KHL Game Day: 10-21-14

Cherepovets 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Loss, 30/31, 0.92 GAA, .968 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 12-2-3, 2 SO, 1.55 GAA, .944 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin went 0-for-3 in the shootout, including surrendering a goal to ex-Lightning pick Marek Kvapil in the penalty shot session, in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 loss to Cherepovets.

NHL Game Night: 10-21-14 Lightning at Oilers

Didn't see much want-to in the team tonight.

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Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss. It's not a good stat line, but it doesn't reveal how many point blank opportunities Ben turned away just to keep the Lightning in striking distance in this game. He deserved better than what he got from the team in front of him tonight.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
1:21 TB Boyle (1), (Morrow, Garrison)
4:36 EDM Schultz (1), (Yakupov, Hall)
14:57 EDM Hall (4), (unassisted)(PS)

Third Period
13:55 TB Connolly (2), (Johnson)
16:35 EDM Nugent-Hopkins (1), (Eberle)

Brett Connolly was the game's third star. He had a Third Period tying goal and a goal waved off on a dubious crease violation call in the First Period. He took his usual lazy minor penalty early in the game, and once he got it out of the way got stronger as the game went on. He's still not where I'd want him to be, but that was a better effort tonight, to be sure.

I wish I could say the same for the rest of the Lightning. That was bad. Passionless. Flavorless. Antiseptic. Bad. They looked like they were going through the motions, and only getting 24 shots on goal against that team and that goaltender is a bad joke. It's like the Lightning were content just to amble their way through the game and have it not be a track meet rather than trying to impose some will and some tempo on the Oilers. That's a bad look, compounded further by Ryan Callahan leaving the game with an injury in the Second Period, right before you head to Calgary at elevation. People will make an excuse for the loss based on the waved off goal in the First Period. Let me answer that in a word: bollocks. They didn't deserve anything but a loss tonight. You'd have a hard time winning anything other than a dog show with effort like that.

Jonathan Drouin was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 16:10 in his first NHL game. His line doesn't reflect how crafty he looked as a playmaker. He needs to get a regular set of linemates and a regular shift on the PP, and the points will almost certainly follow.

Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot and 1 hit and was 50% on draws in 11:33. He took an unlucky high sticking call in the Third Period and also was stoned by Scrivens on a big chance all alone in the slot earlier in the period. Wish he could've done more with that one.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 10-20-14

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Bratislava 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-2-7, -2, 4 PIM

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal, but could not convert on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session as Yugra dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Slovan Bratislava. Gusev played 19:27 in the match. Ex-Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik had a Third Period goal to eventually force overtime, assisted by Ladislav Nagy. Nagy ended the match with 1 goal, 3 points, and the shootout winner.

Nizhnekamsk 2 vs. Mytischi 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 20:01 of ice time in Mytischi's 3-2 victory over Nuzhnekamsk. The big Belarusian is wearing an "A" for Mytischi now that he has returned from a hand injury.

Drouin, Witkowski To Join Lightning

Well, so much for those plans.

Jonathan Drouin was supposed to spend two weekends with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, but after scoring the game-winning goal Friday and adding two assists on Sunday, the Lightning can't wait any longer. They recalled their top-rated prospect today and the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft will join the team in Edmonton in advance of Monday night's game.

Drouin will be accompanied on the journey from central New York to upper Alberta by second-year pro defenseman Luke Witkowski, who was recalled due to the upper body injury to Victor Hedman.

Juniors Game Night: 10-19-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/15 FO, 3 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 5 GP: 1-4-5, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

After a slow start (2 assists in his first 3 games) and sitting out last game, Darcy exploded for three points on Sunday – all in the third period. The Eagles scored four times in the final frame to win and split their weekend series with Halifax.

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ Quebec Remparts 7

W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 3-1-4, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4/5 FO, 4 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 8 GP, 7-7-14, +8, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne had his first hat trick of the season and first since his first game last season to lead the Remparts to a 7-2 walloping of the Sags.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-2-2, E, 7 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-7-8, -1, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

It was a frustrating loss for Sarnia, who fell to 1-2 on their road trip. Despite outshooting the Bulls 52-33, Belleville scored the game-winner with 29 seconds remaining in regulation. DeAngelo, who was suspended earlier this year for arguing with an official at the end of a game, was given a major penalty for slashing and a game misconduct at the 20-minute mark of the third period. There was nothing about the incident in the Sarnia or Belleville newspaper game stories.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 5 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-4, E, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto scored for the third-straight game, but left Sunday’s contest holding his arm. No word yet on the extent of the injury. There was nothing in the Windsor Star’s game story.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 5

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 6 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Flyers first rounder Travis Sanheim had two goals and an assist for the Hitmen in their win over the Pats on Saturday. Sanheim’s former defensive partner, Ben Thomas, had an assist.

ECHL Game Night: 10-18-14

South Carolina Stingrays 2 @ Florida Everblades 1

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

W Jeff Costello (AHL Contract), FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
G Allen York (AHL Contract), FLA: SOL, 65 MIN, 1 GA, 18 SA, 17 SV, 0.944 SV%, 0.92 GAA

C Mike Aviani (ECHL Contract), FLA: On loan to Charlotte (AHL)

Everblade netminder Allen York and his Stingray counterpart Adam Morrison put on a goalie clinic Saturday night as each allowed just one goal each in regulation and overtime before going 8 rounds deep in the shootout before York surrendered the game winner. York stopped 17 shots in his season debut, but took the tough luck shootout loss. The Blades picked up 3 of 4 points in their opening two-game weekend series with South Carolina, and play their next 5 games against Orlando starting with a three-in-three on October 24 in Estero.

NHL Game Night: 10-18-14 Lightning at Canucks

Sloppy, but effective.

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Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. Ultimately, I thought he was the big differences in the game, as Vancouver got a rather pedestrian effort from Lack at the other end.

First Period
0:53 TB Stamkos (4), (Palat)
7:15 VAN Higgins (1), (Bonino, Edler)
8:26 TB Stamkos (5), (Callahan, Palat)

Second Period
2:42 VAN Edler (1), (D. Sedin, Bieksa)(PP)
16:48 TB Callahan (3), (Stamkos, Garrison)(PP)

Third Period
6:04 TB Killorn (2), (Johnson, Stralman)

Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and third stars. How they, in good conscience, could rob Ben Bishop of a star tonight, I don't know.

On the surface, a 4-2 win in Vancouver looks sweet as sugar, but anyone who watched the game or looks deeper in the stats can see the Lightning's play was closer to another word that starts with the letter "s". They got away with playing pond hockey in the First Period and spending most of the Second Period in the box because they've got an elite goaltender (thank goodness). Out of necessity, with Hedman out with an upper body injury and only 5 defensemen, I thought they settled into a more efficient game in the Third Period, but fatigue and Vancouver's urgency tilted the ice in the Canucks' favor where, again, Bishop had to be on his game. That effort tonight might get you points in places like Calgary and Edmonton later in this trip, but if they put that on the ice against a team like Minnesota, they're going to get blown out.

With Hedman's injury, with the big Swede out for at least the rest of this trip, it's my sincere hope that A.) Radko Gudas gets back in the lineup quickly, and B.) Cooper starts to dress 7 D playing both Gudas and Barberio to thin out the ice time, and C.) If he does so, Connolly gets out of the lineup. I've watched Cooper bench an AHL MVP, Cory Conacher, for taking too many minor penalties and hurting his team. I've watched him bench Alex Killorn, one of his best rookies, for the same thing. Connolly is becoming maddening in that respect, and it's because he's got a bad habit of not moving his feet. He's a half step out of the play too often and that means he's reaching. And, when you're reaching, you're taking penalties. The offensive zone penalty he took tonight in the Third Period took a Lightning team that was playing fairly under control with a lead and scrambled them for the rest of the final frame. Unacceptable. When Jonathan Drouin comes back from Syracuse, I know whose spot in the lineup he needs to take, and it's not old man Brendan Morrow's. Morrow had 5 hits tonight, including 1 that saved a goal, and drew a penalty. Given the choice between getting that 10 minutes from Morrow or the 10 minutes the Lightning got from Connolly, sign me up for Team Brendan. Seriously, that's what Connolly puts out in front of the home province? That?

Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot and was 60% on draws in 8:30. In a tight game against a team that has a fair number of talented veterans, Coach Cooper seemed to be hiding his kid line a bit. Can't say I blame him entirely.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-17-14

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Barrie Colts 7

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, E, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto was back in the Windsor lineup Saturday after serving a suspension. He scored his second goal of the season in the loss.

Plymouth Whalers 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 24 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin had an assist on the game-tying goal for the Petes, coming with just over two minutes left in regulation. Plymouth won the shootout, 2-1.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-8-14, +9, 10 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point set up teammate Jaimen Yakubowski for the game-winning goal with four seconds remaining in regulation. Moose Jaw had an early 3-0 lead in the game that was eventually erased by the Broncos.

Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

The Tigers outshot Calgary 34-18 en route to a 4-1 win. The teams split their home-and-home series over the past two days.

NCAA Game Night: 10-18-14

USA U-18 4 vs No. 14 Boston University Terriers 6 (Exhibition)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist to pace the Terriers to an exhibition win over the USA Under-18 squad.

No. 3 North Dakota 7 @ Colorado College Tigers 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota completed a weekend sweep of the Tigers with a big 7-2 win on Saturday.

No. 9 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 3 @ No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 0 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac finished their home-and-home weekend series with UMass-Lowell, 0-1-1. Peca has a point in every game so far.

Crunch Surge Past Senators, 4-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The first surge gave the Syracuse Crunch a short-lived lead, but the second sealed the win.

Syracuse scored 25 seconds apart in the second period and 70 seconds apart in the third, as the Crunch beat the Binghamton Senators, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"When we got on the ice after the goal, we just said 'Hey, we need a good one,'" said Crunch forward Joel Vermin, who finished with a goal and an assist. "It's crucial. Right after a goal, you need a good shift."

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