Game Night Results

  • 6 years 14 weeks ago

    KHL
    Ufa 1 vs. Cherepovets 3
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 22/23, 1.01 GAA, .957 sv%
    Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 3.02 GAA, .897 sv%

    Ex-NHLer Nicklas Bergfors had a power play goal in Cherepovets' 3-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov assisted on Ufa's lone goal. Cherepovets faces Nizhnekamsk next on Monday.

    CSKA 5 vs. Donetsk 3
    Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

    Nikita Gusev (pictured) assisted on a Second Period goal and had 6:43 of ice time in CSKA's 5-3 win over Donetsk. Ex-NHLer Alexander Radulov had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for CSKA. They face Dynamo Riga next on Monday.

    Bratislava 2 vs. Dynamo Riga 3 (SO)
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 28/30, 1.85 GAA, .933 sv%
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA, .933 sv%

    Jaroslav Janus made 28 saves in his KHL debut, but allowed both shooters to convert in Bratislava's 3-2 shootout loss to Dynamo Riga. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory for Riga. Slovan Bratislava moves on to face Spartak Moscow on Monday.

    MHL
    Chelyabinsk Jr. 9 vs. Berdsk 1
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov was out of the lineup for the second straight game, and missed out on Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 9-1 pasting of Berdsk. The two teams face off again Sunday.

  • 6 years 14 weeks ago

    KHL
    Kazan 5 vs. Cherepovets 2
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 30/35, 5.00 GAA, .857 sv%
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, 0 SO, 5.00 GAA, .857 sv%

    Vasily Koshechkin (pictured) got off to a rough start to his season allowing 5 goals to Ak Bars Kazan. Kazan got 1 goal and 1 assist in the win from ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen. Cherepovets draws Ufa on Saturday.

    Elsewhere, Yaroslavl knocked off Novosibirsk 5-2 with Vitali Kolesnik between the pipes. Where does that leave Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus? Back to Slovan Bratislava? We shall see.

    MHL
    Chelyabinsk Jr. 1 vs. Novokuznetsk Jr. 0
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov did not appear in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 1-0 win over Novokuznetsk Jr. He also did not appear in Chelyabinsk's KHL team's 2-0 win over Magnitogorsk. Chelyabinsk Jr. moves on to face Berdsk on Saturday.

  • 6 years 14 weeks ago

    KHL
    CSKA 0 vs. Spartak Moscow 1
    Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

    Nikita Gusev only played 3:15 today, but that was enough to get caught on the ice for the lone goal in CSKA's 1-0 loss to Spartak Moscow. CSKA is off until Saturday when they'll face KHL newcomer Donetsk.

    MHL
    Orenburg 3 vs. Ufa Jr. 6
    Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 31/34, 3.00 GAA, .912 sv%
    Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%

    Alexei Vasilevski turned away 31 shots to post back-to-back wins for Ufa Jr. against Orenburg to open the season. Ufa Jr. is off until next Tuesday when they face Magnitogorsk Jr.

    Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 vs. Novokuznetsk Jr. 2
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Defenseman Artem Chistyakov scored with 42 seconds left in the Third Period to life Chelyabinsk Jr. to a 3-2 opening night win over Novokuznetsk Jr. The two teams square off again tomorrow.

  • 6 years 14 weeks ago

    Orenburg 1 @ Ufa Jr. 5
    Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
    Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%

    And he's off. First rounder Andrei Vasilevski (pictured) stopped 21 shots as Ufa Jr. slapped Orenburg 5-1. The two teams rematch again tomorrow.

  • 6 years 15 weeks ago

    Omsk Jr. 2 vs. CSKA Jr. 1
    Nikita Gusev, CSKA Jr., DNP
    Season totals (MHL), 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Nikita Gusev (pictured) did not appear for CSKA Jr. in their 2-1 opening night defeat against the defending champions, Omsk Jr. CSKA's KHL side has their opening match on Wednesday against Spartak Moscow.

  • 6 years 15 weeks ago

    The European regular season will begin tomorrow, 9/1 with matches from the Russian junior league, the MHL, before the big boys start on Tuesday when Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk square off in the KHL. For the Lightning's Russian prospects, their clubs' schedules for the next week are as follows:

    MHL
    9-1-12, Omsk Jr. vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

    9-4-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)

    9-5-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)
    9-5-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
    9-5-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

    9-6-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
    9-6-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

    KHL
    9-6-12, Novosibirsk vs. Yaroslavl (Janus?)
    9-6-12, Kazan vs. Cherepovets (Koshechkin)

    Note that, as of right now, Nikita Gusev (pictured), Andrei Vasilevski, and Nikita Nesterov are currently listed on their respective clubs' MHL rosters, but are subject to potential call-up to the KHL throughout the year. Vasilevski looks to be locked into the MHL though, with Ufa's top club currently boasting veteran goaltender and former Canadiens draft pick Vadim Tarasov and ex-Syracuse Crunch netminder Iiro Tarkki.

    Meanwhile, Yaroslavl may be the landing spot for goaltender Jaroslav Janus, according to reports out of Slovakia. Janus has been playing for KHL newcomer Bratislava during the preseason, but it appears he has been compelled to leave the Slovakian club by Yaroslavl, which holds his KHL draft rights, because the team is thin in net between inexperienced Nikita Lozkhin and their struggles to get Curtis Sanford in their lineup. So, Janus may even find himself playing on an emotional opening night for a Yaroslavl club he hasn't even played a preseason game behind. Recall a year ago that Yaroslavl's team perished in a tragic plane crash that led to the team pulling out of participating in the KHL last year.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    Canada 1 vs Russia 0 (OT)

    D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
    D Artem Sergeev, RUS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
    G Andrei Vasilevski, RUS: Loss

    After Team Canada won 4-2 in regulation in Halifax on Tuesday night to knot the four-game series at two wins apiece, both teams began a special overtime session in hopes of a series-deciding victory. The Canadians, the distinct aggressors throughout much of the three periods played previously that night, kept pressing their Russian counterparts and were rewarded with the clinching goal just a few minutes into sudden-death. On the play, Canada's Ty Rattie managed to keep the puck in Russia's end, which led to Ryan Strome getting the puck on his stick near the top of the left face-off circle, where he didn't waste any time using some crafty stick-work to make his way to a better angle in the high slot where, with a quick release, he fired a wrist shot that found its mark past Vasilevski.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    Canada 4 @ Russia 2

    D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
    D Artem Sergeev, RUS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
    G Andrei Vasilevski, RUS: Loss, 41 saves on 45 shots

    The final game in the exhibition series took place in Halifax last night and ended in a decisive victory for Team Canada. Although Game 4 got off to a similar start to the night before with Russia taking two early leads despite finding themselves mostly hemmed in their own zone or conceding possession for changes and setting up defensively at even-strength. The Canadians finally took the lead (their first since Game 1 of the series), though, nearly midway through the second period and they never relented. Team Russia did manage to generate some quality scoring chances but could not muster a much-needed goal before the game slipped away for good late in the final period. It did help that the Russian coaching staff opted, until just a handful of minutes remained, to keep its team passive and structured in the neutral zone in an apparent attempt to conserve their young squad's energy. For much of the time they trailed, Russia seemed content to try and mount a comeback with selective counterattacks and opportunistic play and, failing that, to try and decide the series in overtime.

  • 6 years 18 weeks ago

    Canada 3 @ Russia 2

    D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
    D Artem Sergeev, RUS: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
    G Andrei Vasilevski, RUS: Loss, 25 saves on 28 shots

    An All-Star team of Canadian juniors defeated a similar group of Russian juniors 3-2 today in Game 1 of the four-game Canada-Russia Challenge. Three Lightning prospects played in the match, including new prospects Andrei Vasilevski – a first round pick of Tampa Bay in June – and recent free agent signee Artem Sergeev. Vasilevski allowed three goals – all in the second period – including a wrist shot by likely 2013 top-10 pick Sean Monahan. According to the TSN Radio broadcast, Vasilevski (pictured at the Lightning's prospect camp) came up with several big saves in the third period to keep Russia in the game at 3-1, then 3-2. Nail Yakupov, the top pick in the 2012 draft, scored on a 5-on-3 power play in the third period to cut Canada’s lead to one goal. The Oilers pick one-timed a shot from the circle off of a feed from Sergeev. Nesterov also saw power play time for Russia.

    The game-winning goal was scored by Bruins prospect Dougie Hamilton, who’s shot from the point got by a screened Vasilevski.

    Cody Nickolet, a WHL reporter, singled out Sergeev and Nesterov as having impressive games. He said Vasilevski was good, but “could have had a couple of those goals” and was outplayed by Canada’s Malcolm Subban (Bruins) in the game.

    Brendan Ross of Dobber Prospects and The Hockey Writers said Vasilevski had an average showing and consistency remains an issue for the first goalie taken in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

    The game was played in Yaroslavl, site of last year’s deadly airline crash that killed 44 players and coaches from Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL. Friday’s Game 2 will also be played in Yaroslavl before Games 3 and 4 are held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next week.

    The series is being played as a tribute to the Lokomotiv club. It also marks the 40th anniversary of the famed Canada-Russia Summit Series of 1972. Lightning founder Phil Esposito, a member of Canada’s ’72 squad, is reportedly on the trip with Team Canada this year.

    (Eric DuBose photo)

  • 6 years 27 weeks ago

    Not just 2011-2012 Calder Cup Champions, but arguably the greatest single-season team in AHL history.

    NOR-6
    TOR-1

    Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 19 shots for the clinching victory. As with most of the last 2 rounds, he didn't have a huge volume of work, but he made saves when called upon. Some felt he might've received a minor snub by not getting MVP after going 12-2-0 with 3 shutouts, a 1.46 GAA, and a .944 save percentage. I think they got it right making Alexandre Picard the playoff MVP, but it should be noted that Tokarski's numbers in the Eastern Conference Finals and Calder Cup Finals are surreal. 8-0, 3 shutouts, and he only allowed 6 goals in those 8 games. The guy came to the Lightning with a reputation of being a big timer when the game's get important. He lived up to his reputation in this postseason.

    First Period
    NOR Panik, (5) (Johnson, Conacher), 6:17
    TOR Zigomanis, (4) (Colborne, Lashoff), 19:43 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Kostka, (5) (Palat, Conacher), 4:26
    NOR Johnson, (5) (Killorn, Aulie), 16:45

    Third Period
    NOR Kostka, (6) (Conacher, Johnson), 0:44 (PP)
    NOR Johnson, (6) (Cote, Conacher), 12:35 (EN)
    NOR Labrie, (5) (Ouellet, Smith), 13:33

    Cory Conacher, Tyler Johnson, and Mike Kostka were the game's three stars, but you couldn't swing a stick without hitting a hero in that Admirals lineup tonight. They really did save one of their best all-around games for last in taking this Game Four, championship clinching victory.

    Richard Panik got it off to a good start with the opening goal. The Panik attack used his speed to undress Simon Gysbers wide and got a bounce off a defender on a centering feed to Johnson for the opening marker, which really helped take Toronto's crown out of the game. Panik ended up getting kicked out of the game late in the First Period on what I felt was a dubious call. Yes, he swung his elbow blindly trying to create space for himself making a play near his own blueline, but it looked like his shoulder was what actually made contact with the Marlies' player's chin. Nonetheless, I think you could make a strong argument that Panik was Norfolk's best player in Game Three and the First Period of Game Four. He's dynamic, and you have to be excited about the player he's becoming.

    A 5-on-3 goal kept Toronto alive, barely, but Norfolk really turned it up in the Second Period. Ondrej Palat showed nice vision on a beautiful feed from out of the corner to the left point to Mike Kostka for the eventual game winner. Palat's just a great stick handler and passer, and he's gone from a longshot signed for AHL depth to becoming a legitimate NHL prospect. I'm so impressed with Ondrej Palat and what he did from about the midpoint of the regular season on. And Kostka ended up being the hero in the Toronto series, as a whole, but that goal was illustrative of one of the aspects of Norfolk's game that makes them so good. Their points are so mobile and they use them so well 5-on-5 in the offensive zone. I'd really love to see a day where the Lightning had the personnel to play this style.

    Johnson got the big goal last in the Second Period off a magnificent play by Alex Killorn. Killorn made a nice little stickhandling move to get through a defender in the high right wing of the zone and fired a very sharp pass to Johnson in the left wing circle. Johnson was stopped on a quick shot but banked the rebound off Scrivens and in from below the goal line. Nice job to stick with it by Johnson, and a magnificent play by Killorn.

    From there, Norfolk pretty much ended it with a 5-on-3 goal of their own early in the Third Period. Cory Conacher had his 3rd of 4 assists in the game pushing a puck back to the right point while he was down on the ice for another Mike Kostka bullet, and it was about over. Conacher sent Johnson off to a 1-on-1 skate race for an empty netter with about 7 1/2 minutes left to go, and Johnson's not going to lose that race, and Pierre-Cedric Labrie, my guy, buried one shortly thereafter past Scrivens to complete the rout.

    The victory should place the Norfolk Admirals near the top in terms of the greatest single-season teams in AHL history. Between the regular season and playoffs they won 70 of the 94 games they played including the final 28 games of their regular season and their final 10 games of the postseason, which included sweeps of the Eastern Conference Finals and Calder Cup Finals. They had the AHL's best offensive production in the regular season and the third best defense, and in the postseason they allowed a league best 1.67 goals a game.

    The gold standard in the AHL, entering this year, was considered to be Hershey's team from two years ago that had a stunning +144 regular season goal differential and set the AHL record for regular season wins. That Hershey team, like the Admirals, was tops in the regular season in offense and third in defense. Norfolk only had a modest +93 regular season goal differential, mind you, but Hershey's team lost 5 games in the playoffs, whereas Norfolk only lost 3. Where I think the Admirals can make the argument for being the best AHL team of all-time is with their 28 game regular season winning streak record and their 10 game win streak to end the postseason, including sweeping the Eastern Conference and Calder Cup Finals. Note that they never trailed a series in the playoffs and they never came close to facing elimination. The outcome was never really in doubt, for anyone who watched this team and knew what they were capable of. Only a rash of a half dozen injuries and/or a world class goaltending hot streak was going to stop them, and even Pasquale and Scrivens' great goaltending in the last 2 series couldn't stop the inevitable. Norfolk's final loss of the regular season was on the day of the Super Bowl against the Springfield Falcons. From that point on, they posted a mind-blowing 43-3 record, between the regular season and playoffs. If the .745 overall winning percentage didn't do it for you, maybe the .935 winning percentage in the last 46 does.

    And, if anybody's thinking this is a team built with high draft picks, they're wrong. Picard was the only first round selection on the team, and Panik and Scott Jackson, who returned tonight after missing 2-1/2 weeks from a puck to the head, were the only second rounders, and Jackson wasn't signed and had to latch on with the Lightning as a free agent. Beyond that, the team you saw on the ice today included 5 guys who were taken in rounds 5 through 9 and 7 guys who were undrafted free agents. That all underlines the job that the Lightning organization (past and present) did in identifying this talent, especially current Lightning Assistant GM and Admirals GM Julien BriseBois, and the unbelievable job The Rookie Whisperer, Jon Cooper, did this season. Cooper, despite this being only his 2nd season in professional hockey, may already lay claim on his resume to one of the greatest coaching jobs in AHL history. My only hope is that some other organization doesn't come poach him from the Lightning.

    Top to bottom, it was just a special time these past 4-5 months during the streak and the playoffs, and a special team that came together from humble beginnings to achieve pure greatness. I was going to write a special post to the site after the Admirals broke the win streak record, but I didn't want to put a point on it until the streak was over. Problem is, this team just wouldn't lose, and by the time it got to the playoffs it felt inappropriate to try to ground anything in historic perspective with so much still left to be done. That's the amazing quality of this team. They're winners, and they're winners in whatever style of hockey you want to play. The first half of their streak they were blowing teams out with their speed and their skill, and the second half of the streak they were winning close games and many times having to play from 1-2 goals behind. Entering the playoffs teams might've thought they were soft. Nope. Like I said after Game One, this team has jam in every flavor. I giggled on the inside when Brian Burke complained today he didn't like how Scrivens was getting bumped and run by the Admirals going so hard to the net. They bullied an organization run by a guy who believes in bully hockey. Other teams may have believed that a team with that much offense couldn't win tight checking games. But, look back on the last two series and you'll see the close games where Norfolk triumphed. Game Two against St. John's was a 3-1 win with an empty netter. Game Three a 1-0 overtime victory. Game One against Toronto, again, a 3-1 win with an empty netter. Game Three, another 1-0 overtime win. Whatever style you wanted to play, the Admirals would beat you. Physical? They'd bloody your nose. Track meet? They'd skate you right out of the barn. Clutch and grab tight checking? They'd beat you 1-0, 2-1. No problem. I've never seen a team like this in my life, and I'm fairly certain I never will again, and it was a privilege for me to get to write about them all year long.

    They certainly finished the drill.

    I will, hopefully, try to write a separate story about how this fits into the context of the Lightning development system's emergence from the painful first steps in Springfield in 2004-2005 during the strike season, pretty soon. For now, though, as you can imagine it's something pretty incredible for me to have had the opportunity to witness things going from that point 8 seasons ago to being at the top of the world with championships at both the AHL and ECHL level and a solid claim to all-time greatness at the highest level of minor league hockey. The journey makes reaching the destination all the more sweeter, and the future looks so incredibly bright.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

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