Game Night Results

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    1-2-2 on the opening road trip. Home cooking, please.

    FLA-3 (SO)

    Mathieu Garon stopped 36 of 38 before allowing 1 of 3 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. He was outstanding tonight. He stood on his head for much of the first 40-50 minutes of the game while the Lightning finally figured out how to compete a bit.

    First Period
    FLA Jovanovski (1), (Kopecky, Booth)(PP), 11:48

    Second Period

    Third Period
    TB Bergeron (1), (Moore), 9:43
    FLA Versteeg (1), (Kulikov, Campbell), 17:05
    TB Bergeron (2), (Kubina, St. Louis), 17:44


    TB- NONE
    FLA- Goc

    Marc-Andre Bergeron was the second star of the game and supplied one of the first real "oh hell yes" moments of the season, hulking up at the right point and banging his stick before finally receiving the setup for a game tying cannon.

    The team still got outshot 38-30, but you saw signs in this game that the compete level and the pride level is coming back. Credit to Steve Downie for having the guts to fight a much bigger man in Eric Gudbranson, a fight he should've gotten killed in, and for holding his own. Credit to guys like Tom Pyatt and Mattias Ritola and Blair Jones for hustling, and digging, and taking the body. They started to show some pride tonight, and it was infectious. All of a sudden, the top line guys broke out of their stupor and started playing a bit like top line guys in the final frame. It feels like the flood gates may open in the home debut in the new blue unis.

    It seems like this team lost some of its identity over the offseason with Sean Bergenheim departing and Dana Tyrell not making the team and breaking up the Hall/Thompson/Tyrell line. It's taking some time for the team to re-find its footing and its work ethic, but the first baby steps look like they might've happened tonight.

    Brett Connolly had 2 shots and 4 hits in 11:10 tonight. I liked that he was around the net and he actually didn't look out of place along the wall. More games like that, even if he's not as creative and dangerous, will keep him in the league, in my opinion.

    Mattias Ritola had 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 penalty minute in 13:05. I'm really liking how Ritola looks so far this year. He was rusty in his first game, but he's been noticable in puck pursuit in every game since and he had everything right but the finish tonight on a partial breakaway.

    Blair Jones had 3 hits in 6:18. The young man was absolutely crushing Panthers tonight. #49 is Guy Boucher's V8 powered snow plow out there.

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  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    Ouellet is money in overtime.

    HER-5 (OT)

    Jaroslav Janus allowed 5 goals on 37 shots for the win. There's still no clear changing of the guard between the pipes, in my opinion, after this performance.

    First Period
    HER Mink, (1) (Aucoin, McNeill), 6:42 (PP)
    NOR Gudas, (1) (Ouellet, Fornataro), 13:21
    NOR Gudas, (2) (Smith, Fornataro), 18:38
    HER Collins, (1) (Mink, Aucoin), 19:46

    Second Period
    HER Bourque, (4) (Aucoin, Wellar), 6:01
    HER Ford, (2) (Sjogren, Greentree), 11:04
    NOR Conacher, (2) (Wyman, Angelidis), 16:44
    NOR Ashton, (4) (Dimmen, Johnson), 17:12

    Third Period
    NOR Conacher, (3) , 8:59
    HER Micflikier, (2) (Aucoin, Mink), 13:15 (PP)

    NOR Ouellet, (2) (Angelidis), 1:06

    Cory Conacher and Michel Ouellet were the game's first and second stars.

    Mark Barberio had his points streak snapped, but Carter Ashton and Tyler Johnson continue their offensive mastery.

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  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    MHL (Russia Jr.)
    Stupino 4 @ CSKA Jr. 5
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season totals (MHL): 5 GP, 7-4-11, -2, 4 PIM
    Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

    Nikita Kucherov had a pair of power play goals in CSKA Jr.'s 5-4 comeback win over Stupino. They rematch Stupino on Sunday.

    Elitserien (Sweden):
    Lulea 1 @ MODO 3
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 4 PIM

    Ex-Wild pick Mika Hannula had a pair of third period goals to lead MODO to a 3-1 win over Lulea. Lulea faces Brynas next on Thursday.

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 11 Union Dutchmen 2 (OT)

    D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, Even, 6 PIM

    The Broncos faced their first ranked opponent in Union and came away with a point.

    No. 5 Miami Redhawks 4 @ Colgate Raiders 3

    F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

    Miami won their first road game of the season holding on to beat Colgate. Dallas prospect, Reilly Smith had three goals and one assist for the Redhawks.

    No. 17 Maine Black Bears 1 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3

    F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

    Florida Panther prospect, Corban Knight had a goal and an assist for the Sioux. North Dakota dropped three spots in the rankings after losing to now No. 1 Boston College last weekend.

    U.S. Under 18 Team 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 1 (Exhibition)

    F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play

    Matt Marshall was not in the lineup as Vermont fell to the U.S. Under 18 team.

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  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    Big nights for Adam Wilcox and Vladdy Namestnikov...

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    Does this open the door for Janus to take the starting job?


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 6 goals on 22 shots for the loss before being lifted for Jaroslav Janus, who allowed 1 goal on 11 shots the rest of the way. The numbers are ugly. Tokarski has a 6.35 GAA and .788 sv% in his first two starts, after being injured for much of training camp. My guess is that if Janus' next start is successful, he may be the #1 for a little while.

    First Period
    HER Bourque, (2) (Micflikier, McNeill), 4:47 (PP)
    HER Flemming, (1) (Bourque, Wellar), 10:11
    NOR Wyman, (1) (Smith, Tyrell), 15:32
    NOR Johnson, (3) (Ashton, Barberio), 17:02 (PP)

    Second Period
    HER Eakin, (1) (Flemming, Richmond), 2:02
    HER Bourque, (3) (Aucoin, Micflikier), 8:07 (PP)
    NOR Barberio, (1) (Ashton, Johnson), 9:32
    HER Micflikier, (1) (Mink, McNeill), 12:05 (PP)

    Third Period
    HER Eakin, (2) (Bourque, McNeill), 2:07
    NOR Ouellet, (1) (Gudas, Wright), 2:25
    HER Aucoin, (2) (Mink, Bourque), 6:06
    NOR Panik, (1) (Picard), 16:26

    On the bright side, Mark Barberio (3 GP, 1-5-6), Tyler Johnson (3 GP, 3-2-5), and Carter Ashton (3 GP, 3-3-6) continue to rack up points at an obscene clip. 2 points a game for any player is ridiculous. 2 points a game for a d-man like Barberio (pictured) is fantastic.

    Norfolk hits the road for a rematch with Hershey tomorrow night. Again, the big intrigue will be between the pipes, where Jaroslav Janus will likely play, and if he does well, there may be a change in the depth chart for a while in net.

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  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    Gwinnett Gladiators 2 @ Florida Everblades 3

    LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 2 SOG
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 21 saves on 23 shots, *Second Star*
    First official professional game

    Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings scored what turned out to be the game winning goal at 14:54 of the second period and fellow Bolt prospect Pat Nagle made it stand up as the Everblades won their season opener over Gwinnett, 3-2. It was the second straight Second Star award for Nagle counting preseason games. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos had an assist in the game. Mike McKenzie, son of TSN personality Bob McKenzie, also had an assist for the 'Blades and was Third Star. The two teams play again Saturday night.

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    Ilves 1 @ JYP 3
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0, 1 SO, 2.04 GAA, .912 sv%

    Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin is heating up for JYP. He had a helper and was second star today in JYP's 3-1 win over Tampere. Ex-Lightning draft pick Matias Sointu was scoreless in the match for Ilves and has a modest 2 assists in 12 games so far this year. JYP squares off with Jokerit next on Tuesday.

    KHL (Russia):
    Novosibirsk 3 @ Cherepovets 1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 31/33, 2.10 GAA, .939 sv%
    Season totals: 8 GP, 5-3-0, 0 SO, 2.23 GAA, .933 sv%

    Blues first rounder Vladimir Tarasenkov had 1 goal and 2 assists to lead Novosibirsk to a 3-1 win over Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets. The 2010 pick scored the game winning goal in the match. Cherepovets plays Khabarovsk on Sunday.

    Nizhnekamsk 3 @ CSKA 2
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, DNP
    Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
    Season totals (MHL): 4 GP, 5-4-9, E, 4 PIM

    Lending credence to the permanence of his demotion to the junior league, Nikita Kucherov did not dress today in CSKA's 3-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk. The ride on the shuttle appears to be over. Former NHL-er Alexander Korolyuk scored with winner for Nizhnekamsk. CSKA draws Yulaev on Sunday.

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago


    Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Peterborough Petes 4

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM

    Assistant captain Geoffrey Schemitsch returned to the Attack lineup after missing three games. His last game he missed due to the flu, but was seen limping off the ice during the Guelph game on October 1. The defending OHL champs are second in the Midwest Division at 5-5.

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    At what point are these guys going to feel embarrassed?


    Dwayne Roloson allowed 5 goals on 18 shots for the loss before being lifted for Mathieu Garon, who stopped all 16 he faced the rest of the way.

    First Period
    NYI Tavares (1), (unassisted), 0:36
    TB Stamkos (1), (Bergeron), 7:10
    NYI Moulson (1), (Tavares, Eaton), 9:28
    NYI Tavares (2), (Moulson, Parenteau), 15:15
    NYI Parenteau (1), (Tavares), 18:39

    Second Period
    NYI Grabner (1), (Okposo), 6:47

    Third Period

    Let me put this in very simple terms: in the last 3 games the Lightning have allowed 14 goals, and if you take Tomas Vokoun's softies out of the equation, they've only scored 4. They should have been -10 over the past 3 games, and that's terrible no matter how you slice it.

    You would think they would've shown more pride than to allow the team that they fought tooth and nail to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals to steamroll them in Boston. Nah. Their division nemesis who they battled in the playoffs and that has tormented them over the past 3-4 seasons? Nah. No pride displayed in either of those games. No forecheck. No focus. No attention to detail.

    Having one of the best coaches in the league I wouldn't have expected that kind of effort in back-to-back games, and I damned sure wouldn't have expected it in 3 straight games. But, 36 seconds in, the Lightning started the cycle all over again, and this time they do it against a perennial bottom feeder in the Islanders. Seriously, other than Downie, Ritola, Moore, and maybe one or two others, did anyone else on the team mentally show up for the first 30 minutes?

    Will they feel embarrassed now? I don't know. If I were GM, I'm not sure I'd wait for the team to decide to play focused, determined hockey. There are players like Carter Ashton and Tyler Johnson who already are playing focused, determined hockey in the minors. Why on earth they should be working for pennies on the dollar behind guys who should be -10 the past 3 games and have been stealing money from the organization. The complacency and the arrogance have to stop now.

    Brett Connolly was +1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 14:41. To finish a plus in a game you get clobbered 5-1 isn't shabby.

    Mattias Ritola was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 8 shots, and 1 hit in 15:11. The +/- is ugly, but the effort he made on the forecheck and in the offensive third wasn't. I was impressed with how he played. If only a few more players on the team cared about more than their image.

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