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ECHL Game Night: 1-14-15

Tulsa Oiler 6 at Florida Everblades 5 SO

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-9-15, +6, 10 PIM, 39 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, L, 65:00 MIN, 5 GA, 28 SV, 33 SH
Season totals: 21 GP, 15-3-0-3, 2.59 GAA, 0.903 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 24 GP, 8-6-14, E, 26 PIM, 58 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 25 GP, 5-10-15, +3, 20 PIM, 45 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev was back in the lineup Wednesday night after missing 3 games, as the Tulsa Oilers made their first ever visit to Germain Arena in Estero. Lightning camper Mike Aviani twice notched the primary assist on critical equalizers. The Everblades were playing catch up all night, and early in the 3rd period Aviani assisted on the goal that knotted the game at 4-4, capping off a 2-goal deficit rally. The Oilers would go back ahead midway through the 3rd, but Aviani once again assisted on the 5-5 equalizer a few minutes later. Sergeev was credited with the primary assist on Florida's 2nd goal. Tulsa sealed the win 1-0 in the shootout, as Jeff Costello and four other failed to convert. The Oilers and Florida play again Friday night.

Juniors Game Night: 1-14-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 0 @ Quebec Remparts 6

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/10 FO, 5 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 38 GP, 27-28-55, +20, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec moved Adam Erne off a line with recent New York Ranger Anthony Duclair and onto a line with Ukrainian dynamo Dmytro Timashov, and the duo combined for six points Wednesday in a 6-0 win over the Titan. Canadian gold medalist Zach Fucale (Montreal second rounder) had a shutout (11/11) in his Remparts debut. He was traded from Halifax earlier this month.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 12

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 1-3-4, +3, 0 PIM
With SSM: 3 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 4 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, E, 64 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-32-43, +2, 68 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo made his home debut for the Greyhounds, scoring once and adding three assists in a 12-5 romp of Saginaw. The Soo was up 5-1 after one period and 9-3 after two. Newly acquired forward Nick Ritchie (Ducks) had four goals for the Soo. This was the fourth time DeAngelo has scored four points in a game – his career high. He was 1+3 in October 2013 for the Sting against Saginaw, and 1+3 twice in January 2013 for Sarnia.

Western Hockey League

Kootenay Ice 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 3-0-3, +2, 4 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 33 GP, 20-30-50, +10, 25 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point (pictured, MJ Warriors photo) notched his second hat trick of the season Wednesday night, leading the Warriors to a 4-3 win over last year’s first overall pick, Sam Reinhart, and the Kootenay Ice. Point had two hat tricks last season on his way to 91 points.

Red Deer Rebels 5 @ Calgary Hitmen 4 (SO)

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 4-12-16, -2, 16 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Red Deer needed a shootout to get an extra point from rival Calgary. Ben Thomas, who remains in a top-4 role for the Hitmen, was scoreless. Avalanche first rounder Conner Bleakley had two goals for Red Deer.

KHL Game Day: 1-14-15

Omsk 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 26-6-5, 4 SO, 1.78 GAA, .935 sv%

Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 1 assist to help lead Magnitka to a 3-1 win over Omsk. Omsk got a helper from ex-Flyer Erik Gustafsson in the win.

Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Novosibirsk 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 16-10-26, +3, 12 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a pair of power play helpers for Yugra in their 4-2 loss to Novosibirsk. He also had a minor for hooking in 17:10 in the loss. Ex-Isles pick David Ullstrom led the way for Novosibirsk with a pair of goals.

Prospect of the Week: 1-14-15

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for January 14, 2014 is … Brendan O’Donnell, University of North Dakota (NCAA – USA).

Brendan O’Donnell is exhibit-A for why teams spend a late round draft pick on an under-the-radar high school or junior-A player and then allow them extended development time in college.

The Lightning’s 2010 sixth round pick from the Winnipeg South Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League is now a senior at the University of North Dakota. After playing in Penticton of the BCHL the season after he was drafted, and then a mostly injury-plagued career with UND, the 6-foot, 193-pound left wing turned the proverbial corner late last year in his development. He continued that into the Lightning’s summer prospect camp, where he was one of the standouts in front of his potential future bosses.

A lot was expected of O’Donnell as a senior leader with UND this season as he was to be in more of an offensive role than previous years. Things didn’t start out as fast as he may have liked, but like his collegiate career, it took some time for things to come together.

NHL Game Night: 1-13-15 Lightning at Bruins

Lightning dare to put up a fight.


Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
9:23 TB Stamkos (24), (Palat, Kucherov)
16:42 BOS Marchand (12), (Soderberg, Krug)

Second Period
10:55 TB Stamkos (25), (Palat, Nesterov)
15:24 BOS Pastrnak (3), (Lucic, Miller)
19:06 BOS Lucic (9), (Krejci, Seidenberg)

Third Period
1:30 BOS Pastrnak (4), (Krug, Krejci)
14:18 TB Callahan (14), (Killorn, Barberio)

Steven Stamkos was the game's second star.

This was an almost impossible mission for the Lightning tonight. They went into this game against a fresh Bruins team having played the night before in Philly. They were down their All-Star center (Johnson) and their best defenseman (Hedman). And Boston has been a place where the Lightning historically just don't play well. And, even when they do, something weird does them in (as it did tonight).

With all that going against them tonight, and with the Bruins on a 3 game winning streak, the Lightning lost a 1 goal game where the difference was a fluky goal. And, until late in the Second Period where the Lightning started to lose steam and that fluky goal happened, it's a game where the Lightning had the better of the play. Come the Third Period, with the Lightning skating with dead legs, Boston started to take the possession edge of the game and built up the 2 goal lead. At that point it would've been easy for the Lightning to pack it in, but then something happened that might make Lightning fans a little proud of the team.

Responding to seeing one of his teammates get boarded, Cedric Paquette had the audacity to shove mighty Zdeno Chara. Chara, naturally, sucker punched Paquette underneath the chin in the throat area dropping Cedric to the ice. It's an act which made Boston's NESN crew, led by the uber-classy Jack Edwards, pump up Chara's tires for being some kind of invincible warrior for bravely sucker punching a rookie. Yes, quite the feat of valor. I can see why they immediately ordered Chara's new medal. And, when said sucker-puncher was subsequently given a double minor for roughing, Edwards immediately started crying about the referees and generally carrying on about a rookie, Paquette, having the audacity to stand chest to chest with Chara. I mean, if you shove Zdeno Chara in the chest he has every right to sucker punch you in the chin and throat area, right. I mean, that's a totally symmetrical response, right? Wait, what? The refs said it wasn't!?

The game rolled on and there was another physical confrontation between J.T. Brown and David Krejci where Brown initiated dropping the gloves, upon which Edwards immediately excoriated Brown for thuggish behavior beyond the pale. You see, when Zdeno Chara sucker punches a guy in the throat, that makes Chara a world class gladiator worthy of being your son's role model ("Don't poke the bear! Grrrowl!"), but when another team's player drops the gloves first, partially in retaliation in a game that was getting a little physical/chippy, that makes them a thug. Hypocrisy, thy name is Jack Edwards! In any event, these two incidents gave the Lightning a jolt of adrenaline that helped them close the game to 1 goal and really make it interesting at the end. They picked up their hitting in the process and generally came together as a team in that moment, which is an emotionally galvanizing/team building instance in time that might've been lacking to this point of the season.

Note that in the process of that comeback bid, Edwards again showed what a colossal hypocrite and generally classless person he is by excoriating Paquette for throwing a completely clean and monstrously heavy open ice check in the neutral zone on a Bruins player. Citing that Paquette was somehow "standing over McQuaid" (he wasn't) Edwards began to attack Paquette as an unaccomplished player unworthy of the great honor of breathing the same air as a mighty Bruins player. Here's the thing, though:

You know what rookie Cedric Paquette accomplished tonight, Jack Edwards? He got your bummy rear end to talk about him for nearly an entire period of hockey and he got your best defenseman to chase him around for the entire final shift of a game where the Bruins were trying to protect a 1-goal lead. He furthermore so crawled under your team's skin that Brad Marchand was running his mouth about retribution in games later this season. In other words, he played his role to a tee. That'll keep him in the NHL because that's part of what makes for a valuable lower-line role player. Thanks for playing along, smart guy.

In the end, Jack Edwards, your mighty Bruins team only managed to beat a tired Lightning team on the tail end of a back-to-back with no Tyler Johnson and no Victor Hedman by a goal that Anton Stralman kicked into the back of his own net on a fluke play. Wow. Quite the accomplishment. Would you like your Stanley Cup celebratory champagne for that victory now, or maybe wait a couple of hours? I mean, surely Bettman will call off the season and hand you the silver chalice. At least, that's how you and the rest of the NESN crew acted at the end of the game.

The clown princes of the NHL sit in the press box in Boston, Massachusetts. This much I know for sure.

Paquette had 6 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 3 hits in 9:57, and made the entire city of Boston hate him. He's alright in my books. He took Boston's top defenseman off the ice for 4 minutes to give the Lightning a power play and defended a teammate on the first play, buried a Boston player with a great open ice hit on the second incident, and had Boston's best defenseman chasing him around the entire last shift of a 1-goal game when he should've been 100% focused on protecting a 1-goal lead. Now there's talk the Bruins may be chasing Cedric around the remaining 3 matchups this season? Gee, if I didn't know any better, I'd say he's playing the acerbic 4th liner role to perfection. That's how a guy like Paquette stays employed and stays paid in this league, last I checked.

Jonathan Drouin was -1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:34. He had a really nice look on the PP in the First Period I was shocked he didn't finished and looked more engaged in that period than at any time in the Philly game.

Nikita Nesterov had a helper, his first NHL point, 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 14:53. Kind of a mixed bag. He looked dynamic offensively at times, particularly in the First Period, but was a little more iffy in the defensive end with some of his decisions. Fortunately some of his mistakes he helped cover for with hustle. All in all, probably a game you'd say was more positive than negative, for sure.

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