Magnitogorsk 5 vs. Ekaterinburg 4 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 21/25, 3.82 GAA, .840 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-2-4, 3 SO, 1.53 GAA, .943 sv%
Ex-Wings farmhand Francis Pare scored 2:57 into OT to allow Magnitka to best Ekaterinburg 5-4. Former Oilers first rounder Alexei Mikhonov had 2 goals and 3 points in defeat for Ekaterinburg.
Kazan 6 vs. Kahnty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 7-3-10, -4, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -1 in 17:55 of ice time as Yugra was pasted by Kazan 6-1. He did lead all Yugra skaters with 5 shots on goal. Kazan was paced by 2 goals and 4 points by former Thrashers first rounder Alexander Burmistrov.
CSKA 3 vs. Mytischi 1
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Dmitry Korobov had a minor for holding in 17:28 of ice time in Mytischi's 3-1 loss to CSKA. Ex-Preds first rounder Alexander Radulov had 2 helpers for CSKA.
Bratislava 4 vs. Vladivostok 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 23/24, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-6-2, 0 SO, 2.46 GAA, .908 sv%
Ex-Lightning prospect defenseman Michal Sersen had 1 goal and 1 assist for Slovan in their decisive 4-1 win over Vladivostok. Despite a very underwater win-loss mark, Jaroslav Janus has a respectable 2.46 GAA and .908 sv% so far this year.
Orlando Solar Bears 0 at Florida Everblades 3
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 60:00 MIN, 0 GA, 24 SH, 24 SV
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-1-0-1, 1.95 GAA, 0.917 SV%, 1 SO
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Adam York notched his second 1st Star effort in as many nights by pitching a 24 save shutout in front of a Saturday night home crowd in Estero. York has won 3 straight contests and now sports a filthy 1.95 GAA and asave percentage north of 91%. Those numbers are stellar for the traditionally high-scoring ECHL, and with back-to-back starts on Friday and Saturday, York is looking like the go-to guy in net for the Blades. Bolt prospect Artem Sergeev was on the ice for the final shift for the Blades protecting the two lead, and assisted on the empty netter with 2 seconds left. After 5 straight games against the Solar Bears, the Everblades are 5-1-0-1 and hit the road next weekend to play the Stingrays in South Carolina and the Gladiators in Gwinnett.
Missouri Mavericks 2 at Wichita Thunder 4
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 4 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 8 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier introduced himself to the Wichita home fans with a 3rd Star effort by breaking open a third period 2-2 tie against the Missouri Mavericks Saturday night. Gauthier got the primary assist on the go ahead goal, and then added an insurance goal at 18:29 remaining. Fellow Bolt prospect Dan Milan assisted on the Thunder's opening goal just 50 seconds into the contest. The Thunder travel to Tulsa for a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Oilers.
Dartmouth Big Green 3 @ Harvard Crimson 3
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Harvard finally played their season opener, tying Dartmouth at home, 3-3. Lightning prospect Brian Hart – a junior – led the Crimson in shots with eight.
No. 9 Providence Friars 2 @ No. 6 Boston University Terriers 1
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
The Friars and Terriers exchanged road wins this weekend. After scoring his first collegiate goal on Friday, Lightning prospect John MacLeod was scoreless on Saturday.
Air Force Academy Falcons 2 @ No. 3 North Dakota 3 (OT)
U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
UND scored twice in the third period, including the game-tying goal with under 30 seconds left, to force overtime with Air Force in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game. O’Donnell was saved from wearing the proverbial goat horns when UND scored shorthanded in overtime to win the game. O’Donnell took a 5-minute checking-from-behind penalty halfway through overtime. He was also given a game misconduct.
Northeastern Huskies 2 @ No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-5-6, -5, 0 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
Matt Peca failed to register a point for the first time this year, but his Bobcats got a win over Northeastern, 3-2. Former Lightning prospect camper Clay Witt, a goaltender for Northeastern, did not dress for the Huskies.
No. 7 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 (OT)
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 11 saves on 14 shots
Season totals: 6 GP, 5-1-0, 2.49 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Minnesota earned a split of their home-and-home series with the Huskies this weekend, winning in overtime Saturday. Wilcox did not have a great night statistically, but got the win. Justin Kloos (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Gophers with his third goal being the overtime winner.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5 (SO)
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/20 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 9 GP: 1-7-8, -3, 6 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
The Sea Dogs won the shootout, 3-2, to take the extra point. Darcy’s shootout attempt was saved. He’s still struggling to match last year’s production rate.
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ Quebec Remparts 2
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, E, 6 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 13 GP, 11-9-20, +12, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec had their five-game win streak snapped by Cedric Paquette’s former junior club, 4-2. Erne scored for the first time since his hat trick last Friday.
Ontario Hockey League
London Knights 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-6, -3, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
Windsor was looking for some revenge on London, who eliminated the Spits in the playoffs last year. Windsor spotted the Knights a 3-0 lead before coming back and tying the game in the 13-minute mark of the third period. London scored two minutes later to take the win.
Western Hockey League
Calgary Hitmen 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 10 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 8-12-20, +9, 14 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Moose Jaw won for the first time in six games, hanging on to beat Calgary, 2-1. Neither Lightning prospect registered a point.
Lightning outlast Caps in a track meet.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 38 shots for the victory. You could make a very strong argument he was the difference tonight, slamming the door in the Third Period once the Lightning scored their 4th, and ultimately decisive, goal.
6:06 TB Callahan (4), (Boyle)
12:59 WSH Johansson (4), (Ovechkin, Kuznetsov)
2:11 WSH Fehr (1), (Chimera, Carlson)
9:29 TB Palat (4), (Kucherov, Johnson)
12:12 TB Kucherov (5), (Brewer, Johnson)
19:01 WSH Brouwer (3), (Johansson, Backstrom)(PP)
2:27 TB Garrison (2), (Stamkos)
Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, and Bishop were the game's three stars. If you ask me what the biggest difference between Kucherov last year and Kucherov this year is, you might be surprised by my answer. I think where Nikita has excelled is at going to the high traffic areas where goals are created and money is made. Last year I think he was more of a perimeter/rush player, or waiting in the high slot as the third man high. He still does that sometimes, but you look at his goal and his assist tonight: tip deflection driving through the low slot and then a misdirection centering feed from behind the cage. He's going where the rent is expensive but the rewards can be lavish. That's the biggest difference between this year's Kucherov and last year's, in my opinion.
At the risk of jinxing it, I thought Mark Barberio had a very efficient game tonight filling in for the injured Andrej Sustr. They got a solid 17:30 out of Mark tonight, where they've gotten a Jello-like consistency of play from Sustr this season. With that in mind, I'd leave Barberio in a few more games.
That Stamkos line needs the Old Yeller treatment, Jon Cooper. Please. It's a mangey old dog with rabies right now. Do what you have to do and move on. Put one of the young kids (Drouin or Namestnikov) up with your superstar, because it's not sustainable in the long run for 91 to flounder like this at even strength.
Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 10:34 and also 50% on draws. He was also on the ice for the Fehr goal where Carle waved his bright rouge cape to the delight of the onlooking tourists... from Washington. I'd almost lean toward putting Namestnikov up with Stamkos before Drouin because of the explosive speed/pace he can provide.