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NHL Game Night: 2-16-16 Sharks at Lightning

If the goat horns fit, make him wear them.


Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss. Partial breakaways and completely uncovered guys in the slot. Not his fault.

First Period
17:51 TB Callahan(6), (Killorn, Sustr)

Second Period
1:43 SJ Ward(16), (Vlasic, Nieto)
6:34 SJ Pavelski(26), (Thornton, Hertl)
8:46 TB Paquette(3), (Brown)

Third Period
1:17 SJ Nieto(8), (Marleau, Ward)
18:17 SJ Karlsson(7), (Thornton)

Ryan Callahan was the game's third star. He did, after all, score his second goal in the last 42 or 43 games, so it was a big deal. Between Matt Carle's -3 in 11:07 of ice time and Val Filppula's rally-stifling late game penalty, it was truly a banner night for the Dead Money Trio. $17.9 million in combined salary for that trio this season, and most of it is money that's absolutely being stolen from the organization.

Matt Carle is not an NHL defenseman anymore, and no team in the league is going to take him in a trade. It's time for Yzerman to suck it up and either send him to Syracuse or send him home. It's Carle's choice, but he can't be in the lineup anymore. He's killing the team. Killing them. He was -3 tonight, and he earned that -3 by playing a pretty significant hand in all 3 goals against. The most important of the three was an ill-advised whiff of a pinch on the eventual GWG. Bottom line, it's time for the Lightning to cut their losses and to use the ice time they've been wasting on Carle to give Slater Koekkoek NHL seasoning for the future.

Tonight's loss puts the Lightning back in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs. After getting 18 points in the last 10-game segment of the season, the team had finally worked its way back onto a solid playoff pace. Now, unless they go on a 4 game winning streak, they'll be behind the 8-ball by the end of this 10-game segment of the season and in the unenviable position of having to make up ground when the calendar rolls over into March. That's exactly where a team doesn't want to be.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 shot in 7:58. He generated two good scoring chances in his limited ice time and his skating is just too good an asset to hold out of the lineup for someone like Matt Carle.

Jonathan Marchessault had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 8:34. He played inspired high-energy hockey in limited ice time. But, he also took an offensive zone penalty, so I expect him to be flogged by Cooper and press-boxed for another 9 games.

Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 1 hit in 15:39. It was a quiet night where he didn't make any Carle-esque mistakes at the offensive blueline.

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Liiga Game Day: 2-16-16

KalPa 1 vs. Assat 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 10:58 of ice time in his first game back returning from the Finnish junior team. Boston College alum Pat Mullane had 1 goal and 1 assist for Assat in their win.

KHL Game Day: 2-16-16

Magnitogorsk 0 vs. Chelyabinsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the hard luck 1-0 loss my Magnitka to Chelyabinsk. Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for Magnitogorsk.

Jokerit 3 vs. St. Petersburg 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, DNP
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 32 GP, 13-22-35, +11, 10 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 20-29-49, +17, 14 PIM

Ex-Flames goaltender allowed 1 goal on 25 shots in Jokerit's 3-1 win over SKA St. Petersburg.

Novgorod 4 vs. Cherepovets 5 (OT)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Ex-Pens second rounder Ondrej Nemec had the OT winner for Cherepovets in their 5-4 win over Novgorod. The defenseman had 2 goals in the match.

Juniors Game Night: 2-15-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

NEWS: Mathieu Joseph was named the QMJHL First Star of the Week for his performance last week. He had three goals and four assists in three games to go with a plus-6 rating. Goalie and former Lightning camper Philippe Cadorette of Shawinigan was Third Star of the Week.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (OT)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 25/33 FO
Season totals: 50 GP, 16-30-46, -16, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli was dominant in the faceoff circle and pitched in a goal and an assist in the Gens’ overtime win Monday. Cirelli assisted on the game-tying power play goal that sent the game to overtime. Oshawa overcame a 4-1 deficit to come back and win.

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Peterborough Petes 6 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 15-23-38, +20, 72 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 7-16-23, +27, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 3-17-20, -2, 40 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Dominik Masin scored midway through overtime to give the Petes a 6-5 win over Christiano DiGiacinto and the Spitfires. Masin scored on a one-timer then kayaked through the neutral zone in celebration. Yes, you read that right.

Saginaw Spirit 4 @ Sarnia Sting 11

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 16/25 FO
Season totals: 26 GP, 14-10-24, E, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Ouch. Kings pick Matt Mistele scored five times as Sarnia put 11 shots by Spirit keepers. Evan Cormier (2016) stopped only 19 of 28 shots in 49 minutes to take the loss. The Sting led 5-0 after one period, but Saginaw made a game of it temporarily, cutting the lead to 5-3 at one point. Sarnia scored six more times with Mitchell Stephens’ goal in the middle of that outburst.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Prince Albert Raiders 0

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-3-3, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 28-39-67, +21, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Zach Sawchenko (2016) stopped 37 shots in a first star effort, and Brayden Point had four points in Moose Jaw’s Family Day win in Prince Albert. Dryden Hunt (undrafted) had a hat trick.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 3 @ Fargo Force 4 (OT)

G Kris Oldham, OMA: OT Loss, 28 saves on 32 shots
Season totals: 23 GP, 12-8-3, 2.65 GAA, .912 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Omaha was less than three minutes away from a road win in Fargo, but gave up a late tying goal and an overtime winner to take the loss, 4-3.

Hart Taking Advantage of Opportunities With Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Brian Hart began the season on the bubble.

After participating in training camp with the Syracuse Crunch, the rookie forward began the season in the ECHL with Greenville. Hart was reassigned back to Syracuse and returned to Greenville three more times in the first three months of the season.

Called back up to the Crunch on Jan. 9 when the team was dealing with rash of injuries, Hart has taken advantage of the opportunity and earned a regular spot in the lineup.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries in the last couple months, and other guys have had to step up,” Hart said. “That’s given me an opportunity. You hate to see guys go down, but it gives other guys a chance. I’m just trying to make the most of the situation.”

Juniors Game Night: 2-14-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 6 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 34 GP, 4-10-14, -4, 54 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit, *Third Star*
Season totals: 49 GP, 30-33-63, +33, 49 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Not only is Mathieu Joseph on a hot streak, he’s clutch. Joseph had two points in a game for the fifth straight game and scored the overtime winner as Saint John beat the Sags Sunday, 6-5. Joseph’s point streak is at nine games.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 15-23-38, +20, 70 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto was on the third line again for the Spits, who fell on the road in Ottawa, 2-1.

United States Hockey League

Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: Did not play
Season totals: 27 GP, 0-22-22, -5, 30 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf, the Musketeers’ captain, remains out of the Sioux City lineup with a concussion sustained January 8.

NHL Game Night: 2-14-16 Blues at Lightning

Toronto throws love St. Louis' way on controversial Valentine's Day goal review.


Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the loss. The GWG came on a Berglund goal where Bishop made the initial stop and Berglund pushed his heel out to kick the puck into the net. Originally waved off by the official on the ice, Toronto reversed the call to give the Blues what turned out to be the margin of victory. Yeah.

First Period

Second Period
0:36 STL Fabbri(13), (Stastny)

Third Period
17:41 STL Berglund(4), (unassisted)
19:08 TB Kucherov(23), (Johnson, Hedman)

Bishop was the game's second star.

I'm torn about this game. I don't think the Lightning played as well as their 38-21 shot advantage might suggest, but I suspect a lot of that had to do with the fact St. Louis was tackling the Lightning's skill players at every opportunity in true Hitchcock fashion. The Blues looked completely unprepared for the Lightning's speed and puck handling ability in the First Period, but Tampa Bay failed to get on the board when they had the decisive advantage in possession and the Blues started to turn things by playing more of a grinding, clutch and grab style in the Second Period. Joel Edmundson, in particular, had a couple of NFL caliber tackles trying to handle the Lightning on the rush. It's just a shame St. Louis doesn't have an NFL team anymore... but I digress.

Ultimately the Lightning needed to get one of three things done tonight, and they didn't: 1.) Get a power play goal. 2.) Get a goal off an offensive zone faceoff. 3.) Fight through the gauntlet of clutching and grabbing to pot a second chance on the initial shot. That was the formula they struggled with in their opening round series against Detroit in the playoffs last season. I saw something similar tonight.

An aside: Why the hell is Matt Carle in the lineup instead of Slater Koekkoek?

Another aside: The Lightning passed on Robby Fabbri to select thrice-in-a-row scratched (in Syracuse) Anthony DeAngelo. Things that haunt me when I'm both awake and asleep.

The loss puts the Lightning in a precarious position in the standings. Just when it looked like things were getting safe, a 2-3-0 start to this 10-game segment of the season means the Lightning have to get 8 of 10 remaining points to stay on pace. Not good, and you don't want to be fishing for make-up points once the calendar rolls over into March.

Nikita Nesterov was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:08. His bad pinch to start the Second Period resulted in the 2-on-0 that became Fabbri's goal. This comes just a few games after he hammered an ill advised shot into a shot blocker that also became a goal. You have to be sure at the other team's blueline when you're the last line of defense. D-Man 101.

Box score and extended statistics from

Juniors Game Night: 2-13-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 33 GP, 4-10-14, -3, 54 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit, *Third Star*
Season totals: 48 GP, 29-31-61, +33, 49 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Mathieu Joseph continued his torrid scoring pace with another 2-point game Saturday. He scored shorthanded against the Drakkar. The 2015 fourth rounder has an 8-game point streak in which he has 16 points.

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 47 GP, 29-31-60, +6, 62 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan scored his 29th of the season, but just his first in his last eight games.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 3 (OT)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 6-16-22, +28, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 3-17-20, -1, 40 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough scored late in the third and again in overtime to steal a road win over the Bulldogs, 4-3.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 33 GP, 27-36-63, +18, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Brayden Point was named second star for the second straight night as Moose Jaw beat visiting Saskatoon, 7-4. Point has five points in two games since missing two games with an undisclosed injury.

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 4 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 7-18-25, -21, 36 PIM
With Vancouver: 45 GP, 7-15-22, -11, 26 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Vancouver was an overtime goal away from salvaging a split in their home-and-home series with Kamloops. Draft eligible goalie Connor Ingram – a name Lightning fans could keep an eye on as the draft gets closer – was first star in both games.

United States Hockey League

Cedar Rapids Roughriders 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Win, 13 saves on 14 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 12-7-2, 2.59 GAA, .914 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham broke a personal 3-game losing streak with a third star effort Saturday. He only faced 14 shots in the game.

NCAA Game Night: 2-13-16

No. 7 Boston University Terriers 3 @ No. 11 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 6

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod got in back-to-back games against the River Hawks, an overtime win Friday and a 6-3 loss Saturday. He finished the home-and-home series -4. Dylan Zink (undrafted) had a hat trick Saturday for UMass-Lowell.

No. 17 Minnesota State Mavericks 1 @ Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 (OT)

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-6-7, -4, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The Mavs and UAH tied for the second straight night. On Saturday, 6-5 Chargers goalie Matt Larose (undrafted) stopped 49 of 50 shots.

*USCHO poll used

AHL Game Night: 2-13-16 Crunch at Senators

Hard luck loss for Vasiy.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the loss. Given the number of goals Syracuse has been allowing lately, that might be considered a Herculean effort.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period
BNG Flanagan, (5) (Bailey, Stortini), 16:35 (PP)
BNG Robinson, (10) (Schneider, Fraser), 19:37 (EN/SH)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

Note that Anthony DeAngelo was a scratch for a third straight game. Evidently, someone's been naughty.

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