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NHL Game Night: 3-4-13 Lightning at Penguins

My God, the Lightning have become the Atlanta Thrashers.


Mathieu Garon allowed 1 goal on 13 shots before giving way to Anders Lindback who allowed 2 on 18 shots the rest of the way for the loss. Seems like we may see Cedrick Desjardins in a Lightning jersey again.

First Period
04:13 PIT Kunitz (12), (Crosby)

Second Period
02:39 TB Stamkos (16), (Hedman, St. Louis)
11:59 TB Pyatt (5), (Thompson, Palat)

Third Period
05:38 PIT Malkin (5), (unassisted)
07:29 PIT Crosby (11), (Letang)
19:08 PIT Neal (14), (Malkin, Letang)(EN)
19:52 TB Stamkos (17), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)

Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

Seriously, my goodness, this team has turned into the Atlanta Thrashers. They're a team with a lot of offensive ability and one of the most dynamic scorers in the league, a la Kovalchuk back then, but they're completely unable to keep the puck out of the back of their own net and completely unable to make meaningful plays to win hockey games. So disappointing: a team that, on paper, should be so much better, but plays like less than the sum of their parts.

Alex Killorn had 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 16:22.

Ondrej Palat had his first NHL point, a helper, and was +1 with 2 hits in 9:28 in his NHL debut. I have to admit to being especially proud of a guy like Palat. Here's a young man who was taken in the final round of the draft, overage, on a flyer. He was supposed to be organizational filler. Now he's an NHLer, for at least one night. It's the kind of story that underlines why the website exists.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie was -1 with 5 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 5 hits in 6:48. Active.

Cory Conacher was an ugly -3 in 15:01.

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Prospect of the Week: March 4, 2013

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for March 4 is … Ondrej Palat, W, Syracuse (AHL – USA).

Ondrej Palat liked being Prospect of the Week so much he did it again.

The Syracuse Crunch winger had his first career hat trick this past week, scoring three goals on Tuesday against Rochester. He was named first star for the Crunch in their 4-1 win. After a scoreless game against Albany on Friday, Palat had a power play goal in Syracuse’s overtime loss on Saturday.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-3-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2 (SO)

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 60 GP, 26-51-77, +25, 101 PIM

Paquette led the Armada in hits with four. He did not participate in the game-winning shootout.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Brampton Battalion 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 2-23-25, -5, 51 PIM

Brampton now holds onto the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, tied with Sudbury but with a game in hand.

Guelph Storm 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 8-49-57, +18, 90 PIM

Richard notched his fourth assist of the weekend in a win over the Wolves. Guelph sits in fifth in the Western Conference, which has all eight playoff teams set.

AHL Game Night: 3-3-13 Crunch at Bears

Late game meltdown.


Cedrick Desjardins allowed 5 goals on just 19 shots. Ouch.

First Period
HER DiSalvatore, (15) (Taffe, Almeida), 6:53
SYR Wilson, (5) (Jacques, Namestnikov), 8:47
SYR Johnson, (29) (Panik, Barberio), 19:25

Second Period
SYR Oberg, (1) (Panik, Taormina), 1:43
HER Taffe, (14) (Oleksy, Carman), 10:42
HER Taffe, (15) (Carman, Schilling), 16:33

Third Period
HER Schilling, (6) (Taffe, DiSalvatore), 11:16
HER Wellman, (11) (Oleksy, McNeill), 14:47

Ondrej Palat did not dress for the Crunch, fueling speculation he may be on his way up to the show.

Syracuse outshot Hershey 33-19, but still got belted on the scoreboard. Rotton bad weekend for Syracuse. They face Toronto on Wednesday.

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