Mathieu Darche is hoping life begins at 30, a ripe time to become a National Hockey League regular.
Darche has been a minor-league star for years, but the St. Laurent native has never been able to catch on permanently with an NHL club.
He's hoping, almost praying, this year will be different as a third-line winger with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"As long as I'm here, I don't ask questions," Darche said before last night's faceoff against the Bruins in Boston.
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Boston continues to be unholy ground for the Lightning.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 23 shots in the loss. Two of the goals went through Holmer, albeit one on a deflection and one through a screen, and the final Bruins goal resulted from a Holmqvist whiff on a pass across the top of his crease he clearly should've gotten. You can't say he cost the Lightning the game tonight because Thomas was unsolvable for the B's, but it might be time for Marc Denis to get his first start.
Boston 3:48, Peter Schaefer 1 (Andrew Ference)
Boston 19:50, Marco Sturm 2 (Andrew Ference, Patrice Bergeron)
Boston 9:49, Mark Stuart 1 (Marc Savard, Chuck Kobasew)
Boston 16:19, Marco Sturm 3 (Patrice Bergeron, Glen Murray)
Thanks to the fine folks in the Norfolk media relations department and our own Tim Bennett, I'm going to get the opportunity to interview Admirals Head Coach Stirling and Admirals GM/Lightning Assistant GM Claude Loiselle Saturday morning before/after the morning skate.
So, with that in mind, I'm throwing this open to the readers: are there any particular questions you'd like answered about the Admirals or the Lightning prospect system? I'll have the laptop and, supposedly, high speed internet at the hotel so feel free to post your suggestions today, tonight, and all Friday and I'll try to run them by Coach and Claude.
Seattle Thunderbirds 2 @ Chilliwack Bruins 6
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Loss, 14 saves on 17 shots, Pulled in first period.
Helenius, the WHL goaltending leader in GAA and Save Percentage entering the game, was pulled just after the 15 minute mark of the first period with the T-Birds down 3-0. Jacob DeSerres came in and stopped 30 of 33 shots in relief as Chilliwack peppered Seattle with 50 shots. The Bruins, who are 7-1-1-1 in their second year of existence, held 19-4 and 36-9 shots-on-goal advantages after the first and second periods. The Thunderbirds managed just 15 shots in the fight-filled game.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Regina Pats 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Fadden had a rare scoreless game. He had minor penalties for holding and roughing. The 'Canes have lost four in a row.
Prince George Cougars 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 1
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
A quiet night for Tyrell on the stat sheet, but thatâ€™s 3 wins in 4 games for the Cougars on their eastern road trip so far. They began the trip with a 1-6-0-0 record.