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  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Almost a must-win.

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    Mathieu Garon allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the win. He made it harder on himself than it needed to be. Columbus' two goals came on wrap-arounds that should not have been an issue for Garon or the Lightning defense.

    First Period
    TB Jones (2), (Purcell), 7:27
    TB Brewer (1), (Stamkos, Malone), 18:12

    Second Period
    CBJ Umberger (6), (Prospal, Tyutin)(PP), 5:43
    TB Stamkos (20), (Lecavalier, Tyrell), 10:05
    CBJ Nash (10), (Carter, Prospal), 12:14

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Mathieu Garon and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and third stars.

    They had to win this game. To get back in the race, they have to win against the handful teams below them in the standings when the opportunity arises and they have to get positive momentum going over the next week or two. They've set themselves up now with the opportunity to have that positive momentum going into the holiday break if they can split their last 2 road games in San Jose and Colorado. Then, presumably, they can get Martin St. Louis back in practice and back into the games by the end of December, and then really start to put together some bigger winning streaks.

    I like Dana Tyrell on a scoring line with Stamkos, a lot. I think it creates matchup problems for the opposition to have two burners like that out at once, and Tyrell can be first man in on the puck, letting Stammer come later and be the finisher he is. It's a good combo. I'd even be interested to see Marty added as the third on that line just to see how that much speed could work together.

    The Lightning's power play is dreadful. It's somebody-needs-to-be-fired-if-it-doesn't-improve-soon dreadful. Some of Columbus' most dangerous opportunities of the night came shorthanded and the Lightning could not even get into the Blue Jackets' zone, let alone get scoring chances. That's bad, because Columbus is statistically near the bottom of the league in PK. It just feels like the Lightning don't have any identity on the PP right now. They don't know how to gain entry into the zone (it used to be with Stammer or St. Louis carrying it) and they don't really know what they want to do when they get there (other than feed overly telegraphed one-timers to Vinny). There's too many weapons on this roster to be this bad and to be zero-dimensional on the power play. It's unacceptable.

    Blair Jones and Lightning fans; reunited and it feels so good. He got his second goal of the season and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 gigantic hit in 10:13. He got more ice time with Nate Thompson going out hurt early, and he did something with it. So, I guess we're back in love with Blair Jones.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Norfolk's biggest win of the season thus far.

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    Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win. He snaps a brief 2 game personal skid in a spot where his club absolutely needed a win.

    First Period
    NOR Fornataro, (2) (Smith, Devos), 0:53 (PP)
    NOR Ashton, (14) (Gudas, Jackson), 4:32
    WBS Street, (10) (Henningson, Merth), 10:41

    Second Period
    WBS Lerg, (11) (Walker, McDonald), 1:42
    NOR Johnson, (11) (Cote, Tokarski), 7:06
    NOR Conacher, (18) (Smith, Jackson), 13:31
    NOR Ouellet, (7) (Ashton, Angelidis), 19:40

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Carter Ashton, Tyler Johnson, and Scott Jackson were the game's three stars.

    For Norfolk, this was a huge game. They did not want to go into Hershey tomorrow trying to stave off the divisional sweep. That's a bad spot to be in on your 3rd game in 3 nights in one of the toughest buildings in the league to earn points in. They absolutely needed tonight's win to keep contact in the divisional hunt, and if they can steal a win from the Bears tomorrow, well that's just a bonus present in this holiday season. With the win, Norfolk is 2 points back of the Bears and Pens for the top spot in the East Division.

    Carter Ashton (pictured) played well last night, but was Holtby'ed off the scoresheet on more than one occasion. He's starting to get active again, and that bodes well. Meanwhile, Johnson has 5 goals and 7 points in his last 8 games. That leads to an interesting question. Nate Thompson went out early in tonight's Lightning game and speculation is a forward may be recalled at some point. Is it Ashton? Is it Johnson? Trevor Smith?

    Norfolk draws Hershey tomorrow at 5 pm. My guess is that Oberg rides the shuttle back for that game. When that game is over, the Admirals are off until 12/28. So, anyone's fair game for a call up from a manpower standpoint. The Lightning don't play again until Wednesday, when they start a 2 game swing through San Jose and Colorado. The question then is whether Matt Gilroy and/or Nate Thompson will be healthy, and whether Oberg and/or a forward will need to make the trip with the team and possible spend Christmas in Tampa.

    No pressure, kids, but I suspect there will be some Tampa execs with eyes on the Hershey game.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 0

    D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-4-4, -9, 27 PIM

    Milan’s scoreless streak hit 11 games in the loss.

    QMJHL Note: Lightning prospect Adam Janosik of Gatineau has joined Team Slovakia in preparation for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.

    OHL

    Guelph Storm 1 @ London Knights 3
    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 17-23-40, +10, 28 PIM

    Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith scored an empty net goal for his 26th goal of the season as London topped division rival Guelph, 3-1. The undrafted Griffith has 46 points in 33 games to go with a plus-17 rating. He has a 12 game point streak going and has had at least a point in 24 of his last 26 games. He was passed over in last year’s draft and camped with the Lightning before being sent back to the OHL without a contract. He sits in sixth in the OHL in points and is second in goals.

    Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Sarnia Sting 5

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 22 GP, 0-7-7, -1, 16 PIM

    Likely 2012 top-3 pick Nail Yakupov had a goal and an assist in Sarnia’s win over Geoffrey Schemitsch and Owen Sound. The Russian has 51 points in 25 games. Yakupov, Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov, and Quebec Rempart Mikhail Grigorenko are expected to be the offensive leaders for Russia in the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 0@ Gwinnett Gladiators 3

    LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
    Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Loss, 27 saves on 29 shots
    Season Totals: 16 GP, 7-8-0, 3.18 GAA, .891 sv%, 1 SO

    After sitting last night Pat Nagle was strong in net Friday for Florida, giving up two goals on the road before the Gladiators scored into an empty net. Nagle’s teammates were stymied by former Montreal fourth rounder Jason Missiaen in goal for Gwinnett. Nagle’s save percentage continue to creep up to the .900 mark. Alex Hutchings remains out with an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since November 12.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Goaltending made the difference.

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    Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the loss. He made 1 or 2 big saves, but his softie short side at the end of the second period was the difference in the game. Soft goals have a way of being the margin of losing more often than not.

    First Period
    HER Ford, (6) (Potulny, Micflikier), 7:42 (PP)

    Second Period
    HER Mink, (11) (Micflikier, McNeill), 11:37 (PP)
    NOR Ouellet, (6) (Smith, Conacher), 16:38
    HER Bourque, (15) (Aucoin), 19:42 (SH)

    Third Period
    NOR Conacher, (17) (Oberg, Barberio), 4:05 (PP)
    HER Ford, (7) (Potulny, Micflikier), 4:37
    NOR Labrie, (6) (Cote, Barberio), 5:11

    Cory Conacher was the game's second star.

    If the Lightning ever do pull the trigger to acquire a young goaltender from another team, they could do worse than Braden Holtby. Just saying. Norfolk would've won this game 6-4 or so without him, and we've seen Holtby play well against the Lightning at the NHL level, too.

    At the end of the day, if the Admirals don't learn to win games against the Bears and Penguins, they're not going to get where they want to go this season. That's the challenge of playing in such a competitive division. They'll get another crack at it tomorrow against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    OHL

    London Knights 3 @ Peterborough Petes 5
    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 17-23-40, +10, 28 PIM

    Namestnikov scored at about the 1:00 mark of the first period – his 17th of the season – then assisted on Seth Griffith’s 25th of the year later in the game but it wasn’t enough for the CHL’s top ranked team to beat the Petes. Namestnikov failed to convert a penalty shot attempt in the game.

    Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 0-7-7, -1, 16 PIM

    He’s back! Though he was scoreless in the game, Schemitsch (pictured) played his first game since being injured November 12. His name has been mentioned in the local press for being possible trade bait as Owen Sound looks toward the future.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 2 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 4

    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, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
    Season Totals: 15 GP, 7-7-0, 3.26 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO

    Lightning prospect and rookie pro Charles Landry (pictured) had an assist in his ECHL debut, but Florida fell in Gwinnett 4-2. Landry was reassigned by Norfolk to Florida earlier this week. Pat Nagle sat backup to Billy Sauer in the game. Sauer stopped 33 of 37 shots in the loss. Alex Hutchings remains out with an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since November 12. (Norfolk Admirals photo)

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Victory from the jaws of bitter defeat.

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    Mathieu Garon allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the win. He made some really important saves, including two point blank ones right off the bat in the first period.

    First Period
    TB Purcell (6), (Downie, Moore)(PP), 5:11
    CGY Stajan (1), (Jackman, Kostopoulos), 19:27

    Second Period
    CGY Iginla (12), (Jokinen, Bouwmeester), 1:57
    TB Pyatt (3), (Shannon, Jones), 10:10
    TB Malone (7), (Stamkos, Hedman), 12:05
    TB Thompson (3), (Tyrell, Hedman), 19:26

    Third Period
    CGY Bourque (10), (Smith), 0:58
    CGY Jokinen (9), (Tanguay, Smith)(PP), 16:48

    Overtime
    TB Stamkos (19), (Brewer, Downie), 0:30

    Steven Stamkos and Eric Brewer were the game's first and third stars.

    It was good to see the Lightning finally get a few bounces go their way and get a result. That was far from a polished effort, on their part, but like the Devils game they did a lot of good things and it's important to get that positive reinforcement and get that result. 39 of the first 40 minutes of hockey the team played, pretty much, prototypical Lightning hockey. And, for that, I'm glad they got the "W". The real challenge now is making sure they string 2 wins together, because that's the only way they'll climb back into this season, and it's up to them whether they want to show up to the rink with the Lightning hockey they played for 41 minutes tonight, or the steaming pile of dreck they played for the other 20.

    The subtext of this game, for me, was a tale of two defensemen. I had called out three players after the Devils game as perhaps being past their sell by dates in Roloson, Kubina, and Clark. I thought Kubina rebounded really well tonight. The stats may not reflect that (-2), but I thought he made some key defensive plays, including a diving break up of a cross-ice pass late in regulation, and he made a crafty breakout pass to spring the winning goal in overtime. Room for improvement? Sure. But I'd take that effort from #13 on most nights.

    The other side of the coin, though, was Brett Clark. If this team had any kind of depth on the blueline, he'd be sitting the next game or two if I were Coach Boucher. He's driving me nuts. He made the turnover at the start of the game that necessitated the 2 save sequence by Garon, and that could've easily led to the Lightning quickly being behind the eight-ball just like in the Jersey game. He got caught flat-footed on the Bourque breakaway goal to start the third period. And then on the tying goal on the PK, right before Calgary scored he had a lane on his backhand to attempt a clear and nothing. I'm not saying it was an easy play, mind you, but it's a play you need a veteran to make in the third period of a 1 goal game. Those are the little plays that will offset the occasional play caused by diminishing athletic skills. But, he's not making those plays, and he's being exposed on a nightly basis. I cringe when I see him on the ice now.

    Blair Jones had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 4 hits in 7:57. Just when we fall out of love with Blair Jones, he starts playing like the Lightning thought he could when they kept him on the roster to start the season. He's landing big hits. He's causing havoc and scoring chances around the opposing cage. After looking lost the first quarter of the season, now he's looking like an NHLer again. Behold the power of a send-down to the AHL helping to refocus a player.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 29 GP, 2-16-18, E, 27 PIM

    Janosik will be joining Team Slovakia shortly for the U20 World Junior Championships.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Some on this team may not be able to compete anymore.

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    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 12 shots before being pulled for Mathieu Garon, who allowed 2 on 10 shots the rest of the way for the backdoor loss. I said a few games back after the loss to the Isles that some on this team are either unwilling or unable to compete. Roloson is one of 2 or 3 players who may not be able to compete at this level anymore. I would leave him on the bench until the wheels completely come off Garon, at this point.

    First Period
    NJ Sykora (6), (Salvador, Elias), 0:28
    NJ Zubrus (9), (Taormina, Henrique)(PP), 5:38
    TB Downie (4), (Gilroy, Stamkos), 17:34
    TB Jones (1), (Tyrell, Gilroy), 18:54

    Second Period
    NJ Parise (9), (Henrique, Tallinder), 0:56
    NJ Kovalchuk (9), (Parise), 5:42
    NJ Henrique (7), (Parise, Fayne)(SH), 13:23

    Third Period
    TB Stamkos (17), (Moore, Lecavalier)(PP), 9:29
    TB Stamkos (18), (Kubina, Lecavalier), 19:26

    Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

    It's a frustrating loss because the Lightning did a lot of good things in this game. They heeded the call from the last game and outshot New Jersey a solid 36-22 in the contest. But when you give up 2 soft goals like Roloson did (and his goals to start the first and third periods were absolutely awful) that can undermine the ability to get the result. It did tonight, and it's tough to keep doing the right things to turn things around when you can't get results from the effort.

    The other couple of players who were really exposed tonight were Pavel Kubina and Brett Clark, who got caught flat footed and whose lack of speed contributed to three quick strike goals by the Devils. These two guys are in the final years of their contracts and they just seem to be running out of gas. Kubina used to be a lock for 30+ points a season, even after the lockout, but his production has diminished to the point his lack of footspeed and mental errors are tougher to tolerate. As for Clark, he's an excellent shot blocker, but every other part of his game has gone into the toilet since the halfway point of last season. Steve Yzerman thought he could squeeze one more decent season out of Roloson, Kubina, and Clark, and it seems to be backfiring. Throw Ohlund (who wasn't an Yzerman acquisition, in fairness) into that mix and the Lightning desperately need to overhaul an aging, toothless defense from the nets out.

    One youthful acquisition that Yzerman made to try to address that issue continues to absolutely drive me nuts. Matt Gilroy has good instincts in the offensive third and a deft touch on his passes, but I've never seen a guy get so many shots and shot-passes blocked from the point. His decision-making is terrible, and it resulted in a goal against tonight. Geez, man, look up, and if all you can see is shin pads, move it up the boards. Be smart. That's the second goal recently that's resulted from a play that should not happen at this level.

    Blair Jones had his first goal and was +1 with 3 shots in 12:13. It was his best game of the season, by a wide margin, because he was good on the forecheck and had some dangerous scoring chances.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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