Minnesota State Mavericks 3 @ Bemidji State Beavers 2
W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM
The Mavs finally scored after being shut out in three straight games. They added a couple more goals to earn a 3-2 win against the Beavers. Both teams are just outside USCHO's Top-20 rankings.
Despite their best efforts to give the game away, Lightning pull 2 points from Winnipeg.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the OT win. That was certainly not Bishop's best effort. He looked shaky positionally and his rebound control was a bit of a hot mess and his puckhandling gaffe on Winnipeg's third goal was obviously inexcusable. However, he made key stops after that, including the stop on Little in OT, to insure that the team eventually got the opportunity to win the game. The big prize that comes out of that is it looks like they can play the freshly recalled Kristers Gudlevskis against Chicago with a clear conscience and finally give Ben his first rest of the season. With Vasilevskiy cleared to practice, hopefully Andrei can be back in another, say, 3 weeks and Tampa Bay can get Ben back into a more sane workload.
12:17 TB Coburn (1), (Johnson)
16:28 WPG Ehlers (2), (Scheifele, Perreault)
7:22 TB Paquette (1), (Condra, Hedman)
10:58 WPG Stafford (3), (Lowry, Burmistrov)
11:19 TB Namestnikov (3), (Paquette, Hedman)
1:17 WPG Wheeler (4), (unassisted)(SH)
0:36 TB Palat (2), (Stamkos, Hedman)
I'm absolutely ecstatic the team got this win, for reason I'll expound upon further later on, but I'm absolutely furious about how incredibly stupid they look defending teams on the rush so far this season. I just don't get how a team can look this braindead in coverage. No team in the NHL right now is better at turning what should be a harmless 2-on-2 or 3-on-3 stalemate coming at them on the rush into an odd man break and digging the puck out of the back of their own net. The d-men have an awful case of the yips anytime a forward is bearing down on them with speed right now, and the forwards aren't helping in the slightest by applying precious little backchecking pressure to help support their defenseman. The resulting brain crampage in positioning and communication is just intolerable to watch, and at some point Jon Cooper's got to get more aggressive with his players to correct the issue. This team won't win anything but a dog show defending the way they are right now.
On the good side, Cooper may have found another hundred dollar bill on the ground today by way of Brian Boyle calling into work sick. The makeshift line of Vladislav Namestnikov, Cedric Paquette, and Eric Condra was, start-to-finish, the Lightning's most consistent and dominant line tonight. Namestnikov's been playing really well lately, so it wasn't that surprising to see him pump home a goal. Paquette and Condra have flashed individually this year but they haven't really found chemistry with any linemates to any great degree until tonight. That line's got a little bit of everything, and you could see them becoming a regular item if they have another game or two like tonight's. Namestnikov's and deft playmaker with some higher level puck handling acuity. Paquette and Condra have laser releases that are really surprising for lower line guys. And, all three of these guys are aggressive on the forecheck and the latter two in particular are strong at body positioning to win 50/50 pucks. This really could be found money for Jon Cooper, and the makings of a third really good line he can put on his goldenrod game plan in ink every night. Now he just needs to figure out what to do with Val Filppula...
As I noted, one of the big benefits of the win tonight is it means you can give Bishop the night off against the Blackhawks. Te reason for that is that the Lightning now have 11 points through 8 games, meaning they need just 1 more point out of the remainder of the road trip to hit their target for the first 10 game segment of the year. So, they'll likely send Gudlevskis out and hope he can steal at least a point, but even if he can't they'll have a rested Ben Bishop ready for St. Louis to close the trip in his home town to try and clinch a successful first 10 game segment of the year.
The last-minute rally provided little consolation.
The Crunch netted a pair of goals in the final 57 seconds but couldn’t overcome their struggles in the second period and on special teams, as Syracuse fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
“We had flurries late, but the damage should have been done in the first period,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “We failed to take advantage of two 5-on-3s. They got a 5-on-3 and they took advantage of it. That ended up being the difference in my mind.”
Not as close as the score indicates.
Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the loss. They'd have been completely run out of the building without him. As it was, he gave them only a tiny glimmer of hope with several solid stops.
HFD Graves, (1) (Bourque, Oleksuk), 3:33
SYR Marchessault, (3) (DeAngelo, Vermin), 5:58 (PP)
HFD Tambellini, (3) (Gibbons, Megna), 12:42
HFD Tambellini, (4) (Hrivik, Bodie), 18:46 (PP)
HFD Nehring, (3) (Glass, Graves), 17:14 (EN)
SYR Blujus, (1) (Peca, McGinn), 19:03
SYR Peca, (2) (Blunden, Gourde), 19:58 (PP)
Wilcox was the game's second star. The wrong Tambellini got first star.
You can't even call it a false hope goal when you get it cut to 1 goal deficit with less than a second left.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Khabarovsk 1 vs. Novgorod 3
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-0-5, E, 10 PIM
Carter Ashton was scoreless in 16:28 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-1 win over Khabarovsk. Ex-Thrashers 2nd rounder Carl Klingberg led the way for Novgorod with 1 goal and 2 points.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 8
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-2-5, -2, 15 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-6-11, +10, 11 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM
Mathieu Joseph (pictured) continued his hot start to the season, notching a goal and two assists in an 8-3 win over the Titan. Joseph, who has a four-game point streak, was named the game’s first star for his efforts. He is third on the Sea Dogs in scoring, two points behind the leader, Sam Povorozniouk (undrafted). Fellow Lightning prospect Boko Imama had an assist in Thursday’s game.
Ontario Hockey League
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (OT)
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-5-8, -4, 5 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, +10, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-1-3, E, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM
Oshawa’s Matt Mistele (Kings) scored on a penalty shot in overtime to give the Gens a road win in Peterborough.
Windsor Spitfires 5 @ North Bay Battalion 2
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-6-11, +5, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM
DiGiacinto had a third period assist and an empty net goal, helping the Spits to secure a road win in North Bay.
Lukko 0 vs. KalPa 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 6 PIM
Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 16:12 of ice time in KalPa's 1-0 win over Lukko. Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout.
Ekaterinburg 4 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: (St. Petersburg): 1 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on a pair of power play goals in his SKA debut as they fell 4-2 to Ekateriburg. Gusev played 14:11 in the match. 36 year old veteran Alexei Simakov had 2 goals and 3 points to lead the way for Ekaterinburg.
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Jokerit 3
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 32/35, 3.09 GAA, .914 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 8-8-4, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .912 sv%
Saku Salminen was scoreless in 3:51 of ice time in Jokerit's 3-2 win over Magnitogorsk. Norwegian national Mathis Olimb had 1 goal and 3 points in the win for Jokerit.
Western Hockey League
Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6
C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-3-4, +3, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 8 GP, 10-12-22, +15, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM
Brayden Point had four points by the end of the second period, helping Moose Jaw to a 6-0 lead before the second break. The Warriors lost the shutout in the third period. With his four additional points, Point is up to 22 points in eight games, which leads the WHL by two points despite Brayden missing three games due to an extended stay at Lightning camp.
Calgary Hitmen 0 @ Prince George Cougars 5
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-2-2, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
Former Hitman goalie Mack Shields (undrafted) stopped 23 shots for a shutout Wednesday night against his former team. Shields played three seasons for Calgary.
Vladivostok 3 vs. Novgorod 8
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-0-0, E, 10 PIM
Carter Ashton had a career day for his KHL career, potting 2 goals in 16:30 of ice time as Novgorod trounced Vladivostok 8-3. 20 year old undrafted centerman Danill Ilyin had 1 goal and 3 points to aid Novgorod's victory.