Game Night Results

  • 14 weeks 4 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Finals

    QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 1 @ QMJHL-1 Rimouski Oceanic 2 (2OT)
    Rimouski wins best-of-7 series, 4-3

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1/8 FO, 0 Hits
    Playoff totals: 22 GP, 21-9-30, +18, 17 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Rimouski won the President’s Cup as QMJHL champions with a 2-1 double-overtime win Monday night. The game was wide open and tense and both teams had dozens of chances to win the game in a scoreless third period and first overtime. The Nics finally took advantage of a penalty taken when a Rimouski player got behind the Quebec defense and was hauled down.

    Adam Erne finished with 21 goals in 22 playoff games and was second in playoff scoring to Halifax’s Nikolaj Ehlers (Jets). Despite not being on the winning side, Erne won the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the playoff MVP -- a huge honor.

    Both teams will go to the Memorial Cup tournament in Quebec City, hosted by the Remparts, starting next week.

  • 14 weeks 4 days ago

    Manufactured smack down.

    Eastern Conference Finals
    Game Two

    TB-6
    NYR-2

    Series Tied 1-1

    Ben Bishop remains my #1 story of the playoffs, allowing just 2 goals on 37 shots for the victory. With all due respect to Tyler Johnson, Bishop's carrying this team on his back right now. He's erasing copious amounts of defensive mistakes in front of him and giving the Lightning an opportunity to win every single night, like he did again here in Game Two. His stop with the left pad on Fast at 3-2 in the Third Period may not have only been a game saver, but a series saver, too.

    First Period
    5:38 TB Johnson (9), (Killorn)(SH)
    8:50 NYR Kreider (6), (St. Louis, Boyle)(PP)
    11:15 TB Johnson (10), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    8:17 TB Johnson (11), (Palat, Kucherov)
    14:17 NYR Stepan (5), (St. Louis, Boyle)(PP)

    Third Period
    3:09 TB Killorn (4), (Hedman, Filppula)
    6:28 TB Stamkos (4), (Coburn, Kucherov)(PP)
    17:58 TB Killorn (5), (Garrison, Filppula)(PP)

    Johnson, Alex Killorn, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars. Ben Bishop's my guy in this playoff run, but there's little doubt that if the Lightning go all the way Johnson will win the Conn Smyth. His hat trick tonight puts him 1 goal shy of the Lightning record for goals in a playoff season, and we're sitting at Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals. Bishop, Johnson, and the Lightning PK have been the reason the Lightning have gotten this far, but the suddenly white hot PP may be what puts them over the top. They were 3/6 tonight and continue to flirt with 50% with the man advantage over the last 7-8 games. I don't know how the team loses a series with the power play clicking at this level, given they led the league in goals during the regular season with nothing resembling a PP from November on.

    With all that said, this game was tighter than the score indicates. The Lightning matched the Rangers' effort level tonight, unlike Game One, and produced the chances they needed to win. But, they still made a large sackful of turnovers and mistakes that could've ended in catastrophe were it not for Bishop's ongoing excellence. Jon Cooper and his staff will look at the tape and have plenty to clean up, but I feel pretty safe in saying the Lightning just played their 2 worst games of the series and they only lost Game One 2-1 and they eventually blew out NY in Game Two 6-2. Game Three will be a lot more tight checking, so the Lightning need to refocus going home to Tampa in good position with everything reduced to a 5 game series with the Lightning holding home ice advantage.

    Nikita Nesterov had 2 hits and 2 blocked shots in 12:49. He had a goal on a 2-on-1 and took his eye off the puck trying to one time it into the open side. He didn't have the anxious moments on defense he had in the Montreal series, and having him in the lineup in a 7 D alignment provides the team an assertive pace pusher and scrambles the forward lines enough to make it harder for a team that likes to play matchup as much as the Rangers do.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 14 weeks 5 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Finals

    QMJHL-1 Rimouski Oceanic 5 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 4 (OT)
    Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/5 FO, 3 Hits, *Second Star*
    Playoff totals: 21 GP, 21-9-30, +18, 17 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Quebec had leads of 2-0 after one period of play and 4-2 after two periods, but couldn’t hang on to win the QMJHL championship after regulation. They had another chance in overtime, but Rimouski scored on their 40th shot of the game to force a Game 7 Monday in Rimouski. Quebec had just 18 shots on goal in Game 6. With four goals in his last two games, Erne is back to a goal-per-game pace in the playoffs. His second goal of the game gave the Remparts a 4-1 lead midway through the second period. Rimouski scored the game-tying goal with 1:01 left on the clock. Jan Kostalek (Jets) scored the game-winning goal.

  • 14 weeks 6 days ago

    Little things cost the Lightning again...

    Eastern Conference Finals
    Game One

    TB-1
    NYR-2

    New York Leads the Series 1-0

    Ben Bishop continues to sparkle, allowing just 2 goals on 30 shots for the loss. I can't fault Ben on two greasy goals, one of which was a puck deflected off a body in front. He game the Lightning every opportunity to win the game while the team figured out an approach that would work against the Rangers.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    19:47 NYR Stepan (4), (Kreider, McDonagh)

    Third Period
    6:45 TB Palat (4), (Johnson, Hedman)(PP)
    17:35 NYR Moore (1), (Hayes, Brassard)

    Ondrej Palat was the game's third star.

    The Rangers probably deserved the win today, given the overall run of play, but the Lightning did a lot of good things and put themselves in position to steal Game One. They weathered a very spirited First Period by New York with the Rangers coming out flying, largely on the strength of Bishop's goaltending. Then, with fatigue slowly starting to creep in for New York and nerves wearing off in the Second Period, the team started to slowly turn the momentum until a little disaster struck late in the period. Steven Stamkos failed to pay the price to take a couple of extra strides to get the red line and get the puck deep late, and the Rangers took the resulting turnover and eventually cashed on a greasy goal that hit traffic in front and found Stepan at the side of Bishop's cage. The Lightning really came on in the Third Period, drawing 3 PP's from The Rangers, but in a game that tight it just takes a bounce to lose. Kevin Hayes threw a sharp angle shot off Moore in front of the net and in, and the Lightning find themselves down 1-0 in the series.

    If you're a glass half empty person, you'll note that the third pairing of Carle/Sustr (particularly Carle) is the most glaring weak spot on the team right now. It's bad. The Lightning had a high amount of turnovers in the game, some of which were the result of the Rangers flying on the forecheck to start the game, but there were a ton of really stupid unforced errors, too. And, Carle seemed to be at the heart of a lot of those unforced errors. Also, the team had nothing resembling support from the bottom two lines with Boyle a late scratch and Marchessault a liability in this contest. Namestnikov also showed a lot of jitters and withered a bit in the big moments, like a 2-on-1 he meekly centered right into a sprawled Rangers defender in the Third Period. It's not like the coaches have a ton of choices, though. They either bite the bullet and give Drouin a chance or they don't.

    Glass half full, it looks like the Stamkos line is going to be able to do some business in this series and the PP cashed in again. The Lightning also won the faceoff battle, at least on paper, even with Boyle out. And, Bishop. Enough said.

    Game Two is going to be very big. The Lightning found some things that worked in the Third Period and I expect a big push from them to try to even up the series before it shifts back to Tampa.

    Jonathan Marchessault had 2 shots in 11:40. He looked like a deer in headlights to me in the First Period, with some cringe-worthy turnovers. He settled down as things went along, but I'm just not sure this is a series that suits his game. He and Namestnikov (6:52 of IT), in particular, may need to draw out for Game Two. Obviously, you hope Boyle can go in Game Two and then Cooper will need to decide whether to go with 7 D or maybe try Drouin again. Some tinkering definitely needs to happen on the third pair and bottom two lines, though, because they were glaring liabilities, at times.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 15 weeks 3 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Finals

    QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 3 @ QMJHL-1 Rimouski Oceanic 2 (OT)
    Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/21 FO, 3 Hits, *Second Star*
    Playoff totals: 20 GP, 19-9-28, +18, 15 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Adam Erne scored the game-opening goal in the first period, then again in the second half of the third period to force overtime, which the Remparts won 10 seconds in, 3-2. Road teams are now 5-0 in the Finals. The Remparts can claim the championship at home on Sunday. Erne pulled within three points of Nikolaj Ehlers (Jets) of Halifax for the playoff scoring lead. Erne’s 19 goals are six more than anyone else.

  • 15 weeks 1 day ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Finals

    QMJHL-1 Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 2
    Best-of-7 series tied, 2-2

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
    Playoff totals: 19 GP, 17-9-26, +17, 15 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    The road team moved to 4-0 in the Finals as Rimouski topped Quebec in Game 4, 4-2. Quebec had a 2-0 lead in Game 4 by the mid-way mark of the first period, but the Nics had tied the game by the first intermission. Game 5 is Friday in Rimouski.

  • 15 weeks 3 days ago

    The night it all came together...

    Eastern Conference Semifinals
    Game Six

    MTL-1
    TB-4

    Tampa Bay Wins the Series 4-2

    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 19 shots for the victory, with the lone goal coming off a play where a puck took a goofy hop off the glass. He didn't have a ton of work, but he continued to make the key saves when he needed to. The national press just realized Bishop is no fluke. It's no small thing to out-duel the presumptive MVP, Carey Price, in a 7-game series. Did he get some lucky, horseshoe breaks? Sure. But you make your own luck, and Bishop was the MVP of this Montreal series.

    First Period
    15:35 TB Kucherov (5), (Palat)

    Second Period
    5:12 TB Stamkos (3), (Killorn, Carle)
    18:56 TB Palat (3), (Kucherov, Stralman)(PP)

    Third Period
    15:03 MTL Pacioretty (5), (Gallagher)
    17:59 TB Kucherov (6), (unassisted)(EN)

    Steven Stamkos, Bishop, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

    After muddling through much of the first dozen games of this playoff season, tonight the Lightning finally figured out how to translate their regular season style to a successful 60 minute hockey game. You could see it coming in their 5-on-5 play in Montreal in Game Five, and once the Johnson line worked their way into scoring the opening goal in the First Period, the Lightning were fully off and running. The Lightning completely dominated the Habs from there on out. Outshot them. Outchanced them. Outhit them. They even did a number on Montreal in the faceoff circles after struggling mightily in that department for most of the series. All in all, it was the first time in these playoffs that the Lightning played a full game of Lightning hockey, which points to the tremendous potential of this club. Even struggling to figure out postseason hockey, the Lightning had the talent to advance within 1 game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Tonight, all the pieces fell into place.

    Moreover, the Lightning have filled in some important gaps in their game from the regular season, and may be be finally reaching their full potential as a team. That should be terrifying to the rest of the league, considering that the Lightning still managed to put up a 100+ point season and lead the league in goals even without a functional power play and without a really strong ability to close out close games in the Third Period. The Lightning got 7 goals on the power play in the Montreal series, and starting late in the Detroit series they started to really look more comfortable and efficient protecting Third Period leads and playing a more simple 200 foot game.

    Oh, and after being MIA in the Detroit series, all of a sudden Kucherov is fully on track and Stamkos is getting on track. Yikes.

    Credit BP member Bolthed with the following paraphrased point from the BP chat room, which I think strikes the right tone, post game: I hope Coach Cooper stood up in front of his team after the game and said something along the lines of the following...

    "Boys, congratulations for advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. It hasn't always been easy, and it darn sure hasn't always been pretty. But, you've worked hard and you've learned and gotten a little strong, bit by bit, along the way. Tonight, you finally put it all together, and I'm proud of you guys for that. But, you know what? Now there are no more excuses. Now that you've proven you can put it all together it's on you guys to play at that same level every game from here on out. You can do it. You've shown you can do it. You had the talent, and now you've got the experience. Anything less and you're cheating yourselves."

    And at that point, I hope he asked Stamkos and Hedman to stand up in front of the team and talk about 2011, and guys like Stralman and Boyle about their experience with the Rangers, and what it feels like to come that close to winning it all. Once you get this deep in the playoffs and are one of the final four teams, you're in the rarefied air of an event that may never come in your life again. You only get so many kicks at the can and only so many real chances to get your name on the Stanley Cup.

    Capitalize it, and as Tim Taylor said in 2004, your team will walk together forever. When you lose though, like the Lightning did in 2011 in Game Seven against Boston by such a slim margin, it's the kind of thing you take to your grave. As a fan, I'll never get over 2011 and how close the Lightning were to advancing and probably winning their second Stanley Cup. Maybe it's a sign of my lack of an adequate social life, but there's not a day over the last 4 years I haven't thought about it and wished they could've gotten those couple of more goals they needed to advance and how that would've changed the legacy of that team and the franchise. I can only imagine what the players like Stamkos and Hedman who were in that room and shed blood, sweat, and tears with that team feel. They have to understand the fierce urgency of this moment and impart that wisdom on their teammates who haven't experienced a deep run like this at the NHL level before. When you get this far, you've got to win it all. You've got to. You've got to sell out mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually for every single shift of every single game, because you don't want to cheat yourselves and you don't want to find yourself looking back and regretting what might have been. For the next 4-6 weeks (hopefully), the Lightning will put everything of themselves toward this singular goal. It'll be grueling. It'll be nerve wracking. It'll galvanize a city behind the team that wears their jersey and shares their community. And that, folks, is what makes the Stanley Cup Playoffs the most unique and exciting experience in all of professional sports.

    Jonathan Marchessault had 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:15 in his NHL playoff debut. Credit the coaching staff for monitoring how well Marchessault was practicing and for having the guts to insert him in the lineup in such a big spot. He didn't score tonight, but he made smart plays with the puck and was poised defensively in a way the younger forwards haven't always been in these playoffs.

    Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot and 1 hit in 6:19. He had some anxious moments in his own end in the First Period. That's been the trade off with Nesterov. You get some possession advantages, but he looks a little hairy at times in his own third. Hence the lower ice time.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 15 weeks 5 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Finals

    QMJHL-1 Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 2
    Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
    Playoff totals: 18 GP, 17-8-25, +17, 13 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Rimouski got a much-needed road win to keep their realistic hopes alive in the QMJHL Finals, defeating Quebec, 4-2. The Remparts still lead the series, 2-1, with Game 4 in Quebec City Wednesday. Adam Erne had his five-game goal-scoring streak snapped. He fought Charles-David Beaudoin in the second period.

  • 15 weeks 6 days ago

    Little things.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals
    Game Five

    TB-1
    MTL-2

    Tampa Bay Leads the Series 3-2

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the loss. He played well tonight and still hasn't had back-to-back clunkers all season long. He gave the team a chance tonight, along with his friends posts and crossbars.

    First Period
    9:01 MTL Smith-Pelly (1), (Mitchell, Petry)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    9:27 TB Stamkos (2), (Stralman, Killorn)
    15:53 MTL Parenteau (1), (Subban)

    Bishop was the game's third star.

    The Lightning played a better game than they did in Game Three and Game Four, particularly in the First and Third Periods, but still haven't played like they're capable of. The possession and shots really grinded to a halt in the Second Period and they need to have the puck more if they want to win this series. They also should feel fortunate they got the benefit of 2 posts and a crossbar hit by Montreal on the PP, but all in all they nearly did what they needed to to seal the capper on the road and only a couple of small mistakes really cost them. First, on the Pelly goal, you had a really ill-advised pass in the neutral zone by Carle compounded by poor positioning by Sustr. Little things. You had Morrow staring at an open net with plenty of time a little later on and he golfs it directly into Price's pad. Rushed it. Little things. And, the real kicker of the night, Stamkos has the puck on his blade with all the time in the world to make a play with it in his defensive zone and he throws it blindly up the wall to Subban for what turns into the GWG. Panicked needlessly. Little things. They cleaned up a lot from Game Four, but they need to still clean up that last little bit more for Game Six.

    On a side note, the referees fingerprints were all over this game. All over it. Tampa Bay didn't get a power play all game long even though you had Johnson getting tackled the first shift of the game and Bishop getting crosschecked in the chest in the Second Period on two clear Montreal infractions. So what did the refs do? Even it up! Make it 4-on-4! Call a baloney embellishment call on Johnson and then call a baloney roughing call on Hedman in a post-whistle scrum. That's what the refs did, because they didn't want to award the Lightning a single PP after seeing the Lightning score 6 PP goals in the previous 3 games. It was obvious. They practically put it on a billboard after that gobsmacking call against Johnson to start the game. And it continued throughout the game as you had one instance where Callahan nearly got the jersey ripped off him like he'd been mauled by a tiger and then the final shift of the game where Stamkos got tackled by Subban and laid on until the final horn. Right. In. Front. Of. The. Official. That's why I'm not going to get too mad, because it was practically 7-on-5 tonight and the Lightning still nearly manufactured the victory. It's just sad you know going into a game like this in Montreal, you're going to have to beat the team in front of you AND the officials. And it's obvious. It's SO Montreal.

    If I was a betting man, the Lightning are going to beat the life out of Montreal in Game Six. We'll see how it plays out, but Pacioretty tried to also maul Tyler Johnson at the final buzzer in the scrum that broke out when Subban was still trying to pin Stamkos for the 3 count WWE style. The Lightning finally let out a little emotion tonight, and I think this team plays better when it's angry/revenge-minded. Just my guess. Montreal made it personal again with their shenanigans at the buzzer.

    Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots and 3 hits in 12:13. Some of his defensive zone play tonight, frankly, was hairy. Effective, but hairy. You wouldn't show tape of those plays in an instructional video. He also got a key shift late in the game as the Lightning were trying to tie the game up, and I don't think he exactly cloaked himself in glory with some of his decision-making with the puck in the neutral zone. Tough spot for a rookie to find himself in.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 16 weeks 3 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Finals

    QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 4 @ QMJHL-1 Rimouski Oceanic 1
    Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits
    Playoff totals: 17 GP, 17-8-25, +17, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Quebec took a commanding 2-0 series lead with a 4-1 win Friday night in Rimouski. The Remparts return home two wins from a championship. Game 3 is Sunday. Adam Erne did all his damage in the first period, helping Quebec to a 3-0 lead. He had a goal and shorthanded assist within 30 seconds of each other, then added another primary assist before the period ended. He’s up to 17 goals in 17 playoff games, which leads the league by four goals. He is second in the league in points behind Nik Ehlers of Halifax (Jets pick), who had 31 points in 14 games.

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