Game Night Results

  • 11 weeks 4 days ago

    Lightning pass a big gut check moment in Montreal.

    MTL-1 (OT)

    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. I don't know about you, but one of my takeaways from today's game is that I'm more fired up about Ben Bishop than ever before. He beat one of the best 2-3 goaltenders in the league across the rink in Price. He did it after getting kneed in the back of the head in the last game and, frankly, he probably wouldn't have played today if Lindback had been available because of it. He responded physically when Brandon Prust speared him during a TV timeout in the Second Period. And, he managed to tune out a hostile Montreal crowd that was all over him after the Prust incident. And, the Lightning really, really needed to have this win to stop the 2 game skid they were on at a key moment of this season. If anyone had any questions about Bishop's physical or mental toughness, this game went a lot toward answering those. It's just one regular season game, but it tells me that when/if the Lightning reach the postseason it's an environment where Ben Bishop may very well thrive.

    First Period

    Second Period
    5:58 TB Thompson (4), (Hedman, Brown)(SH)

    Third Period
    7:25 MTL Brière (9), (Gionta)

    4:36 TB Thompson (5), (Hedman, Killorn)

    Tyler Johnson and Nate Thompson were the game's first and second stars.

    The Lightning clearly understood the importance of this game and they came to the rink with renewed purpose. J.P. Cote and Radko Gudas helped set a physical tone early and the Lightning kept working hard for 60+ minutes to secure the 2 points and make sure a small losing streak didn't snowball into one of those disastrous 6 game losing streaks that can really wreck your season at this time of year. They dominated the game from a possession standpoint, they had more and better chances, and they stuck to the program even with Price playing extremely well for Montreal.

    The victory in the game gives the Lightning 6 points halfway through this 10-game segment of the season, which is exactly where they want to be. They widened their gap on Montreal to 5 points with the Canadiens being the first Wild Card team and they widened their gap on 9th place, for the moment, to 11 points. Losing this game would've made the situation much more bleak on all of the above fronts. Now the Lightning will look to close out this road trip strong against Minnesota and then I strongly expect Stamkos-palooza to happen Thursday at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which would hopefully give Steven 2 games to get re-acclimated before he heads off to the Olympics.

    Mark Barberio had 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 15:50. He had a pretty good game. He was assertive offensively and no big mistakes defensively. I'd be happy with a lot more nights like the game he had today. He's now just 4 games from graduation from prospect status on the website.

    J.P. Cote had 5 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 6:24. Like I said, his hit on Gallagher on the opening shift of the game set the tone, and he kept it going with a decent effort in his fight against Prust. He didn't play a ton of minutes, but they were leadership minutes.

    J.T. Brown had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 13:41. He was the recipient of his helper after PK Subban tipped a centering feed from Nate Thompson into his own net, shorthanded. You make your own luck.

    Nikita Kucherov had 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots in 15:02. He played center between Killorn and Purcell with Valtteri Filppula out of the lineup injured. He looked fantastic in the role in the First Period, setting up a slew of dangerous chances, but his play seemed to tail off a bit as the game wore on and Habs seemed to watch Kucherov a little closer.

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  • 11 weeks 5 days ago

    Princeton Tigers 2 @ Harvard Crimson 3

    F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 20 GP, 2-7-9, -5, 14 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

    Predators pick Jimmy Vesey scored his 11th of the season for Harvard in the Crimson’s 3-2 win over Princeton.

    No. 3 Quinnipiac Bobcats 8 @ Dartmouth Big Green 1

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 28 GP, 7-14-21, +4, 16 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

    Matt Peca had three points as the Bobcats put a snowman on the Dartmouth scoreboard, 8-1. QU has climbed up to No. 3 in the nation in the USCHO poll.

    Michigan State Spartans 2 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 26 saves on 28 shots
    Season totals: 24 GP, 17-2-5, 2.04 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    The Gophers got a third period goal from Justin Kloos (undrafted) and Adam Wilcox stopped 26 shots through three periods and overtime in a 2-2 tie with Sparty. MSU won the just-for-show shootout in six rounds, 2-1. Minnesota remains undefeated in Big 10(ish) play, 7-0-2.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 11 weeks 5 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, 6/18 FO, *First Star*
    Season totals: 30 GP, 20-48-68, +29, 34 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Drouin and his mates bounced back from a big loss to Quebec on Thursday night with a 4-3 road win on Friday night. The Lightning’s 2013 first round pick had two goals to give him 20 in 30 games. A goal and an assist tonight came shorthanded.

    Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 @ Quebec Remparts 4

    C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4 Hits
    Season totals: 40 GP, 19-37-56, -1, 57 PIM
    2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

    One night after crushing rival Halifax, the Remparts were defeated at home, 6-4 by the Armada. Quebec had 13 shots through two periods, then 20 in the third.

    Ontario Hockey League

    North Bay Battalion 5 @ Oshawa Generals 1

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 36 GP, 3-15-18, +3, 42 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    North Bay scored four times in the third period to break open a 1-1 game.

    Barrie Colts 6 @ Kitchener Rangers 4

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 45 GP, 9-20-29, +22, 87 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Dotchin had a good night, notching two third period assists to give him a new career high for assists in a season.

    Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 2

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 37 GP, 14-35-49, +13, 33 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Kingston survived a fight-filled game to win, 3-2, in Michigan.

  • 11 weeks 5 days ago

    Have you heard the one about a Latvian and a French Canadian who walk into a diner on the way from Utica to Montreal?


    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. After the game, Desjardins and tandem-mate Kristers Gudlevskis were summoned to join the Lightning in Montreal for tomorrow night's came against the Canadiens with Bishop's head injury and Lindback's sprained ankle.

    First Period

    Second Period
    UTI DeFazio, (6) (O'Reilly), 3:24
    UTI Pelletier, (8) (Grenier, Archibald), 13:31

    Third Period
    UTI Archibald, (7) (Grenier, Pelletier), 14:46
    SYR Sustr, (1) (Angelidis, Panik), 18:55

    I suppose the good news is that at least Andrej Sustr was able to get on the board. Sadly, though, the Crunch will be going into tomorrow night with a loaned ECHL goaltender between the pipes, in all likelihood. They've reportedly suspended Riku Helenius tonight for breach of contract. So, things don't appear to be on the way to getting a whole lot better for the Crunch. Perhaps there's a silver lining that there's no recall for Valtteri Filppula's spot as of this posting. It's not exactly something worth throwing a parade over, but Crunch fans have to take what they can get these days.

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  • 11 weeks 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Quebec Remparts 8

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit, 7/13 FO
    Season totals: 29 GP, 18-47-65, +26, 34 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season totals: 39 GP, 19-35-54, E, 57 PIM
    2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

    The first QMJHL game between rivals Quebec and Halifax since Erne’s concussion-inducing hit on Drouin in December was a doozy. Quebec exploded for six goals in the second period and cruised to an 8-2 win. Both of Erne’s assists were on the power play, and though Drouin officially has two more penalty minutes added to his season total, he was in the box for two 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. His first was for something he said to the refs, the second followed a slashing call and the assumption is it was for the same thing.

    As for Erne, the Mooseheads got some payback for the December hit when Luca Ciampini cross-checked him to the ice after a play, and Andrew Ryan hit him when he was on the ice. Ciampini was ejected, Ryan got a roughing call. The Remparts out PP-chanced the Mooseheads 17-3 and had several 5-on-3 advantages.

    Meanwhile, Rangers prospect Anthony Duclair had seven points (2+5) in the game for Quebec. Ducks pick Nick Sorensen had a hat trick and five points.

    Ontario Hockey League

    London Knights 9 @ North Bay Battalion 4

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 35 GP, 3-15-18, +3, 42 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    London put nine on the scoreboard Thursday in North Bay, beating the Battalion, 9-4. Former Lightning camper Brett Welychka had a goal and an assist for London. He has 16-25-41 in 48 games this year. As for Blujus, he extended his point streak to three games, which is a season long.

    Sudbury Wolves 7 @ Barrie Colts 5

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 44 GP, 9-18-27, +19, 87 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Barrie had a 2-0 lead in this one before the game slipped away.

    Kingston Frontenacs 0 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 36 GP, 14-34-48, +12, 31 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 12-28-40, +38, 30 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

    In the “other” Lightning prospect match-up, Koekkoek’s Spitfires got the best of Ikonen’s Frontenacs, 4-0. With his plus-3 night, Koekkoek is back on top of the OHL plus/minus leaders at plus-38. The big news out of this game was 2014 top prospect Sam Bennett of Kingston had his league-best 25-game point streak snapped. He had 46 points in those 25 games.

  • 11 weeks 6 days ago

    Costly night in Ottawa.


    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 1 shot before leaving the game with an injury. It was a bizarre play where Bishop left his crease to try to play a puck that he had no chance of getting to, and after diving to the ice to get to it he was kneed in the back of the head by his teammate, Kucherov. If it's a concussion, that's probably a week, minimum, without Bishop, but early reports have Bishop passing his concussion test. Lindback allowed 4 on 27 shots the rest of the way for the old backdoor loss.

    First Period
    1:49 OTT Methot (5), (Zibanejad, Spezza)
    19:34 OTT Karlsson (13), (Spezza, Michalek)

    Second Period
    3:10 TB Killorn (13), (Kucherov, Hedman)
    6:25 OTT Smith (10), (unassisted)
    18:40 OTT Turris (18), (Ryan)

    Third Period
    6:55 OTT Ryan (20), (Turris, MacArthur)
    12:54 TB Johnson (17), (Palat)(SH)
    17:08 TB Hedman (11), (St Louis, Palat)

    Compounding the injury to Bishop was Valtteri Filppula leaving the game with some sort of ailment that limited his mobility after getting hit away from the play. I'm going to go with a hip injury as my guess. If his injury is of any severity, then I'm just going to throw the name Vladislav Namestnkov out there as a possible recall.

    The Lightning's effort level really sagged after losing Bishop early in the game, and they looked like they were skating in quicksand until late in the game when the score was well out of hand. Between that and the copious number of turnovers that have ended up in the back of the team's net lately, it's not a good look. In particular, Radko Gudas has really struggled over the last month and he's had turnovers lead to important goals in each of the last two Lightning losses. Against the Leafs, he allowed the GWG. Against the Sens, his mistake led to the Smith goal that destroyed a fledgling rally from the Lightning after they'd cut the deficit to 2-1.

    Mark Barberio was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 blocked shots. He was responsible for Turris' goal with an ill advised step up in the neutral zone where he missed the puck to surrender a breakaway to Bobby Ryan, which he compounded by failing to pick up the trailing Turris. There was no atonement for his mistake like the last game against Toronto, either.

    J.P. Cote had 6 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:35.

    J.T. Brown had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 11:11.

    Nikita Kucherov had a helper and was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 14:59. He got some luck on his helper with a pass that ricocheted off a skate to Killorn in prime scoring position in the slot for the goal.

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  • 12 weeks 14 hours ago



    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss. It's not a great stat line, but it's irrelevant if the team in front of your goaltender can't get any goals.

    First Period
    WBS Thompson, (4) (Carman, Letourneau-Leblond), 2:11
    WBS Kostopoulos, (16) (Samuelsson, Despres), 12:23

    Second Period

    Third Period
    WBS Zolnierczyk, (14) (Dumoulin, McNeill), 1:31
    WBS Manderson, (1) (Kostopoulos, Despres), 7:51

    Right now this team can't consistently score goals and they really, really can't keep it out of the back of their own net. What Zettler needs to sell his team on is that if they focus on the latter the former will come to them. That's a hard thing to get straightened out, though, when you just can't seem to get the positive result to give you the right feedback for your work.

    Syracuse remains 10 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference, 14th out of 15 teams.

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  • 12 weeks 20 hours ago

    Khabarovsk 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 6
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 40/41, 1.00 GAA, .976 sv%
    Season totals: 48 GP, 29-11-7, 7 SO, 1.96 GAA, .938 sv%

    Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had 2 goals and 3 points as Magnitogorsk thumped Khabarovsk 6-1. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov also had a helper in the match for Magnitgorsk. Metallurg's triumph came in spite of a 41-35 shot deficit thanks to Vasily Koshechkin's 40 stops.

    Novokuznetsk 3 vs. Ufa 1
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
    Season totals: 25 GP, 11-8-5, 2 SO, 2.37 GAA, .919 sv%

    Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Vladimir Sokhatsky in Ufa's 3-1 loss to Novokuznetsk. Veteran Evgeny Lapenkov led the way for Novosibirsk with a pair of goals.

  • 12 weeks 1 day ago

    Sometimes it's a game that comes down to little things.


    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss. He didn't look sharp to me tonight, and probably wants Kadri's first goal back. He just looked unsettled and seemed to be fighting it, whereas Bernier at the other end looked rock solid making 40 stops.

    First Period

    Second Period
    1:49 TOR Kadri (13), (unassisted)
    9:47 TOR Kadri (14), (Lupul, Gunnarsson)
    13:13 TB Carle (2), (Palat, Kucherov)
    17:12 TB Barberio (4), (Palat, Crombeen)

    Third Period
    15:57 TOR van Riemsdyk (21), (Kessel, Bozak)

    The Lightning probably deserved better than they got out of this game. They outshot Toronto by more than a 4:3 margin, had the better of the balance of play, and hit 3 posts on their power play chances alone. Still, sometimes, you lose games because the other team's goaltender plays well and you make a few mistakes. Heck, New Jersey's lived off of it for years. Toronto's first and third goals came off of giveaways with the first Kadri goal compounded by a less than stellar goaltending effort. Toronto's second goal came on an innocuous looking play off the side boards where Kadri caught Hedman flat footed and made him look stupid on a little toe drag to get a break. Three mistakes end up in the back of your net and you lose. It's not something they should dwell on too long. They didn't play a terrible game. But, they do need to tighten up and shrink their number of errors, because all things being equal they left a point or two on the ice tonight.

    Mark Barberio had a goal, 2 shots, and 2 blocked shots in 12:52. Somewhat of a classic Barberio performance. He gave away the puck in the neutral zone leading to Toronto's first goal. That's bad. The good news is that he was very assertive offensively afterwards trying to atone for the mistake and eventually got the goal to tie the contest up at 2-2 off of a goalmouth scrum. That's improvement, in my eyes, from earlier in the season. Barberio didn't hang his head or play scared after the mistake. He stayed in the fight and got a big goal. That's good.

    J.T. Brown had 5 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:16. Toronto had no answer for his speed. None. He almost slipped a First Period 2-on-1 5-hole on Bernier that ended up finding the post and he was dangerous throughout the game. You just wish he could find the finish and make something out of all the opportunities he produces on nights like this.

    Nikita Kucherov had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in 10:53. It seemed like a less active night for Kucherov and zero attempted shots on goal seems to confirm that.

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  • 12 weeks 1 day ago

    Astana 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 40 GP, 7-6-13, -4, 10 PIM

    January may well have been the turning point of Nikita Gusev's young KHL career. The diminutive sniper scored his 7th goal of the season in 15:21 of ice time in Yugra's 4-3 loss to Astana. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski scored the game winning goal for Astana while former NHLer Nik Antropov added 1 goal and 1 assist to Astana's cause.

    Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Bratislava 3
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 31/33, 2.00 GAA, .939 sv%
    Season totals: 37 GP, 15-15-7, 2 SO, 2.88 GAA, .898 sv%

    Ex-Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik assisted on former NHL'er Miroslav Satan's shorthanded, game winning goal in Bratislava's 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil had a helper in defeat for Dynamo.

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