Game Night Results

  • 6 years 16 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    JYP 5 @ HIFK 2
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

    Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-2 thumping of HIFK. HIFK features former Lightning draft picks Eero Somervuori and Erikki Rajamaki, who were both scoreless in the match. JYP leaps out of the basement over 3 teams into 11th on the SM-liiga table with the win. They face SaiPa on Tuesday.

    KHL (Russia):
    Spartak Moscow 2 @ CSKA 1 (SO)
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

    Why do I hate it when 18 year old Russians stay in the KHL rather than coming to North America to develop? This is why. Nikita Kucherov was scoreless and -1 in a sparing 4:59 of ice time in CSKA's 2-1 shootout loss to Spartak. Young players need to play to get better. Period. CSKA faces Novosibirsk next on Sunday. Here's hoping Kucherov actually gets some ice time.

    MHL (Russia Jr.):
    Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Togliatti Jr. 6 (SO)
    Nikita Nesterov. Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, +10, 10 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 6-5 shootout loss to Togliatti Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Yaroslavl Jr. next Friday.

  • 6 years 16 weeks ago


    Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

    D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hit
    Last Season’s Totals: 68 GP, 14-24-38, -26, 76 PIM

    Milan was plus-1 in the game, fresh off spending training camp with the Lightning. He was awarded for his good play at camp with an NHL contract that will kick in when he turns pro next season. Milan and Phoenix Coyote first rounder Brandon Gormley – who was thought to be a likely choice for the Lightning with their 2010 first rounder – both played for the first time in the game. Gormley had a goal. Shawinigan is the Memorial Cup hosts this season and is ranked No.7 in the country in the latest CHL MasterCard Top-10. Peter Sakaris (undrafted) had both goals for the Cataractes.


    Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Barrie Colts 1 (SO)

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

    Schemitsch earned a power play assist on the game tying goal scored early in the third period to help the Attack to a 2-1 shootout win over the home side, Barrie. Schemitsch did not participate in the shootout. Schemitsch had 40 points as an OHL rookie two years ago, but due to injuries and a different role, fell to 20 points last season.

  • 6 years 16 weeks ago

    Lightning looking strong for the start of the season, but still room for improvement.


    Dwayne Roloson stopped all 24 shots he faced. He looks sharp. Ready to go.

    First Period
    TB 9:15 Stamkos, (Gervais)
    TB 11:51 Stamkos, (St. Louis, Gilroy)

    Second Period
    TB 16:43 Connolly, (St. Louis, Kubina)

    Third Period
    TB 18:49, Connolly, (Malone)

    The game could've been a 6-0 final. Vincent Lecavalier had a soft goal by Peter Budaj taken off the board by a quick whistle and another play by Tom Pyatt that was likely a goal wasn't counted. Overall, it was a very strong effort by the forwards and goaltenders, but there's room for improvement on the backline. They looked a little sloppy in their own end turning the puck over on breakouts and there was a 10 minute period at the end of the first period they were living dangerously within the first 10 feet of their blueline in the Lightning zone. That's got to get cleaned up. The Canadiens hit a few posts tonight and Roloson was sharp. That won't always be the case, though. Boucher has things to harp about on this game tape.

    The question of what to do with Brett Connolly is an interesting one. Bob McKenzie is saying he's likely to start the season with the Lightning and at least get a regular season audition, and it's hard to argue with that because he keeps scoring. That said, he doesn't pass the eyeball test, to me, when it comes to having NHL strength on the puck. I will say this, though, if he doesn't stick in Tampa this year he'll probably the Calder Trophy favorite going into next season.

    The rest of the bubble forwards had a tougher time of it, in my opinion. Pyatt got a goal waved off so he was probably the best of the rest. Dana Tyrell skated really well but had some turnovers and stubbed his toe in some situations where he could've been more dangerous offensively. Blair Jones' slow first step really stood out in this game where there was a lot of flow. He hits everything that moves, and he's an honest player, but he looked like a SUV on a street full of sports cars tonight.

    Mattias Ritola looks to be in and Connolly may get his NHL regular season audition and Pyatt is probably going to make it. Tyrell and Jones may not make it to the finish line, though.

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  • 6 years 16 weeks ago

    Strong start.


    Dustin Tokarski stopped all 6 shots he faced for the win before giving way to Pat Nagle, who allowed 2 goals on 13 shots the rest of the way.

    First Period
    NOR 2:33 Labrie, (Smith)
    NOR 11:57 DeVos, (Palat)
    NOR 14:08 Vernace, (Johnson, Wright)

    Second Period
    NOR 9:02 Dimmen, (Johnson, Wright)

    Third Period
    STJ 1:15 Cameron
    STJ 5:41 King
    NOR 13:34 Fornataro, (Picard)(PP)

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  • 6 years 16 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    JYP 2 @ Assat 5
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

    Riku Helenius did not play in last place JYP's 5-2 loss to Assat. Former Lightning prospect Radek Smolenak had a pair of goals for Assat in the win and is now second in the SM-liiga in goals and tops in the Finnish league in goals with 5.

    Elitserien (Sweden):
    Lulea 1 @ AIK 0
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 6 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

    Johan Harju's power play tally was all Lulea needed to knock off AIK 1-0. Harju is now tied for 8th in the league in scoring and tied for tops in goals. Lulea faces Timra on Saturday.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago


    Gatineau Olympiques 0 @ Victoriaville Tigres 8

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 5 PIM

    Ouch. Victoriaville outshot Gatineau 20-3 in the first period while scoring three times. They outshot them again 17-9 in the second and scored four times. They put up the snowman in the third period despite being outshot 16-6. Janosik, who is wearing an A for Gatineau as an assistant captain, was minus-3, tied for second worst on the club. Yanni Gourde (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Tigres.

    Q Note: On Sunday the Lightning assigned recently-signed prospect Daniel Milan to Moncton. Milan had 14 goals and 38 points last year as a rookie with the Wildcats. Milan will make his season debut on Friday.


    London Knights 2 @ Guelph Storm 1 (SO)

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
    Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM

    Namestnikov (pictured) scored his first of the year late in the second period on the power play, then added what turned out to be the shootout winner to lead London to a 2-1 win and 2-0 record on the young season. Seth Griffith, a member of the Lightning prospect team this summer, was the only other Knight to participate in the shootout, but he failed to convert his opportunity.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    Dynamo Riga 5 @ CSKA 3
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

    Nikita Kucherov had a rough 6:57 of ice time in CSKA's 5-3 loss to Riga. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a pair of assists in the loss for CSKA. CSKA plays Spartak Moscow on Friday.

    Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Orenburg 7
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr. 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 8 GP, 4-4-8, +10, 10 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov had a shorthanded assist, but was an uncustomary -2 today in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 7-5 loss to Orenburg. Chelyabinsk Jr. draws Ufa Jr. on Tuesday.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    God hates Panthers fans in back-to-back games, too.


    Mathieu Garon stopped 24 of 27 for the win.

    First Period
    01:29 TB Kubina, (Shannon, Downie)(PP)
    07:40 FLA, (Kopecky, Kennedy)

    Second Period
    04:59 FLA Versteeg, (Weiss, Fleischmann)
    05:40 FLA Kopecky, (Kennedy, Booth)
    10:27 TB Connolly, (Shannon, Stamkos)(PP)

    Third Period
    09:01 TB Pyatt, (Ritola)
    14:40 TB Ritola, (Downie)
    14:49 TB Purcell, (Conacher, Ritola)

    Uh, yeah. Ritola just made the team. I'm calling it. He's been such a completely different player since that good stint in Norfolk. I used to loathe the fact a roster spot was being used on him. Now, I don't see any way you can hold him out of the lineup on opening night.

    Brett (don't call me Brent, Pete) Connolly keeps racking up points. It makes me excited for when he makes the team, be it this season (still a long shot) or next year (becoming more of a likelihood all the time).

    Is Ryan Shannon the new Thor? Old Thor (Sean Bergenheim) was -1 for the Panthers tonight, but New Thor (lil' Thor?) has been racking up points at a nice clip. Here's a guy who has a lot of wiggle in his game, and has always had the look of a scorer, but it hasn't shown up on the scoresheet. If preseason is any indication, this guy is going to put up numbers. Is this what we can expect from Yzerman every year? Some guy off the scrap heap somewhere up north on a 1-year who makes good?

    Ice time tea leaves show Ritola as the high man of the bubble players with over 14 and a half minutes and Tyrell still pulling up the rear at a shade over 12. With guys like Shannon and Pyatt filling the "little fast man" role, you wonder about Tyrell being the odd man out.

    I can't believe Guy Boucher said, "It's all good." Maybe I put Guy on too high a pedestal already, but I can't imagine Scotty Bowman or Don Shula ever saying, "It's all good."

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  • 6 years 17 weeks ago


    Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 2

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    This one is hard to figure out. Saginaw got beat 8-0 a night earlier, yet took out the defending league champs in their own barn by three goals. To compound the confusion, the Attack came into the third period down just 2-1, and outshot the Spirit 22-5 in the final 20 minutes, yet were outscored 3-1 in the frame despite having a goaltender who was a third round NHL pick in the summer (Jordan Binnington – Blues). To top it off, Schemitsch, one of the top defensemen for the Attack, was a team-worst minus-3. That’s how it goes sometimes, especially in junior hockey.

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    All Scandinavian up in your area:

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    Blues 1 @ JYP 0
    Riku Helenius, DNP
    Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .887 sv%

    Talaja Roope's first period marker was the only scoring in Espoo's 1-0 win over JYP. JYP draws Lukko next on Tuesday.

    Elitserien (Sweden)
    Lulea 2 @ HV 71 3 (SO)
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 4 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 0 PIM

    Johan Harju had 1 goal and 1 assist, but failed on his shootout opportunity in Lulea's 3-2 loss to HV 71. After taking a couple of games to get going again in his return to the Elitserien, Harju now moves above a point a game. Lulea will play Farjestads on Tuesday.

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