Game Night Results

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Helluva time to face a hot goalie.

    LA-3
    TB-1

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the loss. He didn't play badly, but it was one of those annoying games where it's tough when you have to work three times harder than your opponent for goals.

    First Period
    LA Kopitar (17), (Greene, Williams), 2:47

    Second Period
    TB Stamkos (35), (Purcell, Brewer), 7:49
    LA Clifford (4), (Scuderi), 10:16
    LA Penner (5), (Richards, Stoll), 17:46

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

    They didn't find the scoresheet tonight, but Lecavalier and St. Louis again looked magical tonight. I like their chances against a more mortal goaltender when they're playing that well.

    It was another game where I would argue the game was lost on the power play. Right after Stamkos scores the tying goal at 1-1 the Lightning get a PP and promptly look ineffective en route to surrendering the breakaway goal at the expiration of the penalty. The Lightning are starting to do everything right but they're still losing points because of how terrible this power play is. The goaltending and defense have been personnel issues. The power play is a coaching issue, and Guy Boucher needs to figure out how to coach it up better than his staff has to this point.

    Now the Lightning move onto a road trip that will likely decide to what degree they're sellers at the trade deadline, which will likely dictate how the rest of this season goes. I'm not optimistic after tonight, given how bad this team has been on the road this season.

    J.T. Wyman was -1 with 1 shot in 2:35.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Harvard Crimson 1 vs. No.1 Boston University Terriers 3 (Beanpot)

    F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 6 SOG
    Season totals: 23 GP, 15-15-30, +4, 35 PIMs

    Killorn’s 15th goal of the year cut Boston University’s lead to 3-1 late in the second period, but Harvard couldn’t mount a comeback to beat the new No.1 in America (USCHO poll) and advance to the Beanpot finals next week. They’ll play in the consolation game next Monday in Killorn's final Beanpot game. Goal No.15 for Killorn tied his career high set last year, and his 30th point established a new career high for the senior. He has improved his point totals every year: 14, 20, 29, 30 (and counting). Last year’s 29 points were scored in 34 games.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    OHL

    Guelph Storm 2 @ Oshawa Generals 4

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 37 GP, 0-14-14, +4, 22 PIM
    With Oshawa: 10 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
    With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

    Schemitsch played his 10th game in an Oshawa uniform and helped the Gens to a 4-2 home win over Guelph. Kevin Bailie improved to 12-8-1 as Oshawa’s goaltender. He split time with former Lightning prospect Michael Zador in recent years before Zador was traded out of Oshawa. Zador (pictured), who was take before Jaroslav Janus and never signed by the Lightning, appears to be out of hockey now (no team listed with HockeyDB). He won an OHL championship with Owen Sound in 2011.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    It's so hard to beat the same team twice in two days, and even harder when you whip them in the first game, for whatever reason.

    NOR-2
    SPR-4

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    SPR Calvert, (10) (Atkinson, Regner), 9:52 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Labrie, (8) (Smith, Barberio), 14:40
    NOR Ouellet, (10) (Kostka, Oberg), 18:44 (PP)

    Third Period
    SPR Cullity, (1) (Calvert, Amadio), 11:29
    SPR Mayorov, (5) (Joudrey, Regner), 11:59
    SPR St. Pierre, (9) (Giroux), 15:16

    Allowing 3 goals in the final frame to lose the game leads one to believe the Admirals ran out of gas playing their third game in less than 72 hours. And, again, it proves what an old wise man once told me: it's so damned hard to beat the same team twice in two days. And the caveat I've learned over the years is, it's even harder when you win big in the first game because mentally you lose the edge and the urgency and mentally they're going out with more edge and more determination not to get embarrassed again.

    Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton played a 3 point game today, so the loss to Springfield hurts that extra little bit. The Ads are now 6 points back of the Pens for the division lead and 2 points back of the Bears for second place.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    No. 14 Cornell Big Red 4 @ No.11 Union Dutchmen 4 (OT)

    D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, Even, 8 PIM

    Gotovets (pictured) earned his fourth point of the season with a secondary assist Saturday. Cornell failed to pick up a point on ECAC-leading Union.

    Vermont Catamounts 4 @ No.9 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 6

    F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play (injured)
    Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    Marshall continues to miss time recovering from surgery. Reports state he’s expected back before the end of Vermont’s season. Vermont fell to 5-21-1 on the year. At least former Catamount Marty St. Louis had a good night.

    No.18 Miami RedHawks 0 @ No.7 Michigan Wolverines 3

    F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 28 GP, 8-7-15, +8, 8 PIM

    Mullin missed the game with a right knee injury. The RedHawks were swept at the hands of the Wolverines, getting outscored by six in the process.

    Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 2

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 27 GP, 6-14-20, +3, 10 PIM

    In a rare occurrence, Peca failed to register a shot on goal for the Bobcats.

    Alaska Nanooks 4 @ No. 16 Western Michigan Broncos 1

    D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 29 GP, 1-5-6, +1, 39 PIM

    The Broncos outshot Alaska 38-18 but were turned back at home.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    USHL

    Tri-City Storm 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 4 (SO)

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play (backup)
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 15 GP, 6-9-0, 3.29 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Phoenix Copley got the start for Tri-City and stopped 35 of 39 in regulation and overtime. The Storm won the shootout 3-2.

    QMJHL

    Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: Did not play (injured)
    Season Totals: 40 GP, 5-22-27, -9, 43 PIM

    Janosik was hurt in Friday’s game and didn’t dress on Saturday. He is expected back in the lineup sometime next week.

    OHL

    Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 @ London Knights 5

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 47 GP, 18-40-58, +12, 38 PIM

    Namestnikov broke a career-high 14-game streak without a goal when he scored into an empty net late. He had three points to bring him to 58 for the year. He set a new career high with his 40th assist this season. He was 30-39-69 in 68 games as a rookie last season.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Reading Royals 5 @ Florida Everblades 4 (OT)

    LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
    Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 2 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (high sticking)
    Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
    Season Totals: 30 GP, 14-11-0-2, 2.99 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

    Shane Owen, who shut out Reading on Friday, stopped just 17 of 22 on Saturday night as the Royals topped the ‘Blades in overtime. Reading scored the game tying goal while shorthanded with under two minutes left in the game. That hurts. At least Florida gets a point. Remember a couple weeks ago when they had a chance to take over sole possession of first in the South Division? They’re now 11 points out of first and in last, six points behind Greenville.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    This is not the team to tangle with when they're grumpy after a loss.

    NOR-6
    SPR-1

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    NOR Oberg, (3) (Labrie, Smith), 0:37
    NOR Panik, (10) (Labrie), 15:11

    Second Period
    SPR Calvert, (9) (Atkinson), 5:27
    NOR Smith, (17) (Oberg, Conacher), 5:45
    NOR Smith, (18) , 11:42
    NOR Barberio, (6) (Smith, Kostka), 17:30 (PP)
    NOR Dimmen, (2) (Oberg, Devos), 19:17 (PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Trevor Smith, Evan Oberg, and the legend that is Pierre-Cedric Labrie were the game's three stars.

    What I think Trevor Smith's short callup to the Lightning proved is that he absolutely is an NHLer. He looked ready to me, and, I really believe a night like tonight when he goes for 2-2-4 and is +4 is one of those signals that he's started to outgrow the AHL and he's ready for the show. He's 6th in the AHL in scoring right now, just 2 points back of Conacher for the Norfolk team lead in scoring. It's really an embarrassment of riches when some of your AHL-level guys like Wyman, Smith, and Labrie who aren't your key prospects start beating down the door to get to the NHL. I don't know if the Lightning can pull off the miracle comeback to get into the playoffs, but I do honestly believe that the way Norfolk's playing, it portends that the Lightning are going to be very strong next year as guys start to make it to the NHL and propel the club into the future. Whereas the team had little depth for many years, the depth now is getting obscenely good.

    Panik attack, y'all.

    Norfolk rematches Springfield tomorrow afternoon. All the disclaimers about how difficult it is to beat the same team back-to-back after you paste them in the first game apply.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Party like it's 2004.

    FLA-3
    TB-6

    Mathieu Garon allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the win.

    First Period
    TB Thompson (7), (unassisted), 1:37
    FLA Fleischmann (17), (Versteeg, Weaver), 3:54

    Second Period
    TB Lecavalier (20), (unassisted), 1:42
    TB St. Louis (14), (Shannon, Lecavalier), 4:22
    FLA Samuelsson (6), (Bergenheim), 7:06
    TB Stamkos (34), (Downie, Hedman), 12:36
    TB St. Louis (15), (Lecavalier, Shannon), 15:08
    FLA Bergenheim (9), (Goc, Strachan), 19:14

    Third Period
    TB St. Louis (16), (Stamkos, Lecavalier)(PP)(EN), 19:39

    Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars. What a great effort by Vinny and Stammer to help make sure Marty's 900th NHL game is one he'll always remember. Vinny's playmaking tonight was spellbinding and breathtaking, simultaneously, and Stammer made the classy move passing up a chance at his 35th goal into the empty net to make sure Marty got his crack at the hatter.

    Vincent Lecavalier (pictured circa the old school) clinched his 12th straight season of at least 20 goals. I don't think people appreciate how difficult it is to achieve that kind of consistency. Know who never had 12 straight 20 goal seasons? Mario Lemieux? Never had 12 straight, just 6. Mark Messier? Never had 12 straight, just 10. Steve Yzerman? Sorry boss, you never did it either. The best Stevie Y did was 8 straight seasons. And, remember, Vinny didn't play in the roaring 80's where the NHL looked like the QMJHL defensively. Vinny played the bulk of these 12 seasons in the heart of the clutch-and-grab era when teams like New Jersey and Dallas and coaches like Jacques Lemaire and Ken Hitchcock were king. I hope, some time 10-15 years or so into the future when Vinny's candidacy for the Hall of Fame falls under consideration, that's something that voters realize. He may not come anywhere near 600 goals, but he should have around 500, he's had amazing consistency, and he played in an era where he routinely got mugged without any repercussions.

    The other thing I hope is that Lightning fans and the entirety of the hockey media will start to take a step back from the very simplistic way they've viewed Vinny. Vinny is a very complex player from the standpoint that he isn't a Steve Yzerman or a Steven Stamkos type of guy. He's not Mr. Hockey. He's got other interests and he's a more well-rounded person, which in any other business would be considered a good thing, but in sports that gets you labeled as lazy or disappointing. Except he's not, to me. To have 12 straight 20 goals seasons requires that you maintain the proper level of health to make it happen. That's why even Super Mario couldn't do it. And, to get in that kind of shape every season, even with the various offseason surgeries he's had over the years, requires a level of dedication and hard work that the people who criticize him always fail to acknowledge. I respect Vinny because I think he's a lot like 99% of the Lightning fans out there who are reading this blog: when it's time to work, he works. He lifts, he skates, he does his job as hard and as well as he can. And, when he's off the clock, he's off the clock. I get that, and I'm not pounding sand furious about it just because he doesn't have a Michael Jordan-like fixation on being the absolute best to the point that it makes him a jerk of a human being like Jordan is.

    To the contrary, part of what endears Vincent to me is that he is so human, and despite the fact he has had quite a lot of unfair and unrealistic expectations heaped on him and despite the fact he's had multiple chances to get the hell up out of Tampa Bay and take the easy way out by going to finish his career in Montreal or Vancouver or the like, he's never whined through the media and he's made Tampa Bay his home. Why has hockey in Tampa Bay thrived while Atlanta U-Hauled it to Winnipeg? The difference is as clear as the difference between Vincent Lecavalier and Ilya Kovalchuk, neither of whom are Mr. Hockey. But, whereas Kovalchuk was a selfish cancer who couldn't play within a team structure, was only out to run up his stats, and took the first chance he could to get out of a Thrashers jersey, Vincent reluctantly took on the role of franchise cornerstone, even though he's not Mark Messier reincarnate. And, along with Martin St. Louis, he has helped build a franchise not out of brick and mortar, but in flesh and bone with the fans he inspired by scoring 20 or more goals a season for a dozen straight years and by learning how to play within the team concept and by embracing his community, to the tune of donating millions to build the wing of a children's hospital. He's now got 44 points through his first 51 games this season and has had multiple multi-point games during the Lightning's recent streak, and I'm thrilled for him, because it's time for Vinny to start authoring the last few chapters that will, hopefully, get him into the Hall of Fame. Hopefully, he can finally earn the respect and the place in history he's due, because besides Phil Esposito, no one's done more to help keep hockey in Tampa stronger than Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. They're the next two bronze statues that go up on the plaza.

    And, with all that said, congratulations to Ryan Shannon, for pulling the Willie Wonka golden ticket and getting to play on Marty and Vinny's line tonight when they had one of those magical evenings where everything's working. This'll be a night to reminisce about when the playing days are over.

    Victor Hedman's playing the best offensive hockey I've ever seen him play in a Lightning jersey. Maybe we should've whacked him in the head sooner, because he's playing a poised, powerful game offensively now and starting to tap into that mammoth potential. Remember, in his draft year, there were scouts saying Hedman had the potential to be even better than Stamkos. Imagine that.

    If the game against Winnipeg was lost on the horrible looking thing alleging to be a power play that the Lightning put out late in the third period, then I'd be remiss in not praising the special teams for having the game winning moment in this game, which belonged to the PK unit. Down a man about a quarter of the way through the third period and protecting a 2 goal lead, that 5-man unit withstood almost a full 2 minute set up in their zone and only allowed 1 shot on goal. At this time of the year, that's the kind of stuff that can be the difference between staying in the hunt and getting your tee times arranged for April. Great stuff by that PK group. Great stuff.

    With their win, the Lightning move back to .500 on the season, which, for at least tonight, ends my moratorium on using the "p" word. Sub-.500 teams don't get to talk about playoffs. The Lightning have moved within 8 points of the Panthers for what is, in essence, the final playoff spot in the East. Thank goodness for the weakness of the Southeast Division this year. The Lightning, should they stay hot, could not only sneak into the playoffs, but they could get the 3 seed in the East in the process because the division is so terrible. With 62 possible points still on the schedule, though, the Lightning still need to grab about 3 out of every 4 of those points to give themselves a chance. If Vinny and Marty keep playing like this, and Stammer keeps owning the Richard Trophy race like he has, though, they've got a puncher's chance.

    Brett Connolly had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 7:10. I think the press boxing was a good thing, as this was his best game in a long while on both sides of the puck. He's now 2 games shy of graduation from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects, too.

    J.T. Wyman had 2 shots in 9:23. He made one really nice play to make sure he got the red line and got the puck deep in the third to help the Lightning seal the win.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    KHL (Russia):
    Cherepovets 2 @ CSKA 1
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM
    Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
    Season totals: 29 GP, 15-9-0, 5 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%

    What we thought was going to be a Bolt Prospect vs. Bolt Prospect throwdown turned into Nikita Kucherov being -1 with a minor penalty in a paltry 1:56 of ice time in Cherepovets' 2-1 win over CSKA. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper on Igor Ozhiganov's power play goal with 3 seconds remaining in the game to break up Vadim Tarasov's shutout bid. Cherepovets and CSKA are now off until 2-15 for the Euro Hockey Tour break. When they return, Severstal gets Mytischi and CSKA gets Chelyabinsk.

    Elitserien (Sweden):
    Linkopings 3 @ Lulea 2
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 45 GP, 13-6-19, +3, 16 PIM

    Simon Hjalmarsson scored a power play goal with 8:28 left in the third period to lift Linkopings to a 3-2 win over Lulea. The wingers was a 2nd round pick of the Blues in 2007. Lulea is now off until 2-14 when they'll play Brynas.

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