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Liiga Game Day: 2-10-16

KalPa 5 vs. Pelicans 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Ex-Devils pick Patrick Davis had a goal in KalPa's 5-2 win over Pelicans Lahti.

NHL Game Night: 2-9-16 Lightning at Canadiens

Lightning back at a crossroads after horrible road trip.

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Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss. It's a bad stat line, but it doesn't tell the whole story. The defensive effort in front of Bishop tonight was putrid.

First Period
5:56 MTL Gallagher (14), (Plekanec)

Second Period
0:40 TB Filppula (7), (Hedman)
6:40 MTL Plekanec (11), (Gallagher, Barberio)
19:52 MTL Smith-Pelly (5), (Subban, Eller)

Third Period
6:17 MTL Plekanec (12), (Galchenyuk, Emelin)
9:03 TB Hedman (5), (Filppula, Callahan)

The effort was better tonight, and with some luck the Lightning might've gotten some points out of the game. They did generate a ton of shots and chances and they did hit three posts. So, this wasn't a total disaster. But, honestly, they got plenty of chances in Ottawa, too. That's not the issue. The issue is you're not seeing the intense focus in all three zones and the attention to detail you saw in the big 11-game stretch the Lightning had. Tonight you had a goal where Nesterov made a poor decision to try to shoot through a guy that led to an odd-man rush and a goal. You saw a faceoff loss eventually lead to a goal. You saw Alex Killorn fall down in defensive coverage and a goal. And then you saw another odd man rush with the trailer getting the goal. It's self-inflicted wounds. It's not applying the same back pressure from the forwards. It's about losing faceoffs. It's about losing your check in the defensive zone. In short, it's about getting preoccupied with offense and the grim reality that when you don't mind the details on defense you have the puck less and you end up scoring less goals anyway. That's what happened tonight, to a degree.

Time to get a little regroup, and head this 2 game losing streak off at the pass. As heavy a lift as it took for the Lightning to get themselves back into the playoff picture, they can't afford to relax and lose focus and blow it so quickly.

Jonathan Marchessault was -1 with 2 hits in 10:45. It's just really hard for him to contribute as a fourth liner with spot power play duty. He doesn't get into the flow any and that makes it hard to produce offense.

Nikita Nesterov was -2 with 1 blocked shot in 16:30. His lone shot attempt was the one that was blocked leading to Montreal's opening goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-9-16 Crunch at IceCaps

Crunch continue to circle the drain.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss. His save percentage has now dipped to .904 for the season, which is trending toward the .900-.901 range of his first two AHL seasons.

First Period
STJ Scherbak, (4) (Dumont, Holloway), 9:45 (PP)

Second Period
STJ McCarron, (14) (Ellis, Holloway), 14:55 (PP)

Third Period
STJ Ellis, (11) (Dumont), 16:54
STJ Dumont, (14) (Holloway), 18:58 (EN)

Syracuse did outshoot St. John's 39-19 in the game, but got no payoff for their efforts.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 2-8-16

No. 3 Boston College Eagles 1 vs No. 7 Boston University Terriers 0 (Beanpot Championship)

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-1-2, E, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod, who played on the weekend, was scratched for the championship game for the famed Beanpot Tournament in Boston, won by Boston College in overtime on a goal by Minnesota first rounder Alex Tuch.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 2-8-16

Western Hockey League

Edmonton Oil Kings 0 @ Vancouver Giants 1

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 7-18-25, -18, 30 PIM
With Vancouver: 43 GP, 7-15-22, -8, 20 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas scored on the power play mid-way through the third period and Ryan Kubic (2016) stopped 28 shots as Vancouver beat visiting Edmonton, 1-0.

NHL Game Night: 2-8-16 Lightning at Senators

Costly clunker in Canada's capital.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He wasn't at fault for the L, but his softie in the Second Period essentially ended the game by allowing Ottawa to build the 3 goal lead.

First Period
5:23 OTT Smith (11), (Stone)
16:51 OTT Prince (3), (unassisted)
17:25 TB Brown (6), (Coburn, Callahan)

Second Period
4:41 OTT Stone (15), (Pageau, Zibanejad)(PP)
10:46 OTT Stone (16), (Ceci, Pageau)

Third Period
15:22 OTT Pageau (13), (unassisted)

The Lightning came out flat tonight and never, ever got their legs underneath them. They were consistently beaten to loose pucks and they turned over the puck far too much. They deserved to be run out of the rink tonight, and they eventually were. When you fail to respect the game and your opponent, this is the end result. The bigger problem, though, is Jason Garrison missed the last two periods of the game with a lower body injury. Short of Ben Bishop getting injured, an injury to one of the team's top-four defensemen is one of the losses the team simply doesn't have the depth to cope with. It's pretty clear that the team doesn't have faith in Matt Carle anymore and they shouldn't have faith in Sustr and Nesterov moving up in minutes from the niches they're in, either. At a certain point, I really hope they start getting Slater Koekkoek more NHL experience for just this type of problem. I'd hate this to happen in the playoffs and Slater still be completely wet behind the ears.

Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 18:25. He did have 4 shot attempts, but honestly, if you weren't named "J.T. Brown" you want to burn the tape tonight if you were in a Lightning jersey.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 2-7-16

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Oshawa Generals 1

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/18 FO
Season totals: 47 GP, 15-29-44, -13, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

The Soo had four goals before Oshawa got on the board, and by then the game was basically over.

Juniors Game Night: 2-6-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 5 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 5 Hits
Season totals: 31 GP, 4-9-13, -3, 54 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit, *Third Star*
Season totals: 46 GP, 27-29-56, +29, 49 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Down 4-1, Saint John clawed back to tie the game with just over four minutes left in regulation, but the Tigres scored with 1:40 on the clock to steal the win back. Joseph took over the team lead in goals with 27. He also leads in points by two and is plus-10 better than the next highest player on the Sea Dogs.

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 45 GP, 28-31-59, +4, 60 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan had a quiet game in Shawinigan’s 4-3 overtime loss in Sydney. The Cataractes had a 3-0 lead at one point. Yan was on the ice for the overtime-winner.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 15-22-37, +19, 63 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Both teams scored three times in the third period, including Alex DeBrindicat (2016), who scored his 38th of the season into an empty net. Windsor scored six seconds after the empty-netter, but couldn’t get the tying goal. DiGiacinto has just two assists in his last 12 games.

Ottawa 67’s 3 @ Peterborough Petes 0

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-16-22, +26, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 3-16-19, -1, 36 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Liam Herbst (undrafted) stopped all 41 shots he faced to register the shutout vs Peterborough. It was his first shutout of the season and raised his save percentage to .880.

Sudbury Wolves 6 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 22/27 FO
Season totals: 23 GP, 10-9-19, E, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Saginaw is now winless in its last five games.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Red Deer Rebels 4 (OT)

C Brayden Point, MJ: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 25-33-58, +15, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point was not in the lineup Saturday; he was injured Friday and missed the third period of that game.

"He just felt uncomfortable to finish the game,” Warriors Head Coach Tim Hunter told Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. “He was a little bit sore. Right now he'll be evaluated in the morning and again before game-time. There's no real update right now. Hunter told Gourlie that Point's injury wasn't related to the shoulder injury that knocked him out of the lineup in November. "It's a totally different situation," Hunter said. It’s unknown how long Point will be out.

United States Hockey League

Chicago Steel 3 @ Omaha Lancers 4 (OT)

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 11-7-2, 2.67 GAA, .913 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham, who is on a personal 3-game losing streak, got the night off after playing Friday.

Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Lincoln Stars 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: Did not play
Season totals: 27 GP, 0-22-22, -5, 30 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf remains out of the Sioux City lineup with a concussion sustained January 8.

NCAA Game Night: 2-6-16

No. 19 Bowling Green State Falcons 3 @ No. 18 Minnesota State Mavericks 1

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

BGSU earned a split of their weekend series with the Mavs with a 3-1 win Saturday. MSU won 5-1 Friday.

*USCHO poll used

AHL Game Night: 2-6-16 Falcons at Crunch

Crunch skid hits 5 games.

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SYR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Blunden, (12) (Gourde, Richard), 4:41
SPR Fournier, (6) (Selleck, P. Samuelsson), 6:35
SPR Potter, (4) (Plachta, Szwarz), 8:13

Second Period
SPR Carey, (19) (Jeffrey, P. Samuelsson), 10:46 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Lane, (4) (Gaudet), 7:10
SPR Selleck, (7) (Mauermann, Grant), 9:20
SYR Blunden, (13) (Richard), 11:40
SPR Jeffrey, (12) (P. Samuelsson), 17:07 (EN)
SYR Angelidis, (5) (DeAngelo), 17:43 (PP)

Mike Blunden was the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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