Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, 12/25 FO
Season totals: 28 GP, 18-47-65, +27, 32 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin added three more assists to his season point total, giving him 15 points in his last five games.
Ontario Hockey League
Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 11-26-37, +35, 30 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Windsor scored a huge road win over a powerful Greyhounds squad, 5-2.
After a 4-1 loss to the Hershey Bears, Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler was searching for answers.
The Crunch defense had lapses that hung goalie Kristers Gudlevskis out to dry and the offense -- despite having a 30-25 advantage in shots -- struggled to find traction against the Bears at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"Maybe it was four or five days between games, I don't know what it was," Zettler said. "We seemed flat. Maybe it was practices. I don't know, I have to look at it and I need to do a better job of getting these guys prepared."
No comeback for the Crunch tonight.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the loss.
HER Wellman, (11) (Strachan, Segal), 6:53
HER Wellman, (12) (Deschamps, Kolomatis), 7:44
HER Watkins, (4) (LeBlanc, Kolomatis), 13:26
SYR DiSalvatore, (3) (Connolly, Korobov), 9:38
HER Watkins, (5) (Byers, Potulny), 17:27 (EN)
Jon DiSalvatore was the game's third star.
Syracuse has fallen, at this moment, 7 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference. They face Hershey again tomorrow.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Omsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 6-6-12, -5, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev scored on a penalty shot 9:17 into the First Period in Yugra's 2-1 win over Omsk. The goal was scored on former Flames netminder Henrik Karlsson. Gusev ended up playing 14:11 in the contest. Ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn scored the only goal for Omsk.
Novgorod 2 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 15/17, 2.00 GAA, .882 sv%
Season totals: 35 GP, 14-15-6, 2 SO, 2.97 GAA, .894 sv%
Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan assisted on Libor Hubacek's Second Period power play goal which turned out to be the game winner in Slovan's 3-2 win over Novgorod. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had a goal in defeat for Novgorod.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 6 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits, 0/1 FO
Season totals: 37 GP, 19-33-52, E, 51 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Adam Erne has moved back to wing with the return of Mikhail Grigorenko to Quebec, which is Erne’s natural position. He was even playing the point on the power play in the third period, per @EliteScouting on Twitter. Former third rounder Anthony Duclair (NYR) had a hat trick in the game to hit 40 goals for the season. The Rangers signed him earlier this season.
Ontario Hockey League
Saginaw Spirit 1 @ North Bay Battalion 5
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-13-16, E, 40 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Blujus hasn’t been the most consistent scorer in the last two seasons, but he’s currently on a streak of seven points in eight games. He’s also plus-14 over the last seven games of that streak, which has enabled him to get back to an even rating for the season. He is due a contract this spring or he goes back into the draft.
Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Barrie Colts 7
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 9-17-26, +17, 87 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin was scoreless as Barrie pounded Dotchin’s former team, Owen Sound, 7-2. Tyson Fawcett (undrafted, 5’6” forward) had a hat trick and an assist for the Colts.
Harder than it needed to be.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 36 shots but blanked Ottawa on 3 shootout attempts for the W. He made the key saves he needed to, but I suspect he'll be even sharper next time out.
14:32 TB Johnson (13), (Hedman)(SH)
15:12 OTT Karlsson (12), (MacArthur, Spezza)(PP)
3:30 TB Crombeen (2), (Hedman, Filppula)
16:57 OTT MacArthur (18), (Spezza, Ryan)(PP)
5:31 TB Palat (11), (St Louis, Hedman)
17:42 OTT Neil (6), (Smith, Karlsson)
Victor Hedman and BJ Crombeen were the game's first and third stars.
Good news/bad news:
The good news is that, after getting a few days off to rest the bones, the Lightning absolutely dominated 5-on-5 play territorially for about the first 55 minutes of regulation. That was Lightning hockey, and for almost the entire contest you had the impression the Lightning were cruising to victory even though they couldn't get staked to more than a one goal lead. The other bit of good news is that the Lightning appear to have made it through an entire game without someone getting dinged up. It's a beautiful thing.
The bad news is that the Lightning allowed Ottawa to hang around because special teams, putting Johnson's SH goal aside, were pretty darned atrocious. The PK just can't seem to buy a break right now and the PP looked as predictable as an 80's sitcom, including telegraphing one-timers on an Overtime 4-on-3 opportunity. Once Stamkos returns, that should help the PP a lot, but it's getting clearer Yzerman's shopping list at the deadline needs to include an ace PK'er, be that in the form of another veteran d-man or a forward. I'd give my right arm for a time machine to bring back a mid-2000's Freddy Modin or Jassen Cullimore right about now to help get that mess fixed.
The Lightning again tie Boston for tops in the Atlantic Division although the B's hold 2 games in hand.
Mark Barberio was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 15:20. His penalty was a costly delay of game call where he shot the puck out of play while under duress from 2 Ottawa forecheckers. After two strong games, tonight was a little step back for Mark.
J.T. Brown had 4 shots and 1 hit in 11:44. Off night for his line. He had a really nice hit on Da Costa in the corner in the First Period, showing surprising pop for his size.
Nikita Kucherov had 2 blocked shots in 10:54. Ottawa seemed to be targeting the rookie early, and he was ineffective through much of regulation. He shanked a good chance in the Third Period and snuck a pass through to Filppula for a partial breakaway in Overtime, so he still had moments, and his quick release in the shootout delivered the second point for the Lightning.
Khabarovsk 0 vs. Ufa 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, SO, 24/24, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 11-7-4, 2 SO, 2.31 GAA, .921 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy posted his second shutout of the season for Ufa in a 1-0 goaltending duel against Alexei Murygin and Khabarovsk. The game was a dead heat deep into the Third Period where former Senators second rounder Alexei Kaigorodov scored the game's only goal with 3:58 left in the contest.
Novokuznetsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 24/27, 3.00 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 45 GP, 28-9-7, 7 SO, 1.98 GAA, .937 sv%
Magnitogorsk built a 4-0 lead partly on the strength of 2 helpers from former Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin and held on for dear life in their 4-3 victory over Novokuznetsk. Novokuznetsk's comeback bid was keyed by a goal from former Penguins and Islanders farmhand Kurtis McLean.
Ontario Hockey League
Kingston Frontenacs 6 @ Ottawa 67’s 4
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 14-34-48, +12, 31 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Henri Ikonen had a goal and two assists to help the Fronts beat the 67’s in Ottawa, 6-4. Kingston scored four times in the second period. Ikonen’s goal was an empty netter, unassisted. He's closing in on last year's point total of 51.
Kazan 2 vs. Bratislava 1 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 21/22, 0.92 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 34 GP, 13-15-6, 2 SO, 3.00 GAA, .895 sv%
Two of four shooters converted on Jaroslav Janus in the penalty shot session in Kazan's 2-1 win over Slovan Bratislava. Former NHL'er Miroslav Satan had Slovan's lone goal during regulation. Ex-Rangers draft pick Jakub Petruzalek had a helper and scored both shootout goals for Kazan.
The BP Mailbag continues this week with more questions for my Alex Kharitonov-sized crystal ball (prospect followers from the Dudley era will understand that reference).
If you believe the rumors that Tommy Pyatt is being shopped, that’s how a roster spot opens up for Stamkos. I wouldn’t be overly surprised to see Pyatt waived if Tampa Bay is backed into a corner, but right now I’m of the opinion that Richard Panik would be the one to go down to Syracuse if someone is demoted. Panik’s averaging about 12 minutes of ice time for the year, but around 10 for the last five games and less than that if you spread it out over the last dozen games. He’s also been a frequent healthy scratch. Those are the signs, and they've been there for a while.