Dotchin picks up where he left off after injury


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jake Dotchin picked up where he left off.

The rookie defenseman, who netted his first professional goal two periods before blocking a shot that injured his ankle on Dec. 5, needed little time to knock off any rust when he returned to the Syracuse Crunch lineup late last month.

Dotchin realizes the ups and downs come with the territory.

“I remember blocking that shot. It wasn’t a goal, but it felt like one to the guys and to me,” Dotchin said. “The guys were patting me on the back and what-not. It was unfortunate that I was out for that long, but it’s something I’d go down and do that for the team again, for sure.”

Prospect of the Week: 2-11-15

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 February 11, 2015 is … Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL – Canada).

In Anthony DeAngelo’s first game with Sault Ste. Marie after being traded by Sarnia, the Lightning 2014 first rounder did not register a point. That was January 9.

In 11 games since that time, DeAngelo has hit the scoresheet every game, racking up 22 points over that timespan. The 5'10" New Jersey native had seven points (and a fight) in three games last week, earning him our Prospect of the Week award.

NHL Game Night: 2-10-15 Lightning at Predators

Quality road point.

TB-2
NSH-3 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the OT loss. He probably wants the OT winner by Neal back.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:31 NSH Jones (6), (Stalberg, Volchenkov)
12:47 NSH Beck (5), (Gaustad, Nystrom)

Third Period
1:20 TB Connolly (10), (Filppula)
7:50 TB Kucherov (21), (Palat, Johnson)

Overtime
4:27 NSH Neal (18), (Josi, Cullen)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star. Kucherov was robbed.

Two things to point out from this game: first, the Lightning just took 3 of 4 points from the teams with the two best records in the league in back-to-back games. Not many teams can pull that off. Second, down 2-0 in Nashville to that team with the defensemen and goaltender it has should be a death sentence. That's like a 3 goal lead in many barns. So, to come out of that hole and get a point is remarkable for the Lightning.

It's just a hard thing to judge the Lightning right now. At even strength, they often look as good as anyone in the league. But, that's tempered by a Jekyll and Hyde PK that often looks terrible on the road and a PP that has evaporated since the first month or two of the season. It creates this weird alternate reality where Lightning fans seem to be really high strung even despite the fact the team is getting positive results. I get it, because it seems somewhat unsustainable to keep having a power play amble along at what feels like about a 5% clip. What will/can Yzerman do to fix it, though?

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 4 hits and 1 blocked shot.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-10-15 Crunch at Flames

Whose idea was it to play a game on a Tuesday night?

SYR-0
ADK-10

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 13 shots for the loss before giving way to Allen York. Your gave up 6 on 14 the rest of the way.

First Period
ADK Reinhart, (7) (Agostino, Hanowski), 5:27
ADK Granlund, (6) (Hathaway), 10:11 (SH)

Second Period
ADK Cundari, (3) (Wotherspoon, Agostino), 2:24
ADK Shore, (11) (Cundari, Poirier), 8:00 (PP)
ADK Baertschi, (6) (Granlund, Hathaway), 11:42
ADK Baertschi, (7) (Hathaway, Cundari), 17:19

Third Period
ADK Elson, (8) (McGrattan), 8:22
ADK Agostino, (5) (Hanowski), 13:40
ADK Baertschi, (8) (Wotherspoon), 14:43
ADK Elson, (9) (McGrattan, Stevenson), 18:24

Not a whole lot you can say. Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes every bear in a 100 mile radius takes turns mauling you for 60 consecutive minutes.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 2-10-15

Pelicans 3 vs. HPK 0
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

French national Teddy Da Costa, brother of CSKA's Stephane Da Costa, had a pair of goals to lead Pelicans to a 3-0 win over HPK. Predators 7th rounder Janne Juvonen stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout.

KHL Game Day: 2-9-15

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. CSKA 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 33/35, 2.04 GAA, .943 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-8-6, 5 SO, 1.76 GAA, .938 sv%

Ex-Senators farmhand Stephane DaCosta had a pair of goals, both assisted ex-Preds first rounder Alexander Radulov, to lead CSKA to a 3-1 win over Magnitogorsk. DaCosta's 27 goals are good for 3rd in the KHL so far this season.

Mytischi 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 19-14-33, +2, 12 PIM

Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 1-8-9, +2, 51 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on Yugra's lone goal, scored by ex-NHLer Alexander Korolyuk, in their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Mytischi. Gusev played 18:24 in the match. Dmitry Korobov played 20:49 in the contest for the victorious side. Mytischi also got 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy in the contest.

Bolt Prospect Stats: 2-9-15

A full (traditional) statistic report for Lightning 2014-2015 prospects, graduated prospects, and overage prospects.

I'm hoping to be able to update this every week, but we'll see how that goes.

To view the report, go to Google Docs by clicking here.

Juniors Game Night: 2-8-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Quebec Remparts 5

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, +2, 7 PIM, 4 SOG, 2/4 FO, 4 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 47 GP, 32-36-68, +18, 85 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne had two goals on Sunday then ended the game with a charging major and a game misconduct at the 20:00 mark. Things got a bit ugly at the end. Erne said he was sticking up for a teammate by laying a big hit, then turned around and Adam Chapman had his gloves off ready to go. Erne talked about the incident on the Remparts website (click here).

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 12 GP, 4-18-22, +8, 23 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 14-46-60, +9, 87 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo managed to extend his point streak to 11 games, though Kitchener won big against the Soo, 5-1, despite being outshot, 42-29. The shots were 35-19 after two periods. Jake Paterson (Red Wings) was excellent in the Kitchener nets.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 5-18-23, +8, 20 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won its eighth straight game and is surging toward the playoffs. Thomas (pictured) has points in six of his last eight games.

NHL Game Day: 2-8-15 Ducks at Lightning

The opposite of Saturday.

ANA-3
TB-5

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory. One of those goals was kicked in by Brian Boyle and another went in off of Anton Stralman's backside, so I'm not mad at Ben.

First Period
2:55 TB Boyle (11), (Hedman, Connolly)
13:42 TB Filppula (11), (Stamkos, Callahan)
18:52 TB Kucherov (20), (Johnson, Filppula)

Second Period
4:49 ANA Getzlaf (17), (Perry, Beleskey)
14:27 TB Boyle (12), (Connolly, Palat)

Third Period
6:14 TB Callahan (16), (Stamkos, Filppula)
14:57 ANA Vatanen (12), (Getzlaf, Bryzgalov)(PP)
17:26 ANA Brewer (1), (Thompson, Cogliano)

Brian Boyle, Valtteri Filppula, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars. Honorable mention to Victor Hedman's scintillating play to start the game and set up the opening goal by Boyle. That play set the tone in the First Period and allowed the Lightning to jump out and never get caught.

What this game should prove to the Lightning is that when they put the effort in, they can beat anybody. Unlike yesterday's game, where the Lightning didn't put the effort into the First Period against the Kings and fell behind 3-0, they ran roughshod on the Ducks and got up 3-0, never looking back. Effort. It's essential at all times.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 blocked shots in 12:08. He had his first NHL fight against Maroon and held his own against a much bigger/stronger man. That's impressive for an ex-NCAA guy.

Nikita Nesterov was +3 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 12:50.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 2-7-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 9

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/26 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 22 GP, 13-17-30, -7, 24 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 14-30-44, -12, 38 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke is getting crushed in the Maritimes, falling to 0-3 on their road trip through eastern Canada. Will Smith (2015 eligible) got jiggy with it and had five points for Moncton.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Peterborough Petes 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 15-18-33, -9, 89 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 7-16-23, -15, 64 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Neither DiGiacinto nor Masin registered a point in a head-to-head match-up on Saturday. Both teams continue to fight to stay in playoff contention in their respective conferences. Peterborough is tied for eighth, Windsor five points back of eighth.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 5-17-22, +7, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won its seventh straight game and is eight points back of Medicine Hat for first in their division.

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