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ECHL Game Night: 2-19-13

Florida Everblades 5 vs. Gwinnett Gladiators 4

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 1-3-4, +3, 31 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 25 GP, 12-7-2, 3.09 GAA, 666 S / 736 SA (.905 SV%), 0 SO

Despite being more than doubled up in shots, Florida dispatched their heavyweight divisional rivals for the third-straight time, this time at home after taking both wins on the road over the weekend, to move within two points of a tie for 1st place. Florida built up a commanding 5-2 lead heading into the final frame on the strength of three power play tallies, including two in the first ten minutes of the contest. Both teams had six opportunities with the man advantage but Gwinnett, to Florida's credit, was only able to convert once. Gwinnett scored a shorthanded goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation to top off a furious third period comeback attempt during which the Gladiators held the Everblades to just two shots while posting fourteen of their own. Florida's captain and leading scorer Mathieu Roy notched a hat trick. Pat Nagle served as backup to Rob Madore for the third-straight game. Alex Hutchings and Charles Landry remain with Syracuse of the AHL. After playing four games over the last five days, Florida (28-17-9, 65 PTS) has a couple days to rest before playing host to Evansville (19-30-5, 43 PTS), which currently brings up the rear of the North Division, on Friday night.

Official Recap | Box Score

NHL Game Night: 2-19-13 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Back on a winning streak!

TOR-2
TB-4

Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory. Say what you want about old Anders, he's 7-3-1. Just win, baby.

First Period
09:25 TB Lecavalier (6), (Pouliot, St. Louis)
17:59 TOR Grabovski (4), (Kulemin, MacArthur)

Second Period
04:56 TB Stamkos (10), (Conacher, Pouliot)

Third Period
02:49 TB Killorn (2), (unassisted)
06:58 TB Carle (3), (Pouliot, Hedman)(PP)
16:08 TOR Van Reimsdyk (9), (Kessel, Bozak)

Vincent Lecavalier, Benoit Pouliot, and Matt Carle were the game's three stars.

Alex Killorn (pictured) had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:55. There's a reason he was given a real number like 17.

Richard Panik had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:20. Drew a penalty after missing the net on a scoring chance. Man he looks explosive, though.

Cory Conacher had an assist and 1 hit in 14:56. Watch out Honey Badger, Killorn's sneaking up on you in IT.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Prospect of the Week: February 19, 2013

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for February 19 is … Nikita Kucherov, W, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL – Canada)

Nikita Kucherov of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies is our Prospect of the Week for the fourth time this season, but this may have been his most impressive week of the year.

Kucherov, a 2011 second round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, had 12 points in three games last week, including two five-point games. He has three five-point games this season.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-18-13

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 5 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 2-22-24, -7, 51 PIM

Blujus (pictured) had a helper and got in his first OHL fight as the Battalion handled the 67’s in Ottawa, 5-3. Brampton scored three times in about 2 minutes early in the third period to break open a close game. Blujus (6-3, 195) fought Joseph Blandisi (5-11, 190).

Barrie Colts 0 @ Belleville Bulls 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-17-21, E, 64 PIM
With Barrie: 17 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 25 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin took three minor penalties as Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban stopped 29 shots to shut out the visiting Colts, 3-0. It was Subban’s third shutout of the year in 23 wins.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Guelph Storm 5

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play
Season totals: 43 GP, 8-45-53, +15, 90 PIM

Guelph scored a big win over division-rival Kitchener, 5-3, on Monday. Tanner Richard was not in the lineup due to an upper body injury.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

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