Game Night Results

  • 3 weeks 6 days ago

    Disengage safety. Point at foot. Pull trigger. Repeat.

    TB-3
    PIT-6

    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 10 shots before being pulled for Evgeny Nabokov who allowed 2 on 18 shots the rest of the way for the dreaded back door loss. If there was a silver lining out of this game, it might have been that Nabby looked like an NHL goaltender in relief tonight.

    First Period
    1:56 PIT Kunitz (12), (Letang, Crosby)(PP)
    6:50 PIT Ebbett (1), (Malkin, Despres)
    13:39 PIT Malkin (17), (Ebbett, Rust)
    15:11 TB Boyle (7), (Palat, Carle)

    Second Period
    12:48 TB Hedman (4), (Johnson, Palat)
    17:07 PIT Ehrhoff (3), (Bennett, Crosby)

    Third Period
    11:18 TB Killorn (9), (Stralman, Hedman)
    11:52 PIT Downie (6), (Crosby, Spaling)
    19:55 PIT Downie (7), (Letang, Crosby)(EN)

    I have some complaints with some shady things that happened in this game, but ultimately the Lightning shot themselves in the foot in this game. Stralman allowed his pocket to be picked on the very first shift of the game that led to a minor penalty and a power play goal, and the team instantly fell behind the eight ball. Stamkos made a turnover at the Lightning blueline on the third goal to put the team down 3-0 in the First Period, which is a crusher you try to avoid, and then two Lightning defenders get beat behind the net on a 50/50 puck by Crosby leading to Downie's insurance goal less than a minute after Killorn drew it to 4-3.

    Now, the shady stuff still needs to be mentioned. On the second Penguins goal, Malkin hits the post and the Pittsburgh arena folks decide to blow the goal horn and fire up a strobe light on Bishop's crease as Ebbett comes in to score on the ensuing chance. Later, on the Ehrhoff goal to help Pittsburgh re-establish a 2 goal lead after Hedman pulled it to 3-2, you had a situation where a Pens stick was actually stuck in Stralman's visor before the rush that led to the goal and the ref actually came over to help Stralman and didn't make a call. Lunacy. Both of those plays were minor league/bush league quality stuff, and then we later got to witness Crosby rear naked choke out Connolly on a goal mouth scrum and get away with nothing called, just to add insult to injury. None of the above incidents are why the Lightning lost, but they're troubling examples of why you feel like the Lightning have to be THAT MUCH BETTER against a league darling like the Pens to realistically have a chance to win. It's shameful, really.

    The same things keep happening night after night that end up being the difference between winning and losing and I don't see them improving consistently. The brain fart turnovers by veteran players just can't continue to happen. Details matter against quality teams like Pittsburgh. The power play (0-for-3 tonight) continues to come up dry at key points of the game and the guys who are supposed to be the team's best skaters (Stamkos and Callahan) continue to struggle to find the scoresheet consistently. When you sprinkle in that the team still is trying to figure out how Drouin fits into the puzzle, it's a maddening mystery soup right now. If these things start to get corrected, it's easy to see this team becoming a juggernaut. If they don't, it's just as easy to see how this thing could start to go pear-shaped.

    With the loss, the Lightning finish the 4th 10-game segment of the season with 11 points, 1 point shy of the 12 point minimum target. They entered with 5 insurance points, fortunately, so they still have 4 insurance points heading into segment 5. The team's at a bit of a crossroads right now, though, and this is why Jon Cooper gets paid the big bucks.

    Cedric Paquette was -2 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 15:39. He was on the ice for the Stamkos turnover goal and that abomination Ehrhoff goal, so I can't be too mad. Still, I keep wondering if and when a shakeup gets made if Paquette may end up having to go down to make way for Namestnikov.

    Jonathan Drouin was -1 with 1 shot, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:54. He, also, was on the ice for the Stamkos turnover goal. I really wish the coaching staff would figure out a role for Drouin and a set of linemates and stick with it. The kid's skill level is off the charts. He makes stick handling moves with the pace and violence of a boxer's punches, and his playmaking abilities are very evident. There's just no continuity with how he's being used, though, and he's the kind of player where I think linemates need to get used to him because of what a high-level setup guy he is.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 3 weeks 6 days ago

    HPK 2 vs. Pelicans 5
    Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 20 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 2 PIM

    Ex-Coyotes pick Tyler Redenbach had 1 goal and 3 points to lead Pelicans to a 5-2 victory over HPK. Saku Salminen played 13:34 in defeat for HPK.

  • 4 weeks 14 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 (SO)

    C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/23 FO, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
    With Sherbrooke: 6 GP, 7-7-14, -3, 4 PIM
    With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
    Season totals: 28 GP, 8-20-28, -9, 18 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

    Darcy extended his point streak to eight games and goal-scoring streak to four games. He has seven goals in the last four games, all wins for Sherbrooke.

    Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3 (OT)

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 13/22 FO, 1 Hit
    Season totals: 32 GP, 22-25-47, +20, 40 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Quebec won its fourth straight game, defeating Rimouski in overtime after blowing a 2-0 lead.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Plymouth Whalers 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 30 GP, 12-9-21, -12, 57 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

    One game after scoring eight goals against the Whalers, Windsor allowed six en route to a tough, 6-4 home loss. DiGiacinto has a three-game goal-scoring streak. His goal with under six minutes left in regulation cut Plymouth’s lead to 5-4. The Whalers added a late empty-netter.

    Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
    Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
    Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia), with Team USA
    Dominik Masin (Peterborough),with Team Czech Republic

  • 4 weeks 18 hours ago

    Group A
    Canada 5 vs. USA 3
    Anthony DeAngelo, USA, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

    Brayden Point, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Tournament totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM

    Anthony DeAngelo scored Team USA's first goal on the PP, but had a key turnover late in the game that led to an EN goal that turned out to be Canada's winner in their 5-3 victory in the last game of the round robin. Brayden Point watched the proceedings from the pine. Coyotes first rounder Max Domi led the way for Canada with 2 goals. Wings first rounder Dylan Larkin, obviously the revelation of the tournament, had 2 goals in defeat for the Americans.

    Group B
    Russia 1 vs. Czech Republic 4
    Dominik Masin, Czech Republic, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

    Dominik Masin had a helper on Czech Republic's early Third Period insurance goal in their 4-1 spanking of Russia. Undrafted Patrik Zdrahal had the goal and finished the contest with 2 goals to lead the Czechs. Blues 2nd rounder Ivan Barbashev had Russia's lone goal in defeat.

  • 4 weeks 1 day ago

    Florida Everblades 2 at South Carolina Stingrays 0

    D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 23 GP, 6-7-13, +7, 10 PIM, 35 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Allen York, FLA, Recalled to Syracuse
    Season totals: 17 GP, 13-3-0-1, 2.45 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 2 SO

    F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 6-5-11, +3, 24 PIM, 40 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 5-7-12, E, 11 PIM, 38 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    A night after a 2nd Star effort, Blades goalie Andy Iles pitched a 28-shot shutout. Lightning camper Mike Aviani got the only assist on Florida's first goal, and Jeff Costello added the unassisted empty netter with under a minute remaining to seal the victory. The Everblades next stop on the road trip is Greenville on Friday night.

    Wichita Thunder 4 at Missouri Mavericks 3

    F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
    Season totals (ECHL): 30 GP, 14-15-29, +3, 37 PIM, 98 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

    D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 30 GP, 0-5-5, -11, 66 PIM, 31 SOG

    The Thunder closed out 2014 by completing the home-and-home sweep of the Mavericks with a 4-3 victory Wednesday night. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier notched a couple of assists in the victory, earning Third Star honors. Fellow prospect Daniel Milan registered a game worst -3 and falls to a team worst -11 on the season. Wichita heads back home to take on Quad City on Saturday night.

  • 4 weeks 1 day ago

    Lightning open a Third Period can of beat down.

    TB-5
    BUF-1

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 11 shots (not a typo) for the victory. He made a handful of key saves while the game was tight and the only goal he did allow was a point shot that deflected off of Hedman's stick and took a crazy bounce in on net.

    First Period
    7:48 TB Carle (4), (Palat)
    12:33 BUF Ennis (9), (Zadorov, Moulson)(PP)

    Second Period
    19:02 TB Palat (9), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)

    Third Period
    5:20 TB Connolly (7), (Stralman, Palat)
    8:40 TB Kucherov (16), (Johnson, Stralman)
    18:05 TB Kucherov (17), (Palat, Johnson)

    Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars.

    The Lightning, for about 30 minutes, didn't look like they wanted to be in Buffalo (well, yeah). In the Third Period, they outshot Buffalo 14-1 and absolutely dismantled the young Sabres. It was a clinic put on by the triplets line to put 2014 to bed the right way.

    Now, here's the interesting part: the Lightning now have 11 points in this 10-game segment of the season with 1 more game to play. Despite all their struggles this month, they may still hit 12 points over this 10-game stretch, and at a minimum, they'll have 4 insurance points heading into the second half of the campaign. Nice.

    Cedric Paquette had 3 hits and 1 blocked shot and was 40% on draws in 17:00 of ice time. He had the hit of the game smoking Josh Gorges after a failed breakaway by Steven Stamkos.

    Jonathan Drouin had 1 shot in 14:08.

    Nikita Nesterov was +1 in 15:02 in his NHL debut. He made a key play breaking up a 2-on-1 that nearly resulted in a goal at the other end when Stamkos hit a crossbar. In all, he wasn't noticeable, but that's a positive for a rookie d-man.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 1 day ago

    A power play worse than Tampa Bay's.

    SYR-1
    RCH-4

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss. The number looks ugly, but I can't be mad about any of the three goals. The first was a clean faceoff loss and a seeing eye point shot through a ton of traffic. Second goal was a breakaway after an awful Gourde turnover where Kristers got the first shot but got beat on the rebound. Third goal was a 2-on-1 where Blujus failed to block the pass across and Blunden couldn't catch up to the goal scorer.

    First Period
    SYR Koekkoek, (2) (Kunyk, Gourde), 7:58
    RCH Leduc, (2) (Varone), 16:41

    Second Period
    RCH Reid, (5) , 7:42
    RCH Dalpe, (6) (Schaller, Bagnall), 11:34 (SH)

    Third Period
    RCH Irwin, (4) (Ellis), 18:40 (EN)

    Syracuse was 0-for-8 on the power play. Unlike Tampa Bay, though, which has plenty of finishers, I think the Crunch suffer from having only 1 or 2 pure finishers like Marchessault. As a consequence, they should be playing more of a shot/rebound style of basic PP, but that's not what they seemed interested in doing today.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 2 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Windsor Spitfires 8 @ Plymouth Whalers 4

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 29 GP, 11-9-20, -12, 53 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

    Windsor won their second straight game, putting up a snowman in Plymouth. DiGiacinto had a goal and an assist in both wins.

    Western Hockey League

    Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 8

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 27 GP, 3-12-15, -1, 12 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

    Calgary also put up a snowman, 8-2 over Lethbridge. Ben Thomas was a team-worst minus-2 despite the plus-4 even-strength goal disparity. He and one other Hitman were on the minus side of even.

    Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
    Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
    Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia), with Team USA
    Dominik Masin (Peterborough),with Team Czech Republic

  • 4 weeks 2 days ago

    Florida Everblades 3 at Gwinnett Gladiators 1

    D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 22 GP, 6-7-13, +7, 8 PIM, 34 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Allen York, FLA, Recalled to Syracuse
    Season totals: 17 GP, 13-3-0-1, 2.45 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 2 SO

    F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 18 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 24 PIM, 38 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 5-6-11, -1, 11 PIM, 36 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    With Allen York recalled to Syracuse as a ripple effect of Vasilevskiy's recall to Tampa, Andy Iles stopped 27 Gladiator shots for his 2nd victory since being claimed off waivers on December 2nd from Alaska. Jeff Costello notched the primary assist on Florida's first goal late in the 2nd period, a power play marker that knotted the game at one apiece. The Everblades take on the Stingrays in Charleston New Year's Eve.

    Missouri Mavericks 2 at Wichita Thunder 3 OT

    F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 29 GP, 14-13-27, +1, 37 PIM, 96 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

    D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 29 GP, 0-5-5, -8, 64 PIM, 30 SOG

    The Thunder extended their win streak with an OT win over the Mavericks in Central Division play Tuesday night. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier broke open a scoreless game late in the 2nd period with Wichita's first goal. Wichita completes the home-and-home with the Mavericks in Missouri New Year's Eve.

  • 4 weeks 2 days ago

    HPK 1 vs. SaiPa 4
    Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 19 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 2 PIM

    Saku Salminen was -1 in 9:49 of ice time in HPK's 4-1 loss to SaiPa. HPK now sits at 8th on the 14 team Liiga table. The top 10 teams in the league make the postseason.

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