Stick that in your pipe, Jack Edwards.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory. Sad lack of net front coverage late in the Third by the Lightning allowed the garbage time goal that wrecked a solid stat line for Ben. Maybe the only blemish on the game.
0:33 BOS Bergeron (21), (Marchand, McQuaid)
5:49 TB Namestnikov (6), (Morrow, Brown)
10:47 TB Brown (3), (Palat, Carle)
11:02 TB Stralman (8), (Filppula, Namestnikov)
7:54 TB Garrison (4), (Johnson, Carle)
10:22 BOS Chara (8), (Smith, Pastrnak)(PP)
13:50 TB Palat (16), (Callahan, Kucherov)(PP)
19:12 BOS Paille (6), (Talbot, Campbell)
J.T. Brown, Steven Stamkos, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars. Funny how the Bruins got distinctly less big and bad when Stamkos jumped on Marchand after his low-bridge hit on Filppula. What they say is true: the best way to handle a bully is to bloody their nose a bit. Between that and the early 4th line contributions, you knew this was going to be the Lightning's game. It'll be interesting to see how Cedric Paquette draws back into the lineup now, because all 4 lines are clicking reasonably well at the moment.
The victory puts the Lightning at 97 points for the season, meaning they've passed the 96 point mark we peg as the minimum threshold to comfortably make the playoffs. They're also still lurking just 2 points shy of Montreal for the division lead, and we can now officially make banner chasing the mission of the rest of the regular season.
Namestnikov had 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 14:42 of ice time. He might've run out of a little steam in the final 40 minutes of hockey and had at least one pretty awful turnover, which happened in the Second Period, but he's played very well overall. Well enough that I wouldn't be shocked if Namestnikov stays with the Lightning even after Paquette returns from injury. He's now 7 games shy of graduation from prospect status on the website with 9 games left on the schedule.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 14 shots for the victory. Not a typo. Light work for the Yak today.
SYR Courtnall, (6) (Blujus, Vermin), 10:25
SPR Adam, (14) (Chaput, Hoeffel), 16:52
SYR Marchessault, (19) (Blujus, Richard), 3:04 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (26) (Ashton, Koekkoek), 19:40 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (18) (Mormina), 14:03
Justin Courtnall continues to look like another Julien BriseBois trash to treasure conversion.
Things get interesting in the next couple of weeks for Syracuse as the amateur ranks yield some ATO opportunities for the Lightning organization. Specifically, Brayden Point could be a prime addition on an ATO for the Crunch, and an early exit from the NCAA tournament could put Matthew Peca in a Crunch jersey very soon, too. Both would be nice additions to a Crunch team in need of more speed and skill, especially up the middle.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7
C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 37 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
In a possible playoff preview, the Huskies crushed the Phoenix, 7-3. If the two should meet in the first round, Sherbrooke gets the home ice advantage.
Quebec Remparts 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/30 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Adam Erne and Quebec finished their regular season with back-to-back losses to the Oceanic. The good news is they won’t have to face Rimouski in the playoffs for a while as the Oceanic is the 1-seed and Quebec the 4 (of 16).
Ontario Hockey League
Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 12
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -15, 100 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 2-0-2, +6, 0 PIM
With SSM: 25 GP, 15-35-50, +32, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 25-63-88, +33, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Anthony DeAngelo was back in the Soo’s lineup after resting two games, and scored two of the Greyhounds’ 12 goals to extend his point streak to 24 games. The Soo plays Kitchener on Sunday, two points up on Oshawa for the best record in the OHL. DiGiacinto had an assist for Windsor Saturday and finishes the season with 45 points. He somehow escaped Saturday with only a minus-1 rating. His teammate Trevor Murphy was minus-10. DiGiacinto could sign with AHL Syracuse if the Crunch want some extra forward depth.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 9
C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Needing a win to stay alive in the playoffs (plus needing some help), Moose Jaw was unable to stay with the conference-leading Wheat Kings and fell hard, 9-2. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway as Swift Current won again and clinched the final playoff spot in the division. Point scored a goal for the ninth-straight game. He could take that streak to AHL Syracuse if the Crunch want to add skill to their lineup. Point will return to Moose Jaw next year due to AHL age restrictions, but can join the AHL now because his junior team’s season is over.
No. 18 Harvard Crimson 4 vs No. 15 Colgate Raiders 2
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-9-16, +4, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Harvard claimed the 2015 ECAC tournament championship with a 4-2 win over Colgate. The Crimson will now play in the national tournament as part of the field of 16. Harvard’s win likely ensures Matt Peca and Quinnipiac will receive an at-large big into the field of 16.
No. 12 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 3 vs No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5
Hockey East Finals
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-7-9, +16, 48 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
Boston University won the Hockey East tournament championship on the back of Jack Eichel’s two goals and assist Saturday. Eichel was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. MacLeod and BU will likely get a 1-seed in the national tournament.
No. 5 Denver Pioneers 5 vs No. 1 North Dakota 1
NCHC Third Place Game
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 13-7-20, +11, 35 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
UND lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, falling in the third place game Saturday against Denver. UND is still a lock for the national tournament.
No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 vs Michigan Wolverines 2
Big 10 Finals
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 24 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 37 GP, 22-11-3, 2.39 GAA, .913 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Wilcox was named the Big 10 tournament Most Outstanding Player after making 22 saves in the finals against Michigan. Minnesota held a 1-0 lead in the second period before Michigan scored two power play goals. The first on a deke from in close that snuck under Wilcox’s arm, and the second on a back-door finish he had no chance of stopping. Minutes after Minnesota went up 3-2 in the third period Wilcox made a series of big saves on the Wolverines to maintain the lead. He was solid the rest of the way as the Gophers iced the game with an empty net goal. Minnesota and Wilcox had a lot of expectations on them coming into the year and have ridden a roller coaster of inconsistency for the majority of the season, but they’ve found their groove lately and their tournament performance was indicative of their potential. Watch out for the Gophers in the national tournament as they try to make their way back to the championship game. They lost to Union in the finals last year.
*USCHO poll used
Comets streak past Crunch in the Third.
Allen York allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the loss.
SYR Richard, (12) (Dotchin, Blujus), 5:41 (PP)
UTI Baertschi, (11) (Blain, Friesen), 6:54
UTI Conacher, (6) (Andersson, Friesen), 2:00
UTI Shinkaruk, (9) (O'Reilly, Corrado), 4:01
SYR Marchessault, (18) (Richard, Blujus), 15:27 (PP)
UTI Baertschi, (12) (Friesen, Grenier), 19:15 (EN)
Syracuse may have lost the war tonight, but at least the AHL's abbreviation for them isn't an acronym for Urinary Tract Infections. Escalate the rivalry with Grade A scalding rhetoric. It's always good for the soul.
Box score from TheAHL.com.