Bishop's big point heist.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 39 shots before allowing 1 of 2 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. Put simply, without Bishop, the Lightning would've been run out of the barn tonight.
4:35 TB Paquette (4), (Palat, Brewer)(SH)
9:13 CHI Richards (3), (Versteeg, Saad)
1:18 CHI Kruger (2), (Hjalmarsson, Hossa)
9:53 TB Kucherov (6), (Stamkos, Drouin)
Bishop was the game's third star.
Clearly Chicago had circled this game on the calendar to make a statement, and the Lightning skaters were clearly unprepared to match the Blackhawks' intensity early on in the game. That coupled with some, cough, dubiously uneven officiating really tilted possession and shots and put the Lightning on the defensive the bulk of the game. Fortunately, Bishop held the team in the game and they manufactured an opportunistic SH goal by Paquette off a 2-on-1 and a nice little 3-way passing play to get the tying goal and get a point.
The point is the Lightning's 11th in this 10 game segment, which added to the 1 insurance point from the last segment means the Lightning have already hit the minimum point total they needed to be on track by the end of the segment. That means every point they get out of the next 4 games is an insurance point they can bank for the leaner times of the season. And, with Tyler Johnson leaving the game with what may have been cracked ribs on a fairly dirty play by Seabrook, lean times may be coming sooner than they'd like.
Cedric Paquette had the SH goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot on goal, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 11:54. He was also 33% on draws. Obviously converting the goal was tremendous, but I really like the way he handled himself physically tonight. Morin challenged Paquette after a nice hit in the neutral zone by Paquette, and Cedric pretty much tackled Morin and was about an eyelash from killing him had not the linesman stepped in. He's not a rookie that will allow liberties to be taken.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:28. Ho hum. He just happens to be the start of the three way passing play that manufactures the tying goal. If the injury to Johnson is indeed significant, I'd expect Drouin to see more scoring line IT, along with the obvious that it'll secure Paquette's spot in Tampa for a while.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot in 11:40. He didn't seem to be quite as active as he was in the Wings game, which was probably a product of the Blackhawks being one of the few teams he's seen with players that get on the puck as fast as he does. He had little time and space and like most of the Lightning forwards just seemed to be holding on for dear life most of the night.
Wichita Thunder 3 at Rapid City Rush 6
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 7 GP, 3-4-7, +2, 8 PIM, 14 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 5 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 14 PIM, 7 SOG
Rapid City doubled up the Thunder Tuesday night 6-3 despite a power-play goal by Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier and the helper on Wichita's 3rd goal. Fellow prospect Daniel Milan gets his second fighting major of the season in garbage time with 30 seconds left to play. The Thunder have dropped four straight including a shootout loss and are now 6th on the table in the seven-team Central Division. A rematch against this same Rush squad awaits Wichita Wednesday night.
Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 8 Boston College Eagles 3
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Harvard defeated Boston College for the first time since 2006 with a 6-3 win Tuesday night. Hart had his 2-game goal streak snapped, but the win makes it okay, no doubt.
Dalton Smith has taken the wisdom from his father and uncles to heart.
The Syracuse Crunch power forward, whose father, Derrick Smith, and uncles, Keith and Wayne Primeau, each played more than 500 NHL games, was told to find a way to make an impact in every game.
Smith, known more for his work with his fists than producing points, scored twice in each of his last two games to take the team lead in goals scored.
“They always talk about not blending into games, and always standing out and doing something every night to get yourself noticed,” the 22-year-old said. “And to put as many tools as you can in your toolbox, and I think that’s what I worked on a lot this summer.”
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Togliatti 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 8-4-12, -1, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:40 in Yugra's 3-2 loss to Lada Togliatti. Undrafted forward Anton Shenfeld had 1 goal and 2 points in the victory for Lada.
We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for November 11, 2014 is … Cedric Paquette, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL – USA).
Don’t get in the way of Dump Truck. This applies to AHL and NHL defensemen, or anyone in Cedric Paquette’s developmental path.
The hard-nosed center with the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t supposed to be crashing through the NHL door yet. The prospect we affectionately nicknamed “Dump Truck” (because dump trucks aren’t pretty or fast, but dump trucks are strong and do the hard work) is in just the second year of his 3-year, entry-level contract.
Missouri Mavericks 5 at Wichita Thunder 2
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-1-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 6 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 8 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -6, 9 PIM, 5 SOG
Mavericks goalie John Griggs stopped 40 Wichita shots and cruised to a 5-2 road victory over the Thunder. Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier was credited with a power play helper on Wichita's first goal. The Thunder hits the road for a two night stand in Rapid City on Tuesday and Wednesday.
No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 2.12 GAA, .913 sv%, 2 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Minnesota completed their weekend sweep of the Irish, winning 4-2 on Sunday. They shut out Notre Dame on Friday night. For his career at Minnesota, Wilcox is 58-15-11 with a 1.94 goals against average, .926 save percentage, and nine shutouts.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4 (OT)
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/21 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 11 GP: 1-7-8, -3, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy continues to struggle to put points on the board. He led the team in scoring last season.
Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Quebec Remparts 5 (OT)
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 14-11-25, +13, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Erne was named first star for the second consecutive game after scoring twice and adding an assist on Friday night. He had a secondary assist on Sunday’s overtime-winning goal by Cody Donaghey (undrafted).
Ontario Hockey League
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 6
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-5-8, -7, 33 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Peterborough was only outshot 40-35, but goaltending was the difference at both ends. Islanders first rounder Michael Dal Colle had two goals for the Gens.
Lightning keep it rolling.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 20 shots before stonewalling 3 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. That might be as in control as I've ever seen Ben play in a shootout situation. It made up for a couple of goals by Helm and Nyquist where I thought he could've done a little better, especially on the unscreened Helm chance.
6:14 DET Franzen (4), (Kronwall, Nyquist)(PP)
12:53 TB Stamkos (9), (Filppula, Callahan)(PP)
2:19 Stamkos (10), (Callahan)
6:02 TB Johnson (5), (Palat)
11:37 DET Helm (1), (Franzen, Kronwall)(PP)
8:49 DET Nyquist (8), (Ericsson)
For most of the night, despite the Lightning being on the back end of the back-to-back, they seemed in total control at 5-on-5. Detroit's power play kept them in the game and allowed the Wings to make a push and tie the game in the Third Period, but it honestly felt like a game where the Lightning deserved the 2 points, outshooting Detroit 30-20.
Halfway through this 10 game segment, the Lightning already have 10 of the 12 points, minimum, you'd like to see them collect. They have a prime opportunity over the next 5 games to pick up a big handful of insurance points that can help them in the leaner times of the season.
Cedric Paquette had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and was 63% on draws in 10:57. His tripping call ended up being a big one, as it led to the Helm goal that let Detroit back into the game at 3-2.
Jonathan Drouin had 1 shot in 13:08. He nearly won the game late in Overtime in a wraparound attempt where he got his stick held (uncalled) on the rebound.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 12:00. He had moments in the Third Period when he was an eyelash of producing the game breaking play the Lightning needed to take the game in regulation. He certainly didn't embarrass himself in Uncle Slava's old stomping grounds.