Game Night Results

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Momentum is wearing a Lightning hat right now.

    BUF-3
    TB-5

    Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    04:45 TB Eminger (4), (Halpern)(PP)
    05:19 TB Downie (2), (Murphy, Pettinger)

    Second Period
    00:19 BUF Roy (17), (Pominville, Lydman)
    01:23 TB Krajicek (1), (Meszaros, Prospal)
    04:04 BUF Kotalik (10), (Rivet, Gaustad)(PP)
    13:52 TB Halpern (3), (Recchi, Wishart)
    16:55 BUF Roy (18), (Vanek, Pominville)(PP)
    19:54 TBL Murphy (1), (Recchi)(PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    All of a sudden, the Lightning have a power play thanks to Eminger, Recchi, and the newcomer Murphy really playing well from the point in the past couple of games. Here's the thing about Murphy: if you can keep him healthy he's going to hit the scoresheet. I remember a few years ago following Erikki Rajamaki when he played for Murphy's team, Ilves, in the SM-liiga. Murphy used to show up all over the box score like a rash when he played in Finland. I don't think the Dan Boyle comparison is necessarily apt, but Brian Rafalski might not be far off. You have to keep him in one piece though.

    The Lightning pull into the break at 5 games under .500 about 9 points out of a playoff spot (that lay down in the second period against the Panthers really stings right now). They have six days off for the break before Montreal rolls into town next Tuesday. Those are six days where you have to hope the team gets Paul Ranger back and back for good. If they do, they've got a real shot to get back to .500 in February, and then the decisions at the deadline become a little bit more interesting. Yes, guys like Roberts and Kolzig are probably still goners, but I could foresee a scenario where Mark Recchi is kept, a la what the team did with Dave Andreychuk at the end of the 2001-2002 season. One thing I know for certain: the Lightning are starting to evolve into the kind of team you don't want to see come into your town as a seven or eight seed in the first round of the playoffs.

    Ty Wishart got his first NHL assist off a blocked shot he was mysteriously not given credit for and was +1 in 9:43. I suppose, technically, you get the block or the helper, not both. He plays such a laid back game. Some would call it calm. Others might call it borderline comatose. He was solid tonight, though.

    Steve Downie had 1 goal, 1 shot, and 3 hits and was +1 in 9:25. We're seeing the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning right now with Downie becoming a fixture on a line with Stamkos. Given the massive drop off in terms of quality of blueliners in the draft crop after Hedman, I have a suspicion the Lightning may be looking for a centerman to put between those two when the June draft comes around. The team might be playing its way out of position to grab the guy I think would really fit in with what Tocchet is doing, Brayden Schenn. If the Lightning pass Toronto in the standings, which feels like a likelihood, it might be tough for the Leafs to pass up little brother.

    David Koci had 6 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 4:32. This was the first game where I really thought he was borderline stupid discipline-wise.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Ugh.

    HER-6
    NOR-2

    Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 34 shots in the loss, as he continues to blow a golden opportunity to earn a steady NHL paycheck.

    First Period
    HER Mink, (16) (Aucoin, Arsene), 16:37
    HER McNeill, (2) (Laing, Wilson), 17:24
    HER Wilson, (18) (Arsene, Gordon), 19:58

    Second Period
    NOR Potulny, (7) (Rosehill, Jones), 3:02
    NOR Jones, (9) (Potulny, Rosehill), 6:23
    HER Aucoin, (16) (Giroux, Lepisto), 9:35 (PP)

    Third Period
    HER Bourque, (9) (Joudrey, Arsene), 6:01
    HER Wilson, (19) (Laing, McNeill), 9:26

    Blair Jones now has 3 goals and 5 points in the last 4 games. I really think that Jones could fit well in Rick Tocchet's system. He's actually on pace to best last year's totals by roughly 10 points, which is pretty darn good considering he's gotten less ice time on a deeper Norfolk team this year.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Edmonton Oil Kings 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 7
    G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 13 saves on 17 shots before being pulled
    Season totals: 30 GP, 13-12-1-4, 2.52 GAA, .914 sv%, 2 shutouts

    Team Canada’s Brett Sonne (Blues third rounder 2007) had a hattrick for the top-ranked Hitmen.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Total team effort.

    DAL-2
    TB-4

    Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the win.

    First Period
    01:33 TB Lecavalier (20), (St. Louis)(SH)
    01:53 DAL Richards (12), (Parrish, Robidas)(PP)

    Second Period
    04:19 DAL Eriksson (22), (Modano, Richards)

    Third Period
    11:46 TB Stamkos (6), (Downie, Jokinen)
    14:54 TB Lecavalier (21), (Murphy, Recchi)(PP)
    19:11 TB Prospal (11), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)

    For Vincent Lecavalier, that's now 9 straight seasons of 20 or more goals. Len Barrie, Oren Koules, Brian Lawton; come closer to the monitor. If you trade #4, Lightning Nation burns the Forum down. Capice?!

    Steve Downie had 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes, and was +1 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 8:19. Slick, slick play on the Stamkos goal. Might a Stamkos/Schenn/Downie line be a future staple in Tampa Bay?

    David Koci was +1 with 1 hit in 4:33.

    Kevin Quick was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 9:50.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Results from all three CHL leagues.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Cunti scores his 10th ... DeCoste earns first point for the Soo ... Tokarski faces fellow Team Canada goaltender Chet Pickard and comes away with another First Star.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    #8 Vermont Catamounts 4 @ #3 Northeastern Huskies 2
    F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, 1 SOG, Even
    Season totals: 14GP, 1-1-2, 8 PIM, +1

    Vermont earns big split against higher ranked conference team. Marshall in lineup for both games.

    Massachusetts Minutemen 4 @ UMASS-Lowell River Hawks 3
    D John Wesbecker UMASS: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 20GP, 0-4-4, 20 PIM, +10

    Minutemen win rivalry match-up as Wessbecker picks up 10th career assist.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    It was an organization-wide choke fest tonight.

    FLA-4
    TB-3

    Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 21 shots in the loss.

    First Period
    04:37 TB Lecavalier (19), (Smaby, Prospal)
    13:36 TB Prospal (10), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
    17:55 FLA Campbell (9), (Peltonen, Dvorak)
    18:46 TB Malone (13), (St. Louis, Meszaros)

    Second Period
    06:39 FLA Stillman (10), (Horton, Bouwmeester)(PP)
    10:56 FLA Zednik (6), (Booth, Horton)
    19:59 FLA Bouwmeester (10), (Stillman, Horton)(PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    In the NHL, you can never take your foot off the gas and expect a team to lay down when you only have a two goal lead. Lukas Krajicek allowed himself to be outhustled by Nathan Horton to set up Florida's second goal and it was all downhill from there. By the time the Lightning got back to playing at full speed, Florida had gone into full blown trap mode. This is something they've done a couple of times before this season, and hopefully they'll finally get the message. No two goal lead is really safe.

    Matt Smaby had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in 14:53.

    David Koci was +1 in 4:08.

    Kevin Quick was +1 with 3 shots in 17:52. He was also out on the ice when the Lightning pulled Smith at the end of the game. That speaks volumes about how the coaching staff feels about Quick.

    Now, that said, I am really looking forward to the team getting Paul Ranger back in the lineup and healthy. Playing Lukas Krajicek and Steve Eminger 25+ minutes a night just isn't a sustainable way to win hockey games.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Massive choke.

    WOR-6
    NOR-5 (OT)

    Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 44 shots in the overtime loss.

    First Period
    WOR Traverse, (3) , 0:34
    NOR Kearns, (10) (Boyle, Smolenak), 1:55
    NOR Jones, (7) (Keller, Kearns), 4:39
    NOR Gratton, (3) (Keller), 15:23
    NOR Jones, (8) (Kearns, Mihalik), 17:09
    NOR Lawrence, (3) (Bochenski, Potulny), 18:19

    Second Period
    WOR Armstrong, (16) (Zalewski, Traverse), 0:14
    WOR Vesce, (13) (Kaspar, Westgarth), 17:37 (SH)
    WOR McGinn, (9) (Demers, Moore), 18:53 (PP)

    Third Period
    WOR Demers, (2) (Traverse, Armstrong), 8:36 (PP)

    Overtime
    WOR Vesce, (14) (Moore, Fornataro), 3:04

    That's a 5-1 lead choked away. A total team failure. And that's two points in two nights that the Admirals left on the table, which right now is the difference between being 9 points out of the last playoff spot and 11 points.

    Lots of Admirals returned to the lineup this weekend from injury. Andy Rogers was -3 in his first game back in a month. Brandon Segal returned after about three weeks out and earned a penalty shot in the third that probably could've iced the victory, but could not convert. Juraj Simek played in his second game since a layoff of over a month.

    Bracken Kearns and Blair Jones were the game's second and third stars.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Ward continues to produce in Cape Breton ... another First Star for Fadden ... Tokarski strengthens league-leading stats ... Calgary knocks off Vancouver in battle of the WHL's top teams.

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