Game Night Results

  • 6 years 25 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Sweden 9 @ Slovakia 1
    Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

    Undrafted Erik Thorell, who plays for Farjestads in the Elitserien, had 2 goals and 3 points to lead Sweden in a 9-1 thumping of Slovakia. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik had his worst day at the WJC's in nearly two years going -3 in the match. The blue liner has emerged as a pillar of strength for the Slovaks in recent junior tournaments, but the whole team struggled today. The Slovakians now will play Switzerland on Saturday in a match that will likely determine whether they go through to the Medal Round.

  • 6 years 25 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Denmark 2 @ Canada 10
    Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-1-4, +4, 4 PIM

    Brett Connolly had a shorthanded goal and an even strength assist as the Canadians punished Denmark for showing up to the building 10-2. Connolly also took an undisciplined third period penalty for cross checking. Canada wraps up their Preliminary Round on Saturday against Team USA.

    Latvia 0 @ Russia 14
    Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-3-3, +5, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-4-5, +7, 0 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 1-2-3, +5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-3-4, +8, 2 PIM

    If the Canadians set the standard Thursday night for unrelenting butt whippings, the Russians quickly rewrote it in breaking former breakaway republic Latvia 14-0. Nikita Gusev, the longtime line mate of Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov, had 2 goals and 7 points in the match and still wasn't the team's leading scorer. That distinction went to captain Yevgeni Kuznetsov's "Kuznetztrick" stat line of 3-6-9. For their parts, Lightning representatives Nikita Kucherov and Nikita Nesterov contributed a combined 1 goal and 6 points to the rout. Russia finishes their last prelim on Saturday versus Sweden.

  • 6 years 25 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 3 @ Greenville Road Warriors 1

    LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
    Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 30 saves on 31 shots, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 20 GP, 11-8-0, 2.97 GAA, .901 sv%, 1 SO

    Pat Nagle won his fourth game in a row, stopping 30 of 31 shots Thursday in Greenville for a big Florida win. The Everblades are now tied with Greenville for second in the South Division, five points behind Gwinnett. Statistically, the solid effort Thursday dropped Nagle’s goals against average below 3 and his raised his save percentage over 90%. Reports said Nagle worked with Lightning goaltender coach Franz Jean a couple weeks ago, which helped Nagle's game. Jean meets with Nagle once a month. This was the first game since The ‘Blades (and Nagle) were involved in a line brawl. Florida played without Philip-Michael Devos and Charles Landry, who were recalled recently by AHL Norfolk. Alex Hutchings remains out with an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since November 12.

  • 6 years 25 weeks ago

    Staying alive by the skin of their collective teeth.

    MTL- 3
    TB- 4

    Mathieu Garon allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the win. He made some key saves that his counterpart at the other end simply did not.

    First Period
    TB Stamkos (23), (Kubina, Downie), 3:43
    MTL Cammalleri (8), (Desharnais, Diaz)(PP), 8:42

    Second Period
    MTL Desharnais (6), (Kostitsyn, Diaz), 5:01
    MTL Cole (15), (Pacioretty, Kaberle), 12:46
    TB Wyman (1), (Purcell, Gilroy), 17:38

    Third Period
    TB Bergeron (4), (Downie, St. Louis), 2:32
    TB Lecavaler (13), (Wyman, Moore), 8:37

    Steven Stamkos and JT Wyman were the game's first and second stars.

    On balance, this was another subpar effort, but the Lightning, with help from Price, found a way to manufacture another result that they desperately needed. They can't live on a diet of being outshot and outchanced, though. The overall product still needs to improve as the team tries to reach .500 against Carolina.

    Wyman had his first NHL goal and an assist and was +2 With 1 shot and 1 hit in 7:01. His goal was horrifically soft by Carey Price, and as often is the case with soft goals it was the difference in the game. His hard work has been infectious, though.

    Blair Jones had 1 hit in 6:56. He's gone back to being a bit of a non-factor, seeing as his best hit of the night was to careen into the Canadiens goal with no one within a country mile of him in the first period. If he isn't careful, Wyman is going to take his roster spot.

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  • 6 years 25 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland)
    Assat 2 @ JYP 4
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 24/26, 2.00 GAA, ?923 sv %
    Season totals: 16 GP, 10-6-0, 6 SO, 1.51 GAA, .931 sv %

    Despite Assat goals by ex-Lightning prospects Kristian Kudroc and Radek Smolenak, Riku Helenius and JYP emerged with a 4-2 win. JYP draws TPS on 1/3.

  • 6 years 25 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Canada 5 @ Czech Republic 0
    Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM

    Brett Connolly scored the nail-in-coffin third goal for Canada late in the second period in their 5-0 win over Czech Republic. The goal showed some absolutely lethal stickhandling moves by Connolly, beating multiple defenders and the netminder on a joy ride through a crowded slot area. It was a man against boys moment. The forward also took a minor for interference in the match. Jets first rounder Mark Scheifele had a pair of goals in the win for the Canadians. Canada draws Denmark on Thursday. Lord have mercy on the Danes souls, because the Czechs made the Canadians work for it today, and they're bound to be grumpy.

    Russia 3 @ Slovakia 1
    Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM

    Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    It took a Nikita Kucherov insurance marker late in the third period for the Russians to finally put away a spunky Slovakian squad 3-1. Fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov had a secondary assist on the goal. Kucherov was second on Team Russia with 5 shots behind Yevgeni Kuznetsov's impressive 9 bids on net. Russia draws Latvia on Thursday. The same grumpiness likely will apply to Team Russia. Slovakia gets Sweden on Friday.

  • 6 years 25 weeks ago

    Tic back in the saddle.


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win. After unceremoniously dropping a couple of starts, Tokarski now has back to back wins.

    First Period
    BRI Gallant, (2) (Marcinko, Klementyev), 8:12

    Second Period
    NOR Kostka, (4) (Conacher, Barberio), 2:41 (PP)
    NOR Devos, (2) (Ashton, Palat), 11:38

    Third Period

    Tokarski and Philip-Michael Devos were the game's first and second stars.

    In what was perhaps indicative of a holiday hangover, the Admirals were outshot 27-19 in the contest, but they got the goaltending to take the 2 points.

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  • 6 years 25 weeks ago

    Elitserien (Sweden):
    Farjestads 3 @ Lulea 5
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 33 GP, 11-6-17, +7, 10 PIM

    Ex-Cornell forward Chris Abbott had 1 goal and 3 points to lead Lulea to a 5-3 win over Farjestads. Lulea draws Djurgardens on Friday.

  • 6 years 25 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Slovakia 3 @ Latvia 1
    Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Red Wings draftee Marek Tvrdon scored a goal early in the third period to help Slovakia overcome a 43 save performance by Kristers Gudlevskis in their 3-1 win over Latvia. The Slovakians added a late empty net goal by Michal Toman to seal the win. Assistant captain Adam Janosik was scoreless in the match for Slovakia. They face Russia next on Wednesday.

  • 6 years 25 weeks ago

    Lightning steal the points, and the Flyers' dignity.


    Mathieu Garon allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the win. He shook off the overtime softie from Colorado and turned in his best game of the season tonight. His rebound control was so much better than usual and he ate up a lot of pucks and got the Lightning some key stoppages when they needed them. He was outstanding.

    First Period
    TB Gervais (3), (Hall), 9:34
    PHI Hartnell (17), (Giroux, Jagr), 18:14

    Second Period
    TB Stamkos (21), (Clark, Malone), 7:25
    TB Downie (5), (Purcell, Kubina), 11:41
    TB Stamkos (22), (Downie, St. Louis)(PP), 18:45

    Third Period
    TB Lecavalier (12), (St. Louis), 19:00

    Garon, Steven Stamkos, and Steve Downie were the game's three stars.

    I don't know what it has been about these last 2 games against Philadelphia, but the Lightning have done exactly what they needed to do to win the games. Tonight, it took Garon standing on his head for the first period, making Philly essentially punch themselves out, and then being very opportunistic with the spare amount of scoring chances they got.

    They're deep in Philly's head, too, as evidenced by the low life brand of hockey Philly resorted to in the second period. Scott Hartnell should be suspended for his stick waving incident at the Lightning bench, and Wayne Simmonds' instigation of a fight with Eric Brewer while Victor Hedman was already out injured sure did look like a coach ordered hit. Call me crazy, but they played dirt bag hockey, and the Lightning made them pay with Steven Stamkos' goal to push the margin to the all important 3 goals heading into the third. As readers of this blog should well know, a 3 goal lead heading into the third period in pro hockey is as close to a death sentence as a team can receive. The fact it allowed the Lightning to back off into the 1-3-1 a bit to kill off the remaining 20 minutes was all the sweeter, although I did feel like the Lightning needed to send a message after all the Flyer thuggery. I would've liked to have seen a player like Malone go out there and drop the gloves late in the game and make a point. It would've been nice to show the league, through the HBO cameras, that you don't take liberties with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    So, the Lightning close the gap on 8th place to 6 points, and move back to 2 games under .500. The game against Montreal on Thursday is huge. Games don't get bigger in December. The Lightning have to win that game to really give themselves a shot to climb back into the playoff hunt. Got to.

    J.T. Wyman had 1 hit in 5:59 and almost had to play some defenseman in this game after Brewer left the Simmonds fight bloody. Scary stuff. Also, I would be remiss to not mention how weird it is to see someone other than Mikael Andersson in #34. It doesn't seem right.

    Blair Jones had 1 hit in 10:20. With Malone out with a 10 minute misconduct for hopping off the bench after Hartnell's stick waving incident, he even got a rare PP shift.

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