Game Night Results

  • 5 years 2 weeks ago

    .500 to end 2011. Now the real climb begins.

    CAR-2
    TB-5

    Mathieu Garon allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the win. I can't emphasize enough how impressed I am with the way he shrugged off the soft goal in Colorado. I hate to keep bringing that up, but it speaks to the fact Garon is a veteran and knows how to handle adversity, and that's critical for a team in the situation the Lightning is in.

    First Period
    TB Stamkos (24), (St. Louis, Downie), 3:22
    CAR Faulk (2), (Bowman, Staal)(PP), 16:12

    Second Period
    CAR Harrison (3), (Staal, McBain)(PP), 4:29
    TB Stamkos (25), (St. Louis, Downie), 8:17

    Third Period
    TB Stamkos (26), (St. Louis, Malone)(PP), 0:43
    TB Purcell (7), (Malone, Clark), 1:05
    TB Downie (6), (Malone, Pyatt), 6:51

    Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, and Steve Downie were the game's three stars. Not much of a surprise to see two great players like St. Louis and Downie step up and do what they do best. Congrats to St. Louis on his 500th assist, too. But, the straw that has stirred the drink these past two games has been Downie. I speculated most of the first half of the season whether he was hurt because he's looked a bit stiff and a step slow, but he's been my #1 star of the past two nights. Yeah, he looks like Charlie Manson, but he has an amazing skill set as a playmaker and as a finisher, too. He and Purcell coming to life in the second half are prerequisites for making the playoffs.

    Dominic Moore was robbed of a goal that would've made it 6-2. He so clearly did not interfere with Cam Ward and then Ward proceeded to mount him like a rodeo bull? I sat there in amazement at how Moore and Lecavalier possibly could get calls on that play because they did NOTHING illegal. It looked like a case of the refs taking pity on Carolina, I think. Kudos to Bobby Taylor for correctly pointing out those calls threw into question whether that referee crew has the intelligence to organize a one car parade. After tonight, I would cast my vote with the nays.

    What the Lightning need to understand is that tonight's win was just the prelims. This road trip through Canada is the real challenge for this team, and they cannot afford to fall flat on the road. So they need to have swagger and confidence, but recognize they need to work hard to back it up, or this home stand was for naught.

    J.T. Wyman had 2 hits in 10:31. Solid game.

    Blair Jones Had 1 hit in 10:04, but was slightly more effective in some shifts with Tyrell and Pyatt where he got some puck retrieval help.

    Box score from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 2 weeks ago

    Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 (ot)

    F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 20 GP, 4-11-15, +2, 6 PIM

    With the tie the Bobcats are now unbeaten in six straight.

    Harvard Crimson 4 @ No. 18 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 (ot)

    F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals: 11 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 23 PIM

    F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 13 GP, 4-1-5, +3, 0 PIM

    Killorn's point streak is now at six games. O'Donnell's points were his first in three games.

    No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ St. Cloud State Huskies 1 (ot)

    D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 19 GP, 0-4-4, +7, 31 PIM

    The Broncos finished the month of December with a 4-1-1 record. They take on No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.

    Clarkson Golden Knights 3 vs No. 13 Cornell Big Red 5
    Florida College Classic

    D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, even, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, even, 6 PIM

    Gotovets played the game as the third line winger for the Big Red. They take on No. 6 Colorado College next weekend.

  • 5 years 2 weeks ago

    USHL

    Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Tri-City Storm 4

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 33 saves on 36 shots
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 6 GP, 2-4-0, 3.32 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Wilcox played for the first time since December 9 and broke a four-game losing streak by beating Sioux City, 4-3. Wilcox had lost the No.1 job to Phoenix Copley, but Copley was shelled Wednesday night giving Wilcox an opening Friday.

    QMJHL

    Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2 (OT)

    D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (holding), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 32 GP, 0-4-4, -12, 29 PIM

    Milan’s scoreless streak hit 14 games in the loss.

    QMJHL Note: Lightning prospect Adam Janosik of Gatineau is with Team Slovakia at the U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta.

    OHL

    Sarnia Sting 3 @ London Knights 7

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: Did not play (injured)
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 17-23-40, +10, 28 PIM

    After Namestnikov was a surprise cut by Team Russia at the World Junior tournament, rumors started swirling he was injured when trying to make the team though nothing had been announced. Friday was the second straight game for London that Namestnikov has missed due to a “lower body injury,” giving those rumors some credibility. Speaking of credibility, it’s a lot easier to handle Namestnikov – a first round pick of the Lightning in 2011 – not making the team due to an injury than not being good enough. On Friday, Lightning camper Seth Griffith had a hat trick for the Knights. He also added an assist. Griffith (pictured) now has 29 goals and 50 points in 35 games.

    Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 4

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 25 GP, 0-8-8, +1, 16 PIM

    Schemitsch couldn’t string together two straight games with an assist and Owen Sound couldn’t beat the Rangers at the Aud in Kitchener on Friday, losing 4-1. Schemitsch had an assist Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to Niagara.

  • 5 years 2 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 3 @ Greenville Road Warriors 1

    LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
    Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 38 saves on 39 shots, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 12-8-0, 2.88 GAA, .906 sv%, 1 SO

    For the second straight night the Everblades scored a 3-1 win over Greenville, this time after being badly outplayed and outshot by the Road Warriors, 39-22. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle earned the First Star award for making 38 saves and winning his fifth straight game. Alex Hutchings remains out with an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since November 12.

  • 5 years 2 weeks ago

    Norfolk holds on by their fingernails for the sweep.

    BRI-2
    NOR-3

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    NOR Conacher, (19) (Barberio, Dimmen), 2:30
    NOR Fornataro, (3) (Kostka, Smith), 11:34 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Johnson, (13) (Barberio, Conacher), 16:55 (PP)

    Third Period
    BRI Cizikas, (6) (de Haan, Wishart), 11:11 (PP)
    BRI Romano, (2) (Ness, Reese), 12:48 (PP)

    Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and third stars.

    Bridgeport probably deserved better than they got in this two game set against the Ads. They outshot Norfolk by a decent margin in both games and, in the end, found themselves done in only by good goaltending and timely special teams goals by the Ads. Tonight's back breaker was TJ's second period PP marker, which held up as the winner. As I've said many times, a 3 goal lead is the magic number going into a third period. Three goal leads are practically insurmountable in pro hockey, even if you get thoroughly outshot like Norfolk did tonight (16-6 in the third).

    Norfolk draws Hershey in yet another key divisional battle tomorrow. A regulation win will put the Admirals back on top in the division.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 2 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Sweden 9 @ Slovakia 1
    Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

    Undrafted Erik Thorell, who plays for Farjestads in the Elitserien, had 2 goals and 3 points to lead Sweden in a 9-1 thumping of Slovakia. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik had his worst day at the WJC's in nearly two years going -3 in the match. The blue liner has emerged as a pillar of strength for the Slovaks in recent junior tournaments, but the whole team struggled today. The Slovakians now will play Switzerland on Saturday in a match that will likely determine whether they go through to the Medal Round.

  • 5 years 2 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Denmark 2 @ Canada 10
    Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-1-4, +4, 4 PIM

    Brett Connolly had a shorthanded goal and an even strength assist as the Canadians punished Denmark for showing up to the building 10-2. Connolly also took an undisciplined third period penalty for cross checking. Canada wraps up their Preliminary Round on Saturday against Team USA.

    Latvia 0 @ Russia 14
    Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-3-3, +5, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-4-5, +7, 0 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 1-2-3, +5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-3-4, +8, 2 PIM

    If the Canadians set the standard Thursday night for unrelenting butt whippings, the Russians quickly rewrote it in breaking former breakaway republic Latvia 14-0. Nikita Gusev, the longtime line mate of Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov, had 2 goals and 7 points in the match and still wasn't the team's leading scorer. That distinction went to captain Yevgeni Kuznetsov's "Kuznetztrick" stat line of 3-6-9. For their parts, Lightning representatives Nikita Kucherov and Nikita Nesterov contributed a combined 1 goal and 6 points to the rout. Russia finishes their last prelim on Saturday versus Sweden.

  • 5 years 3 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 3 @ Greenville Road Warriors 1

    LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
    Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 30 saves on 31 shots, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 20 GP, 11-8-0, 2.97 GAA, .901 sv%, 1 SO

    Pat Nagle won his fourth game in a row, stopping 30 of 31 shots Thursday in Greenville for a big Florida win. The Everblades are now tied with Greenville for second in the South Division, five points behind Gwinnett. Statistically, the solid effort Thursday dropped Nagle’s goals against average below 3 and his raised his save percentage over 90%. Reports said Nagle worked with Lightning goaltender coach Franz Jean a couple weeks ago, which helped Nagle's game. Jean meets with Nagle once a month. This was the first game since The ‘Blades (and Nagle) were involved in a line brawl. Florida played without Philip-Michael Devos and Charles Landry, who were recalled recently by AHL Norfolk. Alex Hutchings remains out with an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since November 12.

  • 5 years 3 weeks ago

    Staying alive by the skin of their collective teeth.

    MTL- 3
    TB- 4

    Mathieu Garon allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the win. He made some key saves that his counterpart at the other end simply did not.

    First Period
    TB Stamkos (23), (Kubina, Downie), 3:43
    MTL Cammalleri (8), (Desharnais, Diaz)(PP), 8:42

    Second Period
    MTL Desharnais (6), (Kostitsyn, Diaz), 5:01
    MTL Cole (15), (Pacioretty, Kaberle), 12:46
    TB Wyman (1), (Purcell, Gilroy), 17:38

    Third Period
    TB Bergeron (4), (Downie, St. Louis), 2:32
    TB Lecavaler (13), (Wyman, Moore), 8:37

    Steven Stamkos and JT Wyman were the game's first and second stars.

    On balance, this was another subpar effort, but the Lightning, with help from Price, found a way to manufacture another result that they desperately needed. They can't live on a diet of being outshot and outchanced, though. The overall product still needs to improve as the team tries to reach .500 against Carolina.

    Wyman had his first NHL goal and an assist and was +2 With 1 shot and 1 hit in 7:01. His goal was horrifically soft by Carey Price, and as often is the case with soft goals it was the difference in the game. His hard work has been infectious, though.

    Blair Jones had 1 hit in 6:56. He's gone back to being a bit of a non-factor, seeing as his best hit of the night was to careen into the Canadiens goal with no one within a country mile of him in the first period. If he isn't careful, Wyman is going to take his roster spot.

    Box score from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 3 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland)
    Assat 2 @ JYP 4
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 24/26, 2.00 GAA, ?923 sv %
    Season totals: 16 GP, 10-6-0, 6 SO, 1.51 GAA, .931 sv %

    Despite Assat goals by ex-Lightning prospects Kristian Kudroc and Radek Smolenak, Riku Helenius and JYP emerged with a 4-2 win. JYP draws TPS on 1/3.

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