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Prospect of the Week: 11-18-14

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 November 18, 2014 is … Yanni Gourde, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

Yanni Gourde knew he just needed to get the first one.

After recording only a pair of assists over his first 10 games this season, the Syracuse Crunch forward knew if he got the first goal more would come quickly. Gourde scored his first of the season early in the third period against the Norfolk Admirals Nov. 8, and followed it up with the eventual game-winner a little more than 10 minutes later.

NHL Game Night: 11-20-14 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Stock correction?

TB- 2
TOR- 5

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the loss.

First Period
1:29 TOR Clarkson (6), (Winnik, Polak)
18:50 TB Killorn (5), (unassisted)(SH)

Second Period
2:45 TOR Panik (4), (unassisted)
12:31 TOR van Riemsdyk (8), (Bozak, Franson)
15:15 TOR van Riemsdyk (9), (Kessel, Phaneuf)

Third Period
15:47 TB Stamkos (13), (Kucherov)
19:52 TOR Polak (3), (Bozak)(EN)

Things are never as good or as bad as they seem.

Jonathan Drouin was -2 with 2 hits in 11:28.

Vladislav Namestnikiv was +1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 12:39. He was also 30% on draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-20-14

Dinamo Riga 1 vs. Bratislava 0 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-7-3, 1 SO, 2.41 GAA, .909 sv%

Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll scored the only shoutout goal in Riga's 1-0 win over Slovan.

Juniors Game Night: 11-19-14

Western Hockey League

Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2 (OT)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 13-15-28, +12, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point had two goals and was first star for the second straight game, but his Warriors fell in overtime to Edmonton, 3-2. Point’s first goal came when he held the puck behind Edmonton’s net and got goaltender Tristan Jarry (Penguins) to look to his right while he darted out on the left post and slid it beside the unsuspecting goalie. His second goal was scored near the right post with a quick wrist shot off a loose puck. He was on the ice for the game-tying goal by Justin Pollock (Stars), who went around Moose Jaw defenseman Tyler Brown and cut in to the net where he lifted a backhander far side with 39 seconds left. Moose Jaw got a power play shortly thereafter, but couldn’t capitalized in overtime. With 46 seconds left in overtime Point won an offensive zone faceoff to Brown at the right point, who fumbled the puck. Pollock picked it up and skated in alone on Justin Paulic before beating him with a backhand deke high into the net. Pollock looked a lot like Valeri Nichushkin on both plays, which is ironic because Pollock is a Stars draft pick. Point beat out Pollock for first star, which was likely decided before the overtime winner. Pollock was second star.

AHL Game Night: 11-19-14 Crunch at Wolf Pack

Syracuse on fire, with room still to grow.

SYR-5
HFD-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the victory. Ugly stat line, and yet the Crunch are still tied for the top spot in their division. Imagine when the defense and Vasilevskiy show more improvement.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (5) (Ikonen), 0:16
HFD Kostka, (1) (Allen, Mueller), 0:43
HFD Vaive, (4) , 6:01
SYR Gourde, (6) (Vermin, Marchessault), 6:34 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (6) (Paradis), 10:40
SYR Gourde, (7) (Richard), 16:01

Second Period
HFD Allen, (3) (Vaive, Crabb), 8:06
HFD Miller, (6) (Hrivik, Allen), 19:19

Third Period
SYR Paradis, (1) (Witkowski, Richard), 4:00

Mike Angelidis and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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