Game Night Results

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    More playoff results ... Cunti gets another point ... blowouts for Moncton and Vancouver ... Tokarski and Fadden lose close ones.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    The Lightning pull out a critical win in the Tavares/Hedman sweepstakes.

    ATL-4
    TB-3 (SO)

    Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 36 shots before allowing 1 of 2 shooters to convert for the shootout loss. Since the Lightning's drubbing against Carolina, Ramo has rebounded (perhaps a bad choice of words in Karri's case) to go 2-0-3. He's got a nice .919 save percentage over that span, too, by my count. Rebound control remains an issue, but he's making the first saves, which is critical. He could save the Lightning a small fortune by proving he can be Smitty's backup with continued good performances down the stretch.

    First Period
    06:12 ATL Kozlov (22), (Enstrom, Armstrong)
    17:49 ATL White (20), (Kozlov, Kovalchuk)(PP)

    Second Period
    03:50 TB Stamkos (17), (Krajicek, St. Louis)
    05:12 TB Stamkos (18), (Lashoff, Lecavalier)(PP)
    12:52 ATL Kovalchuk (37), (White, Enstrom)(PP)
    15:36 TB Prospal (18), (Krajicek)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    ATL- Kozlov
    TB- NONE

    The Lightning managed to crawl back into this game after laying down in the First Period the same way they laid down in the Third Period against the Caps. They're fortunate the Thrashers stink in that regard and let them get back to even.

    Steven Stamkos continues his steady march to 20 goals as he racked up his 17th and 18th tonight. Keep shooting, young man. It's hard to believe he only had 6 goals at the end of the month of January. In his last 16 games, Stamkos has 11 goals and 16 points. That pro-rates to a 56 goal, 82 point campaign over 82 games. That's not to say he'll stay this hot for a full year next season. But, to me, with an entire offseason to train and build his body and the work ethic he's already displayed, I would not be shocked at all to see him pot 40 goals and 80-90 points next year. I think the league was lulled into a false sense of security about Stamkos when he didn't come out of the hockey womb a preformed point-a-game player and when Barry Melrose decided to chuck #91 under the bus after he was fired. Hopefully Stamkos' amazing late season productivity continues to fly under the radar and sets him up to storm the league early next season. I suspect I'll almost feel pity for teams who have to choose between dying by Stammer or Vincent Lecavalier's hand next year with the two playing on opposite scoring lines. Almost.

    Have the Lightning actually won a game in the third jerseys, by the way? If someone knows the team's record with them on, by all means post it. I suspect it's almost terrible enough to warrant burning the new threads.

    Matt Smaby was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 24:37. This was a good rebound game after going -4 against Washington.

    David Koci had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 6:45.

    Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 shot in 12:41.

    Martins Karsums had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:19. He was better tonight.

    Richard Petiot was -1 with 6 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 23:11. He was awful in the first period as Atlanta took advantage of his slow feet. To his credit, he got it back together in the final 40 minutes. I like him as a #8 or #9 d-man who can come up from Norfolk if there's an injury.

    Matt Lashoff had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes and was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 28:18, which led the team in ice time. 3 games in a Lightning jersey: 3 power play assists. You can't complain about that kind of production. He deals a good pass for a one-timer, which can get a defenseman paid on a power play that features shooters like Stamkos, Lecavalier, and Martin St. Louis. His skating allows him to potentially eat big minutes like he did tonight, too. Darren Eliot claimed tonight that his skating had somehow been "exposed." It's a shame that someone swapped out his Thrashers flavored Kool-Aid for bad moonshine. Here's to hoping his eyesight returns to him soon.

    10 more games to go. We'll see if Blair Jones and/or Justin Keller get late season recalls. I would advise it with these two players having their contracts up this offseason.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Norfolk weathers the third period storm to continue to improve their home record.

    WBS-1
    NOR-2

    Crag Kowalski allowed 1 goal on 38 shots for the win.

    First Period
    NOR Keller, (16) , 11:01 (SH)
    WBS Letestu, (21) (Caputi), 17:19

    Second Period
    NOR Bochenski, (27) (Jones, Lundin), 3:52 (PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Kowalski, Justin Keller, and Brandon Bochenski were the game's three stars.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Playoff results ... Big night for Barberio ... Tokarski doing it again ... Luca, too.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    60 minutes. Nice.

    BNG-2
    NOR-4

    Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win. The victory snaps a 5 game personal losing streak for Riku and raises his season save percentage back to .918.

    First Period
    NOR Konopka, (15) (Smolenak, Segal), 3:24
    NOR Smolenak, (21) (Keller, Boyle), 12:45 (PP)
    BNG Mauldin, (20) (Regin, Karlsson), 15:41 (PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NOR Kinrade, (1) (Bochenski), 8:12
    BNG Smith, (21) (Zubov, Kudelka), 11:52
    NOR Konopka, (16) (Bochenski, Segal), 17:48 (PP)

    The Admirals signed their first ATO, defenseman Geoff Kinrade out of Michagan Tech, and he paid instant dividends with the game winning goal.

    Zenon Konopka, Kinrade, and Radek Smolenak were the game's three stars. Smolenak potted his 21st of the season in the win. Run up those numbers, young man.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    WHL – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    Edmonton Oil Kings 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 5
    Calgary leads Best of 7 series 1-0

    G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 32 saves on 37 shots
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 5.00 GAA, .865 sv%
    Season totals: 48 GP, 20-20-3-5, 2.58 GAA, .911 sv%, 3 shutouts

    No.1 Calgary easily took Game 1 of this opening round match-up, scoring once in the first period, then blowing the game open with three in the second against No.8 Edmonton. Martin Jones (Kings FA signee) had the shutout for the Hitmen – the CHL’s No.1 ranked team. Joel Broda (Capitals) had two goals and an assist for Calgary.

    CHL Notes
    Mark Barberio was not among the three finalists named for the QMJHL Defenseman of the Year award. While not a huge surprise, a New Brunswick newspaper recently conducted a survey among a panel of experts and Barberio finished third. Likely 2009 first rounder Dmitry Kulikov, a defenseman for Drummondville, was named a finalist.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    For some inexplicable reason, the Lightning decided to do a drive by for the third period.

    WSH-5
    TB-2

    Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 30 shots for the loss. He probably would've like to have had Washington's second goal back, and Washington's last goal came off a bad rebound. But the Lightning completely laid down in front of him in the third period, so it's not like McKenna is the one who takes the blame.

    First Period
    07:43 WSH Ovechkin (50), (Backstrom)
    17:39 TB Stamkos (16), (Lecavalier, Lashoff)(PP)
    19:50 WSH Green (26), (Morrisonn, Kozlov)

    Second Period
    15:54 TB St. Louis (27), (Malone, Lashoff)

    Third Period
    01:48 WSH Green (27), (Kozlov, Ovechkin)
    07:38 WSH Nylander (8), (Kozlov, Ovechkin)(PP)
    12:26 WSH Bradley (5), (Morrisonn, Steckel)

    The Lightning's streak of getting points in games ends at four. It might be for the best considering the team was about to play itself out of the #2 draft slot. Still, I just don't get it. They played 40 minutes of hockey showing they could go toe-to-toe with one of the most talented teams in the league, and it's like they got on the bus early at the second intermission.

    Noah Welch was -2 with 1 shot in 16:33. He's just not good.

    Matt Smaby took the rough -4 treatment with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 20:25. Shake it off, #32.

    Paul Szczechura was -2 with 3 shots in 13:32. He was also 44% on draws.

    Martins Karsums was -1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 13:24. The chemistry he had on a line with Szczechura and Pettinger was fleeting, apparently. He's just not very good right now either.

    Richard Petiot was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 21:58. He was one of only two players with a plus rating. He made some mistakes, but they didn't end up in his net.

    Matt Lashoff had 2 assists and was +2 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 22:30. If you're looking for the silver lining from this game, it's Lashoff. When he came over from Boston, from what I had seen in his younger days playing in Providence, I figured he'd be a good two-way #5 d-man who could get you 25 points a season. Seeing him in extended minutes through two games, he looks like he very much might be the equal of Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros in terms of his skill and athleticism. Those are two players who should be 40 point a year d-men when healthy. The key is going to be whether these coaches can get Lashoff to pay attention to his own zone and to take the body consistently. They've already pulled that feat off with Meszaros, so there's reason for optimism on that front. You can see the talent, though. Damian Crisdotero did some Chicken Littling about Cory Murphy breaking his foot and Lashoff having to assume his minutes. Matt sure did answer the bell tonight.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    The Admrials continue to experience third period collapses.

    BNG-5
    NOR-3

    Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 39 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    NOR Simek, (7) (Konopka, Lundin), 10:49 (PP)

    Second Period
    BNG Karlsson, (7) (Mauldin, Regin), 10:51
    BNG Weller, (4) , 15:12
    NOR Smolenak, (20) , 17:05

    Third Period
    BNG Smith, (5) , 6:26 (PP)
    BNG Mauldin, (19) (Regin, Smith), 7:05 (PP)
    BNG Regin, (16) (Petruic), 9:17
    NOR Lawrence, (5) (Keller, Zingoni), 14:46

    Radek Smolenak scored his 20th goal and there was a third Chris Lawrence sighting. Accentuate the positive, I suppose.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    A Game 7 blowout in Victoria ... a tie-breaker nail-biter in Prince Albert ... Tokarski finishes as the WHL leader in 4 categories.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Lightning crumble in final 20:24.

    TOR-4
    TB-3 (SO)

    Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 39 shots before allowing 2 of 6 shooters to convert for the shootout loss. He looked really good for the first 39:36 of the game. He was moving well. Following the puck. Then he overplayed on Jason Blake to allow the first goal and his fundamentals started to come unglued. His rebound control went straight to hell. His five-hole got big enough to drive a truck through. I give him credit for battling his way to get the point and he was game in the shootout, but that's a game Karri's got to help his team close out. Fundamentals. Fundamentals. Fundamentals. On the good side, he's claimed 6 of the last 8 available points.

    First Period
    13:39 TB Lecavalier (29), (Murphy, St. Louis)(PP)

    Second Period
    02:26 TB Stamkos (15), (St. Louis, Ramo)(PP)
    02:36 TB Pettinger (5), (Karsums, Krajicek)
    19:36 TOR Mitchell (9), (Blake, Stralman)

    Third Period
    03:24 TOR Blake (24), (Stempniak)
    14:29 TOR Hamilton (2), (Devereaux, Stajan)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    TOR- Hamilton, Mitchell
    TB- Lecavalier

    Hard luck by the Lightning in the shootout as Stamkos and St. Louis both rang posts. Hint to Rick Tocchet: Lashoff's awesome at shootouts.

    We'll have to see if the Lightning make a recall with Cory Murphy going down to injury. Vladimir Mihalik?

    Noah Welch had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:29. If he plays every game down the stretch, he'll graduate and be a Bolt Prospects alumni. This saddens me. See: Stewart, Karl.

    Matt Smaby was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 20:57. He was more subdued than usual tonight.

    David Koci had a 10 minute misconduct, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 4:47.

    Paul Szczechura was +1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 13:31. He was also 70% on draws. He looked good tonight. His whole line did with Pettinger and Karsums.

    Martins Karsums had an assist and was +1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 10:19. Still waiting for him to put it all together, but he was better tonight.

    Richard Petiot had 2 hits in 18:59 against his former organization.

    Matt Lashoff was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 22:58. You can see why he was a guy the Lightning were willing to give considerably to get. His skating is smooth as silk, and he's got some skill. Between Lashoff, Ranger, and Meszaros the Lightning will have a ridiculously mobile defense next season. The downside with Lashoff? Tocchet needs to get him to take the body more in the defensive zone. If he can get that out of Lashoff, he's a top-four in this league. Even if he doesn't, he's a real nice number five d-man in the making; a great piece to add to the puzzle.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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