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Juniors Game Night: 10-10-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/13 FO, 3 Hits
Season totals: 2 GP: 0-1-1, -3, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Cape Breton was outshot 42-28 en route to a 5-2 loss at Val-d’Or. The Eagles traded one of their four overagers to Sherbrooke, which will allow Darcy, also 20, to play every night for Cape Breton. CHL rules state only three overagers can dress per game.

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Quebec Remparts 5

W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/11 FO, 3 Hits
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 8 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne scored his second goal of the season, helping the Remparts to a 5-2 win over visiting Victoriaville. Erne scored 21 goals in 48 games last year.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Sarnia Sting 3

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo served his one-game suspension for having words with a referee at the conclusion of last Saturday's game, but he was scratched again Friday. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman told Tampa Bay Times writer Joe Smith that DeAngelo’s latest actions were “concerning” considering his history of facing disciplinary action. Sarnia is 2-0 without DeAngelo.

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 3 @ Calgary Hitmen 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Victoria scored three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and defeat the Hitmen, 3-2. Lightning prospect Ben Thomas (pictured) had an assist to give him points in consecutive games and three in his last four.

NHL Game Night: 10-9-14 Panthers at Lightning

Lightning require extra time to tear down the Luongominiums.

FLA-2
TB-3 (OT)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the victory. Also, his alertness caught the Panthers on the change in the OT session to set up the GWG and earn a helper, too.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:03 FLA Gudbranson (1), (Olsen, MacKenzie)
7:12 TB Johnson (1), (Filppula, Stralman)(PP)

Third Period
7:17 TB Callahan (1), (Filppula, Hedman)(PP)
9:16 FLA Huberdeau (1), (Campbell, Ekblad)

Overtime
1:11 TB Hedman (1), (Bishop)(PP)

Valtteri Filppula and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

Florida should be doing backflips to steal a point from this game. They played a pretty classic road underdog strategy relying on clogging things up in the last 2/3 of the rink and relying on their goaltender. The Lightning were clearly the superior side in shots, possession, and chances, but sometimes you get in a game like this where it's like playing through quicksand. Credit them for coming through and eventually getting the 2 points. Unlike last season, where the first 10 game segment was a murderer's row, this year the schedule is pretty soft to start so the Lightning only have themselves to blame if they don't get out of the blocks quickly in 2014-2015.

Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 in 10:10 with 3 shots and he was 57% on draws. He lost a D zone draw that led to Florida's first goal, but on the flip side he had a handful of really impactful shifts offensively in limited ice time. Not a bad start to the campaign.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-5-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4 @ Quebec Remparts 5 (OT)

W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM, 2 Hits, 4 SOG, 3/10 FO
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-5-6, +4, 6 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne was scoreless after starting the season with two straight 3-point games. His Remparts are 3-0 with him in the lineup.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Mississauga Steelheads 1

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Sarnia won their first game of the year despite being without star defenseman Anthony DeAngelo. The Lightning’s first round pick in the 2014 draft was suspended because he took a game misconduct at the conclusion of Sarnia’s last game for having words with a referee. Considering DeAngelo went into the draft with numerous red flags for character issues, this latest act can’t be sitting well with the Lightning.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 10-4-14 Panthers at Lightning

Closing arguments for the Lightning's young forwards.

FLA-1
TB-4

Ben Bishop looked to be in midseason form allowing 1 goal on 37 shots for the victory. Florida was clearly embarrassed in their last outing and for getting blitzed in the First Period again tonight. They were out for redemption, but Bishop was having none of it.

First Period
3:21 FLA Barkov (1), (Campbell, Kulikov)(PP)
5:46 TB Kucherov (1), (unassisted)
10:21 TB Stamkos (1), (Hedman, Callahan)(PP)
18:59 TB Brown (1), (Boyle)

Second Period
4:40 TB Stralman (1), (Johnson, Killorn)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Nikita Kucherov, Bishop, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars.

Now the Lightning's brass will convene for the difficult decision of shaping the team's 23-man roster for opening night. They likely have a little more breathing room with the option of putting Jonathan Drouin on short-term IR and giving him a brief conditioning stint in the AHL when he gets off it, but the numbers game still is a difficult one. Mind you, they may have tipped their hand by putting Vladislav Namestnikov in the lineup tonight ahead of Cedric Paquette and Jonathan Marchessault, but we shall see.

Two things I feel very confident about after this preseason, though: 1.) Andrej Sustr and I will always have difficulty finding shirts with the proper sleeve length, and 2.) Jon Cooper will be drinking a fine, very old scotch out of the Governor's Cup by season's end. Book it.

Box score from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 10-2-14 Lightning at Panthers

Lightning embarrass Panthers one week out from season opener.

TB-3
FLA-0

Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout. If work continues to be this light for Nabby, he could play another 5 years.

First Period
2:43 TB Palat 1, (Johnson, Connolly)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
7:53 TB Kucherov 1, (Namestnikov, Carle)
18:50 TB Kucherov 2, (Namestnikov, Hedman)(EN)

Extra thanks to the Panthers garbage-like inability to get their stats linked up right to NHL.com. Just move your God-awful franchise to Quebec City and get it over with. I'd care more about the "rivalry" if they weren't a so bummy from top to bottom. The Lightning's status is tarnished by having that dumpster fire occupy the same state.

Box score from Yahoo.com.

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