Hangover in Carolina.
Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss. This was one of the rare nights Bishop was clearly outplayed by his counterpart at the other end of the rink. His failure to make the Third Period save on Tlusty on a puck he should've gotten really put a fork in any Lightning hopes to pull it out tonight.
0:22 CAR E. Staal (16), (J. Staal)
6:05 CAR Gerbe (5), (Lindholm, Bellemore)
14:05 TB Paquette (6), (Drouin, Sustr)
8:27 CAR Faulk (9), (J. Staal)(PP)
14:06 TB Boyle (10), (unassisted)(SH)
7:53 CAR Tlusty (12), (Faulk, E. Staal)
Tonight was just a confluence of a number of things, and it's probably important not to overreact too much to the result, even though it's clearly a loss against an opponent the team should beat. First, and most obviously, the team had an All-Star Break hangover. It took them 8 minutes to get into the game, and the 2 goals they spotted the Hurricanes in that time period turned out to be the difference. That was aided by some bad puck luck against the team. Carolina's first two goals were of the very greasy variety. And then you had Bishop playing really subpar relative to his usual standards. You just have to expect those three things won't happen again with higher stakes against Detroit next time out.
Cedric Paquette had a goal and was +2 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 13:16. He was also 50% on draws. You could make an argument he was the Lightning's best player tonight, although that might be a low bar to clear. Paquette is now 2 games away from graduation from prospect status on the website.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:19. He came out flying tonight, especially in the First Period. He had 5 attempted shots on goal, and he was rewarded with increased ice time. Drouin is now 3 games away from graduation from prospect status on the website.
Nikita Nesterov was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 15:56. I don't think he was as bad as the -2 indicates, but I also don't think he was influencing the game positively to the same degree he was leading into the break.
Tappara 1 vs. HPK 2 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM
Ex-Senators farmhand Craig Schira had the shootout winner for HPK in their 2-1 win over Tappara. Lightning prospect Saku Salminen played 11:42 in the match but had a team high 7 shots on goal.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (OT)
C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 14/28 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 16 GP, 11-14-25, -2, 12 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-27-39, -8, 26 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy had two assists Sunday to give him a four-point weekend (2G, 2A). Sherbrooke beat the Armada, 4-3, in overtime on Sunday. Darcy assisted on the game-winner, which was a power play overtime marker. Cedric Paquette, who played for the Armada, was at one of the team’s games earlier this week while the Lightning were on break.
Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Guelph Storm 5 (SO)
D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 7 GP, 1-12-13, +3, 10 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 11-40-51, +4, 74 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo extended his point streak to six games with two more assists on Sunday. The defenseman has a goal and 12 assists over those six games. The Soo remains undefeated in the seven games DeAngelo has played for them.
Sarnia Sting 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-16-31, -8, 81 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto (pictured) set a new career high for points in a season last game and built on it Sunday with two more assists. He has points in 12 of his last 14 games.
Peterborough Petes 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, -21, 53 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin now has five points in his last five games, his best stretch of the season.
Western Hockey League
Vancouver Giants 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 8
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary won its fourth straight game, putting a snowman on the scoreboard against visiting Vancouver.
Florida Everblades 3 at South Carolina Stingrays 2
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 7-9-16, +6, 17 PIM, 42 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, DND
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-4-0-3, 2.76 GAA, 0.898 SV%, 3 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 30 GP, 6-10-16, E, 26 PIM, 55 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
The Everblades rallied for three goals in the 3rd period to snatch victory from the Stingrays. Artem Sergeev dropped the mits in the 1st period in a rare fighting major. Not sure if there's a goaltending controversy brewing in Flordia or if it's just head coach Greg Poss managing three goalies, but Allen York didn't even dress in Sunday's game against South Carolina. The Everblades return to Estero for a three game homestand against the Stingrays and Greenville.
The #BPMailbag returns this week as I take advantage of some off time during the All-Star break. Thanks to those who submitted questions.
@BoltProspects handicap these possibilities for back up goalie next season, Vasy, Gudlevskis, veteran free agent on one year deal #BPMailbag
This isn’t as simple as some may think as Vasilevskiy, whom many assume is in line for the backup role next year after Evgeni Nabokov’s contract runs out, needs to get games to maintain positive development.
If a free agent is acquired, it will be a one-year deal leaving the door open for Vasilevskiy/Gudlevskis in 2016-2017. Complicating matters, though, is Vasilevskiy playing himself out of the AHL. It may be a case where he’s too good to keep out of the NHL.