Nizhnekamsk 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 13/16, 7.31 GAA, .812 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 30-10-6, 5 SO, 1.84 GAA, .935 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was lifted after 3 goals against 4:38 into the Second Period of Magnitka's 4-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Ex-Crunch forward Dan Sexton had a helper in the win for Nizhnekamsk.
Mytischi 2 vs. Jokerit 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 1-8-9, E, 51 PIM
Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius turned aside 40 shots to lead Jokerit to a 4-2 win over Mytischi. Dmitry Korobov played 23:27 in defeat. Ex-Flames second rounder Andrei Taratukhin had a pair of goals in defeat.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Quebec Remparts 6
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 4/5 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 50 GP, 36-38-74, +23, 89 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Adam Erne set a new career high for points in a season with 74 after scoring a goal and an assist on Tuesday night. His previous high was 72, set last season. He has a seven-game point streak and a four-game goal streak. Erne has 19 points in his last 10 games. With the win, Quebec leapfrogged over B-C into fourth on the league table.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Victoria Royals 3
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 45 GP, 23-37-60, +5, 38 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Moose Jaw built an early 3-0 lead then had to scratch and claw for a 4-3 win.
Medicine Hat Tigers 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 4
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 5-21-26, +12, 20 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas has quietly racked up 10 points in his last 13 games.
Sport 0 vs. HPK 4
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM
Ex-Preds pick Juuse Saros turned aside all 35 shots he faced in HPK's 4-0 win over Sport. Ex-Sharks 7th rounder had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win.
Lightning PP undermines them again.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He kept the game close and gave the Lightning a chance, particularly in the Second Period, but the team had no chance when he couldn't maintain contact by keeping out the third goal.
12:11 TB Nesterov (1), (Palat)
7:04 LA Kopitar (12), (Lewis, McNabb)
3:36 LA Nolan (4), (King, Shore)
13:59 LA Carter (16), (Doughty, King)
19:23 TB Johnson (21), (Kucherov, Hedman)
The Lightning power play, which has been around 12% for the past couple of months, is evidently < 3% on the backside of back-to-back games. < 3%? It's hard to imagine a professional power play that bad (sans, of course, Syracuse's). The power play is so bad right now, it actually generates momentum for the other team. It's inexcusably bad, in fact.
One night after stepping up and starting to take the bull by the horns, Steven Stamkos gets the puck taken off of him high in the offensive zone on the play that ended up transitioning into the Kings' lead goal. I don't mean to unfairly single anyone out, but he's got to be better.
Luke Witkowski was -2 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:25. One night after his best performance of his young NHL career, he got crumpled behind his net in the First Period and subsequently co-donned the goat horns by backing down too much in the face of the rush on the Kings' lead goal.
Nikita Nesterov had his first NHL goal and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits. It was a mixed bag of good and bad. Overall, you have to praise the assertiveness and whatever mistakes he made were mistakes of commission rather than tentative mistakes.
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 February 16, 2015 is … Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA – USA).
It wasn’t supposed to be this difficult.
Coming into the season, Lightning 2011 sixth rounder Adam Wilcox had a lot of expectations on his shoulders. He was a Hobey Baker nominee and Mike Richter Trophy finalist as the nation’s best goaltender, and would be the unquestioned No. 1 once again for the mighty Gophers. Wilcox’s future was so bright, talk started that he may choose not to sign with the Lightning and instead become a free agent in the summer of 2015 and shop his services elsewhere.