Game Night Results

  • 6 years 2 weeks ago

    Welcome to the playoffs.

    TB-0
    PIT-3

    Pittsburgh Leads the Series 1-0

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the loss. I thought he played brilliantly, on the whole, and deserved better.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    06:05 PIT Kovalev (1), Neal (1), Martin (1)
    06:23 PIT Asham (1), Letang (1), Orpik (1)
    19:18 PIT Kunitz (1), Staal (1), Orpik (2)(EN)

    Good:
    The Lightning had a decent first period to get settled into the game. I had some fear the team, with so many inexperience players, might be down 2-0 or so after the opening frame, but they outchanced Pittsburgh and had the territorial edge. That's why losing control of the game for the next 35 minutes after the first period stings. I also thought the Lightning, in the final 5 minutes, proved they could crack Pittsburgh's defense if they could up their intensity level. I'm not buying the Penguin mystique about their defense or the infallibility of Fleury, shutout or no. The Lightning were getting the chances they wanted, including a wide open Stamkos one-timer from the left wing circle. They missed the net too much. If they readjust their bomb sights, I think they'll start to score goals.

    Bad:
    The second period was horrific. No forecheck, and they were on their heels all 20 minutes. Mind you, then the refs miss two plays that probably should've been 4 minute high-sticking calls, that has a big effect on momentum and offensive flow. However, the Lightning just did not generate any forecheck from the 21st minute through the 54th minute of the game. The only way Pittsburgh wins this series if Crosby and Malkin stay out is if the Lightning allow themselves to be outworked and outhit. The Lightning let the Pens outhit them in the first period, but ended up winning that stat 44-35, but it wasn't translating into puck possession or Pens turnovers because the lion's share of those hits were coming in the Lightning's third of the rink. Honorable mention to the Lightning making Aaron Asham look like Mario Lemieux on the Pens' insurance goal. Roli did get played like a fiddle on that play, and Brewer looked a little silly. That was a bad blemish on an otherwise great game by those two players.

    Ugly:
    Pavel Kubina. What a horrible mess of a game. Losing his stick and losing Kovalev on the first goal honestly was among the least of his sins tonight. I was pretty impressed with Hedman and Brewer, and I thought the rest of the group was pretty game. Kubina was just a train wreck. 1 stupid penalty. 1 stupid play that should've been a penalty that eventually ended up in the net. 3 bad turnovers and 2 of them were the kind that really annoy me out of a defenseman when they ring it around blindly to a waiting, open point man. I don't expect that kind of play out of a veteran. Here's hoping he rises to the occassion as the series goes on. I suppose in 2003, he and the whole team stunk on toast in the first couple of games against the Caps before they came back to roll Washington the rest of the way.

    I expect more urgency in the next game, and if the Lightning bear down and finish like they can, they should have a strong Game Two. This series, I have a feeling, is going to be a marathon and not a sprint. The Lightning do have a few things to build off of, and if they win the next game they're right where they want to be going into Game Three.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 2 weeks ago

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4
    Drummondville leads best of seven series 2-1

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 8 PIM

    Gatineau earned a much-needed win Tuesday at home to avoid going down 3-0 in their league quarterfinal series with the Volts. The Olympiques scored twice early in the first period and survived a Drummondville goal by likely 2011 top-5 pick Sean Couturier to hold on for the win. Game 4 is Wednesday in Gatineau.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.2 Montreal Juniors 1 @ No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 2
    Lewiston leads best of seven series 2-1

    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 12 PIM

    Second-seeded Montreal is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 3-0 to eighth-seeded Lewiston in their QMJHL quarterfinals series. Etienne Brodeur, an undrafted free agent, scored with five seconds left in regulation to give the MAINEiacs the win in Game 3. Brodeur had 53 goals in 68 games this season. Game 4 is Wednesday in Maine.

    WHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 1
    Best of seven series tied 1-1

    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 4 PIM
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM

    Spokane got home ice advantage back in the series by taking Game 3 on the road vs. the Americans. Both Lightning prospects were scoreless in the game. Game 4 is Thursday in Kennewick.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    No.1 Saskatoon Blades 0 @ No.4 Kootenay Ice 3
    Kootenay leads best of seven series 3-0

    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3 E, 8 PIM

    No one saw this coming. The WHL’s top team is one game away from being swept in the second round of the playoffs. On Tuesday in Cranbrook, the Ice scored once in each period and Nathan Lieuwen (undrafted) stopped 22 shots to give Kamloops a 3-0 win. Game 4 is Wednesday at the home of the Ice.

  • 6 years 2 weeks ago

    OHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.6 Plymouth Whalers 1 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 4
    Owen Sound leads best of seven series 3-0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

    Geoffrey Schemitsch notched his third point in his last two games and Owen Sound outshot Plymouth 43-26 en route to a 4-1 victory Monday. Fellow Lightning prospect Michael Zador did not dress for Owen Sound. With the win, the Attack is in control of the series, up 3-0. Owen Sound can close out the series Wednesday in Michigan.

  • 6 years 2 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 6
    Best of seven series tied 1-1

    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 2-3-5, E, 4 PIM
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 0 PIM

    Spokane made a strong statement in Game 2, outshooting Tri-City 40-15 and beating them handily, 6-3. The Chiefs were up 5-1 entering the third period and the Americans got a last minute power play goal to make the score look closer than it was. Tyler Johnson scored a power play goal for Spokane and fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton had two third period assists for TC. Senators prospect Jared Cowen had four assists for the Chiefs. The game had 89 minutes in penalties. Game 3 is Tuesday in Kennewick. Games 4 and 5 will also be at the home of the Americans.

  • 6 years 2 weeks ago

    It's an organization-wide Lightning vs. Penguins playoff matchup.

    NOR-6
    CT-3

    Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    NOR Pouliot, (25) (Ritola), 9:26
    NOR Szczechura, (21) (Milam, Barberio), 15:46 (PP)
    NOR Jones, (24) (Pouliot, Ritola), 19:22 (PP)

    Second Period
    CT Mitchell, (8) (Couture, Valentenko), 1:02
    NOR Ritola, (9) (Jones), 3:15
    NOR Szczechura, (22) (Wright, Harju), 5:34
    CT Valentenko, (5) (Yogan, Dupont), 13:10

    Third Period
    CT Niemi, (3) (Grachev, Couture), 11:56 (PP)
    NOR Angelidis, (20) , 17:36

    Paul Szczechura and Mattias Ritola were the game's first and second stars. With his 3 point effort, Ritola finishes the regular season with 9 goals and 27 points in 17 AHL games.

    Mike Angelidis became the 5th and final Admiral to hit 20 goals this season. Chris Durno finished 1 shy at 19 and Matt Fornataro and James Wright had 17 and 16 a piece.

    In 56 games, Blair Jones set a new career high in points with 55. His previous high was 54 in 80 games two seasons ago.

    Johan Harju finishes his rookie AHL campaign with 23 goals and 52 points in 63 games, and a +15 rating.

    With the victory, Norfolk leapfrogged Binghamton into 4th place in the East Division. That means Norfolk will draw the top team in the Eastern Conference, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, in the first round. The Pens have the stingiest goaltending and defense in the conference, allowing just 183 goals (2.29 GAA). It'll also be an interesting meeting of old friends, as a key member of the Pens is BoltProspects alumni Ryan Craig. Craig had 19 goals and 48 points to finish 2nd on the Pens in scoring this season.

    It's a brutally tough matchup. The key will be for Norfolk to focus on getting a win in the first two on the road. Get that win, settle into the grind of the series, and let the chips fall where they may. On paper, Norfolk is as talented as anyone in the conference, although there's a question mark in net with Dustin Tokarski recovering from getting slashed with a skate. If they get goaltending, though, they have a chance.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 years 2 weeks ago

    USHL

    Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Fargo Force 3 (OT)
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 23-37-60, +29, 26 PIM

    Mullin’s assist gave him 60 points for the year, good enough to finish seventh in the league scoring race. That race was won by Mullin’s future Miami-Ohio teammate Blake Coleman (undrafted) of Indiana, who had 92 points – 17 more than anyone else in the league. No.4 Fargo’s recent stretch of sub-par play means they won’t get a first round bye in the playoffs. They’re set to meet Lincoln for a best of three series starting Friday in Fargo. All games will be played in North Dakota. Considering the Force had a better road record than at home, that might not be a good thing.

    QMJHL

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 0 @ No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
    Drummondville leads best of seven series 2-0

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 6 PIM

    Gatineau will go home for games three and four of the series in a 0-2 hole. Drummondville scored twice in the first period Saturday and cruised to a 3-0 win. Game 3 – a must-win game for the Olympiques – is Tuesday.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 6 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 2
    Best of seven series tied 1-1

    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +8, 12 PIM

    Second-seeded Montreal is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 0-2 to eighth-seeded Lewiston in their QMJHL quarterfinals series. Olivier Dame-Malka (undrafted) scored four times Saturday to lead the MAINEiacs to a 6-2 win. Lightning prospect Charles Landry has points in consecutive games. Game 3 is Tuesday in Maine.

    OHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 @ No.6 Plymouth Whalers 2
    Owen Sound leads best of seven series 2-0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

    Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) scored his first two points of the playoffs en route to First Star honors in Game 2 as the Attack took a 2-0 lead on Plymouth in their conference semifinal series. Michael Zador, the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week, was pulled after the second period of Game 1 in favor of Scott Stajcer. Stajcer played all of Game 2 and Zador was relegated to the bleachers as a healthy scratch. Game 3 is Monday in Ontario.

    WHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 1
    Tri-City leads best of seven series 1-0

    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (charging)
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 4 PIM
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, E, 0 PIM

    Tri-City’s 5’8” goaltender Drew Owsley (undrafted) stopped 34 of 35 shots to steal Game 1 for the Americans and give his team home ice advantage in the series. If there was good news for Spokane, leading scorer Tyler Johnson was back on the ice after he was injured in Game 3 vs. Chilliwack. Neither Johnson nor fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton registered a point in Game 1. Game 2 is Sunday in Spokane.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    No.4 Kootenay Ice 3 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 (OT)
    Kootenay leads best of seven series 2-0

    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3 +1, 8 PIM

    Saskatoon fell to 2-4 in their last six games and now find themselves with a tough uphill climb down 0-2 to fourth-seeded Kootenay going to the Ice’s home barn for the next two games. On Saturday, Kings super-prospect Brayden Schenn scored with just over a minute left in regulation for Saskatoon to tie the game, but the Ice’s Joe Antilla (undrafted) potted the overtime winner with 1:28 left in the extra session. Game 3 is Tuesday.

  • 6 years 2 weeks ago

    Kelly Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    No.6 Florida Everblades 3 @ No.3 Kalamazoo Wings 5
    Kalamazoo wins best of five series 3-1

    LW Alex Hutchings: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 41 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 6 PIM

    Florida’s season came to an end Saturday with a 5-3 loss to Kalamazoo. The K-Wings won the series three games to one. The ‘Blades fought back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game 3-3 midway through the third period, but Kalamazoo scored the game winner less than two minutes later then added an empty net goal. Hutchings’ first pro season comes to an end with a solid postseason showing where he finished second on the team in points. The former Barrie Colt will go into next year hoping to earn a spot on AHL Norfolk’s roster.

  • 6 years 2 weeks ago

    Well, at least Harju got off the schnide.

    NOR-4
    SYR-5

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 31 shots in his first game back from his date with a skate blade for the loss. He did stop a penalty shot in the game.

    First Period
    NOR Harju, (22) (Szczechura), 11:04

    Second Period
    SYR Palmieri, (29) (Schofield), 2:17 (PP)
    NOR Berry, (14) (Roy), 7:39
    SYR Macenauer, (13) (Green, Clark), 7:55
    SYR Green, (15) (Deschamps), 10:05 (SH)
    SYR Deschamps, (15) (Green), 11:45 (SH)

    Third Period
    NOR Harju, (23) (Jones, Barberio), 6:52
    SYR Maroon, (26) (Holland, Guenin), 10:48 (PP)
    NOR Vernace, (7) (Milam, Harju), 14:46

    Johan Harju was the game's second star.

    With an assist tonight, Mark Barberio made it to the 30 point plateau. Not a bad rookie season for the young man.

    Good news/bad news: Charlotte won, so 3rd place in the East Division is out of the question. Binghamton lost, though, so if Norfolk wins tomorrow, they can climb to 4th in the East Division. More interesting, Connecticut lost, so Norfolk has clinched not worse than the #3 seed in the Atlantic Division via the crossover. They play Connecticut tomorrow night, and they now have two potential matchups: win and they get the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (and their .728 winning percentage). Lose and they draw the Manchester Monarchs (and their .620 winning percentage). Yes, the crossover rule is the dumbest in professional sports, and the only reason it's not an outrage to me is that I consider it only fair seeing how Norfolk was jobbed out of playoff spot last season by it. Not to be a conspiracy theorist, and Manchester is certainly no pushover, but perhaps the egg the Admirals laid in Syracuse over the past three nights had a silver lining?

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 years 2 weeks ago

    I respect Carolina. I respect their fans. But, oh how I enjoy the tears of their broadcasters! Tripp Tracy's are so sweet: like despair and cinnamon!

    TB-6
    CAR-2

    Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 44 shots for the victory. It wasn't his best performance, and he wasn't always square to shooters, but he was a pugnacious thorn in Carolina's side. He seemed to relish the opportunity to eliminate the Canes, and missed scoring a goal by an eyelash to put the punctuation on it. If that's his last regular season game in a Lightning jersey, how magnificent was that?

    First Period
    06:45 TB Moore (18), Downie (22), Bergeron (6)
    11:19 TB Lecavalier (25), St Louis (67)
    13:17 TB Stamkos (45), Purcell (33), Gagne (23)

    Second Period
    10:53 TB Clark (9), Lecavalier (29), St Louis (68)
    13:31 CAR Stillman (12), Staal (43), Skinner (32)(PP)

    Third Period
    08:33 CAR LaRose (16), Sutter (15), McBain (23)
    17:44 TB Gagne (17), Thompson (15)(EN)
    18:24 TB St Louis (31), Purcell (34) & M. Smith (1)(EN)

    Mike Smith, Vincent Lecavalier, and Martin St. Louis were the game's three stars.

    To go out and step on the throat of a team that had a win-and-in scenario on home ice should send a pretty chilling message to the rest of the Eastern Conference and to the Lightning's first round opponent, Pittsburgh, in particular. After wandering aimlessly for 3-4 weeks, the Lightning have really put their thinking caps on and are really playing like a team ready for the mixture of chess and hand-to-hand combat that is the NHL playoffs. Leading the charge is one Vincent Lecavalier, who enters this playoffs with a momentous opportunity (and St. Louis as well) to stamp a place in Tampa sports and hockey history.

    As an aside, Matt Smaby's play tonight was pretty nice. He's not polished, by any means, but +2 with 3 hits and 5 blocked shots is not a bad stat line for a stay-at-homer. Every once in a while, Smaby's play makes me wonder how good he could be if he got a little more ice time and experience. He's a nice #8 to have going into the playoffs. And, Dana Tyrell turned it up to 11 tonight against the Canes. Wow. If he plays like that in the playoffs, he's going to become a cult legend in Tampa Bay. He was 5'11", 185 lbs of nasty tonight. Those were two BoltProspects Alumni who definitely made us proud tonight.

    If you're keeping score at home, the Lightning just completed a 103 point season and also punched 3 of 4 division rivals right in the nose. They swept the Atlanta Thrashers, handed the Florida Panthers the loss that clinched last place in the Eastern Conference for that club, and smacked Carolina around twice down the stretch to keep them out of the playoffs. Yes, Caniacs, Mike Smith kept you out of the playoffs, and Mike Milbury was right on HNIC, you WILL take THAT to your graves.

    If I'm not mistaken, with the rule regarding division winners meaning Detroit has to pick after the Lightning no matter what, I believe the Lightning are now slotted in to the 23rd pick at the draft. Yes, this is a prospects site.

    And, you're welcome Torts. Now, go beat Washington. Shut Bruce Boudreau's yap.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 2 weeks ago

    USHL

    Omaha Lancers 2 @ Fargo Force 1
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
    Season totals: 51 GP, 23-36-59, +28, 26 PIM

    Mullin’s 23rd goal of the season gave the Force a 1-0 lead in the second period, but Fargo gave up two in the third and fell to visiting Omaha. Mullin, who has six points in his last three games, led the team with nine shots on goal Friday. Fargo cannot finish higher than fourth in the East, but could fall to fifth as Lincoln is one point behind and both have one game remaining in the regular season.

    QMJHL

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
    Drummondville leads best of seven series 1-0

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 6 PIM

    Janosik tied for second on the club in shots and hits as Gatineau lost Game 1 to Guy Boucher’s former club, Drummondville, 3-1. Game 2 is Saturday at the home of the Volts.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 6 (OT)
    Montreal leads best of seven series 1-0

    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, +9, 10 PIM

    David Rose (undrafted) scored at 4:52 of overtime to give Montreal a Game 1 win over Lewiston, who had tied the game with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Lightning prospect Charles Landry earned his first assist of the post-season in his fifth game. His plus-9 rating is second on the club for the playoffs. Game 2 is Saturday in Montreal.

    WHL

    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    No.4 Kootenay Ice 4 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 1
    Kootenay leads best of seven series 1-0

    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
    Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3 +2, 8 PIM

    Saskatoon ran away with the best record in the WHL during the regular season, but is 2-3 in their last five games. Friday night could have been worse, the East's No.2 seed Red Deer lost 9-1 at home to No.3 Medicine Hat. Zahn, the Blades’ captain, had his third assist of the postseason Friday. Game 2 is Saturday in Saskatoon.

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