Game Night Results

  • 21 weeks 4 days ago

    Lightning nearly steal both points.

    TB-1
    OTT-2 (OT)

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the OT loss. His rebound control wasn't all that great tonight, but he was sparkling on first shots, which was nearly good enough to complete the larceny.

    First Period
    5:03 OTT Stone (20), (Turris, MacArthur)
    16:53 TB Drouin (4), (Stralman, Filppula)(PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    4:43 OTT Wiercioch (3), (Stone, Turris)

    Bishop was the game's third star.

    Most of the Lightning's injured players actually participated in the morning skate today, which signals to me that if tonight's game had been a priority some of them would have gone. As it was, it was clear that getting rest and getting healthy was deemed more important than still pursuing the division title. Fair enough, under the circumstances, and it reflected in a pretty flat First Period by the team. However, as the game wore on, I think the Lightning realized there were points to be stolen on the table and their intensity improved as the game went on. They got 1 point to keep pace with Montreal tonight, but couldn't thieve the 2nd. Still, it's more than I would've expected from the body language I saw in the First Period. They trail Montreal by 1 point with the Habs holding a game in hand and the Lightning having 3 games left on the slate. They would hold the ROW tiebreaker, which looms large if they can get some help and Montreal stubs their toe a couple of times in their last 4 games.

    One other point of interest, pun intended, is the Lightning got their 12th point tonight in this 10 game segment. In other words, the Lightning hit 12 points in every 10 game segment of the season but 1, and the miss was an 11 point segment. They may not be consistent game to game, but their frighteningly consistent segment to segment, which is very good compared to last season when they had about 3 misses, as I recall, along the way. Maturation.

    Slater Koekkoek had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 17:55. He was a stud tonight. He was active in all three zones and particularly in clearing out his front porch. You saw the total package of what Koekkoek can do and he nearly had an OT winner jumping into the play, to boot. Very impressive.

    Luke Witkowski had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:19 to go with 2 PIMs. He didn't play a perfect game, but he played a good one. I think, in particular, when the game got chippy in the Second Period it got right into Luke's wheelhouse and he started to really come alive.

    Nikita Nesterov was -2 with 4 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:38. The IT tells you the coaching staff appreciates what he's doing, but he's had some hard luck where his good two-way play hasn't paid off with pluses with the Lightning forwards struggling to pot goals.

    Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 hit and was 55% on 11 draws in 9:50. IT was down tonight, and it was hard to tell if he got dinged or if it was a coach's decision. Vladdy is at 40 NHL games this season, which means his next appearance will mark his graduation from prospect status on the website.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 21 weeks 4 days ago

    Semifinal Round
    (4)Sparta Praha 2 vs. (1)Trinec 1 (OT)
    Series Tied 2-2
    Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
    Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 5.71 GAA, .846 sv%
    Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
    Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

    Ex-Av Jaroslav Hlinka scored just 1:45 into OT to life Sparta Praha to a 2-1 Game Four victory and knot their Semifinals series with top seed Trinec at 2-2. Hlinka also had Sparta's regulation goal and ex-Leafs pick Karel Pilar had a pair of helpers in the win.

  • 21 weeks 4 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    First round

    QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 1
    Best-of-7 series tied, 2-2

    C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/22 FO, 1 Hit
    Playoff totals: 4 GP: 5-3-8, +3, 6 PIM
    With Sherbrooke: 37 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
    With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
    Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

    Sherbrooke took back home ice advantage from the Islanders, winning Game 4 on the road, 2-1. Game 5 is Friday in Charlottetown, then the final two games are back in Sherbrooke.

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    East-3 Calgary Hitmen 7 @ East-6 Kootenay Ice 2
    Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

    The Hitmen made a big statement in Cranbrook, taking both Game 3 and 4 from the Ice while scoring 15 goals. Connor Rankin (undrafted) had a hat trick in Game 4 and overtime hero (Games 1, 3) Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers) had four points. Lightning prospect Ben Thomas didn’t figure in on the scoring for any of the 15 goals, though he had an assist in both games in Calgary. The series goes back to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday.

  • 21 weeks 5 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    With a chance to clinch a playoff berth, the Syracuse Crunch came up just short.

    Albany lost in Manchester and Syracuse battled back from a pair of deficits, but the Crunch couldn't convert on five power play opportunities -- including one in overtime -- as they fell to the Binghamton Senators, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

    "There were significant opportunities both ways," said Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler. "At the end of the day, we couldn't get one on the power play. We had a chance 4-on-3 in overtime and we couldn't get it past him. We definitely had our chances to win it, we just couldn't. I was happy with the effort and I was happy with the chances, we just couldn't finish it off."

  • 21 weeks 5 days ago

    Crunch lose a tight one with reinforcements on the way.

    BNG-3
    SYR-2 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the OT loss. He made several key stops to allow the Crunch to secure 1 point in the contest.

    First Period
    BNG Prince, (24) (Camper), 4:05
    SYR Angelidis, (20) (Courtnall, Vermin), 12:32
    BNG Camper, (14) (Schneider, A. Grant), 17:53 (PP)

    Second Period
    SYR Martindale, (13) (Marchessault), 1:23

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    BNG Wideman, (17) (Dzingel), 3:06

    Gudlevskis was the game's third star.

    Syracuse has already lost Namestnikov and three regular defensemen to recall because of various injuries up top in Tampa Bay. They've gotten a little help with the signing of Brayden Point to an ATO and bringing the likes of Jared Nightingale back into the fold for a spell. They're about to get even more reinforcements, though, with today's signing of forward Matthew Peca and the word that goaltender Adam Wilcox is also likely to sign with the Lightning and may be assigned to Syracuse, as well. If they can get Koekkoek and Witkowski, at least, back from Tampa Bay and the likes of Tanner Richard back from injury, this could take a decent Syracuse roster to the level of a reasonable title contender in the playoffs. If one or two other active junior players can also join in the fun, all the better.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 21 weeks 5 days ago

    Semifinal Round
    (4)Sparta Praha 4 vs. (1)Trinec 1
    Trinec Leads the Series 2-1
    Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
    Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 5.71 GAA, .846 sv%
    Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
    Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

    26 year old Slovenian Robert Sabolic and ex-Av Jaroslav Hlinka each had 2 goals to help Sparta Praha defeat Trinec 4-1 in Game Three of their Semifinal series. Starter Filip Novotny made 23 saves for the win while Jaroslav Janus sat backup for Sparta. Game Four is Thursday.

  • 21 weeks 5 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    First round

    QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6
    Cape Breton leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/9 FO, 2 Hits
    Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Quebec fought back from 4-1 and 5-1 deficits to tie the game, only to lose it on a late goal by the Eagles. The heavily favored Remparts are in danger of falling two games behind Cape Breton in the series when the teams play again Thursday.

    Ontario Hockey League
    Western Conference Quarterfinals

    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ West-8 Saginaw Spirit 0
    Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

    D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, +4, 4 PIM
    With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
    With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

    Anthony DeAngelo failed to register a point for the first time in 27 games and only second time since joining the Greyhounds. The team got the road win, however, and the Hounds can close out the series Thursday.

    Note: Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is out for the season due to injury.

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    East-3 Calgary Hitmen 8 @ East-6 Kootenay Ice 7
    Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

    Calgary’s Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers) scored his second overtime winner of the series to lift the Hitmen to an 8-7 win Tuesday and a 2-1 series lead. Kootenay scored with four seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Ben Thomas was scoreless for the Hitmen.

  • 21 weeks 6 days ago

    The needle hits E in Toronto.

    TB-1
    TOR-3

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He wasn't the reason the team lost, but one or two semi-soft goals definitely made the sledding a lot more comfortable for Toronto. In a game like this, the Lightning really needed Andrei to be flawless.

    First Period
    8:53 TOR Kadri (17), (Lindstrom, Brennan)(PP)
    12:03 TOR Booth (7), (unassisted)
    18:04 TB Callahan (23), (Palat, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    0:24 TOR Rielly (8), (Kadri, Gardiner)

    Shots were 41-28 Lightning, so I'm not going to say the Lightning were somehow dogging it or that they had a let down in a trap game. I just think they almost emptied out the tank against Montreal, so they simply couldn't muster the same intensity level and didn't have the extra gear against Toronto. Not with all the injuries they are trying to work through, anyway. And, the Leafs got a great performance from Reimer, which compounded things.

    I hate to see the Lightning's division title hopes in peril like this, on the one hand. On the other, I don't want to see this team dead dragging tired going into the opening round of the playoffs, either. It's a boon to be able to get Bishop some rest like he did tonight, and it might also be a silver lining if circumstances allow them to take their foot off the gas the last couple of games of the year and give guys like Palat and Paquette a little more time off to get right for the postseason, on top of all the guys who are already on the shelf.

    Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 2 shots in 15:31. Didn't look horribly out of place, and the old Joe Reekie number looks good on him. Thought he showed as advertised. I feel like he'll challenge for a roster spot in the Fall, and his progress will be very important for the success of the team next year. You figure he'll either make the squad or be the first call up from Syracuse if he doesn't make it.

    Luke Witkowski had 2 shots, 6 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:50. 3 giveaways is a little bit of an ugly number, but all in all he handled the extra workload reasonably well.

    Nikita Nesterov was -1 with 5 shots and 2 hits in 22:11. The minutes don't lie. He's the guy the coaching staff turned to in order to fill the gap, and I suspect they're not at all displeased.

    Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:12 and was 56% on draws. He's 2 games from graduation from prospect status on the site.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 22 weeks 1 hour ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    First round

    QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 5
    Charlottetown leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

    C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 9/19 FO, 1 Hit
    Playoff totals: 3 GP: 5-2-7, +3, 4 PIM
    With Sherbrooke: 37 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
    With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
    Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

  • 22 weeks 1 hour ago

    The most dangerous animal is a wounded animal.

    TB-5
    MTL-3

    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory. The percentage wasn't nice, but the degree of difficulty was high on many of Bishop's denials. Considering he was playing behind Anton Stralman and some road cones by the end of the night, it was a masterful performance.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    1:24 TB Namestnikov (8), (Stamkos, Bishop)
    4:24 MTL Pacioretty (37), (Plekanec, Markov)(SH)
    4:57 TB Drouin (3), (Stralman, Bishop)(PP)
    18:07 TB Kucherov (28), (Namestnikov, Palat)

    Third Period
    0:23 MTL Petry (5), (Eller)
    6:21 TB Namestnikov (9), (Palat)
    16:10 MTL Subban (14), (Beaulieu, Desharnais)(PP)
    19:03 TB Stralman (9), (Boyle)(EN)

    Vladislav Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars.

    Let's recap, shall we? The Lightning entered this game down 3 regular defensemen (Coburn, Garrison, and Sustr) and an all-star centerman (Johnson). By the end of the game, they lost Victor Hedman to an undisclosed injury that led him to skate just 1 shift in the Third Period. By all rights, the Lightning could have just folded. Montreal, having not won against Tampa Bay all season and seeing an opportunity to jump out to a potential 3 point lead in the division at home with precious few games left to go, had everything to play for. Everything in the stew was against the Lightning. Right?

    Wrong. The Lightning just rolled over Montreal like a conquering, unstoppable army to complete a 5-0-0 sweep against the Habs this season. They outshot them 44-28 and outplayed them so badly the Canadiens were booed off their home ice at the end of the Second Period. That wasn't a game. That was the Lightning reaching into Montreal's chest cavity, pulling their heart out, and then feeding it to them. That was a team that outworked Montreal by such a wide margin that it was irrelevant who was back on defense, because for much of the night Montreal simply could not get the puck long enough to put any pressure on the precocious children wearing white Tampa Bay jerseys for it to matter an iota. I've never seen a team that unbelievably undermanned outplay a playoff caliber team by such an unbelievably wide margin. It was majestic. I have no clue who the Lightning will have left to play defense by the time they roll into Toronto tomorrow night. They might have to pull the first kid out of the stands with a Stamkos jersey on and give him a pair of skates at this rate. It doesn't matter, though. I just want to spend the next 18 hours or so basking in the unmistakable power of what this Lightning team is capable of when it truly decides it wants to do something. The last time I felt this good was one of the Lightning's ECF wins in the 7 game series against Boston.

    Also, I'd like to say Cedric Paquette is the baddest man on the planet. Dump Truck truly is made of steel. 1 shot, 7 hits, and 1 blocked shot. He had an axle bent at an unnatural angle against the goal post in Detroit and looked absolutely done for the season. And yet, there he is, taking the first shifts and the last shifts of a win in his home province against Montreal. That's a tough man. That's the living embodiment of Lightning want-to.

    The Lightning closed back to within 1 point of Montreal for the division lead with both teams having 5 games left to play on the schedule. The Lightning win clinches a playoff spot (foregone conclusion) and puts them at triple-digit points for the season at 101. I have no clue if the Lightning, given how many guys are injured, can finish off this division title run and grab hold of the banner. I do know, unequivocally though, the Lightning are a better team than Montreal. The tape of these 5 games doesn't lie.

    Luke Witkowski was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 13:09. He did what we've come to expect of Witkowski. Move it quickly and don't put yourself in peril. Show snarl when called for. Simple. Efficient.

    Nikita Nesterov was +2 with 3 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:03. He showed a lot of hustle and jam in his own third of the rink tonight to go along with the usual acumen he has in the offensive third. This was a really good rebound game after the rust he showed against Detroit.

    Namestnikov had 2 goals, 3 points, and was +3 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:57. He was also 64% on 11 draws. He stepped into Tyler Johnson's spot alongside Kucherov and Palat and played every bit like an all star. Close your eyes and imagine the Lightning lineup with Namestnikov and Drouin with 1 more year of seasoning at this time next season. Glorious, isn't it? Baby Faced Killer is now 3 games away from graduation from prospect status on the website.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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