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2016 U20 WJC Update: 1-2-17

Please follow Bolt Prospects on Twitter for full coverage of the Lightning prospects at the 2016 U20 WJC's. Here are the game updates for the round robin preliminary round games and today's Quarterfinal match...

NHL Game Night: 12-31-16 Hurricanes at Lightning

Lightning get key, clinical win.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the win. After stealing the point against Toronto, he might be due to go on a little hot streak here.

First Period
7:35 TB Boyle (10), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
19:50 TB Drouin (11), (Kucherov, Palat)(PP)

Second Period
13:22 TB Killorn (12), (Peca, Hedman)
15:20 CAR Aho (7), (Slavin, Teravianen)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Jonathan Drouin, Vasilevskiy, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

With points at a premium after lacking the gas to deal appropriately with Toronto, the Lightning made sure they took care of business against a beatable Carolina club. It may have cost them Brian Boyle as the injury bug continues his rampage unabated, but the Lightning got another key win tonight. With 2 games left to play in this 10 game segment of the season, Tampa Bay needs 2 points to clinch a successful segment with the possibility of trimming 1-2 points off their season playoff pace deficit hanging out there as a real possibility.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 9:47.

Matthew Peca had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 2 hits in 12:05. He was also 50% on 8 draws. His style of game is helping to alleviate some of the stress from the injury to Brayden Point

Yanni Gourde was scoreless in 8:12.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Crunch Defeat IceCaps in Physical Affair


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The tempers boiled over before the opening faceoff and never fully cooled down.

The Crunch's Jeremy Morin and the IceCaps’ Bobby Farnham needed to be separated before the puck dropped and Syracuse captain Luke Witkowski had a run-in with Farnham moments later. The next 60 minutes featured 12 goals, a pair of fights and 96 penalty minutes, but Syracuse emerged with a 7-5 win over St. John’s at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I’m very proud of our captain, our team and the way we responded today,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we took charge of this game right off the bat. They came back — we maybe let our foot off the gas a little bit — but you have to give credit to the other team. They showed character. … For me, we were challenged physically lately, and I’m very proud of our captain and our team with the way we stood up for ourselves.”

AHL Game Night: 12-31-16 IceCaps at Crunch

Goals n' goals n' goals!

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Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 16 shots for the win. A stat line that usually gets you lifted gets the W. Gotta love goal support.

First Period
7:29 SYR Taormina (9), (Comrie, Conacher)(PP)
8:24 SYR Halmo (9), (Comrie, Darcy)
9:34 SYR Conacher (5), (Condra, Taormina)(PP)
10:16 SYR Morin (5), (Witkowski, Dumont)
13:24 STJ Eisenschmid (5), (Racine)(SH)
13:45 STJ de la Rose (2), (Friberg, Hanley)(PP)
17:27 STJ MacMillan (2), (Gregoire, Lernout)

Second Period
2:34 SYR Condra (6), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)
11:45 SYR Morin (6), (Thomas, Halmo)
12:43 STJ Audette (6), (Veilleux)

Third Period
9:56 STJ de la Rose (3), (Audette, Friberg)(PP)
19:46 SYR Conacher (6), (Condra)(EN)

Jeremy Morin, Cory Conacher, and Matt Taormina were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Defense Falters in Shootout Loss to Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believed his team played good enough to win, but the defensive lapses proved to be too much.

The Crunch and Senators each let a one-goal lead slip away, but Binghamton emerged with a win in the shootout to down Syracuse, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I thought we did some good things, obviously, but I think our defensemen have got to be better,” Groulx said. “(Goalie Adam Wilcox) was good tonight. He kept us in the game. We gave them two or three breakaways. I think our defense can be better. Other than that, I think the effort was good.”

AHL Game Night: 12-30-16 Senators at Crunch

Bingo's goaltender thieves a win.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 22 shots before conceding to 1 of 2 in the penalty shot session for the Shootout loss.

First Period
6:25 BNG Rodewald (9), (Varone, Kostka)(PP)
16:06 SYR Dumont (5), (unassisted)

Second Period
5:54 SYR Comrie (3), (Taormina, Erne)(PP)
19:23 BNG Robinson (6), (Perron, Paul)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
BNG- Varone
SYR- NONE

Adam Erne was the game's second star.

Syracuse outshot Binghamton 39-22 in the game, but Senators netminder Chris Driedger turned aside 37 shots to pilfer the result.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 12-30-16

TPS 3 vs. SaiPa 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM

According to the game sheet of SaiPa's 3-0 loss to TPS, Lightning prospect Saku Salminen got the Brady Greco treatment in that he dressed, but did not play, in the match. TPS netminder Aleksander Giorgiev had to make just 13 saves to record the shutout.

Gourde Makes Season Debut for Bolts

By Steven DiOssi

Yanni Gourde was recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning just hours before their matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. He played just under 10 minutes in 14 shifts and registered one shot on goal in the team's 3-2 overtime loss to Toronto.

The 25-year-old received the call to head to Tampa after registering the game-winning goal as part of a two-goal effort with the Syracuse Crunch in their 3-2 overtime victory over the Hershey Bears on Wednesday.

NHL Game Night: 12-29-16 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Vasilarceny pilfers one point.

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Andre Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss. Under siege most of the night, he turned in a plus performance to deliver the Lightning at least a single point.

First Period
14:46 TOR Matthews (18), (Hyman)

Second Period
9:26 TOR Bozak (7), (van Riemsdyk, Zaitsev)
12:12 TB Boyle (9), (Drouin, Sustr)
17:38 TB Palat (6), (Kucherov)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
3:37 TOR Kadri (13), (Nylander, Matthews)(PP)

Brian Boyle was the game's second star.

It's a young man's sport, and with both teams coming in on the latter half of a back-to-back, the youthful Leafs had the legs. The Lightning's fatigue started to kick in the second half of the Second Period and the team came completely unglued in the Third Period as tired legs began to manifest themselves in copious mental mistakes. Only Vasilevskiy's goaltending and a couple of opportunistic goals allowed the Lightning to pull out a point, which is still a positive result. If the Lightning can win 2 of the next 3, they'll succeed in at least hitting 12 points for this 10-game segment of the season. Given all the injuries over the past couple of weeks, simply not digging the hole deeper is a virtual win.

An aside about the goaltending interference call in OT. No chance. Filppula got a step around the corner and had the Leafs defender with his stick and one arm wrapped around his body turning him and the free hand pushing him from behind. If the roles had been reversed, there's no way the Leafs would've been called for goaltender interference on that play. No chance. It was complete baloney and ultimately took away a chance for the Lightning to steal the second point in this game.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 11:32.

Matthew Peca had 2 shots and 1 hit and was 45% on 11 draws in 13:52. He played on a kid line with Gourde all night with some spare power play time, so it was more of a checking/energy role tonight for Peca. He did decent, after a rough first few shifts that included a turnover and a bloodied nose.

Yanni Gourde had 1 shot in 9:49. He was one of the few Lightning players with energy in the Third Period and had at least one key forechecking shift that made it possible for the Lightning to release some pressure and limp out of regulation with a point.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-29-16

St. Petersburg 1 vs. Yaroslavl 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 18-34-52, +31, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev tied for the match high with 6 shots on goal in 21:18 of ice time in SKA's 2-1 loss to Yaroslavl. It's just the 3rd regulation loss in 43 games this season for St. Petersburg. Lokomotiv netminder Alexei Murygin, an undrafted 30 year old, turned aside an impressive 46 shots for Yaroslavl to earn the win.

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