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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 90

This is this week’s “Vladdy Namestnikov II Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 90 (and 65)
· Vladdy’s falling ceiling
· Greg Linnelli interview recap
· Drouinsanity driving the Lightning
· The Ben Bishop dilemma
· The Tyler Johnson dilemma
· Let’s start here: Jake Dotchin is an NHL defenseman
· Interview with Adam Erne

Liiga Game Day: 2-21-17

SaiPa 0 vs. Tappara 1 (SO)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen is still hurt and SaiPa is still bad. They remain 2 points back of KooKoo in last place in Liiga.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-21-17

Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)St. Petersburg 3 vs. (7)Podolsk 1
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored the eventual game winner in St. Petersburg's 3-1 Game One win over Vityaz Podolsk. Gusev played 15:40 in the victory. Gusev's linemate Evgeny Dadonov led all scorers with 1 goal and 1 assist.

CHL Game Night: 2-21-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/14 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 51 GP, 14-23-37, -8, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Benoit-Olivier Groulx, son of Syracuse Crunch coach Benoit Groulx, scored his 15th goal of the season to help Halifax to a 2-1 Family Day win over Moncton. Somppi is scoreless in his last four games.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 4 @ Oshawa Generals 3

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-33-51, +27, 12 PIM
With Erie: 16 GP, 5-12-17, +9, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 34-59-93, +62, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Cirelli missed playing in his return to Oshawa due to a lower-body injury, though he made the trip. Raddysh’s linemate, Chicago prospect Alex DeBrincat, had two goals and an assist to give him 51 goals in 51 games. He has 107 points, which leads the OHL.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 14/21 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 54 GP, 17-24-41, -3, 24 PIM
With Petes: 17 GP, 5-7-12, +4, 10 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 5-18-23, +7, 43 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Spencer (pictured) had the primary assist on Peterborough’s winning goal, scored midway through the third period.

London Knights 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 19-26-45, +18, 20 PIM
With London: 18 GP, 8-9-17, +6, 6 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens broke a personal three-game pointless streak.

CHL Game Night: 2-19-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 54 GP, 34-12-46, +8, 76 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 43 GP, 32-33-65, +36, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Both Lightning prospects were scoreless, but Boko was named first star for his efforts Sunday.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 53 GP, 39-25-64, +22, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan had two goals to put him on the brink of 40 for the season, and Brandon Gignac (Devils) scored in overtime as Shawinigan beat visiting Quebec, 3-2.

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 1

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/12 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 19-25-44, +16, 20 PIM
With London: 17 GP, 8-8-16, +4, 6 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens is scoreless in his last three games.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP: 3-19-22, -10, 59 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

The Blades were outshot, 37-18.

Prince George Cougars 0 @ Kamloops Blazers 3

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 28 saves on 28 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 37 GP, 22-10-2-2, 2.14 GAA, .934 sv%, 4 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram earned his fourth shutout of the year, blanking the Prince George Cougars. He continues to lead the league in save percentage and is second in GAA and shutouts.

NHL Game Night: 2-19-17 Lightning at Avalanche

Drouin Magic sends the Lightning to the mile high pay windah.

TB-3
COL-2 (OT)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the OT victory. Obviously, as with Vasiy last night, you'd have loved one more situational save to seal a regulation win, but the deflection goal at the end of regulation was pretty freakishly unlucky.

First Period
18:18 TB Point (8), (Killorn, Hedman)

Second Period
10:09 TB Namestnikov (7), (Filppula, Boyle)

Third Period
2:46 COL Rantanen (13), (Comeau, Duchene)
19:18 COL Duchene (16), (Barrie, MacKinnon)

Overtime
2:27 TB Drouin (17), (unassisted)

Nikita Kucherov and Jonathan Drouin were the game's second and third stars.

This was a weird game. Both teams are struggling and I thought the game was a little bit sluggish all night long. The Lightning carried the balance of the play and after the soft goal surrendered to Namestnikov they had ample opportunity to get the put-away goal and build a 3 goal advantage headed into the final frame. But, they failed to do so and Colorado got some puck luck to eventually tie the game late in regulation. They Jonathan Drouin made a play that forced veteran Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson to burn the internet down with profanity. Good times.

Looking at the team's diagnostic goals, it was another productive night at the office for Brayden Point potting his 8th goal and further cementing his partnership with Drouin. With an offseason working on his upper body strength and his shot, you can probably think about inking Point onto a line with Jonathan and Kucherov on Stamkos'. That's good stuff.

Jake Dotchin was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 3 hits in 20:01.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 hit in 8:27 and was 50% on 6 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-19-17 Crunch at IceCaps

Crunch avenge last night's embarrassment.

SYR-5
STJ-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
5:33 SYR Thomas (2), (Vermin, Koekkoek)
8:51 SYR Erne (12), (Comrie, Taormina)(PP)
11:42 SYR Darcy (3), (Brodeur)

Second Period
9:54 STJ Terry (19), (Friberg, Johnston)(PP)

Third Period
0:54 SYR Erne (13), (Condra, Taormina)(PP)
5:27 STJ Hudon (18), (Terry, Johnston)(PP)
5:47 STJ Terry (20), (Scherbak, Redmond)(PP)
11:28 SYR Halmo (14), (Gourde, Vermin)

Adam Erne and Yanni Gourde were the game's second and third stars. In 5 games since returning from injury, Erne has 5 goals and 7 points. He's making a play to get another callup to Tampa Bay before the end of the year.

A wise old hockey man once told me how incredibly difficult it is to beat a team on back-to-back days if you humiliate them in the first game. Pride kicks in. That's about what happened today.

Syracuse moved 1 point back of Albany for the top spot in the North Division with 2 games in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-18-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 53 GP, 34-12-46, +8, 74 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 42 GP, 32-33-65, +36, 45 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Boko scored for the second straight night, earning first star in Saint John’s 4-2 win over the Sags.

Charlottetown Islanders 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 12/21 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 50 GP, 14-23-37, -7, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Lightning prospect camper Mark Grametbauer stopped 20/21 shots to lead Charlottetown to a 5-1 win. The Mooseheads have been outscored 14-1 this weekend.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 52 GP, 37-25-62, +20, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan tied the game at two with three seconds left in the first period, but Shawinigan couldn’t find another goal.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 0 @ Erie Otters 3

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-33-51, +27, 12 PIM
With Erie: 16 GP, 5-12-17, +9, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 45 GP, 34-58-92, +60, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh had a goal and an assist, but was ejected in the final minute of the game with three others for some rough stuff. Cirelli missed the game with a foot injury. He is considered day-to-day.

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season: 55 GP, 26-24-50, +9, 38 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Sault Ste. Marie responded to a disappointing loss Friday night with a blowout win Saturday night. Katchouk couldn’t get in on the scoring fun. Tim Gettinger (Rangers) had a hat trick for the Hounds.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 6

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP: 3-19-22, -9, 57 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Matt Alfaro (undrafted) had a hat trick for Lethbridge.

Regina Pats 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 30-33-63, +5, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden hit 30 goals for the first time in his WHL career, helping the Warriors to a win over the visiting Pats. Regina was awarded the 2018 Memorial Cup earlier in the day.

NCAA Game Night: 2-18-17

No. 16 Vermont Catamounts 2 @ No. 11 Boston College Eagles 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 10-16-26, +1, 22 PIM

UVM and BC tied both games this weekend. The Catamounts got a shorty early in the third period to tie the game.

No. 6 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ UMass Minutemen 2

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 8-12-20, +2, 10 PIM

The River Hawks beat UMass for the second consecutive game.

No. 4 Boston University Terriers 8 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 1-5-6, +8, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

MacLeod scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at one, then BU went on a tear to put a snowman on the board in New Hampshire. The teams tied Friday night in Boston. The Terriers scored four times in the third period.

No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 31 PIM

It was a crazy ending in State College as Minnesota tied the game at 2 with 2:11 left, but Penn State took the lead back just over 30 seconds later. The Gophers sent the game to overtime with just over three seconds left in regulation coming out of a timeout. They’d win in overtime to maintain their lead in the Big 10 over Wisconsin.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Night: 2-18-17 Lightning at Stars

Lightning see the second point stolen by Roussel's deal with the devil.

TB-3
DAL-4 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss. I'd have liked to have seen him less deep in his net on the third goal and squarer to the shooter. Other than that, I don't think he had much of a chance on the goals against, although you'd obviously have liked to have seen him make one more big situational save to secure the second point somewhere along the way.

First Period
3:07 TB Hedman (9), (Boyle, Dotchin)
11:59 TB Johnson (17), (Point, Hedman)(PP)
12:50 DAL Roussel (9), (Hamhuis, Seguin)
18:50 DAL Roussel (10), (Seguin, Eaves)

Second Period
9:46 TB Hedman (10), (Johnson, Palat)(PP)

Third Period
4:40 DAL Roussel (11), (Seguin, Sharp)

Overtime
3:47 DAL Ja. Benn (20), (Eakin)

Victor Hedman was the game's second star.

In normal circumstances, I'd probably have been alright with the game tonight. Kudos to the coaching staff for having the team ready to go tonight. I expected them to be flat coming off their "bye week", but other than Nikita Kucherov being MIA tonight I was generally happy with the effort level. They dominated large swaths of the game and only a bizarre night where Antoine Roussel played way above his abilities really pushed this game past regulation. Unfortunately, giving the Lightning's situation in the standings, every point lost pushes them that much closer to the golf course.

As I've said before, the remainder of this season is really an important diagnostic period for the Lightning to see how much they can trust some of their young guys to take bigger roles next season. Vasilevskiy's performance was a bit of a push tonight, but I thought Brayden Point was dynamite tonight. He's forming really nice chemistry with Jonathan Drouin and that gives the Lightning a lot more roster flexibility in considering potential trades.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 2 hits in 18:22. This might've been his best game in the NHL. He found himself defending in open ice a couple of times against the Stars' top line and handled the pressure well.

Gabriel Dumont had 2 shots and 3 hits and was 33% on 6 draws in 9:42.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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