Game Night Results

  • 6 years 12 weeks ago

    Opportunistic Lightning beat Habs, flu virus.


    Mathieu Garon was stellar in stopping 23 of 24 for the victory.

    First Period
    TB Stamkos (44), (Purcell, St. Louis), 8:42
    MTL Desharnais (13), (unassisted), 16:02

    Second Period
    TB Hall (2), (Malone, Wyman), 0:28

    Third Period

    Garon, Adam Hall, and Eric Brewer were the game's three stars.

    Granted, Montreal's abysmal right now, but with all the new pieces and the wholesale call-ups because half the team had the flu, this game could've very easily gotten out of hand the other way. Games are played on ice, not on paper, though, and the Lightning continue to tease us enough to hold our interest. The team moved to within 5 points of 8th place, which is now held by Washington as the Caps hopped Winnipeg with a win tonight. There's still a lot of head-to-head games against teams directly in front of the Lightning. Hope springs.

    Trevor Smith had 1 blocked shot in 14:41.

    J.T. Wyman had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 16:19.

    Evan Oberg had 3 shots and 1 hit in 16:44.

    Mike Angelidis had 1 shot in 5:19.

    Pierre-Cedric Labrie had a fight and 2 hits in 4:37.

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  • 6 years 12 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    JYP 5 @ Assat 1
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
    Season totals: 29 GP, 19-7-1, 6 SO, 1.55 GAA, .939 sv%

    Riku Helenius stopped 29 shots and was second star of the match in JYP's 5-1 throttling of Assat. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin was first star in the contest with 2 goals and 1 assist. We're heading down the stretch run of the SM-liiga season now, too, with just 7 contests left in the regular season for JYP. They'll face Ilves next on Friday. They're currently tied for 3rd in the SM-liiga with 94 points, 4 back of KalPa for tops in the league. Helenius leads the SM-liiga in GAA, save percentage, and is still tied for tops in shutouts.

    Elitserien (Sweden):
    Timra 2 @ Lulea 7
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 50 GP, 14-9-23, +9, 16 PIM

    Johan Harju assisted on a pair of even strength goals as Lulea put up a touchdown in a 7-2 clubbering of Timra. Ex-Panthers draft pick Toni Koivisto and Blues draft pick Simon Hjalmarsson each had 2 goals for Lulea in the win. With 3 games to go in the regular season, Lulea sits atop the Elitserien table with a 5 point edge on second place Skelleftea. They draw AIK on Thursday.

  • 6 years 12 weeks ago

    KHL (Russia):
    Chelyabinsk 5 @ Cherepovets 4
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-0-0, +8, 4 PIM
    Season totals (MHL): 39 GP, 10-20-30, +13, 64 PIM

    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, ND, 18/21, 5.62 GAA, .857 sv%
    Season totals: 33 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.37 GAA, .925 sv%

    Nikita Nesterov got the call, but played just 1:31 in Chelyabinsk's 5-4 win over Cherepovets.

    Yesterday's matches were the final contests of the KHL regular season. Out West, 8th seeded CSKA will face top seed St. Petersburg starting Wednesday and 5th seeded Cherepovets will draw 4th seed Mytischi on the same day. In the East, top seed Chelyabinsk draws 8th seed Khanty-Mansiysk in the first round.

    Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov remained out of the lineup for CSKA's MHL team today in their 3-1 win over Yaroslavl Jr. His long time teammate Nikita Gusev was up yesterday for CSKA's last match of the regular season. CSKA Jr. plays Novgorod Jr. next on Wednesday. The MHL regular season will end on 3-12-12.

  • 6 years 12 weeks ago


    Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 47 GP, 5-25-30, -11, 47 PIM

    Christian Ouellet (undrafted), who was traded by the Olympiques to Chicoutimi earlier this year, had three goals and two assists for the Sags against his old team. Janosik had the C back on his sweater for the Olympiques.

    Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Quebec Remparts 6

    D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 54 GP, 2-6-8, -17, 51 PIM
    With Victoriaville: 21 GP, 2-1-3, -4, 20 PIM
    With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

    The Tigres kept it close for half of the game before Quebec went ahead and stayed ahead for a solid home win. Mikhail Grigorenko had a goal, his 36th, for the Remparts.


    London Knights 5 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 54 GP, 20-47-67, +17, 44 PIM

    Namestnikov was scoreless for the second straight game after notching a career-high five points on Friday night. This was a matchup between two of the league’s top goal scorers – former Lightning camper Seth Griffith, who was scoreless, and Kings second rounder Tyler Toffoli, who scored his 46th goal of the season on Sunday. Toffoli leads Griffith 46-41. Senators second rounder Shane Prince also scored for Ottawa. Prince now has 39 goals.

  • 6 years 12 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 2 @ Chicago Express 6

    LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 23 GP, 12-12-24, +4, 22 PIM
    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -3, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 20 GP, 2-5-7, E, 4 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
    Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 17 GP, 0-6-6, -9, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Loss, 21 saves on 26 shots
    Season Totals: 37 GP, 18-14-0-3, 2.90 GAA, .903 sv%, 1 SO

    Chicago broke open a close game with two second period goals, then exploded for two more within 24 seconds of each other early in the third period. After trading goals Florida cut the lead to 5-2 with a minute and a half to go in the game, but couldn’t get any closer despite pulling their goalie. Florida is holding on for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Chicago, who has a game in hand on the 'Blades.

  • 6 years 13 weeks ago

    Coach Cooper sets the Admirals record with the team's 9th straight win.


    Dustin Tokarski stopped 28 of 30 for his 25th win of the season. He moves one ahead of Ben Bishop, who was traded to the Senators organization today, into the top spot in the AHL in wins, and he has to be the odds on favorite to lead the AHL at season's end after the trade. Even if the Sens leave Bishop in Bingo, Binghamton is dead last in the East Division, so he won't have a very good team in front of him. Tokarski has a 4 win advantage on the next closest goaltenders beyond Bishop. So, it's really his to lose. He's now 7-1-0 in February with 2 shutouts, a 2.00 GAA, and a .926 save percentage, so he certainly should be in line for some award consideration come March 1st, too.

    First Period

    Second Period
    WBS Street, (18) (Grant, Mormina), 12:27 (PP)
    NOR Barberio, (9) (Johnson, Segal), 17:02 (PP)

    Third Period
    NOR Cote, (1) (Johnson), 4:44
    WBS Picard, (4) (Craig, Gibbons), 9:50
    NOR Ashton, (19) (Dimmen, Conacher), 17:56 (PP)

    Carter Ashton and Jean-Philippe Cote were the game's first and third stars. Alexandre Picard was the game's second star, but it was their Alexandre Picard, the former Lightning defenseman, and not the current Lightning farmhand. Ashton snapped a 9-game goalless streak with the tally, and he's now 1 shy of the 20-goal plateau in his rookie campaign.

    With 2 assists today, Tyler Johnson continued his hot February. He's got 3 goals and 11 points in his last 8 games, and he's actually 3 points ahead of Ashton for second among Norfolk rookies behind the uncatchable Cory Conacher.

    Glad to see Richard Panik not miss any time after the dirtiness in Hershey yesterday. As I said, that will get cleaned up on Wednesday, I'm sure.

    Let me be the first to pronounce Bolt Prospects as the official campaign headquarters for Jon Cooper's (pictured with the Godfather of Lightning hockey) bid for AHL Coach of the Year. 9 straight wins snaps the previous franchise record for the Admirals, and when you consider there's 4 Admirals regulars with Tampa Bay right now due to injuries and trades, you realize how amazing a coaching job he's been doing. The other thing you really have to commend is how he's blended so many rookies into the winning formula. Jeff Dimmen, Ondrej Palat, Panik, Ashton, Johnson, and Conacher: that's 6 rookies he's coached up and worked into the rotation of a team that now is tied for tops in the entire AHL in points. And they're not the only rookies who have contributed. Philip-Michael Devos has also been a regular in this lineup, as well. It's been a remarkable job so far, and Julien BriseBois and Steve Yzerman have every right to break their arms slapping each other on the back for that hire. He's been damned good.

    Norfolk now holds a 4 point lead on the Penguins for 1st place in the East Division and an 8 point lead on 3rd place Hershey, with the Bears holding a game in hand. They've also moved into 1st in the Eastern Conference by 2 points over St. John's, although the Ice Caps have a formidable 4 games in hand. For the moment, though, the Admirals are tied for tops in the AHL in points, and are tops in wins, goals, and goal differential (+47!).

    Wednesday, they'll have the opportunity to put Hershey firmly behind the 8-ball with a 4-point game at Scope that could allow the Admirals to bury their arch-rivals in a 10-point hole that will be very difficult for Hershey to climb out of. The rest of the week holds a 2-game set on Friday and Saturday against a very mediocre Springfield Falcons team. So, Norfolk's got a big-time opportunity to keep the momentum rolling and really extend their lead in the East Division and start to set their sites higher on being the best team in the Eastern Conference and even the entire AHL. It's really, really exciting times.

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  • 6 years 13 weeks ago

    Still the pound for pound champ...


    Mathieu Garon allowed 3 goals on 22 shots in the victory. He made a few good stops at key times in the game to make sure the Lightning stayed in the game.

    First Period
    NJ Ponikarovsky (12), (unassisted), 12:07

    Second Period
    TB St. Louis (20), (Stamkos, Garon), 6:39
    TB St. Louis (21), (Purcell, Stamkos)(PP), 14:55

    Third Period
    NJ Sykora (15), (Bernier, Zubrus), 2:28
    TB Gilroy (2), (St. Louis, Purcell), 3:09
    TB St. Louis (22), (Purcell, Brewer), 10:18
    NJ Parise (23), (Kovalchuk, Elias)(PP), 17:25

    Martin St. Louis and Ted Purcell were the game's first and second stars. For Marty, that's 9 straight 20+ goal seasons. While it's not as long a streak as Vincent Lecavalier's, a lot of the same praise applies to Marty. He played the bulk of his career in an era where mugging players was legal, and the amount of training and preparation work he had to put in to stay healthy enough to have 9 straight seasons of 20 goals is why he's arguably the most respected player in the NHL. It's especially true when you consider his size. Think of how hard he's had to work to maintain durability when he's the smallest player on the rink most nights. Truly impressive.

    For Purcell, who had a slow first half, that's 18 points in his last 13 games. Will next year be the year he puts it together for a full 82 games and becomes a superstar? He was awesome in the playoffs last season and he's been awesome in the stretch run of this season, so far. If he dedicates to play a full 82 like this, he'll be an All-Star.

    Today's game was indicative of the kind of style of game the Lightning have to embrace to win now that the bench has been shortened up by trades and injuries. They've got to play opportunistic, which means the goaltender's got to make saves to keep the team in the game, and the team's got to bury the chances they get when they come along, especially on the power play. That's the formula, and it's really the New Jersey formula, ironically. They're not going to run anyone over with talent. They've got to manufacture wins the hard way.

    Tampa Bay crawls back to within 6 points of 8th place Winnipeg with 2 games in hand on the Jets. The Lightning really have to still be a little sick about that 4-3 loss in Winnipeg. A W there and the team would be sitting 3 points out of 8th and 4 points out of the division lead (pending the outcome of the Panthers' game). Finding ways to win those 4-point games is going to make or break the season. They can't afford to lose anymore of them.

    Tim Wallace had 3 hits in 6:33.

    Trevor Smith was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in 10:37.

    J.T. Wyman had 1 hit in 11:49.

    Evan Oberg was +1 with 1 hit in 11:25. The ramblin' man, making it happen.

    Mike Angelidis had 1 shot and 2 hits in 7:29.

    Pray for the rest of the AHL if the Lightning ever get healthy enough to send some of these guys back to Norfolk.

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  • 6 years 13 weeks ago

    RPI Engineers 2 @ No. 11 Cornell Big Red 1 (OT)

    D Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play.
    Season totals: 18 GP, 1-4-5, +12, 12 PIM

    Gotovets has played well lately, but is taking his turn as a scratch for a deep Cornell squad. Cornell finished second in the ECAC and will get a bye in the playoff’s first round.

    Clarkson Golden Knights 2 @ Harvard Crimson 3

    F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 28 GP, 18-18-36, +6, 45 PIMs

    Harvard finishes the weekend with four big points after two wins. They will get a bye next week in the first round of the ECAC playoffs.

    No. 5 Boston University Terriers 3 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (OT)

    F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play (injured)
    Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    Vermont put up a good fight against a top-5 team, but fell in overtime on a goal by Alexx Privitera, an undersized defenseman who went undrafted last summer.

    No. 15 Miami RedHawks 5 @ No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes 1

    F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 31 GP, 9-12-21, +13, 10 PIM

    Mullin’s a Buckeye killer. The freshman registered three points Saturday to give him five (1-4-5) for the weekend as the RedHawks swept their intra-state rivals, outscoring them 8-1 in the process. Mullin was third star both nights. Miami moved up to fourth in the CCHA standings and will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs next week.

    Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery this week.

    Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM (tripping), 2 SOG, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 34 GP, 7-23-30, +2, 12 PIM

    Matthew Peca (pictured) set up both Quinnipiac goals as the Bobcats tied Yale 2-2 at home on Saturday. The Bobcats clinched the fifth seed in the ECAC and will play last-place Brown next weekend in the first round of the playoffs. Peca had six assists this weekend and is in the early running with Jimmy Mullin for our Prospect of the Week award.

    No. 19 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ No. 1 Ferris State Bulldogs 0

    D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (interference), 1 SOG
    Season totals: 35 GP, 1-9-10, +5, 45 PIM

    Witkowski registered a point for the fourth time in five games and set a new career high for points in a season with 10. But the most impressive part of his night was helping his Broncos to a huge upset win in the barn the nation’s No.1 team calls home. The Bulldogs accepted their trophy for winning the CCHA on Saturday night. They have already clinched the top spot for the playoffs. WMU, who clinched a bye, finished the home-and-home series with FSU 1-0-1. The Broncos tied for second in the CCHA with Michigan.

  • 6 years 13 weeks ago


    Lincoln Stars 2 @ Tri-City Storm 3 (OT)

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 43 saves on 45 shots, *First Star*
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 23 GP, 11-11-1, 2.99 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Wilcox does it again. The future Golden Gopher stopped 43 of 45 shots and earned the first star for the second night in a row. The Storm were outshot 45-24 in the game. Wilcox (pictured) finally evened his record with Tri-City and dropped his GAA under three. Tri-City has climbed within one point of Sioux City for the final playoff spot in the West.


    London Knights 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 53 GP, 20-47-67, +18, 44 PIM

    A day after putting up 10 on Kingston, the Knights could only pocket two goals in a 3-2 loss to Belleville. The Bulls entered the game as the eighth seed in the East, 30 points behind London, the West’s top seed.

    Oshawa Generals 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2 (SO)

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 41 GP, 0-14-14, +4, 22 PIM
    With Oshawa: 14 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM
    With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

    Scott Laughton (2012) scored in regulation and then added the shootout winner to give the Gens two points in Michigan.

  • 6 years 13 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 5 @ Chicago Express 4 (SO)

    LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 1-0-1, -1, 4 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 22 GP, 12-11-23, +5, 22 PIM
    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 19 GP, 2-5-7, +3, 4 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
    Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 16 GP, 0-6-6, -7, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 10 saves on 11 shots in 25 minutes
    Season Totals: 36 GP, 18-13-0-3, 2.83 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

    Florida earned two big points on their first ever trip to Chicago’s Sears Center. Shane Owen started the game in net for the Everblades, but was replaced after the second period by Pat Nagle, who stopped 10 of 11 shots the rest of the way. The one that beat him was scored with under a minute left in the game and forced overtime for Chicago. Nagle allowed just one of seven shooters to beat him in the skills competition. Alex Hutchings (pictured) was the only Lightning prospect to participate in the shootout, and he scored on his opportunity. Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll scored the shootout winning goal and he also had two goals during regulation. McNicoll is a former 104-point scorer for Shawinigan of the QMJHL.

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