Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. Lots of greasy goals for the Panthers in today's game.
10:24 FLA Jagr (12), (Huberdeau, Campbell)
12:08 TB Stralman (5), (Drouin, Boyle)
5:31 FLA Barkov (10), (Jagr, Huberdeau)
17:00 FLA Boyes (11), (unassisted)
4:18 FLA Ekblad (10), (Bjugstad, Huberdeau)(PP)
8:31 TB Stamkos (35), (Killorn, Garrison)
17:16 TB Johnson (24), (Kucherov, Stralman)
Lack of effort, plain and simple. After the masterpiece the Lightning put in against the Blackhawks, they were sloppy moving the puck out of their own zone and couldn't generate anything because of it. And, they didn't seem very worried about it while the Panthers incrementally built their lead up until they got their kill shot goal in the Third Period on the PP. The Lightning finally woke up with about 15 minutes left to go, but it's too late at that point. When you fall behind by 3 in the Third Period in pro hockey, it's over.
If the point of today's game was to try to inspire Steve Yzerman to push all in on a Cup run: mission failed. The wild inconsistency of this team, coupled with it's complete lack of a power play, simply does not inspire confidence that it's ready to make a deep run in the playoffs. You simply don't know what you're going to get from the team on a night-to-night basis, tracing back to the fact you simply don't know what you're going to get on a night-to-night basis from the guys who are supposed to be the team's best players: Stamkos and Hedman. How many nights have these guys taken a (way) back seat to the Palat/Johnson/Kucherov line and the likes of Anton Stralman? That's how you go from dominating the Blackhawks one game and absolutely wetting the bed against a bummy team like Florida the next. I wouldn't be gung ho to bet a 1st or 2nd round pick to put pieces around that shakiness, either.
Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 5 blocked shots in 14:29. Busy young man.
Sparta Praha 6 vs. Trinec 5
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, Win, 24/31, 5.00 GAA, .828 sv%
Season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%
Defense was optional today for both clubs in Sparta's 6-5 win over Trinec. Canadiens 4th rounder Martin Reway led the way for Sparta with 4 helpers in the contest. Undrafted 23 year old Aron Chmielewski had 2 goals and 3 points in defeat for Trinec.
KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(3)Magnitogorsk 1 vs. (6)Ufa 2
Series Tied at 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 25/27, 2.07 GAA, .926 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 1 SO, 1.02 GAA, .961 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%
Ex-Pred Antti Pihlstrom's Third Period goal helped Ufa overcome Magnitogorsk 2-1 in Game Two of their opening round series. Danis Zaripov had Magnitka's goal in the match. Ufa's other goal came from former Oilers pick Teemu Hartikainen.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 0
C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/16 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 30 GP, 18-22-40, -8, 30 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 19-35-54, -13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
After a lackluster road trip, Sherbrooke limped home and was shut out by Cedric Paquette’s former team. Samuel Montembeault (2015) stopped 19 shots for the shutout.
Ontario Hockey League
Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 4
D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play
Season totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
2013-14 totals (Czech U20): 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Peterborough beat Sam Bennett (Calgary first rounder) and the Fronts, but had to do it without Dominik Masin, who was the victim of a vicious hit against Sudbury where his face smashed into the edge of the boards cutting his cheek. He's out indefinitely, per EXTRA 90.5 FM via Twitter.
Western Hockey League
Regina Pats 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6
C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 50 GP, 29-39-68, +12, 40 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point was named first star after scoring a goal and two assists Saturday. Moose Jaw was outshot 16-5 in the third period, but scored on their first shot of overtime. Adam Brooks, who was passed over in the 2014 draft, had a hat trick for the Pats. Moose Jaw is five points back of the final playoff spot in the East with 10 games to play. Point can join the Syracuse Crunch when his season is over.
Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 1
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 6-23-29, +15, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary beat the league’s top team in its own bard, 2-1. The Hitmen are two points ahead of Medicine hat for the Central Division lead. Both teams have nine games to play.
Princeton Tigers 0 @ No. 14 Harvard Crimson 5
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 6-7-13, E, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Hart now has points in consecutive games after going nearly a month without hitting the scoresheet. Harvard will need his production heading into the postseason.
No. 4 Boston University Terriers 6 @ Northeastern Huskies 1
D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
MacLeod was not in the lineup Saturday, though he did play Friday. Clay Witt made 29 saves for Northeastern while taking the loss.
St. Cloud State Huskies 1 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG*
Season totals: 29 GP, 10-6-16, +10, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
North Dakota completed a two-game weekend sweep of SCSU with a 3-1 win Saturday. O’Donnell had a goal and an assist in the series.
No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-27-32, E, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
Quinnipiac took the loss, but will still be the top seed when the conference playoffs begin soon.
*USCHO poll used