Game Night Results

  • 5 years 44 weeks ago

    I'd almost rather lose a game 4-2 then cough up a winning goal in the last minute. Almost.


    Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 19 shots for the loss. It's been an alarming trend over the last week and a half where the Lightning haven't been getting quite the same level of goaltending they were getting, and the results have very quickly turned sour because of it. That's not to say Niitty was terrible, but 3 goals on 19 shots isn't a pretty number.

    First Period

    Second Period
    TB 1:26, Lecavalier 6 (Halpern)

    Third Period
    NJ 1:15, Rolston 9 (Niedermayer)(PP)
    NJ 5:14, Bergfors 8 (Zharkov)(PP)
    TB 17:00, Downie 4 (Stamkos, Malone)(PP)
    NJ 19:21, Langenbrunner 6 (Greene, Rolston)

    Zenon Konopka had 5 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 7:18.

    Paul Szczechura played just 4:12 in the game.

    James Wright got in his first NHL fight and had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:23.

    Blair Jones had 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 13:27. Let me be one of the first to say how proud I am of Blair to work his way into this opportunity. He has always had a lot of promise since his days in junior, but he's fluctuated between the penthouse in his rookie season and the doghouse for the past couple of seasons because he's a bit of a laid back Western farm boy, as Steve Stirling once put it to me, so the physical and defensive intensity hasn't always been there night in and night out. He's really started to understand more about being prepared to go every night and he's earned this chance. Let that be a lesson to all the youngsters in Norfolk: even in your fourth season of pro you've got a chance if you work hard, prepare like a professional, and put it together at the rink.

    Victor Hedman was +1 with 1 hit in 19:32.

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  • 5 years 44 weeks ago

    Love that headline on the press release from the Admirals. Move over Iverson.

    ADK-1 (OT)

    Dustin Tokarski stopped 22 of 23 to get a win the Admirals absolutely needed to have.

    First Period
    ADK Kolanos, (4) (Dingle, Bellamy), 3:42

    Second Period
    NOR Smolenak, (3) (Lundin, Mihalik), 17:47

    Third Period

    NOR Craig, (9) (Smolenak, Jackson), 1:32

    Ryan Craig (aka The Answer) and Radek Smolenak were the game's first and second stars. That's what you have to love about this year's version of the Admirals: sweet, sweet depth up front. Blair Jones has been hot as a firecracker and earned his callup. Last season that would've crushed the Ads. This season you've got a 20 goal, 50 point capable guy like Smolenak just waiting to pick up where Jones left off.

    Vladimir Mihalik snapped a five-game pointless streak with a helper and pulled himself back to even in plus-minus for the season. Kudos to Scott Jackson for keying Craig and Smolenak's winning 2-on-1 in overtime. Jackson's posted a very respectable +8 rating so far this year.

    Norfolk outshot Adirondack 36-23 in the game. I'm still waiting for when these shot imbalances are going to turn into some nice blowouts in the Admirals' favor rather than these nail biters. Norfolk's played so many close games this year. Norfolk can get back to .500 tomorrow night, but they'll have to do it in Hershey, which may be the toughest place in the AHL to go win a hockey game as a visitor.

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  • 5 years 44 weeks ago

    No.19 Vermont Catamounts 3 @ Boston University Terriers 3
    C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 13 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM

    Vermont moves one game over .500 at 6-5-2. Former Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall did not play in the game for BU.

    No.12 Alaska Nanooks 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
    D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 16 PIM

    WMU moved to 6-7-2 on the year with the upset over the Nanooks.

  • 5 years 44 weeks ago

    Dynamo Moscow 3 @ KHK MVD 2 (SO)
    Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 31 GP, 3-5-8, -6, 24 PIM

    After a long drought, Harju finally scored his third goal of the season, while his lifelong teammate Linus Omark chipped in a goal and an assist. However, it took a game winning shootout goal by former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl for Dynamo to finally knock off KHK MVD 3-2. Harju played 15:36 in the match and was 63% on draws. He failed, however, on his shootout attempt in the penalty shot session. Dynamo Moscow sits in fourth place in the KHL's Western Conference.

  • 5 years 44 weeks ago
    [b][i]OHL[/b][/i] [b] Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Barrie Colts 5[/b] [i]LW/C [b][url=/alex-hutchings]Alex Hutchings[/url][/b], BAR: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star* [/i] Season Totals: 28 GP, 16-16-32, +13, 18 PIM Hutchings (pictured) has scored in five straight games and has points in his last six. Barrie is on a 16-0-0-1 streak. He scored two shorthanded goals 29 seconds apart in the third period, including one on a penalty shot. This was unofficially his third First Star of the season. He finished November 6-6-12 in 10 games, with a plus-5 rating and 10 PIM. [b] Sudbury Wolves 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (SO)[/b] [i]LW [b][url=/matias-sointu]Matais Sointu[/url][/b], SBY: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 25 GP, 4-7-11, +4, 8 PIM [i]With Sudbury: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +7, 6 PIM[/i] The Wolves broke a five-game winless streak. Sointu, who did not participate in the shootout, scored his first with Sudbury and his first goal since October 11. He finished November with three assists and an even rating. [b] Oshawa Generals 3 @ Brampton Battalion 2 (OT)[/b] [i]G [b][url=/michael-zador]Michael Zador[/url][/b], OSH: Win, 33 saves on 35 shots, *Second Star*[/i] Season Totals: 22 GP, 9-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .901 sv%, 1 SO Zador was named a game star for the third game in a row (two thirds, a second). He hasn’t had a regulation loss in five games. Zador finished November 2-5-1-1, 3.10, .904.
  • 5 years 44 weeks ago

    Omsk 2 @ Astana 1
    Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
    Season totals: 24 GP, 14-9, 2 SO, 1.91 GAA, .917 sv%

    Jaromir Jagr assisted on Dimitri Pestunov's game winning third period goal to help lift Karri Ramo and Omsk over Astana 2-1. Former Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev took two minor penalties in the match for Astana. Interestingly, Ramo's numbers are very similar to St. Petersburg goaltender Robert Esche (15-7, 3 SO, 2.04 GAA, .916 sv%), who the Lightning briefly courted for Ramo's vacant backup spot in Tampa Bay before signing Antero Niittymaki.

    Chekhov 0 @ Magnitogorsk 4
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/29, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 29 GP, 14-13, 3 SO, 2.13 GAA, .920 sv%

    Koshechkin got his first shutout in a Metallurg jersey to help boost Magnitogorsk to a 4-0 victory. Former NHL superstar Sergei Fedorov supported Koshechkin with a goal and an assist in the match. Magnitogorsk moves 1 point ahead of Yulaev into 1st in the Eastern Conference.

    CSKA 2 @ Ekaterinburg 1 (OT)
    Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 28 GP, 4-3-7, -9, 10 PIM

    CSKA got an overtime goal from ex-Senators draft pick Alexander Nikulin to pull out a 2-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Denis Kazionov played 13:29 in the match. Ekaterinburg has managed to climb over Novokuznetsk and Khabarovsk to get out of the Eastern Conference basement, but still sits 5 points behind Chelyabinsk for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

  • 5 years 44 weeks ago


    Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Belleville Bulls 3
    RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM (hooking), *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 25 GP, 9-6-15, +2, 24 PIM
    With Bulls: 12 GP, 7-5-12, +4, 4 PIM
    With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

    DeCoste now has four goals and five points in his last two games. He tied the game at three with a power play goal with just under two minutes remaining in the third period, but Ottawa came back to steal a win with a goal at 19:23.

  • 5 years 44 weeks ago

    Boston remains the Lightning's chamber of horrors.


    Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the loss. I thought Smitty's play was subpar tonight. I think Boston's first and third goals were suspect, and I think they really changed the complexion of the game. You can't spot Tim Thomas two extra goals of support in his own barn. He'll beat you.

    First Period
    BOS 8:05, Savard 5 (Morris, Chara)(PP)
    BOS 14:03, Bergeron 8 (Chara, Recchi)

    Second Period
    BOS 13:36, Sturm 7 (Recchi, Bergeron)
    BOS 16:09, Sturm 8 (Bergeron, Recchi)

    Third Period
    TB 1:27, Halpern 4 (Downie, Malone)

    The team didn't play as poorly as the score indicated, outside of the goaltending. The forecheck and the dirty work in front of the opposition's cage is coming along. They'd have gotten more were it not for Thomas being Thomas tonight.

    It was good to see Matt Smaby back in action, although he only got one shift in the third period after seeing about 10-11 minutes in the first two periods. He was feeling his way out in this game. I think he needs a couple of games to get comfortable again and then the hits will start coming. I hope the Lightning recognize what they have in Smaby. Big, physical defensemen are rare and worth their weight in gold. It seems like every year teams draft 2-3 dozen of these types of guys out of junior and only a handful pan out. So, when you get one that does, you need to keep him and continue to develop him.

    Steven Stamkos has gotten into more of a pass-first mode the past couple of games. Shoot the puck, young man. Shoot it from the team hotel. Shoot it from the nacho stand. Shoot it from the restaurant after the game. Shoot the puck. He had 5 shots tonight, but he gave up at least three shots from prime scoring areas. Shoot.

    Zenon Konopka had 2 shots and 4 hits in 8:17.

    Paul Szczechura had 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:16 but was 43% on draws. He's been one of the Lightning's better forwards over the past couple of games.

    James Wright had 2 blocked shots in 8:53.

    Victor Hedman was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 14:41.

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  • 5 years 44 weeks ago

    Kazan 1 @ Togliatti 2
    Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 30 GP, 8-1-9, E, 12 PIM

    Kazan fell to cash-strapped Togliatti on two second period goals by Lada. The older Kazionov, Dimitry, played 12:12 in the match.

    Spartak Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
    Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 30 GP, 2-5-7, -5, 22 PIM

    It was another frustrating night at the rink for Johan Harju, who was -2 in 13:49 with a second period roughing minor to boot. The lone bright spot was that Harju was 80% on draws in the game, bringing him to 58% on the season with 434 faceoffs taken. Former Lightning checking liner Martin Cibak assisted on Spartak's first goal, which was former NHLer Branko Radivojevic's 11th of the year.

  • 5 years 44 weeks ago


    Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 26 GP, 2-19-21, +8, 28 PIM

    Barberio’s four-game point streak and streak of three two-assist games came to an end, but the Wildcats still scored a home win over Lewiston.


    Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1
    RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (slashing)
    Season Totals: 26 GP, 13-12-25, -5, 50 PIM

    Lethbridge broke a six-game losing streak while ending Medicine Hat’s streak of seven games without a regulation loss. Ashton will be keeping an eye on Hockey Canada today, as they’re expected to name this year’s WJC selection camp roster at noon (Eastern).

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