Game Night Results

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Best performance of the year by the Lightning.

    TB-2
    PIT-0

    Mike Smith stopped 15 of 15 shots faced for the big shutout win. He was on tonight. No rebounds.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    05:15 TB Pettinger (2), (Szczechura, Recchi)

    Third Period
    11:14 TB Szczechura (2), (Jokinen, Recchi)(PP)

    Paul Szczechura, Matt Pettinger, and Mark Recchi were your three stars, and let me tell you, Szczechura played an awesome game at both ends of the ice. #38 seems to live in the opposing team's passing lanes, and when the Lightning went into the trap in the third period he drove the Pens crazy by picking off pass after pass. He set up the first goal. He scored the insurance goal. And he was all up in the Pens business to protect what he helped build. Great game by Szczechura. He's a revelation. Quite possibly the smartest prospect in Lightning history.

    Szczechura had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +1 with 4 shots, 1 hit, and he was 29% on draws in 13:28. He tortured Pittsburgh in those 13:28.

    Steven Stamkos was a non-factor in 7:47 of ice time.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    World Junior Championships (exhibition)
    Canada 7 vs. Finland 3
    W Dana Tyrell, CAN: Did not play - out for tournament.
    G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 14 saves on 17 shots

    Tokarski got the full game for Canada, but was beaten early when Finland's Nestori Lahde caught St. Louis Blues super-prospect Alex Pietrangelo flat footed resulting in a semi-breakaway. Lahde put a high wrister over Tokarski's shoulder. Tokarski had little chance on the second goal as a Finn was left alone in front and after taking a pass from behind the net, potted a wrister over Tokarski's arm as Dustin tried to square to the shooter and eliminate space.

    Tokarski will watch as Chet Pickard gets the next exhibition start for Canada against Slovakia.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Team Russia won the Swedish leg of the Euro Tour this week going 3-0-0 in the Channel One Cup.

    Defenseman Janne Niskala appeared for Finland (1-1-1) in the tournament, registering a pair of goals in his team's tournament closing 5-2 win over the Czech Republic. Niskala also had 4 penalty minutes and was -1 for the week.

    Johan Harju was a late addition for Sweden after an injury to one of the Tre Kroner's forwards. Harju had a power play assist in garbage time of Sweden's 6-2 loss in Russia. Harju also had 2 penalty minutes and was -1 in the tournament.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Team Canada Notes:
    Canada called in Evander Kane, a BP favorite and teammate of Lightning prospect James Wright in Vancouver, to presumably take the spot of the injured Dana Tyrell. Tyrell suffered a "significant" knee injury Friday night in an exhibition game vs. Sweden and his tournament officially over.

    Also, Canada coach Pat Quinn said the goaltenders' peformance Friday night did not sway him one way or another on a starter. Dustin Tokarski (0 GAA Friday) and Chet Pickard (2 GAA Friday) will go into today's game neck and neck.

    BCHL
    Prince George Spruce Kings 1 @ Victoria Grizzlies 2
    W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 38 GP, 12-31-43, 62 PIM

    Courtnall goes into the Christmas break with a clear future (Boston University in the fall) and the Grizzlies scoring lead. He is 13th in league scoring. Powell’s Darcy Oakes, 31-38-69 in 39 games, is 19 points ahead of anyone else in the league. The 6-0, 175-pound Oakes is a 20 year old winger from Ontario.

    USHL
    Des Moines @ Fargo Force - POSTPONED
    Inclement weather in the upper-midwest forced the postponement of all USHL games.

    The QMJHL, OHL, WHL are all off until December 27 for Christmas.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Karri getting it cooking?

    NOR-3
    PHI-2 (SO)

    Karri Ramo allowed 2 goals on 32 shots before stopping all 4 shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the shootout win.

    First Period
    NOR Smolenak, (12) (Segal, Jones), 14:35 (PP)

    Second Period
    PHI Ross, (13) (Guenin, Giroux), 12:48
    NOR Ward, (2) (Downie, Jones), 17:26 (PP)

    Third Period
    PHI Giroux, (17) (Ross), 14:17

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    NOR- Bochenski, Gratton
    PHI- NONE

    Brandon Bochenski and Ramo were the game's first and third stars.

    Good road win, although the team went into a bit of a shell in the third period getting outshot 15-5. Ramo finally let in the 13th or 14th one he faced in the period, and they went to overtime. Still, the Ads played a great 40 minutes, got a couple of power play goals, and then exorcized some demons in the shootout. Defense in playing better. Goaltending is playing better. And, you've got a dangerous group of forwards that is basically three lines deep. They're still 4 games under .500, and about 7 points behind Binghamton and Wilkes/Barre with both teams holding games in hand on Norfolk, but the Admirals have a slew of home games coming up in January. So, for Norfolk, I think the push is to get back to .500 and by then, hopefully, be within striking distance of 4th place and have something to play for down the stretch.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Man, it's humbling to lose to a terrible team like the Thrashers.

    TB-3
    ATL-4

    Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    00:18 ATL Kozlov (15), (unassisted)
    03:54 TB St. Louis (11), (Malone, Recchi)(PP)
    08:15 TB Hall (3), (Jokinen, Craig)
    15:13 ATL Perrin (3), (Valabik, Williams)
    18:23 ATLP White (10), (Little, Kovalchuk)(PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    04:06 ATL Crabb (2), (Boulton, Slater)
    17:28 TB St. Louis (12), (Lecavalier, Stamkos)(PP)

    This was the first game where Szczechura was kind of a non-factor. He had a real opportunity to send Ryan Craig in on a breakaway when a Thrashers defenseman overplayed him on a 2-on-1. Other than that? Very little.

    Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:54.

    Steven Stamkos had an assist and 1 hit and was 67% on draws in 13:22.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    World Junior Championships (exhibition)
    Canada 4 vs. Sweden 2
    W Dana Tyrell, CAN: 0-0-0
    G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 8 saves on 8 shots in half a game

    I'll let the Canadian Press intro this:

    > The biggest statement in the battle between John Tavares and Victor Hedman was made by Dana Tyrell.

    While the rock-solid forward won't supplant either of those players as the top pick in next year's draft - Tyrell signed a three-year contract with Tampa Bay last week - he made the biggest impact on Friday night.

    Literally.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Fun game to watch if you're an Ads fan.

    ALB-0
    NOR-5

    Mike McKenna stopped all 24 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NOR Smolenak, (10) (Konopka, Jones), 13:50 (PP)
    NOR Wishart, (1) , 16:54

    Third Period
    NOR Smolenak, (11) (Gratton, Lawrence), 2:44
    NOR Downie, (3) , 3:26
    NOR Mihalik, (2) (Downie, Gratton), 8:56 (PP)

    McKenna, Radek Smolenak, and Ty Wishart were the game's three stars.

    I thought the Admirals best two players were probably Steve Downie and Chris Gratton in the game. Gratton looks like a man among boys at this level. Smolenak was in the right place at the right time for a power play goal after a puck bounced off an Albany defender and then on a nice setup by Gratton with Smolenak crossing the top of the crease. I didn't see Gratton out the second half of the third period. Hopefully that was to let the old man kick back and relax as opposed to an injury.

    Downie's goal came after he pickpocketed a River Rats defender and then blistered a shot off the wing high glove side. If I have a criticism of Downie's game, it's that he doesn't shoot enough. That said, he's too good for the AHL level. He needs to be in the NHL soon.

    Wishart got his first pro goal on a little harmless looking snap shot that skimmed off an Albany defender on the way in and found the back of the net. Not the most artistic goal, but he'll take it. Vladimir Mihalik found a rebound in the high slot and pounded a slap shot five hole on Justin Peters for his tally. Soft goal by Peters, in my opinion. In both defensemen's cases, beggars can't be choosers and I'm sure they're glad just to light the lamp.

    Kevin Quick is starting to get back on schedule developmentally. He still makes mistakes (darned near cost McKenna his shutout on one shift in the third) but he's starting to look like a real AHLer, and when he gets it cranked up on the rush you can squint and see a bit of the puck carrying d-man the Lightning organization always thought he could become.

    Jay Rosehill is becoming a Grade A badass. I remember when he was a lost little lamb playing for Johnstown in the Coast. He was a manimal dropping the gloves tonight. He beat Mike Angelidis like Angelidis owed him money tonight.

    Don't read too much into this game, mind you. Albany is a thin team that was playing without one of their best players and all of a sudden the Admirals are laiden with NHLers and prospects who were recently up and proved their close to being NHLers. This was not a fair fight. Tomorrow night against Philly will be a truer test on just how far this configuration of the Ads can go. Still too many neutral zone turnovers by the forwards and the young d wasn't really tested under fire much considering how non-existent Albany's forecheck was tonight.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    QMJHL
    Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Montreal Juniors 4
    W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 33 GP, 8-15-23, -2, 20 PIM

    Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3
    D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 33 GP, 4-13-17, E, 48 PIM

    Who had it in their pool that Ward would be just six points behind Cunti near the half-way point?

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Tomorrow's headline tonight: Lightning Hosed by Idiot Referees.

    COL-2
    TB-1 (SO)

    Mike Smith stopped 32 of 33 shots and 2 of 2 shooters in the shootout session, only to have the referee make a bogus call to award the Avs a shootout goal they didn't deserve to saddle him with the shootout loss.

    First Period
    03:46 COL Stastny (9), (Smyth, Hejduk)

    Second Period
    07:35 TB Halpern (1), (Malik, Meszaros)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    COL- The Referees
    TB- NONE

    Mike Smith made an absolutely amazing athletic play after missing on the poke check and then going Gumby to his blocker on Milan Hedjuk's shootout bid, and dropped his stick in the process. Now, that is the kind of athletic play the NHL wants to see from its netminders in the shootout after a great goaltender duel all game long between Smith and Raycroft. And then these referees decide that they're going to award Hedjuk a goal based on Smith "throwing his stick?" It's a joke. I thought Rick Tocchet was going to beat the ref to death. He should've. Of all the ways I've seen to lose a game, that's a new one. It surpasses the baloney Chara eye-level bat-in against Boston a couple of years back. It's the new gold standard for poor officiating costing the Lightning a game.

    Oh, and Jussi Jokinen is useless. Please, for the love of all that's holy, let the fat trimming include #36.

    Paul Szczechura was +1 in 13:12 with 2 shots and 2 hits. And he was dynamite as usual.

    Steven Stamkos had 1 shot, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot, and was 33% on draws in 9:15, and he had one terrible shift in the third period with two turnovers and never saw the ice again in the game.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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