NHL Game Night: 11-17-14 Lightning at Rangers

Payback.

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Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 16 shots for the victory, and the 1 he allowed was a deflection of a pass off his own defenseman, Garrison. He didn't have a lot of work, but he handled what came his way well.

First Period
6:50 TB Kucherov (7), (Johnson, Palat)
14:20 TB Callahan (7), (Stamkos, Filppula)(PP)

Second Period
0:32 NYR St. Louis (7), (Brassard, Stepan)(PP)
14:08 TB Stamkos (12), (Filppula)
18:42 TB Killorn (3), (Johnson, Palat)

Third Period
17:09 TB Callahan (8), (Stamkos)

Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars.

That was an absolute squash of a game. It was a no contest. It was almost unfair to watch the decaying corpse of the Rangers squad picked apart piece by piece by the speed and youth of the Lightning. And the Lightning didn't let up in this one. They made a point tonight. They knew everyone in the league was looking to see how they'd handle their first game against Marty since the trade, and they crushed the Rangers. They broken their damned backs in that game.

Best of all, as of this posting, the Rangers would have a lottery pick and would have the 11th most ping pong balls. That's right, Sather paid Callahan and 2 1st round picks for the privilege of watching his team get pounded like that tonight. Enjoy, Slats.

The Lightning have now banked 4 insurance points with 1 game left to go in the second 10 game set of the season. Things are looking outstanding, thus far, with the Lightning holding the second most points in the NHL right now. They also lead the league in goals by a mile and their +22 goal differential is second only to Pittsburgh's +25.

Cedric Paquette had 3 shots, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot, and was 67% on draws in 16:25 of ice time. He was dangerous offensively and responsible defensively, and 16:25 of ice time is telling me the coaching staff likely doesn't want him going anywhere.

Jonathan Drouin had 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:18. He had a goal wiped out on an Alex Killorn goaltender interference call.

Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots and was 33% on draws in 13:51. He got the biggest compliment of all when Phil Esposito told him he plays a lot like Larionov. Impressive.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-17-14

Nizhnekamsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 8-5-13, -1, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on Yugra's only goal in 16:00 of ice time in their 3-1 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Former Syracuse Crunch Dan Sexton had a pair of helpers in the win for Nizhnekamsk.

ECHL Game Night: 11-16-14

Florida Everblades 6 at South Carolina Stingrays 3

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 2 PIM, 9 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, W, 60:00 MIN, 3 GA, 22 SH, 19 SV
Season totals: 8 GP, 6-1-0-1, 2.09 GAA, 0.912 SV%, 1 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 6 GP, 1-1-2, E, 11 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 6 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

A night after being scratched, Lightning camper Mike Aviani pots Florida's 3rd goal of the 1st period in Sunday afternoon's road game victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators. Jeff Costello assisted on Aviani's goal, the night after scoring his first professional goal. Allen York was rather pedestrian in net, allowing 3 goals on 22 shots, but when your offense puts a touchdown up on the scoreboard you don't have to be stellar to get the win. Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev was whistled 55 seconds into the game for his first penalty of the season. Both teams had their power play clicking at 50%, but the high octane Everblade offense overwhelmed the Gladiators amid a 40 shot barrage. Florida captured all six points on the weekend three-in-three road trip, and the Everblades return to Estero 1st on the table in the East Division and 2nd in the conference behind Fort Wayne. Gwinnett makes the 9-hour trip down I-75 from Duluth to Estero for a back-to-back rematch against the Everblades next Friday and Saturday night.

Missouri Mavericks 1 at Wichita Thunder 3

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 8 PIM, 32 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 14 PIM, 10 SOG

Wichita earned a much needed victory Sunday afternoon against the visiting Missouri Mavericks, and once again Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier was in the thick of the scoring. Gauthier was credited with the primary assists on both of the Thunder's first and third goals, with that 3rd goal being a crucial power play insurance marker with just 85 seconds left in the game. Gauthier finishes the 4-game week with a gaudy stat line of 2-4-5 with 20 shots and a +3 rating. The Thunder next plays Tuesday night in Tulsa against the Oilers.

Juniors Game Night: 11-16-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 7

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 18 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec lost its second game in a row, 7-4 to the Foreurs. Erne extended his point streak to seven games with an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-3-9, -6, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Sheldon Keefe’s Greyhounds responded to a 1-0 deficit with three straight goals en route to a 4-2 road win Sunday.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 4

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 3-9-12, +2, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary outshot Saskatoon, 51-23, but needed a late shorthanded insurance goal to put the Blades away. Thomas scored on the power play in the first period.

KHL Game Day: 11-16-14

Khabarovsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-2-4, 3 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%

Finnish-born defenseman Tommi Taimi's goal broke a 1-1 tied and lifted Khabarovsk to a 2-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Vasily Koshechkin was out of uniform for the third straight game for Magnitka.

Jokerit 2 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-7-3, 1 SO, 2.41 GAA, .909 sv%

Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy had Bratislava's only goal, his 14th of the season, in Slovan's 2-1 loss to Jokerit. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen assisted on the goal.

NCAA Game Night: 11-15-14

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Harvard Crimson 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-2-6, E, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard lost its first conference game of the year, and to rival Yale at home, no less. Hart had an assist on Harvard’s only goal, which came in the final minute after Yale had scored an empty-net insurance goal. At least they broke the shutout.

No. 7 Miami-Ohio Redhawks 1 @ No. 2 North Dakota 4

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-1-3, E, 21 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

Former Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had two minor penalties on Saturday for Miami. Czarnik, who is 5-9, has 10 assists in 12 games this year with no goals. He had 47 points (13 goals) in 27 games last year as a junior. Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin is sitting out the year for the Redhawks rehabilitating a knee injury. Thanks to two losses by Minnesota, North Dakota may be the new No. 1 when the rankings come out this week.

No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ RPI Engineers 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-9-11, -2, 7 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca (pictured) had two apples and Travis St. Denis (undrafted) had a hat trick for Quinnipiac in their road win at RPI.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 33 saves on 34 shots
Season totals: 10 GP, 7-3-0, 2.20 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Bulldogs completed the two-game weekend sweep of No. 1 Minnesota with a 2-1 win on Saturday. Now the Gophers wait to see how far they’ll fall in the polls.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 11-15-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 11/21 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 14 GP: 1-8-9, -3, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy snapped his personal four-game pointless streak with an assist in the Eagles’ win on Saturday. The Eagles and Mooseheads exchanged 3-2 wins Friday and Saturday.

Quebec Remparts 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 17 GP, 15-14-29, +16, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec fell on the road to Nikita Kucherov’s former team, Rouyn-Noranda, 5-4. The game was 4-4 headed into the third period and the Huskies scored the eventual game-winner two minutes in.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Sarnia Sting 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-13-16, -1, 40 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo had two primary assists in the third period to help the Sting turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 win.

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 3-6-9, -8, 35 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin registered a point for the first time in five games.

ECHL Game Night: 11-15-14

Florida Everblades 5 at South Carolina Stingrays 4

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-1-0-1, 1.97 GAA, 0.919 SV%, 1 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 1-0-1, E, 11 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Jeff Costello notched his first pro goal Saturday night on the road in Charleston. Knowing the tough and pesky game that Costello plays, you might think it was a greasy lunch pail type of goal, but you would be wrong. Costello flipped a slick backhander 5-hole for Florida's fourth goal of the game. More good news from the Low Country with Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev returning to the lineup after missing a couple of games with an injury. Florida next plays Sunday afternoon in Duluth against the Gladiators.

Allen Americans 3 at Wichita Thunder 2

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 10 GP, 5-4-9, +4, 8 PIM, 24 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 14 PIM, 9 SOG

Wichita mounted a spirited comeback in the final two minutes of the game behind a goal and primary assist Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier. Unfortunately, the Thunder could not manufacture the equalizer having gone down 3-0 during the first two periods. A bit difficult to justify losing 3-2 with the opposition only putting 17 shots on goal. Thunder goalie Tyler Bunz needs to be better there. For those keeping score at home, Gauthier is 4-3-7 with 20 shots in 7gp since joining the Thunder. Wichita hosts the Missouri Mavericks Sunday afternoon.

NHL Game Night: 11-15-14 Islanders at Lightning

Lightning postpone the Islanders coronation.

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Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Light work tonight for Big Ben compared to the huge shot totals he faced against Chicago and San Jose.

First Period
7:41 NYI Nelson (8), (Tavares, Okposo)
8:41 TB Callahan (6), (Garrison, Filppula)
11:22 NYI Bailey (3), (Boychuk, Leddy)
13:46 TB Filppula (4), (Stamkos, Garrison)(PP)
15:29 TB Paquette (5), (Namestnikov, Killorn)

Second Period
1:39 TB Johnson (6), (Palat, Kucherov)

Third Period
15:34 TB Gudas (1), (Callahan)

Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson, and Jason Garrison were the game's three stars.

Tonight was a pretty stark contrast between "one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference" and the quality of opposition the Lightning faced in their last 2 contests. The Islanders have had a nice year so far, but the Lightning never looked out of control in this game tonight, even in the wild First Period the two teams participated in.

The win gives the Lightning 13 points for the 10 game segment with 2 more games left to go. They have 2 insurance points now in the bank with the opportunity for more against the Rangers. Remember, folks, the Lightning have the Rangers' first round pick, so anything Tampa Bay can do to sink that team will only help the long-term health of the franchise. Kick-em, kick-em hard, and see if you can contribute to them coughing up a lottery pick the Lightning's way.

So, let me reiterate: there is extra incentive to beat the Rangers on Monday, irrespective of anything to do with Marty St. Louis or the number of ex-Rangers on the Lightning squad. Every time Tampa Bay plays the Rangers this year, it's a golden chance to increase the odds they can get another very good player this June and further build up an elite contender for the next decade.

Cedric Paquette had a goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 14:25. He was also 45% on draws. You saw Paquette with the hands on the rebound goal. You saw Paquette creating havoc in goal mouth scrums. You saw Paquette blocking shots on the PK. You saw him mixing it up physically at the end of the game. You saw almost the full array of what he brings to the table, in true Dump Truck fashion. There's a painful decision coming up very soon with Brett Connolly coming off of IR in short order. I don't know how you easily send down a guy who has been one of your best goal scorers over the past couple of weeks.

Vladislav Namestnikov had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit in 13:48. He created Paquette's goal on a sharp angle shot coming out of one of his trademark swoops around the net. That used to be Stamkos' claim to fame, but it's become Namestnikov's this season.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-15-14 Crunch at Penguins

Syracuse movin' on up.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the victory. He kept his team in the game and gave them the opportunity to make, and complete, the comeback bid.

First Period
WBS Sheary, (4) (Rowney, Dumoulin), 12:33
WBS Ebbett, (4) (Wilson, Pouliot), 13:38 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (4) (Koekkoek, Paradis), 16:41

Third Period
SYR Gourde, (5) (Nesterov, Marchessault), 2:16 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (4) (Dotchin), 10:11

Yanni Gourde and Mike Angelidis were the game's first and third stars. Gourde now has 5 goals and 9 points in 7 games this month.

The Pens held the top spot in the Northeast Division coming into the game, 2 points ahead of Syracuse. So, the Crunch move into a tie with Wilkes-Barre Scranton at 19 points, and with Albany losing tonight the Crunch will hold a share of the division lead at the end of the night. They'll also have another key divisional matchup Wednesday in Hartford.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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