Game Night Results

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    54 minutes of garbage followed by the awakening of a long slumbering giant.

    CAR-4
    TB-3

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 4 goals on 39 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    07:11 TB Gagne (13), St Louis (60), Lecavalier (24)(PP)
    12:52 CAR Skinner (26), Ruutu (32), Pitkanen (29)

    Second Period
    08:23 CAR Cole (21), Stillman (22), Staal (37)(PP)

    Third Period
    06:50 CAR Cole (22), unassisted
    12:20 CAR Staal (30), Corvo (25), Pitkanen (30)(PP)
    13:17 TB Lecavalier (20), Hedman (22)
    14:09 TB Gagne (14), St Louis (61), Clark (21)(PP)

    Simon Gagne was the game's second star.

    That was painful and ugly to watch for about 54 minutes, and then the Lightning got a tip to go their way and it was, "Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war." It looked as if the Lightning finally got sick of getting kicked in the ribs and decided to rise up and try to do something about it. Maybe I'm an optimist, but those last 6 minutes looked like a turning point to me. Time will tell, but I saw the Lightning play with a tempo and urgency that hasn't been seen in a while. Not that the Lightning haven't been playing hard, but they haven't been playing THAT hard in a while.

    Congratulation to Vincent Lecavalier on his 11th straight 20 goal season. In doing so he's accomplished something that many a Hall of Famer couldn't. Steve Yzerman? His career best was 8 straight seasons. Jean Beliveau? 7 seasons. Mario Lemieux? 6 seasons. With injuries and in a sport where teams change personnel like they're pairs of socks, it's really difficult to string that many 20 goal seasons. When you throw in the fact that 2/3rds of Vinny's career was played in the pre-lockout clutch and grab era, it's even more amazing that he could stay healthy enough and get enough chances to complete the feat when facing nightly muggings.

    It's ironic that Lecavalier has faced so much criticism over the course of his career for a presumed lack of consistent effort or interest, but 11 straight 20 goal seasons suggests that any critique of Lecavalier's career to this point needs a little more depth and nuance than that because the stats speak to a level of professionalism he hasn't always been given credit for. Let me put it another way: if Vinny had played the last month the way Steven Stamkos has, there would've been at least 3 dozen rumors of various trades to Montreal and a segment of the Lightning fan base ready to tar and feather him before putting him on an airplane out of town. Ultimately, there's an easy way for Vinny to complete his legacy in Tampa Bay: captain this team to a Stanley Cup. I've just always found it a little bizarre how much higher the bar has been set for Vinny and that he doesn't seem to get the full measure of respect, not just in Tampa but league-wide, for accomplishments that are almost unheard of in this era of hockey.

    Blair Jones was -2 in 5:59.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Zatkoffed.

    MAN-4
    NOR-0

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    MCH King, (22) (Holloway, Weal), 17:45 (PP)

    Third Period
    MCH King, (23) , 10:30
    MCH Meckler, (15) , 13:46
    MCH King, (24) (Holloway), 19:01 (EN)

    Manchester's had fantastic goaltending the past few seasons, and even though Zatkoff is the backup, he showed last season and again tonight that he's capable of beating you. Norfolk outshot Manchester 35-19 and it didn't matter because Zatkoff had the forcefield up tonight.

    With Charlotte losing in a shootout tonight, they moved back into 3rd in the East Division, 1 point ahead of Norfolk with the Admirals still holding 3 games in hand. The good new is that Hershey wet the bed against Adirondack, so Norfolk is still 5 points back of the 2nd place Bears with 3 games in hand.

    10 games remain in the regular season and the Admirals draw Manchester again tomorrow night.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Sodertalje 2 @ Vaxjo 3 (SO)
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, SOL, 0/0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

    It's the sort of thing you don't see everyday: backup Riku Helenius spelled Pontus Sjogren in the shootout and allowed 2 of 4 shooters to convert in Sodertalje's 3-2 shootout loss to Vaxjo. Ex-Panthers draft pick Dustin Johner, who appeared for the Lightning during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament many years ago, had a pair of assists in the victory. Sodertalje forced overtime after Mathias Mansson scored with the goaltender pulled with just 56 seconds left in regulation. Vaxjo moves into the lead in the Kval till Elitserien at the halfway point of the schedule with 12 points in the standings. Sodertalje is 1 point back at 11 points and MODO is 2 points back at 10 points. MODO fell to Rogle 2-1 in a shootout today. Sodertalje will play Vaxjo again on Monday. 5 games remain in the Kval till Elitserien, and the top two teams will play in the Elitserien next season with the remaining teams going to the second tier Allsvenskan league.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    QMJHL First Round – Game 1

    Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Montreal Juniors 5
    Montreal leads best of seven series 1-0

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

    Landry’s sixth career playoff goal was the first for the Juniors this postseason and tied Game 1 between Halifax and Montreal at one. Landry’s goal sparked a five-goal outburst by the Juniors, who allowed two late goals to Halifax. Game 2 is Friday. Landry had three postseason goals last season with Drummondville in 14 games. He had two with the Volts in their Memorial Cup run under Guy Boucher in 2008-09.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Wheeling Nailers 3 @ Florida Everblades 1
    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 45 GP, 11-13-24, -9, 33 PIM

    Bobby Goepfert stopped 23 of 26 shots to take the loss for Florida Wednesday in the first game of a three game set with Wheeling. Alex Hutchings did not register a shot for the second straight game. With five games left, Florida (74 points) is one point behind South Carolina for fourth in the East with a game in hand, but just one point up on Wheeling and Elmira, who are tied for sixth. Cincinnati is in eighth with 72 points. The ‘Blades put some distance between them and ninth-place Gwinnett (67 points) with a three game road sweep last weekend. Goaltender Jaroslav Janus is currently with AHL Norfolk.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Tic returns with a vengeance.

    ADK-1
    NOR-2

    Dustin Tokarski returned from missing the weekend set against Albany with a minor injury to stop 32 of 33 shots for the victory. Since the start of February, Tic has gone 10-2-2 with 2 shutouts, and he's 6-1-0 in the month of March with 1 shutout, a 1.56 GAA, and a .942 save percentage. Put simply, Tic continues to live up to his reputation of playing his best when the stakes go up. Don't gamble with Tic: he'll take your money, your shirt, your car keys, and your girl. Believe it.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NOR Roy, (4) , 2:29
    NOR Angelidis, (18) (Wright), 4:38 (SH)
    ADK Pither, (9) , 16:43 (PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Tokarski, Mathieu Roy, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Angelidis has obliterated his career best statistics this season playing a very well rounded, power forward's game with 18 goals, 35 points, a +19 rating in 69 games. He's also tied his career high of 151 penalty minutes, to boot.

    Norfolk moves into 3rd in the East Division via the win percentage tiebreaker over Charlotte and are now 5 points back of 2nd place Hershey with 3 games in hand. They also maintain a 5 point gap on 5th place Binghamton with 2 games in hand and they've expanded their lead on the Atlantic's 4th place team, Worcester, to 8 points with 2 games in hand. With 11 games left to go in the regular season, Norfolk has 86 points, meaning they likely need just 2-4 points to realistically insure a playoff spot, and they control their own destiny in terms of moving up to 2nd in the Division to try to clinch home ice in the first round.

    But, the degree of difficulty goes up this weekend. Norfolk faces Manchester Friday and Saturday before traveling to Charlotte on Sunday. The Monarchs are a solid 2nd in the Atlantic Division and Charlotte has refused to go away all season long.

    One other note: with their victory tonight the Admirals moved past their point total (84) from all of last season, with another 22 points still up for grabs on the schedule. After a rough start to its affiliation with Norfolk, the Lightning's farmhands have improved each season.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Orebro 2 @ Sodertalje 3 (OT)
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

    Mattias Carlsson scored 1:23 into overtime to cap a 3-2 Sodertalje comeback victory over Allsvenskan club Orebro. Elsewhere, MODO defeated Vaxjo 1-0 in overtime, allowing Sodertalje to move into first place in the Kval till Elitserien by virtue of the goal differential tiebreak. Sodertalje and Vaxjo have 10 points in the standings while MODO sits at 9. Sodertalje draws Vaxjo on Friday.

  • 5 years 37 weeks ago

    Rock bottom (?)

    NYI-5
    TB-2

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss, including a softie to Frans Nielsen that would've made Dieter Kochan himself blush.

    First Period
    01:01 TB Thompson (9), Purcell (31), Lecavalier (23)
    10:22 NYI Bailey (11), Jurcina (12)(PP)

    Second Period
    05:16 NYI Okposo (5), Jurcina (13), Grabner (17)
    13:39 NYI Martin (5), Hillen (16), Konopka (7)

    Third Period
    08:08 NYI Nielsen (11), unassisted(SH)
    10:31 TB Moore (14), Bergenheim (15), Thompson (14)(PP)
    19:14 NYI Grabner (31), unassisted(SH)(EN)

    Nate Thompson was the game's second star.

    This feels like last season, and that's not a good thing. The Lightning could not buy a win at this time late last season and fell like a rock out of the playoff hunt. With 9 games left to go, the Lightning have an 11 point lead on 9th place, but even that doesn't feel safe with 3 games against the Canes on the schedule. The division is gone. An opportunity to hang a banner has been squandered. Right now, the Lightning just need a win, any win, to try to stabilize their sagging fortunes, and it feels like the team won't be able to beat anyone until Steve Downie or Ryan Malone return to the lineup. The Lightning look stale and lost, and it feels like only a shakeup in the lineup will work. Nobody can find the back of the net. Stupid decisions keep getting made defensively. And, now, you even have the likes of Sean Bergenheim making undisciplined plays and Roloson giving up Dairy Queen Blizzards. It's a near total collapse, and I don't care if the Lightning outshot the Islanders 38-28 if you keep giving up shorthanded 2-on-0's, the number of shots matters little.

    Blair Jones had 3 shots and 2 blocked shots in 10:42.

    Mattias Ritola will have to wait to graduate from prospect status next season.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 37 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    Montreal Juniors 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5
    D Charles Landry, MTL: Did not play
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM

    Montreal gave Landry the night off as they prepare for the playoffs. Montreal will be the No.2 seed and play 15th seeded Halifax. As the fifth seed, Gatineau will play Chicoutimi. Janosik came within two goals, one assist, and three points of setting career highs in those respective categories.

    WHL

    Tri-City Americans 4 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 3 (OT)
    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    With Tri-City: 33 GP, 17-27-44, +6, 62 PIM
    With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM

    TC won their third game in a row to finish the season. As the fourth seed they’ll play No.5 Vancouver in the first round. Ashton set career highs in goals, assists, and points in his final junior regular season.

    Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Portland Winterhawks 3
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +26, 48 PIM

    So close. Johnson needed three points to tie Kings prospect and Medicine Hat Tigers forward Linden Vey for the league scoring title. As it was, Johnson got a late assist and an empty net goal to come within one point of sharing the Bob Clarke Trophy. He finished the season with career highs in games, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus. His previous career high for points was 71, set last season in 64 games. Johnson did win the WHL goal scoring title. Spokane will play Chilliwack in the first round thanks to Vancouver’s 5-0 win Sunday over Everett, which propelled the Giants into fourth.

  • 5 years 37 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 5 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 3
    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 45 GP, 11-13-24, -9, 33 PIM
    G Jaroslav Janus: Win, 34 saves on 37 shots
    Season totals: 27 GP, 12-13-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .912 sv%, 0 SO

    Janus stopped 34 shots in his return to ECHL Florida to give the ‘Blades a win in their final road game of the regular season and a three game sweep of the Gladiators. Janus has won three of his last four decisions. Meanwhile, Hutchings was scoreless for the third straight game. Florida is now one point behind fourth place South Carolina with a game in hand. The ‘Blades will play their final six games of the season at home, including the last three against South Carolina. They’ll get sixth place Wheeling, who is three points behind the ‘Blades, for three games before the South Carolina series.

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