Game Night Results

  • 5 years 44 weeks ago


    NOR-2 (OT)

    Norfolk Wins the Series 4-2

    Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory. The one goal he allowed was on a weak rebound that ended up ping-ponging behind him, but he was perfect from thereon out. His 30 saves included a penalty shot stop on Connecticut's best scorer, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, who did Janus a favor by taking his attempt at the pace of a snail's crawl. Easy money for a goaltender as quick and athletic as Janus.

    First Period
    CT Audy-Marchessault, (4) (Hrivik, Wellman), 14:49

    Second Period

    Third Period
    NOR Johnson, (2) (Palat), 10:52

    NOR Panik, (2) (Killorn, Oberg), 17:01

    Richard Panik and Janus were the game's first and second stars. Panik is made of steel. He took a slapshot to the face in the Third Period and looked tough as nails immediately popping up and skating to the locker room for his medical care. No nonsense. Stitch me up. He gets back out midway through Overtime, and on his first shift he absolutely dejocked Cameron Talbot on a backhand-forehand deke for the breakaway winner in Overtime. He was ineffective the final month of the regular season, but what has impressed me in these playoffs is that although the points haven't come in droves, he's been very strong on the puck on the forecheck and he's contributed in other areas. I felt so good for the young man to get the winner.

    What a stretch pass by the already immortal Alex Killorn to get Panik that breakaway. Good Lord. I hope Norfolk's trainer did up Panik's face with that kind of laser-like surgical precision.

    Other than Alexandre Picard, I don't know if there's been any Admirals player who has been as consistently strong as Ondrej Palat in these playoffs. That guy was a playmaking demon tonight. I'm not surprised Norfolk won it in Overtime. I am surprised Palat didn't set up or score the winner. It seemed like he set up at least a half dozen dangerous chances in the game, including Tyler Johnson's key tying goal in the Third Period. I'm really starting to love me some Ondrej Palat.

    It really is a game of (less than) inches. Marek Hrivik had a shot in the Third Period that hit the underside of the crossbar and was waved off that would've given Connecticut a 2-0 lead and likely the game. With Cameron Talbot looking like a wall in net and the Whale defense looking stifling through the first 40 minutes of play, it really did look like the Admirals were going to have to play Game Seven late Sunday afternoon. 1/4 inch lower and Norfolk probably loses. Instead, the Admirals mashed down on the gas pedal and ended up outshooting the Whale 34-7 in the Third and Overtime, after getting outshot 24-12 in the first two frames.

    Norfolk awaits the winner of Game Seven between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and St. John's tomorrow night in the Eastern Conference Finals after the Penguins took Game Six from the IceCaps earlier tonight 4-2. Norfolk should resolve that whoever makes it out of that series, the Admirals jump on them immediately in Game One. Whoever survives that Game Seven will be emotionally drained and have to travel from St. John's all the way to Norfolk. Jump on them and don't look back. In the West, Oklahoma City finished out their series tonight and they'll face Toronto in the Western Conference Finals.

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  • 5 years 44 weeks ago


    (E1) Niagara IceDogs 1 @ (W1) London Knights 2
    OHL Finals – London wins best of 7 series 4-1

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 4-14-18, +10, 18 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    The London Knights won the 2011-2012 J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions Friday night with a 2-1 win over Niagara in Game 4 of the Ontario Hockey League finals. Namestnikov stretched his point streak to six games when he flipped the puck to former Lightning camper Seth Griffith while on a 2 on 1. Griffith one-timed the puck into the net for what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Namestnikov finished the playoffs at just under a point-per-game. Predators prospect Austin Watson, who scored the game's first goal, won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Trophy as playoff MVP. Namestnikov will face off against fellow Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier and the QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs on May 19th in the first game of the Memorial Cup for both teams. Shawinigan is in the tournament as hosts, and Edmonton leads Portland 3-2 in the WHL Finals to determine the final participant. Congratulations to Vladdy and Danick on their championships.

  • 5 years 44 weeks ago

    USA 3 @ Kazakhstan 2
    J.T. Brown scored the game opening goal and Justin Faulk added a pair of markers to help Team USA squeak by Kazakhstan 3-2. Brown was +1 with 4 shots in 10:18. Nate Thompson was +1 in 12:28. Team USA now sits in 3rd place in Group H and faces Finland on Sunday.

    Finland 3 @ Canada 5
    Canada overcame a 2-0 First Period hole to defeat Finland 5-3 and move into first place in Group H. Teddy Purcell was scoreless in 8:18. Canada plays Kazakhstan on Saturday.

    Russia 7 @ Sweden 3
    Pens star Evgeni Malkin had a hat trick and 2 helpers to lead Russia back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Sweden 7-3. Victor Hedman was an ugly -4 with 4 shots in 21:01. Sweden drops to 2nd in Group S and will face Italy on Saturday.

  • 5 years 45 weeks ago


    (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 8 @ (7) Rimouski Oceanic 0
    QMJHL Finals – Saint John wins best of 7 series 4-0

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-1-2, +2, 6 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing after the whistle), 1 Hit
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Saint John won their second straight President Cup as QMJHL champs by crushing the Oceanic 8-0 on Thursday in Rimouski. The Sea Dogs were up 5-0 at the end of the first period and coasted to a Memorial Cup berth. They finished the playoffs with a 12-1 record, their only loss coming in overtime in the semifinals. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier (pictured), an alternate captain for Saint John, had a goal and an assist in Game 4 to finish the playoffs with 13 goals in 17 games. Saint John will defend their Memorial Cup title starting May 18 in Shawinigan, Quebec.

  • 5 years 45 weeks ago

    USA 5 @ Belarus 3
    J.T. Brown assisted on Justin Abdelkader's game opening goal and Nate Thompson tallied his second goal of the tournament in USA's 5-3 win over Belarus. Brown was +2 with 1 shot in 10:09 and his 14 shifts were nearly triple the number he played in the 3 prior games of the tournament. Thompson was +1 with 1 shot in 10:44. USA draws Kazakhstan on Friday.

  • 5 years 45 weeks ago

    This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions.

    We wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

    This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Danick Gauthier, C, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL).

    A “bonus pick” for the Lightning, Gauthier was signed to a free agent contract by the Bolts in March while Gauthier was on his way to a career year in the QMJHL for Saint John (47-39-86). Gauthier hasn’t slowed down in the playoffs, scoring 12 times in 16 playoff games while adding seven assists.

  • 5 years 45 weeks ago


    (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ (7) Rimouski Oceanic 4
    QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 3-0

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, E, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 Hits, *First Star*
    Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 12-7-19, +10, 26 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Danick Gauthier earned first star honors for scoring twice and Saint John moved within one win of the QMJHL championship Wednesday night with a 6-4 win in Rimouski. Gauthier’s goals gave the Sea Dogs leads of 3-1 and 5-2. Game 4 is Thursday night in Rimouski. If Saint John wins, they will claim their second-straight league championship and second-straight invitation to the Memorial Cup tournament. They won the Cup last season. This year the tournament is in Shawinigan, Quebec.


    (W1) London Knights 4 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 1
    OHL Finals – London leads best of 7 series 3-1

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM (closing hand on puck)
    Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 4-13-17, +9, 18 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Namestnikov stretched his point streak to five games with what turned out to be the game-winning goal as London topped Niagara in St. Catherines 4-1 on Wednesday night. Undrafted yet draft eligible goaltender Michael Houser was first star for the Knights, stopping 36 of 37 shots. London was outshot 37-21 in the game. The Knights can win the OHL championship on Friday night at home. If they are successful, they will earn an invitation to the Memorial Cup.

  • 5 years 45 weeks ago

    The line must be drawn here!


    Norfolk Leads the Series 3-2

    Jaroslav Janus stopped all 22 shots he faced for the victory. Remind me never to play poker against Jon Cooper, because he's obviously a gambler with impeccable instincts to switch back to Janus between the pipes. In fact, I'd have to say Cooper pressed all the right buttons team-wide to get them ready for this critical game.

    First Period
    NOR Picard, (5) (Labrie), 15:15

    Second Period
    NOR Picard, (6) (Jackson, Palat), 2:43

    Third Period
    NOR Palat, (3) (Johnson, Cote), 14:06
    NOR Labrie, (3) (Angelidis, Segal), 19:54

    Alexandre Picard, Janus, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars.

    Picard continues to play like a man possessed. He had just 6 goals in 42 regular season games, but his pair of tallies tonight got him to 6 in just 9 postseason contests. He was dominant tonight, and was definitely the leader of a focused Norfolk attack. In fact, we have an exclusive transcript of Picard's emotional pre-game speech to the team below (not really):

    Palat, for his part, continues to obliterate all expectations with a well-rounded game that has made him, consistently, one of the Admirals' best performers to this point in the playoffs. Not only did he have a goal and an assist tonight, but he also knocked Andre Deveaux, who is built like a tank, off the ice for a good portion of play with a hit. He's strong offensively. He's strong defensively. He's killing penalties. He's even hitting people. What a great late round pickup by the Lightning's scouts.

    Tyler Johnson returned from injury and assisted on Palat's goal.

    If I was a Connecticut Whale fan, I'd be pretty upset that Game Five essentially became a neutral site game in Bridgeport, which had to curtail their intensity a little bit in a critical Game Five situation. Fortunately, though, I'm not a Connecticut Whale fan. Stinks for you, Whale fans.

    Game Six is Friday in Norfolk and both teams will now make the 8-9 hour bus trek to Scope. The good news is that St. John's failed to close out Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last night in double overtime, so if Norfolk can handle business on Friday, they won't be at any disadvantage from a rest standpoint going into the Eastern Conference Finals. The momentum is all in the Admirals' favor now. They need to finish the drill. The line has been drawn here.

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  • 5 years 45 weeks ago

    Canada 3 @ Switzerland 2
    Ryan Getzlaf scored at 8:02 of the Third Period to snap a 2-2 tie and help Canada sneak away with a 3-2 win over Switzerland. Teddy Purcell was scoreless in 9:38 in the match. Canada gets Finland next on Friday. The Canadians hold a 1 point lead on Finland for the top spot in Group H.

    Sweden 5 @ Germany 2
    Victor Hedman was scoreless in 22:55 in Sweden's 5-2 thumping of Germany. Sweden outshot and outclassed Germany 45-17 in the contest. Sweden gets Russia next on Friday. The Swedes hold a 3 point lead on the Russians for the top spot in Group S.

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    (E1) Niagara IceDogs 2 @ (W1) London Knights 3
    OHL Finals – London leads best of 7 series 2-1

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross checking)
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-13-16, +10, 16 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Namestnikov earned the primary assist on Predators prospect Austin Watson’s game-tying power play goal late in the second period, and Chris Tierney (2012) scored the game-winner in the third period to lift London to a 3-2 Game 3 win Monday night. London now leads the series 2-1. Namestnikov has a four-game point streak and has at least a point in nine of his last 10 playoff games. Game 4 is Wednesday in St. Catherines.

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