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NHL Game Night: 3-19-16 Lightning at Coyotes

Bishop outlasts Domingue in goaltending duel to set franchise SO record.

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Ben Bishop stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout, handing down U of Maine Justice for a franchise record 15th time in a Lightning uniform. Arizona didn't have a ton of A chances, and he had some long stretches of inactivity, but he stood on his head in the Third Period and on two 5-on-3's in the Second Period to get his team with win tonight.

First Period
19:03 TB Palat(13), (Hedman, Killorn)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
19:10 TB Kucherov(27), (Stamkos)(EN)

Bishop and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars. Arizona goaltender Louis Domingue was the third star. True, his soft goal allowed to Palat ended up being the difference in the game, but he can stay in the Western Conference, thank you very much. He's looked like Tony Esposito reincarnate the two times the Lightning have had to play him this season.

All-in-all, the Lightning put forth the effort they needed to tonight at even strength and especially on the penalty kill where they were masterful against an extremely good Arizona power play. Espo's Rule about not scoring on 5-on-3's held up. The Coyotes squandered a pair of them and, sure enough, they lost. In the half empty portion of the glass, the Lightning absolutely wet the bed on a 4 minute power play in the Third Period that begged to deliver the put away goal, but only delivered disappointment instead.

The Lightning pulled to within 2 points of the Atlantic Division lead, but more importantly, they cut their target number to 9 points. 9 points in the next 8 games and they should be in solid shape to make the playoffs comfortably. Get that and I'll be happy. Anything above that is gourmet gravy.

Jonathan Marchessault had 6 shots and 1 hit in 15:23 and was even pretty good when pressed into service on 3 faceoffs, going 67%. Tonight was a night where he played his game. Shoot the puck. Shoot the puck. Shoot the puck. If he keeps doing that, good things will happen. He needs 3 more games to reach graduation from prospect status on the website. I doubt Cooper can sit him next time out with the way he played tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 3-19-16

Ferris State Bulldogs 2 vs No. 15 Minnesota State Mavericks 1
WCHA Broadmoor Trophy Championship (Grand Rapids, MI)

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-8-10, -1, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Ferris State held the Mavs to just 14 shots while winning the WCHA championship. Down 2-1 entering the third period, Minnesota State managed just one shot on net. MSU is not projected to make the Field of 16 to get to the Frozen Four in Tampa, but Boston University (MacLeod) is. If the Mavs don't make it in, Mullin's college career is over. It's possible he could get a tryout contract with Syracuse to end the year, but he hasn't produced enough to be considered a lock for a pro contract.

*USCHO poll used

Martindale Leads Crunch to Win Over IceCaps


By Jeremy Houghtaling

One night after being scratched, Ryan Martindale broke out in a big way.

Despite being held scoreless in 12 AHL games this year, the Crunch center netted a pair of goals and added an assist to lead Syracuse to a 3-2 win over the St. John’s IceCaps at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“He made a huge difference for us,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “Obviously, he scored two goals. But more than that, he ended up playing against their top line all night and he did a heck of a job.”

Syracuse’s Jeff Tambellini added a goal and an assist, while Yanni Gourde, Henri Ikonen, and Anthony DeAngelo each chipped in an assist.

AHL Game Night: 3-19-16 IceCaps at Crunch

Martindale comes alive.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory. It was Kristers' first win since February 19th... exactly one month.

First Period
STJ Dumont, (18) (Lernout, Didier), 6:31
SYR Martindale, (1) (Taormina, Ikonen), 8:32

Second Period
SYR Martindale, (2) (DeAngelo, Tambellini), 8:51
SYR Tambellini, (23) (Gourde, Martindale), 13:06

Third Period
STJ McNally, (5) (Scherbak, Johnston), 7:58

Jeff Tambellini, Ryan Martindale, and Anthony DeAngelo were the game's three stars. Martindale's 3 point night equaled his production from his previous 11 games in a Crunch jersey.

Henri Ikonen broke a streak of 15 games without a point.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 3-18-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Imama had one minor penalty and two misconducts, one for “abuse of officials.” He’s on a short leash since his suspension earlier in the year for abuse of officials. Joseph remains out injured. The Sea Dogs finish the regular season Saturday in Sydney against the Eagles. They’re sitting as the 3-seed overall after winning the Maritime Division.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 61 GP, 32-35-67, +8, 82 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Shawinigan had a 5-0 lead after two periods and coasted to a 5-2 win over Sherbrooke. The Cataractes have one game left in the regular season. They are currently two points ahead of Saint John for the league’s 2-seed.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/15 FO
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

The Fronts took the Gens behind the woodshed Friday to the tune of a 7-0 win. With Hamilton’s loss, Oshawa clinched the final playoff spot in the East. They’ll face Kingston in Round 1.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 62 GP, 16-26-42, +14, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/21 FO
Season totals: 38 GP, 20-19-39, -1, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens scored his 20th goal of the season in 38 games, but it wasn’t near enough for the struggling Spirit to beat the Spits. Saginaw will be the 8-seed in the West, Windsor the 5-seed.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 8-32-40, +25, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 59 GP, 5-19-24, E, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Steelheads scored twice in the third period to break a 3-3 tie with Peterborough. Mississauga caught the Petes as the 6-seed in the West.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 19 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 35-51-86, +22, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point nearly matched his season total for penalty minutes in one period as he had a minor for holding, then an instigator, fighting major, and 10-minute misconduct (Note: Misconduct minutes don't count toward season total). Moose Jaw had the game tied 2-2 at one point. The Warriors are tied with Regina for third in the division – and the first Wild Card spot. Regina and Swift Current were headed to overtime at the time of this posting.

Kelowna Rockets 5 @ Vancouver Giants 3

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 73 GP, 8-19-27, -32, 50 PIM
With Vancouver: 59 GP, 8-16-24, -22, 40 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Preds pick Justin Kirkland scored his 29th goal of the season to pace the Rockets.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 1 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 0-25-25, -7, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Saints scored four times in the second half of the third period turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 win.

NCAA Game Night: 3-18-16

Bowling Green Falcons 1 vs No. 15 Minnesota State Mavericks 2
WCHA Semifinals

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-8-10, -1, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The Mavericks advanced to the WCHA championship game with a close win over BGSU. MSU was up 2-0 entering the third period and hung on. Mullin was listed as being on the fourth line. The Mavs will face Ferris State, who upset top-seeded Michigan Tech.

*USCHO poll used

AHL Game Night: 3-18-16 Crunch at Senators

Crunch comeback falls short in OT.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
BNG Bailey, (8) (Carlisle, Akeson), 1:47
BNG Rupert, (10) (McCormick, Claesson), 13:01
SYR Tambellini, (22) , 18:49

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (12) (Blujus), 4:36
SYR Drouin, (5) (Taormina, Peca), 10:19 (PP)
BNG Leveille, (1) (Flanagan, Keranen), 12:08

Overtime
BNG Flanagan, (6) (McCormick), 0:36

Matt Taormina was the game's third star.

Syracuse stormed out of a 2-0 hole in the Second Period to score 3 straight goals, only to see the game tied up less than 2 minutes later and eventually lose in OT. Frustrating. On the good side, Jonathan Drouin is at a point a game clip since returning to Syracuse, although his -7 in those 4 games looks mighty ugly, on paper.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 3-17-16

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 61 GP, 16-26-42, +14, 103 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto snapped a 6-game pointless streak with an assist on Windsor’s opening goal. The game served as a preview of the clubs’ first round playoff series against each other. The Rangers have home ice for the series.

United States Hockey League

Bloomington Thunder 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 0-25-25, -8, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Saints scored four times in the second half of the third period turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 win.

NHL Game Night: 3-17-16 Lightning at Stars

Third Period collapse in Big D.

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Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
12:15 TB Kucherov(26), (Killorn, Sustr)
14:08 DAL Spezza(29), (Nichushkin)

Second Period
3:15 TB Stamkos(32), (Kucherov, Stralman)(PP)
5:42 DAL Benn(35), (Eakin)
17:19 TB Stamkos(33), (Killorn, Hedman)

Third Period
9:42 DAL Johns(1), (Eakin, Benn)
11:50 DAL Benn(36), (Eakin, Seguin)

Steven Stamkos was the game's second star.

That Third Period just wasn't good enough. The Lightning played a good (not perfect) first 40 minutes. Sans a few mistakes like that gross turnover by Stamkos on Dallas' second goal, they could've had a multi-goal lead after the Second Period. As it was, they played the road game well weathering Dallas' early storm and staying ahead or even most of the first two periods. But, getting outshot 17-4 in the Third Period just isn't going to get it done. Dallas pushed and the Lightning had no answer, and I don't get why. I really don't. It wasn't complacency, but perhaps they're guilty of trying to sit on a lead, if anything.

Back-to-back losses may make winning the Atlantic Division an impossibility and puts the Lightning in a position where they need to right the ship quickly here or put themselves at risk for the playoffs. With 9 games to go in this 10 game set of the year, they still have a magic number to get of 11 points. What they don't want is to scuttle through those 9 games and only collect, say, 8 points, and find themselves in the high-pressure position of needing points in the last 2 games of the year just to get into the postseason. That would be bad, so the team needs to tighten up quickly. I'd much rather see them sew up a spot and be able to give Ben Bishop a little rest the last couple of games of the regular season before the postseason marathon begins.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-17-16

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(6)St. Petersburg 2 vs. (5)Dynamo Moscow 0
St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 5-9-14, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored the eventual GWG on the power play in St. Petersburg's 2-0, Game Six, series-clinching win over Dynamo Moscow. The forward played 15:40 in the match. Ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen turned aside all 31 shots he faced for the shutout. SKA St. Petersburg advances to the KHL Western Conference Finals where they will face top-seeded CSKA.

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