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

Indifferent Lightning lose to hungry Habs.

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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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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.

NCAA Regionals - March 30-31, 2019

NCAA West Regional Final – Fargo, ND
#4 American International Yellow Jackets 0 vs #2 Denver Pioneers 3 (March 30th)
Denver earns berth in the 2019 Frozen Four

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 12-11-22, +15, 18 PIM

Red Wings prospect Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) pitched his 2nd straight tournament shutout Saturday night, blanking the upstart Yellow Jackets on all 26 shots faced to lead first year head coach David Carle, Bolt prospect Cole Guttman, and the rest of his Pioneer teammates to a berth in the 2019 Frozen Four. After a scoreless 1st period, Colin Staub (undrafted) opened the scoring in the 2nd, and Liam Finlay (undrafted) and Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) provided insurances markers later in the 3rd. Sixth-ranked Denver improves to 24-11-5 and will faceoff Thursday night, April 11 in Buffalo against the fourth-ranked UMass (Amherst) Minutemen.

NCAA Midwest Regional – Allentown, PA
#4 Bowling Green Falcons 1 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 (OT) (Mar 30th) - Semifinal
#2 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 (Mar 31st) - Final
Minnesota-Duluth earns berth in the 2019 Frozen Four

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 11 SOG, 1/4 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 7-12-19, +11, 14 PIM

On Saturday afternoon’s Midwest regional semifinal, Bolt prospect Cole Kopke earned 2nd Star honors, setting up both of Parker Mackay’s (undrafted) goals for UMD, including the OT game-winner that punched the ticket to the regional finals against Quinnipiac. After a scoreless first period, Golden Knights prospect Brandon Kruse (VGK, 2018 5th round pick) gave the Falcons the lead late in the 2nd period. But with three minutes remaining in the game, Koepke fed Mackay for the equalizer to push the game into the extra session. Koepke fired a game-high 9 shots to go with a pair of primary assists and a +2 rating. Hunter Shepard (undrafted) allowed just the one Bowling Green goal, making 30 saves for the win. Panthers prospect Ryan Bednard (FLA, 2015 7th round pick) made 40 saves in defeat for the Falcons.

On Sunday night, Shepard made 21 saves and allowed just a single Quinnipiac power-play goal as the Bulldogs punched their ticket to the 2019 Frozen Four. After another scoreless first period, Peter Krieger (undrafted) gave UMD its first regulation lead in the regionals with a goal in the 2nd, followed by a Kobe Roth (undrafted) marker in the 3rd to give the Bulldogs a two goal lead with five minutes left. A Craig Martin (undrafted) power-play goal with two minutes remaining breathed hope into the Bobcats faithful, but Mackay scored the empty netter to seal the UMD victory. The #2-ranked Bulldogs improve to 27-11-2 and will play Thursday, April 11 in Buffalo against Providence.

NCAA East Regional – Providence, RI
#2 Northeastern Huskies 1 vs #3 Cornell Big Red 5 (March 30th) – Semifinal
#4 Providence Friars 4 vs #3 Cornell Big Red 0 (March 31st) - Final
Providence earns a berth in the 2019 Frozen Four

D Alex Green, COR: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 8 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

On Saturday afternoon in the regional semifinals, the Big Red ran roughshod over the Howlin’ Huskies behind a 20-save performance by backup goalie Austin McGrath (undrafted), five different Cornell goal scorers, and a three-assist game from blueliner Alec McCrea (undrafted). Sunday afternoon’s finals matchup against the host team was a decidedly different story. Oilers prospect Hayden Hawkey (MTL, 2014 6th round pick) rang up a 19-save shutout of the Big Red and Wild prospect Brandon Duhaime (MIN, 2016 4th round pick), Scott Conway (undrafted), and Josh Wilkins (undrafted) each scored a goal and set up another. For Cornell, it’s the end of the road on their 2018-19 season, finishing with a record of 21-11-4. For Lighting prospect Alex Green, a difficult injury-marred sophomore season comes to a close, with a hopeful look ahead to a bounce-back junior year next season.

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