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Prospect of the Week: 3-4-15

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 March 4, 2015 is … Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL – Canada).

Anthony DeAngelo is going to need some more mantle space.

The Lightning’s first round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft is racking up the awards this year, and that’s not even counting another Bolt Prospect of the Week.

Already the Ontario Hockey League Player of the Week and Defenseman of the Month for February, the Canadian Hockey League announced Tuesday that he is also the CHL Player of the Week after scoring four goals and four assists for eight points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-4 for the week ending March 1.

Speedy Gourde Develops Into a Top Offensive Threat


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Like many times before, Yanni Gourde turned on the jets.

The Syracuse Crunch forward accepted the relay pass from Vlad Namesntikov in stride at the blue line, stormed in alone on Utica goalie Pat Nagle, and netted the eventual game-winning power play goal in a 4-1 victory Saturday.

Gourde, riding a six game point streak, is using his speed to his advantage to be one of the Crunch's top scoring threats this season.

“(Goalie Kristers Gudlevskis) makes a great play to pass it up to him to give him a breakaway, but no defenseman is going to catch him there because of his speed,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “He just needs to continue to use that. When he is successful, that’s what he does.”

Post-Deadline Review

In case you missed it, here were my initial reactions to the Lightning's trades yesterday morning: click here

Now that the deadline has come and gone and Yzerman has spoken about his decisions, some thoughts...

Juniors Game Night: 3-3-15

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Kamloops Blazers 4 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 6-24-30, +17, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary gave up a 3-1 lead and had to crawl back to force overtime, but did so and won with 15 seconds left in the extra session, 4-3. Their road trip is 13 days old as they head to Prince George to face the Cougars next. Calgary has won 17 of its past 19 games.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NHL Game Night: 3-3-15 Sabres at Lightning

Let there be kittens!

BUF-0
TB-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 28 shots he faced for his first career NHL shutout. He got the emergency start for the Lightning after Bishop got injured earlier in the day and he made a huge difference by standing on his head while the Lightning sleepwalked through the first 5-10 minutes of the game.

First Period
16:37 TB Stamkos (36), (Killorn, Sustr)

Second Period
2:48 TB Callahan (20), (Johnson, Filppula)(PP)
4:24 TB Hedman (8), (Stralman, Palat)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden "Rooster" Coburn were the game's three stars.

It's hard to read too much into the night's festivities given the defensive pairs were shuffled with the addition of Coburn and, more importantly, because Buffalo is sporting a lineup right now that's probably just barely an even match for the Syracuse Crunch.

Still, it's a big 2 points to close within 3 of Montreal. That Panthers loss still stings, though.

No prospect skaters in the lineup tonight. Really.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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