Game Night Results

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    Wait'll next year.

    BUF-6
    TB-2

    Antero Niittymaki allowed 5 goals on 27 shots for the loss. Will he be back next year? I'm almost inclined to advocate completely changing the tandem in net for next season.

    First Period
    BUF 5:19, Pominville 19 (Roy, Lydman)(PP)
    BUF 13:56, Myers 10 (Hecht)
    BUF 16:23, Pominville 20 (Tallinder)

    Second Period
    BUF 9:25, Roy 19 (unassisted)(SH)

    Third Period
    TB 8:06, Downie 18 (Stamkos, St. Louis)
    TB 17:22, Lecavalier 21 (Stamkos, Purcell)(PP)
    BUF 18:14, Vanek 23 (Roy)(EN)
    BUF 19:26, Pominville 21 (Connolly, Lydman)

    The season is over, and I'd be shocked if either the coach or the GM survive the offseason. Who won the Olympic Break power struggle? Nobody. I could've told you that then, too. I would hope a guy like Mark Parrish, who probably won't be in the long term plans of the organization, would be returned to Norfolk to try and bolster their playoff chances. From here on out, it's time to start evaluating players for next season. Teddy Purcell and Paul Szczechura need to be under the microscope and I would think there needs to be a cup of coffee for a couple of young prospects in Norfolk like, perhaps, Dana Tyrell to see how close they are to the show for next year. The team also needs to decide if Niittymaki, Kurtis Foster, Andrej Meszaros, Matt Smaby, and Mike Lundin will be back next season. On that list, Niitty, Foster, and Lundin are going into free agency. The team also needs to decide what they're going to do with the enigmatic Paul Ranger. I wonder where Ryan Malone fits too after evaporating in the second half once removed from a line with Stamkos and St. Louis.

    The good news is that a pretty good foundation has been laid. Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman are studs. Martin St. Louis is Martin St. Louis. Vincent Lecavalier has redeemed himself after a subpar first half, in my mind, and ought to stick around. Steve Downie has been excellent and is two goals shy of 20 for the season. The team is just a few pieces away: a steady goaltender and some more veteran defensive depth. The problem is that, as Lightning fans well know, steady goaltenders don't grow on trees. That'll be the challenge of whoever will be running this team come the NHL Draft. That's another silver lining. I don't feel this is a team that necessarily ought to be picking in the top 5-10 of the draft, but if they have to miss the playoffs, they might as well cash in with either another talented young d-man or a winger.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    And now things get really tight in the playoff race.

    NOR-1
    WBS-2

    Dustin Tokarski allowed just 2 goals on 25 shots, but his first period softie allowed to Jesse Boulerice ended up being the margin of defeat.

    First Period
    WBS Boulerice, (4) (Conner, Lee), 4:23
    WBS Johnson, (13) (Haddad, Wagner), 13:19 (PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NOR Fornataro, (9) (Wishart, Fadden), 15:22

    It was a beautiful stickhandling play by Matt Fornataro that helped pull the Admirals to within one goal late in the game. Defenseman Ty Wishart got his 31st point of the season on the play, but he should be chastized along with Vladimir Mihalik for some very soft play along the wall in the defensive zone, especially in the first period. The soft goal, the soft play along the wall, and a disgustingly bad 0-for-8 power play doomed the Admirals in this one. That, and Mitch Fritz losing his mind at the end of the second period, including the ever-classy crotch chop to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton crowd, drawing a double minor and game misconduct that killed off about a quarter of the third period for a Pens team that only held on by one goal.

    On the bright side, the two pro debuts went pretty well tonight. Carter Ashton almost had a beautiful goal chipping the puck between two defenders and showing surprising burst to split them and get himself a breakaway. He got in too tight on the backhand, though, and couldn't lift the puck to notch the goal. He had another chance a few minutes later when he spun out in front from behind the net on his backhand. Had he been a little more patient, he could've taken another half stride and maybe stuck it in far post. Richard Panik had one good chance from the slot, but the defining play for him was a downright nasty check he threw coming back into the Admirals zone. Downright nasty. In case you didn't know, he's strong as a bull.

    Norfolk's lead over the Pens is down to 1 point with the Pens holding 1 game in hand. Uh oh. Norfolk has 11 games left to play in the season: 3 on the road and 8 at home. Norfolk draws Adirondack at Scope on Friday.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    Two one goal losses and the season keeps slowly and painfully slipping away.

    PHX-2
    TB-1

    Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Beats me. When he stinks the team scores in bunches. When he plays well, it all dries up. Go figure.

    First Period
    PHX 7:56, Fiddler 7 (Stempniak)
    PHX 9:45, Lombardi 16 (Wolski, Doan)

    Second Period
    TB 16:07, Fedoruk 3 (Bochenski, Parrish)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    This is another case where the Lightning will go back at season's end and probably kick themselves for that one little mistake (Matt Smaby) or that one missed scoring chance (Brandon Bochenski).

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    No.19 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No.11 New Hampshire Wildcats 0 (OT) (Sunday)
    Hockey East Quarterfinals – Game 3. Vermont wins Best of 3 series 2-1.
    C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.

    Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

    After not losing on home ice to a Hockey East opponent all season, UNH dropped games 2 and 3 to Vermont, both by 1-0 scores, and now the top-seeded Wildcats are out of the HEA playoffs. Vermont got two shutouts from Rob Madore (undrafted) after he gave up six goals in game one and was pulled, and an overtime goal from 1985-born New Hampshire-native Jay Anctil (undrafted) in Game 3 – Vermont’s 51st shot on Brian Foster (Panthers 5/05) - to move on. They will now go to TD Garden in Boston to face No.4 Boston College in the semifinals. No.19 Maine faces No.20 Boston University in the other HEA semifinals. Don’t expect Marshall, who has yet to play for the eighth seeded Catamounts in the playoffs, to suit up anytime soon with Vermont riding this momentum.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    Eastern Conference
    (8)Ekaterinburg 1 @ (1)Yulaev 8
    Yulaev Wins the Series 3-1
    Denis Kazionov, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM

    Ekaterinburg's chance for a Cindarella ending came to a screeching hault in an 8-1 series clinching Game Four win by Yulaev. Ex-Predators forward Alexander Radulov had 1 goal and 3 assists in the game for Yulaev. Denis Kazionov played 11:59 in the match, completing his first full season as a regular KHL player.

    (7)Chelyabinsk 2 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 3 (OT)
    Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 3-1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/32, 1.57 GAA, .938 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1, 0 SO, 1.62 GAA, .944 sv%

    Magnitogorsk ended the upset dreams of seventh seeded Chelyabinsk with a pair of goals by Denis Platonov, including the overtime winner. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov also had a goal for Magnitogorsk.

    Three Lightning prospects have made it through to the conference semifinals in the KHL. In the East, 2nd seed Magnitogorsk and Vasily Koshechkin will square off against 3rd seed Kazan and Dmitri Kazionov. Meanwhile, in the West, Cindarella 8th seed Dynamo Riga and Martins Karsums will face 2nd seed KHK MVD.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago
    [b][i]QMJHL[/b][/i] [b] St. John Sea Dogs 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 5[/b] [i]D [b][url=/mark-barberio]Mark Barberio[/url][/b], MCT: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG[/i] Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM In a game broadcast on NHL Network, Barberio and Moncton defeated top-seeded St. John to end the regular season on a winning note. Barberio scored twice, the first on the power play when he pinched in from the point and buried a cross-crease pass. The second came while shorthanded into an empty net. Moncton finishes with the league’s third-best point total at 102, two points behind Drummondville and seven behind St. John. They’ll play Cape Breton in the first round. After a slow start to the season in the goal department, Barberio finished with a bang, scoring 14 times after Christmas. Barberio set career highs in goals (+1), assists (+12), points (+14), and plus/minus (+31). He finished fifth in the Q in points among defensemen, sixth in goals, fifth in assists, and seventh in plus/minus. Barberio and Moncton should have a long playoff season ahead, at least until the conference finals, which should be vs. the same Sea Dogs they defeated Sunday night. [b][i]OHL [/b][/i] [b] Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 3 (OT)[/b] [i]W [b]Matias Sointu[/b], SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 51 GP, 8-21-29, -3, 24 PIM [i]With Sudbury: 29 GP, 5-14-19, -8, 18 PIM With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM[/i] With Niagara’s loss, Sudbury was a second point away from avoiding Barrie in the East’s first round, but it was not to be as Sointu’s former team scored in overtime. The Wolves, who had 59 points on the year, will indeed play Alex Hutchings and Barrie, who finished the year 57 points better than Sudbury. Sointu finished the regular season very strong, scoring nine points in his last seven games. [b]OHL Scoring Race[/b] Speaking of Hutchings, he finished the year fourth in the OHL in goals (tie - 47), 14th in points (81), first in shorthanded goals (11; 7 more than anyone else), first in game winning goals (tie – 11), second in insurance goals (tie – 7), and fifth in plus/minus (+44). Overall, Plymouth’s Tyler Seguin (48-58-106) and Windsor’s Taylor Hall (40-66-106), who will battle for the No.1 draft spot this summer, finished tied for the league lead in points. [i][b]WHL[/b][/i] [b] Vancouver Giants 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4 (OT)[/b] [i]C/W/D [b][url=/james-wright]James Wright[/url][/b], VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM (boarding, roughing)[/i] Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM [i]With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM [/i] The Giants, who have struggled the last two weeks, played ninth place Seattle for a chance to enter the playoffs on a win streak, but were foiled by T-Birds goalie Calvin Pickard (2010 eligible), who stopped 51 shots in a First Star performance. Wright, a noted two-way player who skated for Tampa Bay of the NHL for most of the season because of his two-way abilities, finished his regular season with Vancouver with a surprising minus-3 rating. Wright and Vancouver will have to regroup as they enter the playoffs against seventh-seeded Kamloops. In other WHL news, Calgary’s Brandon Kozon (Kings 6/09) won the league scoring title by one point over Regina’s Jordan Eberle (Oilers 1/08), 107-106.
  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    The Pens get the benefit of the bounce.

    PIT-2
    TB-1

    Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the loss. He certainly did everything he could to give the Lightning a chance to win and seems to be getting hot again. A hot Niitty is probably the only chance the Lightning have down the stretch.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    TB 8:09, Lecavalier 20 (Fedoruk, Hedman)

    Third Period
    PIT 2:20, Dupuis 17 (Staal, Cooke)
    PIT 5:17, Gonchar 10 (Crosby, Ponikarovsky)(PP)

    The difference in the game was the goofy bounce Pittsburgh got on their first goal and the solid goaltending of Fleury in the first period. It makes you wonder though why this team could play poorly and lose in overtime against the worst team in the conference (Toronto) and then turn around and beat the best (Washington) and take the defending champs (Pittsburgh) to the brink. If they played with the same intensity they did in the first period of this game, they'd be sitting on 80-90 points in the standings already. That's frustrating in the near term, as this team's playoff chances are becoming slim. In the long term Lightning fans should take heart. A young team like this is going to figure that out, and have the chance to be an elite team when they do.

    Congratulations to Vincent Lecavalier on his 10th straight 20 goal season. That's 10 straight seasons of excellence, no matter how you slice it.

    Also, congratulations to Steven Stamkos for making Matt Cooke a stain on the ice during a third period power play. Now that's young leadership you can believe in.

    Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 13:01. He was also 56% on draws and almost had the first goal of the game on a 2-on-1 feed from Lecavalier that was turned aside by Fleury. I must apologize to Szczechura for missing that his last game against the Caps (3-12-10) marked his graduation from prospect status on Bolt Prospects. So, he got an extra night of coverage tonight so that we can extend congratulations to him on becoming a full-time NHLer with 41 and now 42 games played this season. He'll likely be the last graduate of the 2009/2010 class that included Downie, Hedman, and Wright already.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    Eastern Conference
    (8)Ekaterinburg 4 @ (1)Yulaev 3
    Yulaev Leads the Series 2-1
    Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM
    Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM

    Not so fast my friends! Despite a pair of goals by former Edmonton prospect Patrick Thoresen, Ekaterinburg upset top seeded Yulaev to extend their opening round playoff series to a Game Four. Denis Kazionov played just 4:08 in the match.

    (7)Chelyabinsk 2 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 1 (OT)
    Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/28, 1.88 GAA, .929 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
    Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1, 0 SO, 1.64 GAA, .946 sv%

    Pierre Dagenais scored for Chelyabinsk 4 minutes into overtime to help keep his club alive for Game Four against Mangitogorsk. Vasily Koshechkin's playoff save percentage dropped to a still-superhuman .946 in the loss.

    (6)Astana 1 @ (3)Kazan 3
    Kazan Wins the Series 3-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM

    Alexei Morozov had 1 goal and 1 assist to help Kazan complete a 3-game opening round sweep of Astana. Former Lightning prospect Ilya Solarev had an assist on Astana's only goal. Dmitri Kazionov played 17:16 in the match.

    (5)Omsk 1 @ (4)Nizhnekamsk 2
    Nizhnekamsk Wins the Series 3-0
    Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 25/27, 2.03 GAA, .926 sv%
    Season totals: 44 GP, 21-17-4, 4 SO, 2.11 GAA, .913 sv%
    Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-3, 0 SO, 3.04 GAA, .886 sv%

    The season is over for Karri Ramo. He and Omsk allowed a goal by Maxim Yakutsenya with 3:33 remaining in regulation to allow Nizhnekamsk to complete the three game sweep. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had the only goal of the match for Omsk. Let the Ramo signing watch begin.

    Western Conference
    (8)Dynamo Riga 4 @ (1)St. Petersburg 2
    Riga Wins the Series 3-1
    Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 16 PIM
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM

    Riga completed its upset of top-seeded St. Petersburg, partly on the strength of a pair of assists by former NHLer Sandis Ozolinsh. Martins Karsums scored an empty-net goal in 19:34 of ice time.

    (6)Spartak Moscow 4 @ (3)Dynamo Moscow 0
    Spartak Wins the Series 3-1
    Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, DNP
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM
    Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 8 PIM

    Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had a pair of assists to help secure a Game Four victory for Spartak and an opening round playoff series win. Johan Harju missed his second straight game for Dynamo Moscow. No word on if he is injured. Either way, his season in the KHL is now over, and the Lightning are expected to try to sign Harju this offseason.

    Elsewhere in the KHL, Yaroslavl knocked off Mytischi to win their Western Conference series 3-1. Lightning prospects Dmitri Kazionov and Martins Karsums are already through to the second round. Karri Ramo and Johan Harju are headed home. Only two playoff series remain to be settled, and both are in the Eastern Conference. Denis Kazionov and Ekaterinburg will play Game Four against Yulaev tomorrow with his club down 2-1 in the series. Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk will also play tomorrow as they try to dispose of Chelyabinsk in Game Four.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    Just a reminder: Mark Barberio and Moncton will play St. John Sunday night at 7:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.

    OHL

    Belleville Bulls 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 8
    C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, -1, 4 PIM (hooking, tripping)
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 21-20-41, +3, 55 PIM
    With Bulls: 27 GP, 12-11-23, -12, 36 PIM
    With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

    RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 19-14-33, -19, 51 PIM
    With Bulls: 44 GP, 17-13-30, -17, 31 PIM
    With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

    Panik’s junior career likely came to an end Saturday night when the Bulls were destroyed in their 2009-10 finale. Panik, who impressed the Lightning during last fall’s NHL training camp, is a candidate to join AHL Norfolk and finish the year with the Admirals on a tryout agreement. Panik started his first season in North America slowly, but had a good World Junior Championships for Slovakia, performed moderately well after being traded from Windsor, and finished with a bang, scoring five goals and nine points in his last six games. The 2009 second round pick ended the year with a three-game point streak in which he scored six points. As for DeCoste, his season was ended two weeks ago when he suffered a concussion against Barrie. DeCoste’s game blossomed after a trade to Belleville, but the 2008 fifth rounder was inconsistent despite setting moderate career highs for goals, assists, and points. Speculation is DeCoste has an outside shot of being signed for depth at forward in the system, but is more likely to return to the OHL next year as a free agent overager. The Lightning chose not to fill their 50-man organization roster by a handful of spots this year, so if the new ownership decides to use all 50 spots next year and utilize an ECHL affiliate, DeCoste may have a better chance of earning a professional contract from the club.

    Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Barrie Colts 4
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)
    Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

    Hutchings’ regular season came to an end Saturday, but he and the Colts should have a long future ahead of them in the playoffs. As the top seed, they will play either Niagara or Sudbury in the first round depending on Sunday’s results. Hutchings tied career highs for games played and assists, and smashed previous highs for goals (+13), points (+13), and plus/minus (+17). He finishes his OHL regular season career (we’re projecting him to be signed this offseason) with 111 goals, 97 assists, 209 points, and a plus-79 rating in 229 games. The 2009 fourth rounder also had 190 PIM for his career.

    Oshawa Generals 3 @ Peterborough Petes 10
    G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 12 saves on 18 shots
    Season Totals: 49 GP, 14-28-2-1, 4.15 GAA, .884 sv%, 2 SO

    The Gens’ horrific year was finally put out of its misery Saturday night, and almost fittingly, it came with another defensive meltdown. Oshawa gave up 299 goals this season, four more than last-place Sarnia. The only difference is Oshawa had 14 more points in the standings than Steven Stamkos’ alma mater. With any kind of defense and/or goaltending, the Gens would be comfortably in the playoffs. Zador had his ups and downs this season, including win streaks of five- and four-games, but also had losing streaks of six, six, eight, and five. He ended the year on a five-game losing streak. Both Zador and and his goaltending partner Kevin Bailie were high OHL picks and both can return to the Gens next year, but does Oshawa want both or either back? Zador doesn’t have to be signed by the Lightning, and has very good size and raw skills. In the right situation with the right mind-set, he could thrive. He'll play in the OHL again next season ... somewhere.

    WHL

    Regina Pats 1 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3
    RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 64 GP, 24-27-51, -12, 102 PIM
    With Regina: 36 GP, 11-14-25, -4, 50 PIM
    With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

    This was Ashton’s final game of the season and the young power forward and 2009 first rounder will likely join the Norfolk Admirals shortly as Dana Tyrell did in 2008. Ashton set career highs for assists (+1) and points (+1) this year, but finished with six fewer goals than the 30 he scored with Lethbridge last season. It was thought Ashton’s game would flourish next to Oilers super-prospect Jordan Eberle, and no doubt the Pats thought that when they acquired Ashton mid-season, but Eberle left for World Juniors right after the trade and the two never really clicked after that. In fact, Ashton was eventually dropped off Eberle's line and finished the year with just a goal and an assist in his last six games. There have been no reports of injuries to Ashton, so we’re hoping he can look at any potential move to Norfolk as a clean slate and provide the Ads with a power forward presence as they make their way toward the playoffs. Ashton already holds an NHL contract.

    Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Vancouver Giants 6 (SO)
    C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
    Season Totals: 20 GP, 6-13-19, -1, 13 PIM
    With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

    The Giants have struggled the last two weeks, but play Seattle Sunday for a chance to enter the playoffs on a win-streak. Their first round opponent has yet to be determined.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    Harvard Crimson 0 @ No.9 Cornell Big Red 3
    ECAC Quarterfinals – Game 2. Cornell wins Best of 3 series 2-0.
    C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM

    Killorn (pictured) returned to the Crimson lineup, but it wasn’t enough as Cornell completed the quarterfinal sweep of Harvard and ended their season. Killorn, a sophomore, was one of the top prospects at the Lightning’s 2009 summer camp, and could be a signing target of the Lightning this offseason. He set career highs in games played (+2), goals (+3), assists (+3) and points (+6). He also nearly cut his PIM in half from his freshman year, 46 to 26.

    No.19 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No.11 New Hampshire Wildcats 0
    Hockey East Quarterfinals – Game 2. Best of 3 series tied 1-1.
    C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.

    Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

    Vermont handed UNH their first home loss of the season when freshman David Pacan (Blackhawks 6/09) scored at the five minute mark of the third period. Vermont will try to complete the 8 vs. 1 upset Sunday night.

    D Luke Witkowski , Western Mich. Univ.: Season complete.
    Season Totals: 32 GP, 2-4-6, -13, 67 PIM

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