Game Night Results

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    I respect Carolina. I respect their fans. But, oh how I enjoy the tears of their broadcasters! Tripp Tracy's are so sweet: like despair and cinnamon!


    Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 44 shots for the victory. It wasn't his best performance, and he wasn't always square to shooters, but he was a pugnacious thorn in Carolina's side. He seemed to relish the opportunity to eliminate the Canes, and missed scoring a goal by an eyelash to put the punctuation on it. If that's his last regular season game in a Lightning jersey, how magnificent was that?

    First Period
    06:45 TB Moore (18), Downie (22), Bergeron (6)
    11:19 TB Lecavalier (25), St Louis (67)
    13:17 TB Stamkos (45), Purcell (33), Gagne (23)

    Second Period
    10:53 TB Clark (9), Lecavalier (29), St Louis (68)
    13:31 CAR Stillman (12), Staal (43), Skinner (32)(PP)

    Third Period
    08:33 CAR LaRose (16), Sutter (15), McBain (23)
    17:44 TB Gagne (17), Thompson (15)(EN)
    18:24 TB St Louis (31), Purcell (34) & M. Smith (1)(EN)

    Mike Smith, Vincent Lecavalier, and Martin St. Louis were the game's three stars.

    To go out and step on the throat of a team that had a win-and-in scenario on home ice should send a pretty chilling message to the rest of the Eastern Conference and to the Lightning's first round opponent, Pittsburgh, in particular. After wandering aimlessly for 3-4 weeks, the Lightning have really put their thinking caps on and are really playing like a team ready for the mixture of chess and hand-to-hand combat that is the NHL playoffs. Leading the charge is one Vincent Lecavalier, who enters this playoffs with a momentous opportunity (and St. Louis as well) to stamp a place in Tampa sports and hockey history.

    As an aside, Matt Smaby's play tonight was pretty nice. He's not polished, by any means, but +2 with 3 hits and 5 blocked shots is not a bad stat line for a stay-at-homer. Every once in a while, Smaby's play makes me wonder how good he could be if he got a little more ice time and experience. He's a nice #8 to have going into the playoffs. And, Dana Tyrell turned it up to 11 tonight against the Canes. Wow. If he plays like that in the playoffs, he's going to become a cult legend in Tampa Bay. He was 5'11", 185 lbs of nasty tonight. Those were two BoltProspects Alumni who definitely made us proud tonight.

    If you're keeping score at home, the Lightning just completed a 103 point season and also punched 3 of 4 division rivals right in the nose. They swept the Atlanta Thrashers, handed the Florida Panthers the loss that clinched last place in the Eastern Conference for that club, and smacked Carolina around twice down the stretch to keep them out of the playoffs. Yes, Caniacs, Mike Smith kept you out of the playoffs, and Mike Milbury was right on HNIC, you WILL take THAT to your graves.

    If I'm not mistaken, with the rule regarding division winners meaning Detroit has to pick after the Lightning no matter what, I believe the Lightning are now slotted in to the 23rd pick at the draft. Yes, this is a prospects site.

    And, you're welcome Torts. Now, go beat Washington. Shut Bruce Boudreau's yap.

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  • 5 years 28 weeks ago


    Omaha Lancers 2 @ Fargo Force 1
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
    Season totals: 51 GP, 23-36-59, +28, 26 PIM

    Mullin’s 23rd goal of the season gave the Force a 1-0 lead in the second period, but Fargo gave up two in the third and fell to visiting Omaha. Mullin, who has six points in his last three games, led the team with nine shots on goal Friday. Fargo cannot finish higher than fourth in the East, but could fall to fifth as Lincoln is one point behind and both have one game remaining in the regular season.


    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
    Drummondville leads best of seven series 1-0

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 6 PIM

    Janosik tied for second on the club in shots and hits as Gatineau lost Game 1 to Guy Boucher’s former club, Drummondville, 3-1. Game 2 is Saturday at the home of the Volts.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 6 (OT)
    Montreal leads best of seven series 1-0

    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, +9, 10 PIM

    David Rose (undrafted) scored at 4:52 of overtime to give Montreal a Game 1 win over Lewiston, who had tied the game with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Lightning prospect Charles Landry earned his first assist of the post-season in his fifth game. His plus-9 rating is second on the club for the playoffs. Game 2 is Saturday in Montreal.


    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    No.4 Kootenay Ice 4 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 1
    Kootenay leads best of seven series 1-0

    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
    Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3 +2, 8 PIM

    Saskatoon ran away with the best record in the WHL during the regular season, but is 2-3 in their last five games. Friday night could have been worse, the East's No.2 seed Red Deer lost 9-1 at home to No.3 Medicine Hat. Zahn, the Blades’ captain, had his third assist of the postseason Friday. Game 2 is Saturday in Saskatoon.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Kelly Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    No.6 Florida Everblades 3 @ No.3 Kalamazoo Wings 4
    Kalamazoo leads best of five series 2-1

    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 41 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 6 PIM

    Florida put up a good fight on the road, but a goal by former Vermont Catamount Brady Leisenring at the 8 minute mark of the third period put Kalamazoo up 4-3 for the game and eventually 2-1 in the series. Leisenring has played in three leagues (CHL, ECHL, AHL) this season. The ‘Blades will need a win Saturday in Michigan to stay alive. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings notched his second point of the playoffs in the loss. Mike Zacharias stopped 30 shots in the loss and had an assist.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Taking out the garbage.


    Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    04:08 TB Lecavalier (23), St Louis (66), Stamkos (46)(PP)
    11:59 FLA Garrison (5), Santorelli (21), Dadonov (8)
    16:08 TB Malone (14), unassisted

    Second Period
    01:27 TB Lecavalier (24), unassisted(PS)
    15:06 TB Kubina (4), Malone (24), Downie (21)(PP)

    Third Period
    05:11 FLA Santorelli (20), Callahan (1), Dadonov (9)

    Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, and Mike Lundin were the game's three stars.

    At 101 points, the Lightning have met and exceeded my wildest expectations with 1 more game left to go. They've set the bar good and high for themselves for the immediate future. That's a very good problem to have.

    In 64 games, Vinny Lecavalier just matched his goal total from all of last season (24). If I told you two months he was going to do that, they might've fit me for a straight jacket and locked me up. He's looking very confident and very calm out there right now, and his penalty shot goal was smoother than Billy Dee Williams at the club in 1980. That's smooth. This postseason could be a legacy defining moment for Lecavalier; the kind of moment where he makes a serious case he's the single most important figure in Tampa Bay sports history. Seriously. It's a momentous opportunity, and he looks ready for it.

    Oh, and God still hates Panthers fans... all three of them.

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  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    MODO 2 @ Sodertalje 0
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, 24/26, 2.11 GAA, .923 sv%
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 5 GP, 2-1-1, 0 SO, 1.83 GAA, .925 sv%

    Former Northern Michigan netminder Tuomas Tarkki made 22 saves to lead MODO to a 2-0 shutout of Sodertalje and a spot in the Elitserien next year. Lightning prospect netminder Riku Helenius made 24 stops, but in the absence of goal support Sodertalje's fate was sealed. The club will be relegated to the Allsvenskan next year. Vaxjo moves up to the Elitserien while MODO, barely, retains their spot in Sweden's top league.

    So ends the entry level contract of former first round pick Helenius. The netminder was loaned out to Sodertalje toward the end of last season with the emergence of Jaroslav Janus and he played well in earning Sodertalje's starting job in last year's Kval till Elitserien tournament. This year, however, Helenius' play tanked in the first month of the Elitserien regular season. He lost his starting job to young Pontus Sjogren and did not regain it until the final 3 games of the the Kval till Elitserien round, which may be too little, too late to earn a qualifying offer from the Lightning.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago


    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.6 Plymouth Whalers 3 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)
    Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: 20 saves on 23 shots in 40 minutes
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

    Zador, the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week, got the start for the Attack in Game 1 vs. Plymouth, but was pulled after the second period down 3-2. No injury was reported. Attack goalie Scott Stajcer, who missed most of the season, stopped 14 of 14 shots the rest of the way to get the win. Geoffrey Schemitsch tied for the team high with a plus-2 rating. He was on the ice for the game tying goal mid-way through the third period. Maple Leafs draft pick Jesse Blacker had the game winner in overtime. Game 2 is Saturday in Michigan, and one would think Stajcer is starting Game 2, but nothing has been reported yet.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    A bad loss in Syracuse means reaching 3rd place will be difficult to achieve.


    The brief lived strong run by Jaroslav Janus came to a close. He allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    SYR Palmieri, (28) (Deschamps, Green), 6:36 (PP)
    NOR Szczechura, (20) (Milam, Ritola), 9:13 (PP)
    SYR Maroon, (24) (Bonino, Holland), 12:21 (PP)

    Second Period
    SYR Maroon, (25) (Deschamps, Holland), 6:42 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Holland, (1) (Bonino, Palmieri), 5:11 (PP)
    NOR Labrie, (7) (Mihalik, Gudas), 9:05
    NOR Pouliot, (24) (Milam), 10:36 (PP)
    SYR Deschamps, (14) (Green), 19:35 (EN)

    Paul Szczechura became the 4th Admiral to reach the 20 goal mark this season.

    Norfolk gets nothing from its game in hand on Charlotte and Binghamton. They remain 3 points back of 3rd place Charlotte in the division and 1 point up on 5th place Binghamton. They need either 1 more point or a point lost by Connecticut to clinch the 3 seed in the Atlantic Division if they fall behind the Senators and enter the postseason via the crossover.

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  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Norfolk clings to 4th in the East Division by the slimmest of margins.

    BNG-2 (OT)

    Jaroslav Janus shined making 42 saves in the overtime loss. He's allowed just 5 goals on 86 shots (.953 sv%) since spelling Dustin Tokarski against Hershey when Tic got cut with a skate. All of a sudden, he's playing under control and serving notice to the new organization why the old organization was so high on him. He's also finally justifying that #11 ranking he currently holds here on BoltProspects.

    First Period
    BNG Benoit, (11) (Daugavins, Smith), 11:46 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Ritola, (8) (Jones, Mihalik), 16:01

    Third Period

    BNG O'Brien, (24) (Condra, Greening), 3:48

    Janus was the game's third star.

    Blair Jones has points in 9 straight games. Mattias Ritola has points in 7 straight and 8 goals and 17 points over that span, including 6 multi-point games. Tonight was the first time since 2/26/11 that Ritola didn't have a multi-point effort.

    Norfolk climbs to within 2 points of 3rd place Charlotte with 1 game in hand on the Checkers. They also now hold a slim 1 point lead over the 5th place Senators with 1 game in hand on Binghamton. If a crossover scenario were to occur, Norfolk could get the 3rd seed in the Atlantic Division if they finish with more points than the 3rd place Connecticut Whale. They now have a 5 point lead on Connecticut with 3 games left to go for each club, so they could easily clinch no worse than the 3 seed in the Atlantic in their upcoming games against the East Division's 6th place team, Syracuse.

    Norfolk draws Syracuse tomorrow night and again on Saturday night before closing out the regular season on Sunday in Hartford against the Whale. Charlotte draws the now eliminated Worcester Sharks on Friday and again on Saturday. Binghamton goes to Rochester (7th in the North Division) on Friday and finishes at home against Adirondack (7th in the East Division) on Saturday. So, Norfolk likely will need 4 out of 6 possible points to hold off Binghamton for 4th, and they may need to run the table and hope Worcester can take at least a point away from Charlotte to get to 3rd place. 2 more points earned or lost by Connecticut will clinch no worse than the 3 seed in the Atlantic via the crossover. In that scenario, Norfolk would face Manchester. Unfortunately for Norfolk, their three most likely matchups (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hershey, or Manchester) happen to be the 3 best defensive teams in the Eastern Conference in terms of goals allowed. Great.

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  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Kelly Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    No.3 Kalamazoo Wings 4 @ No.6 Florida Everblades 1
    Best of five series tied 1-1

    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, slashing, tripping), 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 41 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 6 PIM

    The K-Wings scored three times in the first period en route to a 4-1 Game 2 win over the Florida Everblades. Florida now travels to Michigan for the next three games of the series and has to win two of them to keep their season alive. Alex Hutchings did not register a point Wednesday, but spent some time in the box feeling shame. Goaltender Bobby Goepfert was pulled in the second period down 4-0. Game 3 is Friday.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Sodertalje 3 @ Mora 2
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 17/19, 2.00 GAA, .895 sv%
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 4 GP, 2-0-1, 0 SO, 1.72 GAA, .926 sv%

    Sodertalje peppered Mora with a whopping 47 shots on goal en route to edging Mora 3-2 in their 9th game of the Kval till Elitserien. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius made 17 saves to win his second straight must-win start. Elsewhere, Vaxjo defeated Rogle 4-2 and MODO beat Orebro 4-1.

    Vaxjo had already clinched a spot in the Elitserien for next season. With their loss, Rogle will stay in the Allsvenskan. That leaves MODO and Sodertalje tied at 17 points right now with MODO holding the goal differential tiebreaker at +13 to +5. That means Friday's 10th and final round of the Kval till Elitserien will feature an all out battle for all the marbles with MODO visiting Sodertalje. A win keeps the club in the Elitserien next year. A loss means relegation to the Allsvenskan. Time to find out how clutch Riku Helenius can be. Note that in the opening match of the Kval till Elitserien, Sodertalje did defeat MODO 3-2 in a shootout with Pontus Sjogren between the pipes.

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