Game Night Results

  • 6 years 28 weeks ago

    It'll all be worth it when Steve Stamkos is a Bolt.

    TB-2
    PIT-4

    Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

    Matt Smaby was even in 9:13 with 2 hits and 3 blocked shots. Again, I thought he had a good first period in which he made a made a really nice block on a point shot and a really strong hit along the boards. In the second period his group got hemmed in a lot and although he wasn't terrible there were times he was floating a bit down low defensively. At one point, his pairing partner Mike Lundin had to bail him out. The general reviews were fair. The speed at the NHL level doesn't seem to be scaring him as much this go round, and he seems to be moving the puck crisply and efficiently. And, yes, he's still occassionally laying the wood to people which is the special characteristic that really stands him out from the crowd, in my opinion. This is a big audition for Smaby right now. With Alex Picard playing so well, it could make someone like Brad Lukowich or even Filip Kuba expendable if Smaby can step up and show he's ready to be the #7 defenseman in Tampa next year. Those millions could potentially be better spent on some second line scoring help. The key is going to be if Smaby improves in the coming games and if he can get his ice time to increase. The opportunity is there with Paul Ranger banged up. He needs to step up and close the sale.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 28 weeks ago

    A monumental come from behind victory in the Steve Stamkos sweepstakes.

    TB-4
    BUF-7

    Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 31 shots for the loss. When you're staked a three goal lead coming into the third period, you have to get the W. I don't care how bad the team plays in front of you. Ramo had to make it stand up, and he failed miserably. That's probably only the fourth bad start he's had this year.

    Matt Smaby was -1 in 12:11 with 4 hits, including one particularly vicious hit standing up and dropping Patrick Kaleta on the rush. Like the rest of the team, I thought he played a pretty good first 40 minutes. But he didn't see much ice in the third. He did tie Vincent Lecavalier for the team high in hits with 4 though in his limited ice time, so there's something to build on.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 28 weeks ago

    Just like last season, the Baby B's own the Lightning's farm team.

    PRO-7
    NOR-0

    Jonathan Boutin allowed 7 goals on 33 shots in the loss. Marc Denis stopped 6 of 6 shots in relief.

    First Period
    PRO Bitz, (9) (Sigalet, Karsums), 3:03 (PP)
    PRO Hoggan, (28) , 16:29 (PEN/SH)

    Second Period
    PRO Thompson, (16) , 0:45 (SH)
    PRO Collins, (18) (Hendricks), 12:45
    PRO LoVecchio, (2) (Thompson, Curry), 18:34 (SH)

    Third Period
    PRO Hendricks, (20) (Hoggan), 11:09
    PRO Collins, (19) (Sigalet, Hendricks), 11:21

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 years 28 weeks ago

    The Western Hockey League announced the 2007-08 WHL Eastern Conference First and Second All-Star Teams and Lightning draft pick and Lethbridge Hurricane Mitch Fadden was named a Second Team All-Star. Fadden was not a finalist for an award.

    The center was named team co-MVP with Ben Wright this week.

    Fadden, a 2007 fourth round pick of the Lightning, had 34 goals and 55 assists for 89 points in 72 games this season for the Hurricanes.

  • 6 years 28 weeks ago

    Monday
    Andreas Holmqvist did not play in Frolunda's 4-2 Game Four loss to Farjestads.

    Tuesday
    Andreas Holmqvist did not play in Frolunda's 3-2 Game Five loss to Farjestads.

    Frolunda trails their opening round playoff series 3-2, and will face elimination in Game Six on Thursday.

  • 6 years 28 weeks ago

    QMJHL
    Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5
    D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -2, 5 PIM (plus match penalty), 0 shots on goal

    After dropping their last two regular season games in Cape Breton, Lewiston (37-26-5-2), the Eastern Division's fifth seed, will open the playoffs this week in the same arena against the fourth seeded Screaming Eagles.

    Update: Ward has been suspended by the QMJHL for one game "after he spit in the direction of an opponent during last Sunday’s game versus the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles."

    WHL
    Everett Silvertips 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 5
    D Dane Crowley, EVT: Did not play.
    G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play.

    (6) Everett will play (3) Spokane in the first round.
    (4) Seattle will host (5) Kelowna in the first round.

    Prince George Cougars 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
    C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)

    Tyrell and PG's tough season mercifully ends, but on a high note with a win.

    Edmonton Oil Kings 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
    C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

    (3) Lethbridge will face (6) Brandon in the first round.

    *Final regular season stat update coming soon.

  • 6 years 28 weeks ago

    BCHL Coastal Conference Semifinals

    Game 6: No.2 Langley Chiefs 3 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 2 (OT)
    Chiefs win Best of 7 series 4-2

    W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
    Game: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
    Series: 6 GP, 1-2-3, 8 PIM
    Playoffs: 11 GP, 3-2-5, 12 PIM

    Langley wins four straight to end Victoria and Justin Courtnall’s season.

  • 6 years 28 weeks ago

    USHL
    Chicago Steel 6 @ Ohio Junior Blue Jackets 3
    W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 shots on goal

    WHL
    Everett Silvertips 1 @ Chilliwack Bruins 5
    D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (slashing, interference)

    Everett will finish sixth in the Western Conference and play Spokane in the first round.

    Prince George Cougars 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 6
    C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
    G Torrie Jung, KEL: Win, 16 saves on 18 shots

    Kelowna will finish fifth in the Western Conference and play Riku Helenius and Seattle in the first round.

    Portland Winter Hawks 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 8
    G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, 22 saves on 24 shots

    Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1
    C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-2-3, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), *First Star*

    Lethbridge has clinched the third seed in the Eastern Conference and will play Brandon in the first round.

  • 6 years 28 weeks ago

    The Lightning suffer another crippling defeat in the Steve Stamkos derby tonight.

    NYR-0
    TB-3

    Mike Smith stopped all 20 shots he faced tonight for his first shutout in a Lightning uniform.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    Tampa Bay 19:13, Alexandre Picard 2 (Jeff Halpern, Mathieu Darche)

    Third Period
    Tampa Bay 6:40, Martin St. Louis 23 (power play) (Jussi Jokinen, Dan Boyle)
    Tampa Bay 19:02, Michel Ouellet 15 (empty net) (Mike Smith)

    If you find these young goaltenders the goal support, I'm telling you, they'll make it stand up. This team is not that far away from turning this thing around. Heck, Smith even got an assist on the empty netter tonight to put the icing on the cake.

    Tonight's game winning goal belonged to Alexandre Picard who now has 2 goals and 4 points in 10 games since joining the Lightning. That pro-rates to a 30+ point season over 82 games. Whoever scouted this young man with the Phantoms, and I kind of assume it was Bill Barber, deserves a steak dinner. This young man's been a bit of a revelation since coming over in the Prospal trade. He had 18:30 in ice time tonight, and is looking like a lock to be the team's #5 or #6 defenseman next season. Heaven help the NHL when he gains that extra 5-10 pounds of muscle and gets a little sturdier on those Bambi legs. "Make it so, Number Two."

    Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 years 28 weeks ago

    Unfortunately, injuries on the backline may finally be catching up to Norfolk.

    POR-5
    NOR-3

    Marc Denis allowed 5 goals on 23 shots for the loss before being pulled for Jonathan Boutin who stopped all 4 shots he faced.

    First Period
    POR Bouck, (7) (St. Jacques, Ebbett), 5:35 (PP)
    NOR Henrich, (14) (Keller, Wanvig), 17:11

    Second Period
    POR King, (26) (Bouck, Festerling), 12:58
    POR Birner, (7) (Ferguson), 13:38
    NOR Wanvig, (20) (Henrich, Mihalik), 14:44

    Third Period
    POR St. Jacques, (7) (Miller, Bootland), 1:14
    POR Bouck, (8) (Ebbett, Ferguson), 7:05
    NOR Keller, (12) (Jones, Lawrence), 17:45

    Justin Keller and Adam Henrich each checked in with 1 goal and 1 assist in the game. Kyle Wanvig and Henrich were named the game's second and third stars.

    Keller now has 12 goals and 33 points in 60 games with a +5 rating. A season ago in Springfield, Keller played exactly 60 games but only managed 24 points and had a -11 rating. The improvement is obvious.

    Prior to this season Henrich had just 13 goals and 38 points in his entire AHL career of three seasons and 102 games. This season Henrich already has 14 goals and 31 points in 40 games, and there is still a chance he will double his career statistical output by the end of the year. Again, the improvement is obvious.

    A year ago, as a rookie, Blair Jones had 5 goals and 21 points in 45 games (.467 PPG). This season, Blair Jones has 13 goals and 35 points in 63 games (.556 PPG). Again, the improvement is obvious.

    A season ago, as a rookie, Radek Smolenak had just 1 point in 20 games. This season, the big winger has 11 goals and 21 points in 45 games. Again, the improvement is obvious.

    Coupled with a strong rookie campaign by Vladimir Mihalik (now a team leading +9 among defensemen), the organization is looking less and less like the disaster the local and national media was making it out to be just a month or two ago. In fact, I dare say, it's difficult to claim that there isn't progress being made in Norfolk, even with the defeat tonight.

    Eventually, some of that progress will find its way onto NHL ice.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

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