Game Night Results

  • 1 week 1 day ago

    The sun still rises in Tampa Bay.

    PHI-2
    TB-4

    Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the victory tonight, 1 of which was an own goal tipped in by Palat. Lindback was magnificent, as he was in relief in the last game against Toronto. Is he as athletic and aesthetically pleasing as Ben Bishop between the pipes? No. Is he fully capable of stopping pucks? Yes, and he showed resiliency and mental toughness by not cracking after the Flyers broke through on him. He stayed focus, got a good team effort in front of him (including some street hockey netminding by Gudas) and got the W.

    First Period
    2:00 TB Johnson (24), (Stamkos, Kostka)

    Second Period
    18:39 PHI Simmonds (27), (Giroux, Voracek)(PP)

    Third Period
    4:33 TB Panik (3), (Hedman, Kostka)
    9:43 TB Brewer (2), (Johnson, Palat)
    12:22 PHI Couturier (12), (Streit)
    14:14 TB Stamkos (25), (Filppula, Hedman)(PP)

    Lindback, Tyler Johnson, and Richard Panik were the game's three stars.

    Let it not be said that this Lightning team packs it in the second they hit a bump in the road. There was a lot of hand wringing and consternation with the injury to Ben Bishop that will, at a minimum, shut him down for the rest of the regular season. But, much like when Stamkos broke his leg and the captain of the team decided he wanted to go to Broadway, the Lightning circled the wagons. They came out very strong tonight and got a quick goal on Philly, which was great. I thought they took their foot off the gas through to the end of the Second Period, which was not good, but Lindback has something to prove and he played fantastic to keep the Lightning in it until they broke it open in the Third Period, where only a goofy own goal blemished a complete 20 minute team effort. So, the sky didn't fall and, in fact, with Montreal losing tonight the Lightning can get home ice in the first round if they win out in the final 2 games of the regular season.

    Throughout the campaign, I've written regularly about segment goals with the team, with an eye on 96 points in 80 games. With the victory tonight, the Lightning nailed down 97 points in 80 games and they got the target number of 12 in the 8th and final segment of the year. In games 81 and 82, if they can get at least 3 of the 4 possible points, they have an opportunity to get to 100 points, which is truly an accomplishment for any team, let alone one this young.

    Mike Kostka returned from his concussion with 2 assists, a +3 rating, and 1 blocked shot in 14:18. Win if you can. Survive if Mike Kostka lets you.

    Andrej Sustr had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 19:36. It wasn't Andrej's best game, as I've seen him a lot tighter and under control defensively, but it's still pretty good that you can play him 19+ minutes and not worry about him completely wetting the bed. With the appearance tonight, Sustr reaches 41 NHL games played this season, which graduates him from prospect status on the website. Sustr becomes the 10th prospect to graduate this season, finishing out a class the likes of which we may never see again. To put this in perspective, there were only 10 prospects that graduated on the site in the previous 4 seasons combined (I looked it up). Congratulations to Andrej and everyone in the 2013-2014 Bolt Prospects Alumni class.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 1 week 2 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2
    Mooseheads lead best-of-7 second round series, 3-1

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM, 3 Hits, 3 SOG, 13/28 FO, *Second Star*
    Playoff totals: 8 GP, 8-16-24, +7, 8 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Halifax scored three times in the second period, building a 3-0 lead they’d never relinquish. Drouin had primary assists on two of those three goals, and a secondary assist on Halifax’s empty netter at the end of the game. He extended his streak of multi-point games to 11 and his point streak to 21. He was a game star for the 10th consecutive game. Halifax can close out the series at Gatineau on Friday.

  • 1 week 2 days ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Finals
    (4)Ufa 0 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 1
    Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 39/39, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
    Playoff totals: 13 GP, 11-2-0, 1 SO, 1.78 GAA, .941 sv%

    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 26/27, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
    Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 17 GP, 9-8-0, 1 SO, 2.05 GAA, .931 sv%

    Mike Keenan's gamble paid off. After giving veteran netminder Vasily Koshechkin the quick hook in Metallurg's 4-0 Game Three loss to Ufa, Koshechkin responded with a 39 save shutout performance in Game Four to put Metallurg on the threshold of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Rookie netminder Andrey Vasilevskiy was splendid in defeat, stopping 26 of 27 shots faced, but defenseman Viktor Antipin's power play goal was all it took for Metallurg to put Ufa on the brink of elimination. Game Five is slated for Friday with Ufa's back squarely against the wall.

  • 1 week 3 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5
    Mooseheads lead best-of-7 second round series, 2-1

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-0-2, -1, 2 PIM, 1 Hit, 6 SOG, 8/22 FO, *Third Star*
    Playoff totals: 7 GP, 8-13-21, +6, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Halifax suffered their first defeat of the 2014 playoffs, losing 5-2 in Gatineau. Jonathan Drouin continued his multi-point game streak, which rose to nine, and he still has been a game star in every playoff game so far. Game 4 is Thursday.

    Ontario Hockey League

    North Bay Battalion 1 @ Barrie Colts 2
    Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 2-1

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
    Playoff totals: 10 GP, 3-0-3, E, 10 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
    Playoff totals: 8 GP: 3-2-5, +3, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Barrie got back in the series with a 2-1 home win on Tuesday night. Jake Dotchin scored the game’s first goal. Barrie would add another then hold on for the win. Game 4 is Thursday.

  • 1 week 3 days ago

    A solid, satisfying win... but at what price?

    TOR-0
    TB-3

    Ben Bishop made 3 saves on 3 shots before leaving the game 5:43 into the First Period in serious discomfort after falling to the ice while catching a puck with his glove hand. Wrist, elbow, shoulder? Whatever it was, Bishop was writhing in pain enough to leave doubt whether he'll be available anytime soon. Anders Lindback entered the game and stopped all 25 shots he faced the rest of the way for the combined shutout and the win. Putting aside any critique of Bishop's workload, I feel like Lindback's play in his last start merited more starting time than Cooper has given him. He looked good again tonight, including a sparkling glove save toward the end of the Second Period. What I like about Lindback is the team in front of him seems to simplify its game and pay closer attention to detail rather than simply relying on Ben Bishop to be the eraser for their mistakes. It certainly appeared that way tonight.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    9:19 TB Palat (21), (Hedman, Gudas)
    15:45 TB Palat (22), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)

    Third Period
    19:47 TB Hedman (13), (unassisted)(EN)

    Lindback, Ondrej Palat, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars.

    That was a fantastically well played hockey game by the Tampa Bay Lightning after the debacles against Calgary and Dallas. Ordinarily I'd be really excited about the way they played tonight, because it represents a total reversal of the issues that had plaqued the club earlier this season when it simply couldn't get power play production, couldn't kill penalties with any reliability, and struggled mightily to protect Third Period leads. They were ruthlessly efficient in all three aspects, which bodes well, but...

    Between Bishop leaving the game and Sami Salo also leaving early in the Second Period, you wonder if they won the battle and ended up losing the war. It's never a good thing when an injury looks so significant that people start asking you how quickly your KHL-based prospect goaltender-of-the-future might be available to be signed and, gulp, appear for your team in the playoffs. That's the scary predicament of the night, though, pending word on what ails Bishop.

    The Lightning's victory tonight puts them at 95 points for the season, 1 shy of our 80-game goal of 96 points and 2 points shy of the 10-game segment goal of 12 points earned. It's remarkable how efficient they've been about staying on schedule all season long.

    Andrej Sustr had 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 18:10. He, again, had to play bigger minutes with one of his defensive corps-mates out of the game (in this case Salo). He made several key plays in the Second Period including breaking up a 3-on-1 by Toronto's top line. Tonight was his 40th game of the season, meaning he is now just 1 game away from graduation on the site. He'll likely be the capstone to an unprecedented Bolt Prospects Alumni class the likes of which we may never see again.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 1 week 4 days ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Finals
    (4)Ufa 4 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 0
    Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, SO, 22/22, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 16 GP, 9-7-0, 1 SO, 2.11 GAA, .929 sv%

    Vasily Koshechkin, Loss, 20/22, 2.65 GAA, .909 sv%
    Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
    Playoff totals: 12 GP, 10-2-0, 0 SO, 1.91 GAA, .935 sv%

    Today might've been a game changer in the KHL Eastern Conference Finals. Not only did Lightning prospect goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy post a 22 save shutout to hand Magnitogorsk just their second defeat of the KHL postseason, but Metallurg goaltender Vasily Koshechkin was pulled by Head Coach Mike Keenan after a Third Period soft goal that put Ufa up 2-0. What effect will the quick hook have on the veteran Koshechkin? We shall see when Game Four drops on Wednesday. Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov had a pair of assists in the win for Ufa.

  • 1 week 5 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Barrie Colts 1 @ North Bay Battalion 4
    Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 2-0

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 7 GP: 2-2-4, +1, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 3-0-3, E, 8 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    North Bay scored four times in the span of about four minutes in the third period to claim Game 2 and take a 2-0 series lead over Barrie. Dylan Blujus scored a power play goal, giving him three goals in nine playoff games. He had four goals in 55 regular season games. Undrafted free agent Barclay Goodrow had two goals for the Battalion. The series moves to Barrie for Game 3 on Tuesday.

  • 1 week 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6
    Mooseheads lead best-of-7 second round series, 2-0

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-4-4, E, 0 PIM, 1 Hit, 4 SOG, 12/24 FO, *Third Star*
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 6-13-19, +7, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Halifax got two goals from Nik Ehlers (2014) and four assists from Jonathan Drouin on its way to a 6-2 Game 2 win. Drouin, who has been a game star in all six playoff games, extended his multi-point game streak to nine games. Game 3 is Tuesday in Gatineau.

  • 1 week 6 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Down by three midway through the third period, Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler believed his team deserved better.

    Syracuse was outshooting Utica and had more quality scoring opportunities, but the Comets still had the advantage on the scoreboard.

    "I just thought we had control of the game, but they were winning," Zettler said.

    The Crunch's fortunes turned around quickly.

    Syracuse tied the score with three goals in the final 1:39 of regulation -- each time with the goalie pulled -- and Brett Connolly scored 2:36 into overtime, as the Crunch stunned the Comets, 6-5, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

  • 1 week 6 days ago

    Never say die.

    UTI-5
    SYR-6 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 5 goals on 25 shots for the OT win. The goal support came late, but whenever it comes it's always a beautiful thing.

    First Period
    SYR Paradis, (5) (Namestnikov, Mormina), 7:16
    UTI O'Reilly, (4) , 12:26 (PP)
    SYR Gourde, (5) (Korobov, DiSalvatore), 16:44 (PP)

    Second Period
    UTI Friesen, (5) (Lain), 11:39
    UTI Friesen, (6) (Biega, Welsh), 18:27 (PP)

    Third Period
    UTI Kennedy, (1) (O'Reilly), 9:44
    UTI Welsh, (5) (Friesen, Sauve), 10:49
    SYR Namestnikov, (18) (Paradis, Paquette), 18:21
    SYR Marchessault, (18) (Connolly, Gourde), 18:52 (SH)
    SYR Marchessault, (19) (Paquette, Angelidis), 19:07 (SH)

    Third Period
    SYR Connolly, (19) (Korobov, Namestnikov), 2:36

    Jonathan Marchessault, Philippe Paradis, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars.

    You could watch 76 AHL games a year for the rest of your life and not see what happened tonight again. In pro hockey, having a 3 goal deficit at anytime in the Third Period should be a death sentence. Having it with less than 3 minutes left in the Third Period should absolutely be a death sentence. Having it with less than 3 minutes and having a man in the box for most of that time really, really should be a death sentence. The Syracuse Crunch scored 3 straight extra attacker goals late in the Third Period tonight to force Overtime. Two of those goals were technically shorthanded. Coach Gordon Bombay just called from Hollywood and even he thinks the plot tonight was implausible and ludicrous. That is not supposed to happen. Ever. There must not be a rock big or heavy enough for Utica to crawl under right now, because Syracuse bent the laws of time and space to find a way to win that game tonight. Wow.

    With the win, Syracuse moves to 1 game under .500 with 6 left to play. After winning tonight the way they did, who in their right mind would bet against them to get on the right side of .500 before the year's complete?

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

Syndicate content