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MHL Game Day: 1-20-17

Krylya Sovetov Jr. 1 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 52 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress as Loko Jr. again easily disposed of Krylya Sovetov Jr., today by a score of 6-1.

NHL Game Night: 1-19-17 Lightning at Sharks

Soft goal and lack of finishing doom promising Lightning performance.

TB-1
SJ-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss. His soft goal to start the Third Period ultimately became the margin of losing, which soft goals often do. Ben Bishop got away with it against the Kings and managed to salvage a point against the Ducks with questionable mistakes, but it's not sustainable for any team to regularly be spotting teams a free goal.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:01 SJ Carpenter (2), (Martin, Burns)
6:51 TB Drouin (14), (Boyle, Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
0:22 SJ Couture (15), (Labanc, Donskoi)

Jonathan Drouin was the game's second star. His highlight reel goal was the lone bright spot in another frustrating night at the office for the Lightning's finishers. They had some chances, but ultimately 25 shots and a correspondingly low number of overall scoring chances isn't enough. Better play is needed from the likes of Nikita Kucherov and the team's other big guns even as they start to get the defensive side of their game right.

The loss means Tampa Bay will again lose ground on playoff pacing in this 10-game segment of the season. How much? That remains to be seen. The team will be at least 7 points off pace by the end of the segment.

Luke Witkowski had 2 shots, 2 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:58.

Gabriel Dumont had 5 hits in 10:17.

Joel Vermin was -2 with 2 hits in 5:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 1-19-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 8 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 40 GP, 29-24-53, +18, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Sags got a goal early in the third period to tie the game, then won it in the skills competition. Somppi did not participate in the shootout. Canes prospect Nicolas Roy had two goals for Chicoutimi and Flyers first rounder German Rubstov had two assists in his first QMJHL game. Rubstov got out of his KHL contract to come to North America.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 14/22 FO
Season Totals: 41 GP, 12-19-31, -7, 18 PIM
With Petes: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

The Petes blew a 2-0 lead but recovered in the tiebreaker to take the extra point.

MHL Game Day: 1-19-17

Krylya Sovetov Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 52 PIM

28 games into his regular season, Oleg Sosunov remained scoreless for his campaign as he was held off the scoresheet in Loko Jr.'s 6-2 victory over Krylya Sovetov Jr. Loko Jr. now sits in third in the MHL Western Conference standings.

KHL Game Day: 1-19-17

St. Petersburg 3 vs. Jokerit 5
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 21-41-62, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a helper on Ilya Kovalchuk's game opening power play goal in SKA's 5-3 loss to Jokerit Helsinki. The forward played 15:35 in the extremely rare regulation loss for his club. Kovalchuk finished with a pair of goals in the defeat.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 85

This is this week’s “Petr Klima” edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The Klima defection story
· Drouinsanity 2.0
· Hedman-less Lightning
· Mid-season philosophical change?

(Note: The #BPMailbag will be a blog post later this week.)

Click here to listen

To listen on Lightning Power Play, go to Lightning Power Play. It airs Thursdays.

CHL Game Night: 1-18-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 8 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 40 GP, 29-24-53, +18, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan’s scoreless streak ended at a season-long four games when he scored midway through the second period to tie the game at one goal apiece. The Cataractes went out to score seven more times in two periods to win, 8-1, over the Volts.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (SO)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 42 GP, 20-17-37, +5, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Sault Ste. Marie had a 4-1 lead entering the third period and lost in a shootout. Flint scored all three of their third period goals in a little over four minutes. The shootout went five players deep before Flint won, 2-1. Katchouk did not participate in the tie-breaker.

Sarnia Sting 3 @ London Knights 2 (SO)

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 3/4 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 11-17-28, +16, 14 PIM
With London: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens had an assist and a few scoring chances as London suffered a rare home loss Wednesday. Sarnia improved to 6-1 in the shootout for the year by winning the skills competition, 1-0.

Western Hockey League

Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP: 3-18-21, -4, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek has six points in seven games in 2017. He’s also plus-5 in his last three games.

Moose Jaw Warriors @ Kelowna Rockets (late)

C Brett Howden, MJ-------
Season Totals: 32 GP, 22-26-48, +4, 35 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Game will be updated Thursday. Moose Jaw was winning 2-1 after two periods. Howden had one of the goals.

AHL Game Night: 1-18-17 Crunch at Devils

All square atop the North Division.

SYR-2
ALB-3 (OT)

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
6:04 ALB Kujawinski (2), (Camper, Sexton)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
7:12 ALB Mozik (4), (Scarlett, Gibbons)(PP)
10:47 SYR Gourde (13), (Thomas, Conacher)
13:17 SYR Richard (9), (Morin, Brodeur)

Overtime
1:17 ALB Rooney (8), (MacDonald, Sexton)

Tanner Richard was the game's third star.

The OT loss creates a tie in points atop the North Division with Syracuse and Albany each sitting at 42 points. Syracuse still holds 2 games in hand, however.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-17-17 Lightning at Ducks

Hockey gods unfair to the Lightning.

TB-1
ANH-2 (OT)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the loss. He played reasonably well, but you can make an argument his first goal allowed on a strange play where he vacated his crease before the whistle could be blown on a mask issue ultimately cost him a shutout and Tampa Bay a second point.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:36 TB Filppula (7), (Nesterov, Stralman)
4:57 ANH Getzlaf (6), (unassisted)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
0:54 ANH Rakell (19), (Kesler)(PP)

Jonathan Drouin was the game's third star. Best player on the ice, and it wasn't even close. Like many of the Lightning's players in the game, he had everything but the finish.

It's unfair really. This was probably the Lightning's best game of the season in all three zones. The attention to detail and hustle over the last couple of games has been amazing, and the Lightning pretty well dominated this game for 60 minutes with only the occasional uprising from Anaheim's top line. It's a shame the Lightning couldn't find one more finish, and it's a shame the Lightning ultimately lost the game on a power play off a penalty Tyler Johnson had to take in OT when he lost an edge pulling up in the offensive zone on a rush. The hockey gods are cruel.

The standings calculus is so dire right now it almost doesn't bear dwelling on. Suffice it to say the Lightning started to turn their game around about two weeks too late, and the margin of error for this segment is that they need to get 7 of 8 remaining points in this 10 game segment just to tread water relative to their position of 6 games ago.

Luke Witkowski had 2 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 9:22.

Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 8:03. He played a lot with Bournival and Paquette on a checking line that was absolutely fantastic in this contest. They were good against the Kings. They were dominant against guys well above their pay grade in this contest.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 1-17-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 7

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 41 GP, 27-11-38, +8, 62 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 30 GP, 26-24-50, +25, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph moved within one game of the Saint John record for consecutive games with a point as his two assists extended his streak to 21.

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 (SO)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/20 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 38 GP, 9-16-25, -11, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Halifax scored twice in the late third to send the game to overtime, which went scoreless. The Mooseheads won in a shootout.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 22-26-48, +4, 35 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 24 saves on 25 shots
Season Totals: 25 GP, 15-9-1-0, 2.08 GAA, .936 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram made his return to the Kamloops lineup after playing with Canada at the WJC’s, then a short vacation home. He lost his shutout mid-way through the third period but picked up the win over Brett Howden and Moose Jaw, 4-1.

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