End of the road?
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 37 shots for the loss. We're starting to see what the book is on Bishop now. He's tough as nails to score on in close but may be a little more vulnerable from long range a la Martin Brodeur and a few other bigger-sized goaltenders. I've been pleasantly surprised how he handles himself as a puck handler, on top of that.
01:52 TB Lecavalier (8), (St. Louis, Salo)
03:14 WSH Ovechkin (24), (Hillen, Backstrom)
06:37 TB Killorn (7), (Lecavalier, Carle)
12:54 WSH Carlson (6), (Ward, Hillen)
16:21 WSH Ward (8), (Perrault, Chimera)
19:55 WSH Ovechkin (25), (Ribiero)(EN)
Vincent Lecavalier was the game's third star. He has 3 points in 3 games since returning from the broken foot.
It's a tough, tough way to see your season possibly slip away. The past 2 nights saw a pair of 1 goal games that could've easily gone the other way, and just 1 or 2 mistakes and bad bounces made the difference. It's a shame, and the kind of thing that should keep these guys up at nights during the offseason. My biggest regret is that the outcome of these games may very well have gone the other way had Victor Hedman been in the lineup. Again, it's a shame.
The Lightning's divisional deficit grows back to 8 points, with seemingly not enough games left to close the gap.
Alex Killorn had a beautiful goal and was -1 with 2 shots in 16:19.
Matt Taormina was -1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 16:52.
Tyler Johnson had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 58% on draws in 11:15.
Richard Panik was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 13:15. The guy has got to quit giving away the puck in the neutral zone. It's a career killing bad habit.
Radko Gudas was -1 with 2 shots and 7 hits in 19:26.
KHL Playoffs (Russia):
Gagarin Cup Finals
Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Chelyabinsk 1
Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Nikita Nesterov was on the ice for Sergei Soin's game winning goal in Chelyabinsk's 2-1 Game One loss to Dynamo Moscow in the opener of the Gagarin Cup Finals. The defenseman played 14:26 in the match. Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the only goal of the contest for Traktor. Game Two is Monday.
(4)Florida Everblades 2 vs. (5)Elmira Jackals 8
Quarterfinals: The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM
Florida took the first two leads converting power play chances but Elmira countered with a penalty shot conversion and then a short-handed tally followed by five other goals in the third period to stun the home squad and supporting crowd in Estero. After posting consecutive fourteen-shot periods, the Everblades only managed to muster five in the last twenty minutes of action while the Jackals turned the match into a blowout. It was another penalty-filled clash, particularly in the opening period when both teams were tagged with ten infractions. Both clubs finished two-for-six with the man advantage. Jesse Deckert, who has been stellar in his brief tenure with the Everblades, played through the disastrous collapse in the final frame and finished with 23 saves on 31 shots attempts. Landry yet again was the lone Tampa Bay Lightning prospect in the lineup. Florida and Elmira will resume the series Wednesday night in New York.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
(8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ (5)Quebec Remparts 4
Best-of-7 second round series tied, 1-1
W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-7-11, +6, 6 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM
Quebec evened the series with the Huskies by winning 4-2 on Saturday. Good friends and stars, Kucherov and Mikhail Grigorenko (Sabres/Remparts) were both scoreless in the match. Game 3 is Tuesday in the Huskies’ barn.
(10)Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ (3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5
Blainville-Boisbriand leads best-of-7 second round series, 2-0
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-33-39, +20, 65 PIM
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-5-11, +4, 4 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM
Lightning prospects Artem Sergeev and Cedric Paquette combined for three goals and an assist as Paquette’s Armada defeated Sergeev’s Foreurs, 5-4, on Saturday. Paquette (pictured), who won 17 of 24 faceoffs, tied the game at four with just over 14 minutes left in regulation. The series moves to Val-d’Or on Tuesday for Game 3. The Armada is outscoring the Foreurs, 15-5, after two games.
This is a tough one to take.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss. It's a tough way to lose on a strange goal that will no doubt stick in Bishop's craw for a little while.
13:45 NYI Grabner (12), (Tavares)
04:44 TB Panik (2), (Lecavalier, Carle)
04:00 TB Carle (4), (Stamkos, Pouliot)
13:34 NYI Martin (3), (Lee, Streit)
19:46 NYI MacDonald (3), (Bailey)(EN)
It's the first regulation loss of Jon Cooper's tenure in Tampa Bay. Matt Carle was named the game's third star.
Alex Killorn was -2 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 22:02.
Tyler Johnson was -1 with 2 hits in 11:28.
Richard Panik hooked up with Vincent Lecavalier for a beautiful goal and was +1 with 1 shot and 10:08. The good was the quick release he showed on an amazing behind the back feed from Lecavalier. The bad came in the form of some questionable decisions Panik made with the puck in the neutral zone.
Radko Gudas was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:20. Tonight was one of the rare nights Radko looked to me to have heavy legs. I was surprised.