Game Night Results

  • 5 years 40 weeks ago

    Pride.

    BOS-3
    TB-5

    Mike Smith stopped all 21 shots he faced in relief for the win after spelling Dwayne Roloson who was horrific in allowing 3 goals on 9 shots before being pulled. I have no hesitation in saying I'd go right back with Roloson after the way he responded to the goal he allowed in Game 4 of the Penguins series. His softie to Bergeron was one of the worst in Lightning history, but he'll shake it off. Sometimes you have to go to your bullpen, and Smitty was solid. He's really come back after about a couple of very dark years in his career. This team really is all in, and tonight that included the backup netminder.

    First Period
    11:47 BOS Bergeron (3), unassisted
    16:34 BOS Ryder (5), Kelly (6), Kaberle (6)
    17:58 BOS Bergeron (4), unassisted(SH)

    Second Period
    06:55 TB Purcell (3), Gagne (6)
    07:58 TB Purcell (4), Ohlund (2), Lecavalier (11)
    10:53 TB Bergenheim (9), Moore (8)

    Third Period
    06:54 TB Gagne (4), Malone (3)
    19:23 TB St Louis (8), Gagne (7), Hedman (6)(EN)

    Ryan Malone, Teddy Purcell, and Smith were the game's three stars.

    The first couple of series of this playoffs were about belief: the Lightning's belief that if they played their system they could not lose. This series is becoming about something else: pride. This franchise first took the ice in 1992. It's been almost 19 years from the first puck drop at Expo Hall to this afternoon's game at the Forum, and this franchise has seen multiple division championships and even a Stanley Cup. But I've never, ever, been prouder of this team than right now for how they responded after laying an egg in the 1st Period. It would have been very easy for the Lightning to lay down and die right there. It would've been very easy for them to say, "Just wait until next year." Their pride would not allow them to quit. Their pride pulled them back from the edge of the cliff. Their pride had the Boston Bruins, hell, the entire NHL, stunned and shell shocked by the time they left the ice.

    The Lightning have scored 5 goals in 3 of the first 4 games of this series. After so much was made about the Bruins asserting their system and style in Game 3, the Lightning reaffirmed the faith that when their tactics are matched by the proper intensity and work ethic, they can and will generate the scoring chances they need to score goals against Boston. If you're the Bruins, you have to be absolutely terrified on the inside at what just happened. By all rights, the Bruins were in the perfect spot to assert themselves in the neutral zone and choke the life out of the Lightning in the final 40 minutes of this game. Hell, Tim Thomas was actually laughing after giving up the Lightning's first goal by Teddy Purcell. Thomas and the Bruins aren't laughing now. They're facing up to the reality that they're going to have to try to win this series playing a more offensive style than they are accustomed to playing to try to keep up with what the Lightning are doing to them, and this isn't the time of year when you want to try to win playing the other guy's (I wrote it, not realizing that's a bit of a pun, but now that I see it, I sure do like it) game.

    Game 5. Monday. 8 pm. I don't expect the Bruins to shrivel up and die. What I do expect, though, is that if the Lightning keep playing their game at the proper intensity and get the Bruins in a spot where they're facing some adversity, you may see them climb into Boston's head the same way the climbed into Mike Knuble and Washington's. Where do you find the belief to put down a vampire/zombie team that keeps coming when your system can't stop them, when a 3-0 lead when you're on the precipice of taking a 3-1 series lead can't stop them, and now they've got you back on your heels and glimpsing your own playoff mortality? How do you kill what seems to be unkillable? That's what the Lightning need to be focusing on for Monday: keep the Bruins on their heels. Force them to prove they have the ability to respond, too.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 40 weeks ago

    Boston found their defense and the Lightning looked flat as a pancake in the final 40 minutes.

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    TB-0

    Boston Leads the Series 2-1

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss. He just didn't get the goal support, obviously, tonight.

    First Period
    01:09 BOS Krejci (7), Lucic (4), Boychuk (2)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    08:12 BOS Ference (2), unassisted

    I have no answer for why the Lightning offense completely dried up in the final 40 minutes of this game. Yes, the Bruins played much better defensively than they did in Game 1 and Game 2 (not hard to do), but the Lightning were generating chances in the 1st Period and it all dried up the rest of the way. The Lightning just looked flat, and I don't understand it. If it had been the whole game, I'd say the Lightning tried too hard to emotionally tamp down and get back in their system after what happened in Game 2. Bottom line is that its very hard to beat Tim Thomas on just a paltry handful of scoring chances every period. You have to generate pressure consistently, because you know that guy's going to get 1 or 2 a lot of other goaltenders wouldn't.

    Defensively, I didn't think the Lightning played all that poorly. Yes, there was an obvious mistake on the first goal, but the odd man rushes and breakaways were largely corrected and the penalty kill got back to being excellent. By in large, I'd take that defensive effort on most nights. I thought the power play was slightly off, but even slightly off they were generating 2 or 3 good scoring chances on every power play, so I can't complain too much. It's just the 5-on-5 play was not there, and 5-on-5 tends to be about effort and tactics. Tactics were there, so I suppose the effort needs to increase.

    Game 4 becomes critical, obviously. The Lightning need to put together that well rounded effort like they did in Game 1. We'll have to see if the Lightning raise their intensity again if the Bruins defense holds up to the challenge. I suspect it won't, but I confess to having a little doubt after the final 40 minutes tonight. I really am a little shocked, because the way the first 2 games went, I was very confident the Lightning would handle their business in Game 3.

    Blair Jones had 2 hits in 5:17. He did well, but I wonder if Dana Tyrell might be a better option in this series because of his speed, if he's healthy and in shape to go. I think Boston's blueliners are a lot like the Lightning's. They're big and physical, but if you get into them fast on the forecheck they can be a little sloppy handling it and moving it.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 40 weeks ago

    When the Lightning get outside of their system, you get an ugly 2nd Period like tonight.

    TB-5
    BOS-6

    Series Tied at 1-1

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 6 goals on 27 shots for the loss before giving way to Mike Smith who stopped all 8 shots he faced the rest of the way. I didn't think any of the goals Roli allowed were bad goals. The Lightning just can't be allowing breakaways and odd man rushes and eventually your opponent is going to get on some loose pucks and get some bounces on the power play if you keep getting in the box. That's not the fault of the goaltender, though.

    First Period
    00:13 TB Hall (1), Lecavalier (8), Thompson (3)
    13:58 BOS Horton (6), Seidenberg (6), Kaberle (4)(PP)
    19:53 TB St Louis (7), Stamkos (3), Lecavalier (9)

    Second Period
    00:48 BOS Seguin (2), Ryder (5)
    02:24 BOS Krejci (6), Seidenberg (7), Horton (6)
    06:30 BOS Seguin (3), Horton (7), McQuaid (4)
    07:48 TB Lecavalier (6), St Louis (9), Stamkos (4)(PP)
    16:16 BOS Ryder (3), Seguin (2), Kaberle (5)(PP)
    19:41 BOS Ryder (4), Kelly (4), Seguin (3)

    Third Period
    03:47 TB Stamkos (5), Hedman (5), Hall (4)
    13:15 TB Moore (3), Lecavalier (10), Bergenheim (2)

    Vincent Lecavalier was the game's second star.

    You can look at this game a couple of ways. You can dwell on the negatives, which were considerable for the Lightning in the 2nd Period. They got outside of their system and gave up a horrific 5 goals in that frame. They messed up in just about every way imaginable giving up a breakaway goal and a 2-on-1 goal and getting in the box and not covering their net front. The worst part of that 2nd Period defensively, though, was the Lightning consistently coughing up the puck within 10-15 feet inside their own blueline on soft clears or blind clears. It can't happen, and Guy Boucher I'm sure is going to be working very hard to clean up what happened defensively.

    On the other side of the coin, the Lightning generated 5 breakaways of their own, another 2 or 3 odd man rushes, had good puck movement, and were just creating scoring chances at will. That was especially true in the 3rd Period when the Bruins were simply holding on for dear life. The Lightning have played 1 poor defensive period in this series, and they paid for it tonight. The Bruins have yet to play 1 good defensive period in this series, though, and that should be of considerable concern to Claude Julien and his coaching staff. If Marc-Andre Bergeron had just hit the top half of the net on his golden chance late in the game, I'm absolutely certain Boston would've been shattered emotionally and this might've become a very short series. It was that close. The Lightning could've easily scored 8 or 9 goals tonight.

    One other side note was that the officiating tonight was uneven, to say the least. They're not the reason the Lightning lost, given how poorly the team played defensively in the 2nd period. However, there's little doubt in my mind that the refs had a negative impact on the game for the Lightning, overall. Giving the Bruins a 5-on-3 power play in the 1st Period, which gave them the power play goal they desperately needed to get their feet under them and regain some confidence with the man advantage was just inexcusable, in my opinion. And, there's no telling what might have happened in the 2 minutes Ryan Malone was sent to the box in the 3rd Period on a goaltender interference call that was absolute hogwash. At a moment when the Lightning were really starting to tilt the rink in their favor, the refs put their thumbs on the scales and gave the Bruins a short reprieve. That was unforgivable, to me.

    In any event, the compulsories are now over and now it's time for the real series to begin with Game 3 in Tampa Bay. I expect Guy Boucher to clean up the breakaways and odd man rushes that were given up in the 2nd Period tonight, and I expect the Bruins to do the same on the other side. If Boucher does clean that up, I think the Lightning are in an excellent position to win this series. They've shown they can generate scoring chances with their speed even when the Bruins are in decent position, and the puck movement on the power play has been crisp, with just the shot selection being a bit wanting at times tonight, so I think the Lightning still have a distinct advantage on special teams. It would've been nice to roll through this series like the Lightning did against Washington, but that's not realistic. The playoffs are always a grind, and once both teams draw blood, the round starts to take on a life of its own. Tonight the Lightning got a taste of mortality for the first time in a little while and I thought they had a good response in the 3rd Period, so the sky is certainly not falling.

    That said, Lightning fans, your team will need you in Game 3 and Game 4 so please make it out to the Forum and make sure they hear you all the way back up North supporting your team. Now is the time when legends are made, and you're going to want to be there to be a part of it.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 40 weeks ago

    QMJHL Finals

    No.1 St. John Sea Dogs 3 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 2 (OT)
    St. John leads best of seven series 3-2

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 24 GP, 5-4-9, -3, 12 PIM

    With just under a minute to go in regulation it looked like Lightning prospect Adam Janosik’s fifth goal of the playoffs, scored with just under five minutes to play, would be the game winner in Game 6 and send the QMJHL finals series to seven games, but likely 2011 top-five pick Jonathan Huberdeau scored for St. John with 23 seconds left to send the game to overtime. In the extra session winger Alexandre Beauregard (undrafted) scored his first of the playoffs to give the Sea Dogs the President’s Trophy and a trip to the Memorial Cup in Mississauga.

    Janosik’s season comes to an end with the loss. He finished 11th in scoring among defensemen in the playoffs, and tied for second in goals among rearguards. He didn’t match last year’s point total in the regular season, but set a new career high for playoff points with nine and tied last year’s postseason total for goals at five. The catch is he played in only 10 playoff games last year. All indications are Janosik will return to the Q for another year as he’s not eligible to play in the AHL or ECHL for another year. He won’t turn 20 until September 2012.

    OHL

    OHL Finals

    West No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 @ East No.1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 (OT)
    Owen Sound wins best of seven series 4-3

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-10-11, +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: 6 GP, 4-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .940 sv%, 1 SO

    Rookie Jarrod Maidens scored at 3:27 of overtime in Game 7 to give the Attack the OHL championship. Goals don’t get any bigger than that. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch was on the ice for Owen Sound with the championship winning goal was scored. He had left the game early in the third period due to an apparent injury, but was back on the ice shortly after and nearly created an earlier game winning goal late in the third period by pinching in from his point position and centering the puck into a crowd. The puck got caught in Avalanche first rounder Joey Hishon’s feet and he was unable to slide it into the open side of the net. Michael Zador sat backup to Jordan Binnington (2011) for Owen Sound, who will enter the Memorial Cup tournament as OHL champions. The Attack will play WHL champion Kootenay on May 21 in their tournament opener. Mississauga will play St. John from the QMJHL the night before to begin the tournament. (OHL photo)

  • 5 years 40 weeks ago

    Big Foot. The Lock Ness Monster. Bruins Fan Who Stayed For The Final 5 Minutes of Game One.

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    BOS-2

    Tampa Bay Leads the Series 1-0

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the victory. That must've seemed like light work compared to most of the Capitals series. Boston was kept to the perimeter and Roli was getting a good look at everything his skaters didn't block in front of him.

    First Period
    11:15 TB Bergenheim (8), Moore (7), Hedman (4)
    11:34 TB Clark (1), unassisted
    12:40 TB Purcell (2), unassisted
    15:59 BOS Seguin (1), Ryder (4), Peverley (6)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    13:37 TB Bergeron (2), Clark (1), St Louis (8)(PP)
    17:29 TB Gagne (3), Purcell (11)(EN)
    18:59 BOS Boychuk (3), Seguin (1)

    Dominic Moore, Brett Clark, and Roloson were the game's three stars.

    That was a clinic. Have mercy. Yes, one of the Lightning goals was a softie by Thomas. Yes, another was off a cheap giveaway. But, were it not for some great saves by Thomas and some luck, the Lightning would have put up a snowman in this game. With the exception of the last 6 or 7 minutes of the 1st, the Lightning were in complete control of the tempo and in complete control strategically.

    Memo to Claude Julien: you're playing chess with Bobby Fischer, Gary Kasparov, and Deep Blue all rolled into one. Good luck to you on that. Guy Boucher spent over a week in the lab preparing for the game, and the strategy he rolled out left Julien scratching his... hair? Boucher switched seamlessly between a 2 man forecheck and the 1-3-1 and he absolutely was in Boston's heads by the end of the 2nd. Forget Big Foot and the Lock Ness Monster. Julien could've been called the "Bewilder Beast" behind the Bruins bench, as completely lost as he looked. Boucher's system is starting to have its own mystique, just like Scotty Bowman's Left Wing Lock and Jacques Lemaire's Neutral Zone Trap. And, let me tell you, when a team's system starts to have that mystique, a 1 goal deficit for the opponent starts to feel like a 2 goal deficit, a 2 goal deficit like 3, and a 3 goal deficit feels like an absolute death sentence. And, for the Lightning to have a new wrinkle where they can switch between a tenacious forecheck and the quicksand of the 1-3-1 at the wave of Boucher's hand seems almost unfair. That's like a pitcher in baseball being able to throw a 95 mph fastball and chasing it with an 80 mph change up with the exact same arm motion. Untouchable.

    Why else do we love Guy Boucher? Because he showed class to a team that showed no class at the end of the game by throwing Nate Thompson and Mike Lundin onto the power play rather than trying to run up the score. Make no mistake, the analog sucker punches of Nathan Horton on Dominic Moore and Milan Lucic on Victor Hedman were an absolutely disgusting display of sportsmanship. After playing a game where, frankly, Boston looked a heck of a lot softer than I expected, to finish it out by trying to goon it up shows zero class. Lucic isn't going to get suspended for his sucker punch, but is there any doubt in any Lightning fan's mind that Steve Downie would be, in the same scenario?

    Oh, how sweet was it to see all those empty yellow seats in the last 5 minutes of play from all those Bruins fans bailing out of the arena early. Too funny. Bruins fans booing their own power play was also illuminating. Yes, clearly Boston fans are so much better than Tampa Bay fans. I am convinced that Northern hockey fan is much better than I am. They certainly acted like it tonight, right down to the half dozen who were left at the end of the game who were throwing things at Dwayne Roloson at the final buzzer. I'll say it again: no wonder Phil Esposito doesn't give a damn about Boston anymore. That team and those fans acted like clowns tonight. They deserved to lose on general principle for that, let alone athleticism or strategy.

    Now Guy Boucher gets 2 more days in his travel lab deep beneath the Lightning's team hotel. Be afraid, Claude Julien, be very afraid. Seriously, though, the Lightning have a big time opportunity in Game 2 to seize the series by the throat, but expect a more physical effort by the Bruins and expect them to try to play more below the faceoff dots in the Lightning zone, which is where they have to play to be successful in this series. If they play on the perimeter like they did tonight, the Lightning are going beat the tar out of them, and all the sucker punches in the world won't save the Bruins.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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  • 5 years 41 weeks ago

    QMJHL Finals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ No.1 St. John Sea Dogs 2
    St. John leads best of seven series 3-2

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 23 GP, 4-4-8, -4, 12 PIM

    Janosik’s fourth goal of the playoffs gave the Olympiques a 2-0 lead in the first period, but by the end of the second it was all knotted up at 2-2. Despite being outshot 14-5 in the final frame, Gatineau rode the goaltending of Maxime Clermont (Devils) and a goal by Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2011) to win Game 5 3-2 and stave off elimination against the Sea Dogs. St. John leads the series 3-2 with Game 6 Sunday in Gatineau.

  • 5 years 41 weeks ago

    OHL Finals

    East No.1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 @ West No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3
    Best of seven series tied 3-3

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +4, 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: 6 GP, 4-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .940 sv%, 1 SO

    Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch scored what turned out to be the game winner on a screened shot from the point on the power play early in the third period and the Attack held off the top-seeded Majors to win 3-2 and tie their OHL Finals series at three games each. It was the first career playoff goal for Schemitsch, who had one goal in the regular season. Michael Zador sat backup to Jordan Binnington in Game 6. Zador had started the last three games, but was pulled in Game 5 after allowing two goals on six shots. Scott Stajcer, who has been the Attack's starter for most of the playoffs, replaced Zador in Game 5, but was in the bleachers for Game 6. Binnington hadn't started a game since March, but was second star Thursday night. Game 7 will be in Mississauga Sunday afternoon. (OHL photo)

  • 5 years 41 weeks ago

    Last night CapGeek.com reported Lightning prospect Richard Panik was signed by Tampa Bay to a standard three year entry contract. The Lightning made the signing official today.

    Panik, 20, was surprisingly sent back to the Ontario Hockey League after training camp last fall despite being eligible to play for AHL Norfolk. It was later revealed he was sent back with instructions to play at a higher level, and Panik did just that.

    The Slovakian native scored a career high 27 goals (many in highlight-reel fashion) and 56 points in 51 games for Belleville and Guelph. As captain of Slovakia's World Junior Championship entry, he led the team with seven goals and nine points in six games. He had five points (two goals) in seven games at the WJCs in 2009.

    He again was eligible to join Norfolk after Guelph was eliminated in the OHL playoffs, but the 2009 second round pick of the Bolts chose to return home in an attempt to make the Slovakian World Championship roster for the second year in a row. Since Slovakia was the tournament host, the team loaded up with veterans and Panik was among the last cut from the team. He had two assists in six games played in the men's tournament a year ago as a teenager.

    Panik, when driven, can be an offensive force in pro hockey and could flirt with a possible position on the Lightning next fall. He has NHL size (6'1" 218), skating, hockey sense, and shot. He has to put it all together and do it consistently. His mean streak/arrogance could be his most valuable asset, too. His biggest "weakness" is his inconsistent work ethic, which combined with some perceived character issues was why he fell to the second round in 2009.

    With Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman's patient approach, one would expect Panik to begin next year in the AHL and work his way into an impact role with the Admirals before being considered for the Lightning.

    Here's a few Panik highlights from his junior career:

  • 5 years 41 weeks ago

    QMJHL Finals

    No.1 St. John Sea Dogs 4 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 3 (2OT)
    St. John leads best of seven series 3-1

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 12 PIM

    St. John peppered Gatineau goalie Maxime Clermont (Devils) with 63 shots before scoring on their 64th to win Game 4 and take a 3-1 series advantage. Rookie Ryan Tesink scored the game winner, his third goal of the playoffs. Clermont was First Star. Gatineau fans littered the ice with horns and debris after the game winner, scored in the last minute of the second overtime. Gatineau had a 2-man advantage in the first overtime, but failed to take advantage of the opportunity. Game 5 is Friday in New Brunswick.

  • 5 years 41 weeks ago

    OHL Finals

    West No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 @ East No.1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 7
    Mississauga leads best of seven series 3-2

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 0-9-9, +4, 2 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: 4 saves on 6 shots, pulled at 9:01 of first period
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 4-0-0, 2.13 GAA, .929 sv%, 1 SO

    Starting his third straight game for Owen Sound, Lightning prospect Michael Zador let in two goals on six shots in about half a period and was yanked in favor of Scott Stajcer, who let in five the rest of the way for the back door loss. Geoffrey Schemitsch did not register a point for the fifth consecutive game. He hasn't had a point since his three assist game in the series clincher vs. Windsor. Devante Smith-Pelly (Ducks) had a hat trick for the Majors. Game 6 is Thursday in Owen Sound.

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