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NHL Game Night: 4-2-15 Lightning at Senators

Lightning nearly steal both points.

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OTT-2 (OT)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the OT loss. His rebound control wasn't all that great tonight, but he was sparkling on first shots, which was nearly good enough to complete the larceny.

First Period
5:03 OTT Stone (20), (Turris, MacArthur)
16:53 TB Drouin (4), (Stralman, Filppula)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
4:43 OTT Wiercioch (3), (Stone, Turris)

Bishop was the game's third star.

Most of the Lightning's injured players actually participated in the morning skate today, which signals to me that if tonight's game had been a priority some of them would have gone. As it was, it was clear that getting rest and getting healthy was deemed more important than still pursuing the division title. Fair enough, under the circumstances, and it reflected in a pretty flat First Period by the team. However, as the game wore on, I think the Lightning realized there were points to be stolen on the table and their intensity improved as the game went on. They got 1 point to keep pace with Montreal tonight, but couldn't thieve the 2nd. Still, it's more than I would've expected from the body language I saw in the First Period. They trail Montreal by 1 point with the Habs holding a game in hand and the Lightning having 3 games left on the slate. They would hold the ROW tiebreaker, which looms large if they can get some help and Montreal stubs their toe a couple of times in their last 4 games.

One other point of interest, pun intended, is the Lightning got their 12th point tonight in this 10 game segment. In other words, the Lightning hit 12 points in every 10 game segment of the season but 1, and the miss was an 11 point segment. They may not be consistent game to game, but their frighteningly consistent segment to segment, which is very good compared to last season when they had about 3 misses, as I recall, along the way. Maturation.

Slater Koekkoek had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 17:55. He was a stud tonight. He was active in all three zones and particularly in clearing out his front porch. You saw the total package of what Koekkoek can do and he nearly had an OT winner jumping into the play, to boot. Very impressive.

Luke Witkowski had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:19 to go with 2 PIMs. He didn't play a perfect game, but he played a good one. I think, in particular, when the game got chippy in the Second Period it got right into Luke's wheelhouse and he started to really come alive.

Nikita Nesterov was -2 with 4 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:38. The IT tells you the coaching staff appreciates what he's doing, but he's had some hard luck where his good two-way play hasn't paid off with pluses with the Lightning forwards struggling to pot goals.

Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 hit and was 55% on 11 draws in 9:50. IT was down tonight, and it was hard to tell if he got dinged or if it was a coach's decision. Vladdy is at 40 NHL games this season, which means his next appearance will mark his graduation from prospect status on the website.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 4-2-15

Semifinal Round
(4)Sparta Praha 2 vs. (1)Trinec 1 (OT)
Series Tied 2-2
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 5.71 GAA, .846 sv%
Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Ex-Av Jaroslav Hlinka scored just 1:45 into OT to life Sparta Praha to a 2-1 Game Four victory and knot their Semifinals series with top seed Trinec at 2-2. Hlinka also had Sparta's regulation goal and ex-Leafs pick Karel Pilar had a pair of helpers in the win.

Yzerman Wins Wilcox Over

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Adam Wilcox to a two-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced late Wednesday night. He also signed an ATO with the Syracuse Crunch for the remainder of the season.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-1-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 1
Best-of-7 series tied, 2-2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/22 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 4 GP: 5-3-8, +3, 6 PIM
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

Sherbrooke took back home ice advantage from the Islanders, winning Game 4 on the road, 2-1. Game 5 is Friday in Charlottetown, then the final two games are back in Sherbrooke.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-3 Calgary Hitmen 7 @ East-6 Kootenay Ice 2
Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

The Hitmen made a big statement in Cranbrook, taking both Game 3 and 4 from the Ice while scoring 15 goals. Connor Rankin (undrafted) had a hat trick in Game 4 and overtime hero (Games 1, 3) Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers) had four points. Lightning prospect Ben Thomas didn’t figure in on the scoring for any of the 15 goals, though he had an assist in both games in Calgary. The series goes back to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday.

Crunch Fall in OT, Miss Chance to Clinch Playoff Spot


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With a chance to clinch a playoff berth, the Syracuse Crunch came up just short.

Albany lost in Manchester and Syracuse battled back from a pair of deficits, but the Crunch couldn't convert on five power play opportunities -- including one in overtime -- as they fell to the Binghamton Senators, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

"There were significant opportunities both ways," said Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler. "At the end of the day, we couldn't get one on the power play. We had a chance 4-on-3 in overtime and we couldn't get it past him. We definitely had our chances to win it, we just couldn't. I was happy with the effort and I was happy with the chances, we just couldn't finish it off."

AHL Game Night: 4-1-15 Senators at Crunch

Crunch lose a tight one with reinforcements on the way.

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SYR-2 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the OT loss. He made several key stops to allow the Crunch to secure 1 point in the contest.

First Period
BNG Prince, (24) (Camper), 4:05
SYR Angelidis, (20) (Courtnall, Vermin), 12:32
BNG Camper, (14) (Schneider, A. Grant), 17:53 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Martindale, (13) (Marchessault), 1:23

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
BNG Wideman, (17) (Dzingel), 3:06

Gudlevskis was the game's third star.

Syracuse has already lost Namestnikov and three regular defensemen to recall because of various injuries up top in Tampa Bay. They've gotten a little help with the signing of Brayden Point to an ATO and bringing the likes of Jared Nightingale back into the fold for a spell. They're about to get even more reinforcements, though, with today's signing of forward Matthew Peca and the word that goaltender Adam Wilcox is also likely to sign with the Lightning and may be assigned to Syracuse, as well. If they can get Koekkoek and Witkowski, at least, back from Tampa Bay and the likes of Tanner Richard back from injury, this could take a decent Syracuse roster to the level of a reasonable title contender in the playoffs. If one or two other active junior players can also join in the fun, all the better.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 4-1-15

Semifinal Round
(4)Sparta Praha 4 vs. (1)Trinec 1
Trinec Leads the Series 2-1
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 5.71 GAA, .846 sv%
Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

26 year old Slovenian Robert Sabolic and ex-Av Jaroslav Hlinka each had 2 goals to help Sparta Praha defeat Trinec 4-1 in Game Three of their Semifinal series. Starter Filip Novotny made 23 saves for the win while Jaroslav Janus sat backup for Sparta. Game Four is Thursday.

Peca Officially in the Fold

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Matthew Peca to a two-year, two-way contract for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally, Peca has signed an AHL amateur try out contract to play the remainder of the 2014-15 season with the Syracuse Crunch.

Peca, 21, skated in 39 games this season with Quinnipiac University, recording seven goals and 36 points to go along with 27 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Bobcats and third in the ECAC with 29 assists. Peca also ranked second on the Bobcats for points and served as captain of the team during his senior year.

The 5-foot-8, 155-pound forward played in 157 career NCAA games, all with the Bobcats over four seasons, registering 42 goals and 143 points to go along with 91 penalty minutes. Peca led the Bobcats for assists in three of his four seasons with the team. He set a school record with a six-point effort during his junior season on February 28, 2014.

Peca was originally selected by the Lightning in the seventh round, 201st overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.

BP Commentary: Finally. From the fight over Peca’s junior hockey rights (among four teams) on through his senior year at Quinnipiac, we’ve been following Peca’s impressive career. Sometimes stats tell the story on a player, but Peca doesn’t fall into this category. Like Ryan Callahan, Peca is a leader on and off the ice and does so many little things to help a team win – often sacrificing body parts and personal stats – that his coaches likely have Matt Peca custom Fatheads on their man cave walls.

He put up good numbers, but the team played a defense-first system reliant on the transition game. Peca also played in a checking role when required. As a 4-line forward, he was able to do whatever was asked.

Prospect of the Week: 4-1-15

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 April 1, 2015 is … Cameron Darcy, C, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL – Canada).

The QMJHL’s second season started last week and Cameron Darcy began with a bang.

The Lightning’s seventh round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft had a hat trick and five points in Game 2 of Sherbrooke’s first round series against Charlottetown. The Phoenix had lost the first game by a large margin and were sitting on the cliff of falling down 2-0 in the series at home. Darcy was named the game’s first star.

The Boston native followed up his Game 2 performance with two more goals in Game 3, a loss by the Phoenix on Prince Edward Island. His two goals gave him five goals and seven points in two games, and our Bolt Prospect of the Week award.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-31-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6
Cape Breton leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/9 FO, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec fought back from 4-1 and 5-1 deficits to tie the game, only to lose it on a late goal by the Eagles. The heavily favored Remparts are in danger of falling two games behind Cape Breton in the series when the teams play again Thursday.

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Quarterfinals

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ West-8 Saginaw Spirit 0
Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, +4, 4 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Anthony DeAngelo failed to register a point for the first time in 27 games and only second time since joining the Greyhounds. The team got the road win, however, and the Hounds can close out the series Thursday.

Note: Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is out for the season due to injury.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-3 Calgary Hitmen 8 @ East-6 Kootenay Ice 7
Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary’s Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers) scored his second overtime winner of the series to lift the Hitmen to an 8-7 win Tuesday and a 2-1 series lead. Kootenay scored with four seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Ben Thomas was scoreless for the Hitmen.

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