NHL Game Night: 11-1-19 Lightning at Islanders

Fragile Lightning come unglued late on the Island.

TB-2
NYI-5

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss, including an uber softie he cannot allow in the final frame of a game where the Lightning are trying to mount a comeback.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:58 NYI Barzal (6), (Leddy)
7:49 TB Gourde (2), (Shattenkirk)
11:33 NYI Pulock (2), (Brassard, Beauvillier)

Third Period
12:41 NYI Bailey (5), (Barzal, Lee)
14:27 NYI Lee (5), (Boychuk)
18:03 TB McDonagh (1), (Stamkos, Palat)
19:24 NYI Brassard (4), (Lee, Bailey)

What's strange is that this was a very evenly played game where the Lightning were pressing well in the Third for an equalizer and the wheels just came completely off. Poise and confidence seemed to be completely lacking tonight, and it just seems like the team is unsure of itself. That's crazy considering what they were last regular season, but that's what I saw tonight.

Alexander Volkov was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:04. I'd burn the tape of this game. He just didn't look ready for prime time. Playing on a line with Stamkos and Kucherov, if he really was ready for this level we'd have seen him flash more through two games. He hasn't.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-1-19 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Somppi and Stephens coming on strong in Crunch win.

BRI-1
SYR-5

Scott Wedgewood allowed 1 goal on just 16 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:06 SYR Stephens (1), (Katchouk)
4:31 BRI St. Denis (1), (Schilkey, Pierog)
18:27 SYR Walcott (1), (Somppi, Raddysh)

Third Period
1:12 Valleau (2), (Conacher, Yan)
2:04 SYR Somppi (2), (Raddysh, Walcott)
2:09 SYR Stephens (2), (unassisted)

Mitchell Stephens, Daniel Walcott, and Otto Somppi were the game's three stars.

Somppi really played well in the AHL preseason, which often doesn't amount to a hill of beans. But, he's carried that momentum into 4 points in his first 5 games of the regular season. That's found money with a talented Finn who has had some issues with injuries that have held him back.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-30-19 Lightning at Devils

Well... I suppose it beats a stick in the eye.

TB-7
NJ-6 (OT)

Curtis McElhinney allowed 6 goals on 42 shots for the OT win.

First Period
1:10 NJ Palmieri (4), (Simmonds, Hall)(PP)
9:28 TB Palat (4), (Shattenkirk, Point)
17:15 TB Killorn (2), (Shattenkirk, Johnson)(PP)

Second Period
6:05 NJ Bratt (2), (Zacha, Hischier)
11:48 TB Point (4), (Johnson, Sergachev)
12:17 NJ Palmieri (5), (Butcher, Hall)
13:16 NJ Bratt (3), (Greene, Hischier)

Third Period
1:13 NJ Vatanen (3), (Simmonds, Greene)
2:45 TB Cirelli (1), (Rutta, Joseph)
7:45 TB Joseph (3), (Cirelli)
16:03 TB Palat (5), (Point)
19:52 NJ Palmieri (6), (Simmonds, Butcher)

Overtime
1:16 TB Johnson (4), (Palat, McDonagh)

Ondrej Palat was the game's third star. The early season resurrection he's experience along with the found money that has been Kevin Shattenkirk's play have been clear plusses in an other wise murky early campaign.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say getting outshot 42-23 and needing seven goals to get across the finish line aren't a winning formula. That said, I recognize the team was down two of its top four defensemen and that the team really struggles to adjust whenever Hedman isn't out there. I also recognize that a loss tonight would've put the Lightning behind the eight ball for this ten game segment of the season, so they managed to do what needed to in order to at least keep their head above water through this patch of adversity. It's still a long way from what you want/need, though.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 10:30.

Alexei Volkov was -2 with 1 hit in 12:49 in his NHL debut.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-29-19 Lightning at Rangers

Lightning lapsing back into bad habits.

TB-1
NYR-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
15:44 TB Kucherov (4), (Point, Stamkos)

Second Period
9:37 NYR Kakko (2), (Strome, Panarin)

Third Period
12:46 NYR Chytil (1), (Buchenevich)
17:24 NYR Fox (1), (Kreider, Lindgren)
19:14 NYR Strome (3), (unassisted)(EN)

I get that the Lightning were dealing with some injury issues, but they just got outshot by the Rangers 42-30 in a 60 minute hockey game. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard, and there’s already been too many occasions in this young season where the Lightning have put a half effort in against lower tier competition and gotten burned. A rebuilding club shouldn’t be able to do what happened tonight against the Lightning if the team was really focused and bearing down. Period.

Carter Verheaghe had 1 shot in 7:45.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-27-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John: Did not play (injury)
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
18-19 Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM

Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 15/22 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 16 GP, 5-8-13, -5, 6 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Fortier opened the game’s scoring on the power play and the Drakkar never looked back, beating the visiting Volts, 4-1. Fortier’s goal came after a loose puck rolled into the slot and he put it high beside the goalie’s shoulder.

United States Hockey League

Green Bay Gamblers 2 @ Madison Capitols 3 (SO)
W McKade Webster, GB: Did not play
Season Totals: 10 GP, 3-7-10, -5, 10 PIM
19-20 Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
*Committed to the University of Denver

Webster sat as Green Bay fell in a shootout to the Capitols in Madison. No official word on an injury so far.

AHL Game Night: 10-27-19 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch atone for another Third Period collapse.

TOR-3
SYR-4 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the OT win.

First Period
14:36 TOR Aberg (5), (Liljegren, MacMaster)

Second Period
7:47 SYR Foote (1), (Somppi)
16:28 SYR Colton (1), (Stephens, Katchouk)
18:38 SYR Raddysh (1), (Smith, Volkov)(PP)

Third Period
6:22 TOR Wilson (2), (Aberg)
12:51 TOR Gaudet (2), (Agostino, Schmaltz)

Overtime
0:39 SYR Smith (3), (Schenn, Volkov)

Gemel Smith and Ross Colton were the game's first a second stars.

The to-do list for Ben Groulx this week will surely include drilling down on protecting Third Period leads, after coughing up a two goal Third Period advantage for the second straight night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Weekend Update: October 25-26, 2019

Weekend NCAA highlights shines the spotlight on a different Lighting goalie prospect as New Hampshire backstop gets is his first win in his first start Friday night. Also Sammy Walker with 1G 1A accounting for both Gopher goals Friday night in loss to defending national champs and rivals Minnesota-Duluth. Top-ranked Denver was idle, but Ivy League Cornell finally starts exhibition play. Weekend series splits abound from Providence, Clarkson, St. Cloud, and New Hampshire. UMD back on track with sweep of Minnesota.

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ECHL Game Night 10-26, 10-27-19

Florida Everblades 2 @ Orlando Solar Bears 4 (Friday)
Orlando Solar Bears 1 @ Florida Everblades 2 (SO) (Saturday)

G Zach Fucale, ORL (AHL Contract)
Season totals, ORL: 2 GP, 0-1-1, 1.45, .947 sv%, 0 SO
2018-19 Season Totals (Fort Wayne, ECHL): 34 GP, 20-9-3, 3.28 GAA, .894 sv%

C/W Jimmy Huntington, ORL
Season Totals, ORL: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals, SYR: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
2018-19 Season Totals (Rimouski, QMJHL): 66 GP, 40-52-92, +41, 52 PIM

C/W Alexey Lipanov, ORL
Season Totals, ORL: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
2018-19 Season Totals (Kitchener, OHL): 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM

C/W Ryan Lohin, ORL
Season Totals, ORL: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
2018-19 Totals (UMass-Lowell, NCAA): 32 GP, 12-15-27, +7, 12 PIM

G Spencer Martin, ORL
Season Totals, ORL: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 3.51 GAA, .905 sv%, 0 SO
2018-19 Season Totals (Colorado, AHL): 23 GP, 9-12-0, 3.40 GAA, .902 sv%, 3 SO

D Oleg Sosunov, ORL
Season Totals, ORL: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
Season Totals, SYR: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
2018-19 Season Totals (ORL): 35 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 34 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL (Currently with AHL Syracuse)
Season Totals, ORL: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 5 PIM[/i]
2018-19 Season Totals (ORL): 35 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 34 PIM

Spencer Martin stopped 30 of 32 shots Friday to lead the Solar Bears to their first win - a 4-2 topping of rival Florida. Jimmy Huntington had two assists for the Bears. The Everblades won in a shootout Saturday. Zach Fucale stopped 28 of 29 shots. Oleg Sosunov and Huntington made their ECHL debuts this season after starting with Syracuse. Matt Spencer was recalled to the Crunch.

Juniors Game Night: 10-26-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-BoisBriand Armada 5 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 (OT) (Saturday)

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/19 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 15 GP, 4-7-11, -5, 6 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Fortier was scoreless in the Drakkar’s overtime loss Saturday to Blainville-BoisBriand.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 2 @ Victoria Royals 1 (Friday)

D Quinn Schmiemann, KAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Victoria Royals 2 (Saturday)

D Quinn Schmiemann, KAM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Season Totals: 14 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 16 PIM
19-20 Totals: 58 GP, 5-23-28, -7, 30 PIM

Schmiemann had one assist in Kamloops’ two games on Vancouver Island this weekend. The Royals and Blazers exchanged 2-1 wins.

United States Hockey League

Green Bay Gamblers 0 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 5 (Friday)

W McKade Webster, GB: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Green Bay Gamblers 7 @ Cedar Rapids Roughriders 4 (Saturday)

W McKade Webster, GB: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Season Totals: 10 GP, 3-7-10, -5, 10 PIM
19-20 Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
*Committed to the University of Denver

Webster had a goal Saturday after a scoreless Friday as the Gamblers went 1-1 to start the weekend. They play in Madison on Sunday.

NHL Game Night: 10-26-19 Predators at Lightning

Tampa Bay clinches a successful opening ten game segment of the season, but lets the W slip away.

NSH-3
TB-2 (OT)

Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 40 shots for the OT loss. The Lightning allowed score effects to really snowball in the Third Period and saw Nashville's shot totals baloon to unacceptable levels because of them.

First Period
14:24 NSH Jarnkrok (3), (Josi, Johansen)(PP)

Second Period
0:32 TB Stamkos (5), (Palat, Kucherov)(PP)
9:25 TB Johnson (3), (Point, Hedman)

Third Period
14:47 NSH Josi (5), (Jarnkork, Johansen)(PP)

Overtime
3:15 NSH Ellis (2), (Josi, Sissons)

Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

After an anemic start to the year, most of the Lightning's game has been trending in the right direction. The penalty kill has been a lone, alarming exception thus far.

However, the Lightning did collect their twelfth point in ten games, meaning they got done what they needed to be comfortably on playoff pace. As ugly as the first five games of the year looked at times, take some solace in that fact.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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