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NHL Game Night: 11-25-16 Blue Jackets at Lightning

Thanksgiving hangover dooms Lightning.


Ben Bishop allowed 5 goals on 38 shots for the loss. You couldn't fault him on the first four goals, but the lack of concentration on Columbus' Third Period insurance marker was... troubling.

First Period
3:46 CBJ Wennberg (4), (Saad, Johnson)
8:35 CBJ Foligno (8), (Atkinson, Werenski)

Second Period
8:33 TB Kucherov (11), (Johnson, Palat)
9:02 CBJ Anderson (6), (Hartnell)
18:28 TB Garrison (1), (Filppula, Witkowski)

Third Period
3:37 TB Palat (4), (Kucherov, Hedman)
4:34 CBJ Saad (5), (Wennberg)
11:13 CBJ Atkinson (8), (unassisted)(SH)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

As was the case in Syracuse's game, a Lightning Thanksgiving hangover at home was predictable, but nonetheless unacceptable. Columbus flat out dominated a flat Lightning team in the First Period to stake a 2-0 lead, and with a crossbar and post thrown in, it could've been 4-0. The Lightning showed resiliency to battle back the rest of the game, but their defensemen as a group played the dumbest game they've probably played in years. Some of the turnovers and weak plays along the wall they made were just unbelievable for a group with the experience and pedigree of these players. Ultimately, a soft play in the corner by Garrison led to Saad's eventual game winner and an unbelievable turnover by Hedman on the PP led to Atkinson's insurance goal. Tack that on to about a half dozen idiotic mistakes by Nikita Nesterov and other turnovers by Coburn and Sustr that could've led to goals against versus a more skilled team, and you have a classic example of why I wouldn't be a good coach. Because, simply put, I'd be in jail right now for strangling the whole bloody lot of them. Idiotic. Dumb. Moronish. Brain dead. Imbecilic. Pathetic.

Get well soon, Anton Stralman, because I can't take another night of THAT.

Brayden Point was -1 in 12:42.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with his first NHL assist and 2 penalty minutes in 8:26.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:31. He and Witkowski might've been the only Lightning d-men tonight who didn't make a completely boneheaded mistake at some point.

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AHL Game Night: 11-25-16 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch overcome turkey coma to clip Marlies in OT.

SYR-5 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the OT win.

First Period
3:41 TOR Kapanen (9), (Greening, Holl)
12:46 TOR Froese (9), (Leipsic)

Second Period
1:01 TOR Greening (3), (Clune)(SH)
2:10 SYR Morin (1), (Taormina, Comrie)(PP)
5:07 SYR Vermin (4), (Darcy, Peca)(PP)
5:42 SYR Bournival (5), (Masin)
15:00 TOR Rychel (3), (Leipsic, Valiev)(PP)
15:23 SYR Taormina (3), (Bournival, Letourneau-Leblond)

Third Period

1:59 SYR Blujus (1), (Walcott, Gourde)

Dylan Blujus and Gudlevskis were the game's first and third stars.

The Crunch having an early Thanksgiving hangover and falling behind 3-0 early at home was predictable but unacceptable. That was the theme of the night throughout the Lightning organization, by the way: the home Thanksgiving hangover. Fortunately, Syracuse showed a lot of resiliency in roaring back to life in the Second Period before Blujus eventually scored the winning goal in his return from injury. It's kind of a shame that Blujus got nicked up when he did given the injuries the Lightning have up top, because looking at his timetable he should be close to earning his first cup of coffee with the Lightning.

Syracuse pulls to within 3 points of the division lead with 2 games in hand on Albany. If they can go on a little run, first place seems there for the taking.

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Liiga Game Day: 11-25-16

Tappara 5 vs. SaiPa 4
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 39 PIM

Saku Salminen had an even strength goal midway through a contest where he skated for 7:24 of ice time as SaiPa eventually fell 5-4 to Tappara. Undrafted 20 year old Sebastian Repo (The Repo Man?) had 2 goals and 3 points in the win for Tappara.

CHL Game Night: 11-25-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 6 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (SO)

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 11/22 FO
Season Totals: 20 GP, 6-11-17, -1, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Benoit-Olivier Groulx, son of AHL Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx, had two assists and was first star, but Halifax fell at home to Quebec in a shootout. The Mooseheads blew a 2-goal lead in the third period. The younger Groulx is a top prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft. He has 14 points in 19 games as a 16-year-old QMJHL rookie.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 20 GP, 16-9-25, +6, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored his 16th goal of the season in Shawinigan’s win in Moncton. He had been on a 3-game goal-less streak.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ North Bay Battalion 1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 22 GP, 9-10-19, +2, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Katchouk was first star after scoring twice in North Bay. It was Katchouk’s second multi-goal game of the season.

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Erie Otters 5

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 20-29-49, +28, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh had an assist and newly assigned prospect Dylan Strome (Coyotes) had a goal and an assist as Erie beat Sudbury, 5-2. Strome was on a line with Raddysh and Chicago prospect Alex DeBrincat. Raddysh leads the OHL scoring race by six over DeBrincat.

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (OT)

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 2-7-9, +2, 10 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

Spencer (pictured) has seven points in his last nine games for the Petes. He is tied for third on the Petes in points by a defenseman. Tammela remains out with a persistent lower-body injury.

KHL Game Day: 11-24-16

Jokerit 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 15-28-43, +28, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev failed on his lone attempt of the penalty shot session and was -2 in SKA's 3-2 win over Jokerit Helsinki. Gusev played 14:45 in the match. Pavel Datsyuk had a helper and the Shootout winner for SKA in the win.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 78

This week’s “Michael Bournival Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 78
· ¬Call-ups – who and why
· Who’s stepping up in 91’s absence?
· Brayden Point looks permanent
· Why the Preds game shows how far TB has come
· Thanksgiving #BPMailbag (TB still conference contenders? … Next prospect to get excited about … Next draft priority … Exciting vs Business-like … BP history/future? … Howden progress … Green beans and onions … Which prospect is which Thanksgiving dish?)

CHL Game Night: 11-23-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM, 1 SOG, 4 Hits
Season Totals: 22 GP, 11-5-16, -2, 23 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, 8 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 22 GP, 21-14-35, +15, 23 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph scored his 21st of the year and Nathan Noel scored in the final minute to give the Sea Dogs a 4-3 win over the Eagles. Boko Imama fought Dillon Boucher (undrafted).

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Flint Firebirds 5

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/24 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-12-21, +9, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Flint scored twice in the final period to break a 3-3 tie claim the win. Mitchell Stephens extended his point streak to seven games. He has at least two points in his last three games.

Western Hockey League

Spokane Chiefs 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 2

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 25 saves on 28 shots
Season Totals: 20 GP, 11-8-1-0, 2.25 GAA, .930 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Spokane got some revenge on Kamloops, who beat the Chiefs, 6-4, last game.

AHL Game Night: 11-23-16 Crunch at Comets

Crunch get Demko'ed.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on just 15 shots for the loss. He found himself in a goaltending duel and couldn't help covert Syracuse's 32-15 shot surplus into a win.

First Period
8:45 UTI Grenier (6), (Bancks, Valk)(PP)

Second Period
11:15 UTI Hulak (4), (Carcone)
13:58 SYR Richard (6), (Vermin)

Third Period

Tanner Richard extended his goal scoring streak to four games. So, there was that.

Syracuse dips to 4th in the North Division in points with the loss. They'll get back to it Friday at home against Toronto.

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NHL Game Night: 11-23-16 Flyers at Lightning

Lightning eventually lap overmatched Flyers.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Both the goals he allowed were subpar short side goals and the first one, in particular, was an inexcusable softie. But, he ultimately staunched the bleeding at that second goal and made a spate of timely stops as the night rolled on to eventually give the team the chance to pull out the win.

First Period
19:57 TB Hedman (4), (Palat, Point)(PP)

Second Period
6:06 PHI Weise (2), (VandeVelde, Provorov)
19:05 PHI Provorov (1), (Read, Streit)

Third Period
13:28 TB Killorn (8), (Koekkoek, Namestnikov)
13:40 TB Callahan (2), (Point, Johnson)
18:45 TB Kucherov (10), (Filppula, Palat)

Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn were the game's first and second stars.

Really, this was a three act play with the common thread running throughout all of it that the Lightning just have an overall higher talent level than Philly that eventually broke through. The Lightning absolutely dominated the First Period despite a lack of crispness in their passing and handling of the puck. The Flyers looked really loose in the neutral zone and were allowing Tampa Bay a lot of speed and odd man rushes, and it seemed a matter of time before Tampa Bay would start running up the score. Philly allowed a late power play goal in the frame to fall behind 1-0 and really should've counted themselves lucky, because Mason had more than one fortunate save/bounce over the course of the evening. The Lightning got a little too fat/happy with themselves in the Second Period and let off the gas a little which allowed the Flyers to run up a large shot advantage in the middle frame although very few really scoring chances came with those shots. But, the Lightning eventually conceded the lead on the softie off the rush allowed to Weise and later Kucherov losing his man off a faceoff loss late in the period on Provorov's goal. The Third Period then became a reprise of the First Period, with the exception that the Lightning started to bear down and focus on their finishing. Three quick goals later Philly was doubled up and dispirited and Mason's luck had fully run out. It really was a matter of time. The Flyers were a hot mess defensively in the neutral zone all night long, and between that and a lot of turnovers under forechecking duress by their defense, a melt down looked inevitable. That's just a bad hockey team, defensively.

Brayden Point had 2 helpers, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 13:35. Made a really good look to Callahan on the goal on a quick change turnover to give the Lightning the eventual game winner.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 7:36. Played a rough and tumble game. He took some big hits and he handed out some big hits.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper and was +2 with 1 hit in 7:32. Took a big pop in the First Period that may have contributed to his diminished ice time. Eventually, though, his jumping into the rush was a key part of Killorn's equalizing goal.

Box score and extended statistics from

MHL Game Day: 11-23-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 1 vs. Primorsky Krai Jr. 0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 36 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress for the second straight game as Loko Jr. shutout Typhoon Jr. 1-0. Loko Jr. moved up to 5th in the MHL Western Conference with the victory.

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