Even if it takes all night.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 27 shots before stopping 9 shooters in a 13 round epic for the Shootout victory. By the end, he and Nabokov were looking like Rocky and Apollo Creed. "No rematch!" cried Nabokov. "Don't want one!" replied Bishop.
0:29 TB Callahan (14), (Gudas, Filppula)
1:33 NYI Strome (5), (Martin, Donovan)
9:17 NYI Donovan (2), (Nielsen, Lee)
5:50 TB Callahan (15), (Brewer)
NYI- Nielsen, Nelson, McDonald, Cizikas
TB- Kostka, Palat, Stamkos, Carle, Salo
2 points the team needed. 2 points they got the hard way. Credit to the Islanders. They're young and undertalented, but they played with energy and structure and came within an eyelash of putting the Lightning in a world of hurt in that Second Period. In the end, the Lightning carried the balance of the play in the First and Third Periods, as well as Overtime. They were the team more deserving of the second point, and they got it, primarily on the strength of some excellent work by their defensive corps. Seriously. Kostka, Carle, and Salo looked like cold-blooded assassins in their attempts. Just, wow.
Points in 10 straight now put the Lightning at 89 points for the campaign. That's 7 shy of the season goal with 9 left to play. With a 9 point lead on the last team out as of this posting, it won't be long now.
Mike Kostka was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 16:59. He absolutely deked Nabokov out of his jock in the shootout and the quick release to roof the backhander off the crossbar and in was just outstanding. The trigger has no heart, and neither did Kostka for old man Nabokov. Win if you can. Survive if Mike Kostka lets you.
KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Astana 2 vs. (4)Ufa 1
Ufa Leads the Series 3-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 41/43, 2.04 GAA, .953 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 7-5-0, 0 SO, 2.19 GAA, .930 sv%
Dustin Boyd's goal assisted by former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski ended up being the game winner in Astana's 2-1 Game Five win over Ufa. Ex-NHLer Ivan Vishnevsky had the lone goal in defeat for Ufa, which was outshot 43-25 in the contest. Ufa may be playing with fire, despite being in a position to eliminate Barys, they have been relying on Vasilevskiy to erase large shot deficits to try to steal the series. Game Six is on Saturday. The winner of the series will face top seed Magnitogorsk in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads vs Charlottetown Islanders - postponed
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 first round series, 3-0
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: - - -
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 4-5-9, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
The game was delayed until Thursday due to a major winter storm. If you're reading this in Florida, be happy.
Quebec Remparts 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4
Huskies lead best-of-7 first round series, 3-1
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: Did not play.
Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, -3, 61 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Erne remains out while recovering from a lacerated spleen. He is due back by the end of the month if the Remparts are still alive… and it’s not looking good at the moment. Game 5 is at Rouyn-Noranda. The series goes back to Quebec City for games 6 and 7 – if necessary. Erne can join the Crunch or Lightning when the Remparts are finished.
Feeling fresh with an exhausted backchecker ahead of him, Artem Sergeev decided to join the rush.
The Syracuse Crunch defenseman watched as teammate Vlad Namestnikov broke into the zone shorthanded, drew multiple St. John's IceCaps defenders to the left and slid the puck backdoor.
Sergeev easily tapped the eventual game-winner home with 2:32 remaining, as the Crunch rallied from a two-goal deficit to top the IceCaps, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.
"Vladdy has great vision," Sergeev said. "The goalie was looking at him, and he passed it to me. It was an empty net goal, pretty much."
Comeback Crunch start a positive streak for a change.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory. Since returning from the Olympics, Gudlevskis is 4-2-1 with 1 SO, a 1.97 GAA, and a .934 save percentage. Suffice it to say he's really taken off since that amazing performance against Canada in Sochi.
STJ Albert, (20) (MacKinnon), 4:14
STJ Chiarot, (5) (Gordon, Samson), 16:23
SYR Connolly, (18) (Smith, Angelidis), 0:32
SYR Angelidis, (11) (Paquette, Namestnikov), 2:43 (PP)
SYR Sergeev, (3) (Namestnikov), 17:28 (SH)
Artem Sergeev, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Now at 42 points in 46 games, Namestnikov has doubled his point production from a season ago when he had 21 points in 44 games. As with Gudlevskis' numbers, his continued production is impressive given how the rest of the roster has obviously labored a bit this season.
This was a far more impressive result than the 3-0 shutout of Adirondack given the IceCaps reside in 4th in the Eastern Conference at 20 games over .500 for the season. This is a result that gives you far more hope that this winning streak can actually be sustained.
Box score from TheAHL.com.