Game Night Results

  • 9 weeks 4 days ago

    Lightning manufactures a huge win when the absolutely had to have one.

    DET-2
    TB-4

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the victory. As with the victory against Montreal, if this doesn't get you fired up about Ben Bishop nothing will. The guy's hurt, and Cedrick Desjardins was telling everyone who would listen he was going to start tonight. Bishop showed physical bravery and mental toughness outlasting Howard and the Wings in a game the Lightning had to have. They couldn't lose this game. Their backs were against the wall and, depleted or not, they had to win this game. Bishop willed them over the finish line to the Olympics break. Simply inspiring.

    First Period
    17:18 DET Alfredsson (14), (Datsyuk)

    Second Period
    1:44 TB Palat (13), (St Louis, Hedman)(PP)
    11:19 DET Jurco (3), (Sheahan, DeKeyser)
    17:14 TB Pyatt (1), (Salo, Brown)

    Third Period
    16:49 TB Killorn (14), (Purcell, Pyatt)
    18:57 TB Palat (14), (Johnson, Salo)(EN)

    Bishop and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars.

    Was that the Lightning's best game of the season tonight. No. Absolutely not. There were several stretches in this contest where they were owned, territorially, by the Wings. But, the effort was there. They scratched, they clawed, they held on by their fingernails, and they got the break they needed on the Pyatt goal to have a tie game going into the Third Period before they manufactured Killorn's greasy goal.

    It's huge. I can't tell you how different this feels being at 71 points in 3rd in the East, 8 points up on 9th place going into the break as opposed to 69 points and being in a Wild Card spot by just 6 points. The win tonight gives the Lightning 8 points 8 games going into this segment of the season. They still would have to win both remaining games in this segment to hit that magical 12 points you'd like them to have, but they had 3 insurance points going into this segment, so they just need 1 more point in the next 2 games to be where they want to be heading into the stretch run of the season. That's a stretch run where, once the 3 weeks of the Olympics break is up, they should get back a healthy Anders Lindback, a healthy Valtteri Filppula (who had a fractured ankle and not a hurt hip, as I speculated after the Leafs game), and knock-on-wood a healthy Steven Stamkos, to say nothing of Bishop getting an opportunity to heal (his back must be incredibly sore from carrying this team). So, they'll be rested and healed and have a ton of home games to play, especially in March. Catching Boston for the Atlantic Division title may be extremely difficult now after this last little slump, but pinning down the 3 seed and sailing into the playoffs in solid shape is now entirely do-able.

    Young team. Flagging health. Flagging confidence. They had to have the win. Great win. Big win. Huge win.

    Mark Barberio was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:13. I wasn't thrilled with his game tonight. When the possession tilts against the Lightning, Barberio becomes a liability and not a plus. But, you know, he's one of those guys who fought and clawed his way through the game. So, there's that.

    J.T. Brown had a helper and was +1 with 5 shots in 14:57. Sooner or later shots are going to start going in for J.T., and then watch out. Teams have no answer for his speed and work ethic. None. And, he showed his skill a bit tonight undressing Brian Lashoff to create a First Period breakaway. He just can't seem to find the finish.

    Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 hit and was 50% on 6 draws in 11:55. It seemed to me like he needed to make a quick adjustment to the size/strength at this level in the NHL in the First Period, but once that sunk in he looked fairly comfortable, even landing a huge hit on Brendan Smith in the Third Period. Namesy's not quite there in terms of his play without the puck, especially on the defensive end, but you could clearly see he's going to be an NHLer in the cup of coffee he got tonight helping the team get a huge win.

    Nikita Kucherov had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:06. He did just about everything, along with Brown, but score tonight including drawing a penalty shot where he was stopped on a deke to his backhand. Like Brown, when they start going in for Kucherov he's going to go nuts.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 9 weeks 4 days ago

    Dartmouth Big Green 0 @ Harvard Crimson 3

    F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 21 GP, 2-7-9, -6, 16 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

    Hart started the game on the top line for the Crimson, who shut out visiting Dartmouth, 3-0.

    Western Michigan Broncos 5 @ Miami RedHawks 2

    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

    Jimmy Mullin was a scratch for Miami. Former Lightning camper Austin Czarnik – a junior free agent – had two assists for the RedHawks.

    Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 16 North Dakota 4

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-4-8, E, 6 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

    O’Donnell played wing next to Panthers pick Rocco Grimaldi and scored his fourth goal of the year.

    No. 14 Clarkson Golden Knights 3 @ No. 3 Quinnipiac Bobcats 6

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 29 GP, 9-15-24, +7, 16 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

    Peca had three points for the second consecutive games as the Bobcats handled the Knights, 6-3, on ESPN3. I caught the second half of the third period, just in time for Peca’s shorthanded assist. He intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and carried the puck straight at a defenseman in the slot. He tried a one-on-one move, but the puck was knocked behind him. Kellen Jones picked up the loose puck and wristed home a shot under the crossbar. The announcers talked about Peca’s abilities and how “yeah, he’s good” and “he’ll go pro” in a “isn’t it obvious” kind of way. They also joked that they’d tell friend Steve Thomas of the Lightning that Peca needs to stay in Connecticut for another year.

    No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers 2

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 25 saves on 27 shots
    Season totals: 27 GP, 18-4-5, 1.97 GAA, .930 sv%, 3 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    For the second straight night, Wisconsin got a third period goal to beat the top-ranked Gophers, 2-1.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 9 weeks 5 days ago

    Overmatched Crunch make a game of it.

    SYR-2
    SPR-4

    Allen York, back in the crease with Kristers Gudlevskis being recalled to Tampa earlier in the day, allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    SPR Sedlak, (8) (Smith), 13:00
    SPR Skille, (5) , 15:51

    Second Period
    SYR DiSalvatore, (5) (Mormina), 15:24

    Third Period
    SPR Jacques, (6) (Weber, Marchessault), 1:56
    SYR DiSalvatore, (6) (Paquette, Nesterov), 7:40
    SPR Chaput, (11) (Marchessault, Jacques), 14:13

    Jon DiSalvatore was the game's second star.

    The team was without an AHL level goaltender and its top center, arguably, with Vladislav Namestnikov also being recalled earlier in the day. It just continues to be too much of a mountain for the team to climb, unfortunately.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 9 weeks 5 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Drummondville Voltigeurs 0 @ Quebec Remparts 3

    C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2/5 FO, 2 Hits
    Season totals: 42 GP, 19-38-57, E, 59 PIM
    2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

    Quebec had 20 shots in the first period, but didn’t score. They had 14 the rest of the game and score three times. Go figure.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Peterborough Petes 6 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7 (SO)

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 40 GP, 17-38-55, +15, 37 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Ikonen had two goals and missed his shootout attempt, but it didn’t cost the Fronts, who won the shootout, 1-0, and the game, 7-6. Ikonen has five points in his last two games.

    Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Mississauga Steelheads 3

    D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 49 GP, 13-31-43, +41, 32 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

    Windsor dropped a road game against a team 20 points behind them in the overall OHL standings. Koekkoek was on the ice for a significant amount of time, reportedly, especially in the third period as the Spits attempted a comeback.

  • 9 weeks 5 days ago

    No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers 2

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 17 saves on 19 shots
    Season totals: 26 GP, 18-3-5, 1.97 GAA, .930 sv%, 3 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    Sorry, Adam. Our reigning Prospect of the Week, who we lauded for not having lost in regulation since before Thanksgiving, dropped a close match in Madison on Thursday night. The Badgers only managed three shots in the third period, but one beat Wilcox for the game-winner. Minnesota had 40 of 50 first place votes in the last USCHO poll. Boston College is No. 2.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 9 weeks 6 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Sudbury Wolves 0 @ North Bay Battalion 2

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 38 GP, 3-16-19, +4, 42 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    The Battalion scored a huge win over Sudbury, 2-0, which propelled North Bay into a first-place tie with the Wolves in the Central Division.

    Kingston Frontenacs 10 @ Barrie Colts 6

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-2-3, +3, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 39 GP, 15-38-53, +15, 37 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 49 GP, 9-20-29, +22, 105 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Ikonen and the Fronts hit double-digits against Dotchin and the Colts, 10-6. Ikonen has five points in his last three games.

    Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

    D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
    Season totals: 48 GP, 13-30-42, +41, 30 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

    Koekkoek scored once, added an assist, and was named first star as Spits beat one of the league’s “Big 4,” 4-3. Koekkoek’s goal was the game-winner, scored with less than nine minutes left in the third period.

  • 9 weeks 6 days ago

    Trouble.

    TOR-4
    TB-1

    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 22 shots before leaving the game after the Second Period with the old "upper body injury." Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 13 shots the rest of the way for the backdoor loss. Tough spot for Cedrick to come into, and it cost the Lightning, because there was a goaltending duel in progress at the time.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    7:57 TOR Raymond (15), (Kulemin, Rielly)

    Third Period
    2:19 TOR McClement (3), (Clarkson, Lupul)
    8:10 TOR van Riemsdyk (23), (Gunnarsson, Kessel)
    10:28 TB Palat (12), (St Louis, Johnson)
    17:08 TOR Bozak (12), (Kessel)(EN)

    Ondrej Palat was the game's third star.

    Let's recap the past 36 hours. Steven Stamkos' return was postponed another 2-3 weeks because his broken leg hasn't completely finished healing. Ben Bishop is down again with an "upper body injury" which may or may not keep him out of Saturday's game against Detroit. Valtteri Filppula also looked to reinjure his hip after getting the old Russian leg sweep from a Leaf tonight (no call), and he may also be out for Saturday.

    Standings-wise, the Lightning are 7 games into segment 6 of the season having only collected 6 points in those 7 games. A loss Saturday would mean the Lightning can't hit their minimum segment target of 12 points again, and puts them in serious jeopardy of not having the minimum 72 points the Lightning really need to have after Game 60 to comfortably be on pace for the playoffs. That's bad. Very bad. This isn't a battle-tested veteran club. You don't necessarily want to see them scrambling for points in March and April against teams that are. Staying on pace is critical.

    Mark Barberio had 1 shot in 14:21.

    J.P. Cote had 3 shots in 9:05.

    J.T. Brown had 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 12:57. He keeps generating chances with his speed and grit, particularly in tight, but just can't seem to find a finish.

    Nikita Kucherov was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:34. He had a handful of glorious chances in the First Period before tailing off as the game went on. He also has 2 of his shots blocked and 4 that missed the net, as he may be cutting it too fine right now trying to adjust to NHL goaltending.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 9 weeks 6 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Barrie Colts 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 5

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
    Season totals: 48 GP, 9-20-29, +22, 105 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Dotchin fought for the second straight game, this time against Daniel Milne (undrafted). Dotchin was thrown out of the game. Before he was ejected, Dotchin hit Owen Sound’s Zach Nastasiuk (Red Wings), who was helped off the ice after hitting his head against the glass. As a correction to a previous Game Night update, this was Dotchin’s 16th fight of his OHL career, per hockeyfights.com; his sixth this year. He's over 100 PIM for the first time in his OHL career.

  • 10 weeks 7 hours ago

    Syracuse snaps their winless drought.

    SYR-4
    RCH-1

    Kristers Gudlevskis, fresh off his one day stint with the Lightning, allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    SYR Paquette, (13) (Rankin), 18:06

    Third Period
    SYR Connolly, (13) (DiSalvatore), 4:42
    SYR Paquette, (14) (Rankin), 6:14
    RCH Roy, (5) (Pysyk), 12:41
    SYR Korobov, (1) , 19:28 (EN)

    Cedric Paquette, Evan Rankin, and Gudlevskis were the game's three stars. It was the Crunch's first victory since January 17th against the Hershey Bears. In the meantime, they found themselves mired in a 0-6-0-1 slump that has likely torpedoed the team's playoff hopes. Even with the victory tonight, Syracuse is 12 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference. Still, the Crunch can claim a mini points streak of two games and at least look to be getting their equilibrium back. You have to walk before you can run. Next up is Springfield on Friday.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 10 weeks 1 day ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Quebec Remparts 2

    C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/22 FO, 5 Hits
    Season totals: 41 GP, 19-37-56, -2, 59 PIM
    2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

    Quebec fell to 0-2 since crushing rival Halifax, 8-2, last week. Erne was scoreless for just the second time in the last 12 games.

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