As dominant a 2-1 win as you can get.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the victory in his return from injury. He didn't have to make many key saves, but when they came he got them.
8:50 TB Kucherov (15), (Palat)
4:53 TB Killorn (8), (Callahan, Filppula)
14:04 CAR Sekera (2), (E. Staal, Gerbe)
Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars. I'll throw a shout out to Mark Barberio in there, who played his best all-around game since he was AHL Defenseman of the Year for the Norfolk Admirals.
If the Lightning had capitalized on their PP opportunities (0-for-6) the game wouldn't have been close. As it was, the chances were there but they were snake bitten. So, that's at least a sign things are progressing in the right direction.
Cedric Paquette had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:42. He was also 20% on draws. He kept up reasonably well playing with Stamkos and Connolly.
All good things...
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss. That snaps a streak of 4 starts where he allowed 2 or fewer goals. It should be noted Gudlevskis did also turn away a First Period penalty shot, as well.
WOR Taormina, (4) (Lerg, Fedun), 8:43 (PP)
WOR Coetzee, (1) (Brace, Abeltshauser), 17:07
WOR Trupp, (7) (Langlois), 3:31
SYR Gourde, (13) (Koekkoek, Richard), 9:45 (PP)
SYR Smith, (8) (Marchessault, Namestnikov), 17:17
WOR Langlois, (8) (Lerg), 18:29 (EN)
Yanni Gourde was the game's second star.
The defeat snaps Syracuse's 10 game winning streak.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Blues 3 vs. HPK 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen scored HPK's lone goal in 12:29 of ice time in their 3-1 loss to Blues. Ducks pick Miro Aaltonen led the way for Blues with a pair of goals.
Podolsk 2 vs. Mytischi 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 47 PIM
Dmitry Korobov had a minor for tripping in 22:14 of ice time in Mytischi's 4-2 win over Podolsk. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had Mytischi's game winning goal and a pair of assists in the match.
At the end of a tiring 3-on-3 shift, Jonathan Marchessault found another burst of energy.
The Crunch forward kicked it an extra gear, turned the corner on a Devils defender, and threw the puck to the front of the net. Vladislav Namestnikov deposited the puck past Scott Wedgewood, who was already down, as Syracuse topped Albany, 3-2, 4:16 into overtime for the Crunch's 10th straight win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"They were tired also," Marchessault said. "So we had to take advantage of it and we had the puck possession. Let's try something and it ended up pretty good."
Finland 1 vs. USA 2 (SO)
Anthony DeAngelo, USA, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Anthony DeAngelo had a secondary assist on Alex Tuch's power play goal in USA's 2-1 shootout win over defending champion Finland. DeAngelo played both right and left-side defense and saw time on USA's second PP and PK units in the contest. Chase de Leo scored the shootout winner for the Americans.
Canada 8 vs. Slovakia 0
Brayden Point, Canada, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
13th forward Brayden Point had 1 goal and 1 assist to open up the tournament for Canada in their 8-0 smashing of Slovakia. Robby Fabbri had 2 goals and 4 points in the victory for the Canadians.
Sweden 5 vs. Czech Republic 2
Dominik Masin, Czech Republic, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Dominik Masin was -1 in third pairing action in Czech Republic's 5-2 loss to Sweden. The Swedes got a pair of goals from Adrian Kempe in the victory.
Crunch make it 10 in a row.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the OT victory. He made some key saves that allowed the Crunch to keep contact and tie the game up late in the Third Period.
ALB Burlon, (3) (Whitney), 4:52
SYR Blunden, (6) (Cote, Blujus), 13:00
ALB Boucher, (8) (Whitney, Faust), 1:27
SYR Mormina, (1) (Marchessault), 18:33
SYR Namestnikov, (5) (Marchessault), 4:16
Syracuse keeps pace in the Eastern Conference, 1 point back of Manchester for the top spot.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Magnitogorsk 7 vs. Astana 6 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 17/21, 4.41 GAA, .810 sv%
Season totals: 35 GP, 23-4-5, 4 SO, 1.76 GAA, .936 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 2 of 3 in the shootout to help Magnitka defeat Astana 7-6. Koshechkin split time in the game with backup Alexei Murygin, who allowed 2 goals in a shade under 10 minutes. Ex-Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin again led the way for Magnitogorsk with 2 goals and 4 points.
Brastislava 1 vs. St. Petersburg 6
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, No Decision, 30/34, 4.67 GAA, .882 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 6-11-5, 2 SO, 2.83 GAA, .895 sv%
Jaroslav Janus relieved started David LeNeveu 8:39 into the First Period as Bratislava was smashed by SKA St. Petersburg 6-1. Janus also took a minor penalty for deliberately knocking his net off the pegs in the contest.
As of right now, Bratislava (Janus) and Mytischi (Korobov) sit in 10th and 11th, respectively, in the Western Conference. Magnitogorsk (Koshechkin) and Khanty-Mansiysk (Gusev) sit in 3rd and 9th in the Eastern Conference.
Yaroslavl 6 vs. Mytischi 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-5-6, +1, 45 PIM
Dmitry Korobov assisted on a goal in garbage time in Mytischi's 6-3 loss to Yaroslavl. He played 24:41 in the game. Ex-Leafs pick Staffan Kronwall had a goal in the victory for Yaroslavl.
A few bits of news and random thoughts from the land of in-laws:
1. Lightning defenseman prospect Anthony DeAngelo’s place on USA’s World Junior team was made official today when USA cut injured defenseman Steve Santini (Devils). This is big news considering DeAngelo wasn’t even invited to USA’s summer camp in Lake Placid due to character concerns. DeAngelo’s two-way game continues to mature without losing offense. He leads the OHL in scoring by a defenseman despite playing fewer games than most of his competition.