NHL Game Night 10/28: Lightning at Hurricanes

Ugly.

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It was never really as close as the score indicates. Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 17 shots in the loss before giving way to Johan Holmqvist who allowed 2 goals on 12 shots. Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning. Defensemen Filip Kuba and Dan Boyle each had a pair of helpers. The other Lightning goals were scored by Ruslan Fedotenko and Martin St. Louis with am individual assist going to Paul Ranger.

Tonight's game was another example of a problem the Lightning have had the past two seasons, which is allowing one bad goal or bad play to snowball into multiple goals and a huge momentum swing they cannot recover from. Tonight it was a soft goal allowed by Denis followed by a pittiful unforced turnover by Dan Boyle in the Lightning zone resulting in a goal. The Lightning miss having veteran leadership like Jassen Cullimore to put out on the ice in those situations and it shows.

First Period
Tampa Bay 5:48, Vaclav Prospal 2 (Paul Ranger)
Carolina 8:23, Eric Staal 7 (power play) (Justin Williams)
Carolina 8:32, Kevyn Adams 1 (Craig Adams)
Carolina 9:06, Erik Cole 2 (Ray Whitney, Rod Brind'Amour)

2nd Period
Carolina 5:14, Eric Staal 8 (power play) (Rod Brind'Amour, Anton Babchuk)
Tampa Bay 12:23, Ruslan Fedotenko 5 (Filip Kuba, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 16:41, Vincent Lecavalier 5 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle)
Carolina 17:34, Scott Walker 6 (Eric Staal)

3rd Period
Carolina 0:55, Scott Walker 7 (Ray Whitney, Rod Brind'Amour)
Tampa Bay 11:32, Martin St. Louis 6 (Filip Kuba, Dan Boyle)

Doug Janik played 15:02 with 1 shot and 2 blocks. Eric Perrin got 15:03 with 1 hit and was 75% on draws. Nick Tarnasky (not Nick Tinarski as the poorly prepared an laughably bad Carolina play-by-play folks would have you believe) played 6:05.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 10/28: Cyclones at Chiefs

Jonathan Boutin gave the team every opportunity to win in his first start of the year.

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Boutin stopped 36 of 38 shots faced in the game before being pulled for the extra attacker when Cincinatti sealed it with an empty net goal. The Chiefs were outshot a mind boggling 33-10 through two periods but Boutin held the game at 1-1 until the Cyclones finally broke through with just 1 second left in the second period. John Adams scored the lone Johnstown goal on the power play off assists from Maxime Boisclair and Jean Desrochers. For the first time in their young professional careers Radek Smolenak and Stan Lascek were held off the scoresheet for Johnstown. Adams and Boisclair were named the game's second and third stars respectively. Word on the street is that Boutin may be recalled to Springfield as early as tomorrow.

First Period
JHN Adams, (1) (Boisclair, Desrochers), 6:15 (PP)
CIN Urquhart, (2) (Ehgoetz, Gajda), 8:09 (PP)

Second Period
CIN Urquhart, (3) , 19:59

Third Period
CIN Stewart, (1) , 19:37 (EN/SH)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

Saturday's Superleague Score

Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 9-1 spanking of Amur. Kazionov remains the Lightning's leading scorer among prospects playing in the Russian Superleague. His brother Denis, who plays for Tver, is scoreless thus far this season. The Lightning are expected to attempt to bring both Kazionovs to North America this summer.

AHL Game Day 10/28: Falcons at Devils

Missed opportunity.

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Sean Burke stopped 34 of 38 shots faced in the game for the loss. Blair Jones scored the Falcons' only goal on assists from Norm Milley and Eric Healey. In a worrying development, prospect Andy Rogers and veteran Zdenek Blatny were scratches for the Falcons.

The Falcons miss an opportunity to improve to .500.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 10/27

Dusty Collins had an assist in Northern Michigan's 2-0 win over Ohio State. He finished with 2 PIM and a +1 rating to go along with the assist. Northern Michigan is 5-2-1 for the season and moved to 2-0-0 in the conference.

John Wessbecker did not play in Massachusetts' 3-2 win over #8 New Hampshire on Thursday night.

On Saturday:

Northern Michigan hosts Ohio State
UMASS is at #1 Maine
#5 Boston College is at #2 Wisconsin

Lightning College Hockey Classic update for Friday:

Air Force beat Alabama-Huntsville 7-5.
Notre Dame beat Army 3-0.

*Report by Nigel Schnarr

Boutin/Waugh Assigned to Johnstown

[url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox3137.shtml]According to FalconsAHL.com[/url], goaltender [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] and defenseman Geoff Waugh were reassigned to Johnstown of the ECHL following Springfield's victory tonight against Lowell. Boutin has not seen game action thus far in the regular season with Sean Burke in Springfield and Waugh has been struggling with work visa issues.

AHL Game Night 10/27: Devils at Falcons

The Falcons comeback onslaught was so fierce they broke the AHL's website. LOW-4 SPR-6 [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox3137.shtml]According to FalconsAHL.com[/url], the birds scored six unanswered to erase a 4-0 deficit and defeat Lowell in the first of two games against the Devils this weekend. Eric Healey and Blair Jones each had a pair of goals and Norm Milley and Marek Kvapil also lit the lamp for Springfield. Rookie netminder Karri Ramo improved to 2-2-0 in the victory. Bolt Prospects will update once a proper box score is posted. [b]Updated:[/b] [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 28 of 32 to pull his record to 2-2-0. Eric Healey had 2 goals and 3 assists, [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] had 1 goal and 4 assists and Blair Jones had 2 goals and 2 assists. [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] added the insurance talley from Dan Cavanaugh and [url=andre-deveaux]Andre Deveaux[/url]. The Falcons can pull to .500 with a win in the rematch in Lowell Saturday afternoon. [b]First Period[/b] LOW Davis, (3) (Malmivaara, Miller), 11:53 LOW Clarkson, (1) (Greene), 12:49 [b]Second Period[/b] LOW Pihlman, (1) (Pelley), 0:56 LOW Murphy, (1) (Marshall), 6:23 SPR Healey, (4) (Jones, Milley), 8:37 (PP) SPR Milley, (4) (Healey), 11:46 [b]Third Period[/b] SPR Jones, (1) (Healey, Milley), 3:33 SPR Jones, (2) (Milley, Healey), 4:46 SPR Healey, (5) (Milley, Jones), 9:46 SPR Kvapil, (1) (Cavanaugh, Deveaux), 10:58 Game sheet from [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002321]TheAHL.com[/url].

CHL Game Night,10/27: Mihalik Big in Return

[url=marek-bartanus]Marek Bartanus[/url] was scoreless with 4 PIMs as Owen Sound defeated Erie 4-3. [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] had 2 assists and was +1 in Mississauga's 4-2 win over Brampton. [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] came back from a shoulder injury to lead Prince George to a 2-0 shutout of Saskatoon. Mihalik assisted on the Cougar's first goal, then notched his first goal of the year in the third period to earn First Star honors. [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] remains out with an injury for Swift Current.

ECHL Game Night 10/27: Chiefs at Nailers

[url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] takes it on the chin for his first loss. JHN-3 WHE-7 CAVEAT: I don't entirely trust [url=http://echl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=942]the box score ECHL.com has up on this one[/url]. Call me skeptical, but [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] is listed as a skater. Cey stopped just 25 of 32 shots faced in the loss. Rookie [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] had two goals with veteran Randy Rowe chipping in the other Chiefs marker. [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url], John Adams, Doug Andress, Jean Desrochers, Gus Katsuras and [url=stanislav lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] had individual helpers. [b]First Period[/b] WHE McLean, (1) (Collins, Havern), 5:40 (PP) WHE Jensen, (1) (Havern), 9:43 WHE Guenther, (3) (Sonnenberg, Cheesman), 13:22 [b]Second Period[/b] JHN Smolenak, (3) (Atherton, Adams), 0:00 JHN Rowe, (1) (Andress, Desrochers), 5:14 (PP) WHE Cameron, (2) (Collins), 19:08 [b]Third Period[/b] JHN Smolenak, (4) (Katsuras, Lascek), 0:28 WHE Fernholm, (1) (Jensen), 6:23 WHE McLean, (2) (Collins), 7:10 WHE Cameron, (3) (Collins), 7:32 Game sheet from [url=http://echl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=942]ECHL.com[/url].

That Must've Killed HF Management

Hockey's Future [url=http://hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=9166]finally released their first organizational rankings for the year.[/url] Ordinarilly finishing 27th out of 30 teams would be a cause for concern, but given Hockey's Future's history of blindly ranking the Lightning dead last out of bias (their Online Editor is a Thrashers fan with an agenda) without doing a lick of research and then regurgitating the same organizational strengths and weaknesses Chad and I wrote when we were at HF some 3-4 years ago, finishing 27th might as well be 17th. That's why it's hard, from my perspective, to see rankings like these and not crack a big smirk.
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