Shorthanded Syracuse crushed by Bingo.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 19 shots for the loss before giving way to Kristers Gudlevskis, who stopped all 21 he faced the rest of the way. Syracuse's defense, losing Witkowski and Nesterov to the big club, was... poor tonight.
BNG Kramer, (2) (Wideman), 5:20
BNG Puempel, (10) (Wideman, New), 12:19
BNG Robinson, (4) (Dzingel), 13:55
BNG Prince, (12) (Camper, Johnson), 19:27 (PP)
BNG McCormick, (6) (Dzingel), 2:53
This thing was shaping up to be a train wreck all week, as the Crunch scrambled to find warm bodies to put in the lineup. And, in the end, it didn't disappoint. The team was outshot 40-18 and the Sens jumped all over them in the First Period. Such is life in the AHL sometimes.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:
· Lightning goaltending drama
· Problems on defense and how to fix them
· Interview with Dylan Blujus of the Syracuse Crunch
· Blind mailbag answers (Hockey snobbery, Power play solutions, Drouin's slow start, Connolly's struggles)
To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.
Ontario Hockey League
Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 7 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 13-14-27, -8, 68 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto’s career-high nine-game point streak was snapped, but the Spits got a home win over Sudbury, 4-1. The 5’11” DiGiacinto fought 6’6”, 209-pound center Matt Schmalz (undrafted) after DiGi took a boarding penalty.
Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Peterborough Petes 1
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 5-9-14, -22, 45 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin (pictured) had a power play assist on a late third period goal that cut the Attack’s lead to 3-1, but it was too little too late for the Petes.
Lightning put to bed an annoying stat.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. He made the big saves when necessary to give the team a chance to execute the comeback.
13:52 EDM Pouliot (9), (Nugent-Hopkins)(SH)
7:10 TB Stamkos (26), (Carle, Garrison)
19:02 EDM Pouliot (10), (Hall, Nugent-Hopkins)(PP)
1:33 TB Palat (10), (Kucherov, Johnson)
11:59 TB Palat (11), (Johnson, Nesterov)
The Lightning were flat as a pancake the first 40 minutes of play, but recovered in the final frame in time to win their first game this season after trailing at the Second Intermission. That's a stat I've been tired of seeing all year, and I'm happy to see it given a dirt nap courtesy of the victory tonight.
Through 46 games the Lightning have 60 points, meaning they're at the minimum number of points you want to be on pace for the playoffs with 4 more games in this segment to play with. So, again, how many insurance points will they back out of a possible 8 in those 4 games coming up?
Cedric Paquette had 2 shots and 3 hits in 17:12. That's a rookie who plays like a man, and as active as he's been the past couple of weeks, I keep expecting him to start popping in a goal here or there soon. He's due.
Nikita Nesterov had a helper and was +1 with 2 hits in 15:49. He's assertive offensively and even when he makes mistakes defensively, he seems able to make hustle plays to mitigate the damage. He's quickly running Barberio out of the organization, in my opinion, because he looks like he might be the better long term bet of two very similar players, stylistically.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 11:10. That wasn't his most artful performance in terms of defensive plays and decision-making with the puck, in my opinion.
Mytischi 3 vs. Podolsk 1
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 1-7-8, -1, 51 PIM
21 year old undrafted right handed defenseman Albert Yarullin (subtle enough?) had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Mytischi to a 3-1 win over Vityaz. Yarullin, who was a former teammate of Nikita Kucherov and Nikita Nesterov with the Russian junior national team, has 4 goals and 12 points in 15 games since joining the club. Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 19:07 in the match.
Bratislava 3 vs. Sochi 5
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 2.93 GAA, .893 sv%
Jaroslav Janus did not dress for Slovan's 5-3 loss to HC Sochi. Sochi was led by 2 goals and 3 points from ex-Senators pick Andre Petersson.