The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 16

This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· Graduation week for 2
· Vasy passes Nabokov on depth chart – good or bad?
· Player addition options for AHL Syracuse
· #BPMailbag (Lightning looking to add a Jameis Winston? Drouin vs Hedman, Callahan comparisons already on the roster, power play solutions, chances of Nikita Gusev coming over)

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Juniors Game Night: 2-5-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM, 7 SOG, 7/17 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 20 GP, 13-16-29, -4, 24 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 14-29-43, -9, 38 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy had an assist in the Phoenix’s 4-1 loss in Halifax. Jonathan Drouin’s former team came into the game 10 points behind Sherbrooke on the league table.

Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Quebec Remparts 7

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 3/8 FO, 6 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 45 GP, 30-35-65, +16, 76 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne set a new career high for goals in a season, hitting 30 for the year. He was on pace last year before injuries and WJC time cut his games. He’s also already passed his previous PIM career high. It looks as though Erne has been moved back to wing. He had been playing center for a few weeks, which he played last year. He projects as a winger at the professional level.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 8

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM
With SSM: 10 GP, 3-14-17, +7, 21 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 13-42-55, +8, 85 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo extended his point streak to nine games with two assists Thursday night. Despite scoring six goals in the game, the Soo fell to the IceDogs, snapping their 10-game win streak. This was DeAngelo’s first loss as a member of the Greyhounds.

Owen Sound Attack 7 @ Windsor Spitfires 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 15-18-33, -6, 85 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor is three points out of the last playoff spot in the West, which could mean DiGiacinto could be available for AHL Syracuse if needed.

Guelph Storm 9 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +3, 7 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 7-14-21, -16, 64 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin has five points in his last six games. He fought Tyler Bertuzzi (Red Wings) on Thursday night. It was Masin’s fourth fight of the season. Bertuzzi, nephew of Todd Bertuzzi, received an instigator and game misconduct.

NHL Game Night: 2-5-15 Lightning at Stars

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.


Andrei Vasilevskiy shined, allowing 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. The Lightning would've had zero chance of winning tonight without Vasilevskiy.

First Period
3:11 TB Stamkos (28), (Callahan, Barberio)
6:42 TB Hedman (6), (Stamkos)

Second Period
15:21 DAL Klingberg (10), (Seguin, Goligoski)
15:36 DAL Goligoski (2), (Fiddler, Horcoff)

Third Period
12:27 TB Johnson (18), (Kucherov, Killorn)(PP)
13:41 DAL Daley (13), (Ja. Benn, Demers)
16:23 TB Johnson (19), (Boyle, Palat)
18:43 TB Kucherov (18), (Palat)(EN)

Tyler Johnson and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and third stars. Brian Boyle was robbed.

This was, in many ways, role reversal from the Lightning's performance in St. Louis. The Lightning were on their heels most of the night, ultimately getting outshot 36-29, and probably should've been run out of the barn if it weren't for the goaltending they got from Vasiy. Then things got really weird when Jason Garrison got hurt, forcing Brian Boyle to take shifts on defense where he made the play of the game on a clean check on Jamie Benn at center ice that eventually led to his point shot that was deflected in by Johnson for the GWG. Yes, Brian Boyle, from the point, on defense (not in the Conservatory with the Candlestick). Honestly, you can't feel too guilty about it because they deserved so much better against the Blues. So, things evened out on this little mini trip.

Unfortunately, if Garrison's injury is of any real severity, it puts the Lightning in a very tough spot with the California trip looming. Yzerman's basically got a week to bring someone in or he'll have to do something he probably doesn't want to do like raid the already thin cupboard in Syracuse. Paging Slater Koekkoek?

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 13:47. It was a hard luck minus with Daley's shot off the rush hitting Witkowski's leg and deflecting past Vasiy.

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KHL Game Day: 2-5-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Togliatti 1 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 18-13-31, +3, 12 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a helper in 18:12 of ice time in Yugra's 2-1 shootout victory over Lada Togliatti. Gusev was also denied on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session. Ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov had Lada's lone goal in defeat.

ECHL Game Night: 2-4-15

Florida Everblades 5 at Elmira Jackals 6 OT

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 6-12-18, +11, 17 PIM, 45 SOG

Other Notables
F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, E, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 33 GP, 8-11-19, +2, 30 PIM, 60 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

The Everblades surrendered a 4-1 lead in the 2nd period to 4-straight Elmira goals, and then got the equalizer with less than minute remaining to send the contest to OT. But Lucas Bloodoff, brother of Everblade forward Evan Bloodoff, scored the OT game winner for the Jackals. Lightning camper Mike Aviani scored Florida's 2nd goal and assisted on the third, while Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev assisted on the Everblade's 4th goal. Following the game, Sergeev was recalled to Syracuse. With Allen York likely recalled to Syracuse for the remainder of the season, Everblade goalie Andy Iles was in net for all six Jackal goals. Jeff Costello remains out of the Florida lineup. The 'Blades travel to Reading for a three-in-three with the Royals this weekend.

Juniors Game Night: 2-5-15

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 21-35-56, +7, 32 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw scored four unanswered goals after spotting the Raiders a 2-0 lead, then held on for a 4-3 win. Both of Point’s assists were primary helpers on the power play.

Crunch Come Back Against Wolf Pack For Fifth Straight Win

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite trailing by two at the second intermission, Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler's message was to stay the course.

The Crunch outshot the Wolf Pack 25-2 in the third period, scored a pair of power play goals, and capped the comeback with 4:05 remaining, as Syracuse topped Hartford, 3-2, for its fifth straight win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

"I actually thought we were playing the right way throughout the game," Zettler said. "We got a couple goals scored against us — I'd have to look again — but I thought all those penalties in the third were legit penalties. We earned the breaks, we earned the calls. Overall, we were creating a lot of offensive zone time and wore them down a little bit."

AHL Game Night: 2-4-15 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Comeback Crunch find their PP.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 17 shots for the victory. He had light work in his first game as the clear starter since Vasilevskiy's recall, as the team in front of him outshot Hartford by a staggering 45-17 margin.

First Period

Second Period
HFD Haggerty, (8) (Mueller), 2:50
HFD Hrivik, (8) (Allen, Kristo), 10:49 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Dotchin, (3) (Namestnikov, Gourde), 10:18 (PP)
SYR Smith, (10) (Koekkoek, Gourde), 14:39 (PP)
SYR Dodero, (1) (Namestnikov, Gourde), 15:55

Charlie Dodero, Yanni Gourde, and Jake Dotchin were the game's three stars. Syracuse overcame a 2 goal deficit in the Third Period by getting a pair of power play goals from their typically dreadful extra man units. They ended up 2-for-6 on the game.

Syracuse maintains a 1 point lead atop the Eastern Conference over the Manchester Monarchs. They also opened up a 6 point lead on Hartford in the division and hold a 7 point lead over the cratering Springfield Falcons.

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NCAA Game Night: 2-3-15

No. 6 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 4 (2OT) (Beanpot Tournament)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-5-11, +3, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-3-5, +9, 38 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU’s 67th shot was the game-winner, scored in double overtime against Harvard in the opening game of the famed Beanpot tournament for each club. Neither Lightning prospect registered a point, though MacLeod was on the ice for the game-winning goal. BU goes on to face Northeastern in the championship game. Possible Lightning free agent target Clay Witt stopped 21 Boston College shots in the Huskies’ 3-2 semifinal win.

NHL game Night: 2-3-15 Lightning at Blues

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

STL-2 (OT)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 18 shots for the OT loss. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but I can't really fault Ben on either goal.

First Period
5:20 TB Paquette (11), (Killorn, Drouin)

Second Period

Third Period
16:50 STL Tarasenko (26), (Stastny)

1:16 STL Schwartz (18), (Butler, Elliott)

That hurt bad. That hurt really bad. The Lightning absolutely dominated almost the entire game. They outshop St. Louis 31-17 in regulation, and the chances were about that lopsided. Elliot made about a half dozen sparkling saves for the Blues and the Lightning continued to sputter on the PP, going 0-for-3 on the game. They just could not get the insurance marker and allowed the Blues to tie it off a clean faceoff loss by Brian Boyle, and in OT the defense just got out of sorts trying to stop a 2-on-2 rush situation, and in the end they left 1 point they should've gotten on the rink.

Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit in 15:42. He also set up Cedric Paquette with a long stretch pass in the Third Period that nearly became the key insurance marker, but Elliot stood up to the task. Tonight's game marks Drouin's graduation from prospect status on the website.

Luke Witkowski was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 14:20. He plays like a guy who understands his athletic limitations and plays efficiently within his boundaries. He moves the puck quickly to make sure he doesn't put himself in bad spots. He'll give a guy a pop if its there, but he won't go running out of position to do it because he knows he doesn't necessarily have the recovery speed to get away with it. He's just played like a smart, lower pair stay-at-homer so far.

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