Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 18 shots for the OT loss. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but I can't really fault Ben on either goal.
5:20 TB Paquette (11), (Killorn, Drouin)
16:50 STL Tarasenko (26), (Stastny)
1:16 STL Schwartz (18), (Butler, Elliott)
That hurt bad. That hurt really bad. The Lightning absolutely dominated almost the entire game. They outshop St. Louis 31-17 in regulation, and the chances were about that lopsided. Elliot made about a half dozen sparkling saves for the Blues and the Lightning continued to sputter on the PP, going 0-for-3 on the game. They just could not get the insurance marker and allowed the Blues to tie it off a clean faceoff loss by Brian Boyle, and in OT the defense just got out of sorts trying to stop a 2-on-2 rush situation, and in the end they left 1 point they should've gotten on the rink.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit in 15:42. He also set up Cedric Paquette with a long stretch pass in the Third Period that nearly became the key insurance marker, but Elliot stood up to the task. Tonight's game marks Drouin's graduation from prospect status on the website.
Luke Witkowski was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 14:20. He plays like a guy who understands his athletic limitations and plays efficiently within his boundaries. He moves the puck quickly to make sure he doesn't put himself in bad spots. He'll give a guy a pop if its there, but he won't go running out of position to do it because he knows he doesn't necessarily have the recovery speed to get away with it. He's just played like a smart, lower pair stay-at-homer so far.
Mytischi 4 vs. Bratislava 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 1-8-9, E, 51 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was -1 in 19:40 in Mytischi's 4-3 win over Slovan Bratislava. His club got a helper from young defenseman Albert Yarullin in the victory. Note that goaltender Jaroslav Janus has transferred from Slovan to Czech Extraliga club HC Sparta Praha.
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 February 2, 2015 is … Cedric Paquette, C, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL – USA).
Cedric Paquette made his last few games as a Bolt prospect memorable.
The third-year pro hit the 42 NHL games played mark this past week, graduating him from prospect status on BoltProspects.com. Paquette spent the week lighting up the scoresheet, scoring five times in three games, including his first career hat trick in a division match-up against Detroit. He scored the game-winning goal for the Lightning against Columbus two nights later. Paquette was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week behind Carey Price, but beat Price out for our Bolt Prospect of the Week (ignoring details involved there).
Ontario Hockey League
Belleville Bulls 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 15-18-33, -7, 85 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
Windsor built a 3-0 lead before the Bulls cut it to 3-2 early in the third period. The Spits then score two empty netters to seal the win. DiGiacinto continues to hit the scoreboard as one of Windsor’s more experienced players. The Spits are three points back of Saginaw for the last playoff spot in the West.
Ekaterinburg 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 18-12-30, +3, 12 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 15:02 of ice time in Yugra's 2-0 loss to Ekaterinburg. Ex-Flyers pick Jakub Kovar stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout.
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Chelyabinsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 45 GP, 29-7-6, 5 SO, 1.75 GAA, .937 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin turned aside all 23 shots he faced for his 5th shutout of the season in Magnitka's 2-0 win over Chelyabinsk. Journeyman defenseman Chris Lee had the game winner for Magnitogorsk.
Dinamo Riga 6 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%
Jaroslav Janus did not dress for Bratislava's ugly 6-0 loss to Riga. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Riga.
Jokerit 2 vs. Mytischi 0
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 1-8-9, +1, 51 PIM
Ex-Calgary Flame Henrik Karlsson stopped all 22 shots he faced for the shutout in Jokerit's 2-0 victory over Mytischi. Dmitry Korobov played 17:44 in the loss.