Game Night Results

  • 2 days 10 hours ago

    Lightning weather flat start to double-up Pens.

    PIT-3
    TB-6

    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory. He made a handful of difficult saves in the First Period to keep the Lightning in the game, and once they had the lead he made the situational saves necessary to make sure they got the win.

    First Period
    4:53 PIT Hornqvist (11), (Kunitz, Pouliot)
    11:50 TB Stralman (7), (Johnson, Killorn)
    18:34 TB Killorn (9), (Johnson, Kucherov)

    Second Period
    6:04 TB Palat (5), (Stamkos)(SH)
    8:04 PIT Crosby (21), (Kunitz, Hornqvist)
    9:15 TB Johnson (7), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

    Third Period
    0:55 PIT Cullen (6), (Kessel)
    15:55 TB Palat (6), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)
    17:56 TB Stralman (8), (Callahan)

    Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

    The Lightning came out in this game not matching Pittsburgh's intensity and were very lucky to get away with it. Make no mistake about it. The Pens needed this game more than the Lightning and they came out and played the First Period that way. They got the early 1-0 lead and could've racked up a big lead were it not for Ben Bishop. He made a handful of key saves that allowed the Lightning to hang around until the Pens defense made a coverage mistake on Stralman's first goal that allowed them to get their legs under them and tilt the game in their favor. The Lightning controlled the bulk of the play from there, but just couldn't seem to expand their leads out to the final 3-goal margin until they got the late EN goal by Stralman.

    The way they tilted the game was the most impressive thing about the win. They got balanced scoring with 3 goals from Johnson's group, 2 goals from Stamkos', and then the EN goal. At no point last season did the Lightning have 2 balanced scoring lines. If they can establish that in the final ~30 games of the regular season, they'll be frightful to play against. And, of course, special teams was the huge difference tonight. Stamkos did outstanding work on his PK shift in the Second Period helping to repel multiple efforts by the Pens before eventually springing Palat for his sweet SH breakaway goal. That goal and Tyler Johnson's PP goal were obviously the margin tonight.

    It's a good way to start this 10-game set of the season, and they're on to Ottawa.

    Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot and 4 hits in 16:50. He had one shift where he pinched deep into the corner of the Pens zone to win a puck race and absolutely dominated Sidney Crosby once he was onto it. I admit, I was surprised he was that stout on the puck and that he was able to have those kind of handles against Crosby.

    Hey, look, I found the box score and extended statistics on the new NHL.com.

  • 2 days 14 hours ago

    Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Cherepovets 3
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
    Season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

    Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves for Magnitka in their 4-3 win over Cherepovets. Magnitogorsk was led by 1 goal and 3 points by long-time KHL star Danis Zaripov.

    Chelyabinsk 4 vs. Novgorod 2
    Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
    Season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

    Ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov had a goal in defeat in Novgorod's 4-2 loss to Chelyabinsk.

    St. Petersburg 7 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals (St. Petersburg): 32 GP, 13-22-35, +11, 10 PIM
    Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 20-29-49, +17, 14 PIM

    Nikita Gusev assisted on one of ex-Panther Evgeny Dadonov's two goals in SKA's 7-2 dismantling of Yugra. Gusev played 15:47 in the match against his former club. Ex-NHLers Ilya Kovalchuk and Joakim Lindstrom also had a goals in the victory for SKA.

  • 2 days 23 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season totals: 44 GP, 28-31-59, +5, 60 PIM
    2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

    Eric Brassard made 46 saves to propel Halifax to a home win over Yan and Shawinigan. Yan’s seven shots were second on the team Thursday.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Oshawa Generals 1 @ Barrie Colts 4

    C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 7/19 FO
    Season totals: 45 GP, 13-28-41, -12 21 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

    Cirelli was scoreless coming off a 3-assist effort in his last game. Barrie got 25 saves from Team Canada WJC goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (Devils).

    Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 6

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 45 GP, 15-22-37, +21, 63 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

    Windsor rode two goals by Christian Fischer (undrafted) to a 6-1 blowout win over visiting Sudbury.

    Hamilton Bulldogs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 4

    D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 39 GP, 6-16-22, +27, 34 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

    D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 41 GP, 3-16-19, E, 36 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

    Masin scored his sixth goal of the year off a backdoor finish and Matt Spencer returned to the ice after about four weeks off, wearing an alternate captain’s A. He missed time due to an upper-body injury, but fought Thursday against Benjamin Gleason.

  • 3 days 13 hours ago

    Lukko 2 vs. KalPa 1 (OT)
    Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 31 GP, 4-7-11, +7, 16 PIM

    Jonne Tammela had a minor for tripping in 11:07 of ice time in KalPa's 2-1 OT loss to Lukko. Veteran Liiga forward Teemu Nurmi had the OT winner for Lukko. KalPa sits in 8th on the Liiga table, 7 points out of 6th place, with the top 6 teams getting first round playoff byes.

  • 4 days 34 min ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 3

    W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
    Season totals: 30 GP, 4-9-13, -2, 50 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

    W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season totals: 45 GP, 25-29-54, +28, 49 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

    Saint John celebrated their recent inclusion on the CHL Top-10 Rankings (No. 10) with a road win over rival Moncton. Joseph extended his point streak to five games (4-5-9 in that time).

    Shawinigan Cataractes 7 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, +2, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season totals: 43 GP, 28-30-58, +7, 58 PIM
    2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

    Yan had an assist Wednesday as Shawinigan put a up a touchdown on the island. Daniel Sprong, who started the year with the Pittsburgh Penguins, had a goal and two assists for Charlottetown.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Flint Firebirds 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 3 (OT)

    W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/21 FO
    Season totals: 21 GP, 9-8-17, +1, 10 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

    Stephens’ slump continued Wednesday, though it coincides with the Spirit’s struggles. Stephens has one point in his last eight games. The team has lost three in a row (0-2-1) and is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games. Saginaw is holding on to the last playoff spot in the West, 10 points up on Flint. Erie has already clinched a playoff spot in first, 14 points up on second place Windsor. Saginaw would get Erie in the first round.

    Western Hockey League

    Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Vancouver Giants 2

    D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 55 GP, 6-17-23, -19, 30 PIM
    With Vancouver: 41 GP, 6-14-20, -9, 20 PIM
    With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

    Tyler Johnson’s former junior team scored three times in both the first and third periods to win big in Vancouver, 6-2.

  • 4 days 10 hours ago

    Back on schedule.

    DET-1
    TB-3

    Ben Bishop allowed just 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory. He didn't face a ton of great chances, but what he did do was handle the puck very well to help himself out and he was out on his angle well all night.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    1:23 TB Brown (5), (Coburn)
    5:06 DET Nyquist (14), (Tatar, Quincey)
    6:30 TB Johnson (6), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

    Third Period
    3:23 TB Kucherov (21), (Palat)(PP)

    Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, and Bishop were the game's three stars.

    That was a remarkably workmanlike effort by the Lightning. Even in the First Period, where the Red Wings had a decent shot advantage, I didn't think the Lightning were on their heels or chasing the play. They seemed to be first on the puck a lot and their only problems were self-inflicted mistakes rather than the Wings asserting themselves. The Lightning ultimately took control of the game in the Second Period and built the margin they needed with two power play goals earned by the pressure they were putting on the Red Wings with their speed and possession. They got a little bit complacent for about a 5-6 minute span after a PK that followed the Kucherov goal, but all-in-all that was a pretty clinical effort against a Red Wings team that gave them all they could handle in the playoff last year.

    As an aside, NBCSN can sell that line of Callahan/Filppula/Brown as "the best third line in hockey," all the want, but no one's buying. We're not blind. We can read a stat sheet, and the number of zeros behind Callahan and Filppula's salaries on the NHLPA's website, while we're at it. C'mon, guys.

    The win puts the Lightning at 60 points through 50 games of the season, meaning that by virtue of their 9-1-0 record for this 10-game segment of the season they're back on track to make the playoffs comfortably. They fell behind the eight ball in the second 10-game segment of the year when they fell 5 points off the pace, and they eventually fell 6 points off after 40 games, but they're now back on track if you follow the goal of getting at least 12 points every 10 games. Now we'll see if the Lightning can stay ahead of the chains the rest of the way and into the postseason.

    Nikita Nesterov had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 16:57 of ice time. I give him credit for forcibly picking Nyquist up off of Bishop and making an example of him.

    Box score from NHL.com (which has a new format that is AWFUL).

  • 4 days 14 hours ago

    Magnitogorsk 1 vs. CSKA 3
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 31/33, 2.02 GAA, .939 sv%
    Season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

    Ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov had a goal for CSKA in their 3-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Senators farmhand Stephane DaCosta also had a goal for CSKA in the match.

    Nizhnekamsk 1 vs. Novgorod 4
    Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

    Carter Ashton was scoreless in just 12:04 of ice time in Novgorod's 4-1 win over Nizhnekamsk. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win.

    St. Petersburg 2 vs. Ekaterinburg 3 (SO)
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals (St. Petersburg): 31 GP, 13-21-34, +9, 10 PIM
    Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 54 GP, 20-28-48, +15, 14 PIM

    Nikita Gusev had an even strength helper in 9:15 of ice time, but failed to convert in his penalty shot session attempt in SKA's 3-2 loss to Ekaterinburg. Former Oilers first rounder Alexei Mikhnov had a pair of goals in the win for Ekaterinburg, and a goal in the Shootout, as well.

  • 5 days 17 min ago

    Western Hockey League

    Brandon Wheat Kings 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

    C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 30 GP, 23-32-55, +15, 19 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

    One game after putting up nine goals, the Warriors allowed six to Brandon in a 6-3 home loss.

  • 5 days 12 hours ago

    Assat 3 vs. KalPa 2
    Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 30 GP, 4-7-11, +7, 14 PIM

    Jonne Tammela was scoreless in just 9:23 of ice time in KalPa's 3-2 loss to Assat. Ex-Islanders pick Masi Marjamaki had a goal for Assat in the victory.

  • 5 days 23 hours ago

    Northeastern Huskies 1 @ No. 9 Boston University Terriers 3 (Beanpot)

    D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
    Season totals: 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 20 PIM
    2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

    MacLeod was scratched for the third straight game. He had been on a rotation the past few weekends. BU will play BC for the Beanpot title.

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