Game Night Results

  • 19 weeks 2 hours ago

    Finish line coming into view.

    TB-5
    TOR-3

    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 39 shots for the victory. He'll rightly regret the Kulemin deflection goal, but he closed out the game strong with 21 saves in the Third Period against a desperate Leafs team.

    First Period
    0:59 TB Gudas (3), (Filppula)
    3:31 TOR Kessel (35), (Gunnarsson, Bozak)
    10:32 TOR Kulemin (9), (Gleason, Rielly)
    13:22 TB Stamkos (17), (Filppula)(PP)
    15:39 TB Stamkos (18), (Johnson, Salo)

    Second Period
    5:55 TB Stamkos (19), (Malone, Brewer)

    Third Period
    8:20 TOR Gardiner (10), (Franson, Bozak)
    12:56 TB Johnson (22), (Purcell)(PP)

    Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

    Much like the Vancouver game, do you see the glass as half full or half empty? Half full, the Lightning again played a strong first 35 or so minutes and built a solid 2 goal lead going into the Third Period. As an added bonus, they showed new strength on special teams with 2 PP goals in this game and the kill of an Alex Killorn boarding major after knocking Paul Ranger out of the game. And, oh by the way, Steven Stamkos is back with the hat trick, which will take the Lightning from good to great offensively. Glass half empty? The last 25 minutes of the game were mentally lazy hockey, and lazy minds lead to lazy legs. They looked like they were coasting, possibly to try to save energy for Ottawa. Whatever that was, it was aggravating, and it took Bishop standing on his head to preserve the win. Being outshot 22-8 in the final frame was a bad joke, and speaks to the Lightning still having problems closing out victories.

    With all that said, the Lightning move up to 83 points in 69 games played. With 1 more game to go in this 10-game segment of the season, they need 2 points to hit the segment goal or 1 point to stay on the 12 points per segment pace for the season. They're also now 13 points shy of the 96 point goal I set at the start of the season with 13 games to go, meaning they could go .500 the rest of the way and hit the season target. That's a good feeling. The finish line is coming into view.

    Mike Kostka was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 19:15. He played well in front of the home town. I wasn't too happy he missed the net on a couple of wide open looks, but he was much more active offensively than against Vancouver and he had some really good chances.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 19 weeks 5 hours ago

    Nadezhda Cup
    Omsk 5 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
    Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
    Tournament totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, -3, 0 PIM

    Happy trails to Nikita Gusev and Yugra, who dropped the fourth and final game of their second round Nadezhda Cup matchup with Omsk 5-1. Gusev played 16:02 in the match and had a power play assist on his club's only goal. Omsk got a hat trick from former Montreal forward Sergei Kostitsyn as well as 1 goal and 3 points from former Flyers draft pick Stefan Ruzicka in victory.

    Despite his team's setback, Gusev can feel good about a fine final couple of months in KHL regular season and in the Nadezhda Cup after playing very sparingly the first 2/3 of the season. His point a game pace in this year's Nadezhda Cup bested his production in last year's Nadezhda Cup with Khabarovsk (5 points) in half the games. Recall, Gusev played much of his junior hockey in CSKA's organization and with Team Russia on a line with current Lightning rookie forward Nikita Kucherov. The end of Gusev's year gives us some optimism he may be able to continue to develop and one day play again with Kucherov in the NHL.

  • 19 weeks 1 day ago

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    (4)Ufa 2 vs. (5)Novgorod 1
    Ufa Wins the Series 4-3
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 34/35, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
    Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-3-0, 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .934 sv%

    Andrey Vasilevskiy helped burnish his credentials as a big game goaltender, turning aside 34 shots to help Ufa overcome a 35-21 shot disparity in the team's Game Seven, 2-1, opening round triumph over Novgorod. Ufa built a 2-0 lead in the contest thanks in part to a goal by former Senators second rounder Igor Mirnov and held on for the 2-1 win. Defenseman Sergei Bernatsky had Novgorod's lone goal.

    The 4 seed Ufa moves on to face 2nd seeded Barys Astana in the Eastern Conference Semifinals round starting Friday.

    Nadezhda Cup
    Omsk 8 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
    Tournament totals: 5 GP, 3-2-5, -1, 0 PIM

    Ouch. Trailing by 2 goals in aggregate coming into the game, Omsk took a 2-1 series lead and a 4 goal lead in aggregate by pummeling Yugra 8-2. The two teams will square off again tomorrow in the final game of their second round set, but Yugra will have to win by a staggering 5 goals to move on in the Nadezhda Cup on aggregate. Good luck. Valiantly, Nikita Gusev had a multi-point effort in 15:57 of ice time in defeat. Omsk got a hat trick from former Flyers draft pick Stefan Ruzicka and 4 helpers from former Montreal Canadien Sergei Kostitsyn in the win.

  • 19 weeks 2 days ago

    Good win tainted by lackluster garbage time performance.

    VAN-3
    TB-4

    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory. For the longest it looked like he was going to get his second straight shutout, but then the Lightning decided to dog it a bit in garbage time. They'll learn. Eventually.

    First Period
    17:56 TB Stamkos (16), (Palat, Callahan)(PP)

    Second Period
    6:54 TB Palat (18), (Carle)
    19:51 TB Filppula (22), (Stamkos)

    Third Period
    5:44 VAN Burrows (4), (Bieksa, Edler)(PP)
    8:47 TB Pyatt (3), (Brown, Hedman)
    11:44 VAN Burrows (5), (Jensen, Sedin)
    15:16 VAN Hansen (11), (Burrows)(SH)

    Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and second stars.

    Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full person? A glass half full person notes that the Lightning controlled the first 40+ minutes of play in this game and looked like a very polished, well-structured team in the process. A glass half empty person will note that their garbage time stumbles could've easily cost them 2 points were it not for the team getting 2 greasy goal deflections off Canucks defensemen and that absolute gift of a soft goal Lack gave Pyatt. I'm feeling like more of a glass half full person tonight, with the caveat that these garbage time SH goals need to stop. Now. They're the root of a lot of the recent late game drama, and very easy to avoid/correct.

    The victory puts the Lightning at 81 points with 14 games to go, now tied with Montreal for 2nd in the Atlantic Division, vaulting over their next opponent, which is the Toronto Maple Leafs. Needless to say, that's a big game. Through 8 games of this 10-game segment of the season, the team has 8 points. They'll need to win the next 2 to hit the 12 point segment goal or earn 3 of the next 4 available points to stay on the season pace to comfortably make the playoffs given the 1 insurance point they had coming into the segment.

    My target for the season has always been not less than 96 points, so the magic number of points they need is 15 to hit that goal. Yes, they would likely make the postseason with 94 or 95 points, but 96 is the comfortable target that avoids last minute drama. Keeping this winning streak going at least another couple of games would go a long way to making sure that target goal is achieved.

    Mike Kostka was -1 with 1 shot in 15:41. This was the most inactive I've seen him in a game since his first game coming over from the Blackhawks. He might've opened the door for Barberio to get back in the lineup. We'll see.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 19 weeks 3 days ago

    Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 10 North Dakota 4
    NCHC Quarterfinals

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, +5, 8 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

    O’Donnell scored just over two minutes into the third period to give UND a 4-2 lead. They’d need that goal as Colorado College scored with 89 seconds remaining to cut the lead to one. UND held on to advance to the NCHC Frozen Face-off next weekend.

  • 19 weeks 3 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Ottawa 67’s 1 @ North Bay Battalion 12

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    Ouch. North Bay scored six times in the second period to take a 9-0 lead, then scored three more in the third. Kyle Locke was plus-8 for North Bay. No one had more than two goals for the Battalion, who finish their regular season as Central Division champs. They’re the No. 2 seed in the East and will face Niagara in the first round. Blujus finishes his final junior regular season (presumably) with 30 points in 55 games and a plus-12 rating. He was minus-double digits at one point mid-season.

    Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 1

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Kingston finished their regular season with a win. Ikonen was scoreless, ending his final junior regular season at 70 points. The Fronts are the No. 3 seed in the East and will play Peterborough in Round 1.

  • 19 weeks 3 days ago

    Crunch crushed by Albany.

    SYR-0
    ALB-3

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the loss. Hard to be anything but apologetic to your goaltender when you get outshot 37-13 in a game.

    First Period
    ALB Hrabarenka, (6) (Zajac, Urbom), 16:53 (PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    ALB Sislo, (20) (Hrabarenka, Zajac), 14:45
    ALB Sislo, (21) (McPherson), 19:38 (EN)

    Syracuse just couldn't manage anything on offense. Nothing. Thirteen shots is embarrassing. Flat out.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 19 weeks 3 days ago

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    (5)Novgorod 6 vs. (4)Ufa 2
    Series Tied 3-3
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 18/23, 5.87 GAA, .783 sv%
    Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 3-3-0, 0 SO, 2.09 GAA, .927 sv%

    Facing elimination with their backs against the wall, Novgorod scored 4 unanswered Third Period goals to defeat Ufa 6-2 in Game Six of their opening round playoff series. Sakari Salminen led the way for Novgorod with 2 goals and an assist and former Rangers farmhand Jarkko Immonen also pitched in 2 goals. Lightning prospect netminder Andrey Vasilevskiy was lifted with 8:54 left in regulation after surrendering 5 goals.

  • 19 weeks 4 days ago

    Miami RedHawks 4 @ No. 4 St. Cloud State Huskies 3
    NCHC Quarterfinals

    F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
    Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

    Mullin was a scratch as Miami upset the top-seeded Huskies again to advance to the conference semifinals. SCSU entered the tournament as the top seed.

    Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 10 North Dakota 2 (OT)
    NCHC Quarterfinals

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 29 GP, 6-8-14, +4, 8 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

    The Tigers forced a deciding Game 3 on Sunday vs UND with an overtime win on Saturday night. North Dakota outshot CC, 46-29.

    No. 16 Yale Bulldogs 3 @ No. 6 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
    ECAC Quarterfinals

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 38 GP, 12-25-37, +8, 16 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

    Sam Anas (undrafted) had two goals and Matt Peca had two assists to lead the Bobcats to a quarterfinal series win over defending national champion Yale.

    No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ No. 13 Michigan Wolverines 6

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play
    Season totals: 33 GP, 23-4-6, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%, 3 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    Wilcox got the night off because Minnesota clinched the Big 10 title on Friday night.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 19 weeks 4 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6 @ Halifax Mooseheads 8

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-6-7, E, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 6 SOG, 12/18 FO, *First Star*
    Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Remember when we talked about how Drouin had never had a six-point game, then he got one a game later? Well, a week after that he hit seven points in one game – against the same team. Cape Breton will be glad Drouin is destined for Tampa Bay next season. Drouin set a career high for points in a game, obviously, but also finished the regular season with new career highs in assists, points, plus/minus, and penalty minutes. His goals weren’t the same without Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado) and Martin Frk (AHL Grand Rapids) with him this year, but he managed to beat his point total. Super prospect Nik Ehlers (2014), who scored 49 goals this season, doesn’t even play on Drouin’s line. The two team up on power play situations only.

    Halifax enters the playoffs as the league’s No. 2 seed. They will play Charlottetown in Round 1. The Islanders are coached by former Lightning player Gordie Dwyer.

    Note: Quebec Rempart Adam Erne tweeted that he’ll return to action at the end of March. He’s been out with a lacerated spleen. Seventh-seeded Quebec will face No. 8 Gatineau in Round 1.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Peterborough Petes 3 @ Barrie Colts 6

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0--, +2, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Barrie scored five times in the third period to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The Colts will play Sudbury in Round 1.

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