Game Night Results

  • 3 weeks 4 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League
    Western Conference Finals

    West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ West-2 Erie Otters 7
    Erie wins best-of-7 series, 4-2

    D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 0-16-16, +12, 18 PIM
    With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
    With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

    Erie completed the upset of top-seeded Sault Ste. Marie, winning 7-3 Saturday night to take the Wayne Gretzky Trophy. The Otters, who were led by Connor McDavid’s goal and five points, will face the winner of Oshawa and North Bay in the Finals. OHL Rookie-of-the-Year Alex DeBrincat had a hat trick for Erie in the game. Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo’s remarkable season and junior career came to an end. He’s signed to an NHL contract and will turn pro next season. He took a bad roughing penalty in the second period after Erie’s Nick Betz tried to complete a play after a whistle, sliding the puck at the Soo’s goalie. DeAngelo went after Betz, but couldn’t get to him in the scrum. DeAngelo circled the pile after the scrum seemed to be over and shoved another player to the ice. The commentators gushed about DeAngelo most of the game, but mentioned the fine line he rides between playing with emotion and letting his emotions get the best of him. That will likely be Rob Zettler’s challenge next season for the Syracuse Crunch.

  • 3 weeks 5 days ago

    A game you could argue the Lightning won three times. Wish it counted as three wins.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals
    Game One

    TB-2
    MTL-1 (2OT)

    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 44 shots for the victory. That 1 goal he allowed was a terrible, world class softie that would've been a huge blemish on an otherwise amazing performance had the Lightning lost this game in OT. Fortunately, they got the winner they needed to erase the bad taste of that goal away, and although soft goals are still inexcusable it's important to note than Ben Bishop absolutely was the Lightning's best player tonight.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    2:34 TB Johnson (7), (Carle, Sustr)
    14:47 MTL Pacioretty (3), (Subban, Gilbert)

    First Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Second Overtime
    2:06 TB Kucherov (1), (Filppula)

    Nikita Kucherov and Ben Bishop were the game's first and third stars. The Lightning finally got Kucherov on the board and hopefully they can get Stamkos and the PP, not necessarily in that order, out of the ditch and on the scoreboard in Game Two as well.

    The Lightning played a nearly perfect road game and fought hard through a lot of adversity to put them in excellent position to start this series. As could be expected, they came out flat as a pancake after an emotional Game Seven victory on Wednesday and they had to ride some really sharp goaltending and the good graces of two strikes off of Ben's left post to survive Montreal's early surge. After about 10-12 minutes of hanging on for dear life, though, the Lightning settled down and started playing Lightning hockey. True, Montreal ended up taking the shot totals by about a 4:3 margin in the game, but the Lightning had the puck more, which is certainly more in line with the Lightning's style of play than what we saw in the Detroit series. Eventually, the Lightning manufactured what appeared to be the game winning goal on a Tyler Johnson deflection of a Carle point shot and the Lightning settled into Third Period lead protection mode. And, let me tell you, it's been shocking to see how good the Lightning have looked the last two games protecting a 1-0 lead in the Third Period. They've grown a lot in that department. That was the first time they won the game.

    Then the Bishop softie happened. It's inexcusable. It's gut wrenching. It's the kind of thing that can destroy a team's morale. Credit to the Lightning though, in that they showed a lot of maturity by not hanging their heads as the game headed into Overtime. Then, in the First Overtime, Nikita Kucherov scored a breakaway goal that in any situation other than in OT in a playoff game against one of the NHL's darling franchises would've stood. Absolutely. No question in my mind. By the specter of dubious refereeing in Montreal reared its ugly head again as the goal was waved off under the guise that Kucherov pushed Price into the net. I could probably show you 100 goals exactly like that in the last decade that have stood up. That was the second time they won the game.

    But, the refs decided they should play on. And play on they did when a Montreal turnover led to a quick pass to the slot for a quick release by Kucherov that beat Price for the winning goal. That was the third time they won the game, and the one that actually counted. In retrospect, I just wish the game counted as three wins for all the heavy lifting they had to do to get it.

    Of course, there's a lot of controversy on the zone entry on the play that became the winner, with still shots being waved by the Canadian media showing Filppula as offside. The video, however, shows the play was less cut and dry, but still very close. It's really a case of Montreal trying to beat the wrap on a technicality, though, considering they got puck possession and had an easy opportunity to clear that they choked away. It's also karmatic justice considering how many times Tampa Bay has been shafted by the referees in games against Montreal over the past two seasons. No tears should be shed for the Habs, regardless of how much the northern hockey media tries to frame this as a tainted win.

    Moving on to Game Two, the Lightning find themselves in the envious position of playing with house money on the road. They've accomplished what they need to stealing home ice to start the series. Now they've got a chance to really put the Habs behind the eight ball before heading home to Tampa Bay. It would behoove them to do so and shorten the series, because as we all know playoff hockey is both a marathon and a war of attrition. The fewer games you can play to get to 16 wins, the less energy you have to expend and the fewer opportunities you have to get players injured. So the message should be clear: seize the opportunity now and try to put Montreal away sooner rather than later.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 3 weeks 5 days ago

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Finals

    East-2 Calgary Hitmen 2 @ East-1 Brandon Wheat Kings 8
    Brandon wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 17 GP, 0-4-4, -5, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

    Brandon scored eight goals for the second straight game, sending the Hitmen to the golf course by winning the series, 4-1. The Wheat Kings will play the winner of Kelowna and Portland in the WHL finals. That series is currently tied at two games apiece. This ends the season of Ben Thomas, who still has another year of juniors to play before being up for contract consideration. He didn’t put up many numbers in the postseason after a solid regular season. He was getting solid minutes for Calgary in their run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

  • 3 weeks 6 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League
    Western Conference Finals

    West-2 Erie Otters 2 @ West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
    Erie leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

    D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 0-15-15, +14, 14 PIM
    With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
    With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

    The Greyhounds forced a Game 6 with a close-fought, 4-2 win at home Thursday night. The Soo outshot Erie 28-13 through two periods, but the score was 1-1 entering the final frame. The teams traded goals before Bryan Moore scored at 12:55 to give the Soo a 3-2 lead. They added an empty net shorthanded goal with DeAngelo in the box for delay of game in the final minute. DeAngelo had his first assist in his last four games played. Game 6 is Saturday in Erie.

  • 4 weeks 4 hours ago

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Finals

    East-1 Brandon Wheat Kings 8 @ East-2 Calgary Hitmen 3
    Brandon leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 15 GP, 0-4-4, -2, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

    After an overtime loss in Game 3, Brandon made a statement in Game 4, thrashing the Hitmen 8-3. The Wheat Kings can close out the series Friday night.

  • 4 weeks 19 hours ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Down to the final buzzer, the Syracuse Crunch couldn't find a way out of their slump.

    The Crunch tied the score late in the first period but the Penguins finished with three power play goals and goalie Matt Murray shut the door with 33 saves, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton beat Syracuse, 5-2, in Game 3 the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

    The Crunch lost 12 of their final 13 games and was swept 3-0 in the series.

    "I thought we had a great run up until the last three weeks of the season," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "I didn't see a lot of ups and downs. I saw a pretty consistent hockey team that won a lot of games and worked extremely hard and played really well."

  • 4 weeks 20 hours ago

    Too little, too late.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game Three

    WBS-5
    SYR-2

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Wins the Series 3-0

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for the loss. He finishes the playoffs with the ugly 0-3 mark and an .833 save percentage after seeing his regular season save percentage slip to .900 at the finish line. He's a prospect at a crossroads.

    First Period
    WBS Wilson, (1) (Sheary, Ebbett), 7:53 (PP)
    SYR Gourde, (1) (Witkowski, Peca), 16:53

    Second Period
    WBS Sheary, (1) (Kostopoulos, Pouliot), 2:39

    Third Period
    WBS Sheary, (2) (Wilson, Dumoulin), 1:59 (PP)
    WBS Pouliot, (1) (Kapanen, Chorney), 4:30 (PP)
    SYR Richard, (1) (Koekkoek, Gourde), 5:36
    WBS Ebbett, (1) (Uher), 18:42 (EN)

    Yanni Gourde was the game's second star.

    This team accomplished a lot of good things this season, particularly when you look at the development of their young defensemen. It's a shame they just ran out of gas at the end of the season, because they showed amazing resiliency and the ability to really fight above their weight class all season long. There are some reinforcements coming in the way of some top Lightning prospects like Erne and DeAngelo next season, but it'll be critical for the team to find the right mix of veterans and semi-veterans to form the heart of the team next year.

    We'll see which prospects go up top to join Tampa Bay as Black Aces. For the ones that do, it'll be a great opportunity to see what the big time is like up close.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 1 day ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Semifinals

    QMJHL-2 Moncton Wildcats 0 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 7
    Quebec wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-2-4, +5, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 3 Hits, *Second Star*
    Playoff totals: 15 GP, 15-5-20, +11, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Adam Erne scored 1:13 into Game 4, and five minutes later had an assist and another goal to give Quebec an early 3-0 lead. Kurt Etchegary (undrafted) added on a natural hat trick and Quebec coasted to a 7-0 elimination-game win over the higher-ranked Moncton Wildcats. Erne is now averaging a goal a game in the playoffs. The Remparts await the winner of Rimouski-Val-d’Or, which is currently 3-0 Rimouski, in the QMJHL Finals.

    Ontario Hockey League
    Western Conference Finals

    West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ West-2 Erie Otters 7
    Erie leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

    D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 0-14-14, +14, 12 PIM
    With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
    With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

    Anthony DeAngelo was back in the Soo lineup after missing Game 3 due to an injury. DeAngelo continued to quarterback the Greyhounds’ power play, but was unable to shoot with any force due to the injury. The Otters tried to shut off passing lanes as DeAngelo became predictable before managing to get at least one wrist shot on net. The game was tied 4-4 late before Erie exploded for two goals. SSM got it back within one before an empty net goal. DeAngelo took a late penalty with the frustrated Greyhounds down 6-4 and Connor McDavid on a breakaway looking to put the game away. McDavid was stopped, but at the other end DeAngelo got into a shoving match with an Erie defenseman. The ref watched closely as DeAngelo gave the defenseman a closed-hand glove to the jaw and called the penalty. DeAngelo was back on the ice with the goalie pulled down one, but the Nicholas Baptiste (Sabres) scored his fourth goal of the game. McDavid (future Oiler) had four assists. Game 5 is back in the Soo on Thursday.

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Finals

    East-1 Brandon Wheat Kings 1 @ East-2 Calgary Hitmen 2 (OT)
    Brandon leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 14 GP, 0-4-4, -2, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

    Calgary scored on their second shot of overtime to beat the visiting Wheat Kings and get back in the series. Ben Thomas was on the ice for the OT winner. Game 4 is Wednesday in Calgary.

  • 4 weeks 2 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Semifinals

    QMJHL-2 Moncton Wildcats 1 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5
    Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 4 Hits, *Third Star*
    Playoff totals: 14 GP, 13-3-16, +6, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Quebec returned home but kept the momentum in the series, winning 5-1 and taking a commanding 3-0 series lead. Adam Erne scored for the second straight game. The Remparts can break out the brooms on Friday.

  • 4 weeks 2 days ago

    You gotta believe, daddy!

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game Six

    TB-5
    DET-2

    Series Tied 3-3

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the victory. Would he get style points for how he played tonight? Likely not. He looks nicked up and he was fighting the puck a bit all night long. Buy he battled like a maniac to get the job done.

    First Period
    3:47 TB Johnson (5), (Kucherov, Hedman)
    11:10 TB Garrison (1), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

    Second Period
    9:09 TB Johnson (6), (Palat, Kucherov)
    12:26 DET Tatar (2), (Kronwall)(PP)

    Third Period
    1:39 DET Tatar (3), (Datsyuk)
    14:51 TB Killorn (2), (unassisted)
    19:03 TB Paquette (1), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)

    Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first two stars.

    It's hard not to be proud of the way the Lightning played tonight. It was gritty and gutty. They were being physically assaulted by Detroit throughout the game as uncalled interference escalated to uncalled head shots like Kronwall's obvious elbow to the chin of Kucherov. They battled on. In fact, the refs took it a step further and decided they were going to punish Jon Cooper for openly questioning the lack of interference calls in this series by awarding Detroit a 7-2 power play advantage and allowing Detroit to get away with anything short of murder in this contest. True, they blew a call that led to the Lightning's third goal on an uncalled trip in the neutral zone, but fairness never entered into the equation tonight. It was 7-on-5, at best, most of the night, but unlike the Montreal series last year the Lightning battled on.

    And, yes, I'm deliberately mocking Coach Babcock's mindless platitudes earlier about fighting through his team's clearly illegal strategy of throwing the kitchen sink at the faster, more skilled Lightning team to try to nullify their athletic advantage. It was a pretty overt admission his team is cheating their rear ends off, couched in some hot garbage about having the heart of a champion. Whatever. He and his gaggle of clutch and grab cheap shot artists can battle their rear ends onto a charter flight to Tampa for Game Seven on Wednesday.

    The Lightning made a conscious decision tonight to stay true to themselves. It's not easy when things are stacked up against you to stay in character and not deviate from your structure. In fact, when guys start trying to execute flying elbows on your star players, it's a whole lot easier to let things degenerate into an Ultimate Fighting match, which appeared to be Detroit's preference at times tonight. The Lightning played their brand of hockey, got the all important first goal, and won. Note: that's the key. If you get one on Mrazek, chances are he's going to give up 2-3 more, often quickly, so the same recipe will be required for Game Seven success. It wasn't perfect. The power play was still 0-for-2 and neither Stamkos nor Kucherov managed their first goals of the postseason. But, hey, that just means they're due in the biggest game of the year on Wednesday, right?

    Coach Cooper said tonight they exhibited that they learned something from the Montreal series last year. True. But, I think they learned 10x more protecting that lead in the Third Period. The plays made by young guys like Paquette, Sustr, Killorn, etc. are all invaluable experience that will help this team turn the corner from a regular season team to a team that can confidently do business in the second season. I really liked what I saw on that front.

    On a side note: that steal, deke, and insurance score by Alex Killorn? That man has a way of scoring big goals, doesn't he?

    Nikita Nesterov had 1 hit in 5:16. The Lightning coaches weren't going to let Detroit matchup against him at even strength and with the Lightning only getting 2 power plays out of the zebras, Nesterov didn't see the ice very much. Understandable.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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