Juniors Game Night: 10-10-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/13 FO, 3 Hits
Season totals: 2 GP: 0-1-1, -3, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Cape Breton was outshot 42-28 en route to a 5-2 loss at Val-d’Or. The Eagles traded one of their four overagers to Sherbrooke, which will allow Darcy, also 20, to play every night for Cape Breton. CHL rules state only three overagers can dress per game.

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Quebec Remparts 5

W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/11 FO, 3 Hits
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 8 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne scored his second goal of the season, helping the Remparts to a 5-2 win over visiting Victoriaville. Erne scored 21 goals in 48 games last year.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Sarnia Sting 3

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo served his one-game suspension for having words with a referee at the conclusion of last Saturday's game, but he was scratched again Friday. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman told Tampa Bay Times writer Joe Smith that DeAngelo’s latest actions were “concerning” considering his history of facing disciplinary action. Sarnia is 2-0 without DeAngelo.

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 3 @ Calgary Hitmen 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Victoria scored three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and defeat the Hitmen, 3-2. Lightning prospect Ben Thomas (pictured) had an assist to give him points in consecutive games and three in his last four.

Liiga Game Day: 10-10-14

HPK 2 vs. JYP 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen got his first point of the season, a secondary helper on Joni Tuulola's Second Period goal, in HPK's 2-1 victory over JYP. Salminen played 11:26 in the match.

KHL Game Day: 10-10-14

Dinamo Minsk 4 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.48 GAA, .914 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup in Bratislava's 4-1 loss to Minsk. Minsk got a helper from former Lightning defenseman Lukas Krajicek.

Juniors Game Night: 10-9-14

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 5 (OT)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 6 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 7 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 9 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and got in his first fight, going against Greg Betzold. His goal was scored in the first period, but he wasn’t around for Windsor’s overtime winner as he was given a game misconduct for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of a game. On the other side, Lightning prospect Dominik Masin had a double-minor for roughing in the spirited game.

Western Hockey League

Kootenay Ice 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-6-9, +4, 6 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Kootenay scored a shorthanded goal to cut Moose Jaw’s lead to 2-1 with less than two minutes remaining, but the Warriors held on and even added a power play goal with four seconds left. Point had an assist on that last goal to give him five helpers in his last three games.

Crunch Moving Forward, Expect to Win in 2014-15


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Nearly six months have passed since the last Syracuse Crunch regular season game.

One season removed from a Calder Cup playoff run that lasted well into June, the offseason began after the final horn at the Onondaga County War Memorial April 19. For Crunch coach Rob Zettler, who coached in the 2013 finals and spent the bulk of the ensuing offseason hiring a new coaching staff, the extended summer gave him time to reflect.

"This year it was too much time," Zettler said. "A lot of time to think about it."

NHL Game Night: 10-9-14 Panthers at Lightning

Lightning require extra time to tear down the Luongominiums.

FLA-2
TB-3 (OT)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the victory. Also, his alertness caught the Panthers on the change in the OT session to set up the GWG and earn a helper, too.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:03 FLA Gudbranson (1), (Olsen, MacKenzie)
7:12 TB Johnson (1), (Filppula, Stralman)(PP)

Third Period
7:17 TB Callahan (1), (Filppula, Hedman)(PP)
9:16 FLA Huberdeau (1), (Campbell, Ekblad)

Overtime
1:11 TB Hedman (1), (Bishop)(PP)

Valtteri Filppula and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

Florida should be doing backflips to steal a point from this game. They played a pretty classic road underdog strategy relying on clogging things up in the last 2/3 of the rink and relying on their goaltender. The Lightning were clearly the superior side in shots, possession, and chances, but sometimes you get in a game like this where it's like playing through quicksand. Credit them for coming through and eventually getting the 2 points. Unlike last season, where the first 10 game segment was a murderer's row, this year the schedule is pretty soft to start so the Lightning only have themselves to blame if they don't get out of the blocks quickly in 2014-2015.

Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 in 10:10 with 3 shots and he was 57% on draws. He lost a D zone draw that led to Florida's first goal, but on the flip side he had a handful of really impactful shifts offensively in limited ice time. Not a bad start to the campaign.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 10-9-14

Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Vladivostok 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, No Decision, 9/12, 6.51 GAA, .750 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 10-2-1, 2 SO, 1.51 GAA, .942 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was lifted midway through Magnitogorsk's 4-3 loss to Vladivostok. Alexander Pechursky ended up taking the back door loss for Metallurg in relief. Ex-Coyotes second rounder Enver Lisin had a goal in the win for Vladivostok.

Leafs Claim Panik Off Waivers

The Tampa Bay Lightning made a calculated risk on Wednesday when they exposed Richard Panik to waivers, potentially getting nothing in return for a player they developed and for whom they once had high hopes. Any hope of Panik reaching AHL Syracuse was squashed on Thursday when reports surfaced saying Panik was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

If Panik does reach his true potential as a top-6 power forward, it looks like it will be with a division rival. Panik will be constantly under a microscope in Toronto, however, so he may not have a choice but to be "on" every shift and every game. If he's not, look out.

If the Leafs choose later to end Panik's time with the club, he will be offered back to the Lightning (after more waivers). The door's not completely shut on a return, but there's not much light showing through it.

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 2

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· The past and future of Richard Panik
· How good can Brett Connolly be?
· Vladdy Namestnikov, NHLer and Lightning posterchild
· Andrej Sustr's upside
· Former prospects Dustin Tokarski and Cory Conacher with big opportunities in front of them
· Lightning season prediction

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Juniors Game Night: 10-8-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 2 SOG, 7/16 FO
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy, Cape Breton’s leading scorer last season, had an assist in his season debut after being sent back to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League by AHL Syracuse this week. Darcy is one of four overagers (age 20) for the Eagles now as the club thought Darcy would be in the pros this year. All four are impact players, so decisions must be made in Sydney. As for Wednesday’s game, Sherbrooke scored with one second left in regulation to steal the win, 4-3.

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