Game Night Results

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    No quit in Norfolk.

    HER-2
    NOR-3

    Craig Kowalski allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the win.

    First Period
    HER Bourque, (21) (Giroux, Kronwall), 0:51
    NOR Jones, (18) (Konopka, Lundin), 14:55 (PP)
    NOR Smolenak, (22) (Wishart, Segal), 16:36

    Second Period
    NOR Swanson, (1) (Wishart, Konopka), 10:48

    Third Period
    HER Giroux, (55) (Bourque, Kronwall), 1:01

    ATO forward John Swanson, who was signed today out of St. Cloud State, potted the game winning goal in his first pro game and was named third star. Well played. Kowalski was the game's first star.

    Radek Smolenak potted his 22nd goal of the season while Blair Jones inched closer to the 20 goal plateau by lighting the lamp for the 18th time this year. There are still questions about Jones' intensity, no doubt, but 20 goals has to make you stand up and take notice.

    Ty Wishart returned to the ice for the first time in about three weeks and hit the scoresheet for helpers in duplicate for the first multi-point game of his pro career.

    It kind of snuck up on me: but Mike Lundin has 26 points now in Norfolk. He has a very real opportunity to hit 30 points in about 50 AHL games with the Admirals. I know Darren Rumble really likes Lundin, but the question remains about how well he fits with what Rick Tocchet is trying to do in Tampa Bay. There's no doubt in my mind, though, that his time in the AHL this year has been beneficial to his development and some NHL team is going to reap the rewards next season with a better player.

    Norfolk's win, its 30th of the season, and Albany's loss inches the Admirals within 1 point of climbing out of the division basement with 6 games to go in the season. The Admirals also improved to 20-14-4 on home ice with the victory. Norfolk's final two home games of the season are this weekend, meaning the worst the Admirals could finish on their home rink is 4 games over .500. However incremental it may be, there is progress in Norfolk, VA.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/31

    Courtnall has a full month of practices ahead of him.

    BCHL Playoffs – Coastal Conference Finals

    Powell River Kings 4 @ Victoria Grizzlies 1
    Powell River wins Best of 7 series 4-3
    W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (slashing, roughing)
    Playoff totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, 24 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM

    Top-seeded Victoria, owned by Lightning co-owner Len Barrie, will not be advancing to the BCHL championship series. Despite coming back from a 3-1 series deficit, the Grizzlies lost on their home ice 4-1 in Game 7, ending the BCHL playoffs - but not career - of Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall. The former 7th rounder was second on the team in scoring during the regular season, but had a hard time finding the scoresheet during the playoffs for the second straight year.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    The Lightning's forecheck officially belongs on a milk carton.

    TB-1
    BOS-3

    Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 39 shots in the loss. He rebounded from a couple of puck handling errors and was otherwise very solid. The Lightning have a tough decision to make with McKenna. Ordinarily, you would want a veteran #3 goaltender like McKenna in your organization. But, it will be very tough for the Lightning to send Riku Helenius or Dustin Tokarski down to the Coast if they do re-sign McKenna.

    First Period
    14:03 BOS Wheeler (20), (Savard)

    Second Period
    06:56 BOS Chara (17), (Bergeron, Krejci)(PP)
    13:35 BOS Kobasew (20), (Chara, Krejci)(PP)

    Third Period
    12:07 TB Stamkos (20), (Malone, Lashoff)

    Other than Stammer's 20th of the season tonight, there's not a whole lot to be excited about from the past couple of games.

    Noah Welch had 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 11:34.

    Matt Smaby was -1 with 2 hits in 20:30. Good to have the big guy back. I thought he moved pretty well tonight after sitting out the game against Ottawa.

    Martins Karsums was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:55.

    Richard Petiot was +1 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 5 hits in 19:42.

    Matt Lashoff had 1 assist and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 21:41. There were one or two plays tonight where Lashoff made plays that are hopefully indicative of the way his game is going to evolve next season: playing the proper angle defensively and then cancelling out the opposing forward physically. I'm just guessing he had a little extra juice playing against his old organization, but if he can do that consistently, he's going to be a stud defenseman in this league. The offense is there (6 assists in 8 games so far with the Lightning). If his defensive game rounds out, he's going to be every bit as good as Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    OTT-3
    TB-0

    Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. Ottawa's first goal was a short side shot you could fault him for, but otherwise he was solid. He got no offensive support and the refs decided to throw the shaft in at the end to wreck his stats by giving Ottawa a freebee 5-on-3.

    First Period
    09:45 OTT Heatley (35), (Fisher)(PP)
    13:44 OTT Shannon (8), (unassisted)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    16:41 OTT Spezza (30), (Alfredsson, Kuba)(PP)

    Ottawa took a string of penalties early in the Second Period that were a hand engraved invitation to get back in the game that the Lightning refused to RSVP. At even strength, the Lightning just couldn't get in behind the Ottawa defense to get any forecheck generated. That's a big part of why they only had an anemic 17 hits on the game.

    Noah Welch had 2 blocked shots in 18:21.

    David Koci had 2 penalty minutes in 12:40. Get well soon, Matt Smaby.

    Martins Karsums had 2 hits in 10:36.

    Richard Petiot had 1 blocked shot in 23:33.

    Matt Lashoff was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 3 blocked shots in 22:49. He scored a beautiful goal banking a puck in off of the back of the goaltender's pads. Unfortunately, that goalie was Karri Ramo.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/28

    Three prospects move on - two to face fellow prospects in Round 2 ... Victoria forces a Game 7 ... Fargo winning on the "road."

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    NCAA Tournament - East Regional Final
    Vermont Catamounts 3 vs Air Force Falcons 2 2OT
    F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, Even

    Vermont sophomore Dan Lawson scored his second goal of the game with 5 minutes to go in the second overtime of the East Regional Final to send Vermont to the Frozen Four for the first time in 13 years.

    Miami ended Minnesota-Duluth's cinderella run, beating the Bulldogs 2-1 in the West Regional Final to advance to the Frozen Four for the first time. Sunday, BU plays New Hampshire in the Northeast Regional Final and Bemidji State meets Cornell in the Midwest Regional Final.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    After successfully eliminating top flight Lightning prospect Johan Harju and Lulea, Elitserien power moved on to face HV 71 in the semifinals in a clash of league titans. Unfortunately, Janne Niskala and Frolunda weren't quite up to the task...

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    NCAA Tournament - East Regional Semifinal
    Yale Bulldogs 1 vs Vermont Catamounts 4
    F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, 1 SOG, +2

    Marshall returned to the lineup after missing the Hockey East Tournament with an ankle injury, as Vermont knocked off Yale to move onto the regional final tonight against Air Force. Air Force (28-10-2) upset No. 1 seed Michigan 2-0 in the other regional semifinal. The winner of tonights game earns a bid in the Frozen Four.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/27

    Len Barrie's Grizzlies stave off elimination at home ... Witkowski hits 20 points for the year ... Fadden a star again leading TC to a 3-1 series lead ... Draft Watch ... and your obscure ex-Bolt reference: Kaspars Astashenko.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    A valiant comeback comes up short.

    TB-3
    WSH-5

    Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 38 shots in the loss. He held the team in once the Caps got to three and gave them a chance to get back even. No complaints from me.

    First Period
    06:49 WSH Ovechkin (52), (Backstrom, Laich)(PP)
    11:17 WSH Backstrom (20), (Ovechkin, Green)(PP)
    15:48 TB St. Louis (29), (Pettinger, Lashoff)
    19:38 WSH Backstrom (21), (Green, Ovechkin)(PP)

    Second Period
    19:06 TB Stamkos (19), (Malone, St. Louis)

    Third Period
    02:59 TB Prospal (19), (St. Louis)
    04:30 WSH Pothier (1), (Laich, Aucoin)
    19:53 WSH Ovechkin (53), (Laich)(EN)

    The Lightning's penalty kill has been absolutely attrocious in the second half of the season. I suppose it's a combination of losing their most mobile defensemen on the backline and losing Smitty. Still, one thing I'd like to see next season is Tocchet giving Stamkos some PK time. He skates so well, I think he'll quite a bit of pressure on the opposing point men.

    Noah Welch was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:44. His ice time in a game where one of the other d-men went out injured speaks volumes about what the coaching staff thinks of him. I think that of him too.

    Matt Smaby had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 8:01. He left the game after suffering a "lower body injury." The young man's been playing on a bad wheel for quite some time. Hopefully he'll get back quickly. He's just 4 games from graduating from prospect status here on BP.

    David Koci had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 5:35. No shots, no kills.

    Martins Karsums had 2 shots and 1 hit in 8:49. He does nothing for me.

    Richard Petiot managed, somehow, to land the big +3 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 21:49.

    Matt Lashoff got his first even strength assist, 4 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 blocked shots in 24:01. I'd like to see him take better angles in his own end. I think it would keep him from taking so many minor penalties.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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