Epic Third Period collapse.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 29 shots before giving way to Allen York who allowed 1 on 2 shots for the back door loss. Looooots of goaltender speculation on the Twitter box tonight. Paging Adam Wilcox.
SYR Vermin, (11) , 6:56
SYR Gourde, (27) (Mormina, Cote), 7:47
HFD Haggerty, (14) , 6:50
SYR Martindale, (14) (Marchessault, Nightingale), 18:47
HFD Hrivik, (10) (Haggerty, Kristo), 3:55 (PP)
SYR Martindale, (15) (Gourde), 4:14 (SH)
HFD Vaive, (13) (Bodie, Lindberg), 8:00 (PP)
HFD Bourque, (27) (Crabb, Allen), 9:54
HFD Hrivik, (11) (Hughes, R. Bourque), 15:44
HFD Mueller, (13) , 19:32 (EN/PP)
Ryan Martindale was the game's second star.
Matthew Peca was scoreless in his pro debut in the game.
Syracuse clinched a playoff spot despite the loss, due to Albany's shootout win over Springield.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 6 @ QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5
Best-of-7 series tied, 2-2
W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 2/6 FO, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
It was close, but Quebec held off Cape Breton long enough to even its series with the Eagles, 2-2. The Remparts had six different goal scorers. Habs pick Zach Fucale got the start for Quebec over Callum Booth, but still allowed five goals. Game 5 is Friday night in Sydney.
Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ West-8 Saginaw Spirit 2
Sault Ste. Marie wins best-of-7 series, 4-0
D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-4-4, +2, 4 PIM, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-7-7, +6, 8 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Break out the booms. Sault Ste. Marie completed a relatively smooth sweep of Saginaw with a 5-2 win Thursday. After going scoreless in Game 3, DeAngelo had four assists in Game 4 and was named first star.
Note: Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is out for the season due to injury.
Lightning nearly steal both points.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the OT loss. His rebound control wasn't all that great tonight, but he was sparkling on first shots, which was nearly good enough to complete the larceny.
5:03 OTT Stone (20), (Turris, MacArthur)
16:53 TB Drouin (4), (Stralman, Filppula)(PP)
4:43 OTT Wiercioch (3), (Stone, Turris)
Bishop was the game's third star.
Most of the Lightning's injured players actually participated in the morning skate today, which signals to me that if tonight's game had been a priority some of them would have gone. As it was, it was clear that getting rest and getting healthy was deemed more important than still pursuing the division title. Fair enough, under the circumstances, and it reflected in a pretty flat First Period by the team. However, as the game wore on, I think the Lightning realized there were points to be stolen on the table and their intensity improved as the game went on. They got 1 point to keep pace with Montreal tonight, but couldn't thieve the 2nd. Still, it's more than I would've expected from the body language I saw in the First Period. They trail Montreal by 1 point with the Habs holding a game in hand and the Lightning having 3 games left on the slate. They would hold the ROW tiebreaker, which looms large if they can get some help and Montreal stubs their toe a couple of times in their last 4 games.
One other point of interest, pun intended, is the Lightning got their 12th point tonight in this 10 game segment. In other words, the Lightning hit 12 points in every 10 game segment of the season but 1, and the miss was an 11 point segment. They may not be consistent game to game, but their frighteningly consistent segment to segment, which is very good compared to last season when they had about 3 misses, as I recall, along the way. Maturation.
Slater Koekkoek had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 17:55. He was a stud tonight. He was active in all three zones and particularly in clearing out his front porch. You saw the total package of what Koekkoek can do and he nearly had an OT winner jumping into the play, to boot. Very impressive.
Luke Witkowski had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:19 to go with 2 PIMs. He didn't play a perfect game, but he played a good one. I think, in particular, when the game got chippy in the Second Period it got right into Luke's wheelhouse and he started to really come alive.
Nikita Nesterov was -2 with 4 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:38. The IT tells you the coaching staff appreciates what he's doing, but he's had some hard luck where his good two-way play hasn't paid off with pluses with the Lightning forwards struggling to pot goals.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 hit and was 55% on 11 draws in 9:50. IT was down tonight, and it was hard to tell if he got dinged or if it was a coach's decision. Vladdy is at 40 NHL games this season, which means his next appearance will mark his graduation from prospect status on the website.
(4)Sparta Praha 2 vs. (1)Trinec 1 (OT)
Series Tied 2-2
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 5.71 GAA, .846 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%
Ex-Av Jaroslav Hlinka scored just 1:45 into OT to life Sparta Praha to a 2-1 Game Four victory and knot their Semifinals series with top seed Trinec at 2-2. Hlinka also had Sparta's regulation goal and ex-Leafs pick Karel Pilar had a pair of helpers in the win.
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Adam Wilcox to a two-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced late Wednesday night. He also signed an ATO with the Syracuse Crunch for the remainder of the season.