AHL Game Night: 2-27-15 Devils at Crunch

Crunch cut their kicker after he misses the extra point?

ALB-7
SYR-6

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 7 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Shot his season save percentage all the way down to .896 in the process. Freshly signed Allen York stopped 4 in mop up duty in relief.

First Period
ALB Sislo, (15) (Hrabarenka, K. Zajac), 5:33 (PP)
ALB Timmins, (7) (Boucher, Scarlett), 10:22 (PP)
SYR Namestnikov, (14) (Marchessault, Koekkoek), 11:55
SYR Kunyk, (7) (Ashton, Gourde), 16:57 (PP)
ALB Sislo, (16) (Boucher, Helgeson), 17:17

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (20) (Ashton, Namestnikov), 2:58 (PP)
ALB K. Zajac, (3) (Helgeson, Sestito), 8:30 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (14) (Koekkoek, Vermin), 9:55
SYR Kunyk, (8) (Broll, Dodero), 10:33

Third Period
ALB Wohlberg, (5) (D. Zajac), 1:03 (SH)
ALB Matteau, (6) (K. Zajac, Hrabarenka), 3:20 (PP)
ALB D. Zajac, (5) (Helgeson, Wohlberg), 6:51
SYR Marchessault, (15) (Vermin, Dotchin), 9:45 (PP)

Cody Kunyk and Jonathan Marchessault were the game's second and third stars.

I'm trying to imagine what an ex-defenseman like Zettler is going through having given up 10 goals in one game and 7 in another over the last month or so. I suspect it makes him want to peel the paint off the walls with his fingernails. The good news was Syracuse actually got 3 PP goals, but they ultimately lost the game because they were -2 on special teams including surrendering a SH goal. 1/5 on the PK and giving up a SH goal is just awful. There's no sugar coating it.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-27-15 Blackhawks at Lightning

As close to perfect as it gets...

CHI-0
TB-4

Ben Bishop stopped all 26 shots he faced for the shutout and the win. He didn't face many quality chances, but he was solid as a rock when he did, including turning aside a breakaway bid by Saad. In a battle of two ex-Black Bears, it was Bishop who got him some #UofMaineJustice.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:27 TB Boyle (13), (Drouin)
17:53 TB Stamkos (33), (Garrison, Nesterov)

Third Period
7:37 TB Callahan (19), (Filppula, Johnson)(PP)
17:15 TB Stamkos (34), (Garrison, Hedman)(PP)

Bishop, Steven Stamkos, and Brian Boyle were the game's three stars.

That's probably the most complete game the Lightning have played all season. True, the Hawks played last night and the Lightning have just been relaxing at the crib since returning from their West Coast trip, but that was just a good old fashioned butt whipping. When you have that long of a layoff, maybe you worry about rust and your timing and passing being off, but that wasn't the case tonight. I thought the breakout was as crisp and efficient as it has been all season, and when the Lightning get out of their own end that cleanly and quickly and get to use their skating ability, they're more than a handful for the opposition. They built the 2 goal lead headed into the Third Period and then, my goodness, they finally figured out how to put a game away on the power play. Yes. That's how it's done.

Don't be coy, Rick Peckham. You know where the Dump Truck nickname came from.

Nikita Nesterov had a helper and was +2 in 14:21. It was a good recovery game after the debacle against the Avs. He got back to being smart with the puck and he was assertive when the times came to jump up and hold pucks in the offensive zone.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Extraliga Game Day: 2-27-15

Litvinov 5 vs. Sparta Praha 3
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, Loss, 26/31, 5.00 GAA, .839 sv%
Season totals (CZE): 4 GP, 1-3-0, 0 SO, 4.41 GAA, .856 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Jaroslav Janus struggled in his 4th decision for Sparta Praha. His club fell 5-3 to Litvinov Undrafted 21 year old defenseman Tomas Pavelka had a pair of helpers in the match for Litvinov.

Liiga Game Day: 2-27-15

JYP 4 vs. HPK 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Undrafted 21 year old forward Markus Hannikainen had 2 goals and 3 points for JYP in their 4-1 thumping of HPK. Ex-Leafs player Darryl Boyce also had a goal in the match for JYP.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 19

This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 19
· Trade deadline do’s, don’ts, and shoulds
· Comparing Lightning D to 2014 Cup finalists’
· Interview with new/old Bolt prospect Carter Ashton
· Interview with AHL Player of the Week Vladdy Namestnikov
· #BPMailbag (Bryz an option? Drouin to AHL next year? How will young D do in the playoffs? Where to put all the centers? Koekkoek still on track? Prospects who could push for NHL time next fall)

Click here to listen

To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com. It’s scheduled to run Saturday at 2, 5, and 8 (EST).

Juniors Game Night: 2-26-15

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-19-36, -9, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto opened the game’s scoring with his 17th goal of the season, tying a career high. Defenseman Trevor Murphy (passed over in 2014 draft) scored his second goal of the game in overtime to give the Spits the win. The 5-10 defenseman exploded for 59 points this year and is unlikely to get passed over in June’s draft.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
2013-14 totals (Czech U20): 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Peterborough broke a 3-3 tie in the third period with a power play goal.

Ashton Settling In With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Carter Ashton is settled in and starting to contribute on the scoresheet.

The forward, reacquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning in a trade earlier this month, has built a rapport with Yanni Gourde and Tanner Richard on one of the Crunch’s top lines. Ashton was held without a point in his first three games with Syracuse, but has three points in his last five games.

“Sometimes it takes a couple games to find chemistry and get comfortable with the guys,” Ashton said at practice Tuesday. “It’s been a great transition so far. Sweeping three this weekend was good for the team, and I found some chemistry with (Gourde) and (Richard). We hope to keep that going.”

Juniors Game Night: 2-25-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 7

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/13 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 28 GP, 17-21-38, -9, 30 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 18-34-52, -14, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy’s second period goal cut Shawinigan’s lead to 4-2, but that was as close as the Phoenix got.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Portland Winterhawks 4 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 6-23-29, +17, 20 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Portland had a 4-1 lead before Calgary came fighting back to force overtime. Thomas’s sixth goal of the season came in the second period and made the score 4-3. Defenseman Jake Bean (2016) scored the overtime winner to give Calgary its sixth straight win.

AHL Game Night: 2-25-15 Crunch at Americans

Tough return for Vasiy.

SYR-3
RCH-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (19) (Mormina, Namestnikov), 11:34
RCH Leduc, (6) (Austin, D'Amigo), 14:02 (PP)

Second Period
RCH Irwin, (12) (Schaller, Austin), 18:06

Third Period
RCH Dalpe, (16) (Carrier), 7:50
RCH Irwin, (13) (D'Amigo, Schaller), 13:13
SYR Mormina, (3) (Marchessault, Angelidis), 14:52
SYR Namestnikov, (13) (Marchessault, Dotchin), 17:15

Vladislav Namestnikov was the game's third star. He's now at a solid 32 points in 32 games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Extraliga Game Day: 2-24-15

Vitkovice 1 vs. Sparta Praha 5
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
Season totals (CZE): 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 4.10 GAA, .864 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Tomas Rolinek had 3 goals and 4 points for Sparta Praha in their 5-1 victory over Vitkovice. Ex-Blackhawks second rounder Michal Barinka also had 2 helpers in the win.

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