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Liiga Game Day: 3-12-15

The end.

TPS 5 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 3-5-8, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen actually got to get on the ice (for 13:48, no less) and contributed a helper in HPK's season-ending 5-2 loss to TPS. TPS got 2 goals and 3 points from Mikko Rantanen, an 18 year old power forward who is expected to be a first rounder in the June draft. The 18-year old finished his campaign with 9 goals and 28 points in 56 games.

HPK will miss the Liiga playoffs by 12 points, sitting in 11th on the 14 team Liiga table.

Juniors Game Night: 3-11-15

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ North Bay Battalion 4

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo scored his 23rd goal of the season midway through the third period to cut North Bay’s lead, which was once 3-0, to 3-2. The Battalion got the game’s final goal for a 4-2 final. DeAngelo’s point streak is now at 23 games, currently the longest in the OHL. Connor McDavid’s 27-game streak ended Wednesday.

Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 3-11-15

Quarterfinal Round
(4)Sparta Praha 3 vs. (5)Mountfield HK 0
Sparta Praha Leads the Series 1-0
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 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%

Filip Novotny stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout victory in Sparta's 3-0, Game One win over Mountfield HK. Jaroslav Janus sat backup for the contest. Ex-Canucks pick Adam Polasek was among the goal scorers for Sparta. Game Two is tomorrow.

Prospect of the Week: 3-11-15

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 March 11, 2015 is … Brayden Point, C, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL – Canada).

Reading junior hockey game recaps over the last decade has taught me something – it’s always hard for a visiting player to make the game star list as a visitor. It either has to be a no-doubt performance or the home team’s media has to really like the player.

Lightning prospect Brayden Point frequently falls into both categories, resulting in a plethora of game stars.

Juniors Game Night: 3-10-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 1 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 7 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/4 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 56 GP, 38-42-80, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne hit 80 points and went over 100 penalty minutes in a season for the first time in his career. He fought Gabriel Sylvestre (6’2” 177) at the end of the second period.

Western Hockey League

@ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 55 GP, 33-45-78, +12, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Brayden Point had a goal and an assist, but it wasn’t enough to beat the conference’s best team in its own barn. Swift Current remains two points ahead of Moose Jaw for the last playoff spot in the East Division. The Broncos have a game in-hand (six games remaining vs Moose Jaw’s five).

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NHL Game Night: 3-10-15 Lightning at Canadiens

Not even Carey Price could deny the Lightning tonight.

MTL-0 (OT)

Ben Bishop stopped all 19 shots he faced for the shutout, and handed down some U of Maine Justice in the process. He didn't face many quality chances, but his rebound stop off the rush in the Second Period was the most important stop of the contest, bar none.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period

1:03 TB Johnson (25), (Garrison, Coburn)

Just a masterful individual effort by Johnson swooping around the net and feeding a puck through a defender's legs on the way to set up his own winning goal in OT. Kucherov made 1-2 moves like that too, tonight. All-in-all, the Lightning just took their game to another level tonight, out-attempting the Canadiens by about a 2-to-1 margin. Carey Price's superhuman effort was the only thing that kept Montreal from getting blown out, and in the end, even that wasn't enough. There's one more game between these two teams on the schedule and just one point separating them atop the division, and the Habs have to be looking over their shoulder after getting dominated in all three head-to-heads so far this season.

The Lightning sit at 90 points through 68 games played, so they've already hit 12 points for this 10 game segment and they're sitting on at least 6 insurance points for a playoff pace with 2 games to hit 70 games played. The Lightning have hit 12 points in every 10 game segment so far this season except one, when they just missed with 11 points. At this pace, they'll more or less clinch a safe number of points for a playoff berth some time around game 72 or 73 of the season, meaning the focus shifts toward the possibility of hanging banner(s) and positioning themselves advantageously for the playoffs.

Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 shots and 3 hits in 14:12 tonight. He was really strong tonight, and could've had a couple of goals easily with a little luck. He's really played well since his recall, and is giving off every indication he's got the potential to be a real force in the Lightning lineup next season when he gets up to the NHL full time.

Box score and extended statistics from

Liiga Game Day: 3-10-15

HPK 1 vs. Sport 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

For the third straight game Saku Salminen dressed but did not play as HPK fell to Sport 3-1. Ex-Bruins first rounder Hannu Toivonen turned aside 37 for the victory. With just 1 regular season game left on the schedule, HPK is now 11 points out of playoff position and will miss the postseason.

Juniors Game Night: 3-8-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/22 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 33 GP, 18-23-41, -9, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 19-36-55, -14, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke earned a split of its home-and-home series with Gatineau this weekend with a 3-2 win Sunday.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM *Second Star*
With SSM: 23 GP, 12-35-47, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 22-63-85, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

It was close, but the Soo pulled out a win over Owen Sound and DeAngelo kept his point streak alive. It’s now at 22 games. He has three first stars and two second stars in his last five games.

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 20-22-42, -8, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto (pictured) scored his 20th of the season, albeit in a losing effort vs the East’s top team. Windsor is one point back of Saginaw for eighth in the West with a game in hand. Plymouth is one point behind the Spits, however.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

AHL Game Day: 3-8-15 Crunch at Senators

Missing Vladdy N.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (22) (Ashton, Kunyk), 8:18 (PP)
BNG Wideman, (15) (Robinson, McCormick), 13:02

Second Period
BNG Johnson, (4) (Camper, Prince), 15:50 (PP)

Third Period
BNG Schneider, (19) (D. Grant, Mullen), 11:30 (SH)
BNG D. Grant, (18) (Mullen, Dzingel), 15:16 (PP)
SYR Richard, (10) , 18:05 (PP)

Without Vladislav Namestnikov, the Crunch just seem to be a middle-of-the-road team at best. He and Marchessault are the straws that stir the drink for Syracuse, and they just can't seem to score with one of them out of the lineup.

Box score from

Juniors Game Night: 3-7-15

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-3-4, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 54 GP, 32-44-76, +13, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw won its second game of the weekend, beating the Blades 7-1. Point had four points on the evening to give him 24 points in his last 15 games. Swift Current lost, so Moose Jaw pulled within two points of the last guaranteed playoff spot in the East Division. Swift Current has a game in hand, however.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 6-24-30, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary fell late to Edmonton, 3-2, after giving up a 2-1 lead in the third period. The Hitmen have two more games left on their 3-week road trip caused by a curling tournament in the Saddledome.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

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