Game Night Results

  • 3 weeks 6 days ago

    Can't stop the bleeding.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game One

    SYR- 1
    WBS- 5

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Leads the Series 1-0

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the loss before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots the rest of the way. Coach Zettler is tasked with the impossible task of choosing between a streaky goaltender who appears to have gone completely cold and a rookie ATO who has never won a professional game for Game Two. Flip a coin.

    First Period
    WBS Uher, (1) (Kuhnhackl, Rowney), 16:52

    Second Period
    WBS Kapanen, (1) (Megna), 6:03
    WBS Rowney, (1) (Goers, Uher), 6:34
    WBS Kapanen, (2) (Goers, Megna), 7:43
    SYR Peca, (1) (Angelidis, Vermin), 14:00

    Third Period
    WBS Syvret, (1) (Rowney, Sheary), 12:32

    Syracuse entered the playoffs having won just 1 of their last 10 down the stretch, and they got dominated tonight. It's not just that they didn't get the goaltending, but they also got outshot 35-23 as well, which gives you an idea of run of play. There's a small silver lining with Matthew Peca getting his first pro playoff goal, but it's super, super small. The Pens pinned a -4 on Syracuse's offensive bell cow, Jonathan Marchessault, and if Marchessault's line can't win their shifts, then Syracuse likely has no prayer.

    Honestly, I've got no helpful suggestions or tweaks that I can suggest at this juncture. I kept waiting for this team to gel with all the roster changes and ATO additions down the stretch, and it simply hasn't happened.

    Game Two is tomorrow night.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 8 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Semifinals

    QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 4 @ QMJHL-2 Moncton Wildcats 1
    Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1/5 FO, 0 Hits
    Playoff totals: 12 GP, 11-3-14, +4, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    After more than a week of waiting, the Quebec Remparts were back in action Thursday night, defeating the Moncton Wildcats in Game 1 of their league semifinal series. The Wildcats played Game 7 of their quarterfinal match-up against Halifax on Tuesday. Quebec spotted Moncton a 1-0 lead after the first period before scoring four times to end the game. Game 2 is Saturday.

    Ontario Hockey League
    Western Conference Finals

    West-2 Erie Otters 3 @ West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6
    Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

    D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-14-14, +15, 10 PIM
    With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
    With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

    Sault Ste. Marie drew first blood in their highly anticipated match-up against second-seeded Erie with a 6-3 win Thursday. The Greyhounds skated out to a 3-0 lead before future Edmonton Oiler Connor McDavid scored a natural hat trick to tie the game. The Soo responded with three more goals to claim the win. Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo was scoreless for the second straight game. It was the first time since early November that he went two games in a row without earning at least a point. Game 2 is Friday.

  • 4 weeks 9 hours ago

    Miracle in Motown.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game Four

    TB-3
    DET-2 (OT)

    Series Tied 2-2

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the OT victory. The softie from distance he allowed in the Second Period appeared to be the soul crushing final nail in the game (and possibly the Lightning's season). But, that was before Tyler Johnson became a legend...

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    5:42 DET Nyquist (1), (Zetterberg, Abdelkader)
    14:24 DET Andersson (1), (Sheahan, Jurco)

    Third Period
    14:34 TB Johnson (3), (Stralman)
    15:51 TB Palat (1), (Johnson, Garrison)

    Overtime
    2:25 TB Johnson (4), (Hedman, Palat)

    Tyler Johnson and Anton Stralman were the game's first and third stars.

    Make no mistake, the Lightning stole this game. With under six minutes to play in the Third Period, this team was getting fitted for a toe tag. They were done. They were absolutely dominated from the start of the Second Period on and it looked like tee times were just around the corner. And then, somehow, Tyler Johnson pylonized Darren Helm on the rush around the corner and made it 2-1, and then he found Ondrej Palat on the rush to make it 2-2, and then he finished off an Overtime 3-on-1 on the rush to complete perhaps the most impossible, miraculous moment in Lightning postseason history.

    I'm still stunned it happened, and don't know exactly what happens from hereon out. I thought after Game Two that Petr Mrazek's veil of invincibility was put to bed, and that didn't work out so well. So, I'm not ready to kick dirt on the young netminder or the Red Wings' grave after that win. With that said, it has to have some sort of effect on your morale when you have a series darn near won and you wet the bed with under six minutes left to go in a game you lead 2-0 that you've absolutely dominated. Now the Lightning head home to start a 3-game series where they have home ice advantage with a lot of belief that they can do... well... just about anything after that victory.

    On the downside, the power play again went 0-for-4 and we're still waiting for Steven Stamkos to light the lamp in this series. I'd say it was a complete swing and a miss for the franchise cornerstones tonight, but Victor Hedman's sweet assist on the Johnson OT winner was obviously huge. I'm beginning to think we may just need to accept the fact Hedman's not a natural PP QB running things in the offensive third from the point despite the fact he's absolutely dominant on the rush.

    By the way, refs, don't think we didn't notice that pick on Drouin that wasn't called on Detroit's second goal and that phantom call on Ben Bishop for the unimaginable crime of standing in his crease while a Detroit player skated by and tripped over him. Bummy performance by the officials.

    Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:40. The coaching staff had to be more guarded with Nesterov's use on the road with the Wings having last change. So, we may see more of him in Game Five at home that we've seen in Game Three and Game Four.

    One final post script: when you win a game like that, you kind of have to win the series now, don't you?

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 2 days ago

    Out-of-sync Lightning reach a crossroads.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game Three

    TB-0
    DET-3

    Detroit Leads the Series 2-1

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the loss. The man got no goal support, so I can't exactly fault him.

    First Period
    8:46 DET Datsyuk (2), (Tatar, Ericsson)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    6:42 DET Sheahan (1), (Abdelkader, Zetterberg)
    19:11 DET Glendening (2), (Ericsson)(EN)

    Well, that was simultaneously frustrating and embarrassing. Fresh off of dominating Game Two, the Lightning decided to take their foot off the gas in Game Three. That, coupled with some poor puck luck (3 posts and 3 missed open sides) and the re-disappearance of the team's power play (0-for-6), led to the Lightning reaching their first real crisis of faith of the postseason (btw, in the Lightning's 2 losses in the series they were a combine 0-for-13 on the PP, so this isn't brain surgery, is it?). They're either going to implode under this pressure now, or they're going to hunker down and refocus on the basics and good habits.

    What basics? First, the passing tonight was atrocious. It's been a little off all series, but it was really off tonight, with the Lightning missing a lot of potential chances to break in on Detroit because passes were 6-12 inches off target. Giving and receiving passes is pretty basic, and the Lightning need to get back to completing those fundamentals well. The power play, obviously, needs to click. Mind you, then should've had at least 1 PP goal on the 5-on-3 chance that Tyler Johnson clanged off the crossbar, but the work needs to continue on having a moving power play that puts pressure on Detroit and has less instances where the puck touches the boards and puts the Lightning in a position where they're retrieving the puck rather than attacking with it. That means bodies moving and correct pass/shot selection, timing, and precision. Last, the physicality of Game Two nearly evaporated in Game Three. Detroit would love nothing better than to play an antiseptic tactical game with shot totals in the low-20's, because they've been playing their system forever. The Lightning need to pummel their D like they did in Game Two and get them out of their comfort zone, because opportunities will flow from there.

    Beyond those basics, here's a basic issue we've talked about all season long that reared its head yet again: your two franchise cornerstones have got to be your best players. Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, at this point of their careers, should be the Lightning's bell cows. They should be leading this team to the promised land and anything you get from the Triplets, the 4th line, etc., should be gravy. Hedman, like in Game One, played another fairly benign 23 minutes of hockey where he wasn't terrible, but he certainly wasn't the assertive Victor Hedman that can absolutely take over games. And Stamkos had 2 shots and only 3 shot attempts all game long while still seeking his first goal of this postseason. That's not going to cut it. These two guys have got to be the ringleaders. If they are, everything will fall in place behind them.

    Also, sometimes even the best laid plans just need to be crumpled up and set on fire, and that's the case with the third line of Vladislav Namestnikov, Valtteri Filppula, and Cedric Paquette. That's three centermen, two of which don't really play wing all that well, and they've been a train wreck in this series. Tonight they got totally exposed on the road with Detroit having last change. That line's got to be broken up. Got to be. They're bad. Were it my choice, and assuming Garrison's available, I believe I'd risk losing Paquette's contributions on the PK to sit he and Namestnikov for Garrison and Drouin in Game Four, playing 7 defensemen. My goal would be to put my 18 best even strength players on the rink while also using the extra shifts available in an 11 forward lineup to try to light a fire under Stamkos, because sparking 91 may be a matter of postseason survival at this juncture.

    Just so I can't be accused of being all negative, the bright side of Game Three was the continued emergence of Andrej Sustr as a two-way rock star. It's like, upon potting that back door goal in Game Two, Sustr had a moment like John Belushi in the Blues Brothers in the church scene with James Brown when he his mission to save the orphanage. Those rays of truth hit him, the angels sang, and the Godfather of Soul confirmed that yes, Andrej Sustr has seen the light. The last 1-1/2 games he's played the kind of assertive 2-way game he played with Syracuse in their Calder Cup finals run a few years back, where instead of being a pin cushion absorbing the other team's offensive pressure, he uses his hockey sense to create offense and put some pressure on theirs. It's a beautiful thing, and if he keeps it up the future looks bright with he and Nesterov both playing well in this series.

    Nikita Nesterov was -1 in 15:27. I'd like to see him get back to shooting the puck more. He's taken more of the facilitation role on the PP in the last 2 games, and that's fine when it's clicking, but when you're 0-for-4 halfway through a game, time to simplify and create some greasy goals for your teammates, in my opinion.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 5 days ago

    Crunch complete their limp into the playoffs.

    BRI-4
    SYR-2

    Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals in 18 shots for the loss. Ugly stat line.

    First Period
    SYR Peca, (1) (Ikonen, Vermin), 5:11
    BRI Jeffrey, (25) (Quine), 6:57

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    BRI Mouillierat, (24) (Pulock, Quine), 9:53 (PP)
    BRI Markison, (1) (Sundstrom), 15:19
    SYR Blujus, (4) (Dotchin, Marchessault), 19:38 (PP)
    BRI Mayfield, (1) , 19:56 (EN)

    Matthew Peca, who scored his first professional goal, was the game's first star.

    Syracuse outshot Bridgeport 33-19 in the contest, but couldn't turn the tide on the scoreboard. The club finished the regular season 1-7-2 in their last 10 games. Ouch. The team will be the 5th seed in the East and start on the road against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the opening round. It's hard to feel confident, though, given the team's marked swoon over the past 10 games.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 5 days ago

    Grumpy Lightning punish Wings.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game Two

    DET-1
    TB-5

    Series Tied 1-1

    Ben Bishop allowed just 1 goal on 24 shots for his first NHL playoff victory, and the lone goal he surrendered was a goofy goal that ping ponged off two defenders before bouncing in off Tatar's shin pads. I'm not surprised he had a bounce-back performance, because Ben hasn't had two poor performances in a row all season long that I can recall. I am relieved, though, that he put the whole playoff stigma thing to bed, and now we can settle into the grind of the second season.

    First Period
    3:05 TB Johnson (1), (Nesterov, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    7:56 TB Killorn (1), (Callahan, Stamkos)
    14:48 TB Sustr (1), (Filppula, Namestnikov)
    19:22 TB Johnson (2), (Hedman)

    Third Period
    5:49 DET Tatar (1), (Quincey, Nyquist)
    15:26 TB Filppula (1), (Stamkos, Nesterov)(PP)

    Tyler Johnson, Victor Hedman, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars.

    Tampa Bay showed up to the rink in a must-win situation with ill humor, and they imposed their will on Detroit physically throughout the game. Callahan, Morrow, and several others laid the lumber to the Wings defense, Stamkos and Killorn and others still participated in multiple scrums in the First and Second Period, and the Lightning rode that energy to a critical win that killed any notion that this season will be a repeat of last year's debacle against Montreal.

    In the end, the Lightning outshot Detroit 30-24. Hockey-wise, the Lightning didn't actually play as well as they did in Game One and Detroit played much better than they did in the opener, leveraging much more possession. But, the edge that they folded into their game today seemed to really knock Detroit out of their antiseptic approach to locking down and clearing out pucks from around Mrazek (and later Howard), with the Lightning finally getting some greasy goals of their own, starting with Johnson's power play marker.

    In the process, I think the Lightning squashed just about every other kernel of doubt the press might want to waste ink on between now and Tuesday. Bishop obviously put to bed any doubts about his play. The myth of Petr Mrazek's invincibility was destroyed with 4 goals on 18 shots, and they showed Howard isn't a better option cashing in on an ugly rebound for a goal. The power play clicked to the tune of 2-for-4 in the game, trending upward to respectability from the 0-for-7 performance in Game One. Other than Stamkos picking up his first goal of the series, I can't think of any other boxes the Lightning didn't check tonight. And, there's clearly another gear the Lightning can go to. I thought there were times their puck management was lackluster, and they still have Jason Garrison in the wings waiting to return in Game Three. In other words, I'd be a little terrified if I were Detroit that Tampa Bay hasn't even hit its top gear yet.

    Now, the Lightning need to shake off the good feelings of the first playoff victory quickly and refocus on the opportunity at hand coming on Tuesday. Another strong game in Detroit in Game Three, and I think there's a legitimate chance Tampa Bay could run the Wings straight out of this series. It's hard to imagine Detroit's going to be able to last long in this series averaging 20 shots a game against Bishop with all the firepower the Lightning bring to the rink and Mrazek and Howard both looking mortal today.

    Nikita Nesterov had a pair of helpers and 3 blocked shots in 18:49. He's clearly earned his ticket to stay in the lineup with 3 points in his first couple of NHL playoff games. Really, other than a couple of turnovers by Coburn, I'm hard pressed to muster much negativity at how any of the Lightning defensemen played today, and you even saw Sustr get a goal and nearly pot a second. It leaves me to wonder if, presuming Garrison goes in Game Three, the Lightning will go with 7 d-men next time out.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 6 days ago

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    East-3 Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ East-2 Calgary Hitmen 4 (2OT)
    Calgary wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

    Calgary advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 4-3 double-overtime win Friday night. The Hitmen scored on their ninth shot of the second extra session and led in shots overall, 58-55. Calgary’s Jake Virtanen (Canucks) tied the game in the final minute of regulation with a power play goal. Travis Sanheim (Flyers) won it. Calgary gets top-seeded Brandon in the conference finals.

  • 4 weeks 6 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Despite having a two goal lead early in the third period, the Syracuse Crunch couldn't hold on.

    The Flames scored twice in the final 14 minutes of regulation and Ken Agostino netted the game-winner 39 seconds into overtime, as Adirondack beat Syracuse, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    "We lack the discipline to play a tighter game late in the third period," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "They wanted to open up and we seemed like we wanted to go right along with that ride and open it up a little bit. Instead of clamping down and making smart plays throughout he neutral zone, we failed to do that."

  • 4 weeks 6 days ago

    Snake bitten and still struggling.

    ADK-5
    SYR-4 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the OT loss. After getting his save percentage up as high as .906, Gudlevskis' recent struggles have dropped him back down to the goaltending Mendoza line of .900.

    First Period
    SYR Vermin, (12) (Peca, Koekkoek), 4:39
    ADK Poirier, (18) , Reinhart, 19:16

    Second Period
    SYR Point, (2) (Marchessault, Kunyk), 0:47
    SYR Gourde, (29) (Point, Ikonen), 4:52
    ADK Yonkman, (2) (Tousignant, Harris), 16:24

    Third Period
    SYR Marchessault, (24) (Dotchin, Peca), 3:29
    ADK Wolf, (20) (Kulak), 13:43
    ADK Elson, (17) , 16:31

    Overtime
    ADK Agostino, (14) (Kulak, Arnold), 0:39

    Jonathan Marchessault and Brayden Point were the game's first and third stars. Throw in that Matthew Peca had his first multi-point night as a pro, and you had a hat trick of important Lightning forward prospects producing. Therein lies the silver lining of tonight's loss: the offense is starting to come around, finally. That doesn't take all the sting out of coughing up a pair of 2 goal leads, but it's something.

    Syracuse sits 2 points behind Hartford for the division lead, which will yield the East #3 seed in the playoffs.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 8 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Quarterfinals

    QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2
    Quebec wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 1/5 FO, 2 Hits
    Playoff totals: 11 GP, 11-3-14, +4, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Quebec completed the four-game sweep of the Islanders, winning 5-2 Thursday night on PEI. The Remparts have now won five straight games since losing Game 6 to Cape Breton in the first round. Adam Erne’s five-game goal streak came to an end, though he had an assist. The Remparts will wait to see who they play next; the other three series are still going.

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