Comeback Crunch steal a point.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 25 shots before surrendering to 2 of 4 in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.
19:38 BRI Jones (3), (Burroughs, Jones)
11:31 BRI Jones (2), (Burroughs, Jones)(SH)
16:09 SYR Taormina (1), (Condra, Richard)(PP)
17:09 SYR Dotchin (1), (Gourde)(SH)
BRI- Kearns, Verhaeghe
Gudlevskis and Ben Thomas were the game's first and third stars.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Podolsk 0 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 11-22-33, +23, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a Third Period garbage time goal in SKA's 4-0 win over Podolsk. He played 17:12 in the victory, and remains in third in the KHL in scoring. Rangers draft pick Igor Shestyorkin stopped all 20 shots he faced for the shutout.
Western Hockey League
Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 4
D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP: 0-8-8, -2, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM
Hajek took it on the chin with a team-worst minus-4 rating Thursday night in Edmonton.
Regina Pats 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4 (OT)
C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-5-14, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Howden was not the lineup as Moose Jaw took the CHL’s top-ranked team to overtime.
Toledo Walleye 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 0
W Brian Hart, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0-0, 2.51 GAA, 0.918 SV%, 1 SO
The K-Wings scoreless drought reached 134:55 after consecutive games of 3-0 shutouts. Wednesday night the Toledo Walleye administered the lockdown. Bolts prospect Brian Hart, who played 7 games without registering a point, found himself serving popcorn. A puzzling start to the season for a prospect who had decent training camps. Kalamazoo continues its 3-game home stand with Cincinnati and Quad Cities on Friday and Saturday night.
Lightning continue absolute ownership of the Islanders.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory. He made a bevy of key, difficult saves at important times to allow the team in front of him to eventually build the game into a laugher. Vasilevskiy is now 3 decisions away from graduation from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects, by my count.
8:03 TB Stamkos (8), (Johnson, Namestnikov)(PP)
11:00 TB Kucherov (5), (Hedman, Stamkos)
2:50 TB Johnson (5), (Stamkos, Palat)(PP)
8:04 NYI Ladd (2), (Boychuk)
1:08 TB Boyle (4), (Paquette)
In boxing, the old saying goes "Styles make the fight". Sometimes, though, the "styles" or the matchups simply align to where one team just has absolute dominance over the other. Such is the case between Tampa Bay and the Islanders. Something about the styles and the matchups just gives the Lightning an absolute leg up on Brooklyn's team. The Lightning obviously have a skill and speed advantage between the two teams, but the familiarity between the two clubs out of the playoff series last year seems to have bred a contempt that leads the Lightning skill to bear down on the Islanders and bury them with added zest and zeal.
Making it worse for the Islanders is that they played a horribly undisciplined game. The Lightning spent half the game on the man advantage and made the Isles pay on two of them. By the end, it looked like the dispirited Isles had given up, and I honestly wonder how much longer the shabbily clad and quaffed Coach Capuano keeps his job after an effort like that. They were a hot, sad mess.
Brayden Point had 1 shot in 16:10 of a very quiet outing.
Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 14:46 of a very quiet outing.
Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.
SaiPa 2 vs. KalPa 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 12 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-1-2, -7, 39 PIM
Saku Salminen took a minor and a misconduct for a hit from behind in SaiPa's 3-2 Shootout loss to KalPa. He played 5:58 in the loss.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 15 GP, 14-7-21, +2, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
Defenseman Matthew Thorpe scored his first QMJHL goal in the final half-minute to give Gatineau a 4-3 upset win over the CHL’s second-ranked team. The Olympiques are second-last on the Q table.
This week’s “Yevgeni Artyukhin Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:
· The No. 76
· Second chances
· Point is on point
· Leave Hedman alone
· Crunch updates
· Interview with Yanni Gourde
· New prospect rankings
· Prospect of the Week
Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 10-22-32, +22, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had secondary assists at even strength and on the power play in SKA's 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow. He played 14:05 in the win. Linemate Vadim Shipachyov had assists in triplicate in the match. Of SKA's 28 matches so far this season, they have only lost in regulation once. Once!
Granted, we're about a month into the Lightning's NHL campaign. But, like a fine wine, we decided to let our 2016-2017 Bolt Prospects Preliminary Rankings age a bit before presenting them to you. Overall, the first month of the year has been very kind to the Lightning prospect pipeline. The Lightning have three Bolt Prospects currently in Tampa this year who look on track for graduation this year while an improved Syracuse team is studded with young players who will get an opportunity to play on what could potentially be one of the better teams in the AHL. Meanwhile, in junior and the NCAA, the fruits of the 2015 and 2016 drafts, in particular, are off to a roaring start that leave us optimistic that the Lightning prospect depth chart is returning to a level of quality we haven't seen for the past couple of years.
Before we begin, a reminder of the eligibility rules for the Rankings. Only players under 24 years of age on the opening night of the Lightning season are eligible to be ranked. As a consequence, talented players like Nikita Gusev and Kristers Gudlevskis are no longer counted in the top twenty-five. These "overage prospects" are not to be ignored, though, and add yet another level of depth to the team's pipeline. Skaters with 41 or more NHL games in a single season or 82 or more career NHL games are considered graduated and no longer eligible to be ranked. Goaltenders with 30 or more NHL decisions in a single NHL season or 41 or more NHL career decisions are also considered graduated from prospect status and no longer eligible to be ranked. For those wondering, yes, a certain Russian goaltending prospect is very, very close to graduation as of this posting. Lastly, NCAA prospects are eligible to remain on the rankings for the duration of their college careers, even if they are over 24 years of age.
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With that out of the way, let's begin...