight multi-point game and he has 2 goals and 8 points over those three games. Simply put: we're starting to see the dominant version of Richard Panik re-emerge. Tanner Richard also posted back-to-back multi-point nights for the first time in his pro career.

    The victory moves the Crunch back to just 1 game under the .500 mark. Unfortunately, they're 13 points out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference, as of this posting. But, if they continue to extend this 5 game streak of games where they've gotten points, who knows, they might just make this thing a little interesting before all is said and done. Tomorrow they face Adirondack again with the planned starter being Anders Lindback before he completes his conditioning stint and returns to the Lightning.

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  • 24 weeks 5 days ago

    Lightning manufacture a huge win in Dallas.


    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 41 shots for the victory. He might want the Fidler goal back, but there's little doubt he was THE reason the Lightning won this afternoon.

    First Period
    1:25 TB St Louis (28), (Brewer, Palat)
    12:09 TB Thompson (6), (Hedman, Killorn)

    Second Period
    14:31 TB St Louis (29), (Palat)
    15:50 DAL Roussel (10), (Connauton, Fiddler)
    18:11 DAL Fiddler (4), (Roussel, Garbutt)

    Third Period
    7:12 TB Salo (2), (Hedman, Killorn)

    Bishop and Martin St. Louis were the game's first and third stars.

    As the game wore on, the contours of the contest took on a hauntingly similar look to the Nashville game. I thought the Lightning did a pretty good job of trying to press for the goal to get to 3-0 and weren't that bad through the first 5-6 minutes of the Second Period, but everything went sideways after that. Once Roussel got the greasy goal to make it 3-1, Dallas just took over the game and only some good individual efforts by the likes of St. Louis, Palat, and Salo really allowed the Lightning to get 2 points (on top of Bishop raising the deflector shields). If you're looking for another silver lining, though, it's that the PK stood up and didn't disintegrate this afternoon the way it did against the Predators. Mind you, they weren't perfect and Bishop had to erase some big errors, but they didn't allow Dallas nearly the zone time and chances they gave the Preds.

    If you look at the standings, you'll see why this was such a big win. They get back on par with Montreal for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division and reopen a 6 point gap on Washington for the last team out in the Eastern Conference. At 73 points after 60 games they're 1 point ahead of the pace they need to be on to comfortably make the playoffs. They didn't hit the target of 12 points for the last 10 game segment and had to burn off 2 of the 3 insurance points they had stored up, but at least they didn't fall off schedule for the first time this year. Now, they have to keep manufacturing wins somehow until Valtteri Filppula and Steven Stamkos can get settled back into the lineup and, in particular, until Stammer can get the rust knocked off.

    Mike Kostka had 2 hits and 5 blocked shots in 8:42. He, unfortunately, had the Roussel goal go in off of his skate, but he wasn't awful. He makes a better option than Cote or Taormina and probably Aulie, too.

    J.T. Brown as -1 with 2 shots in 14:35. He did some really good work on the forecheck with the Lightning clinging to their lead. Today was his 41st game of the season, so he has graduated from prospect status on the site.

    Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot and was 50% on draws in 9:08. I think you saw a marked step forward in Namesy's comfort level today, and he had some dangerous rushes with his speed in the First and Second Periods. I don't know that I trust him yet defensively, but he at least looked more like an NHLer today than he did against Nashville.

    Nikita Kucherov had 2 shots in 12:15. The SunSports team was praising his defense in this game, but I thought this was a subpar game for Kucherov in that respect. He really had problems moving the puck out of the Lightning zone within the last 10 feet before the blueline. That's something that will make coaches want to strangle you.

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  • 24 weeks 6 days ago

    Florida Everblades 2 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 4

    W Danick Gauthier, FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 25 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 49 PIM

    D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM

    W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM

    Florida lost a 2-goal lead, giving up four in the final period en route to a 4-2 road loss. The only Syracuse or Tampa Bay connection in the game was PM Devos, who was on a Syracuse contract last year. He was scoreless and minus-2. No sign of Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier.

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