Game Night Results

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    OHL Finals

    West No.1 Owen Sound Attack 6 @ East No.1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5 (OT)
    Mississauga leads best of seven series 2-1

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 0-10-10, +6, 2 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 32 saves on 37 shots.
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 3-0-0, 2.14 GAA, .926 sv%, 1 SO

    Lightning prospect Michael Zador, who had only dressed as backup once in the Attack’s last several games, was the surprise starter for Owen Sound Friday night in a must-win situation. Though he allowed five goals, Zador did pick up the win when the Attack’s Matt Petgrave scored on the first shot of overtime. Owen Sound had a 5-3 lead entering the third period before being outshot 17-7 and outscored 2-0 to send the game to an extra period. Geoffrey Schemitsch was scoreless for the third straight game, but was plus-1 for the victors. Game 4 is Sunday in Owen Sound with Zador the likely starter - though one never knows with Owen Sound. Before Friday, he hadn’t started a game since Game 1 of their second round series with Plymouth. Scott Stajcer, who had been starting for the Attack, didn’t even dress Friday. Owen Sound’s coach, Mark Reeds, has juggled his three goalies all playoffs. He was named OHL Coach of the Year in April.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    QMJHL Finals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ No.1 St. John Sea Dogs 2
    St. John leads best of seven series 2-1

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 10 PIM

    Underdog Gatineau kept it close, but Penguins prospect Simon Despres scored at 12:17 of the third period to give St. John the lead and the Sea Dogs held on for a 2-1 win in Game 1 of the QMJHL Finals. Game 2 is Saturday in New Brunswick.

    OHL Finals

    East No.1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 6 @ West No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2
    Mississauga leads best of seven series 2-0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 0-10-10, +5, 2 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

    Justin Shugg (Hurricanes) and Jordan Myer (undrafted) each had two goals to lead the Majors to a road win in Game 2 of the OHL Finals to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Lightning prospect Michael Zador, who still leads the OHL in goals against average for the playoffs at 1.10 from his brief time as Owen Sound's starter, sat backup Thursday for Scott Stajcer, who stopped 33 of 38 in the loss. Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) was scoreless and minus-1 for the Attack, who needs a win Friday in Mississauga in Game 3 to stay close in the series.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    Better team on ice sweeps best team on paper.

    WSH-3
    TB-5

    Tampa Bay Wins the Series 4-0

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. He gave the Caps a glimmer of hope with a pretty bad goal allowed to Erskine, but the Lightning just weren't losing tonight. Not with the way that the Caps were playing, at least.

    First Period
    12:37 TB Malone (3), Lecavalier (7), St Louis (7)(PP)
    18:30 WSH Sturm (1), Arnott (4), Ovechkin (5)(PP)

    Second Period
    04:41 TB Bergenheim (6), Moore (5), Downie (9)
    12:34 TB Bergenheim (7), Moore (6)
    13:40 WSH Erskine (1), unassisted

    Third Period
    05:07 TB Bergeron (1), Downie (10), Purcell (9)(PP)
    16:52 TB St Louis (6), Purcell (10)
    17:54 WSH Carlson (2), Laich (6), Arnott (5)

    Sean Bergenheim, Dominic Moore, and Steve Downie were the game's three stars. As of this post, Bergenheim (Thor!) is tied for the league lead in playoff goals at 7 along with teammate Martin St. Louis and a couple of others. That guy's motor has been an inspiration to the team all season long.

    If I'm not mistaken, this was the first time in the entire playoffs the Lightning actually led a game in shots on goal. Go figure.

    If you were to write a textbook on how to rob a really good hockey team of their belief, confidence, and will to fight, you might write 4 chapters of it about this playoff series. By last night, in Game 3, it was pretty clear that the Capitals' team concept was coming unglued at the seams, and tonight they played 60 minutes of turnover riddled, undisciplined, awful hockey. They were surrendering great chances to the Lightning at an alarming clip right from the opening moments of this game, and it became very clear very quickly this was going to be the Lightning's night. Even dead dragging tired against a very talented roster the team that adheres to their system is always going to beat the team that is out there playing like 19 individuals. Always.

    With their victory, the Lightning complete a season where they took revenge on every single team in the Southeast Division one-by-one. They swept the Atlanta Thrashers with 6 regular season wins. They doomed the Florida Panthers to the worst record in the Eastern Conference with a late season victory. And, they held the Carolina Hurricanes out of the playoffs with a victory in the last game of the regular season. The only Southeast Division team they hadn't mastered in the regular season was the Washington Capitals, and it looks like they were just saving the worst humiliation for last by sweeping the team that had amassed the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference.

    On paper, the Capitals should have won this series and many pundits were picking the Caps to breeze past the Lightning in 5 or 6 games just as they did the New York Rangers. However, in this series, the Lightning had just the right mix of great goaltending, great coaching, and opportunistic goal scoring to plant, cultivate, and harvest the seeds of doubt in the Washington locker room. It was complete, systematic, and thorough, and the end result will be, I suspect, the firing of Bruce Boudreau and a fairly significant shake up of the Capitals roster. Boudreau lost his team because, I suspect, deep down his team knew Boudreau was getting owned by Guy Boucher. He'll never admit it in public and I never expect to ever hear him crow about it, but Boucher had a master plan going into this season and he exposed Boudreau with ruthless precision as an empty 3XL shirt behind the Capitals bench. I'm hard pressed to think of another time when an NHL coach outdid another NHL coach this badly over the course of a series. Wow.

    And now, the Lightning will get some richly deserved rest. It's critical. Martin St. Louis looked like he was going to pass out after Game 3 during interviews in the locker room and the team looked gassed during several junctures of tonight's game. Unfortunately, with Boston pulling into a 3-0 lead against Philadelphia, it's looking like the Lightning might only get a few days respite for their effort, unless the Flyers find a pulse very quickly. In any event, at least the Lightning will get a few days off to hopefully get Simon Gagne and Pavel Kubina healthy and ready to go for the next series. The Eastern Conference Finals are going to be a momentous challenge for the Lightning, because although the Caps were the best team in the East on paper, you can be sure the best 2 teams in the East on the ice are going to be squaring off in the next round.

    Blair Jones was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 7:09. He earned a little promotion to play some minutes on Vincent Lecavalier's line and drew rave reviews in the few shifts he was out. He's given a tired team some energy and some edge when they needed it. Very good.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    QMJHL Semifinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ No.4 Quebec Remparts 2
    Gatineau wins best of seven series 4-3

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 10 PIM

    Gatineau scored twice in 1:20 early in the third period to break a 2-2 tie, then added an empty net goal with three seconds left to win Game 7 vs. Quebec and advance to the QMJHL Finals. The Olympiques completed an improbable, but not impossible comeback from down 3-1 in the series over the higher seeded Remparts. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik was scoreless for Gatineau, but was plus-2 for the night and was on the ice for the game winning goal. Gatineau now gets the privilege of facing one of the CHL’s powerhouses, St. John, for the championship and right to go to the Memorial Cup. That series will begin Thursday in New Brunswick.

    OHL

    OHL Finals

    West No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2 @ East No.1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5
    Mississauga leads best of seven series 1-0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 0-10-10, +6, 2 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

    Casey Cizikas (Islanders) scored once and added two assists for First Star honors to lead the Majors to a 5-2 victory in the opening game of the OHL Finals. Owen Sound, who scored 10 times on Windsor in their last game, could only manage two against J.P. Anderson (2011) Tuesday. Schemitsch had the puck stolen from him for the empty net goal to end the game. Game 2 is Thursday in Owen Sound.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    Belief is a powerful weapon, and right now it looks like the Lightning believe no team in the universe can beat them if they play their game.

    WSH-3
    TB-4

    Tampa Bay Leads the Series 3-0

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the victory. He was not as sharp as in Games 1 and 2, but he didn't have to be and he was solid. No complaints from me.

    First Period
    11:03 TB Bergenheim (5), Moore (4), Downie (8)

    Second Period
    00:59 WSH Knuble (2), Ovechkin (4)
    07:58 WSH Carlson (1), Chimera (2), Johansson (4)
    11:51 TB Lecavalier (5), St Louis (6), Purcell (8)
    17:27 WSH Ovechkin (5), Semin (2), Green (5)(PP)

    Third Period
    05:23 TB Stamkos (4), Hedman (3)
    05:47 TB Malone (2), Thompson (2), Hall (3)

    Sean Bergenheim and Victor Hedman were the game's first and third stars.

    I confess to getting a little more stayed, emotionally, when I watch games as I've grown older. I figure, since the lockout, I've probably watched 350-400 hockey games, including pretty much every Lightning game in that time. So it takes a lot to get me really fired up, because I have been a little desensitized to it all. But I tell you what: this is the most fired up I've been in 7 years, easily.

    Tonight the Lightning didn't just beat the Capitals, they beat the officials too. "Blind rage" is probably the term that would best describe how I felt about the phantom hooking call they gave to Adam Hall that allowed the Caps the 5-on-3 that they used to take a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. When you consider that Marty St. Louis got smacked in the face with a stick in about the same situation in a close game in Game 2 and the refs put their whistles in their pockets, its even more of an outrage. If you're a conspiracy theorist, and you believe Gary Bettman and the NHL have a stake in keeping their marketing cow, Alexander Ovechkin, alive in this playoffs, the video tape of tonight's game might be Exhibit A. Ovechkin high sticks Dwayne Roloson in the throat at the start of the 3rd? No call. Ovechkin elbows Sean Bergenheim in the grill at the end of the 3rd with the extra attacker on and the game on the line? Again, no call.

    This was one long, continuous outrage, for me, and yet the Lightning still managed to stay even keeled and win the game. And it was something a little different tonight: it was the kids. It was a great keep at the line by Victor Hedman and then a frickin' laser by Steven Stamkos to tie the game at 3-3. 24 seconds later the Caps were completely scrambled and Nate Thompson threw the puck at the net where Ryan Malone was charging the cage. 4-3 Lightning, and there was much chest pounding and yelling in my household. Folks, if the Caps couldn't beat the Lightning on home ice with huge shot and chance advantages in Game 1, and if they couldn't beat the Lightning with a zillion power play advantage on home ice in Game 2, and they couldn't beat the Lightning with the referees giving them a gift go-ahead goal and looking the other way at every Alexander Ovechkin infraction in Game 3, I don't see how the Caps have a prayer of winning Game 4.

    That's dangerous talk, I know, but you could see the Caps coming completely unglued in the last 15 minutes of this game (and honestly, long before that). Their defensive zone coverage? Gone. Turnovers? All over the place. Ovechkin flat out cherry picking for breakaways and abandoning any pretense of playing defense? Yep. Bruce Boudreau's going to lose his job over this series, unless something miraculous happens, and he deserves it with how badly Guy Boucher has outcoached him in this series. The man still has not made any sort of successful adjustment to the 1-3-1, he's watched his team's system discipline completely break down, and he's lost control of his star player again. I could post several paragraphs about how disgusting the play of Alexander Ovechkin is, but I'll save that for, perhaps, tomorrow. Suffice it to say, I think the NHL needs to find a new poster child.

    And, now? Finish them. There was some talk of playing Mike Smith tomorrow night in the back-to-back to allow your 41 year-old goaltender to rest, but I have a feeling Guy Boucher's not going to give the Caps anything like a life preserver. It's time to throw them an anchor. Their confidence is shattered. They're playing outside their team concept. The Lightning can't give them a cheap win and allow them to re-cultivate their belief. Finish them. One more great 60 minute effort to complete the masterpiece. It's a hockey Picasso. A Kandinsky. A Calder (Alexander, not Frank). That's right, I snuck some culture in on you tonight.

    Lightning fans, be there and be loud for Game 4 to help make sure your hockey team finishes them.

    Blair Jones has 2 hits in 5:59. I like how he's played in these games since he's gotten in the lineup. He plays a very nice meat and potatoes game. He takes the body, he throws the puck toward the net, and he dares to go in the high traffic areas. It wouldn't have shocked me if he had gotten a goal in Game 2, and he almost got one again tonight. He's been more effective than Dana Tyrell was, quite frankly, when Dana was in the lineup. I don't know if Blair is going to stick around this organization past this season, but I'm sure there are a few organizations who are looking at these past 2 games and seeing that there's some "there," there in Blair's game. I like it.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.1 Portland Winterhawks 6 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3
    Portland wins best of seven series 4-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

    Spokane certainly had their leads and chances in this series, but it’s the Portland Winterhawks who are moving on to the WHL Finals. Monday night in Washington the Chiefs scored first again, and had a 2-0 lead 3:32 into the game but Portland scored the game’s next three goals and finished it with three more in the third period to win handily. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson was scoreless in the final game of his junior career. To say the overager had an outstanding year would be an understatement, as he led the WHL in goals scored, was second in points, and was the Western Conference Player of the Year. He earned an entry level contract from Tampa Bay in the process. His playoffs were mired by a head injury and suspension, but he still finished at a point-per-game. Johnson will no doubt be in Tampa Bay’s prospect camp(s) the next time we see him and he’s likely to begin next year with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago
    Washington is thunderstruck at home. [b]TB-3 WSH-2 (OT)[/b] [b]Tampa Bay Leads the Series 2-0[/b] Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 37 shots for the win. This was, in my opinion, his best game of the playoffs, and he's had a few dandies so far. He did everything the team needed him to do to give them a chance in these first 2 games. He held the Lightning close and bought them time to generate the chance or two they needed to pull out the wins. Outstanding. [b]First Period[/b] 19:01 TB Lecavalier (3), St Louis (5), Malone (2)(PP) [b]Second Period[/b] 14:52 WSH Laich (1), Backstrom (2), Erskine (1) [b]Third Period[/b] 07:35 TB St Louis (5), Purcell (6) 18:52 WSH Ovechkin (4), Arnott (3), Laich (5) [b]Overtime[/b] 06:19 TB Lecavalier (4), Purcell (7), Jones (1) Vincent Lecavalier and Roloson were the game's first and third stars. I said going into these playoffs that this was Captain Vincent Lecavalier's moment to write his legacy in Tampa Bay, and that I had a feeling he was about to do something special. He entered the night at a point a game pace in these playoffs, and tonight his overtime winner was the stuff of folk legends. That finish was as cool and calm as a mountain lake. I thought Teddy Purcell was the Lightning's best forward tonight. Teddy Bear has been outstanding on the forecheck and once he gets on the puck, it takes the jaws of life to get it away from him. As good as Malone and Lecavalier are at handling the puck for big men, Purcell has been even better in these playoffs. Forget a phone booth. Purcell looks like he could stickhandle in a shoe box and maintain control. I'd also like to give kudos to Steven Stamkos, who played an extremely well rounded game tonight. The critics are going to point out he didn't hit the scoresheet, but he made some chances and he was forechecking like a demon. If Vincent Lecavalier didn't finish it off in overtime, Stammer might've, because he looked lively and dangerous with those 21 years young legs. There's a reason he led all Lightning forwards in ice time at over 24 minutes. I'm amazed at how even keeled the team was after the winning goal. I'm floored at how even keeled they were after Ovechkin tied the game up. Other than Hedman, nobody seemed visibly shaken by what happened. It's a testament to Guy Boucher, considering they looked very fragile emotionally just a couple of weeks ago when facing adversity in Game 3 and Game 4 against Pittsburgh. Heck, they didn't even come unraveled despite some very questionable officiating where the Caps were granted 2-3 power plays on some phantom calls while 2 clear cut high sticks on poor Martin St. Louis went uncalled, including one that would've and should've resulted in a key 5-on-3 power play. Boucher and the Lightning are more charitable than I would be, because Chimera should have been suspended for bulldogging Kubina's head into the glass and concussing him in Game 1 and the officiating was horrible tonight. Washinton's being really careless with their sticks too. Ovechkin and Schultz each got called tonight on nasty high sticking penalties, and the Schultz play was almost suspension-worthy in its own right. I can't believe that was called "holding." You'd even get DQ'ed in a match in the WWE for that move. Doubt starts to creep in for the Washington Capitals now, who are quickly taking over the Ottawa Senators' mantle as the best team in the East never to sniff a Cup. That said, they're not going to lay down, and the Lightning need only to look just 1 series back to see what happens if they're too happy with themselves going into Games 3 and 4 at home. The Lightning have a really great opportunity to get up to a 3-0 lead in this series and put the weight of the world on the Capitals, but they'll need to play even better in Game 3 to make it happen. And, Lightning fans, that means your team is going to need you again so be there and be loud for Game 3 and Game 4. Blair Jones had 2 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 5:27 in his NHL playoff debut. I thought he brought some energy. He was not bad. I was pretty proud of the young man. [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20102011/GS030212.HTM]Box score[/url] and [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20102011/ES030212.HTM]extended statistics[/url] from NHL.com.
  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    QMJHL Semifinals

    No.4 Quebec Remparts 0 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4
    Best of seven series tied 3-3

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 10 PIM

    Gatineau has fought back from a 3-1 series deficit to send their semifinal series to seven games. Sunday night the Olympiques scored twice in the first and twice in the second and goaltender Maxime Clermont (Devils) stopped 21 shots to make them hold up in the 4-0 win. Game 7 will be Tuesday in Quebec City. The winner will play top-seeded St. John in the finals. The Sea Dogs easily eliminated Lewiston, who had defeated No.2 seed Montreal and Lightning prospect Charles Landry, in a four games.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.2 Spokane Chiefs 2 @ No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3
    Portland leads best of seven series 3-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

    Johnson scored on a wrist shot on a partial breakaway 59 seconds into the game to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead, but didn’t score again until the mid-third to cut a 3-1 deficit to 3-2. Spokane couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 3-2 in the game and now trail 3-2 in the series. The Winterhawks can close it out and move on to meet Kootenay by winning Game 6 Monday in Spokane. Game 5 highlights are on www.whl.ca.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    QMJHL Semifinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ No.4 Quebec Remparts 3
    Quebec leads best of seven series 3-2

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, -5, 10 PIM

    Gatineau staved off elimination after losing the last three games of the series by beating Quebec in Quebec City 5-3 Friday. Game 6 is Sunday in Gatineau.

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 8
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 6-7-13, +3, 9 PIM

    Thrashers prospect Levko Koper had a natural hat trick and four points and Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson had a goal and three points to lead Spokane to a big 8-3 home win over Portland. Koper was a seventh round selection of Atlanta in 2009. This game got predictably rough in the third period, but only one fighting major occurred. Game 5 is back in Portland Saturday night.

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