Bad goaltending and bad habits come home to roost.
Evgeni Nabokov allowed 4 goals on 8 shots for the loss before giving way to Ben Bishop, who allowed 3 on 14 shots the rest of the way. Nabby allowed 2 short-side softies and and small, weak effort on a player swinging in wide from the wing before being lifted. Terrible.
7:37 MIN Scandella (1), (Pominville, Parise)
8:16 MIN Koivu (1), (Vanek)
11:04 TB Stralman (1), (Brewer, Johnson)
12:41 MIN Haula (1), (Niederreiter)
17:15 MIN Zucker (3), (Cooke, Carter)
2:11 MIN Parise (3), (Pominville, Suter)
11:12 MIN Spurgeon (2), (Vanek, Coyle)
16:50 TB Kucherov (1), (Stralman)
13:44 MIN Zucker (4), (Scandella)(SH)
The deck was pretty well stacked against the Lightning to start with playing at the end of a grueling road trip on a back-to-back against a quality opponent with a makeshift lineup due to multiple injuries. When Nabby gave up what I would consider to be 2.5 soft goals, those were the straws that broke the camel's back. Your veteran backup's got to be better than that. He doesn't have to win the game for you, but he's got to allow you to keep contact and give your team a chance to manufacture a point or two. Minnesota didn't exactly light the world on fire with a 22 shot effort, and once Nabby was lifted, 2 of their goals came off plays where the Lightning were taking chances because the score was so lopsided. In other words, it would've been a very different game if Nabby had made the stops in the First Period he was supposed to.
The Lightning return home for the final game of this first 10 game segment of the season needing 1 more point to hit the 12 you want them to get from each segment.
Cedric Paquette was -1 with 1 blocked shot and he was 75% on draws in 13:57.
Jonathan Drouin was -2 in 19:10. Ineffective, and he might've worn the second largest set of goat horns in the game on a weak turnover behind the Lightning net that killed the team's momentum after closing the game to 2-1 and Gudas nearly tying it with a point shot off the post. Drouin's turnover ends up behind Nabby and it's 3-1 Wild. The rest was history.
Jonathan Marchessault was -1 with 1 shot in 12:33.
Vladislav Namestnikov was -2 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 12:27. He was also 25% on draws and took an elbow to the mush that cost him a few shifts. Rough night, although I can't fault him for the two minuses he was on the ice for.
CSKA 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 24/25, 1.00 GAA, .960 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 13-2-4, 2 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%
Ex-Florida Everblade Evgeny Timkin scored the winning goal for Magnitka in their 2-1 victory against CSKA. Danis Zaripov had Magnitogorsk's other goal in the match.
Michigan State Spartans 0 vs No. 12 Boston University Terriers 1
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
MacLeod and the Terriers shut out MSU, 1-0, on Friday. Jack Eichel had an assist for BU.
No. 5 Providence Friars 1 @ No. 3 North Dakota 6
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
UND had a 4-0 lead entering the third period and coasted to a 6-1 win in a key top-5 matchup.
Bemidji State Beavers 2 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 29 saves on 31 shots
Season totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 1.67 GAA, .938 sv%, 1 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Wilcox and the Gophers improved to 3-0-0 on the season, defeating the Beavers at home, 5-2. Wilcox made a lunging, desperation stick-save that quickly made the rounds on social media.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4 (OT)
W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 3-0-3, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1/6 FO, 2 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 9 GP, 10-7-17, +9, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Adam Erne had a hat trick for the second consecutive game as the Remparts beat the Titan in overtime, 5-4. Erne’s third goal was the overtime winner. He had a hat trick and an assist on Sunday and now has 10 goals in nine games on the season. On Friday, Quebec had a 4-1 lead in the third period that they couldn’t hold on to. Erne’s heroics secured the two road points. He was named second star in a classic example of homerism.
Ontario Hockey League
Belleville Bulls 3 @ Sarnia Sting 2 (SO)
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-7-9, -1, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo was named first star for his efforts on Friday in a shootout loss to the Bulls. Belleville had beaten Sarnia, 3-2, in Belleville last weekend with a last-minute goal. Sarnia continues to compete for wins, something they didn’t do last year. Brett Welychka had two assists for the Bulls. He was a Lightning camper in 2013 while he was with the London Knights.
Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Guelph Storm 5
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-1-4, -2, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
Pius Suter had a hat trick for the Storm.
Peterborough Petes 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 24 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin registered two assists to help the struggling Petes get a road win in Sudbury.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 6-9-15, +10, 14 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point was injured early in the second period, but returned to the game and had an assist in the third period.
Calgary Hitmen 9 @ Kootenay Ice 2
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-3-4, E, 6 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas couldn’t get in on the scoring fun in Kootenay as the Hitmen put up nine goals on the Ice.
Lightning best the Jest.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 42 shots for the victory. How he didn't get a star in this game, I don't know.
4:41 TB Stamkos (6), (Drouin, Filppula)
4:45 TB Drouin (1), (Kucherov, Johnson)
5:33 WPG Little (4), (Enstrom, Ladd)(PP)
12:52 TB Namestnikov (2), (Palat, Kucherov)(PP)
18:02 TB Palat (3), (Johnson, Kucherov)
10:19 WPG Wheeler (3), (Perreault, Enstrom)
Jonathan Drouin and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars. Complete homer move by the Winnipeg media to give a Jet a star tonight. That team's a dumpster fire, and Kucherov and Bishop would've been far more meritorious choices.
One silver lining of the injuries to Killorn and Callahan is that it's forced Cooper to tinker with some combinations that were outside his original thinking, and I believe he's found two really good combos with Filppula/Stamkos/Drouin and Palat/Johnson/Kucherov. The latter line is particularly fun to watch. The former line? I suspect you could put a sack of potatoes with the other two guys and they'd rack up assists.
Overall, that game was inartful and were I a coach I'd load the game film up in a cannon and shoot it to the moon. The Lightning should hardly be proud of their performance, particularly defensively in allowing 42 shots on goal. Tonight, though, I'll grant them a bit of a pass considering they were playing in a game that was officiated at a minor league level and against an opponent that might as well be a minor league team. Throw the newest injuries (J.T. Brown and Brett Connolly) on top of that, and I'll issue a full pardon for the night's play.
It's amazing to me that Winnipeg has not improved an iota since moving from Atlanta. None. They're awful. The Lightning played down to their level in indulging the Jets in a structure-free pond hockey exhibition and still absolutely smashed them because their skill level is just that much higher. I hate to see that too much, because I think it reinforces bad habits when teams get a payoff despite bad play. But, still, that's sink mangy animal up there in Winnipeg that needed to be put down tonight. J-E-S-T, jest, jest, jest. They're a joke.
Cedric Paquette had 3 shots and 2 hits in 14:14 in his first game back from recall, sporting #13 this time around. My compliments to his tailor.
Drouin had his first NHL goal, which was put on a tee for him by Nikita Kucherov, and a far more impressive helper on Stamkos' goal to go with a +1 rating, 2 shots, and 2 blocked shots. His hands are irrationally quick, both with and without the puck. 99% of players don't get that puck over to Stamkos in tight on that 2-on-1, and he pick-pocketed Winnipeg players repeatedly throughout the course of the game in both the offensive and defensive thirds.
Vladislav Namestinikov had a goal and 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 10:48. He got a whisp of a deflection on a Palat shot on the PP, and that was all it took to get his name on the sheet for his 2nd of the season. He remains nicely active offensively, although clearly the coaching staff has to be careful not to put him in perilous situations defensively and in the faceoff circles.