Game Night Results

  • 6 years 46 weeks ago

    The New Jersey Devils: Jacques Lemaire's wonder cure for insomnia.


    Dwayne Roloson stopped 25 of 27 shots in the loss.

    First Period

    Second Period
    04:41 TB Moore (11), Kubina (18), Hedman (20)(PP)
    18:45 NJ Tallinder (4), Kovalchuk (23), Zharkov (2)

    Third Period
    10:10 NJ Kovalchuk (22), Zajac (27)

    Roloson was the game's third star.

    Don't get me wrong, I respect Coach Lemaire's tactical brilliance. The Devils, Buffalo, and Detroit have had the three best tactical performances against the Lightning all season. It's a great system for winning hockey games, which is what he's paid to do. Unfortunately, it also makes paint drying look like a Hollywood blockbuster action flick. 16 shots on goal by the Lightning is a pathetic number.

    Unfortunately, the Lightning lose 1 game in hand on Washington and are now 3 points ahead with just 1 game in hand left.

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  • 6 years 46 weeks ago

    It was Bear hunting season tonight at Scope.


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the win. With Curtis McElhinney plucked away by Ottawa on waivers, the number one job in Norfolk is now Tokarski's, unless Cedrick Desjardins finds a way to return from injury. Tonight was a good opening statement for Tic.

    First Period
    HER Pinizzotto, (16) (Willsie, Greentree), 7:44
    NOR Ritola, (1) (Fornataro, Tokarski), 12:51

    Second Period
    NOR Jones, (19) (Vernace, Szczechura), 9:05 (PP)
    NOR Jones, (20) (Pouliot, Milam), 9:41
    NOR Pouliot, (18) (Milam, Harju), 19:55 (PP)

    Third Period
    NOR Durno, (15) (Angelidis, Wright), 0:32
    NOR Ritola, (2) (Pouliot, Gudas), 13:17

    Blair Jones, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, and Mattias Ritola were the game's three stars. Jones became the first Admiral to hit 20 goals this season, matching his career high set two years ago. Difference is: his 20 goals in 2008-2009 came in 80 games and was largely the product of Jones playing a lot of point on the power play. He reached that threshold in 47 games this season and has developed into a far more well-rounded player. Ritola scored his first 2 goals as an Admiral and now has 11 points in his first 9 games with the club.

    With Chris Durno scoring his 15th goal tonight, the Admirals now have 6 players with 15 or more goals: Pouliot, Jones, Johan Harju, Matt Fornataro, Durno, and Mike Angelidis. Entering the year, it appeared the formula for success in Norfolk would involve having multiple scorers chasing around 20 goals without pure snipers like the departed Brandon Bochenski. It certainly appears that formula has been followed so far.

    With the win, Norfolk seized 4th in the East Division outright over Binghamton by 2 points, while still holding 1 game in hand. They also burned a game in hand on Charlotte and are now 3 points back of 3rd place with 2 games in hand. They're also now 7 points back of the Bears for 2nd place with 2 games in hand. In the crossover, Norfolk holds an 8 point advantage on the Atlantic's 4th place team, Worcester.

    There are 20 games left in the regular season. Norfolk next faces Albany on the road on Friday. They'll face the Bears again this weekend (Saturday) in Hershey and finishes out the week in Binghamton on Sunday. With three games in three nights, it will be interesting to see if and when Coach Cooper starts Jaroslav Janus.

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  • 6 years 46 weeks ago


    BCHL Interior Conference Quarterfinals – Game 4

    Penticton Vees 6 @ Quesnel Millionaires 3
    Vees wins Best of 7 series 4-0

    C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: Did not play - injured
    Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-2-2, 5 PIM

    O’Donnell missed games 2-4 after being First Star in Game 1. He is considered day-to-day with an “upper body injury.” He’ll get some time to rest now that the Vees have swept Quesnel.


    Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Tri-City Americans 5
    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM (slashing)
    With Tri-City: 23 GP, 10-19-29, +3, 41 PIM
    With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
    Season Totals: 52 GP, 26-30-56, -9, 85 PIM

    The Americans have now lost six of their last seven games. They were down 3-0 after 14 minutes in this one. Ashton scored with nine seconds left in the first to get the Ams within two goals, but Portland scored the game’s next three goals to take a 6-1 lead. TC regrouped and cut the ‘Hawks lead to 6-5 with three minutes left in the third, but they couldn’t complete the comeback. Islanders first rounder Nino Neiderreiter had two goals and four points for Portland.

  • 6 years 46 weeks ago

    Elitserien Regular Season
    Brynas 3 @ Sodertalje 2 (SO)
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

    If Sodertalje misses the postseason and/or has to enter this year's promotion/relegation round, they'll be kicking themselves over the missed opportunities of the last two games. One game removed from a disheartening overtime loss, Sodertalje coughed up a late lead against Brynas and fell in the shootout to lose a critical 2 points in the standings. Ottawa draft pick Jakub Silfverberg scored on a 2-man advantage with the goaltender pulled with 1:10 left in regulation to force overtime and was the only successful shooter in the shootout to lead Brynas to the win. Sodertalje now finds themselves 2 points out of the final playoff spot in the Elitserien and 1 point out of 10th, which is the last spot in the league that avoids the promotion/relegation round, with 2 regular season games remaining. However, due to their league-worst -33 goal differential, none of the tiebreak scenarios are in Sodertalje's favor right now. Their final 2 games are against Timra (9th) and HV 71 (3rd). Given their proximity in the standings, that game against Timra on Thursday is shaping up to be a must-win for Sodertalje.

    KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
    (2)Dynamo Moscow 3 @ (7)Dynamo Riga 1
    Dynamo Riga Leads the Series 3-2
    Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM

    Martins Karsums was scoreless in 18:21 in Riga's 3-1 Game Five loss to Dynamo Moscow. Moscow forces a Game Six with the victory. Riga will try again to close out the series on Thursday.

    (4)Mytischi 2 @ (5)Cherepovets 1
    Mytischi Leads the Series 3-2
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 31/33, 2.04 GAA, .939 sv%
    Season totals: 32 GP, 18-14-0, 2 SO, 2.92 GAA, .906 sv%
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-2-1, 0 SO, 2.47 GAA, .941 sv%

    Ex-Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had 1 goal and 1 assist and ex-NHLer Jan Bulis also scored to lead Mytischi to a critical Game Five win over Cherepovets, assuming a 3-2 series lead. The series will continue on Thursday with Vasily Koshechkin trying to help his team stave off elimination.

    Elsewhere, Yaroslavl defeated Dynamo Minsk 2-1 in overtime to assume a 3-2 lead in the other active Western Conference playoff series. St. Petersburg is already through after a 4-0 sweep of Spartak Moscow.

  • 6 years 46 weeks ago


    BCHL Interior Conference Quarterfinals – Game 3

    Penticton Vees 4 @ Quesnel Millionaires 4 (OT)
    Vees lead Best of 7 series 3-0

    C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: Did not play - injured
    Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-2-2, 5 PIM

    O’Donnell has missed games two and three due to an injury sustained when he fell during a Game 1 fight. Penticton put up 50 shots in Game 3, including 20 in the second period, but needed overtime to secure the win and take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

  • 6 years 46 weeks ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    (7)Astana 2 @ (2)Kazan 4
    Kazan Sweeps the Series 4-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
    Season totals: 44 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 32 PIM
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Ex-NHLer Alexei Morozov had a pair of helpers while fellow ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen chipped in a goal to help Kazan defeat Astana 4-2 in Game Four of their opening round series. Defending champion Kazan advances to the semifinal round with the victory.

    Elsewhere, Ufa also advanced to the semifinals by sweeping Novosibirsk. They join Kazan and St. Petersburg as clubs that have clinched a spot in the next round. Dynamo Riga can advance tomorrow with a victory in Game Five over Dynamo Moscow. The other four opening round series are currently deadlocked at 2-2.

  • 6 years 46 weeks ago


    Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6
    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 53 GP, 7-20-27, +12, 30 PIM

    Tommy Tremblay (undrafted) and Hubert Labrie (undrafted) both had a pair of goals for the Olympiques. Labrie only had one goal for the season coming into the game.

    Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Montreal Juniors 6 (SO)
    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 11-27-38, +23, 26 PIM

    Montreal won the shootout 2-1. Landry did not participate in the skills competition.


    Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Guelph Storm 4
    C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
    With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
    With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
    Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

    Panik remains out with a sprained ankle. The Guelph Mercury reports he is expected to miss another week.

    Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Oshawa Generals 3 (OT)
    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
    Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (head injury)
    With Attack: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
    With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

    Schemitsch is expected to miss another 3-4 weeks with a broken arm. Zador is day-to-day after taking a shot to the head in warm-ups vs. London.


    Tri-City Americans 0 @ Vancouver Giants 5
    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing)
    With Tri-City: 22 GP, 9-18-27, +3, 41 PIM
    With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-29-54, -9, 85 PIM

    The Americans have now lost five of their last six games.

    Prince George Cougars 3 @ Chilliwack Bruins 4 (SO)
    RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 51 GP, 39-23-62, -2, 26 PIM

    Connolly scored twice in the first period to give him 39 for the year and set a new career best for points in a season. Unfortunately for the Cougars, they let that 2-0 lead falter and the Bruins ended up with a shootout win. Connolly failed to convert his shootout attempt.

  • 6 years 46 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 3 @ South Carolina Stingrays 4 (OT)
    C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
    Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
    LW Alex Hutchings: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 38 GP, 10-12-22, -10, 29 PIM

    The Everblades got some reinforcements with the return of Alex Imbeault and Francis Lemieux back from Connecticut of the AHL. Lemieux is second in the league’s scoring race. Mitch Fadden is tied for 14th despite not playing for the last two months. The two returnees combined for just two assists Sunday, but Florida was able to flirt with 30 shots again. Hutchings extended his season-high point streak to four games with a goal and an assist. The first year pro has battled injuries and inconsistency this season, but has eight points in his last eight games. Florida had a 3-0 lead Sunday before letting the game slip away. With Curtis McElhinney likely being sent to Norfolk from Tampa Bay, Jaroslav Janus should be returning soon to southwest Florida.

  • 6 years 46 weeks ago

    Norfolk comes from behind for its biggest win of the season.


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the victory. It's not a good percentage for the game, but he does finish the month of February with a 4-1-2 mark, 1 shutout, a 2.06 GAA, and a .917 save percentage, which is more in line with the numbers he put up last season. He also evened his ledger up at 14-14-4 for the year.

    First Period
    NOR Milam, (11) (Ritola, Barberio), 9:07 (PP)
    NOR Barberio, (7) (Ritola, Harju), 10:28 (PP)
    ALB Henrique, (19) (Zalewski, Anderson), 16:04

    Second Period
    ALB Leach, (2) (Magnan, Anderson), 5:28
    ALB Anderson, (18) (Henrique, Zalewski), 16:41 (PP)

    Third Period
    NOR Harju, (19) (Ritola, Barberio), 0:23 (PP)
    NOR Jones, (18) (Milam, Harju), 4:39

    Mark Barberio and Johan Harju were the game's first and third stars after guiding a shining Admirals performance on the power play. Barberio finished with 1 goal and 2 assists in the game, all on the power play. Barberio now has 7 goals and 22 points for the season, and today was his first 3 point game as a pro. Another game or so like that would really help him chase down that 30 point mark for the season. Harju, Norfolk's All-Star, now has 19 goals, which is 1 ahead of Blair Jones and 2 ahead of Marc-Antoine Pouliot for the team lead. The race is on to see who gets to 20 first, but it sure looks like all 3 will make it.

    Today's win was very important in the standings. With Binghamton losing to Adirondack, Norfolk moved into a tie with the Senators at 71 points and the Admirals temporarily will hold the 4th spot in the division by virtue of a better winning percentage. The team also cashed in 1 of its games in hand on Charlotte and is now 5 points back of the 3rd place Checkers with 3 games still in hand. So, although I'm not sure I'd be thrilled about a first round series against Hershey, Norfolk is starting to get a handle again on their own destiny. In the crossover, Worcester won and Springfield lost, so the Sharks climbed to 3rd in the Atlantic Division and Springfield remains tied with Connecticut at 64 points. Norfolk holds a 7 point lead on both teams with 1 game in hand on the Whale and 2 games in hand on the Falcons. So, Norfolk appears to have arrested their slow recession with today's win and they're now 5-3-0-2 in their last 10 games.

    There are 21 games remaining in the regular season and Norfolk moves on to play Hershey at home on Wednesday night. They'll be back in Albany on Friday, then in Hershey on Saturday, before a critical game in Binghamton on Sunday. It's a big week coming up for the Admirals. If they ran the table, they could cut the Bears' lead for 2nd in the division to not more than 5 points, although that's a big if. Norfolk should get goaltender Curtis McElhinney into the fold for the week, barring an unexpected waiver claim by another team. McElhinney hasn't seen AHL action since 2007-2008 with Quad City when he was 20-18-2 with 3 shutouts, a 2.28 GAA, and a .911 save percentage. He was outstanding in the AHL in 2006-2007 with the Omaha Knights where he had a phenomenal 35-17-1 record with 7 shutouts, a 2.13 GAA, and a .917 save percentage. So, he's been an excellent player in the AHL and he should bring a lot to the table for Norfolk down the stretch and into the playoffs.

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  • 6 years 46 weeks ago

    It wasn't pretty, but the Lightning get back-to-back quality wins.


    Dwayne Roloson allowed 1 goal on 23 shots for the victory. After languishing, record-wise, behind a bad Islanders club up until his trade to Tampa, Roloson is now just 1 game under the .500 mark at 18-19-2 for the season. He was 6-13-1 with the Islanders and is 12-6-1 with the Lightning.

    First Period
    05:04 TB St Louis (24), Downie (19)

    Second Period
    09:42 NYR Prust (10), McDonagh (5), Boyle (12)(SH)

    Third Period
    02:40 TB Lecavalier (15), St Louis (51), Purcell (25)(PP)

    Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier were the game's first and second stars. Now at 75 points, St. Louis has raced like a cheetah up the league leaders list and is now in 3rd, 3 points back of Steven Stamkos and 4 points back of Daniel Sedin. With the way he's turned on the jets, he might not be a bad bet to win his second NHL scoring title. Lecavalier, for his part, is now just 5 goals shy of his 11th straight 20 goal season. Recalling how he reacted when he got to 20 in a down 2001-2002 campaign, I know the 20 goal plateau is a big deal for Vinny, and I suspect you're going to see him go hard to get it with 20 games remaining in the regular season.

    The Lightning sweep the season series against the Rangers. You know that has to burn John Tortorella up. The Lightning broke up a big winning streak by a Devils team that was feeling very good about itself and beat the Rangers today after New York smoked the Caps like a fine Hav-a-Tampa cigar, and no doubt was feeling pretty good about itself as well. That's not easy to accomplish, so that's the good news. The bad news is the Lightning's power play reverted back to being a terrible mess, with the exception of the 5-on-3 winner they converted. You can't go far in the playoffs if your power play doesn't have it together. The Lightning have all the weapons in the world to turn it around, and part of me thinks Boucher and the coaching staff may be hiding their best stuff until the playoffs when they'll start doing more through Stamkos again, but they stunk on toast today, and they won't go anywhere in the playoffs if things don't improve.

    Tampa Bay re-opens their lead on Washington in the division to 5 points and hold 1 game in hand. They also moved to within 5 points of Philly for first in the conference after the Flyers stubbed their toe against Ottawa last night. The Lightning's schedule becomes pretty favorable after they get through the next week and a half. They draw Boston, Washington, and Chicago during that stretch, with New Jersey also playing well of late and Montreal looking like a solid playoff team. However, in the final 15 games, they get Ottawa (3 times), Florida (2 times), Toronto, the Islanders, and Buffalo, which would all miss the playoffs if they started today. They also get Carolina, which is clinging to 8th in the East, 3 more times. The conditions are favorable for the Lightning to close things out, and if they don't they only have themselves to blame.

    And for the record, if you're asking me who I'd like to see the Lightning play in the first round, the Rangers scare the heck out of me despite the season sweep. They have goaltending, good coaching, and they work their bags off. I'd much rather see the Hurricanes or Canadiens in the opening round. The Lightning had to battle their rear ends off against the Rangers this year, even in a few games that were essentially blow-outs but where Torts wouldn't allow his club to lay down. They're dangerous.

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