Game Night Results

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 3 @ Reading Royals 4
    C Mitch Fadden: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals: 33 GP, 15-33-48, E, 32 PIM
    LW Alex Hutchings: Did not play.
    Season totals: 22 GP, 7-4-11, -12, 10 PIM

    Ryan Cruthers scored with just over two minutes left in the game to lift Reading to a one goal win over the visiting Everblades. Fadden continues to lead the league in scoring, by eight points over teammate Francis Lemieux. Alex Hutchings remains out with a lower body injury and Jaroslav Janus is playing in AHL Norfolk.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    An emphatic result for the Lightning and for several members of the team who come from the Montreal area.

    MTL-1
    TB-4

    Cedrick Desjardins entertained the crowd by stopping 27 of 28 shots to win his NHL debut. I think you saw displayed tonight some of his strengths and weaknesses: he's incredibly quick and athletic with great flexibility, but on the same token sometimes he gets off his angle or has some holes open up when he's scrambling because he doesn't have the tightest technique. I especially wonder if he can keep playing as low to the ice as he did tonight in close, because he seemed to be giving an abnormally high amount of net from three feet and up in the cage. We'll see if NHL shooters catch up to that.

    My measuring stick for this type of goaltender is whether you scare me more or less than Rick Tabaracci did back in the day, and the jury remains out of Desjardins. But you can't complain about the outcome and I think you can make a very good argument that he earned another start with how he played tonight.

    First Period
    00:58 MTL Pacioretty (2), Gomez (13)

    Second Period
    02:48 TB St Louis (16), Lecavalier (9), Stamkos (24)(PP)
    12:31 TB Kubina (2), St Louis (34), Stamkos (25)

    Third Period
    01:46 TB Stamkos (30), unassisted(PS)
    04:40 TB Stamkos (31), Malone (20), Hedman (12)

    Steven Stamkos, Desjardins, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars. For Stamkos, at 20 years of age, to have 31 goals now before the calendar even changes to 2011 is remarkable. Again, I hope the hockey media grasps what the real story is: it's not that Stamkos continues to push Sid Crosby in the scoring chase, it's that he's not even 21 and he's pushing Crosby in the scoring chase. When he gets to be Crosby's age 3 years or so down the line, how good do you think he'll be? I have my theory, and I'm excited about the future.

    Tampa Bay will end 2010 in first place in the Southeast Division, albeit by a tiebreaker with Washington due to having 1 game in hand. They also have an 11 point lead in the standings on 9th place Carolina, which is very reassuring. Interestingly, Tampa Bay is still -2 in goal differential for the season, but that's a drastically improved situation from where the team sat just a few weeks ago. I like to look at goal differential because it really is a measure of consistency and whether a team is competitive night in and night out, even in losses, or do they get blown out when they lose. I don't think a team with a bad goal differential in the regular season is a team that is very well built for the playoffs, so continues improvement in that category for the Lightning is a necessary evolution as they push to possibly exceed the goal of being a playoff team and instead be a team that can be elite and make a deep playoff run.

    Dana Tyrell played 13:51 in the match and seemed to be a target for the Canadiens all night long. They're brave men, going after a hulking 5'11" 185 lbs rookie. The thing about Tyrell and a player like Sean Bergenheim is that they become targets because they're a pain in the ass to play against because their speed and tenacity means they're always around the puck making an opponent work, and guys don't like to have to work. The 1995-96 team that made the playoffs was filled almost exclusively with guys like that: Burr, Cullen, Zamuner, Andersson, Gavey. Those types of players can make a team with ordinary scoring talent good and a team with good scoring line talent great. Consider the 2003-2004 team with: Modin, Taylor, Afanasenkov, Clymer, Cibak, and Dingman. The Lightning teams that have been really good over the years have been the ones that have 4-5 of these types of players, and this Lighting team has: St. Louis, Downie, Bergenheim, Thompson, Hall, Tyrell. They can do some business with guys like that which are annoyingly active for an opposing team to have to deal with. So, becoming a target like tonight means you're doing some things right as a hockey player. Credit to Tyrell in that his motor never stops, regardless of how many times he gets knocked down.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Norfolk continues to play with fire by not protecting their home ice and not protecting third period leads.

    CHA-4
    NOR-3 (OT)

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    CHA Borer, (2) (Dalpe, Carson), 4:22
    CHA Terry, (14) (Samson, Rodney), 13:02
    NOR Angelidis, (10) (Durno, Wright), 19:27
    NOR Durno, (10) (Labrie, Angelidis), 19:43

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NOR Angelidis, (11) (Durno, Labrie), 9:25
    CHA Matsumoto, (9) (Dalpe, Micflikier), 14:22 (PP)

    Overtime
    CHA Bowman, (4) (Carson), 0:25

    Mike Angelidis and Chris Durno were the game's second and third stars.

    Norfolk managed to move to within 6 points of first place Wilke-Barre/Scranton, but they now have Charlotte just 2 points behind and Hershey three points behind with the Pens and Bears coming up on the schedule. It was fairly critical for the Admirals to have good showings against the Checkers at home and they failed to get 2 points on either night and have actually fallen behind Charlotte and Hershey now in wins. In other words, they're chosing to do things the hard way, which is dangerous.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Switzerland 6 @ Slovakia 4
    Richard Panik, Slovakia, 1-0-1, E, 6 PIM, 5 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 6 PIM

    Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM

    Slovakia allowed 2 unanswered goals in the final 5:56 of regulation to fall 6-4 to Switzerland. Lightning prospect Richard Panik, who was named Slovakia's best player in the match, had tied the score at 4-4 earlier in the third period, but it was not enough. The forward also took two penalties for roughing and a minor for slashing in the contest. Fellow Lightning prospect Adam Janosik assisted on Panik's goal. Panik, Slovakia's captain, played on Slovakia's top line and Janosik has consistently been on Slovakia's top pair throughout the tournament.

    The loss will likely, and unexpectedly, force Slovakia into the relegation round where they will probably face Germany, Norway, and either Russia or the Czech Republic. Switzerland actually vaulted ahead of Team USA in Pool A with the victory.

    Slovakia faces Finland tomorrow while Canada draws Sweden.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Sodertalje 3 @ HV 71 5
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
    Season totals: 13 GP, 2-10-0, 0 SO, 2.95 GAA, .884 sv%

    Riku Helenius sat backup to Pontus Sjogren as Sjogren allowed 5 goals on just 13 shots in Sodertalje's 5-3 loss to HV 71. Ex-Devils draft pick Teemu Laine scored a goal in the match for HV 71.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    USHL

    Fargo Force 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 1
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 21 GP, 13-16-29, +16, 16 PIM

    Mullin scored at 3:16 of overtime to lift the Force to a road win in division-leading Dubuque. He also added an assist on Fargo’s other goal, yet the decision makers in Iowa decided he shouldn’t be a game star. Two Saints were first and second star, respectively. Mullin has a five game point streak in which he has 10 points. He has 15 points in his last seven games.

    OHL

    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3
    D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM (holding)
    Season Totals: 30 GP, 0-5-5, -8, 46 PIM

    Beukeboom scored seven times last year, but after 30 games the Soo captain is still looking for his first goal of the season.

    Barrie Colts 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 8
    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 28 GP, 1-13-14, +11, 6 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
    With Attack: 2 GP, 1-0-0-0, 3.95 GAA, .875 sv%, 0 SO
    With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.41 GAA, .878 sv%, 1 SO

    Zador won last time out, but was back in his familiar backup role for the Attack Wednesday. The Attack put up a snowman against Barrie, paced by four points each by Joey Hishon (Avalanche) and Andrew Fritsch (2011 draft).

    WHL

    Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3
    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 36 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 64 PIM

    Saskatoon got a late goal by Brent Benson (2011) to defeat the Raiders on the road.

    Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Czech Republic), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Norway 1 @ Canada 10
    Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

    Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM

    If you took the BoltProspects over for Canadian goals like we told you, then you had a winner winner, chicken dinner tonight in Buffalo at the WJC's. Brett Connolly assisted on goals by Casey Cizikas and likely 2011 top pick Sean Couturier in Canada's 10-1 dismantling of Norway. Ashton scored what would have been Canada's 10th goal, but it was waived off due to an apparent kick. Replays clearly showed Ashton didn't kick the puck, but the goal was not reviewed.

    Panik and Janosik and the Slovakians draw El Nino and Switzerland tomorrow afternoon.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Light night in the junior ranks with a healthy chunk of the Lightning's prospects participating in the U20 WJC's:

    OHL
    Owen Sound 7 @ Barrie 6 (SO)
    Geoffrey Schemitsch, Owen Sound, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 27 GP, 1-13-14, +9, 6 PIM

    Michael Zador, Owen Sound, Win, 31/37, 5.54 GAA, .838 sv%
    Season totals: 11-3-2, 0 SO, 3.41 GAA, .878 sv%

    Geoffrey Schemitsch assisted on a Liam Heelis goal in Owen Sound's 7-6 shootout victory over Barrie. Heelis is rocking the black rimmed glasses in his roster picture, proving ZZ Tops' old adage that every girl's crazy about a sharp dressed man. Michael Zador continued to lead a charmed life, stopping 3 of 4 shooters to steal the shootout win despite an abysmal .838 save percentage in the contest. Only in the Lightning organization can a man have a sub .880 save percentage and be 8 games over .500 on the season.

    QMJHL
    Montreal 3 @ Shawinigan 4 (SO)
    Charles Landry, Montreal, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 28 GP, 5-21-26, +14, 16 PIM

    Meanwhile, in the "Q", Charles Landry assisted on the final two goals of a Montreal comeback by Xavier Ouellet and David Rose to help force overtime, but the Juniors still fell 4-3 in the shootout. Shawiningan's Gabriel Girard was named the game's number one star after turning away 37 of 40 shots and 2 of 4 attempts for the shootout victory.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    Canada 7 @ Czech Republic 2
    Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

    Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM

    Brayden Schenn had 1 goal and 5 points in Canada's 7-2 spanking of the Czech Republic. Lightning prospect Carter Ashton remained on Canada's second line and recorded his first point of the tournament assisting on a Ryan Ellis goal. Brett Connolly was again one of Canada's extra forwards.

    USA 6 @ Slovakia 1
    Richard Panik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM

    Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM

    Kyle Palmieri had a pair of goals as Team USA smoked Slovakia 6-1, outshooting the Slovaks a dumbfounding 57-18 in the process. To his credit, Lightning prospect Richard Panik was not on the ice for any of the US's goals as his top line stayed clean. Going one better, top pair defenseman Adam Janosik was one of just four Slovakian players to be in the plus side in the match, although he was on the ice for a power play goal by Palmieri. Still, when you don't finish a minus in a game where your team gets spanked 6-1, you managed to do something right. Janosik also took a minor for holding in the match.

    Canada draws Norway tomorrow night in their third game of the tournament. If the over-under was 9 goals for the Canadians, I'd be taking the over.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    It's the annual Bruins/Lightning hosing at the hands of a referee or video goal judge.

    BOS-4
    TB-3

    Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    00:28 BOS Ryder (11), Recchi (14), Seidenberg (11)(PP)
    07:10 TB Stamkos (29), Clark (10), Malone (19)(PP)

    Second Period
    03:27 BOS Kampfer (1), Savard (3), Horton (13)
    14:02 TB Lecavalier (7), Bergenheim (9), Kubina (10)

    Third Period
    03:00 BOS Marchand (5), Thornton (2), Campbell (6)
    10:50 TB St Louis (15), Stamkos (23), Kubina (11)
    19:40 BOS Recchi (7), Bergeron (15), Seidenberg (12)(PP)

    Vincent Lecavalier was the game's second star. He made a brilliant play to almost set up a goal by Pavel Kubina in the first period and an equally brilliant goal to score Tampa Bay's second goal, but I'd be hard pressed to give him a star nod after losing the faceoff cleanly on Boston's third goal. Details matter, and the Lightning stunk in the faceoff circle in the defensive third in the final frame. I counted three clean faceoff losses in the period. You can't survive on a diet of that. All that aside, offensively, I haven't seen Vinny look this good since he was running and gunning for a Richard Trophy. I think you're going to see a lot of this in the second half of the season: Stamkos drawing the attention while Vinny racks up a lot of goals because he's flying under the radar. Gagne too.

    I'm not typically big on complaining about the officials. For the most part, things even out in the course of an NHL game. However, once or twice a season a team gets the shaft, and the Lightning always seem to get theirs against the Bruins. I'm still not over Zdeno Chara batting in a puck at his eye level and a video goal judge still saying it should count a few years back, and tonight was a call that was almost as terrible that I'm not going to get over for a long time. There is NO WAY IN HELL Steven Stamkos' hit late in tonight's game was a penalty. Let me reiterate that, NO WAY IN HELL! That was a clean, shoulder-to-shoulder hit by two players going for a puck in the corner. The player being hit was not in a defenseless position. Stamkos did not hit him in the back or slew foot him, or any of the other dangerous plays that should get you wrung up for boarding. No, Steven Stamkos got two minutes for being the stronger hockey player.

    Shame. Shame on the officials. I remember a day when NHL referees would never make a borderline call like that late in a game and potentially rob a team of a point. But, in the post-lockout Gary Bettman world, they get rewarded for affecting the outcome of games, because that somehow equals excitement when you artifically put teams under duress (as opposed to hard, clean hits which in Bettman World aren't entertaining at all, because as we all know we all buy tickets to see the zebras and not the players). They get encouraged to do it, and they get encouraged for giving out penalties for good, hard, clean hits. Governor Rendell of Pennsylvania is complaining about the wussification of America with the football game being snowed out in Philadelphia. Well, I'm officially complaining about the wussification of the NHL when Steven Stamkos (not exactly Steve Avery) gets the gate in the last two minutes of a tied hockey game on a good, clean, hard hit. The referees tonight crossed a pretty bright line with that call. I hope the Lightning send the tape into the league and I hope the refs get reprimanded for what they did. Unfortunately, I would put it past Bettman to give them a bonus for it ("I just picked my All-Star Game crew!"). It was a total joke.

    I'm pissed, in case you couldn't tell.

    Mattias Ritola had 1 shot in 8:34 tonight. He did some good things tonight offensively. It was one of his better games in a while.

    Dana Tyrell was -1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 12:26.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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