Game Night Results

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago


    East-5 Brampton Battalion 3 @ East-1 Barrie Colts 5
    Conference Semifinals, Game 1. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: Did not play.
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

    Although Hutchings played all four games of the Sudbury series, he reportedly missed Game 1 vs. Brampton with an apparent “lower body injury.” Alex Burmistrov, who is expected to go near the top of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had a goal and an assist to earn First Star honors in the game for the Colts. Game 2 is Sunday.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    You explain it. I sure can't.


    Mike Smith had a 27 save shutout for the victory. He was strong in tight and the Lightning did a very good job at limited the east-west chances and odd-man rushes that Smitty struggles with.

    First Period
    TB 17:00, Stamkos 46 (St. Louis, Foster)(PP)

    Second Period
    TB 0:29, Downie 22 (St. Louis, Stamkos)

    Third Period

    I don't get it. I don't get how you lose to Columbus one night, and then handle the defending champs easily the next. This wasn't like the Bruins game where the Lightning were outshot 3:1. The Lightning were very much under control defensively in tonight's game and they dutifully capitalized on the few chances they had. Was it trying to send a message on national TV? Trying to show out for Steven Stamkos' Richard Trophy race? The Pens announcers suggested they were playing for Tocchet's job. I'm not sure that's true one night after you choke against the Blue Jackets. Whatever it was, I enjoyed it.

    Kudos to Mike Lundin (29:48) and Mattias Ohlund (27:07) for picking up the ice time with only 4 true NHL d-men in uniform and one of the minor leaguers getting thrown out in his first shift. Whoever ends up being GM, they need to re-sign Lundin expeditiously before July 1st. Even if he doesn't improve an iota over what he is right now, which seems unlikely, he's a solid, mobile, 20 minute a night ice time eater.

    Steve Downie is now just 4 points shy of 50 of the season. Fun with numbers: since the turn of the year when he started taking on more of a scoring line role, Downie has 14 goals, 29 points, and 112 penalty minutes in 36 games. That pro-rates to 32 goals, 66 points, and 255 PIMs over an 82 game season. So he's got a chance to be a 30 goal and 70 point player next season, and possibly more. If Downie ratcheted up the discipline a bit more and trimmed his PIMs down to, say, a 150 PIM pace, how many more points would he have with an extra 50-60 minutes worth of total ice time? For Downie, that'd be like tacking another 3-4 games onto his season in which to hit the scoresheet.

    Steven Stamkos is 1 goal back in the Richard Trophy race. I'd have killed for him to tie Crosby with an EN goal at the end.

    Zenon Konopka still leads the PIM King chase. There's another guy who needs to be re-signed before July 1st.

    Matt Lashoff was like Tom Berringer in that awful Sniper movie: one shift, one kill. 15 penalty minutes in 49 seconds after boarding ex-Lightning Rusty Fedotenko. The knock on Lashoff has been twofold: that he's soft and he's mildly stupid in his own end positionally. I'm thinking he was a little overeager to answer the first critique.

    Vladimir Mihalik had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:18. He looked fairly poised and confident at times tonight, which is likely a byproduct of playing with countryman Andrej Meszaros. The good news with Vladdy is that his skating hasn't been as much of an issue as I thought it might be. The bad news is that NHL competition has highlighted the fact that even though Vladdy is big, he's not strong. He needs to build his upper body strength to compete better along the wall.

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  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...


    Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    TB 16:50, Lundin 3 (Thompson, Meszaros)
    CBS 18:04, Nash 32 (unassisted)

    Second Period
    TB 8:06, Lecavalier 23 (St. Louis, Foster)(PP)

    Third Period
    CBS 6:21, Tyutin 6 (Vermette, Huselius)
    CBS 7:37, Nash 33 (Umberger, Huselius)(PP)

    The Lightning have dropped into the third worst record in the NHL. That's quite possibly the worst spot they could be in because the 2010 draft looks like a two player draft at the top (Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall), so the Lightning might not even get a consolation prize for this late season collapse. The Lightning remain 3 points ahead of Toronto with the Lightning actually holding a game in hand.

    Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:40.

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  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Kval till Elitserien
    Sodertalje 7 @ Vaxjo 4
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 29/33, 4.00 GAA, .879 sv%
    Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-0-0, 1 SO, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%

    At the halfway point of Sweden's promotion/relegation series, Riku Helenius remains an undefeated 5-0-0 despite allowing 4 goals today to Vaxjo Lakers. Helenius has a 7 game personal winning streak extending all the way back into the Elitserien regular season. His last loss was on March 4th against Frolunda and former Lightning netminder and Bolt Prospects alumni Johan Holmqvist. Ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll led the scoring for Sodertalje with 2 goals and 3 assists in the match.

    Sodertalje's next game is on Friday in a rematch against Vaxjo. The club is in first place on the Kval till Elitserien table with an 8 point lead on 3rd place AIK. The top two teams earn their spot in the Elitserien for next season, and wins in Sweden count for 3 points in the standings.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
    (3)Kazan 3 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 1
    Kazan Wins the Series 4-2
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 6 PIM

    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 23/26, 3.00 GAA, .885 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 5-4, 1 SO, 2.02 GAA, .930 sv%

    Happy trails to Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Alexei Badyukov had a pair of goals in Kazan's 3-1 Game Six victory to eliminate Metallurg from the Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 17:06 in the match and took a second period minor for slashing. The Lightning are reportedly interested in signing Koshechkin, whose season is now complete.

    Kazionov and Kazan advances to face top seeded Yulaev in the Eastern Conference Finals after Yulaev defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-1 today to seal a six game semifinal series victory. In the Western Conference, KHK MVD will face Yaroslavl.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Season over.


    Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 6 shots for the loss before being lifted for Mike Smith, who allowed 4 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way.

    The Lightning are 8 points out of 8th with 7 games remaining, so it's getting to the point where the playoffs are extremely improbable statistically. When your best defenseman is Mike Lundin, you've got problems. It's just bizarre the way that several of the young forwards have progressed this season. Steve Downie got his 21st of the season tonight and Steven Stamkos has obviously been unconscious all year. But, these young d-men have not really progressed. Hedman has slid backward. Meszaros continues to steal money. Matt Smaby appears to have been banished to Chateau au Bow Wow. The only guy who has progressed has been Lundin, and somewhere off with Ricky Williams and Dave Chappelle, Paul Ranger has to be glad he isn't stuck in the middle of this. The goaltending, I believe, is a personnel issue. The defense is, in my mind, both a personnel and a coaching issue (and, in fairness, the Lightning have been struck with injuries again late in the year).

    I hope, at some point soon, the decision to move at least Mark Parrish and possibly also Paul Szczechura down to Norfolk with the Admirals just 2 points out of a playoff spot. The Lightning's chances are a lost cause. The Admirals are one good weekend away from being back in the dance.

    Dear Vincent Lecavalier: if you're going to retaliate on someone, do it with your fists, not with your stick. Please. The latter gets you suspended.

    Big Vladimir Mihalik was -1 in 12:10 of ice time. I doubt that's the effort he needed to get himself penciled into next year's plans.

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  • 5 years 35 weeks ago


    Atlantic-3 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0 @ Atlantic-2 Moncton Wildcats 4
    First Round, Game 5. Moncton wins Best of 7 Series 4-1
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 2 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

    Cape Breton put up a good fight in avoiding a sweep in Game 4, but was shutout by a much stronger team when the Wildcats returned to their home ice. Barberio went pointless for the first time in the series.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    I wish the goal scoring dam would just hurry up and burst.


    Dustin Tokarski continues to be the victim of a lack of goal support. He allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    WOR McLaren, (4) (Joslin, Moore), 18:37

    Second Period
    WOR Lucia, (1) (Ferriero, Loprieno), 7:07

    Third Period

    Norfolk actually outshot Worcester 46-25, but they just can't seem to buy a goal right now. It's one of those stretches in the season where it feels like if they can just get a couple of ugly goals off some garbage or a lucky bounce the floodgates will open.

    Here's the good news: both Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost tonight. So, Norfolk remains 2 points out of a playoff spot and 3 points out of 3rd place in the division with the Pens holding 1 game in hand. The bad news is that there are only six games left in the regular season and Norfolk's next game is on the road against the East Division's second place team, Albany.

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  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Kval till Elitserien
    Almtuna 1 @ Sodertalje 3
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 22/23, 1.00 GAA, .957 sv%
    Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 4 GP, 4-0-0, 1 SO, 1.50 GAA, .941 sv%

    Things continue to run as smooth as silk for Sodertalje in Sweden's promotion/relegation tournament. The club got a pair of goals today from defenseman and ex-Panthers draft pick Topi Jaakola en route to a 3-1 win over Allsvenskan side Almtuna. Sodertalje leads the series by five points over the other Elitserien team in the series, Rogle, and by six points over the third place side, Leksands. The top two teams in the six game series with the most points after the ten game series is complete will earn their spots in the Elitserien next season. So, with another couple of wins, Helenius and Sodertalje should be close to clinching. As a reminder: wins count for three points in the standings in Sweden.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    No.15 Vermont Catamounts 2 vs. No.5 Wisconsin Badgers 3
    NCAA West Regional Semifinal (St. Paul, MN)
    C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

    Vermont actually led this game 2-1 after the first period, but were then outshot 30-15 over the final two periods, being outscored 2-0. The Catamounts' season and impressive playoff run is now over. Marshall (pictured) was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game after the sophomore only missed one regular season contest. His speed and defensive ability are assets to the Catamounts, and he’ll likely be a fixture on at least their third line next season.

    C/W Alexander Killorn, Harvard: Season complete.
    Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM

    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. Speculation from Harvard followers is he’ll return to the Crimson next season, however. Stay tuned.

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

    Witkowski gained valuable ice time as a freshman defenseman for the Broncos this season, though he went through his ups and downs in his rookie year. He is expected to be a big part of WMU’s future on the blueline.

    USHS Update

    D Kirill Gotovets, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
    Season Totals: 44 GP, 8-19-27, 73 PIM

    Gotovets, a Cornell commit, had five points after 14 games, but has 22 points in his last 30. Shattuck is 42-11-4 entering the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Tournament in Chicago on April 7. Shattuck’s playoffs start following the Chicago tourney.

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