Like many times before, Yanni Gourde turned on the jets.
The Syracuse Crunch forward accepted the relay pass from Vlad Namesntikov in stride at the blue line, stormed in alone on Utica goalie Pat Nagle, and netted the eventual game-winning power play goal in a 4-1 victory Saturday.
Gourde, riding a six game point streak, is using his speed to his advantage to be one of the Crunch's top scoring threats this season.
“(Goalie Kristers Gudlevskis) makes a great play to pass it up to him to give him a breakaway, but no defenseman is going to catch him there because of his speed,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “He just needs to continue to use that. When he is successful, that’s what he does.”
Western Hockey League
Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Kamloops Blazers 4 (OT)
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 6-24-30, +17, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary gave up a 3-1 lead and had to crawl back to force overtime, but did so and won with 15 seconds left in the extra session, 4-3. Their road trip is 13 days old as they head to Prince George to face the Cougars next. Calgary has won 17 of its past 19 games.
Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.
Let there be kittens!
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 28 shots he faced for his first career NHL shutout. He got the emergency start for the Lightning after Bishop got injured earlier in the day and he made a huge difference by standing on his head while the Lightning sleepwalked through the first 5-10 minutes of the game.
16:37 TB Stamkos (36), (Killorn, Sustr)
2:48 TB Callahan (20), (Johnson, Filppula)(PP)
4:24 TB Hedman (8), (Stralman, Palat)(PP)
Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden "Rooster" Coburn were the game's three stars.
It's hard to read too much into the night's festivities given the defensive pairs were shuffled with the addition of Coburn and, more importantly, because Buffalo is sporting a lineup right now that's probably just barely an even match for the Syracuse Crunch.
Still, it's a big 2 points to close within 3 of Montreal. That Panthers loss still stings, though.
No prospect skaters in the lineup tonight. Really.
Assat 6 vs. HPK 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM
Ex-Blue Jackets third rounder Jake Hansen had a pair of helpers for Assat in their 6-3 win over HPK. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had a goal in defeat for HPK.
KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(6)Ufa 1 vs. (3)Magnitogorsk 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin continued his strong opening round series against Ufa, stopping 29 shots to lead Magnitka to a 2-1 Game Three win over Ufa. Ex-Caps pick Oskar Osala had a key shorthanded goal in the win. Former Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov had the primary helper on Ufa's lone tally.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Radko Gudas, along with the Lightning’s 2015 first round and third round picks, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. If Tampa Bay fails to make the playoffs in 2015 and ends up with the first overall selection, Philadelphia will receive the New York Rangers’ 2015 first round pick (previously acquired) in the draft in lieu of Tampa Bay’s own first round selection. Additionally, the Lightning have acquired the Boston Bruins’ 2015 and 2016 second round draft picks in exchange for forward Brett Connolly.
Coburn, 30, has skated in 39 games this season with the Flyers, recording one goal and nine points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman ranks third among Flyer defensemen for average time on ice (20:14). Coburn leads Philadelphia for average shifts per game (27.9) this season.
The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 614 career NHL games with the Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers, posting 37 goals and 166 points to go along with 504 penalty minutes. He set career highs for goals (nine), assists (27) and points (36) during the 2007-08 season while with the Flyers. Coburn has also skated in 72 career postseason games, all with the Flyers, collecting two goals and 23 points.
Coburn has represented Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships on two different occasions, capturing the Silver Medal in 2009. He also represented Team Canada at the World Jr. Championships twice, winning a Gold Medal in 2005 and a Silver Medal in 2004.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 @ Quebec Remparts 5
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 8/17 FO, 5 Hits
Season totals: 53 GP, 38-39-77, +21, 89 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Erne returned to the Quebec lineup after missing two games. He led the team in hits and was second in faceoffs taken. Quebec has seven games remaining. They have already clinched a playoff spot and sit in fourth on the league table.
Ontario Hockey League
London Knights 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8
D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 2-3-5, +2, 2 PIM *First Star*
With SSM: 20 GP, 10-29-39, +24, 41 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 20-57-77, +24, 105 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo was first star for the second straight game, notching a career-high five points in a blowout win over visiting London. DeAngelo scored on a one-timer off a 2 on 1, then roofed a wrist shot later in the game for his second. He was an offensive force all afternoon. DeAngelo’s point streak is now at 19 games. He leads all of the Canadian Hockey League in points by a defenseman.
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 4
D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play
Season totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
2013-14 totals (Czech U20): 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
The Peterborough Examiner is reporting Masin is out for the year. He will undergo surgery Monday to repair a broken orbital bone, broken collarbone and sinus injury suffered Thursday, said Petes' GM Mike Oke.
Sarnia Sting 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 2
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 18-20-38, -8, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
Windsor is tied with Saginaw for the final playoff spot in the West. They’re just two points ahead of last place, also.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Regina Pats 6
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 29-39-68, +11, 40 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Regina exacted some revenge on the Warriors, who beat the Pats in overtime Saturday.
Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. Lots of greasy goals for the Panthers in today's game.
10:24 FLA Jagr (12), (Huberdeau, Campbell)
12:08 TB Stralman (5), (Drouin, Boyle)
5:31 FLA Barkov (10), (Jagr, Huberdeau)
17:00 FLA Boyes (11), (unassisted)
4:18 FLA Ekblad (10), (Bjugstad, Huberdeau)(PP)
8:31 TB Stamkos (35), (Killorn, Garrison)
17:16 TB Johnson (24), (Kucherov, Stralman)
Lack of effort, plain and simple. After the masterpiece the Lightning put in against the Blackhawks, they were sloppy moving the puck out of their own zone and couldn't generate anything because of it. And, they didn't seem very worried about it while the Panthers incrementally built their lead up until they got their kill shot goal in the Third Period on the PP. The Lightning finally woke up with about 15 minutes left to go, but it's too late at that point. When you fall behind by 3 in the Third Period in pro hockey, it's over.
If the point of today's game was to try to inspire Steve Yzerman to push all in on a Cup run: mission failed. The wild inconsistency of this team, coupled with it's complete lack of a power play, simply does not inspire confidence that it's ready to make a deep run in the playoffs. You simply don't know what you're going to get from the team on a night-to-night basis, tracing back to the fact you simply don't know what you're going to get on a night-to-night basis from the guys who are supposed to be the team's best players: Stamkos and Hedman. How many nights have these guys taken a (way) back seat to the Palat/Johnson/Kucherov line and the likes of Anton Stralman? That's how you go from dominating the Blackhawks one game and absolutely wetting the bed against a bummy team like Florida the next. I wouldn't be gung ho to bet a 1st or 2nd round pick to put pieces around that shakiness, either.
Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 5 blocked shots in 14:29. Busy young man.
Sparta Praha 6 vs. Trinec 5
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, Win, 24/31, 5.00 GAA, .828 sv%
Season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%
Defense was optional today for both clubs in Sparta's 6-5 win over Trinec. Canadiens 4th rounder Martin Reway led the way for Sparta with 4 helpers in the contest. Undrafted 23 year old Aron Chmielewski had 2 goals and 3 points in defeat for Trinec.