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AHL Game Night: 4-3-19 Crunch at Senators

Atte Tolvanen.

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BEL-0

Atte Tolvanen stopped all 34 shots he faced for his first professional shutout.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:32 SYR Andreoff (25), (Volkov, Conacher)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Tolvanen and Andy Andreoff were the game’s first and second stars.

Syracuse holds a 3 point lead on Rochester for the division lead with the Americans holding a game in hand. The Crunch have five games remaining in their regular season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 4-2-19 Lightning at Canadiens

Indifferent Lightning lose to hungry Habs.

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MTL-4

Eddie Pasquale allowed 4 goals on 45 shots for the loss. Gave the team in front of him more of a chance to win than they deserved.

First Period
2:28 TB Stamkos (43), (unassisted)
12:23 MTL Thompson (5), (Byron, Benn)

Second Period
4:18 TB Paquette (13), (Erne, Cernak)
7:32 MTL Armia (13), (Tatar, Danault)

Third Period
7:47 MTL Lehkonen (11), (Mete, Shaw)
10:08 MTL Domi (28), (Lehkonen, Benn)

Just a flat out unfocused effort from the Lightning. Attention to detail and, at times, even attention to basics wasn't there all game long. I would hope that some new corn shoots get ripped by Jon Cooper in practice, because minds were not on the task at hand tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-1-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

First Round

No. 13 Moncton Wildcats 3 @ No. 4 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1
Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM, 8 SOG, 9/17 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Moncton inched closer to an upset series win with a 3-1 victory Monday in the Drakkar’s rink, sending the series to a Game 7 Tuesday. The Wildcats got on the board first with a power play goal, then went up 2-0 when Baie-Comeau goaltender Alex D’Orio redirected a soft shot to his right without realizing a Moncton player was standing there waiting to tap it into an empty net. Baie-Comeau made it 2-1 with just over 30 seconds to go in the second period, but couldn’t get the game-tying marker. Moncton clinched the win with an empty-netter. Moncton goaltender Francis Leclerc stopped 33 of 34 shots for the win and has his team in position to steal the series Tuesday. Baie-Comeau captain and Lightning prospect Gabriel Fortier led the Drakkar with eight shots on goal in Game 6, though he’s looking for his first goal of the series. If Moncton wins Tuesday, Fortier will likely join AHL Syracuse or ECHL Orlando for their playoff runs. Baie-Comeau was expected to make a deep playoff run this year, and it could still happen if they can solve Leclerc, an undrafted 6-1 goaltender who played in Colorado’s camp in 2017.

NHL Game Night: 4-1-19 Lightning at Senators

Productive business trip to Ottawa ends as it needs to.

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OTT-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the win. He'll want that first 5-hole softie back, but otherwise it was pretty light work tonight for Vasiy.

First Period
12:04 TB Gourde (21), (Kucherov, Point)
18:48 OTT Tkachuk (21), (DeMelo, Pageau)

Second Period
7:48 TB Sergachev (6), (Kucherov, Coburn)
13:43 TB Point (41), (Gourde, Kucherov)

Third Period
4:34 OTT Veronneau (2), (Balcers, Wolanin)(PP)
5:22 TB Gourde (22), (Coburn, Sergachev)
16:55 TB Stamkos (42), (Joseph, Palat)

Yanni Gourde, Nikita Kucherov, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

Ultimately, that's the response you'd expect from the Lightning after dropping an embarrassing game against Washington last time out. It took them longer than you'd hope to put Ottawa away in this one, mostly due to some sloppy passing in the First Period, but ultimately the team took care of business. Just three more regular season tilts left to go.

Cameron Gaunce was +2 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 12:07. Meh.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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