Game Night Results

  • 5 years 4 weeks ago

    God hates Panthers fans in back-to-back games, too.


    Mathieu Garon stopped 24 of 27 for the win.

    First Period
    01:29 TB Kubina, (Shannon, Downie)(PP)
    07:40 FLA, (Kopecky, Kennedy)

    Second Period
    04:59 FLA Versteeg, (Weiss, Fleischmann)
    05:40 FLA Kopecky, (Kennedy, Booth)
    10:27 TB Connolly, (Shannon, Stamkos)(PP)

    Third Period
    09:01 TB Pyatt, (Ritola)
    14:40 TB Ritola, (Downie)
    14:49 TB Purcell, (Conacher, Ritola)

    Uh, yeah. Ritola just made the team. I'm calling it. He's been such a completely different player since that good stint in Norfolk. I used to loathe the fact a roster spot was being used on him. Now, I don't see any way you can hold him out of the lineup on opening night.

    Brett (don't call me Brent, Pete) Connolly keeps racking up points. It makes me excited for when he makes the team, be it this season (still a long shot) or next year (becoming more of a likelihood all the time).

    Is Ryan Shannon the new Thor? Old Thor (Sean Bergenheim) was -1 for the Panthers tonight, but New Thor (lil' Thor?) has been racking up points at a nice clip. Here's a guy who has a lot of wiggle in his game, and has always had the look of a scorer, but it hasn't shown up on the scoresheet. If preseason is any indication, this guy is going to put up numbers. Is this what we can expect from Yzerman every year? Some guy off the scrap heap somewhere up north on a 1-year who makes good?

    Ice time tea leaves show Ritola as the high man of the bubble players with over 14 and a half minutes and Tyrell still pulling up the rear at a shade over 12. With guys like Shannon and Pyatt filling the "little fast man" role, you wonder about Tyrell being the odd man out.

    I can't believe Guy Boucher said, "It's all good." Maybe I put Guy on too high a pedestal already, but I can't imagine Scotty Bowman or Don Shula ever saying, "It's all good."

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  • 5 years 4 weeks ago


    Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 2

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    This one is hard to figure out. Saginaw got beat 8-0 a night earlier, yet took out the defending league champs in their own barn by three goals. To compound the confusion, the Attack came into the third period down just 2-1, and outshot the Spirit 22-5 in the final 20 minutes, yet were outscored 3-1 in the frame despite having a goaltender who was a third round NHL pick in the summer (Jordan Binnington – Blues). To top it off, Schemitsch, one of the top defensemen for the Attack, was a team-worst minus-3. That’s how it goes sometimes, especially in junior hockey.

  • 5 years 4 weeks ago

    All Scandinavian up in your area:

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    Blues 1 @ JYP 0
    Riku Helenius, DNP
    Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .887 sv%

    Talaja Roope's first period marker was the only scoring in Espoo's 1-0 win over JYP. JYP draws Lukko next on Tuesday.

    Elitserien (Sweden)
    Lulea 2 @ HV 71 3 (SO)
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 4 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 0 PIM

    Johan Harju had 1 goal and 1 assist, but failed on his shootout opportunity in Lulea's 3-2 loss to HV 71. After taking a couple of games to get going again in his return to the Elitserien, Harju now moves above a point a game. Lulea will play Farjestads on Tuesday.

  • 5 years 4 weeks ago


    Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +1, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Xavier Ouellet), 2 SOG, 0 Hit
    Last Season’s Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 24 GP, 5-4-9, -3, 12 PIM

    Janosik made his 2011-2012 debut for the Olympiques, notching a multi-point night and a fight. Janosik has done well statistically for his native Slovakia in World Junior play, but his stats so far in league play have been mediocre. A breakout year is expected. The Armada is a new franchise in the Q this year. Last year they were the Montreal Junior and before that the St. John’s Fog Devils.


    Saginaw Spirit 0 @ London Knights 8

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
    Last Season’s Totals: 68 GP, 30-38-68, +12, 49 PIM
    2011 Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, 6 PIM

    London put a snowman on the scoreboard to start their season, scoring five times in the second period and adding three more in the third. Namestnikov, who was sent back to juniors by the Lightning this week, had one assist in the game, but was one of only three players to fail to finish above even in plus/minus. He was hauled down from behind on a shorthanded breakaway, but no penalty was called. London was paced by Tie Domi’s son, Max, who had a hat trick and an assist in his first OHL game. London first rounder Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist, and Seth Griffith, who participated in the Lightning’s prospect camp early in the summer and again for the Bolts in the Coral Springs prospect tournament, had two goals and was named Third Star. London plays at Guelph Sunday.

    Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Guelph Storm 4

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM

    Defending champion Owen Sound is off to a 2-0 start to the year after beating the Storm in Guelph Friday night 6-4. Schemitsch is scoreless through two games.

  • 5 years 4 weeks ago

    God even hates Panthers fans in preseason.


    Dwayne Roloson stopped 31 of 33 for the win. Hide the children and the silverware, old man Roli is back in town.

    First Period
    08:06 TB Ritola, (Kubina, Connolly)(PP)

    Second Period
    06:31 TB Shannon, (Kubina, Bergeron)(PP)
    12:55 TB Shannon, (Stamkos, Clark)

    Third Period
    00:23 TB Ashton, (Brewer)
    04:20 FLA Skille, (Robak)(PP)
    16:20 FLA Repik, (Robak, Derlyuk)
    18:46 TB Lecavalier, (Purcell, Hedman)

    As the Lightning move a little closer to icing their opening night lineup, now reading the tea leaves gets more interesting.

    Carter Ashton and Brett Connolly each got over 14 minutes of ice time, while Cory Conacher, Dana Tyrell, and Blair Jones got less, especially Jones. Connolly and Conacher remain decisive underdogs, but the battle between Ashton, Tyrell, and Jones for positioning is fascinating. Boucher knows what he has in Tyrell, and to a lesser extent Jones. For Ashton to get himself a goal and play 14+ quality minutes is a key step for him in trying to establish a comfort level with Boucher.

    And, then there's the matter of Mattias Ritola, who is a different player now than when Boucher had him in the lineup the first half of last season. He got over 14 minutes and quite a bit of PK ice time. Like Ashton, for him to get a goal and play 14+ quality minutes helps establish a comfort level with the coaching staff. I'd say he was probably the big winner on the night.

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  • 5 years 4 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    JYP 1 @ Pelicans 3
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 27/30, 3.09 GAA, .900 sv%
    Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .887 sv%

    The good news is Riku Helenius has started the season in a tandem situation for JYP in the SM-liiga. The bad news is he's still looking for his first win after falling 3-1 to Lahti today. Ex-Lightning player Eric Perrin had a helper on JYP's only goal. JYP faces Blues Espoo tomorrow.

    KHL (Russia):
    CSKA 3 @ Poprad 2
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

    CSKA overcame a goal by ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy to defeat Slovakian-based Poprad 3-2. Nikita Kucherov played 8:11 in the match. Ex-Lightning prospect Vladimir Mihalik was -1 in 17:24 on the blueline for Poprad. CSKA faces Dynamo Riga on Sunday.

    MHL (Russia Jr.)
    Chelyabinsk Jr. 7 @ Nizhnekamsk Jr. 3
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 7 GP, 4-3-7, +12, 10 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov may be cooling off offensively, after back-to-back scoreless games, but he did run his +/- to +12 in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 7-3 shellacking of Nizhnekamsk Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. draws Orenburg on Sunday.

  • 5 years 4 weeks ago

    KHL (Russia):
    Omsk 5 @ Cherepovets 2
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 28/33, 5.00 GAA, .848 sv%
    Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.67 GAA, .921 sv%

    Ex-NHLer Martin Skoula had a helper for Omsk in their 5-2 win over Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo made 18 saves for the victory. Cherepovets faces Hanty-Masisysk on Monday.

    Elitserien (Sweden):
    Djurgardens 2 @ Lulea 5
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM

    Johan Harju had a power play assist and an even strength goal to lead Lulea to a 5-2 victory over Djurgardens. Blast from the past Jimmie Olvestad had 12 minutes in penalties for checking to the head that led to Harju's power play assist while another blast from the past, Josef Boumedienne, also had 2 penalty minutes for Djurgardens. Lulea faces HV 71 on Saturday.

  • 5 years 4 weeks ago


    Plymouth Whalers 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 6

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (cross checking)
    Last Season’s Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    2011 Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-10-11, +5, 2 PIM

    Defending champion Owen Sound opened the 2011-2012 OHL season with a 6-2 win over Plymouth. The Attack scored four times in the second period building 4-0 and 5-1 leads. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch, who arrived in Ontario Tuesday after being sent down from Tampa, was plus-2 in the game. He was named an assistant captain for the Attack earlier in the day Wednesday.

    Schemitsch and Vladislav Namestnikov (London) are the only current Lightning prospects expected to play in the OHL this season. Former Lightning prospect Michael Zador, who was not signed to a contract by Tampa Bay this spring thus relinquishing his rights, finished last season with Owen Sound. He is not currently listed on the Attack or any other OHL roster though he has junior eligibility remaining.

  • 5 years 5 weeks ago

    The Cinderella run of Cory Conacher continues.


    Jaroslav Janus took the loss for the Lightning in Orlando.

    First Period

    Second Period
    15:30- TB BERGERON 1 (GERVAIS)(PP)
    17:55 STL COLE 1 (STEWART)(PP)

    Third Period
    14:41 TB BREWER 1 (STAMKOS)(PP)

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  • 5 years 5 weeks ago

    JYP 2 @ Blues 1 (SO)
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .870 sv%

    Riku Helenius sat backup in JYP's 2-1 shootout win over Blues Espoo. JYP faces Pelicans Lahti next on Friday.

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