Game Night Results

  • 5 weeks 5 hours ago

    Christmas done Triplets style.

    PIT-3
    TB-4

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the victory. Tonight was light work until Third Period garbage time, which was a welcome relief after the volume of shots/chances he faced on Long Island.

    First Period
    6:54 TB Johnson (11), (Kucherov, Palat)
    19:56 TB Johnson (12), (Palat, Hedman)

    Second Period
    0:52 TB Kucherov (14), (Carle, Filppula)
    2:37 TB Johnson (13), (Kucherov, Palat)
    10:15 PIT Hornqvist (13), (Klinkhammer)

    Third Period
    9:55 PIT Kunitz (10), (Malkin)
    18:29 PIT Letang (8), (Hornqvist, Malkin)

    Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars. Like Jon Cooper's top line reindeer bringing a sleigh full of winning.

    This was a very important win for a number of reasons. One, it showed the thing that happened on Long Island was an aberration. Two, it allows the team to feel good headed into the Winter Break and they can start after the break with a pretty fresh slate. Third, it helped them bury the long losing streak they've had against Pittsburgh, which is a team they'll likely see over the next few years as a playoff adversary. True, the Pens were depleted. True the Pens were tired. I'm not under any delusions that the Lightning bested the Penguins' most fearsome lineup tonight. But, it's something positive to build on, and they did have Crosby, Malkin, and (for a little while) Fleury on the rink.

    When the Lightning come back from break, the first 5 things they need to work on are: power play, power play, power play, power play, and power play. It's bad right now. Absolutely terrible. Time for the coaching staff to take some egg nog down into Cooper's laboratory and white board something fresh, because what they're doing right now is an atrocity masquerading as a travesty.

    With 4 games to go in this 10-game segment, the Lightning sit 7 points shy of the 12 they would want per segment, but just 2 points shy of the spot they need to be at the end of the 4th segment (48 points) thanks to the insurance points they've squirreled away. 7 out of 8 possible points is tough, but you'd like to see the Lightning get at least 5 or 6 out the 8 possible points so they don't burn off too much of what they have in the bank in case another rainy day pops up.

    Cedric Paquette had 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:29. I thought he played his role really well tonight.

    Jonathan Drouin was -2 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:04. I'm not a huge fan of the Drouin/Stamkos/Connolly combination that was put together by Cooper tonight, because I'm not sure I see a lot of puck retrieval on that line unless Stammer does it.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 1 day ago

    Bratislava 2 vs. Togliatti 3 (SO)
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 18/20, 1.85 GAA, .900 sv%
    Season totals: 21 GP, 6-10-5, 2 SO, 2.64 GAA, .898 sv%

    Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 of 2 to convert in the penalty shot session in Slovan's 3-2 loss to Togliatti. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen assisted on the Third Period tying goal for Slovan in the match. Former Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov also had a helper for Togliatti.

  • 5 weeks 2 days ago

    Rapid City Rush 5 at Wichita Thunder 4 SO

    F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 27 GP, 12-13-25, +1, 35 PIM, 91 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

    D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 27 GP, 0-5-5, -6, 53 PIM, 29 SOG

    The Thunder and Rush battled to an 11 round shootout before Rapid City finally secured the extra point. Danick Gauthier failed to convert in the shootout, and was held pointless in his 3rd straight game. His goal-drought now stands at 5 straight games. Feels like Gauthier is in a mini-funk since the Dec 7th thug-fest in Elmira when he received a fighting major and a 10 minute misconduct. In those seven games, Gauthier is 1-3-4 in contrast to the 11-10-21 in the 20 games prior. Wichita now breaks for the holidays, with their next game on Dec 27th against the division leading Americans.

  • 5 weeks 3 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 7

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 27 GP, 9-7-16, -12, 49 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

    DiGiacinto broke a personal three-game scoreless drought with an assist Saturday.

  • 5 weeks 3 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The streak continues.

    The Syracuse Crunch netted a pair of power play goals in a 3-2 victory over the Albany River Rats in the final game before the holiday break at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The nine-game win streak is the longest the franchise has had in its three years affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Syracuse leads the Northeast Division and is second overall in the Eastern Conference. While the Crunch would like to keep the momentum rolling, they are welcoming a short rest.

    "They deserve it," Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler said of the break. "These guys played very hard. You could see it out there. It was a chippy, kind of nasty game, but I think our players played hard and they deserve the five days."

  • 5 weeks 3 days ago

    Fans went to a fight and another Syracuse Crunch win broke out.

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    SYR-3

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory. That's 4 straight quality starts and 5 straight wins and he's run his save percentage up to .907 now.

    First Period
    SYR Angelidis, (11) (Marchessault, Namestnikov), 8:41 (PP)
    SYR Blunden, (5) (Angelidis), 13:34

    Second Period
    ALB Boucher, (7) (Whitney, Scarlett), 7:32 (PP)
    SYR Namestnikov, (4) (Nesterov, Samson), 9:30 (PP)

    Third Period
    ALB Thompson, (13) (Black), 7:56

    Mike Angelidis, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Gudlevskis were the game's three stars. The Crunch ran their winning streak to 9 games as they continue to diligently stalk Manchester for first place in the Eastern Conference, where they remain just a point out. Given the Lightning's struggles up top, though, I would not be shocked to see Namestnikov moved back up sooner rather than later to try to shake the chemistry up in Tampa. Either way, though, the Crunch defense and goaltending seem to have it rolling now. They'll reconvene Friday against the Devils when I suspect there might be a roster change or three, because a defenseman may be going up, too.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 3 days ago

    Sluggish Lightning nearly bailed out by Vasilevskiy.

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    NYI-3

    Andrei Vasilevskiy was brilliant. He stopped 45 shots tonight, only allowing a goal to an uncovered Tavares in the slot (no shame) and a tipped point shot by Lee (again, no shame). The Lightning would've lost this game 8-1, easily, without Vasilevskiy.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    9:16 TB Connolly (6), (Johnson, Barberio)
    16:51 NYI Tavares (13), (Okposo, Bailey)
    17:03 NYI Lee (7), (Hamonic, Nelson)
    18:49 NYI Kulemin (6), (Clutterbuck)(EN)

    Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

    Anyone in a Lightning jersey not named Vasilevskiy or Boyle probably didn't deserve to be wearing it the way they played tonight. I certainly hope there's a more innocuous explanation for what we witnessed tonight. Maybe the flu is running through this team, which was aggravated by Garrison leaving in the Second Period. I can't explain it, otherwise. The team looked slow. They made wave after wave of really idiotic turnovers. They looked physically and mentally fatigued to the extent that they didn't even seem to want to be there. Gudas and Carle looked like corpses out there, for crying out loud. Getting outshot 48-21 by anyone is just not acceptable, and in the absence of extenuating circumstances there needs to be a closed door meeting followed by a bag skate, because this just cannot happen.

    Cedric Paquette was -1 with 2 penalty minutes 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 15:11. If Yzerman looks to make a shake up move, I wouldn't be shocked to see Paquette and Namestnikov trade places soon. Paquette took a bad offensive zone boarding call and he's seen his offensive contributions vanish while taking about 1 minor penalty a night. That means, sadly for him, he might have to be the one who gets shook in the shake up.

    Jonathan Drouin had 1 hit in 13:19. He ended up getting himself pulled off the Stamkos line because they were generating nothing. Zero shots on goal and only one even attempted isn't good enough.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 3 days ago

    Team USA 5 vs No. 1 Boston University Terriers 2 (Exhibition)

    D Anthony DeAngelo, USA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    W Adam Erne, USA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

    D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 15 GP, 2-3-5, +6, 34 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

    USA’s pre-World Junior Championship lineup defeated No. 1 Boston University in an exhibition game Friday, 5-2. Jack Eichel (2015) captained Team USA, which was odd considering he plays for BU normally. He scored a goal.

    Anthony DeAngelo had an empty-net goal for USA, an extra positive considering the offensive defenseman was on the ice in a defensive situation. Fellow Lightning prospect Adam Erne, thought to be a lock to play for USA again, was on the fourth line and was one of three cuts after the game. He’ll return to Quebec while DeAngelo continues to secure a spot on the team. Media speculation is Erne was a victim of forward depth, but that’s odd considering Erne was on the team last year (though he had one assist in five games), provides a power forward presence, and is one of the better 19-year-olds in the world. Others have speculated Erne was an example of meritocracy, saying all spots must be earned from a clean slate.

    For the Terriers, John MacLeod played but the defenseman did not factor into the scoring.

    In other World Juniors news, congratulations to Brayden Point for making Team Canada. Going into the camps, Point was thought to be firmly on the bubble, whereas Erne was thought to be a lock.

  • 5 weeks 4 days ago

    Gwinnett Gladiators 3 at Florida Everblades 5

    D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *FIRST STAR*
    Season totals: 19 GP, 6-4-10, +9, 6 PIM, 31 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Allen York, FLA, Recalled to Syracuse (AHL)
    Season totals: 15 GP, 12-2-0-1, 2.23 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 2 SO

    F Kevin Lynch, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 2-5-7, -6, 12 PIM, 16 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 10 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 10 PIM

    F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, *THRID STAR*
    Season totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 5-3-8, +3, 24 PIM, 31 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 16 GP, 4-4-8, E, 11 PIM, 29 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    Once again, Florida spotted Gwinnett two 1st period goals, but stormed back with four-straight goals to keep their seven-game win streak alive. At the head of the rally was Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev who notched his sixth goal of the season, and goals in back-to-back games against the Gladiators. Sergeev was on the ice for three of Florida's five goals, earning First Star of the game. With 10 points in 19 games, Sergeev is on pace for a 20 goal/40 point season. Jeff Costello also scored in the 4-goal rally and earned Third Star honors. The Everblades now break for the holidays, not playing again until Dec 27th against Orlando.

    Wichita Thunder 2 at Allen Americans 1

    F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 12-13-25, +1, 35 PIM, 89 SOG
    Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

    D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 26 GP, 0-5-5, -5, 53 PIM, 28 SOG

    The Thunder are now on a three-game win streak after a scrappy road win against the Central Division leading Americans. Wichita looks to extend the streak Sunday afternoon against Quad City.

  • 5 weeks 4 days ago

    The yak is still on the loose.

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    HFD-0

    Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 24 shots he faced for the victory and his first shutout of the campaign. He's won his last 4 starts allowing just 3 total goals in the last 3 of those starts, while running his season save percentage back up to .906 in the process. Now things get very interesting in Syracuse, once Vasilevskiy returns, because this is what we expected coming into the year. These are two of the best prospect netminders around, and they'll be in a knock-down, drag-out for starts all season long. The competition is going to push both guys to play better than they ever thought possible. It's going to be great to see unfold.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    SYR Richard, (5) (Koekkoek), 2:12
    SYR Namestnikov, (3) (Nesterov, Marchessault)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Gudlevskis and Tanner Richard were the game's first and second stars. As of this posting, Richard's +18 mark is second best in the AHL behind the +21 of Manchester's Nick Shore. I should also point out that, on top of the game winning helper he had tonight, Nikita Nesterov hasn't had a minus game in a full month, when he had a -1 outing on 11/19 against Hartford. He's been +9 since that game, taking him up to +9 for the year. He was -2 last year and the 13 points he has in 28 games this season is 3 off the 16 he posted as a rookie in 54 games last season. So, like Richard, here's a player who had some holes in his game who seems to be rounding the corner a bit. Nice to see. Slater Koekkoek, oh by the way, has helpers in 3 of the last 4 games.

    Tomorrow, Syracuse draws Albany at home.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

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