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NHL Game Night: 2-23-17 Flames at Lightning

Off night puts Lightning back behind the eight ball.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. On that third goal, the Lightning really needed Vasiy to step out and make a key situational save to give them a chance and he didn't get it.

First Period
6:17 TB Namestnikov (9), (Coburn, Point)

Second Period
5:04 CGY Backlund (18), (Giordano, Hamilton)
6:25 CGY Monahan (20), (Gaudreau, Hamilton)

Third Period
17:02 CGY Hamilton (10), (Backlund, Frolik)(PP)
18:47 TB Kucherov (23), (Hedman, Filppula)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

The Lightning got off to a great start in this game and looked to be in solid control against Calgary, but they got into penalty trouble in the middle of the period and all of the steam came out of the Lightning attack. I thought they really missed Jonathan Drouin in the lineup because he can be a one man attack shift-to-shift, and without him in the lineup the Lightning were just a lot more predictable and one-dimensional offensively. You need two credible offensive lines, at least, in this league and without Drouin the Lightning had the Triplets and little else.

The Lightning point streak was snapped at 7 games, and with their standings position being what it is they can't afford to lose any games. That's why, realistically, they needed to start this push a month earlier to have a better chance to complete their run to the postseason.

Jake Dotchin was -2 with 7 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 21:16. It was a rugged night for young Dotchin.

Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 1 hit in 6:27. He missed a shot in the Third Period about as far to the left as is possible. I hope to God that puck was deflected and I just missed it. That shot had a better chance of hitting the blimp flying over the arena than it did the back of the net.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 2-23-17

HIFK 4 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen? Still hurt. SaiPa? Still bad. 6 games remain in SaiPa's regular season, and they remain 2 points back of KooKoo in last place on the Liiga table.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-23-17

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)St. Petersburg 7 vs. (7)Podolsk 2
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on an even strength goal in 18:21 of ice time as SKA crushed Vityaz 7-2 in Game Two of their opening round playoff series. Ex-NHL'ers Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk, and Evgeny Dadonov each had goals in the win for SKA.

CHL Game Night: 2-22-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 8 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 7 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 55 GP, 35-12-47, +6, 80 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, -4, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, 3/11 FO
Season Totals: 44 GP, 32-35-67, +30, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

In a “That’s so QMJHL” game, the Dogs and Titan exchanged leads and big leads before the Titan forced overtime and won it in the extra session. Joseph and Imama were a combined minus-6 in the game, while teammates Nathan Noel (undrafted) and Spencer Smallman (Hurricanes) combined for five goals and five assists. Imama did hit the 35-goal mark for the season.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 1

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 33-34-67, +6, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden was scoreless coming off a hat trick in his previous game. The Warriors have won four in a row and are firmly in second in the East Division. They have already clinched a playoff spot.

AHL Game Day: 2-22-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch can't protect the old 2 goal lead at the matinee.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
10:19 SYR Conacher (11), (Halmo, Thomas)
15:29 SYR Conacher (12), (Erne, Gourde)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
1:07 TOR Findlay (6), (Rychel)
9:42 TOR Timashov (11), (Smith, Dermott)(PP)

Overtime
1:13 TOR Findlay (7), (Holl, Rychel)

Cory Conacher was the game's second star.

What a tough pill to swallow. The Crunch played an excellent road game to build the 2 goal Third Period lead and had a 30-23 shot advantage on the game. They got everything but the final result.

Syracuse moves into a tie with Albany at 62 points atop the North Division with 2 games in hand. However, Toronto lurks just 2 points back with the Crunch holding 1 game in hand on the Marlies.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-21-17

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 3-1-4, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 46 GP, 33-34-67, +7, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden notched his first hat trick since October 2015, scoring three times and adding an assist Tuesday in Medicine ... Hat (Trick). Howden’s 33 goals are second on the Warriors behind Jayden Halbgewachs, who leads the WHL with 44. Howden is 12th in the WHL in goals scored.

Edmonton Oil Kings 0 @ Kamloops Blazers 7

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 23 saves on 23 shots, shutout
Season Totals: 38 GP, 23-10-2-2, 2.10 GAA, .935 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram posted back-to-back shutouts with a 7-0 home win over Edmonton. He has three shutouts in his last six games, allowing five goals in that span.

NHL Game Night: 2-21-17 Oilers at Lightning

Lightning put on a clinic against young Oilers.

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Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. It was a lighter night for Bishop, in terms of workload, punctuated by a handful of important situational saves.

First Period
4:26 TB Palat (12), (Kucherov)

Second Period
0:16 TB Palat (13), (Johnson, Kucherov)
10:17 EDM Pakarrinen (1), (Klefbom, Larsson)

Third Period
0:49 TB Kucherov (22), (Stralman, Johnson)
19:59 TB Namestnikov (8), (Kucherov)(EN)

Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars. It was definitely Triplets Night at the rink.

Big ups to the rare time a Jon Cooper coaching challenge actually worked to nullify an Edmonton Third Period goal after a super-sloppy 4-on-4 sequence where the team gave up possession way too easily in that situation.

Jake Dotchin had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 21:30.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 hit and was 75% on 4 draws in 8:41.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 2-21-17

SaiPa 0 vs. Tappara 1 (SO)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen is still hurt and SaiPa is still bad. They remain 2 points back of KooKoo in last place in Liiga.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-21-17

Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)St. Petersburg 3 vs. (7)Podolsk 1
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored the eventual game winner in St. Petersburg's 3-1 Game One win over Vityaz Podolsk. Gusev played 15:40 in the victory. Gusev's linemate Evgeny Dadonov led all scorers with 1 goal and 1 assist.

CHL Game Night: 2-21-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/14 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 51 GP, 14-23-37, -8, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Benoit-Olivier Groulx, son of Syracuse Crunch coach Benoit Groulx, scored his 15th goal of the season to help Halifax to a 2-1 Family Day win over Moncton. Somppi is scoreless in his last four games.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 4 @ Oshawa Generals 3

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-33-51, +27, 12 PIM
With Erie: 16 GP, 5-12-17, +9, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 34-59-93, +62, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Cirelli missed playing in his return to Oshawa due to a lower-body injury, though he made the trip. Raddysh’s linemate, Chicago prospect Alex DeBrincat, had two goals and an assist to give him 51 goals in 51 games. He has 107 points, which leads the OHL.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 14/21 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 54 GP, 17-24-41, -3, 24 PIM
With Petes: 17 GP, 5-7-12, +4, 10 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 5-18-23, +7, 43 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Spencer (pictured) had the primary assist on Peterborough’s winning goal, scored midway through the third period.

London Knights 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 19-26-45, +18, 20 PIM
With London: 18 GP, 8-9-17, +6, 6 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens broke a personal three-game pointless streak.

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