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  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    Lightning steal the points, and the Flyers' dignity.

    PHI-1
    TB-5

    Mathieu Garon allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the win. He shook off the overtime softie from Colorado and turned in his best game of the season tonight. His rebound control was so much better than usual and he ate up a lot of pucks and got the Lightning some key stoppages when they needed them. He was outstanding.

    First Period
    TB Gervais (3), (Hall), 9:34
    PHI Hartnell (17), (Giroux, Jagr), 18:14

    Second Period
    TB Stamkos (21), (Clark, Malone), 7:25
    TB Downie (5), (Purcell, Kubina), 11:41
    TB Stamkos (22), (Downie, St. Louis)(PP), 18:45

    Third Period
    TB Lecavalier (12), (St. Louis), 19:00

    Garon, Steven Stamkos, and Steve Downie were the game's three stars.

    I don't know what it has been about these last 2 games against Philadelphia, but the Lightning have done exactly what they needed to do to win the games. Tonight, it took Garon standing on his head for the first period, making Philly essentially punch themselves out, and then being very opportunistic with the spare amount of scoring chances they got.

    They're deep in Philly's head, too, as evidenced by the low life brand of hockey Philly resorted to in the second period. Scott Hartnell should be suspended for his stick waving incident at the Lightning bench, and Wayne Simmonds' instigation of a fight with Eric Brewer while Victor Hedman was already out injured sure did look like a coach ordered hit. Call me crazy, but they played dirt bag hockey, and the Lightning made them pay with Steven Stamkos' goal to push the margin to the all important 3 goals heading into the third. As readers of this blog should well know, a 3 goal lead heading into the third period in pro hockey is as close to a death sentence as a team can receive. The fact it allowed the Lightning to back off into the 1-3-1 a bit to kill off the remaining 20 minutes was all the sweeter, although I did feel like the Lightning needed to send a message after all the Flyer thuggery. I would've liked to have seen a player like Malone go out there and drop the gloves late in the game and make a point. It would've been nice to show the league, through the HBO cameras, that you don't take liberties with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    So, the Lightning close the gap on 8th place to 6 points, and move back to 2 games under .500. The game against Montreal on Thursday is huge. Games don't get bigger in December. The Lightning have to win that game to really give themselves a shot to climb back into the playoff hunt. Got to.

    J.T. Wyman had 1 hit in 5:59 and almost had to play some defenseman in this game after Brewer left the Simmonds fight bloody. Scary stuff. Also, I would be remiss to not mention how weird it is to see someone other than Mikael Andersson in #34. It doesn't seem right.

    Blair Jones had 1 hit in 10:20. With Malone out with a 10 minute misconduct for hopping off the bench after Hartnell's stick waving incident, he even got a rare PP shift.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    SaiPa 2 @ JYP 3 (OT)
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 15 GP, 9-6-0, 6 SO, 1.47 GAA, .932 sv%

    Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had 1 goal and 1 assist, including the helper on the overtime winner, to lead JYP to a 3-2 win over SaiPa. JYP draws Assat next on Thursday.

    KHL (Russia):
    Cherepovets 3 @ Spartak Moscow 2
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 26/28, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%
    Season totals: 22 GP, 11-8-0, 2 SO, 2.57 GAA, .919 sv%

    Despite a goal by ex-Flyer Stefan Rucizka with 7 seconds left in regulation, Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets held off Spartak Moscow 3-2. Cherepovets is now off until next Tuesday.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Finland 1 @ Canada 8
    Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

    Senators prospect Mark Stone had a hat trick and Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau had 1 goal and 5 points in Canada's 8-1 slaughter of Finland. Lightning prospect Brett Connolly also had a goal in the contest, and was named an assistant captain for the Canadians. Canada draws Czech Republic next on Wednesday.

    Switzerland 0 @ Russia 3
    Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    Russian netminder Andrei Vasilevski weathered 40 shots for the shootout victory in Russia's 3-0 win over Switzerland. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov assisted on the Russian's final goal, an insurance marker by Mikhail Grigorienko late in the second period. For his part, fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov (pictured) continued the theme of his season going +2. No one collects pluses quite like Nikita Nesterov. He also took a minor for interference early in the third period. Russia faces Slovakia next on Wednesday.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    Elitserien (Sweden):
    MODO 2 @ Lulea 3 (OT)
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals: 32 GP, 11-6-17, +6, 10 PIM

    Johan Harju switched numbers from 90 to 8 today and got immediate dividends with a goal in Lulea's 3-2 OT win over MODO. MODO got an assist from former Lightning forward Mattias Ritola in the loss. Lulea draws Farjestads on Wednesday.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    KHL (Russia):
    Cherepovets 1 @ Khanty-Mansiysk 0 (SO)
    Vasily Koshechkin, Win, 33/33, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 21 GP, 10-8-0, 2 SO, 2.60 GAA, .919 sv%

    It's a Christmas miracle! Vasily Koshechkin got off the bench and promptly pulled off the rare shootout shutout win stopping 33 shots and both shooters he faced in Cherepovets' 1-0 win over Khanty-Mansiysk. Koshechkin has spent most of the last month in the backup role behind Vadim Tarasov. Cherepovets will draw Spartak Moscow next on Tuesday.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Pre-tournament

    Canada 3 vs. Sweden 5

    RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (slashing)

    Canada finished their pre-tournament games 2-1 after a loss to Sweden Friday night. They open play Monday against Finland. Connolly finished the three games with one assist and a penalty.

    Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (pictured with Sweden at the WJCs in 2009) tweeted after the game: "Congrats to the Swedish WJC team that beat Canada today ! Let's do that again later in the tournament"

    Slovakia 0 vs. USA 5

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Trenton Titans 3 @ Florida Everblades 6

    RW Philip-Michael Devos, FLA: 1-2-3, +1, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), *Third Star*
    Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-14-20, -2, 12 PIM (Norfolk property)
    LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
    Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 43 saves on 46 shots, 17 PIM
    Season Totals: 19 GP, 10-8-0, 3.08 GAA, .898 sv%, 1 SO

    Philip-Michael Devos had another three point game, Charles Landry had his third assist in his sixth ECHL game, and the Florida Everblades topped the Trenton Titans 6-3. But… the real story is old time hockey – aka a line brawl – happened a year to the day that the ‘Blades were involved in their last Christmas massacre. It’s safe to say that their horrific Christmas jerseys are just a cover for a team that has anything but the Christmas spirit – unless the Christmas spirit involves punching, face washing and Lightning prospect Pat Nagle skating the length of the ice to get in on the action. Let’s hope Santa wasn’t watching. I know this – next year on the last game before Christmas I’m buying a ticket for the Evergrinches game. Nagle was kicked out for leaving his crease to fight (see video below). Maybe he can make the Lightning as an enforcer. Alex Hutchings remains out with an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since November 12.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    I wouldn't call that a microcosm of the season, but it does seem a fitting way to pull into the holiday break.

    TB-1
    COL-2 (OT)

    Mathieu Garon allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the overtime loss. He made some very strong saves over the course of this game to keep his team alive, and got some help from the 4 x 6, too. But, without a doubt, that short side softie cannot happen. Very disappointing.

    First Period
    TB Kubina (2), (Lecavalier, St. Louis), 18:09

    Second Period
    COL O'Reilly (8), (O'Brien, Hedjuk), 10:03

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    COL Duchene (12), (Elliot, Landeskog), 3:38

    Pavel Kubina was the game's third star.

    The effort level was a zillion times better in this game than against San Jose. The team played with the urgency of a team that is running short on time to turn their season around, because that's exactly what they are. Still, some of the fundamental problems the team has had cropped up in this game. Foremost, it was hard for me to muster too much outrage over poor officiating (like a missed call on a reverse DDT on Blair Jones and a missed 4 minute high sticking minor on Kubina) knowing full well the Lightning's power play has next to no chance of doing anything with the man advantage right now. It's so bad, a successful power play for the Lightning seems to be the shallow moral victory of not allowing a good shorthanded scoring chance over the course of the 2 minutes.

    J.T. Wyman had 2 shots and 1 hit in 6:01. He had good energy in a spare number of shifts.

    Blair Jones had 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 10:13, and he kicked out before the 3 count was administered after taking the best finishing move the Avs defense could muster. He would like to challenge them to a steel cage match at the next pay per view, but wants a special referee named, because the ones tonight were terrible.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    KHL (Russia):
    Cherepovets 1 @ Magnitogorsk 4
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
    Season totals: 20 GP, 9-8-0, 1 SO, 2.76 GAA, .914 sv%

    Oleg Tverdovsky, a blast from the past, scored the game winning goal for Magnitogorsk in their 4-1 thumping of Cherepovets. Cherepovets will face Khanty-Mansiysk on Sunday.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Pre-tournament

    Canada 7 vs. Switzerland 1

    RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

    Canada earned their second pre-tournament win in two games before the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta. Connolly did not register a point, but as one of the team’s alternate captains was entrusted with penalty kill duty – a sign of respect from legendary junior coach Don Hay.

    Russia 5 vs. Czech Republic 3

    RW Nikita Kucherov, RUS: 0-2-2
    C Vladislav Namestnikov, RUS: 0-0-0
    D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0

    These totals are very unofficial as no score was listed on the tournament’s official site and the boxscore was posted on a message board. If it helps, one of the comments from someone at the game said Kucherov looked good. Let’s just assume it’s true. Namestnikov and Nesterov weren’t on the scoresheet, so they could have been scoreless or they may not have played. In fact, respected Russian reporter Dmitry Chesnokov is reporting Namestnikov was cut from the team. Nesterov and Kucherov made the team. (Photo of Kucherov's celebration is from the USA game earlier this week)

    Slovakia 0 vs. Finland 3

    D Adam Janosik, SVK: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

    Finland topped Slovakia in pre-tournament action Wednesday.

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