Weiss Hockey: 2-14-19

By Andrew Weiss

This week in hockey: We write some hockey Valentine's Day cards, I rant about those third jerseys, and hockey continues to hockey.

AHL Game Night: 2-15-19 Crunch at Americans

Ingram delivers Crunch into tie for division's top spot.

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Connor Ingram stopped all 32 shots he faced for his league-leading sixth shutout of the campaign. The all-star now has a .923 save percentage on the year, as well.

First Period
13:34 SYR Andreoff (18), (Volkov, Conacher)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Ingram and Andy Andreoff were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse is now tied with Rochester atop the North Division at 63 points. They hold two games in hand on the Americans as well as the ROW tiebreaker by two victories.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-14-19 Stars at Lightning

Shock, awe, and kittens as Lightning deal Dallas a St. Valentine's Day massacre.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots he faced to tie Ben Bishop's franchise record for career shutouts.

First Period
7:19 TB Stamkos (31), (Palat, Kucherov)(PP)
12:39 TB Sergachev (3), (Kucherov, Point)
12:53 TB Johnson (20), (Stamkos, Palat)
14:40 TB Kucherov (26), (Killorn)

Second Period
8:23 TB Killorn (12), (Stralman, McDonagh)
16:28 TB Stamkos (32), (Kucherov, Point)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

I think we could've said this definitively after the Calgary game, but tonight's victory clearly puts the post-All Star Break funk in the rear view mirror. People have asked me why I don't write about the 12-in-10 rule for the last twenty or so games. The Lightning now sit at 90 points through 58 games, meaning they need just six points in their final 24 games to likely make the postseason. You know, I think they might just slide in this season.

With graduations out of the way and Erik Cernak still nursing a minor injury, I think this might've been the first game this season with no players classified as prospects in the lineup. When Cernak returns, he needs seven more appearances to likely complete this season's class of Bolt Prospects' Alumni.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-13-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/13 FO, 4 Hits
Season Totals: 54 GP, 27-40-67, +33, 21 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

The Drakkar outshot Victoriaville by a large margin (34-17) for the second straight game, yet for the second straight game Tristan Côté-Cazenave (undrafted) held the fort and the Tigres prevailed. Victoriaville sits way down in 12th on the league table, while Baie-Comeau is 4th.

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 34 GP, 6-18-24, +20, 30 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Jonathan Lemieux stopped 29 of 30 shots as the Foreurs upset the Oceanic, 2-1, Wednesday. Lemieux improved to 14-16-0 on the year. Val-d’Or sits 14th on the league table; Rimouski is 5th.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 5 @ Kitchener Rangers 4 (SO) (Tuesday)

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/14 FO
Season Totals: 47 GP, 9-16-25, -29, 14 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Lipanov scored with under three minutes left in regulation to force overtime, but the Otters topped the Rangers in a shootout, 5-4. Lipanov had a goal and assist in the game, but was not one of Kitchener’s four shootout shooters. They lost the shootout, 2-1. Sixth-place (conference) Kitchener gives up a point to Erie, who sits outside the playoffs in ninth in the West.

ECHL Game Night: 2-13-19 Solar Bears @ Everblades

Orlando Solar Bears 2 @ Florida Everblades 5

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 23 GP, 6-7-13, -5, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Martin Ouellette, ORL: Loss, 13 saves on 16 shots in one period
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 22 GP, 14-7-1, 2.88 GAA, .912 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 2 GP, 1-0-0, 0.77 GAA, .955 sv%, 0 SO
17-18 Totals (FLA): 42 GP, 33-5-2, 2.02 GAA, .931 sv%, 4 SO

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 24 GP, 2-9-11, +6, 22 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

League-leading Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period, chasing Orlando goaltender Martin Ouellette, then built a 5-0 lead before allowing two goals in the last five minutes of the game. Matthew Spencer had an assist for the Solar Bears, who are down to one Lightning prospect in the lineup after Jonne Tammela was recalled by AHL Syracuse.

The Solar Bears (25-19-3-0) will host Jacksonville and Manchester this weekend (Friday, Sunday).

AHL Game Night: 2-13-19 Crunch at Senators

Crunch juggernaut hits a Hogberg.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
11:39 BEL Paul (6), (Batherson)

Second Period
4:40 BEL Goloubef (5), (Ciampini, Batherson)

Third Period
17:57 BEL Tambellini (12), (Sieloff)(EN)

Belleville goaltender Marcus Hogberg stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout.

Syracuse, unfortunately, burns a game in hand and a chance to draw even with Rochester for the division lead. They still sit two points back of the Americans in the standings with two games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-12-19 Flames at Lightning

Lightning crush Flames in measuring stick contest.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the win. He only faced twelve scoring chances all night, so it was a light work night for Vasiy where he got plenty of goal support.

First Period
11:54 TB Point (33), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)
16:06 TB Paquette (9), (Martel, Callahan)
17:19 TB Kucherov (25), (Stralman, Point)
18:06 CGY Giordano (12), (Lindholm, Gaudreau)(PP)

Second Period
9:13 CGY Monahan (28), (Lindholm)
10:10 TB Cirelli (11), (Kucherov, Gourde)
16:11 TB Gourde (15), (Coburn, Stamkos)

Third Period
5:01 TB Stamkos (30), (Kucherov, Point)(PP)
14:11 CGY Monahan (29), (Lindholm, Gaudreau)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

Jon Cooper said going into tonight's game he was viewing this as a measuring stick game for his club's overall defensive game going against one of the Western Conference's top teams and one whose speed gave the Lightning some trouble the last time the two teams played. Verdict: Lightning. Even without Ondrej Palat or Erik Cernak in the lineup, the Lightning held the Flames to just twelve scoring chances in the game, eight shots on goal in the first thirty minutes of play, and twenty-two shots in total. It was a tour-de-force that allowed the Lightning to cruise to a solid and definitive victory.

Danick Martel had a helper and was +1 with 2 hits in 10:21. He stays ready. He doesn't play very much, but when his name is called he's impactful.

Adam Erne had 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:24. Had a handful of scoring chances in the Second Period that might've allowed the Lightning to nail the coffin shut on the Flames even earlier than they ultimately did. Tonight marks Erne's graduation from prospect status on the website. That likely just leaves Cernak to round out the 2018-2019 Bolt Prospects Alumni class.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-10-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 8 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 (Saturday)

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/19 FO, 0 Hits, *Third Star*

Baie-Comeau bolted out to a 4-0 lead after one period and 5-1 after two on its way to an 8-2 road thrashing of the Armada. Fortier had three points, including two goals.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 @ Victoriaville Tigres 4 (Sunday)

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/9 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 53 GP, 27-40-67, +34, 21 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

The Drakkar outshot Victoriaville, 43-23, yet the Tigres came out with a 4-0 shutout win thanks to goaltender Tristan Côté-Cazenave (undrafted). Victoriaville is 12th on the 18-team league table. Baie-Comeau is 3rd.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 1 @ Sarnia Sting 0

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/14 FO
Season Totals: 46 GP, 8-15-23, -31, 14 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Kitchener got 23 saves from Luke Richardson (undrafted) as the Rangers shut out the Sting in Sarnia, 1-0. With the win, Kitchener pulled into a tie with Sarnia for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games.

NHL Game Night: 2-10-19 Lightning at Panthers

Lightning pull away late in mostly empty building in Sunrise.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 27 shots to record his franchise record 10th straight victory. Louis. Domingue. Right place. Right time.

First Period
4:02 TB Kucherov (23), (Hedman, Stralman)

Second Period
12:08 TB Stamkos (29), (Stralman, Miller)
13:11 FLA Vatrano (19), (Huberdeau, Matheson)
17:51 TB Callahan (6), (Joseph)
18:50 FLA Malgin (6), (Brouwer, Sheahan)

Third Period
4:25 TB Point (32), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)
19:12 TB Kucherov (24), (Stamkos, Point)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and second stars.

Lightning had good push in the First Period, really was off in the Second Period, and then took the game by the throat in the Third Period, eventually breaking it all the way open on the power play. Sunrise claims 13,566 were in attendance to see it. Disguised as open red seats.

Erik Cernak was -1 with 2 shots, 4 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 21:32.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-10-19 Crunch at Bruins

Syracuse's winning streak dies in Rhode Island.

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Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
1:06 PRO Hughes (13), (unassisted)
16:28 PRO Kuhlman (11), (Clifton, Szwarz)

Second Period
19:34 PRO Kuhlman (12), (Senyshyn)(SH)

Third Period
11:26 PRO Donato (7), (Smith, McNeill)

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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