Game Night Results

  • 5 years 47 weeks ago

    ... And you keep winning...


    Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win.

    First Period

    Second Period
    03:26 TB Tyrell (2), Jones (6), Thompson (6)
    05:15 TB Stamkos (20), St Louis (19), Downie (8)
    11:36 TB Purcell (4), Moore (4), Malone (9)

    Third Period
    10:38 BOS Ryder (6), Wheeler (4), Caron (3)

    Martin St. Louis, Dominic Moore, and Pavel Kubina were the game's three stars.

    The Lightning absolutely dominated Boston for about 36 of the first 40 minutes, and outshot Boston 36-27 overall on the game, with a ton of chances. They could've scored another 8 like in Philly if not for the play of Tuukka Rask. That's a nice statement to make on national TV.

    Mathieu Roy had 1 hit in 2:51. Nice work if you can get it.

    Dana Tyrell had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:33. That was probably his best NHL game thus far, and not just because of the goal he got going into a high traffic area. His speed was evident, and he got himself another nice chance from the left wing circle he just shot wide with Rask screened. The most impressive thing I saw, though, was Tyrell almost knocked Zdeno Chara off the puck at one point after Steve Downie almost got killed trying to run at Chara. How strong is Dana Tyrell if he can move a mountain like Chara?

    Blair Jones was scoreless in 6:01.

    Expect moves to be made with Ritola coming off suspension and Gagne seemingly close to returning.

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  • 5 years 47 weeks ago

    Norfolk takes Charlotte to the woodshed.


    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the win. It was another sub-.900 performance, but he did shut the door in the final two periods, so there's still positives to take away.

    First Period
    NOR Durno, (6) (Quick, Milam), 1:05
    CHA Dalpe, (7) (Bowman, Rodney), 3:30 (PP)
    CHA Micflikier, (9) (Boychuk, Carson), 4:37 (PP)
    NOR Durno, (7) (Giliati), 8:31
    CHA Samson, (12) (Nash, Boychuk), 14:07
    NOR Harju, (8) (Berry, Fritz), 16:48

    Second Period
    NOR Vernace, (3) (Durno), 11:09
    NOR Harju, (9) (Angelidis), 16:40

    Third Period
    NOR Wright, (5) , 1:00 (SH)
    NOR Giliati, (2) (Vernace), 5:16

    Chris Durno, Johan Harju, and Michael Vernace were the game's three stars. It's great to see a pair of goals by Harju. You always wonder how a player is going to respond the first time they get sent back down to the minors, especially a European player. Harju appears to have responded well. Same thing with James Wright, who had a shorty tonight in garbage time.

    Stefano Giliati had 1 goal and 1 assist tonight. That's my guy. Don't look now, but the Montreal native has 5 points in 11 games this season.

    As of this posting, Chris Durno and Radko Gudas are tied for second in the AHL with a +12 rating, one back of Portland's Drew Schiestel.

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  • 5 years 47 weeks ago

    Chelyabinsk 4 @ Dynamo Riga 1
    Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 24 GP, 7-6-13, -3, 26 PIM

    Martins Karsums was scoreless in 15:26 in Riga's 4-1 loss to Chelyabinsk. Ex-AHL star Raymond Giroux had a pair of helpers in the match for Chelyabinsk.

    Kazan 4 @ Spartak Moscow 1
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 18 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 14 PIM

    Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless and took a minor penalty for roughing in 14:46 in Kazan's 4-1 win over Spartak Moscow. Ex-Thrashers second rounder Ilya Nikulin had a pair of assists in the match for Kazan.

    Nizhnekamsk 0 @ Cherepovets 2
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
    Season totals: 14 GP, 5-9-0, 1 SO, 3.14 GAA, .900 sv%

    Vasily Koshechkin sat backup to a 20 save shutout by Rostislav Stana and Cherepovets. Stana is now 8-4-0 with 3 shutouts, a 1.96 GAA, and a .932 save percentage.

  • 5 years 47 weeks ago


    Prince George Spruce Kings 1 @ Penticton Vees 10
    C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 3-1-4, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 25 GP, 12-16-28, 8 PIM

    It was a good day for the Fighting Sioux Sunday as O’Donnell notched his first BCHL hat trick (and an assist), while fellow North Dakota commit Mark MacMillian had a hatter plus 2 assists for First Star honors in a Vees win. Penticton scored 7 times in the second period, including O’Donnell’s 3. MacMillian was chosen by Montreal in the fourth round of this past summer’s draft. He’s a native of Penticton.


    Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2
    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 24 GP, 2-8-10, +5, 16 PIM

    Janosik has 5 assists in his last 7 games. B-C hasn't won in 25 games (0-19-3-3).


    Barrie Colts 4 @ Oshawa Generals 7
    G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 22 saves on 26 shots.
    Season Totals: 16 GP, 9-3-1-1, 3.41 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

    Despite the win, which is obviously the priority, Zador’s GAA and save percentage numbers actually got worse. At this point, however, the only way Zador will regain his No.1 position is to keep getting victories. His partner in net, Kevin Bailie, is 4-2-1-1 with a 2.60 GAA and .899 save percentage.

  • 5 years 48 weeks ago


    Fargo Force 8 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 6-6-12, +7, 10 PIM

    Fargo is now in full force after the WJACs, putting up 8 goals on 25 shots in Waterloo Saturday night. Mullin’s goal, his sixth of the year, was scored shorthanded into an empty net in the 13th minute of the third period – a period in which Waterloo didn’t have a goalie for most of it. Fargo was up 5-1 in the 11th minute when Waterloo went on the power play. They pulled their goalie and scored, making it 5-2, then did it again for a 5 on 3 immediately after and scored again, making it 5-3. Mullin scored into the empty net in the 13th minute, then Fargo scored 2 more empty netters, in the 15th and 18th minute while Waterloo had extra attackers. The game also featured a line brawl where all 10 players were ejected with 5 minutes to go. Old time hockey! (except without 2 goalies)


    Montreal Juniors 4 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3
    D Charles Landry, MTL: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 2 PIM

    Landry (pictured with Volts) scored his first goal of the year to give the Juniors a 3-2 lead late in the second period, then added the game winner with 2:01 remaining. He has really come on offensively as of late.


    Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 (OT)
    D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 22 GP, 0-2-2, -10, 40 PIM

    Windsor defenseman Ryan Ellis (Predators) scored his second of the game in overtime to lead the Spits to a win. Ellis had 2 goals and 2 assists in the game.

    Peterborough Petes 3 @ Belleville Bulls 6
    C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 24 GP, 13-15-28, -2, 31 PIM

    Panik exploded after a recent slump with a 4-point night. Teammate Luke Judson (undrafted) had 2+2 for First Star.

    Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 2
    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
    Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

    Schemitsch is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury, but it’s turning into week-to-week.


    Regina Pats 3 @ Chilliwack Bruins 2 (SO)
    RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 23 GP, 13-8-21, -9, 36 PIM

    Ashton now has goals in 6 of his last 7 games. No 3 stars were listed in the game report. Ashton did not convert his shootout attempt for Regina, who are on a little 1-0-1 streak and have tied Prince Albert for second last in their division.

    Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Prince George Cougars 1 (OT)
    RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 23 GP, 18-10-28, -5, 6 PIM

    That’s two home games in a row the Cougars have dropped to last-place Kelowna. Actually, with the win Kelowna jumped into a tie with PG in points and one ahead of Kamloops. Connolly is starting to heat up again; he has 3 goals in his last 2 games, and 4 in 3 if you count the Canada-Russia Super Series. Len Barrie’s son, Tyson, had 2 assists for the Rockets.

    Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
    Season totals: 22 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 43 PIM

    Blades captain Teigan Zahn scored his second of the year. He didn’t score at all last year, but has a career-high of 5, set 2 seasons ago. His plus-6 rating is currently a career high.

  • 5 years 48 weeks ago

    Toledo Walleye 3 @ Florida Everblades 1
    C Mitch Fadden: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 16 GP, 8-14-22, +1, 18 PIM
    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 14 GP, 4-2-6, -6, 10 PIM
    G Jaroslav Janus: Did not play.
    Season totals: 8 GP, 4-3-0-0, 3.72 GAA, .889 sv%, 0 SO

    It’s hard to believe one night after putting up 8 goals on Toledo, the Everblades could only manage one goal, scored in the third period. Fadden still leads the league in points, though one of his closest competitors, Michael Dubuc, was called up to AHL Rochester.

  • 5 years 48 weeks ago

    Harvard Crimson 4 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
    F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 6 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 0 PIM

    Killorn scored team leading third goal of the season as Harvard dropped to 2-4-0.

    #16 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Ferris State Bulldogs 2 (OT)
    D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, Even, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, +6, 20 PIM

    The Broncos earned only one point in two games with Ferris State. Witkowski is now scoreless in his last 3 games.

    Brown Bears 3 @ Cornell Big Red 2
    D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 6 PIM

    Cornell lost their third straight to fall to 2-6-0. Gotovets managed to record an assist on the PP late in the third to pull the Big Red within one.

  • 5 years 48 weeks ago

    Goaltending coming together at the right time.


    Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 22 shots for the win. Tokarski also stopped a third period penalty shot by Denis Hamel, to boot. That snaps a streak of three straight games where he recorded a loss and had a sub-.900 save percentage. Between this start and Desjardins' win last night, the Admirals have to be hoping they're going to now start to get the goaltending they thought they'd get at the start of this year when, on paper, it appeared they had one of the best tandems in the AHL.

    First Period
    ADK Laliberte, (3) (Wellwood, Hamel), 8:05 (PP)
    NOR Berry, (4) (Simek, Barberio), 19:16

    Second Period
    NOR Berry, (5) (Pouliot, Wishart), 18:19

    Third Period
    NOR Angelidis, (3) (Giliati, Gudas), 2:20

    Alex Berry, Mike Angelidis, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's three stars. Don't look now, but Alex Berry has 4 goals in his last 4 games. Who'd have thunk it.

    It was a pretty good night for the Lightning's two rookie d-men, too. Mark Barberio now has 5 assists and is +4 in 12 games. Radko Gudas also collected his 5th assist of the season and is +10(!) in 14 games. Not too bad for a couple of greenhorns.

    And, Stefano Giliati, who I've adopted as a BP favorite, got an assist that is his 3rd point in 8 games. I like me some Stefano Giliati. He's a quick little sparkplug who's a nice mix of skill and jam.

    It's a nice win for Norfolk considering that their two best shooters, arguably, (Harju and Jones) are up in Tampa right now. Yes, Adirondack is terrible, but they also beat Norfolk in OT last time out. There's nothing wrong with taking care of business.

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  • 5 years 48 weeks ago

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”


    Mike Smith allowed just 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    04:52 BUF Vanek (8), unassisted
    18:10 TB Purcell (3), R. Jones (5), Kubina (5)

    Second Period
    11:26 TB Hall (4), unassisted

    Third Period

    Smith and Adam Hall were named the game's first and third stars. Hall would like to thank Patrick Lalime for that assist on the game winning goal.

    I'm always fascinated by the reaction of other teams' media when their teams play the Tampa Bay Lightning, and particularly the way the two medias up north react to the Lightning and its players. There's the Canadian hockey media, and there's the northern hockey media establishment in the United States. The Canadian hockey media has started to take notice of the Lightning and started to take notice of young #91, partly because of the reverence they have for Steve Yzerman and partly because the Lightning's blood lines come from suburban Toronto with Stamkos and from Montreal with Boucher, St. Louis, and Lecavalier.

    The northern hockey media here in the United States, though, is not on board as of yet, if tonight's Buffalo broadcast is any indication. I partly blame ESPN, and their continuation of the policy of ignoring the Lightning and Stamkos in a vain attempt to circle the wagons around Barry Melrose. Between Melrose and the article John Buccigross penned in his rookie season that was practically ghost written by Melrose claiming that the only thing that could save Stamkos' career was a move to the wing where he could take his rightful place as a, and damn this is funny in retrospect, Phil Kessel clone, the four-letter-network has a vested interest in not drawing attention to the fact their top hockey "experts" have been absolutely de-pantsed by Stamkos' meteoric rise.

    But I digress. Tonight's moment of interest was a second intermission roundtable discussion between Mike Robitaille, Rob Ray, and Harry Neale over whether Steven Stamkos is the best player in the game today. I, for one, don't think you can make that argument definitively until Stamkos gets the ring that Sidney Crosby already has. But, that said, I think only a fool would line up on the wrong side of history, like Melrose and Buccigross before them, by attacking Stamkos and mocking him as a player. I witnessed that tonight. I witnessed Robitaille claiming the central reason to write off Stamkos was that he doesn't generate "buzz," as if the lack of "buzz" around Stamkos isn't the fault of the same northern hockey media establishment's investment in the binary choice of Crosby vs. Ovechkin, a la Magic vs. Bird. That's what the NHL has put all their muscle behind, given Bettman's NBA background, and that's why there's no "buzz" around Stamkos. All the media oxygen in the room has been devoted to "Driver 8" and "Sid the Kid," nevermind the fact Stamkos could be to Crosby and Ovechkin's Magic vs. Bird what Michael Jordan was coming in a few years after.

    Rob Ray, who I assume is just jealous of the fact that Stamkos had more goals last season (51) in his second year than Ray had in his entire career (41), then proceeded to step in it by claiming Stamkos doesn't have as well rounded a game as Crosby or Ovechkin and never will and will struggle the rest of his career because of it, particularly defensively. Dear Rob Ray: entering play tonight Stamkos was +8 and he's improved his plus/minus in each NHL season thus far. More to the point, though, call up Gary Roberts and ask about Stamkos' work ethic. Talk to Martin St. Louis. In your green eyed jealousy, don't simply write off Stamkos as a lazy, cancerous Ilya Kovalchuk clone just because he happens to be a talented sniper. Do your homework before you hop on air and start ripping a 20-year old kid you, lets be honest, only watch when the Lightning come play the Sabres.

    To his credit, Harry Neale hit the head on the nail after the two epic whiffs that came before him. Neale made the point that the fact that roundtable segment made it on air says all you need to know. The fact a 20 year old Stamkos has forced the northern hockey media establishment to ask that question aloud in comparing him to a 23 year old Crosby or a 25 year old Ovechkin says it all. Where will Stamkos be in his development in 3 to 5 years time if he's already good enough to force people to ask aloud if he's as good as Crosby or Ovechkin? No rational human being would have doubled down on attacking Stamkos like Ray did because no rational human being is stupid enough to try to fight the future. But Ray is, and then he and Robitaille continued on to sneer about the fact that the Lightning (11-7-2-0) are a team the (8-11-3-0) Sabres should beat, with a tone of derision indicating the Lightning should be treated like a Junior A team, nevermind the fact they're now 5 points ahead of the Sabres and have won 3 in a row even without Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne.

    I was reminded of the quote by Gahndi, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” The northern hockey media establishment ignored Stamkos and the Lightning's development all last season. Then they laughed at the previous Lightning's ownership blunders as a means to avoid reporting on the obvious on-ice improvement. Now some of them are going to spew all kinds of venom about Stamkos and the Lightning and fight tooth and nail to deny the fact the Lightning now have a world-class owner, world-class front office, and world-class talent on the ice. First they ignored. Then they laughed. Now they're starting to fight it. And, you know what (hat tip to Brian Bradley)? None of their flagellation mattered tonight, because the Lightning won.

    Tonight was a huge victory, especially considering how poorly the Lightning have played against the Sabres over the past four or five seasons. That's probably also part of the reason Mike Robitaille looked like Adam Hall had done number two in his corn flakes when the game was over. Change can be difficult. The Lightning pull into the 20 game mark of the season with 24 points, which is 1 point off the milestone target I would've liked to have seen them at. That's not bad considering the rash of injuries that beset the team, and the fact the goaltending still hasn't settled down. The team is on a pace for 98 points right now (by the way, Mike Robitaille, your mighty Sabres are on a pace for 71) and there's still room for improvement. That's exciting. I'd like to see the club at 36 points after 30 games, or get 12 points in their next 10 game set, which should get them around to Lecavalier's return date and will probably also see Simon Gagne return to the lineup.

    Dana Tyrell had 1 hit in 10:40 of ice time.

    Michael Vernace had 2 hits in 4:41. He looked better than in his first stint with the team. No really, I mean that.

    Blair Jones was +1 with 1 shot in 7:50. Have I mentioned how much I'm rooting for him to stick at some point this season? He's not necessarily the most talented prospect in the world, but he's working his bag off this season. Most prospects who don't make it during their entry-level deal spend their fourth pro season going through the motions and planning to play for in the NL/A in Switzerland or some other European destination. Jonesy hasn't done that, to his credit. He's all in.

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  • 5 years 48 weeks ago

    Sodertalje 4 @ Linkopings 2
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
    Season totals: 10 GP, 1-6-0, 0 SO, 2.75 GAA, .886 sv%

    Riku Helenius was back on the bench today as Pontus Sjogren backstopped Sodertalje to a 4-2 win over Linkopings. Ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena took the loss for Linkopings. Ex-Lightning forward Jan Hlavac also had a goal in the losing effort.

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