Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Kazan 2 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-15-35, E, 12 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -1 in 19:17 of ice time and failed to convert on his attempt in the Shootout in Yugra's 2-1 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. Kazan got a helper from their captain, ex-Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov, in the win. Svitov has 9 goals and 18 points in 45 games this season.
Yugra is a distant 21 points out of the final playoff spot in the East, sitting in 12th out of 14 teams.
Togliatti 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/32, 3.00 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 50 GP, 31-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%
Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of goals to lead Magnitogorsk to a 4-3 win over Lada Togliatti.
Magnitogorsk is 3rd in the Eastern Conference, 1 point behind Kazan for the top spot.
Mytischi 1 vs. St. Petersburg 0
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-8-9, E, 51 PIM
Ex-Preds 7th rounder Atte Engren turned aside all 31 shots he faced in Mytischi's 1-0 victory over SKA St. Petersburg. 21 year old Igor Levitsky, formerly of Gatineau in the QMJHL, had the only goal of the match.
Korobov's club sits in 9th in the Western Conference, 2 points out of the last playoff spot.
This week's edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:
· The No. 18
· Lightning-comparable Franson trade offer
· Rental deadline deal vs hockey trade
· Drouin for Ekman-Larsson?
· The price for Keith Yandle
· Is now the time to export a defenseman’s contract?
· Two prospects distancing themselves from others
· Interview with new Bolt prospect David “Brolldozer” Broll
To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.
Schedule (all times Eastern):
Fridays at 2, 5 and 11 PM
Saturdays at 5 PM
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 (OT)
C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 2-1-3, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/26 FO, 0 Hits, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 25 GP, 16-20-36, -9, 26 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 17-33-50, -14, 42 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy scored mid-way through overtime to give the Phoenix a 4-3 victory over the Sags. He also scored Sherbrooke’s third goal, which temporarily gave the home side a 3-2 lead in the third period.
Ontario Hockey League
Belleville Bulls 0 @ Peterborough Petes 3
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 7-18-25, -11, 66 PIM
2013-14 totals (Czech U20): 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Peterborough’s Matthew Mancina (undrafted) stopped all 30 shots he faced to shut out the visiting Bulls, 3-0. Masin continues his rise up the plus/minus chart after a horrific start to his North American hockey career. He was minus-21 at one point this season.
Ontario Hockey League
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8
D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
With SSM: 16 GP, 5-22-27, +14, 28 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 15-50-65, +15, 93 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo extended his point streak to 14 games with an assist, his 50th of the season. The Soo had seven different goal scorers.
Plymouth Whalers 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 1
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 16-18-34, -10, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto matched last year’s games-played total at 50.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Vancouver Giants 3 (OT)
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 23-37-60, +6, 38 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Moose Jaw forced overtime with an early third period goal, but the Giants prevailed in overtime, 3-2.
Everytime the Lightning carry a 3 goal lead into the Second Intermission an angel gets its wings.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory. He didn't have a ton of work after the First Period, but he made a handful of key saves over the course of the game to eventually allow the Lightning to stick this one in cruise control.
4:17 ANA Maroon (7), (Rakell, Palmieri)
4:31 TB Stralman (4), (Boyle, Drouin)
5:55 TB Johnson (22), (Palat, Garrison)
18:05 TB Kucherov (22), (Stralman, Palat)
19:39 TB Stamkos (31), (Killorn, Sustr)
Both teams in this contest played a very loose First Period defensively and could've had a handful of goals. Anaheim had a chance to really grab the game by the throat with a two goal lead early when they got a 2-on-0 breakaway, but their failure to convert turned the game into a race to see who could make the adjustments first, defensively. The Lightning, emphatically, took the game by the throat in the middle frame outshooting the Ducks 20-5 and building the three goal lead that allowed them to glide through the last 20 minutes. I find the stress-free lifestyle that affords Lightning fans to be a very good thing.
Steven Stamkos had 6-7 scoring chances in this game and Victor Hedman, although silent offensively, ended up blocking 9 (9!) shots on defense after looking a little iffy on Anaheim's only marker. I'll say it again, when the Lightning's two best non-goalie players play like their best players, everything tends to flow from there.
At the 60 game mark, the Lightning have ended another successful 10-game segment with 78 points, meaning they have 6 insurance points headed into the 7th 10-game segment of the year. 12 in 10 do it again, as we officially move into the stretch run of the season and the final quarter of the regular year. On paper, they should be able to get off to a solid start to the segment as the final two games of the road trip are against opponents in Phoenix and Colorado that don't have the same level of quality as the first three opponents. But, you know, games are played on ice not on paper.
Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot and 3 hits in 16:57. He got caught flat footed on one breakaway allowed to the Ducks, but was otherwise efficient.