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NHL Game Night: 4-2-19 Lightning at Canadiens

Indifferent Lightning lose to hungry Habs.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 4 goals on 45 shots for the loss. Gave the team in front of him more of a chance to win than they deserved.

First Period
2:28 TB Stamkos (43), (unassisted)
12:23 MTL Thompson (5), (Byron, Benn)

Second Period
4:18 TB Paquette (13), (Erne, Cernak)
7:32 MTL Armia (13), (Tatar, Danault)

Third Period
7:47 MTL Lehkonen (11), (Mete, Shaw)
10:08 MTL Domi (28), (Lehkonen, Benn)

Just a flat out unfocused effort from the Lightning. Attention to detail and, at times, even attention to basics wasn't there all game long. I would hope that some new corn shoots get ripped by Jon Cooper in practice, because minds were not on the task at hand tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-1-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

First Round

No. 13 Moncton Wildcats 3 @ No. 4 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1
Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM, 8 SOG, 9/17 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Moncton inched closer to an upset series win with a 3-1 victory Monday in the Drakkar’s rink, sending the series to a Game 7 Tuesday. The Wildcats got on the board first with a power play goal, then went up 2-0 when Baie-Comeau goaltender Alex D’Orio redirected a soft shot to his right without realizing a Moncton player was standing there waiting to tap it into an empty net. Baie-Comeau made it 2-1 with just over 30 seconds to go in the second period, but couldn’t get the game-tying marker. Moncton clinched the win with an empty-netter. Moncton goaltender Francis Leclerc stopped 33 of 34 shots for the win and has his team in position to steal the series Tuesday. Baie-Comeau captain and Lightning prospect Gabriel Fortier led the Drakkar with eight shots on goal in Game 6, though he’s looking for his first goal of the series. If Moncton wins Tuesday, Fortier will likely join AHL Syracuse or ECHL Orlando for their playoff runs. Baie-Comeau was expected to make a deep playoff run this year, and it could still happen if they can solve Leclerc, an undrafted 6-1 goaltender who played in Colorado’s camp in 2017.

NHL Game Night: 4-1-19 Lightning at Senators

Productive business trip to Ottawa ends as it needs to.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the win. He'll want that first 5-hole softie back, but otherwise it was pretty light work tonight for Vasiy.

First Period
12:04 TB Gourde (21), (Kucherov, Point)
18:48 OTT Tkachuk (21), (DeMelo, Pageau)

Second Period
7:48 TB Sergachev (6), (Kucherov, Coburn)
13:43 TB Point (41), (Gourde, Kucherov)

Third Period
4:34 OTT Veronneau (2), (Balcers, Wolanin)(PP)
5:22 TB Gourde (22), (Coburn, Sergachev)
16:55 TB Stamkos (42), (Joseph, Palat)

Yanni Gourde, Nikita Kucherov, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

Ultimately, that's the response you'd expect from the Lightning after dropping an embarrassing game against Washington last time out. It took them longer than you'd hope to put Ottawa away in this one, mostly due to some sloppy passing in the First Period, but ultimately the team took care of business. Just three more regular season tilts left to go.

Cameron Gaunce was +2 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 12:07. Meh.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 3-31-19 Solar Bears @ Swamp Rabbits

Orlando Solar Bears 5 @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits 2

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 28 GP, 10-31-41, +8, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 36 GP, 6-17-23, -5, 28 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Win, 31 saves on 33 shots
Season Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 5-2-0, 3.52 GAA, .898 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 9 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 20 GP, 11-11-22, +9, 8 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

Otto Somppi scored twice and fellow Lightning/Crunch property Mitch Hults and Troy Bourke both had assists to lead the Solar Bears to a 5-2 win over Greenville Sunday, exacting some revenge for Friday’s loss to the Swamp Rabbits.

Connor Ingram stopped 31 shots for the win - his second straight since getting pulled Friday.

The Solar Bears (38-25-4-1) have already clinched a spot in the Kelly Cup playoffs. They are five points up on Jacksonville for second in the South Division and the Icemen have three games remaining. If they slip at all or Orlando beats them Tuesday, the Bears will clinch home ice for their first round match-up. Orlando also has a game in hand on Jacksonville.

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