Game Night Results

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    A 1-1 series tie feels a lot like a Lightning lead heading back to Tampa Bay.

    TB-5
    PIT-1

    Series Tied 1-1

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 1 goal on 36 shots for the victory. I don't think it's close in terms of who the better goaltender has been in this series. Fleury has not been impressive, shutout or no, and of the 3 goals Roloson has allowed, 2 have pretty much been self-inflicted. People need to be talking about the Roloson mystique more-so than the "Flower" mystique, in my opinion.

    "Flower" allowed Brewer to look like Bobby Hull going high glove tonight on the first goal, kicked a rebound that would make Donald Igwebuike proud onto Thompson's stick for the third goal, and allowed St. Louis to bury the nail-in-the-coffin from below the goal line on the fourth goal. Combine that with the first period near-softie to Moore in Game One and his puck handling gaffe in the third period of that game that he miraculously didn't pay for and he's not painting a picture of brilliance so far. I've always been of the opinion, going back to when he was a junior, that Fleury is very streaky. At times he's a good player, but he's not a great player. I don't think Fleury can steal this series from the Lightning by himself, and the Lightning should not fear him. Tonight was case in point why.

    First Period
    02:02 TB Brewer (1), Gagne (1), Hedman (1)
    06:53 TB Lecavalier (1), Gagne (2), St Louis (1)(PP)
    17:02 TB Thompson (1), Downie (1), Brewer (1)

    Second Period
    09:08 PIT Adams (1), Asham (1)
    19:46 TB St Louis (1), Gagne (3), Brewer (2)(PP)

    Third Period
    17:55 TB Ohlund (1), unassisted (SH)(EN)

    Eric Brewer, Simon Gagne, and Martin St. Louis were the game's three stars.

    So what changed between Game One and Game Two? I thought the Lightning played their nastiest, most physical period of the season to open the game, and the Pens looked completely stunned by it. Whereas in Game One the Pens were knocking the Lightning horizontal in the first period, the Lightning put several Pens down to the ice in the first in Game Two. And, it wasn't just the usual suspects like Ohlund. It was guys like Bergenheim and Hedman. The Pens were not prepared to face a Lightning team that was willing to play with that much aggression and edge, and if the Lightning continue to play with that much aggression and edge, I don't see how the Pens win this series without Crosby coming back. That's why I would not be surprised to see Sid back for Game Three.

    The Pens need a game changer, because the Lightning just showed Pittsburgh the director's cut of what the rest of this series could be like, and it ain't pretty for the boys from the Steel City. Remember when the Russian mob catches up to Denzel Washington at the end of Training Day? Yeah, a lot like that. The Pens have only managed 3 non-empty net goals on Dwayne Roloson through 2 games and their power play has been laughably shambolic. The Pens are getting shots, and trying to play a meat and potatoes game, but that won't get them to the pay window with the way Roloson is performing. They need more skill to win this series.

    The Lightning have figured out how to crack the Pens defense to get scoring opportunities and Fleury is mortal now that the Lightning have calibrated their bomb sights in Game Two and are actually hitting the net on the chances they get. The Pens don't look like a team with the firepower to score goals in their current configuration and they don't look like they can hold the Lightning down to 1-2 goals a game, either. They need Crosby back, and if he comes back, the Lightning better be ready to put him horizontal, too. Sure, the refs will try to protect him, but they can't let him settle into the series if he returns. He can't be in top conditioning and timing, and the Lightning must physically rattle him to exploit it. Put him on the ice and have your penalty killers ready to go when the refs break out their whistles.

    Crosby or no, though, I expect Tampa to be rocking for Game Three and Game Four. Nothing in sports galvanizes a city like playoff hockey when its club looks like a legitimate threat to go deep in the postseason, and the Lightning darned sure looked like a threat tonight.

    Heaven help the Pens if Guy Boucher can manage to get Stamkos' face off the side of the milk carton.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    Norfolk stuns Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Now they have a tiger by the tail.

    NOR-2
    WBS-1

    Norfolk Leads the Series 1-0

    Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 33 shots for the victory in his first professional playoff game. For Norfolk, if they get goaltending, they're capable of beating anyone, and they got goaltending from Tic tonight.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NOR Ritola, (1) (Milam), 5:23
    NOR Pouliot, (1) (Ritola), 18:27

    Third Period
    WBS Veilleux, (1) (Walker, Potter), 17:13

    Tokarski, Mattias Ritola, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's three stars. The like of Ritola/Pouliot/Jones is as good as any in the AHL right now, and there isn't a hotter player in the league than Mattias Ritola. Mind you, the rest of the Admirals forwards haven't been as stellar over the past month, but that line gives the Admirals enough firepower to win games with competent defense and goaltending. The Penguins learned that tonight.

    So, Norfolk has accomplished what they set out to accomplish in the first two games of the series, which was to steal home ice before heading back to Norfolk in the 2-3-2 format. However, the challenge becomes very different in Game Two. The Admirals now need to recognize they've got a tiger by the tail. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now going to be desperate to win Game Two, because a loss may be a death sentence for the Penguins. So, Norfolk is going to face a higher level of intensity than they've seen all year, particularly in the first 20 minutes of Game Two. If they're not careful, they'll be blown out and momentum will reside on the Penguins' bus headed down to Virginia. However, if they handle the surge from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton early and can keep the game within a goal heading into the final frame, the Ritola line and special teams can deliver the big time upset. Make no mistake, WBS should be favored heavily in Game Two, but Norfolk has enough, on paper, to pull the stunner off again. At the very least, if Norfolk is competitive in Game Two, momentum will still be on the Admirals' side going into Game Three, Four, and Five, having already accomplished what they needed to in Pennsylvania.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    USHL Qualifying Round

    No.5 Lincoln Stars 0 @ No.4 Fargo Force 2
    Fargo leads best of three series 1-0

    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 52 GP, 23-37-60, +29, 26 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM

    Fargo scored at 16:05 of the third period to break a 0-0 tie and added an empty net breakaway goal late to defeat Lincoln 2-0 in Game 1 of their opening round best of three series. Mullin, surprisingly, did not register a shot on net. Ryan Massa, a Nebraska-Omaha commit, made 23 saves for the shutout. Fargo can clinch the series in Game 2 Saturday night.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 1
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, E, 10 PIM

    Gatineau won their third game in a row to take a 3-2 series lead on the road. Adam Janosik was scoreless for Gatineau, who will host Game 6 Sunday.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 4 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 5 (2OT)
    Lewiston leads best of seven series 3-2

    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, +6, 12 PIM

    Second-seeded Montreal got a double overtime winner by Dylan Anderson (undrafted), his first of the playoffs, and the Juniors live to play another day. Lewiston, who had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the game and tied it with 1:15 left in regulation, holds a 3-2 series lead. After putting up only two shots in the first period, Montreal came out flying in the second, peppering the MAINEiacs with 19 shots. Game 6 will be back in Maine on Sunday.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 (2OT)
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 5-3-8, E, 2 PIM
    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 2-4-6, E, 4 PIM

    Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson scored at the 12-minute mark of the third period to tie the game, but Ams defenseman Tyler Schmidt (undrafted) scored his first of the playoffs in the second overtime to give Tri-City the win and tie the series at 2. Johnson had a shorthanded goal early in the second period that gave Spokane a brief 2-0 lead. Carter Ashton had an assist for Tri-City. Game 5 will be Sunday in Spokane.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), 0 SOG, 2 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, E, 10 PIM

    Gatineau held serve at home, winning games three and four by a combined 10-2 score. The Olympiques scored once in the first and three times in the second period to be up comfortably entering the third period. They were up 6-0 under three minutes into the final period. Adam Janosik notched his fourth point of the playoffs in the win. This game, as is to be expected with a lopsided score in the third period, got chippy late with a hoard of roughing penalties. Game 5 is Friday at the home of the Volts.

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  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    Welcome to the playoffs.

    TB-0
    PIT-3

    Pittsburgh Leads the Series 1-0

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the loss. I thought he played brilliantly, on the whole, and deserved better.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    06:05 PIT Kovalev (1), Neal (1), Martin (1)
    06:23 PIT Asham (1), Letang (1), Orpik (1)
    19:18 PIT Kunitz (1), Staal (1), Orpik (2)(EN)

    Good:
    The Lightning had a decent first period to get settled into the game. I had some fear the team, with so many inexperience players, might be down 2-0 or so after the opening frame, but they outchanced Pittsburgh and had the territorial edge. That's why losing control of the game for the next 35 minutes after the first period stings. I also thought the Lightning, in the final 5 minutes, proved they could crack Pittsburgh's defense if they could up their intensity level. I'm not buying the Penguin mystique about their defense or the infallibility of Fleury, shutout or no. The Lightning were getting the chances they wanted, including a wide open Stamkos one-timer from the left wing circle. They missed the net too much. If they readjust their bomb sights, I think they'll start to score goals.

    Bad:
    The second period was horrific. No forecheck, and they were on their heels all 20 minutes. Mind you, then the refs miss two plays that probably should've been 4 minute high-sticking calls, that has a big effect on momentum and offensive flow. However, the Lightning just did not generate any forecheck from the 21st minute through the 54th minute of the game. The only way Pittsburgh wins this series if Crosby and Malkin stay out is if the Lightning allow themselves to be outworked and outhit. The Lightning let the Pens outhit them in the first period, but ended up winning that stat 44-35, but it wasn't translating into puck possession or Pens turnovers because the lion's share of those hits were coming in the Lightning's third of the rink. Honorable mention to the Lightning making Aaron Asham look like Mario Lemieux on the Pens' insurance goal. Roli did get played like a fiddle on that play, and Brewer looked a little silly. That was a bad blemish on an otherwise great game by those two players.

    Ugly:
    Pavel Kubina. What a horrible mess of a game. Losing his stick and losing Kovalev on the first goal honestly was among the least of his sins tonight. I was pretty impressed with Hedman and Brewer, and I thought the rest of the group was pretty game. Kubina was just a train wreck. 1 stupid penalty. 1 stupid play that should've been a penalty that eventually ended up in the net. 3 bad turnovers and 2 of them were the kind that really annoy me out of a defenseman when they ring it around blindly to a waiting, open point man. I don't expect that kind of play out of a veteran. Here's hoping he rises to the occassion as the series goes on. I suppose in 2003, he and the whole team stunk on toast in the first couple of games against the Caps before they came back to roll Washington the rest of the way.

    I expect more urgency in the next game, and if the Lightning bear down and finish like they can, they should have a strong Game Two. This series, I have a feeling, is going to be a marathon and not a sprint. The Lightning do have a few things to build off of, and if they win the next game they're right where they want to be going into Game Three.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4
    Drummondville leads best of seven series 2-1

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 8 PIM

    Gatineau earned a much-needed win Tuesday at home to avoid going down 3-0 in their league quarterfinal series with the Volts. The Olympiques scored twice early in the first period and survived a Drummondville goal by likely 2011 top-5 pick Sean Couturier to hold on for the win. Game 4 is Wednesday in Gatineau.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.2 Montreal Juniors 1 @ No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 2
    Lewiston leads best of seven series 2-1

    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 12 PIM

    Second-seeded Montreal is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 3-0 to eighth-seeded Lewiston in their QMJHL quarterfinals series. Etienne Brodeur, an undrafted free agent, scored with five seconds left in regulation to give the MAINEiacs the win in Game 3. Brodeur had 53 goals in 68 games this season. Game 4 is Wednesday in Maine.

    WHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 1
    Best of seven series tied 1-1

    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 4 PIM
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM

    Spokane got home ice advantage back in the series by taking Game 3 on the road vs. the Americans. Both Lightning prospects were scoreless in the game. Game 4 is Thursday in Kennewick.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    No.1 Saskatoon Blades 0 @ No.4 Kootenay Ice 3
    Kootenay leads best of seven series 3-0

    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3 E, 8 PIM

    No one saw this coming. The WHL’s top team is one game away from being swept in the second round of the playoffs. On Tuesday in Cranbrook, the Ice scored once in each period and Nathan Lieuwen (undrafted) stopped 22 shots to give Kamloops a 3-0 win. Game 4 is Wednesday at the home of the Ice.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    OHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

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

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 0 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

    Geoffrey Schemitsch notched his third point in his last two games and Owen Sound outshot Plymouth 43-26 en route to a 4-1 victory Monday. Fellow Lightning prospect Michael Zador did not dress for Owen Sound. With the win, the Attack is in control of the series, up 3-0. Owen Sound can close out the series Wednesday in Michigan.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 6
    Best of seven series tied 1-1

    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 2-3-5, E, 4 PIM
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 0 PIM

    Spokane made a strong statement in Game 2, outshooting Tri-City 40-15 and beating them handily, 6-3. The Chiefs were up 5-1 entering the third period and the Americans got a last minute power play goal to make the score look closer than it was. Tyler Johnson scored a power play goal for Spokane and fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton had two third period assists for TC. Senators prospect Jared Cowen had four assists for the Chiefs. The game had 89 minutes in penalties. Game 3 is Tuesday in Kennewick. Games 4 and 5 will also be at the home of the Americans.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    It's an organization-wide Lightning vs. Penguins playoff matchup.

    NOR-6
    CT-3

    Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    NOR Pouliot, (25) (Ritola), 9:26
    NOR Szczechura, (21) (Milam, Barberio), 15:46 (PP)
    NOR Jones, (24) (Pouliot, Ritola), 19:22 (PP)

    Second Period
    CT Mitchell, (8) (Couture, Valentenko), 1:02
    NOR Ritola, (9) (Jones), 3:15
    NOR Szczechura, (22) (Wright, Harju), 5:34
    CT Valentenko, (5) (Yogan, Dupont), 13:10

    Third Period
    CT Niemi, (3) (Grachev, Couture), 11:56 (PP)
    NOR Angelidis, (20) , 17:36

    Paul Szczechura and Mattias Ritola were the game's first and second stars. With his 3 point effort, Ritola finishes the regular season with 9 goals and 27 points in 17 AHL games.

    Mike Angelidis became the 5th and final Admiral to hit 20 goals this season. Chris Durno finished 1 shy at 19 and Matt Fornataro and James Wright had 17 and 16 a piece.

    In 56 games, Blair Jones set a new career high in points with 55. His previous high was 54 in 80 games two seasons ago.

    Johan Harju finishes his rookie AHL campaign with 23 goals and 52 points in 63 games, and a +15 rating.

    With the victory, Norfolk leapfrogged Binghamton into 4th place in the East Division. That means Norfolk will draw the top team in the Eastern Conference, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, in the first round. The Pens have the stingiest goaltending and defense in the conference, allowing just 183 goals (2.29 GAA). It'll also be an interesting meeting of old friends, as a key member of the Pens is BoltProspects alumni Ryan Craig. Craig had 19 goals and 48 points to finish 2nd on the Pens in scoring this season.

    It's a brutally tough matchup. The key will be for Norfolk to focus on getting a win in the first two on the road. Get that win, settle into the grind of the series, and let the chips fall where they may. On paper, Norfolk is as talented as anyone in the conference, although there's a question mark in net with Dustin Tokarski recovering from getting slashed with a skate. If they get goaltending, though, they have a chance.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

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