Game Night Results

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    QMJHL Semifinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ No.4 Quebec Remparts 2
    Gatineau wins best of seven series 4-3

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 10 PIM

    Gatineau scored twice in 1:20 early in the third period to break a 2-2 tie, then added an empty net goal with three seconds left to win Game 7 vs. Quebec and advance to the QMJHL Finals. The Olympiques completed an improbable, but not impossible comeback from down 3-1 in the series over the higher seeded Remparts. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik was scoreless for Gatineau, but was plus-2 for the night and was on the ice for the game winning goal. Gatineau now gets the privilege of facing one of the CHL’s powerhouses, St. John, for the championship and right to go to the Memorial Cup. That series will begin Thursday in New Brunswick.

    OHL

    OHL Finals

    West No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2 @ East No.1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5
    Mississauga 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: 14 GP, 0-10-10, +6, 2 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
    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

    Casey Cizikas (Islanders) scored once and added two assists for First Star honors to lead the Majors to a 5-2 victory in the opening game of the OHL Finals. Owen Sound, who scored 10 times on Windsor in their last game, could only manage two against J.P. Anderson (2011) Tuesday. Schemitsch had the puck stolen from him for the empty net goal to end the game. Game 2 is Thursday in Owen Sound.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    Belief is a powerful weapon, and right now it looks like the Lightning believe no team in the universe can beat them if they play their game.

    WSH-3
    TB-4

    Tampa Bay Leads the Series 3-0

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the victory. He was not as sharp as in Games 1 and 2, but he didn't have to be and he was solid. No complaints from me.

    First Period
    11:03 TB Bergenheim (5), Moore (4), Downie (8)

    Second Period
    00:59 WSH Knuble (2), Ovechkin (4)
    07:58 WSH Carlson (1), Chimera (2), Johansson (4)
    11:51 TB Lecavalier (5), St Louis (6), Purcell (8)
    17:27 WSH Ovechkin (5), Semin (2), Green (5)(PP)

    Third Period
    05:23 TB Stamkos (4), Hedman (3)
    05:47 TB Malone (2), Thompson (2), Hall (3)

    Sean Bergenheim and Victor Hedman were the game's first and third stars.

    I confess to getting a little more stayed, emotionally, when I watch games as I've grown older. I figure, since the lockout, I've probably watched 350-400 hockey games, including pretty much every Lightning game in that time. So it takes a lot to get me really fired up, because I have been a little desensitized to it all. But I tell you what: this is the most fired up I've been in 7 years, easily.

    Tonight the Lightning didn't just beat the Capitals, they beat the officials too. "Blind rage" is probably the term that would best describe how I felt about the phantom hooking call they gave to Adam Hall that allowed the Caps the 5-on-3 that they used to take a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. When you consider that Marty St. Louis got smacked in the face with a stick in about the same situation in a close game in Game 2 and the refs put their whistles in their pockets, its even more of an outrage. If you're a conspiracy theorist, and you believe Gary Bettman and the NHL have a stake in keeping their marketing cow, Alexander Ovechkin, alive in this playoffs, the video tape of tonight's game might be Exhibit A. Ovechkin high sticks Dwayne Roloson in the throat at the start of the 3rd? No call. Ovechkin elbows Sean Bergenheim in the grill at the end of the 3rd with the extra attacker on and the game on the line? Again, no call.

    This was one long, continuous outrage, for me, and yet the Lightning still managed to stay even keeled and win the game. And it was something a little different tonight: it was the kids. It was a great keep at the line by Victor Hedman and then a frickin' laser by Steven Stamkos to tie the game at 3-3. 24 seconds later the Caps were completely scrambled and Nate Thompson threw the puck at the net where Ryan Malone was charging the cage. 4-3 Lightning, and there was much chest pounding and yelling in my household. Folks, if the Caps couldn't beat the Lightning on home ice with huge shot and chance advantages in Game 1, and if they couldn't beat the Lightning with a zillion power play advantage on home ice in Game 2, and they couldn't beat the Lightning with the referees giving them a gift go-ahead goal and looking the other way at every Alexander Ovechkin infraction in Game 3, I don't see how the Caps have a prayer of winning Game 4.

    That's dangerous talk, I know, but you could see the Caps coming completely unglued in the last 15 minutes of this game (and honestly, long before that). Their defensive zone coverage? Gone. Turnovers? All over the place. Ovechkin flat out cherry picking for breakaways and abandoning any pretense of playing defense? Yep. Bruce Boudreau's going to lose his job over this series, unless something miraculous happens, and he deserves it with how badly Guy Boucher has outcoached him in this series. The man still has not made any sort of successful adjustment to the 1-3-1, he's watched his team's system discipline completely break down, and he's lost control of his star player again. I could post several paragraphs about how disgusting the play of Alexander Ovechkin is, but I'll save that for, perhaps, tomorrow. Suffice it to say, I think the NHL needs to find a new poster child.

    And, now? Finish them. There was some talk of playing Mike Smith tomorrow night in the back-to-back to allow your 41 year-old goaltender to rest, but I have a feeling Guy Boucher's not going to give the Caps anything like a life preserver. It's time to throw them an anchor. Their confidence is shattered. They're playing outside their team concept. The Lightning can't give them a cheap win and allow them to re-cultivate their belief. Finish them. One more great 60 minute effort to complete the masterpiece. It's a hockey Picasso. A Kandinsky. A Calder (Alexander, not Frank). That's right, I snuck some culture in on you tonight.

    Lightning fans, be there and be loud for Game 4 to help make sure your hockey team finishes them.

    Blair Jones has 2 hits in 5:59. I like how he's played in these games since he's gotten in the lineup. He plays a very nice meat and potatoes game. He takes the body, he throws the puck toward the net, and he dares to go in the high traffic areas. It wouldn't have shocked me if he had gotten a goal in Game 2, and he almost got one again tonight. He's been more effective than Dana Tyrell was, quite frankly, when Dana was in the lineup. I don't know if Blair is going to stick around this organization past this season, but I'm sure there are a few organizations who are looking at these past 2 games and seeing that there's some "there," there in Blair's game. I like it.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.1 Portland Winterhawks 6 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3
    Portland wins best of seven series 4-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

    Spokane certainly had their leads and chances in this series, but it’s the Portland Winterhawks who are moving on to the WHL Finals. Monday night in Washington the Chiefs scored first again, and had a 2-0 lead 3:32 into the game but Portland scored the game’s next three goals and finished it with three more in the third period to win handily. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson was scoreless in the final game of his junior career. To say the overager had an outstanding year would be an understatement, as he led the WHL in goals scored, was second in points, and was the Western Conference Player of the Year. He earned an entry level contract from Tampa Bay in the process. His playoffs were mired by a head injury and suspension, but he still finished at a point-per-game. Johnson will no doubt be in Tampa Bay’s prospect camp(s) the next time we see him and he’s likely to begin next year with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago
    Washington is thunderstruck at home. [b]TB-3 WSH-2 (OT)[/b] [b]Tampa Bay Leads the Series 2-0[/b] Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 37 shots for the win. This was, in my opinion, his best game of the playoffs, and he's had a few dandies so far. He did everything the team needed him to do to give them a chance in these first 2 games. He held the Lightning close and bought them time to generate the chance or two they needed to pull out the wins. Outstanding. [b]First Period[/b] 19:01 TB Lecavalier (3), St Louis (5), Malone (2)(PP) [b]Second Period[/b] 14:52 WSH Laich (1), Backstrom (2), Erskine (1) [b]Third Period[/b] 07:35 TB St Louis (5), Purcell (6) 18:52 WSH Ovechkin (4), Arnott (3), Laich (5) [b]Overtime[/b] 06:19 TB Lecavalier (4), Purcell (7), Jones (1) Vincent Lecavalier and Roloson were the game's first and third stars. I said going into these playoffs that this was Captain Vincent Lecavalier's moment to write his legacy in Tampa Bay, and that I had a feeling he was about to do something special. He entered the night at a point a game pace in these playoffs, and tonight his overtime winner was the stuff of folk legends. That finish was as cool and calm as a mountain lake. I thought Teddy Purcell was the Lightning's best forward tonight. Teddy Bear has been outstanding on the forecheck and once he gets on the puck, it takes the jaws of life to get it away from him. As good as Malone and Lecavalier are at handling the puck for big men, Purcell has been even better in these playoffs. Forget a phone booth. Purcell looks like he could stickhandle in a shoe box and maintain control. I'd also like to give kudos to Steven Stamkos, who played an extremely well rounded game tonight. The critics are going to point out he didn't hit the scoresheet, but he made some chances and he was forechecking like a demon. If Vincent Lecavalier didn't finish it off in overtime, Stammer might've, because he looked lively and dangerous with those 21 years young legs. There's a reason he led all Lightning forwards in ice time at over 24 minutes. I'm amazed at how even keeled the team was after the winning goal. I'm floored at how even keeled they were after Ovechkin tied the game up. Other than Hedman, nobody seemed visibly shaken by what happened. It's a testament to Guy Boucher, considering they looked very fragile emotionally just a couple of weeks ago when facing adversity in Game 3 and Game 4 against Pittsburgh. Heck, they didn't even come unraveled despite some very questionable officiating where the Caps were granted 2-3 power plays on some phantom calls while 2 clear cut high sticks on poor Martin St. Louis went uncalled, including one that would've and should've resulted in a key 5-on-3 power play. Boucher and the Lightning are more charitable than I would be, because Chimera should have been suspended for bulldogging Kubina's head into the glass and concussing him in Game 1 and the officiating was horrible tonight. Washinton's being really careless with their sticks too. Ovechkin and Schultz each got called tonight on nasty high sticking penalties, and the Schultz play was almost suspension-worthy in its own right. I can't believe that was called "holding." You'd even get DQ'ed in a match in the WWE for that move. Doubt starts to creep in for the Washington Capitals now, who are quickly taking over the Ottawa Senators' mantle as the best team in the East never to sniff a Cup. That said, they're not going to lay down, and the Lightning need only to look just 1 series back to see what happens if they're too happy with themselves going into Games 3 and 4 at home. The Lightning have a really great opportunity to get up to a 3-0 lead in this series and put the weight of the world on the Capitals, but they'll need to play even better in Game 3 to make it happen. And, Lightning fans, that means your team is going to need you again so be there and be loud for Game 3 and Game 4. Blair Jones had 2 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 5:27 in his NHL playoff debut. I thought he brought some energy. He was not bad. I was pretty proud of the young man. [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20102011/GS030212.HTM]Box score[/url] and [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20102011/ES030212.HTM]extended statistics[/url] from NHL.com.
  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    QMJHL Semifinals

    No.4 Quebec Remparts 0 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4
    Best of seven series tied 3-3

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 10 PIM

    Gatineau has fought back from a 3-1 series deficit to send their semifinal series to seven games. Sunday night the Olympiques scored twice in the first and twice in the second and goaltender Maxime Clermont (Devils) stopped 21 shots to make them hold up in the 4-0 win. Game 7 will be Tuesday in Quebec City. The winner will play top-seeded St. John in the finals. The Sea Dogs easily eliminated Lewiston, who had defeated No.2 seed Montreal and Lightning prospect Charles Landry, in a four games.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.2 Spokane Chiefs 2 @ No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3
    Portland leads best of seven series 3-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

    Johnson scored on a wrist shot on a partial breakaway 59 seconds into the game to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead, but didn’t score again until the mid-third to cut a 3-1 deficit to 3-2. Spokane couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 3-2 in the game and now trail 3-2 in the series. The Winterhawks can close it out and move on to meet Kootenay by winning Game 6 Monday in Spokane. Game 5 highlights are on www.whl.ca.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    QMJHL Semifinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ No.4 Quebec Remparts 3
    Quebec leads best of seven series 3-2

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, -5, 10 PIM

    Gatineau staved off elimination after losing the last three games of the series by beating Quebec in Quebec City 5-3 Friday. Game 6 is Sunday in Gatineau.

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 8
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 6-7-13, +3, 9 PIM

    Thrashers prospect Levko Koper had a natural hat trick and four points and Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson had a goal and three points to lead Spokane to a big 8-3 home win over Portland. Koper was a seventh round selection of Atlanta in 2009. This game got predictably rough in the third period, but only one fighting major occurred. Game 5 is back in Portland Saturday night.

  • 5 years 31 weeks ago

    Tampa Bay outlasts and wears out the Capitals.

    TB-4
    WSH-2

    Tampa Bay Leads the Series 1-0

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the win. He rebounded from a goal that went through him on Washington's first goal off a horrific turnover by Brett Clark and got some help from a post before putting it in cruise control. I still don't like seeing the early goal through Roli because it killed a lot of Lightning momentum, but he was good enough to keep the Lightning in the game until they recovered and got back on schedule.

    First Period
    02:12 TB Bergenheim (4), Downie (7), Lundin (2)
    04:08 WSH Semin (4), Sturm (2)

    Second Period
    01:51 WSH Fehr (1), Chimera (1), Johansson (3)
    16:17 TB Downie (2), Lecavalier (5), Purcell (5)
    19:28 TB Stamkos (3), Brewer (5), Lecavalier (6)(PP)

    Third Period
    19:20 TB Moore (2), Hall (2), Hedman (2)(EN)

    Steven Stamkos, Steve Downie, and Sean Bergenheim (Thor!) were the game's three stars.

    It's hard not to be proud of this club. They came out flying and got the early lead, but lost momentum after the Clark turnover and semi-softie and after losing Simon Gagne to an apparent concussion. But they hung into the game, got a little luck with a post on a Semin shot and a waved off goal, Brewer made a nice play to keep a goal out, and they kept it within 1. And, when you keep it within 1 on the road, you're dangerous. A little lucky goal by Steve Downie and away the Lightning went. The final 30 minutes of that game were completely lopsided, and when the Caps gave the Lightning a cheap power play at the end of the 2nd Period, the Lightning were all too happy to oblige them by converting to take the lead. Kudos to Guy Boucher and the coaching staff for sensing the opportunity there and finally taking Stamkos off the point and putting him back in the left wing circle. That allowed him to go to the net and get the game winning goal. This is very important: if Stammer gets hot from the left wing circle on the power play, they sky is the limit for the Tampa Bay Lightning in these playoffs. That is an unstoppable weapon that can allow the Lightning to get a quick goal or two any time the other team gets in the box. That means any tie game can quickly become a Lightning lead, any 1 goal Lightning lead can get insurance in the blink of an eye, and no 1 or 2 goal lead is really safe. That's a weapon. Remember how lethal Brad Richards was to the Flyers in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals? That was an aberration in Richards' career. We've seen Stamkos get that hot on the power play for one or two months at a stretch. It'd sure be nice if he could get that hot right now.

    After that, the Lightning worked their 1-3-1 to perfection, and their penalty kill was special tonight. Boucher and his assistants completely outcoached Boudreau and his assistants. Seriously. They made them look like buffoons. It wasn't even a contest.

    Also, when you consider the Lightning's ability to outwork the Caps despite the fact they only had 2 day's rest compared to 5 day's rest and they were down to 16 skaters with Gagne and Kubina dropping out of the contest with what looked like concussions, it was an amazing effort. Guys like Moore, Thompson, and Bergenheim were superlative, and you could see the top line guys like Lecavalier feeding off their effort.

    But, that's just 1 win out of the 4 the Lightning need, and they may be without Gagne and Kubina in Game 2. Washington's going to throw the kitchen sink at the Lightning early in Game 2, and the team did not play as mistake-free and disciplined in Game 1 as they're going to need to if they want to take the series win. So, they can't rest on their laurels. That's a lesson I think they learned in the Penguins series, and I'm sure Coach Boucher is going to gently remind them it could've very easily been 3-1 or 4-1 Caps after 1 period were it not for some luck and some breaks. There's still a ton of work to be done if the Lightning are going to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but tonight showed a glimpse of what is possible.

    But, they've got to be better than Game 1 to win Game 2. Washington's not going to go quietly into the night. They sense their window as an organization may be starting to close and they may never have a better opportunity to win it all than this season. Their urgency will be there. The Lightning have to be technically sound, stay disciplined, and hope they can turn Washington's urgency into a liability like they did tonight (see: Alexander Ovechkin's tongue dragging on the ice all 3rd Period). The formula is there, and it's been proven to work. But it's about to be tested in much more extreme conditions on Sunday.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 32 weeks ago

    OHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.4 Windsor Spitfires 4 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 10
    Owen Sound wins best of seven series 4-1

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 0-10-10, +6, 2 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
    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

    Owen Sound got three assists from Geoffrey Schemitsch and three goals from Matt Petgrave (2011) to crush Windsor 10-4 and win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as Western Conference champions. That title earns the Attack not only a match-up with Bobby Orr Trophy champion Mississauga for the OHL championship, but because the Majors are Memorial Cup hosts and have an automatic bid to that tournament, Owen Sound earns an invitation too as – at minimum – the OHL’s second best team. In Game 5 with Windsor the Spits had 1-0 and 2-1 leads and the game was just 4-2 Attack entering the third period. Owen Sound got two quick goals in the third and then added four more, including three power play goals. Two of Schemitsch’s assists were with the man advantage. Jack Campbell let in all 10 goals for Windsor.

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 2 (OT)
    Portland leads best of seven series 2-1

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 0 PIM

    Portland Rookie Brendan Leipsic scored his second goal of the playoffs at 7:44 of overtime to lead the Winterhawks to a 3-2 Game 3 win and take back home ice advantage in the series. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson had an assist and was on the ice for both of Spokane’s goals. Spokane outshot Portland 43-32 in the match and had a 31-16 shot advantage after two periods. Reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week Mac Carruth (Blackhawks) was strong between the pipes for Portland. Game 4 is Friday in Spokane. Kootenay swept Medicine Hat and awaits the winner of Portland-Spokane.

  • 5 years 32 weeks ago

    Roli and the Bergenheim line get the Lightning to the second round!

    TB-1
    PIT-0

    Lightning Win the Series 4-3

    Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves for the shutout victory. I was very hard on Roloson after Games 3 and 4, and I think rightfully so. He didn't have to be perfect to beat the Pens in Game 6, but he did have to be perfect tonight, and he was. He was every bit as outstanding tonight as in Game 2, and perhaps even a bit more, and the Lightning knew he had it tonight. He allowed them to play with a lot of poise and confidence under siege at the end of the game.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    05:41 TB Bergenheim (3), Moore (3), Downie (6)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Roloson and Sean Bergenheim were the game's first and second stars. The line of Downie/Moore/Bergenheim has been the Lightning's best over the past 2 games, with Downie's idiotic too many men penalty tonight being the Game 7 exception. Other than that? These guys have been outworking people on the forecheck and it takes the jaws of life to get them off the puck.

    Now the Lightning move on to play division rival Washington in the second round. The Lightning learned about the work ethic and goaltending necessary to win in the playoffs in the opening round of the Penguins. They'll need to learn the lesson of playing mistake free hockey if they want to make it past the Capitals. They're capable of pulling off the upset, but they've got to be even more technically precise than they were in this Pens series. Even tonight, Vincent Lecavalier made a pretty bad turnover on the 1st shift of the game and then a weak clear that led to about 40 seconds of zone time for the Pens when they were trying to preserve the 1-0 lead in the 3rd period. Those are mistakes you can get away with against the Penguins because they don't have the skill level. You can also get away with dumb penalties like Downie's against the Pens, because they stink out loud on the power play. You CANNOT make mistakes against the Capitals because they WILL be in the back of your net, and that's a lesson the Lightning should know well from the many times they've been blown out by Washington in the past 3 or so seasons. So, it's going to take maturity and saavy to get by the Caps. It's an uphill battle, but one that's good to fight. Put it another way: the foundation for the '04 cup was laid in the '03 playoffs climbing out of a 2-0 deficit against the Caps and then losing in 5, tight-checking games against the Devils. This is a big time opportunity for the Lightning to learn what it's going to take to win a Cup, and that's especially true for guys like Hedman who are coming of age right before our eyes in these playoffs.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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