Game Night Results

  • 6 years 48 weeks ago

    World Junior Championships
    Canada 8 vs. Czech Republic 1
    W Dana Tyrell, CAN: Injured
    G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 21 saves on 22 shots

    Tokarski got Canada's first start in the tournament and responded with a series of huge saves in the opening period to keep the game scoreless before Canada's onslaught began. After Canada had a snowman on the board, the only question would be if Tokarski got his shutout. He was beaten late to nullify that, but his big-game play came through once again - this time on the international stage in what he called the biggest start of his young career.

    TSN One-on-One with Tokarski
    TSN Game Highlights

    Canada plays Borat's homeland on Sunday. Chet Pickard will likely get the start in that game.

  • 6 years 48 weeks ago

    Florida's luck finally ran out in the shootout.

    FLA-3 (SO)

    Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 28 shots before stopping 2 of 4 shooters in the penalty shot session for the shootout win.

    First Period
    11:24 TB Eminger (2), (Ranger)
    18:28 FLA Ballard (4), (Boynton, Dvorak)

    Second Period
    16:53 TB Recchi (8), (Eminger, Pettinger)
    18:27 TB Artyukhin (2), (Malone, Eminger)

    Third Period
    13:37 FLA Stillman (8), (Bouwmeester, Ballard)(PP)
    19:46 FLA McCabe (6), (Weiss, Stillman)


    TB- Hall, Jokinen, Malone
    FLA- Stillman, Horton

    Interesting message sent by Tocchet to Lecavalier and St. Louis by going with shooters like Hall and Artyukhin in the shootout session. Considering the Lightning have won the past two games on the road without any meaningful contributions offensively from the top line, one could interpret this as a wake-up call. If Lecavalier and Marty ever do get it cooking along with the secondary scoring the team has, they could reel off a winning streak here. Taking both ends of a home-and-home away from that vile cesspool of a franchise down in South Florida by winning tomorrow night at home would be an outstanding morale booster for the team and the fanbase alike.

    Paul Szczechura was +1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 14:30. He got a fair amount of ice time but wasn't terribly noticable.

    Steven Stamkos was +1 with 5 shots and 3 hits in 13:17. He was really flying tonight, and he had a point blank chance in the third period that could've been the dagger in Florida's heart. He's still struggling anywhere below the circles because of his lack of strength, but his jump was good tonight and he seemed more aggressive. If they can get that effort from Stamkos every night for the next little while, they'll take it, I'm sure.

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  • 6 years 48 weeks ago

    Best performance of the year by the Lightning.


    Mike Smith stopped 15 of 15 shots faced for the big shutout win. He was on tonight. No rebounds.

    First Period

    Second Period
    05:15 TB Pettinger (2), (Szczechura, Recchi)

    Third Period
    11:14 TB Szczechura (2), (Jokinen, Recchi)(PP)

    Paul Szczechura, Matt Pettinger, and Mark Recchi were your three stars, and let me tell you, Szczechura played an awesome game at both ends of the ice. #38 seems to live in the opposing team's passing lanes, and when the Lightning went into the trap in the third period he drove the Pens crazy by picking off pass after pass. He set up the first goal. He scored the insurance goal. And he was all up in the Pens business to protect what he helped build. Great game by Szczechura. He's a revelation. Quite possibly the smartest prospect in Lightning history.

    Szczechura had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +1 with 4 shots, 1 hit, and he was 29% on draws in 13:28. He tortured Pittsburgh in those 13:28.

    Steven Stamkos was a non-factor in 7:47 of ice time.

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  • 6 years 49 weeks ago

    World Junior Championships (exhibition)
    Canada 7 vs. Finland 3
    W Dana Tyrell, CAN: Did not play - out for tournament.
    G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 14 saves on 17 shots

    Tokarski got the full game for Canada, but was beaten early when Finland's Nestori Lahde caught St. Louis Blues super-prospect Alex Pietrangelo flat footed resulting in a semi-breakaway. Lahde put a high wrister over Tokarski's shoulder. Tokarski had little chance on the second goal as a Finn was left alone in front and after taking a pass from behind the net, potted a wrister over Tokarski's arm as Dustin tried to square to the shooter and eliminate space.

    Tokarski will watch as Chet Pickard gets the next exhibition start for Canada against Slovakia.

  • 6 years 49 weeks ago

    Team Russia won the Swedish leg of the Euro Tour this week going 3-0-0 in the Channel One Cup.

    Defenseman Janne Niskala appeared for Finland (1-1-1) in the tournament, registering a pair of goals in his team's tournament closing 5-2 win over the Czech Republic. Niskala also had 4 penalty minutes and was -1 for the week.

    Johan Harju was a late addition for Sweden after an injury to one of the Tre Kroner's forwards. Harju had a power play assist in garbage time of Sweden's 6-2 loss in Russia. Harju also had 2 penalty minutes and was -1 in the tournament.

  • 6 years 49 weeks ago

    Team Canada Notes:
    Canada called in Evander Kane, a BP favorite and teammate of Lightning prospect James Wright in Vancouver, to presumably take the spot of the injured Dana Tyrell. Tyrell suffered a "significant" knee injury Friday night in an exhibition game vs. Sweden and his tournament officially over.

    Also, Canada coach Pat Quinn said the goaltenders' peformance Friday night did not sway him one way or another on a starter. Dustin Tokarski (0 GAA Friday) and Chet Pickard (2 GAA Friday) will go into today's game neck and neck.

    Prince George Spruce Kings 1 @ Victoria Grizzlies 2
    W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 38 GP, 12-31-43, 62 PIM

    Courtnall goes into the Christmas break with a clear future (Boston University in the fall) and the Grizzlies scoring lead. He is 13th in league scoring. Powell’s Darcy Oakes, 31-38-69 in 39 games, is 19 points ahead of anyone else in the league. The 6-0, 175-pound Oakes is a 20 year old winger from Ontario.

    Des Moines @ Fargo Force - POSTPONED
    Inclement weather in the upper-midwest forced the postponement of all USHL games.

    The QMJHL, OHL, WHL are all off until December 27 for Christmas.

  • 6 years 49 weeks ago

    Karri getting it cooking?

    PHI-2 (SO)

    Karri Ramo allowed 2 goals on 32 shots before stopping all 4 shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the shootout win.

    First Period
    NOR Smolenak, (12) (Segal, Jones), 14:35 (PP)

    Second Period
    PHI Ross, (13) (Guenin, Giroux), 12:48
    NOR Ward, (2) (Downie, Jones), 17:26 (PP)

    Third Period
    PHI Giroux, (17) (Ross), 14:17


    NOR- Bochenski, Gratton

    Brandon Bochenski and Ramo were the game's first and third stars.

    Good road win, although the team went into a bit of a shell in the third period getting outshot 15-5. Ramo finally let in the 13th or 14th one he faced in the period, and they went to overtime. Still, the Ads played a great 40 minutes, got a couple of power play goals, and then exorcized some demons in the shootout. Defense in playing better. Goaltending is playing better. And, you've got a dangerous group of forwards that is basically three lines deep. They're still 4 games under .500, and about 7 points behind Binghamton and Wilkes/Barre with both teams holding games in hand on Norfolk, but the Admirals have a slew of home games coming up in January. So, for Norfolk, I think the push is to get back to .500 and by then, hopefully, be within striking distance of 4th place and have something to play for down the stretch.

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  • 6 years 49 weeks ago

    Man, it's humbling to lose to a terrible team like the Thrashers.


    Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    00:18 ATL Kozlov (15), (unassisted)
    03:54 TB St. Louis (11), (Malone, Recchi)(PP)
    08:15 TB Hall (3), (Jokinen, Craig)
    15:13 ATL Perrin (3), (Valabik, Williams)
    18:23 ATLP White (10), (Little, Kovalchuk)(PP)

    Second Period

    Third Period
    04:06 ATL Crabb (2), (Boulton, Slater)
    17:28 TB St. Louis (12), (Lecavalier, Stamkos)(PP)

    This was the first game where Szczechura was kind of a non-factor. He had a real opportunity to send Ryan Craig in on a breakaway when a Thrashers defenseman overplayed him on a 2-on-1. Other than that? Very little.

    Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:54.

    Steven Stamkos had an assist and 1 hit and was 67% on draws in 13:22.

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  • 6 years 49 weeks ago

    World Junior Championships (exhibition)
    Canada 4 vs. Sweden 2
    W Dana Tyrell, CAN: 0-0-0
    G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 8 saves on 8 shots in half a game

    I'll let the Canadian Press intro this:

    > The biggest statement in the battle between John Tavares and Victor Hedman was made by Dana Tyrell.

    While the rock-solid forward won't supplant either of those players as the top pick in next year's draft - Tyrell signed a three-year contract with Tampa Bay last week - he made the biggest impact on Friday night.


  • 6 years 49 weeks ago

    Fun game to watch if you're an Ads fan.


    Mike McKenna stopped all 24 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

    First Period

    Second Period
    NOR Smolenak, (10) (Konopka, Jones), 13:50 (PP)
    NOR Wishart, (1) , 16:54

    Third Period
    NOR Smolenak, (11) (Gratton, Lawrence), 2:44
    NOR Downie, (3) , 3:26
    NOR Mihalik, (2) (Downie, Gratton), 8:56 (PP)

    McKenna, Radek Smolenak, and Ty Wishart were the game's three stars.

    I thought the Admirals best two players were probably Steve Downie and Chris Gratton in the game. Gratton looks like a man among boys at this level. Smolenak was in the right place at the right time for a power play goal after a puck bounced off an Albany defender and then on a nice setup by Gratton with Smolenak crossing the top of the crease. I didn't see Gratton out the second half of the third period. Hopefully that was to let the old man kick back and relax as opposed to an injury.

    Downie's goal came after he pickpocketed a River Rats defender and then blistered a shot off the wing high glove side. If I have a criticism of Downie's game, it's that he doesn't shoot enough. That said, he's too good for the AHL level. He needs to be in the NHL soon.

    Wishart got his first pro goal on a little harmless looking snap shot that skimmed off an Albany defender on the way in and found the back of the net. Not the most artistic goal, but he'll take it. Vladimir Mihalik found a rebound in the high slot and pounded a slap shot five hole on Justin Peters for his tally. Soft goal by Peters, in my opinion. In both defensemen's cases, beggars can't be choosers and I'm sure they're glad just to light the lamp.

    Kevin Quick is starting to get back on schedule developmentally. He still makes mistakes (darned near cost McKenna his shutout on one shift in the third) but he's starting to look like a real AHLer, and when he gets it cranked up on the rush you can squint and see a bit of the puck carrying d-man the Lightning organization always thought he could become.

    Jay Rosehill is becoming a Grade A badass. I remember when he was a lost little lamb playing for Johnstown in the Coast. He was a manimal dropping the gloves tonight. He beat Mike Angelidis like Angelidis owed him money tonight.

    Don't read too much into this game, mind you. Albany is a thin team that was playing without one of their best players and all of a sudden the Admirals are laiden with NHLers and prospects who were recently up and proved their close to being NHLers. This was not a fair fight. Tomorrow night against Philly will be a truer test on just how far this configuration of the Ads can go. Still too many neutral zone turnovers by the forwards and the young d wasn't really tested under fire much considering how non-existent Albany's forecheck was tonight.

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