Orlando Solar Bears 1 @ Florida Everblades 4
C Mike Aviani (TB Preseason Tryout), FLA: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM
D Dan Milan, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 5 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 7 PIM
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
G Allen York (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play (injured)
Alex Lavoie had two goals and Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier had one, helping Florida to a revenge win over Orlando, who beat the Everblades on Friday night. Artem Sergeev, who played Friday, was not in the lineup Saturday. Allen York remains out with a groin injury. Dan Milan had a big fight and scored his first point since two seasons ago when he spent most of the year with Florida. He spent the majority of last year in CHL Brampton. Mike Aviani had his first ECHL points tonight.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/21 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 3 GP: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Cape Breton scored early in the game, but gave up two third period goals to the Huskies.
Ontario Hockey League
Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Sarnia Sting 9
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: Did not play (suspended)
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 9 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-4-4, E, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo and Sarnia had eight goals by the end of the second period and coasted to a 9-2 win. Nikita Korostelev, who is expected to go early in the draft next summer, had three goals and five points for the Sting. DiGiacinto remains suspended for an instigator penalty in the last five minutes of the third period on Saturday.
Peterborough Petes 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 8
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 6 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
The Petes gave up three goals in both of the first two periods, then two more to Plymouth in Michigan.
Less than a minute and a half after a Springfield goal, Syracuse found an answer.
The Mike Blunden tip-in on a Luke Witkowski point shot cut the Falcons' lead to one but penalties limited the Crunch's opportunities to tie the game, as Syracuse fell to Springfield, 3-1, in the season opener at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"We were hurt offensively because we had to kill eight penalties," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. "We were undisciplined, and that in the end was the difference. When we tried to play 5-on-5 and play our game, we were starting to get chances. Then people take bad penalties and took away our momentum. We wasted a lot of energy killing those penalties."
Not good enough.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 26 shots before surrendering scores to 2 of 3 in the penalty shot session to take the shootout loss. The Lightning should have no complaints about their goaltending tonight, though.
15:42 TB Hedman (2), (Stamkos, Filppula)(PP)
7:34 OTT Karlsson (1), (Chiasson, Ryan)
9:10 OTT Stone (1), (Turris)
12:34 TB Connolly (1), (Boyle)
OTT- Turris, Zibanejad
Ben Bishop was the second star.
You could try to spin this game as a positive. The Lightning outshot Ottawa 40-34. They absolutely ran circles around them possession-wise, at times, especially in the Second Period. You could chalk this up as a defeat due to Robin Lehner having a great night.
And, that'd all be bull. The fact is, that effort tonight was not good enough, particularly from the Lightning's defense. And, it's not because Ottawa was the better team athletically. They're not. They have some players, particularly Karlsson, who put pressure on you, but the really annoying thing about this game was the number of mistakes made by the Lightning's blueliners when there was little or no pressure on them at all. The consistency of the breakout passing tonight was horrible. Passes off target. Hope passes up the boards to empty points. Bad. And, then you mix in some really bad turnovers at the point in the Ottawa zone to boot, which is just feeding into the strengths of Ottawa. Again, bad. That's self inflicted wounds and if it weren't for the fact that A.) They've got a world class netminder in Bishop, and B.) Ottawa frankly let them off the hook by not doing much with a lot of really amazing chances that they were given, they could've lost this game in regulation by a fairly wide margin.
None of that excuses the defensive zone coverage of the forwards, either, by the way. Allowing Stone to gash right down the heart of the slot uncovered like he was taking a Sunday stroll is inexcusable, and you had your team captain, Steven Stamkos, and Mr. Intangibles, Ryan Callahan (who, leadership-wise, I've been told is a cross between George Washington, Braveheart, and MLK Jr.) who were the bystanders on that play just watching it happen. C'mon. Man up.
The stakes have been raised, boys and girls. The prize this team got for a very convincing 2013-2014 campaign where they left the ice knowing that they have arguably the best goal scorer in the league (Stamkos), a legit Norris candidate (Hedman), and a legit Vezina candidate (Bishop), is the very real expectation that this team should be chasing a Stanley Cup on an annual basis for at least the next half decade. The General Manager of this team spent a lot of time and effort shoring up its deficiencies on the blueline and in terms of veteran leadership and all the pieces are pretty much in place for this club to be elite. So, there are no excuses for the slop we saw tonight. None at all.
Monday, Montreal is coming to town. Anybody care to wager a certain Quebecois wunderkind might be making his NHL debut in that game? Can't wait to see that, and a team that should be very motivated to put their best foot forward unlike what we saw tonight.
Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 and 67% on draws in 12:02 of ice time. His line had positive moments, but a man can't feed his family on potential. At some point, the Wizards of Ov line needs to yield some scoresheet production.
Syracuse comes ever so close in its season opener.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the loss. He has his own rebound control to blame for one of those goals, but honestly, on most nights he did well enough in net to win.
SPR Hoeffel, (1) (Urban), 17:50
SPR Urban, (1) (Tyrell, Collins), 2:19 (PP)
SYR Blunden, (1) (Witkowski, Nesterov), 3:48
SPR Craig, (1) (Sedlak), 19:59 (EN/SH)
Mike Blunden was the game's second star.
Syracuse nearly tied the game late at 2-2 when a Jonathan Marchessault goal was disallowed. Bolt Prospects Alumni Ryan Craig then twisted the knife with an empty netter to seal it for Springfield. Fellow Bolt Prospects Alumni Dana Tyrell also had a helper in the contest to stick it to his old organization.
Syracuse faces Hartford tomorrow.
Box score from TheAHL.com.