Game Night Results

  • 1 week 3 days ago

    Deeply unjust hockey gods banish Lightning to deep standings hole.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 19 shots for the loss. He looked to me to be very sharp despite limited shots again. Followed the puck really well. I can't fault the kid for a lucky goal that takes a double deflection to get past him.

    First Period

    Second Period

    Third Period
    3rd Period
    19:39 FLA Ekblad (4), (Huberdeau, Jagr)

    Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

    Vintage early '00's Panthers hockey. Give up a zillion shots with a collapsing defense and inept offense. Hope Luongo can keep you in the game and smash and grab it at the end. And they did. Disgusting. The Lightning deserved all 4 points from the home-and-home. They ended up getting 1.

    On a side note, when is the NHL going to just move that franchise down there? It's bad enough to hold game's in front of a bristling crowd of hundreds, but tonight the ice conditions were as bad as I've seen ever. It looked like the game was being played with a racqetball, to the extend that you had even the most basic puckhandling and passing exercises eluded both teams. It was borderline unwatchable at times, and the league should be embarrassed in that product. If you're not going to make the Panthers invest in the infrastructure to at least make the rink playable the way Tampa Bay has, just quit playing footsie and move them to Quebec City already.

    The hole is 5 points. The Lightning got 7 out of the target minimum of 12 points in that 10 game segment of the season. They'll be spending the bulk of the rest of this season trying to climb out of that hole. How bad is it? The Lightning could play at a .700 clip from here on out and it would take them 25 games to catch up with comfortable playoff pace. It's not good. That's why the injustice of these past two games against the Panthers hurts so much. Things went straight to hell in a handbasket, standings-wise, with those two defeats.

    Matt Taormina had 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:16. Made some decent plays in limited ice time.

    Jonathan Marchessault had 3 shots and 2 hits in 9:11. He rung post on one of the best chances the Lightning had in the game and was fairly active in the offensive zone in his limited ice time. That might've been his best game with the Lightning to date, in fact.

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  • 1 week 3 days ago

    Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Jokerit 4
    Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
    Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

    Ex-Panthers pick Topi Jaakola and ex-Stars pick Philip Larsen each had 1 goal and 1 assist from the blueline in Jokerit's 4-2 win over Khanty-Mansisysk.

    Novgorod 2 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
    Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals:

    Carter Ashton had a helper in 16:28 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-2 shootout loss to Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo got a goal from ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums.

  • 1 week 3 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (OT)

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 21 GP, 10-13-23, +14, 23 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

    DiGiacinto continues to produce, this time notching an assist in a Windsor overtime win. DiGi had the only assist on the overtime-winner. The Spits are seven points up on Sarnia for first in the West Division.

    Peterborough Petes 1 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 2 (OT)

    D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 20 GP, 1-3-4, +14, 22 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

    D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 21 GP, 2-7-9, -1, 23 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

    Coming off a huge win over Sudbury, Peterborough forced overtime with a goal with 1:04 left in regulation, but were outshot 5-0 in the extra session en route to a 2-1 loss to last-place Hamilton.

    Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

  • 1 week 4 days ago

    Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1 at Atlanta Gladiators 4

    F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 6-0-6, -3, 2 PIM, 28 SOG

    D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 10 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

    Other Notables
    G Allen York, GRN, did not play
    Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

    As the Greenville special teams go, so goes the Swamp Rabbits. Greenville allowed two power play goals and did not convert any of their extra man situations, dropping a 4-1 road decision to the Gladiators at the Infinite Energy Arena at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA on Sunday afternoon. Allen York sat backup all three games, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday as head coach Brian Gratz decided to ride Jeff Malcolm all weekend. The Swamp Rabbits have just two games this coming week featuring home tilts against the Orlando Solar Bears on Tuesday night and Friday night against cross-state rival the South Carolina Stingrays.

  • 1 week 4 days ago

    Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Yaroslavl 1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/30, 1.01 GAA, .967 sv%
    Season totals: 26 GP, 11-9-5, 0 SO, 2.31 GAA, .916 sv%

    Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had 1 goal and 1 assist in Magnitogorsk's 4-1 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Capitals pick Oskar Osala also chipped in a goal in the win.

  • 1 week 5 days ago

    Adirondack Thunder 2 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3

    F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
    Season totals: 11 GP, 6-0-6, -2, 2 PIM, 28 SOG

    D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 8 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 8 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

    Other Notables
    G Allen York, GRN, did not play
    Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

    Lightning prospect Brian Hart earned first star honors Saturday night, scoring the game winner and his team leading sixth goal of the season. A point shot off the end board bounced into his office in the crease, and Hart pushed it past the netminder capping off a Swamp Rabbit two-goal third period rally. Greenville killed off all eight penalties and scored a power play goal of their own. The Swamp Rabbits wrap up their weekend slate with a trip down I-85 for a rematch with the Gladiators in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

  • 1 week 5 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (OT)

    W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
    Season totals: 20 GP, 3-6-9, E, 32 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

    W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season totals: 20 GP, 9-9-18, +4, 21 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

    Thomas Chabot (Senators first rounder) scored on a breakaway in overtime to beat the Mooseheads in Halifax, 3-2.

    Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season totals: 19 GP, 19-15-34, +10, 25 PIM
    2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

    Yan is approaching the 20-goal mark for the season. He has at least one goal in three of his last four games. Yan opened the scoring Saturday, but the Cataractes never scored again.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Oshawa Generals 2 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 4

    C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: Did not play
    Season totals: 17 GP, 5-10-15, -4, 7 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

    Cirelli remains out with an undisclosed injury.

    Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Peterborough Petes 8

    D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
    Season totals: 19 GP, 1-3-4, +14, 22 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

    D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 20 GP, 2-7-9, -1, 21 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

    Dominik Masin (pictured) scored his first goal of the season and the Petes had a 8-2 lead before Sudbury scored twice to end the game.

    Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

    Western Hockey League

    Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

    C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 18 GP, 18-25-43, +11, 8 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

    Brayden Point extended his point streak to eight games in a 4-1 loss to visiting Red Deer. This was Point’s first single-point game of the season. Every other game he’s either been scoreless or registered two or more points.

    Portland Winterhawks 5 @ Vancouver Giants 3

    D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 21 GP, 2-7-9, -13, 10 PIM
    With Vancouver: 8 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 2 PIM
    With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

    United States Hockey League

    Des Moines Buccaneers 2 @ Omaha Lancers 1

    G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
    Season totals: 8 GP, 5-2-1, 2.41 GAA, .926 sv%
    2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
    (University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

    Oldham had the night off.

  • 1 week 5 days ago

    No. 1 Providence Friars 3 @ No. 11 Boston University Terriers 3 (OT)

    D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 9 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 12 PIM
    2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

    Providence and BU tied for the second straight night, this time 3-3. It was 1-1 Friday. The Friars had an early 2-0 lead but needed the game’s final goal to force overtime.

    Minnesota State Mavericks 3 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

    W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
    Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
    2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

    Mullin, a senior, remains out with a head injury.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 1 week 5 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The special teams play proved to be the difference in the third period.

    The Crunch took the lead with a power play marker early in the frame, killed off the Comets’ two-minute 5-on-3, and Kristers Gudlevskis finished with 47 saves, as Syracuse topped Utica, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    “To me, the guys tonight had a lot of guts to their game, a lot of battle to their game, and got a little dirtier,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “To me, that stuff gets rewarded when you do those things.”

  • 1 week 5 days ago

    Lightning just miss a breakthrough they desperately needed.

    TB-4 (SO)

    Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 23 shots and allowed 1 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. He was not super-sharp tonight, but I was almost willing to give him a pass after making a key desperation save with his right pad late in the Third Period that nearly was enough to preserve the win. But, he allowed a deflected floater with less than a minute to play and that ultimately cost the team a second point tonight. I'm not going to lambaste a guy for allowing goals on 2 breakaways and a penalty shot. That said, it's an obvious tell when Bishop is on/off as to whether or not he's leaving his five hole open. Tonight it was open 24 hours like a 7-Eleven, and Pirri took advantage on his PS goal and the Shootout winner. The five hole is to Ben Bishop what drink is to someone in AA: it's a demon he'll be fighting with the rest of his life. Being such a tall guy, he'll never fully correct it, but he's got to focus on keeping it under control.

    First Period
    4:48 FLA Jokinen (4), (Trocheck, Campbell)
    15:22 TB Paquette (2), (Brown)

    Second Period
    1:02 TB Namestnikov (4), (Stamkos)
    2:39 FLA Bjugstad (6), (Smith, Huberdeau)
    4:47 FLA Pirri (3), (unassisted)(PS)
    7:49 TB Stralman (1), (Killorn, Hedman)

    Third Period
    9:56 TB Namestnikov (5), (Brown, Stamkos)
    19:22 FLA Ekblad (3), (Smith, Bolland)(PP)


    FLA- Pirri
    TB- NONE

    Vladislav Namestnikov and Anton Stralman were the game's first and second stars. Don't look now, but Namestnikov is on a pace for 20+ goals.

    This one stings, because it had the chance to be a cathartic moment that would put the Lightning season back on track. It was not a pretty game. It was incredibly sloppy and incredibly chippy, but that emotional response by the Lightning after getting physically challenged by the downstate rival was welcome. It looked like the elixir, quite frankly, as the team battled to manufacture the 4 goals it looked like it needed to win. And then the bottom dropped out on a center point wrister than took a slight deflection off Condra and went in with under a minute to go. Deflating. Tonight's exercise was helpful because it showed them they can manufacture goals in the dirty areas off rebounds, as they did on 3 out of the 4 goals. But, they really needed to payoff of the 2 points to feel good about the night and it slipped away from them. So, the funk continues to linger a bit longer.

    So, the Lightning will be at least 3 points in the hole at the end of segment 2 of the season. 2 points in the segment finale would be much appreciated, to be sure.

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