NHL Game Night: 10-5-19 Lightning at Panthers

Panthers declare themselves Stanley Cup champions on October 5th after posting their first win against Lightning in over a year.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He's got to stop that fourth goal early in the Third Period. I get that it's a tipped puck, but with Smith getting the goal to keep the team alive before the end of the Second Period, you need that situational stop early in the Third to give yourself a real shot at the comeback.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
9:39 FLA Hoffman (2), (Huberdeau, Yandle)(PP)
11:05 FLA Hoffman (3), (Huberdeau, Barkov)(PP)
12:32 FLA Aciari (1), (Sceviour, Hunt)
16:23 TB Smith (1), (Witkowski, Maroon)

Third Period
0:17 FLA Hoffman (4), (Ekblad, Connolly)
6:40 TB Stamkos (1), (Hedman, Shattenkirk)
15:41 TB Joseph (1), (Gourde, Verheaghe)

Bobrovsky stood on his head at times, which was probably the difference in the matchup. Fortunately, as the game was played at Sunrise, no one was there to see the Lightning's shame in dropping this one to the trash fire their neighbors to the southeast pretend is a hockey franchise.

Carter Verhaeghe had his first NHL point, a helper, and was +1 with 3 shots in 9:18.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-4-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Eagles 7 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/16 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-4-4, -3, 0 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

The Eagles improved to 5-1 with a commanding 7-2 win over the Drakkar Friday. Undrafted prospect Ryan Francis (1-4) and Minnesota pick Shawn Boudrias (3-2) both had five points for Cape Breton.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Prince George Cougars 1

W Nolan Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-6-7, +2, 13 PIM
19-20 Totals: 66 GP, 36-27-63, -1, 62 PIM

Pavel Novak (2020) scored twice for the Rockets to lead Kelowna to a 2-1 road win in Prince George. Coming off a 4-point game, Nolan Foote did not register a point in the win.

United States Hockey League

Waterloo Blackhawks 3 @ Green Bay Gamblers 1

W McKade Webster, GB: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 4 PIM
19-20 Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
*Committed to the University of Denver

Webster had an assist, but Green Bay fell at home to the visiting Blackhawks, 3-1.

AHL Game Night: 10-4-19 Crunch at Americans

Crunch drop lackluster opener in OT.

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RCH-3 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:38 RCH Thompson (1), (Asplund)
8:30 SYR Conacher (1), (Masin, Mueller)(PP)

Third Period
1:04 RCH Oglevie (1), (Wilson, Redmond)
11:24 SYR Martel (1), (Domingue)(PP)

Overtime
4:17 RCH Thompson (2), (Asplund, Redmond)

Cory Conacher was the game's third star.

Prospect forward Boris Katchouk was also denied on a penalty shot in the contest. The Crunch put forth an uneven effort, overall, that they'll look to improve upon in their next outing.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-3-19 Panthers at Lightning

Not a Picasso, but Lightning comfortably take the season opener.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy was very well locked in allowing 2 goals on 37 shots for the victory. Arguably the difference maker tonight.

First Period
6:39 TB Kucherov (1), (Sergachev, Joseph)

Second Period
2:35 FLA Hoffman (1), (Trocheck, Connolly)
10:28 TB Shattenkirk (1), (Sergachev, Killorn)

Third Period
8:49 FLA Trocheck (1), (Ekblad)(SH)
9:34 TB Palat (1), (Killorn, Sergachev)(PP)
13:51 TB Maroon (1), (Hedman, Kucherov)
19:14 TB Cernak (1), (Cirelli)(EN)

Ondrej Palat, Vasilevskiy, and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's three stars.

Too many shots against, too many odd man rushes surrendered, and that neutral zone turnover on the shorthander allowed was awful, but in the end equation the Lightning seemed to have control of this opener. There's plenty of things to harp on if you're the coaching staff, but it's nice to know that even without Brayden Point the offense still looks like a juggernaut and that the new additions are already contributing. I really liked the veterans Julien BriseBois (AKA Young Breezy) brought in this year, because unlike the Girardi's and Kunitz's of the world, Shattenkirk and Maroon do have some tread left on the tires. That showed up nicely tonight.

After last year, I'm not putting too much stock in the regular season beyond simply making sure the team makes the postseason comfortably. Nine more games to get ten more points in this open segment of the season.

Carter Verhaeghe was +1 with 1 shot in 10:55 in his NHL debut.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-2-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 6 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/21 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 0 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Leafs pick Mikhail Abramov had a hat trick and four points to lead Victoriaville to a 6-2 road win over the Drakkar. Gabe Fortier is up to four assists in five games, but remains in search of his first goal. He had 35 last season and should net over 40 this year.

Western Hockey League

Tri-City Americans 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 6

W Nolan Foote, KEL: 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-6-7, +2, 11 PIM
19-20 Totals: 66 GP, 36-27-63, -1, 62 PIM

Foote had a goal and four points to help the Rockets to a 6-1 home win over the visiting Americans. He’s now up to seven points in four games and should be on his way to a career season. Former WHL first-rounder Pavel Novak (2020) had a goal and two assists for the Rockets to claim First Star.

Seattle Thunderbirds 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 8

D Quinn Schmiemann, KAM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, E, 12 PIM
19-20 Totals: 58 GP, 5-23-28, -7, 30 PIM

Kamloops broke open a 1-1 game with a 7-goal explosion resulting in an 8-1 home win Wednesday. Quinn Schmiemann notched his first point of the young season.

Training Camp Numbers: Lightning Podcast Season 2, Episode 1

The podcast is back for another season as Andrew and I talk about camp, the year's expectations on and off the ice, and ... the literal training camp numbers this year.

Also, it may or not be Andrew's fault Columbus won. (Hint: It is.)

Juniors Game Night: 9-29-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Cape Breton Eagles 8

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

A day after giving up six to the Eagles, the Sea Dogs watched eight pucks enter their net Sunday in an 8-3 loss. Maxim Cajkovic remains out with a lower body injury.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 @ Sherebrooke Phoenix 1 (OT)

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/31 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Thomas Sigouin (undrafted) stopped all 30 shots he faced to get his second QMJHL shutout. He had only played five games over two years prior to this season.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 0 @ Vancouver Giants 4

W Nolan Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 19 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3 , E, 21 PIM [/i]
19-20 Totals: 66 GP, 36-27-63, -1, 62 PIM

Kelowna fell to 1-2 in their three games this weekend, getting shut out 4-0 Sunday in Vancouver. Nolan Foote got into a fight at the end of the first period and was slapped with the instigator and automatic 10-minute misconduct. He had a roughing call earlier in the first period. Foote is still looking for his first goal of the year.

United States Hockey League

Green Bay Gamblers 4 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 0

W McKade Webster, GB: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 4 PIM[/i]
19-20 Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
*Committed to the University of Denver

Webster scored his first goal since April 14, 2018 -- the final day of the regular season that year -- as Green Bay beat Des Moines in Iowa, 4-0. Webster missed all but six games last year with a wrist injury.

Juniors Game Night: 9-28-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Cape Breton Eagles 6

W Maxime Cajkovic, SJ: Did not play (lower body injury)
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
18-19 Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM

The Sea Dogs blew a 5-0 lead in this one, losing in regulation to the Eagles by giving up three goals in both the second and third periods. Cajkovic is out with a lower body injury after just two games this season.

Western Hockey League

Everett Silvertips 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

W Nolan Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3 ,+1, 2 PIM [/i]
19-20 Totals: 66 GP, 36-27-63, -1, 62 PIM

The Rockets had a big night, building a 4-0 lead before the end of the second period en route to a 5-1 win. Foote had an assist on the power play in the game’s final minute.

Vancouver Giants 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 6

D Quinn Schmiemann, KAM: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 12 PIM[/i]
19-20 Totals: 58 GP, 5-23-28, -7, 30 PIM

Kamloops won their second game in as many nights, beating the visiting Giants, 6-2. Quinn Schmiemann was scoreless on the night and continues to look for his first point this year.

United States Hockey League

Team USA 5 @ Green Bay Gamblers 2

W McKade Webster, GB: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM[/i]
19-20 Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM

Webster and the Gamblers made their season debut Saturday, but lost to the USNTDP side, 5-2. Luke Tuch had two goals and an assist for Team USA. The Boston College commit is the brother of Vegas forward Alex Tuch.

AHL Preseason Game Day: 9-29-19 Devils at Crunch

Somppi's magical preseason continues.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

Otto Somppi led the way for Syracuse, again, with 2 goals an a helper.

Oleg Sosunov, Boris Katchouk and Dennis Yan were among the other goalscorers for the Crunch.

Game story from SyracuseCrunch.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-28-19 Panthers at Lightning

Preseason ends with an epic Russian goaltending duel.

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TB-0 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 28 shots he faced in regulation and OT before allowed 1 of 2 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. Considering how bad he looked in his last preseason outing, hard not to be happy with Vasilevskiy's work tonight.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
FLA- Trocheck
TB- NONE

Carter Verhaeghe was the game's third star.

Cedric Paquette got nicked up in this game, which may open up one more opening night spot for the likes of Verheaghe and/or Alexander Volkov.

Verhaeghe played 10:09 of ice time in the finale.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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