Flat Lightning done in by late mistakes.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the loss. He deserved better. He was the only reason the team had a chance in this game at all.
4:13 TB Kucherov (26), (Drouin, Carle)
10:00 WPG Stafford (14), (Stempniak, Tlusty)(PP)
12:44 WPG Wheeler (20), (unassisted)
Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.
This was a trap game, and the Lightning fell right into it. You look at the opposition over this 4 game stretch: Montreal, Boston, Winnipeg, Montreal. Yep, one of those things is not like the others, and the Lightning didn't have their intensity tonight. They worked themselves into pretty strong position to get 1-2 points, though, thanks to Vasilevskiy's goaltending and Kucherov's Third Period snipe. Even with the Jets tying it after Kucherov got kicked out of the game for face planting Enstron they were in ok shape. Riiight before Hedman decided to essentially hand Wheeler the GWG. A worse turnover you will not see in this league, and it's completely unacceptable from your franchise cornerstone defenseman.
Through 70 games the Lightning have 91 points, having once again met the 12-in-10 threshold in segment 7 of the season. They actually got 13 points, meaning they've got 7 insurance points in hand heading into the final segment of the year. 5 points should tie up playoff position comfortably, but it's the banner the Lightning are looking for, and they did themselves no favors tonight with that endeavor.
Mike Angelidis had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 7:05. He was also 17% on 6 draws.
Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 with 1 shot and 4 hits in 15:09.
Almost a shutout.
Allen York allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the very near shutout. The only shot that got him was a long seeing eye point shot through two layers of traffic from the point with 4 seconds left in the game. Oof.
SYR Marchessault, (17) (Martindale, Vermin), 15:55 (PP)
SYR Ashton, (7) (Marchessault), 19:42 (EN)
ALB Hrabarenka, (5) (Wohlberg, Thomson), 19:56
Allen York and Jonathan Marchessault were the game's first and second stars.
Syracuse was outshot by about a 3:2 margin in the contest, but they rode York's performance and Marchessault's scoring to the finish line. Ultimately, that may be the style the Crunch have to adopt if Namestnikov stays in Tampa Bay. They'll have to play closer to the vest because they won't have the same level of game breaking skill, and Marchessault will be counted on heavily because he's the one member of the Crunch that still has that game breaking ability.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Novosibirsk 3 vs. (3)Magnitogorsk 2
Novosibirsk Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.06 GAA, .906 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-3-0, 1 SO, 1.88 GAA, .938 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%
Ex-Kings 5th rounder Patrik Hersley had the eventual game winning goal for Sibir in their 3-2 win over Magnitogorsk. Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Magnitka.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 3
C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 8/17 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 34 GP, 19-23-42, -8, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-36-56, -13, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
It took longer than expected, but Darcy hit the 20-goal mark for the season.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 3/8 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 39-44-83, +23, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Erne is now within one goal of 40 for the season. He had a goal and two assists Friday to lead the Remparts to a home win over Nikita Kucherov’s former junior club (of course, he played a little for Quebec, too).
Ontario Hockey League
Plymouth Whalers 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: Did not play
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo and his 23-game point streak were not in the lineup Friday. According to the Sault Star, speculation was he was being rested. The Soo has already clinched the conference's top seed.
Western Hockey League
Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3
C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 34-45-79, +10, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
This loss will sting Moose Jaw as the Warriors held a 3-0 lead before giving up the game’s final four goals. The game-winner was scored shorthanded with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Point had a beauty of a goal, scored on the power play when he took a pass below the left wing circle, stepped into the slot and roofed a forehand into the far top-corner. The Pats did a nice job of collapsing on him whenever he got the puck to eliminate any time or space. He was clearly a marked man.
Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas match last year’s goal total of seven, scoring in the first period to give the Hitmen a 2-0 lead. Red Deer scored three times in the second period. Calgary has one game left on its month-long road trip.
Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.
No. 18 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2
Harvard leads best-of-3 series, 1-0
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Harvard upset Yale on the road to take an early lead in their ECAC series.
Merrimack Warriors 2 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 6
Hockey East Quarterfinals
BU leads best-of-3 series, 1-0
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 remains out of the lineup. He’s now missed two games. One report Friday said MacLeod is a game-time decision for Saturday.
Colorado College Tigers 1 @ No. 1 North Dakota 5
UND leads best-of-3 series, 1-0
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-6-17, +10, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
North Dakota took a 1-0 series lead on Colorado College, winning big at home, 5-1.
Union Dutchmen 3 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 (3OT)
Quinnipiac leads best-of-3 series, 1-0
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
The Bobcats scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation, including the game-tying goal with just over 30 seconds remaining on which Peca had an assist. The game-winner was scored by Alex Barron at 6:32 of OT3.
Penn State Nittany Lions 0 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 18 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-11-3, 2.47 GAA, .908 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Wilcox set a new career high for shutouts in a season with five, stopping all 18 shots he faced against Penn State.
*USCHO poll used