Game Night Results

  • 6 years 8 weeks ago

    It would be extremely sad if Brad Richards or Dan Boyle's Lightning careers ended like this.

    BOS-5
    TB-3

    Johan Holmqvist allowed 5 goals on 28 shots for the loss. From now until the end of the season this needs to be Karri Ramo's team, whether Holmer survives the deadline or not.

    First Period
    Tampa Bay 4:43, Mathieu Darche 5 (shorthanded) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
    Boston 14:29, Milan Lucic 7 (power play) (Phil Kessel, Dennis Wideman)

    Second Period
    Boston 5:08, Mark Stuart 3 (Marco Sturm)
    Tampa Bay 11:12, Michel Ouellet 8 (Brad Richards, Jan Hlavac)
    Boston 18:25, Glen Murray 13 (power play) (Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard)

    Third Period
    Boston 0:17, Glen Murray 14 (unassisted)
    Tampa Bay 17:43, Vaclav Prospal 29 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Johan Holmqvist)
    Boston 18:56, P.J. Axelsson 11 (shorthanded) (Glen Metropolit)

    Tonight was probably Vaclav Prospal and (mercifully) Chris Gratton's last games in a Lightning uniform. It might've been the last go round for several other players as well. The irony of the last goal of tonight being scored by Vaclav Prospal, from Dan Boyle and Holmqvist was not lost on me. All three could conceivably be gone when the Lightning take to the ice Wednesday against the Wild.

    The Lightning only dressed 5 defensemen tonight (as if only playing Janik 2-4 minutes a night wasn't enough of a clue the coaches have no faith in him) with Dan Boyle playing a ridiculous 37 minutes. The situation was exacerbated by Shane O'Brien only getting 14 minutes of ice time. What a mess. Recall Matt Smaby.

    Just a sad, sad night, and this organization probably is going to have to wait until June at the draft before they have anything to really feel good about.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 8 weeks ago

    Wild and wooly.

    NOR-6
    MAN-7 (SO)

    Marc Denis allowed 6 goals on 37 shots before allowing 3 of 5 shooters to score for the shootout loss. Remember how I said about a week ago that maybe Denis' play was turning up just enough to get him back to the NHL on re-entry waivers? Um, yeah, scratch that. We're stuck with him.

    First Period
    NOR Lessard, (15) (Keller, Mihalik), 2:36
    MCH Boyle, (22) (Moulson, Gauthier), 6:44 (PP)
    MCH Zeiler, (3) (Murray, Klemm), 7:39
    MCH Moulson, (19) (Tukonen, Milam), 13:42 (PP)
    MCH Meckler, (16) (Boyle), 19:56 (SH)

    Second Period
    NOR Milley, (16) (Scalzo, Smaby), 0:14
    NOR Milley, (17) (Keller, Jones), 14:38
    NOR Wanvig, (19) (Stewart, Fletcher), 16:03

    Third Period
    NOR Jones, (9) (Keller, Milley), 2:52
    MCH Moulson, (20) (Lewis), 5:45
    NOR Szczechura, (13) (Smolenak), 15:52
    MCH Gauthier, (20) (Meckler, Hersley), 19:52 (PP)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    NOR- Szczechura
    MAN- Boyle, Meckler, Moulson

    Yes, you read right, the Ads came within 8 seconds of winning the game in regulation before allowing Gauthier's tying power play goal. Stat of the game: Manchester 3-for-4 on the power play, Norfolk 0-for-5. The Ads also allowed a shorthanded marker on the night. Special teams were not so special tonight and that made all the difference on the scoreboard.

    That said, kudos to the Admrials for battling back from a 4-1 first period hole to get a point. The "battle level", as Claude Loiselle likes to say, has gone through the roof on this team in the last month. That was job one for the Ads this season: create that never-say-die work ethic. Once that foundation gets laid, everything else gets a lot easier.

    Blair Jones was named second star of the game for Norfolk. Jones had 1 goal, 1 assist, and was +2.

    Justin Keller had 3 helpers and was +4 and has been busily doing everything it takes to get his card punched for Tampa in the coming weeks.

    Vladimir Mihalik had an assist and was +3 on the night. For all the Norfolk fans who want to tar and feather the Vladasaurus, that put the big Slovak at +3 for the season.

    Radek Smolenak's assist on what almost was the game winner continued a solid last month and a half for the big Czech winger. Smolenak has 5 goals and 11 points in his last 16 games. Cup of coffee. Give him one.

    After a wickedly bad start to his Admirals career which saw him a tragic -15 with Norfolk at the end of December (yuck), Mario Scalzo is a much more respectable -2 in the last two months and has 3 goals and 10 points in 21 games over that time period.

    The improvement is pretty much across the board amongst the prospects on the team in the last couple of months. It's very exciting.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 years 8 weeks ago

    Andreas Holmqvist had an assist and a 10 minute misconduct for abuse of official in Frolunda's 4-2 win over Brynas.

    Johan Harju had 2 penalty minutes in Lulea's 4-1 loss to MODO.

  • 6 years 8 weeks ago

    BCHL
    Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ Surrey Eagles 2 (OT)
    W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-2-2, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct), *First Star*

    USHL
    Tri-City Storm 3 @ Chicago Steel 2
    W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 shot on goal

    QMJHL
    Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2 (SO)
    D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 shots on goal

    More scores on the flip.

  • 6 years 8 weeks ago

    Ladies and gentlemen, Jonathan Boutin.

    NOR-3
    MAN-2 (SO)

    Boutin stopped 41 of 43 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 6 of 7 shooters for the shootout win. Boutin evened his season record at 11-11-3 with the win and he is now 5-0-1 in his last 6 starts. He also has a .951 save percentage in his four starts this month. We don't do the Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Month anymore, but if we did, he's be getting his name engraved on it for February.

    First Period
    MCH Petiot, (2) (Cliche, Murray), 4:15
    NOR Wanvig, (18) (Leach, Schneider), 10:04 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Stewart, (13) (Henrich, Leach), 7:08 (PP)

    Third Period
    MCH Cliche, (4) (Tukonen, Murray), 5:09

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    NOR- Szczechura, Lessard
    MAN- Meckler

    Jay Leach and Boutin were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

    The Admirals took the two points despite being outshot 43-29 in the contest.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 years 8 weeks ago

    Have they quit?

    TB-0
    NYI-1

    Karri Ramo stopped 27 of 28 shots faced as the Lightning wasted another quality start by the kid.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NY Islanders 5:37, Miroslav Satan 14 (Sean Bergenheim, Drew Fata)

    Not much passion in the team tonight, and in fact there were some lazy mental lapses that are indicative of a team that is thinking about early summer tee times. Trade deadline's Tuesday.

    Box scores and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 8 weeks ago

    Johan Harju was scoreless as HV 71 pummelled Lulea 8-2.

    Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist in Frolunda's 4-1 win over Timra.

  • 6 years 9 weeks ago

    WHL
    Prince George Cougars 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 6
    C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
    G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, stopped 19 of 20 shots

    Helenius and Seattle had a comfortable 6-0 lead before Tyrell beat his fellow Lightning prospect late in the second period on a 5 on 3 power play. This was the second of four meetings between the two teams this season. Seattle has outscored the Cougars a combined 11-2 in those games, both Seattle wins.

    Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Everett Silvertips 3 (SO)
    D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM (fighting major vs. Chris Bruton)

  • 6 years 9 weeks ago

    Tough third period.

    NOR-3
    BRI-4

    Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots in the loss.

    First Period
    NOR Keller, (10) (Scalzo, Kearns), 1:42
    BRI Keith, (8) (Pitton, Colliton), 17:32

    Second Period
    NOR Smolenak, (5) (Szczechura, Lessard), 0:31
    BRI Jackman, (7) (Keith), 1:49
    NOR Kearns, (3) (Schneider, Keller), 10:57

    Third Period
    BRI Okposo, (7) (Fraser, Bentivoglio), 4:26 (PP)
    BRI Keith, (9) (Bourne, Smith), 8:30

    Justin Keller was named third star of the game with 1 goal and 1 assist.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 years 9 weeks ago

    If the Lightning had earned even half the points they've frittered away late in games this season they'd probably be winning the division right now.

    TB-3
    BUF-4 (OT)

    The Lightning held a two goal lead with under 4 minutes in the third to play and still found a way to choke and give Tomas Vanek a hat trick in the process. Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 46 shots in the loss.

    First Period
    Tampa Bay 4:02, Chris Gratton 10 (Filip Kuba, Craig MacDonald)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    Tampa Bay 1:03, Brad Richards 18 (Jan Hlavac)
    Buffalo 3:03, Derek Roy 22 (Jaroslav Spacek, Tim Connolly)
    Tampa Bay 13:12, Vaclav Prospal 28 (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)
    Buffalo 17:39, Thomas Vanek 23 (Tim Connolly, Toni Lydman)
    Buffalo 18:15, Thomas Vanek 24 (Tim Connolly, Derek Roy)

    Overtime
    Buffalo 2:25, Thomas Vanek 25 (power play) (Jaroslav Spacek, Jason Pominville)

    Mike Lundin- 6:19 of ice time.
    Doug Janik- 2:43 of ice time.

    Is it really any secret why this team wilts defensively late in games? If Doug Janik is not trusted to play more than 2:43 in a game, then why the hell is he in the bigs? Seriously. If he's not traded at the deadline he should be immediately sent down to Norfolk. It would be far more logical to have Matt Smaby up with the team learning the ropes and filling a jersey than a living, breathing dead-end like Janik. And why, when the season is a bust, is a young player like Mike Lundin not getting more ice time? It might give John Tortorella and his mini-me Sullivan a heart attack to hear this, but the season is over. There's 22 more games now to help this franchise lay a foundation to have a successful 2008-2009 season, and part of laying that foundation is letting the kids play and learn in games where mistakes won't cost a playoff spot because the season is already over.

    That means playing Lundin and Tarnasky more. That means giving extended recalls to guys like Smaby and Blair Jones. That means giving cups of coffee to a few guys like Justin Keller, Radek Smolenak, Mario Scalzo, Vladimir Mihalik, and Andy Rogers and actually giving them some ice time when they're up with the team.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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