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  • 6 years 11 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.1 Portland Winterhawks 6 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3
    Portland wins best of seven series 4-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

    Spokane certainly had their leads and chances in this series, but it’s the Portland Winterhawks who are moving on to the WHL Finals. Monday night in Washington the Chiefs scored first again, and had a 2-0 lead 3:32 into the game but Portland scored the game’s next three goals and finished it with three more in the third period to win handily. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson was scoreless in the final game of his junior career. To say the overager had an outstanding year would be an understatement, as he led the WHL in goals scored, was second in points, and was the Western Conference Player of the Year. He earned an entry level contract from Tampa Bay in the process. His playoffs were mired by a head injury and suspension, but he still finished at a point-per-game. Johnson will no doubt be in Tampa Bay’s prospect camp(s) the next time we see him and he’s likely to begin next year with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.

  • 6 years 11 weeks ago
    Washington is thunderstruck at home. [b]TB-3 WSH-2 (OT)[/b] [b]Tampa Bay Leads the Series 2-0[/b] Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 37 shots for the win. This was, in my opinion, his best game of the playoffs, and he's had a few dandies so far. He did everything the team needed him to do to give them a chance in these first 2 games. He held the Lightning close and bought them time to generate the chance or two they needed to pull out the wins. Outstanding. [b]First Period[/b] 19:01 TB Lecavalier (3), St Louis (5), Malone (2)(PP) [b]Second Period[/b] 14:52 WSH Laich (1), Backstrom (2), Erskine (1) [b]Third Period[/b] 07:35 TB St Louis (5), Purcell (6) 18:52 WSH Ovechkin (4), Arnott (3), Laich (5) [b]Overtime[/b] 06:19 TB Lecavalier (4), Purcell (7), Jones (1) Vincent Lecavalier and Roloson were the game's first and third stars. I said going into these playoffs that this was Captain Vincent Lecavalier's moment to write his legacy in Tampa Bay, and that I had a feeling he was about to do something special. He entered the night at a point a game pace in these playoffs, and tonight his overtime winner was the stuff of folk legends. That finish was as cool and calm as a mountain lake. I thought Teddy Purcell was the Lightning's best forward tonight. Teddy Bear has been outstanding on the forecheck and once he gets on the puck, it takes the jaws of life to get it away from him. As good as Malone and Lecavalier are at handling the puck for big men, Purcell has been even better in these playoffs. Forget a phone booth. Purcell looks like he could stickhandle in a shoe box and maintain control. I'd also like to give kudos to Steven Stamkos, who played an extremely well rounded game tonight. The critics are going to point out he didn't hit the scoresheet, but he made some chances and he was forechecking like a demon. If Vincent Lecavalier didn't finish it off in overtime, Stammer might've, because he looked lively and dangerous with those 21 years young legs. There's a reason he led all Lightning forwards in ice time at over 24 minutes. I'm amazed at how even keeled the team was after the winning goal. I'm floored at how even keeled they were after Ovechkin tied the game up. Other than Hedman, nobody seemed visibly shaken by what happened. It's a testament to Guy Boucher, considering they looked very fragile emotionally just a couple of weeks ago when facing adversity in Game 3 and Game 4 against Pittsburgh. Heck, they didn't even come unraveled despite some very questionable officiating where the Caps were granted 2-3 power plays on some phantom calls while 2 clear cut high sticks on poor Martin St. Louis went uncalled, including one that would've and should've resulted in a key 5-on-3 power play. Boucher and the Lightning are more charitable than I would be, because Chimera should have been suspended for bulldogging Kubina's head into the glass and concussing him in Game 1 and the officiating was horrible tonight. Washinton's being really careless with their sticks too. Ovechkin and Schultz each got called tonight on nasty high sticking penalties, and the Schultz play was almost suspension-worthy in its own right. I can't believe that was called "holding." You'd even get DQ'ed in a match in the WWE for that move. Doubt starts to creep in for the Washington Capitals now, who are quickly taking over the Ottawa Senators' mantle as the best team in the East never to sniff a Cup. That said, they're not going to lay down, and the Lightning need only to look just 1 series back to see what happens if they're too happy with themselves going into Games 3 and 4 at home. The Lightning have a really great opportunity to get up to a 3-0 lead in this series and put the weight of the world on the Capitals, but they'll need to play even better in Game 3 to make it happen. And, Lightning fans, that means your team is going to need you again so be there and be loud for Game 3 and Game 4. Blair Jones had 2 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 5:27 in his NHL playoff debut. I thought he brought some energy. He was not bad. I was pretty proud of the young man. [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20102011/GS030212.HTM]Box score[/url] and [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20102011/ES030212.HTM]extended statistics[/url] from NHL.com.
  • 6 years 11 weeks ago

    QMJHL Semifinals

    No.4 Quebec Remparts 0 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4
    Best of seven series tied 3-3

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 10 PIM

    Gatineau has fought back from a 3-1 series deficit to send their semifinal series to seven games. Sunday night the Olympiques scored twice in the first and twice in the second and goaltender Maxime Clermont (Devils) stopped 21 shots to make them hold up in the 4-0 win. Game 7 will be Tuesday in Quebec City. The winner will play top-seeded St. John in the finals. The Sea Dogs easily eliminated Lewiston, who had defeated No.2 seed Montreal and Lightning prospect Charles Landry, in a four games.

  • 6 years 11 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.2 Spokane Chiefs 2 @ No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3
    Portland leads best of seven series 3-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

    Johnson scored on a wrist shot on a partial breakaway 59 seconds into the game to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead, but didn’t score again until the mid-third to cut a 3-1 deficit to 3-2. Spokane couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 3-2 in the game and now trail 3-2 in the series. The Winterhawks can close it out and move on to meet Kootenay by winning Game 6 Monday in Spokane. Game 5 highlights are on www.whl.ca.

  • 6 years 12 weeks ago

    QMJHL Semifinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ No.4 Quebec Remparts 3
    Quebec leads best of seven series 3-2

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, -5, 10 PIM

    Gatineau staved off elimination after losing the last three games of the series by beating Quebec in Quebec City 5-3 Friday. Game 6 is Sunday in Gatineau.

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 8
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 6-7-13, +3, 9 PIM

    Thrashers prospect Levko Koper had a natural hat trick and four points and Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson had a goal and three points to lead Spokane to a big 8-3 home win over Portland. Koper was a seventh round selection of Atlanta in 2009. This game got predictably rough in the third period, but only one fighting major occurred. Game 5 is back in Portland Saturday night.

  • 6 years 12 weeks ago

    Tampa Bay outlasts and wears out the Capitals.

    TB-4
    WSH-2

    Tampa Bay Leads the Series 1-0

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the win. He rebounded from a goal that went through him on Washington's first goal off a horrific turnover by Brett Clark and got some help from a post before putting it in cruise control. I still don't like seeing the early goal through Roli because it killed a lot of Lightning momentum, but he was good enough to keep the Lightning in the game until they recovered and got back on schedule.

    First Period
    02:12 TB Bergenheim (4), Downie (7), Lundin (2)
    04:08 WSH Semin (4), Sturm (2)

    Second Period
    01:51 WSH Fehr (1), Chimera (1), Johansson (3)
    16:17 TB Downie (2), Lecavalier (5), Purcell (5)
    19:28 TB Stamkos (3), Brewer (5), Lecavalier (6)(PP)

    Third Period
    19:20 TB Moore (2), Hall (2), Hedman (2)(EN)

    Steven Stamkos, Steve Downie, and Sean Bergenheim (Thor!) were the game's three stars.

    It's hard not to be proud of this club. They came out flying and got the early lead, but lost momentum after the Clark turnover and semi-softie and after losing Simon Gagne to an apparent concussion. But they hung into the game, got a little luck with a post on a Semin shot and a waved off goal, Brewer made a nice play to keep a goal out, and they kept it within 1. And, when you keep it within 1 on the road, you're dangerous. A little lucky goal by Steve Downie and away the Lightning went. The final 30 minutes of that game were completely lopsided, and when the Caps gave the Lightning a cheap power play at the end of the 2nd Period, the Lightning were all too happy to oblige them by converting to take the lead. Kudos to Guy Boucher and the coaching staff for sensing the opportunity there and finally taking Stamkos off the point and putting him back in the left wing circle. That allowed him to go to the net and get the game winning goal. This is very important: if Stammer gets hot from the left wing circle on the power play, they sky is the limit for the Tampa Bay Lightning in these playoffs. That is an unstoppable weapon that can allow the Lightning to get a quick goal or two any time the other team gets in the box. That means any tie game can quickly become a Lightning lead, any 1 goal Lightning lead can get insurance in the blink of an eye, and no 1 or 2 goal lead is really safe. That's a weapon. Remember how lethal Brad Richards was to the Flyers in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals? That was an aberration in Richards' career. We've seen Stamkos get that hot on the power play for one or two months at a stretch. It'd sure be nice if he could get that hot right now.

    After that, the Lightning worked their 1-3-1 to perfection, and their penalty kill was special tonight. Boucher and his assistants completely outcoached Boudreau and his assistants. Seriously. They made them look like buffoons. It wasn't even a contest.

    Also, when you consider the Lightning's ability to outwork the Caps despite the fact they only had 2 day's rest compared to 5 day's rest and they were down to 16 skaters with Gagne and Kubina dropping out of the contest with what looked like concussions, it was an amazing effort. Guys like Moore, Thompson, and Bergenheim were superlative, and you could see the top line guys like Lecavalier feeding off their effort.

    But, that's just 1 win out of the 4 the Lightning need, and they may be without Gagne and Kubina in Game 2. Washington's going to throw the kitchen sink at the Lightning early in Game 2, and the team did not play as mistake-free and disciplined in Game 1 as they're going to need to if they want to take the series win. So, they can't rest on their laurels. That's a lesson I think they learned in the Penguins series, and I'm sure Coach Boucher is going to gently remind them it could've very easily been 3-1 or 4-1 Caps after 1 period were it not for some luck and some breaks. There's still a ton of work to be done if the Lightning are going to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but tonight showed a glimpse of what is possible.

    But, they've got to be better than Game 1 to win Game 2. Washington's not going to go quietly into the night. They sense their window as an organization may be starting to close and they may never have a better opportunity to win it all than this season. Their urgency will be there. The Lightning have to be technically sound, stay disciplined, and hope they can turn Washington's urgency into a liability like they did tonight (see: Alexander Ovechkin's tongue dragging on the ice all 3rd Period). The formula is there, and it's been proven to work. But it's about to be tested in much more extreme conditions on Sunday.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 12 weeks ago

    OHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.4 Windsor Spitfires 4 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 10
    Owen Sound wins best of seven series 4-1

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 0-10-10, +6, 2 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

    Owen Sound got three assists from Geoffrey Schemitsch and three goals from Matt Petgrave (2011) to crush Windsor 10-4 and win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as Western Conference champions. That title earns the Attack not only a match-up with Bobby Orr Trophy champion Mississauga for the OHL championship, but because the Majors are Memorial Cup hosts and have an automatic bid to that tournament, Owen Sound earns an invitation too as – at minimum – the OHL’s second best team. In Game 5 with Windsor the Spits had 1-0 and 2-1 leads and the game was just 4-2 Attack entering the third period. Owen Sound got two quick goals in the third and then added four more, including three power play goals. Two of Schemitsch’s assists were with the man advantage. Jack Campbell let in all 10 goals for Windsor.

    WHL

    Western Conference Finals

    No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 2 (OT)
    Portland leads best of seven series 2-1

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 0 PIM

    Portland Rookie Brendan Leipsic scored his second goal of the playoffs at 7:44 of overtime to lead the Winterhawks to a 3-2 Game 3 win and take back home ice advantage in the series. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson had an assist and was on the ice for both of Spokane’s goals. Spokane outshot Portland 43-32 in the match and had a 31-16 shot advantage after two periods. Reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week Mac Carruth (Blackhawks) was strong between the pipes for Portland. Game 4 is Friday in Spokane. Kootenay swept Medicine Hat and awaits the winner of Portland-Spokane.

  • 6 years 12 weeks ago

    Roli and the Bergenheim line get the Lightning to the second round!

    TB-1
    PIT-0

    Lightning Win the Series 4-3

    Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves for the shutout victory. I was very hard on Roloson after Games 3 and 4, and I think rightfully so. He didn't have to be perfect to beat the Pens in Game 6, but he did have to be perfect tonight, and he was. He was every bit as outstanding tonight as in Game 2, and perhaps even a bit more, and the Lightning knew he had it tonight. He allowed them to play with a lot of poise and confidence under siege at the end of the game.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    05:41 TB Bergenheim (3), Moore (3), Downie (6)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Roloson and Sean Bergenheim were the game's first and second stars. The line of Downie/Moore/Bergenheim has been the Lightning's best over the past 2 games, with Downie's idiotic too many men penalty tonight being the Game 7 exception. Other than that? These guys have been outworking people on the forecheck and it takes the jaws of life to get them off the puck.

    Now the Lightning move on to play division rival Washington in the second round. The Lightning learned about the work ethic and goaltending necessary to win in the playoffs in the opening round of the Penguins. They'll need to learn the lesson of playing mistake free hockey if they want to make it past the Capitals. They're capable of pulling off the upset, but they've got to be even more technically precise than they were in this Pens series. Even tonight, Vincent Lecavalier made a pretty bad turnover on the 1st shift of the game and then a weak clear that led to about 40 seconds of zone time for the Pens when they were trying to preserve the 1-0 lead in the 3rd period. Those are mistakes you can get away with against the Penguins because they don't have the skill level. You can also get away with dumb penalties like Downie's against the Pens, because they stink out loud on the power play. You CANNOT make mistakes against the Capitals because they WILL be in the back of your net, and that's a lesson the Lightning should know well from the many times they've been blown out by Washington in the past 3 or so seasons. So, it's going to take maturity and saavy to get by the Caps. It's an uphill battle, but one that's good to fight. Put it another way: the foundation for the '04 cup was laid in the '03 playoffs climbing out of a 2-0 deficit against the Caps and then losing in 5, tight-checking games against the Devils. This is a big time opportunity for the Lightning to learn what it's going to take to win a Cup, and that's especially true for guys like Hedman who are coming of age right before our eyes in these playoffs.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 years 12 weeks ago

    QMJHL Semifinals

    No.4 Quebec Remparts 2 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 1
    Quebec leads best of seven series 2-1

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 3-4-7, -1, 10 PIM

    Janosik’s point streak was stopped at three games as Quebec scored the game’s final two goals to win Game 3, 2-1. Alexander Grenier (undrafted), scored his eighth goal of the playoffs with just under five minutes to go to give the Remparts the win. The 6’5” Grenier, who had nine goals in 31 regular season games, has eight goals and 15 points in 11 playoff games.

  • 6 years 12 weeks ago

    Feels like the team has figured it out.

    PIT-2
    TB-4

    Series Tied at 3-3

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 29 shots. He had a terrible puckhandling error to give the Pens the early lead, but he absolved himself of all previous sins with a triplicate of point blank, 10 bell stops (Talbot, Talbot, Dupuis: non, non, non) when the game had just been tied 2-2 in the final frame. It was a cathartic moment, purging Roloson of the bad mojo. Be afraid Pittsburgh: bad Roli mojo and faceoffs were the only things that put you ahead in this series.

    First Period
    08:23 PIT Dupuis (1), Talbot (3)
    16:36 TB Purcell (1), Malone (1), Downie (4)

    Second Period
    05:44 TB Bergenheim (2), Moore (2), Downie (5)

    Third Period
    03:48 PIT Staal (1), Niskanen (1), Kennedy (1)
    04:55 TB Downie (1), Lecavalier (4), Gagne (5)
    09:34 TB Malone (1), Ohlund (1)

    Steve Downie, Nate Thompson, and Dominic Moore were the game's three stars. Not since the magical Fredrik Modin "ploop" game against Colorado in the regular season in 2003-2004 has their been a "plooped" golden egg of a puck as wonderful as Downie's goal tonight. And, Moore's pass to Sean Bergenheim for the Lightning's second goal was also magnificent, but I might've had Bergenheim as the third star after Moore got owned along the wall by Matt Niskanen on the Pens' second goal. Downie and Bergenheim were amazing. Whatever Bergenheim wants to stay in Tampa, give it to him Stevie Y.

    On defense, Victor Hedman and Eric Brewer were equally amazing. Those two were the only two Lightning players to crack 20 minutes tonight, as the coaching staff really seemed to roll the whole lineup over very evenly. Hedman's getting a little better every game, and he was blocking everything in sight tonight. He's not great yet, but he's getting there in a hurry. The whole league should be terrified of the concept of Hedman having the opportunity to gain even more playoff experience.

    Slap a 22 on Marc-Andre Bergeron's back and he'd be a spitting image of a guy who used to play in Tampa Bay.

    There was a moment of trepidation after the Pens tied the game and screamed down to get those three chances on Roloson, but it was only a moment. The Lightning absolutely deserved to win this game. They dominated the play at 5-on-5 and on special teams and even started to tighten up their faceoffs a bit. 5-on-5 play had been a weakness for most of this series, but now the Lightning seem to have the Pens figured out tactically and they seem to have figured out how to match the Pens' effort level while remaining under control positionally.

    So, the Lightning have climbed up to the top of the hole they dug for themselves, and they've taken a peek out of it. Just one more wrung on the ladder before they get out: but it'll be the hardest of all. Hand over hand, step by step. That's the formula. The Lightning can't get too happy with this win. But, that said, I think they've figured this puzzle out.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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