Game Results

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NCAA Game Night: 3/27

NCAA Tournament - East Regional Semifinal
Yale Bulldogs 1 vs Vermont Catamounts 4
F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, 1 SOG, +2

Marshall returned to the lineup after missing the Hockey East Tournament with an ankle injury, as Vermont knocked off Yale to move onto the regional final tonight against Air Force. Air Force (28-10-2) upset No. 1 seed Michigan 2-0 in the other regional semifinal. The winner of tonights game earns a bid in the Frozen Four.

Courtnall, Victoria Still Alive

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/27

Len Barrie's Grizzlies stave off elimination at home ... Witkowski hits 20 points for the year ... Fadden a star again leading TC to a 3-1 series lead ... Draft Watch ... and your obscure ex-Bolt reference: Kaspars Astashenko.

NHL Game Night 3/27: Lightning at Capitals

A valiant comeback comes up short.

TB-3
WSH-5

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 38 shots in the loss. He held the team in once the Caps got to three and gave them a chance to get back even. No complaints from me.

First Period
06:49 WSH Ovechkin (52), (Backstrom, Laich)(PP)
11:17 WSH Backstrom (20), (Ovechkin, Green)(PP)
15:48 TB St. Louis (29), (Pettinger, Lashoff)
19:38 WSH Backstrom (21), (Green, Ovechkin)(PP)

Second Period
19:06 TB Stamkos (19), (Malone, St. Louis)

Third Period
02:59 TB Prospal (19), (St. Louis)
04:30 WSH Pothier (1), (Laich, Aucoin)
19:53 WSH Ovechkin (53), (Laich)(EN)

The Lightning's penalty kill has been absolutely attrocious in the second half of the season. I suppose it's a combination of losing their most mobile defensemen on the backline and losing Smitty. Still, one thing I'd like to see next season is Tocchet giving Stamkos some PK time. He skates so well, I think he'll quite a bit of pressure on the opposing point men.

Noah Welch was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:44. His ice time in a game where one of the other d-men went out injured speaks volumes about what the coaching staff thinks of him. I think that of him too.

Matt Smaby had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 8:01. He left the game after suffering a "lower body injury." The young man's been playing on a bad wheel for quite some time. Hopefully he'll get back quickly. He's just 4 games from graduating from prospect status here on BP.

David Koci had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 5:35. No shots, no kills.

Martins Karsums had 2 shots and 1 hit in 8:49. He does nothing for me.

Richard Petiot managed, somehow, to land the big +3 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 21:49.

Matt Lashoff got his first even strength assist, 4 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 blocked shots in 24:01. I'd like to see him take better angles in his own end. I think it would keep him from taking so many minor penalties.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/27: Griffins at Admirals

Jimmy Howard steals two points from Norfolk.

GR-2
NOR-1

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 34 shots in the loss. He's now 8-12-0 on the season with a 2.69 GAA, 1 shutout, and a .919 save percentage.

First Period
NOR Simek, (8) (Zingoni, Henley), 10:28
GR Walsh, (3) (Stafford, Gagnon), 10:54

Second Period
GR Emmerton, (9) (Abdelkader, Haydar), 5:01

Third Period
NO SCORING

Juraj Simek was named the game's third star.

The Admirals outshot Grand Rapids 48-34, but could only solve Jimmy Howard once in the game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Picking Third (Or Fourth)?

With the Lightning going on a bit of a run, picking up points in 8 of their last 10 games, the team has played itself out of the second position for the draft lottery and now sits 1 point above Colorado in the standings. Considering the Avalanche's talented young center, Paul Stastny, just broke his foot and will probably be out for the remainder of the season, the Lightning may end up locked into the third position in the draft lottery. That would mean the odds would overwhelmingly favor the club picking third or fourth in the upcoming 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Picking in one of the first two slots in this draft would be fairly easy. London center John Tavares and MODO defenseman Victor Hedman have rightfully dominated the draft discussion. Picking third is a different animal altogether. It's a scenario not unlike the 2001 draft when the Lightning lost out on the opportunity to draft Ilya Kovalchuk or Jason Spezza when Atlanta won the draft lottery and pushed the team down to pick number three.

The good news is, I don't think the Lightning are going to get stuck with a lemon like Alex Svitov if they don't wind up in the top two picks. There are quality players on the board that should add to the core of the Lightning rebuilding project. Here's my board thus far:

1.) C John Tavares, 6'0" 198 lbs, London (OHL)
2.) D Victor Hedman, 6'6" 220 lbs, MODO (SWE)

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