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NHL Game Night: 1-30-19 Lightning at Penguins

Post All-Star Break malaise dooms Lightning early.

TB-2
PIT-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss. He needed to be better tonight under the circumstances, but he was pretty rusty from the layoff, too.

First Period
3:25 PIT Sheahan (7), (Wilson, Letang)
8:05 PIT Kessel (21), (Rust, Malkin)
8:21 PIT Crosby (22), (Simon)

Second Period
6:02 PIT Letang (12), (Kessel, Malkin)

Third Period
15:50 TB Miller (8), (Killorn, McDonagh)
17:56 TB Stamkos (27), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Just kind of a schedule loss. Pittsburgh got their clunker out of the way against New Jersey coming out of the break and so they had the rust off against a Lightning team that hadn't. And it's not like the Lightning were awful. They didn't fully have their legs, but they did outshoot the Pens 35-22 including 16-5 in the opening frame. It's just a little bit of lack of mental sharpness early and some dead legs mixed in (ahem, Dan Girardi). Pittsburgh's a team that will make you pay even on just a handful of mental lapses, and so it was a bad schedule spot against a team well-suited to jump on Lightning errors. C'est la vie. I don't read too much into it, especially given the Lightning won the final 40 minutes 2-1.

Impossible to really evaluate Kendall Coyne as a color analyst on the NBCSN broadcast when she's getting stepped on by the creepiness of Pierre McGuire. "I'll be your cage tonight?" Really?

Adam Erne was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:21.

Erik Cernak had 6 hits and 2 blocked shots in 18:52.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Weiss Hockey: 1-30-19

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Quick Hits – What happened in hockey this week

- New podcast this week was VERY Peter Chiarelli heavy. Since, you know, he got fired.

- Yes, the big news this week before the All Star break was that Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli was fired. Not sure why? Might be trading future MVP Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, who is meh. Or giving up the draft pick that ended up as Mat Barzal for... Griffin Reinhart? Or... actually, I don't have enough time to make a full list. That's not a good thing for Chiarelli, and it's absolutely not a good thing for Oilers fans.

CHL Game Night: 1-27-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 3

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/14 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 48 GP, 24-39-63, +37, 21 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier scored the eventual game-winning goal early in the third period to stop a potential Moncton comeback bid and give the Drakkar their thirteenth straight win. They are second on the league table, eight points behind Rouyn-Noranda and two points up on Drummondville. On Sunday, Baie-Comeau bolted out to a 3-0 lead before Moncton cut the lead to 3-2 entering the third period. Fortier made it 4-2.

Blainville-Boisbriand 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 28 GP, 5-17-22, +13, 24 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

The Oceanic got two assists from Radim Salda on their way to a 5-2 home win over the visiting Armada. Alexis Lafreniere (2020) had two goals and two assists for Rimouski. The 17-year-old former No. 1 overall QMJHL pick has 73 points on the year, tied for third among all league players.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (OT)

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/5 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 8-12-20, -28, 14 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Go figure. One game after losing 7-2 at home to last-place Flint, the Rangers responded with an overtime win in the Soo. The Greyhounds have the third-most points in the league.

ECHL Game Night: 1-26-19 Solar Bears at Gladiators

Orlando Solar Bears 3 @ Atlanta Gladiators 2 (OT)

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 23 GP, 6-7-13, -5, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Martin Ouellette, ORL: Win, 32 saves on 34 shots, *Third Star*
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 16 GP, 10-5-1, 2.99 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 2 GP, 1-0-0, 0.77 GAA, .955 sv%, 0 SO
17-18 Totals (FLA): 42 GP, 33-5-2, 2.02 GAA, .931 sv%, 4 SO

D Oleg Sosunov, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 13 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 16 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 5 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Moose Jaw, WHL): 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 18 GP, 11-10-21, +7, 16 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

Orlando spotted Atlanta a 2-0 lead before chipping away for a 3-2, comeback overtime win. Former Prince George Cougar Tayler Thompson scored in overtime - his second goal of the season. Martin Ouellette made his first Orlando appearance since his good showing for AHL Syracuse in January, earning the Third Star award Saturday.

The Solar Bears (21-17-3-0) have the week off before traveling to Greenville and Atlanta again next weekend. Both teams are behind Orlando on the league table.

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