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  • 7 years 22 weeks ago

    Until Roloson stops allowing soft goals, the Lightning will not win.

    TB-2 (2OT)

    Pittsburgh Leads the Series 3-1

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 53 shots for the loss. Yes, 50 saves in a big number. Yes, Roloson made several key saves to keep the game close. But, the first goal was a soft goal through Roloson on the short side, the second goal was off a bad rebound kicked straight up the slot, and the third goal was a soft goal short side high from a poor angle off the wall. If you're keeping score at home, that's 3 soft goals and 2 bad rebound goals in the last 2 games. It's a prerequisite in the playoffs for your goaltender to be one of your best players, and you cannot have your goaltender surrendering soft goals early in the game as Roloson has done in Game 3 and Game 4. Nothing sucks the life out of a team and poisons morale quicker, and so much of the playoffs is about willpower. It's frustrating. Roloson was magnificent in Game 1 and Game 2 in Pittsburgh, and if he had maintained that level of play I suspect the Lightning would be winning this series 3-1 instead of being down 3-1. Is he the only reason the Lightning lost the last 2 games? Absolutely not. However, it's a prerequisite for success in the playoffs that a goaltender not surrender bad goals. It cannot happen, and it's happened at least 3 times in the past 2 games.

    First Period
    08:14 PIT Kennedy (2), Michalek (1), Letestu (1)(PP)

    Second Period
    02:39 PIT Asham (3), Lovejoy (2)
    17:14 TB St Louis (4), Lecavalier (2), Purcell (1)

    Third Period
    16:43 TB Bergenheim (1), St Louis (2), Kubina (1)

    First Overtime

    Second Overtime
    03:38 PIT Neal (1), Staal (2), Martin (2)

    Martin St. Louis was the game's second star. The telepathy between he and Vincent Lecavalier, who laid out a pretty little aerial pass on the rush to spring St. Louis on his goal, was the stuff of legends.

    Mattias Ritola played 2:23 in the match. I suspect there will be some outrage from Southeast Virginia when they see that stat line, and that Blair Jones was a scratch.

    All the Lightning can do now is try to win Game 5. They've dug an incredibly deep hole for themselves and they can't leap out with one effort. It's going to take some climbing one hand over the other toward the light, and it starts with putting together a redeeming effort in Game Five. It's going to be a damned bitter offseason if they don't.

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  • 7 years 22 weeks ago

    Shorthanded Admirals can't quite get over the hump.


    Series Tied at 2-2

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    WBS Potter, (1) (Sill, Wagner), 4:48
    NOR Harju, (1) (Pouliot, Fornataro), 16:04

    Second Period
    WBS Strait, (1) (Sterling, Vitale), 2:38
    NOR Pouliot, (3) (Mihalik, Fornataro), 13:25
    WBS Craig, (1) (Lerg, Sterling), 18:17 (PP)

    Third Period
    WBS Vitale, (1) (Collins, Potter), 15:38

    Marc-Antoine Pouliot was named the game's second star.

    Norfolk was allowed to insert Alex Hutchings in the lineup and they added Charles Landry, but they were still without 6 of their best forwards due to injuries and recalls. They may get one or both of Mattias Ritola and/or Blair Jones back for Game Five and with Tri-City being eliminated last night, there's the possibility of adding Carter Ashton to the lineup. Maybe they can get Angelidis or Berry back too? We'll see.

    Game Five seems like a must-win, and the Admirals need as many hands on deck as possible.

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  • 7 years 22 weeks ago


    Western Conference Finals

    No.4 Windsor Spitfires 1 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 8
    Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM (holding)
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-6-6, +3, 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

    A springtime snowman in Owen Sound. Andrew Shaw (undrafted) and Joey Hishon (Avalanche) each had two goals and Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had two helpers to lead the Attack to a stomping of Windsor in the opening game of the OHL Western Conference Finals. Michael Zador did not dress for the Attack, and at the rate Scott Stajcer is going in net for Owen Sound, he likely won’t see the ice again outside of a possible trophy-carrying parade around the rink. Dallas Stars first rounder Jack Campbell allowed all eight goals for the Spits. Game 2 is Thursday in Windsor.


    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 5 (OT)
    Spokane wins best of seven series 4-2

    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-5-8, E, 4 PIM
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM (major-kneeing, game misconduct)
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 17 PIM

    Tri-City held a 3-0 lead entering the third period against an opponent whose leading scorer, Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson, was forbidden to return to the game due to a misconduct. Before the Ams could stop dreaming about a Game 6 win and 3-3 series tie, Spokane had scored four times in the first nine minutes of the period to take a one goal lead. TC needed a power play goal to send the game to overtime, but Spokane’s Levko Koper (Thrashers) scored for the Chiefs to send the club on to the conference finals against Portland beginning Friday in Oregon.

    With his team eliminated, Lightning prospect Carter Ashton’s junior career is now complete. The former Lightning first rounder, who already holds an NHL contract, can join the Norfolk Admirals if the organization so chooses. Next season he’ll be competing for a spot with the big club out of camp.

  • 7 years 23 weeks ago

    A brave effort by the Admirals comes an eyelash short.


    Norfolk Leads the Series 2-1

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    WBS Veilleux, (2) , 17:58

    Second Period
    NOR Giliati, (1) (Roy, Vernace), 15:40 (PP)

    Third Period
    WBS Lerg, (1) (Hutchinson, Thiessen), 10:20 (PP)

    Stefano Giliati and Tokarski were the game's second and third stars. Giliati played a heck of a game and was arguably the team's most dangerous forward.

    Due to injuries, the Admirals were already without the services of Alex Berry and Mike Angelidis going into the week. They lost 2/3 of arguably the best line in the AHL to recall when Mattias Ritola and Blair Jones were moved up to Tampa Bay earlier in the day. Captain Chris Durno then went out very early in the game with an injury and never returned, and was soon followed to the locker room by Paul Szczechura, who was injured by Brian Strait after the whistle in a very questionable play. So, the Admirals played the Penguins to a stalemate with no less than 6 of their best forwards out of the lineup until a Pierre-Cedric Labrie double minor for high-sticking gave the Pens the opportunity to get the go-ahead goal.

    The difficulty for the Admirals now is that Ritola and Jones won't return for Game Four tomorrow night, and Durno and Szczechura's injuries are obviously serious to have missed the remainder of the game when the team was so shorthanded. The Admirals do have a healthy Alex Hutchings on the roster, but Hutchings was not listed on the team's Clear Day roster as a player in residence. So the team may be very shorthanded again in Game Four. Tonight might have been the Admirals' best chance to get to a third win before Friday. You knew things were dire when Admirals radio voice Pete Michaud let a Freudian slip that the Pens were about to tie up the series if they could hold off Norfolk in the final few minutes of the game.

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  • 7 years 23 weeks ago

    It always seems to happen: a soft goal ends up being the margin of loss.


    Pittsburgh Leads the Series 2-1

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss. The first goal he allowed was Charminy soft to Talbot and the third goal was off a rebound where we was caught in a funny position trying to squeeze his pads behind him on a puck that wasn't between his legs. As good as he was in Game One and Two in Pittsburgh, he wasn't tonight. He struggled with his rebound control and looked to be fighting it all night long, and you can't allow soft goals in the playoffs. It can't happen.

    First Period
    05:46 PIT Talbot (1), Lovejoy (1)
    06:31 PIT Asham (2), Rupp (1), Letang (2)
    15:19 TB St Louis (2), Gagne (4), Stamkos (1)(PP)

    Second Period

    Third Period
    02:12 TB St Louis (3), Lecavalier (1), Brewer (3)(PP)
    02:43 PIT Kennedy (1), Letang (3), Orpik (3)

    Martin St. Louis was the game's second star.

    Martin St. Louis is so money on the power play. The guy had an instinct for the rebounds Fleury was leaving tonight. Honorable mention to the heroic effort by an obviously winged Ryan Malone. He almost scored a goal in the second period and drew a penalty in the third that could've tied it at third if the Lightning power play could've clicked. I don't see how the guy can continue in the series playing one armed, but there was no quit in him tonight.

    Gap control at the Lightning's blueline was awful tonight and there was nothing resembling a forecheck for long stretches of the second and third periods. It's like they forgot everything that led them to blow the Pens out in Game Two the moment Roli allowed that softie.

    Seriously, that first goal was horrible. You can't do that to your team if you're a veteran netminder. It kills your momentum and gets you out of your game in a moment's notice. And, sure enough, that was the margin. Terrible. Can't happen.

    Steven Stamkos is showing signs of getting his picture off the milk carton, but I'm still waiting for Vincent Lecavalier to put together the big forechecking shifts to get some goals I expected based on his play down the stretch of the regular season. With a desperation moment coming up in Game Four, one of those two need to step up and contribute, especially if Malone is out.

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  • 7 years 23 weeks ago

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
    Gatineau wins best of seven series 4-2

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 2-3-5, E, 10 PIM

    Gatineau won their fourth game in a row and eliminated the higher seeded Volts in the process. Adam Janosik’s second goal of the playoffs gave the Olympiques a brief 3-2 lead in the third period. Gatineau, who scored five times in the final stanza, moves on to the league semifinals to face the winner of Game 7 between No.3 Quebec and No.7 Shawinigan.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.2 Montreal Juniors 3 @ No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 6
    Lewiston wins best of seven series 4-2

    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 12 PIM

    Eighth-seeded Lewiston broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period and held on to defeat the second-seeded Montreal Juniors in Game 6 and advance to the league semifinals. Lightning prospect Charles Landry finished the playoffs with three points. He already holds an NHL contract, which will officially begin next year. He could join AHL Norfolk in some capacity in the coming days should the Lightning organization choose to extend his season.


    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 (OT)
    Spokane leads best of seven series 3-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 2 PIM
    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 3-4-7, +1, 4 PIM

    Lightning prospect Carter Ashton scored with just over a minute left in regulation after a timeout call to tie the game for Tri-City and send the game to overtime. Spokane’s Blake Gal came out of the penalty box in overtime and scored the game winner to give the Chiefs a 3-2 series lead. Tyler Johnson had an assist for the Chiefs. Game 6 will be in Spokane Tuesday. The winner of the series will take on Portland in the West Finals. Kootenay and Medicine Hat will battle in the East Finals.

  • 7 years 23 weeks ago

    USHL Qualifying Round

    No.5 Lincoln Stars 2 @ No.4 Fargo Force 4
    Fargo wins best of three series 2-0

    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season Totals: 52 GP, 23-37-60, +29, 26 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Fargo was not going to let Lincoln back into this series as they outshot the Stars 44-22 in Game 2 and outscored them 4-2 to complete the sweep. Fargo’s regular season leading scorer, Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin, was scoreless in the series and one of only two players to finish on the negative side of zero in plus/minus for Game 2. If Sioux City beats Sioux Falls Sunday Fargo will play No.2 Omaha. If Sioux Falls wins that game, the Force will get top-seeded Dubuque in the USHL quarterfinals.

  • 7 years 23 weeks ago

    Shock and awe in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


    Norfolk Leads the Series 2-0

    Dustin Tokarski stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout victory. That's a man who has only allowed 1 goal so far in this series. He had a reputation of being a big game, money goaltender in the playoffs as a junior, and it's translated so far in his first playoff run as a pro. He's 59/60 so far, for a .983 save percentage.

    First Period

    Second Period
    NOR Szczechura, (1) (Labrie, Fornataro), 19:52

    Third Period
    NOR Pouliot, (2) (Mihalik), 19:56 (EN)

    Tokarski and Paul Szczechura were the game's first and second stars.

    That just happened. Norfolk followed the road game script to perfection en route to a big win that now makes them the prohibitive favorite to make it out of this round to face the winner of the Hershey/Charlotte series. The AHL follows a 2-3-2 playoff format, so Norfolk now just needs to win 2 out of 3 at Scope to close out the series. As with tonight, though, they need to be prepared for a surging, desperate Penguins team during the first 20 minutes of Game Three on Tuesday night. The Admirals probably wish they could play Game Three tomorrow night so the Penguins would have less time to regroup, because right now Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is in stunned disbelief of what has happened in the series so far.

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  • 7 years 23 weeks ago

    A 1-1 series tie feels a lot like a Lightning lead heading back to Tampa Bay.


    Series Tied 1-1

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 1 goal on 36 shots for the victory. I don't think it's close in terms of who the better goaltender has been in this series. Fleury has not been impressive, shutout or no, and of the 3 goals Roloson has allowed, 2 have pretty much been self-inflicted. People need to be talking about the Roloson mystique more-so than the "Flower" mystique, in my opinion.

    "Flower" allowed Brewer to look like Bobby Hull going high glove tonight on the first goal, kicked a rebound that would make Donald Igwebuike proud onto Thompson's stick for the third goal, and allowed St. Louis to bury the nail-in-the-coffin from below the goal line on the fourth goal. Combine that with the first period near-softie to Moore in Game One and his puck handling gaffe in the third period of that game that he miraculously didn't pay for and he's not painting a picture of brilliance so far. I've always been of the opinion, going back to when he was a junior, that Fleury is very streaky. At times he's a good player, but he's not a great player. I don't think Fleury can steal this series from the Lightning by himself, and the Lightning should not fear him. Tonight was case in point why.

    First Period
    02:02 TB Brewer (1), Gagne (1), Hedman (1)
    06:53 TB Lecavalier (1), Gagne (2), St Louis (1)(PP)
    17:02 TB Thompson (1), Downie (1), Brewer (1)

    Second Period
    09:08 PIT Adams (1), Asham (1)
    19:46 TB St Louis (1), Gagne (3), Brewer (2)(PP)

    Third Period
    17:55 TB Ohlund (1), unassisted (SH)(EN)

    Eric Brewer, Simon Gagne, and Martin St. Louis were the game's three stars.

    So what changed between Game One and Game Two? I thought the Lightning played their nastiest, most physical period of the season to open the game, and the Pens looked completely stunned by it. Whereas in Game One the Pens were knocking the Lightning horizontal in the first period, the Lightning put several Pens down to the ice in the first in Game Two. And, it wasn't just the usual suspects like Ohlund. It was guys like Bergenheim and Hedman. The Pens were not prepared to face a Lightning team that was willing to play with that much aggression and edge, and if the Lightning continue to play with that much aggression and edge, I don't see how the Pens win this series without Crosby coming back. That's why I would not be surprised to see Sid back for Game Three.

    The Pens need a game changer, because the Lightning just showed Pittsburgh the director's cut of what the rest of this series could be like, and it ain't pretty for the boys from the Steel City. Remember when the Russian mob catches up to Denzel Washington at the end of Training Day? Yeah, a lot like that. The Pens have only managed 3 non-empty net goals on Dwayne Roloson through 2 games and their power play has been laughably shambolic. The Pens are getting shots, and trying to play a meat and potatoes game, but that won't get them to the pay window with the way Roloson is performing. They need more skill to win this series.

    The Lightning have figured out how to crack the Pens defense to get scoring opportunities and Fleury is mortal now that the Lightning have calibrated their bomb sights in Game Two and are actually hitting the net on the chances they get. The Pens don't look like a team with the firepower to score goals in their current configuration and they don't look like they can hold the Lightning down to 1-2 goals a game, either. They need Crosby back, and if he comes back, the Lightning better be ready to put him horizontal, too. Sure, the refs will try to protect him, but they can't let him settle into the series if he returns. He can't be in top conditioning and timing, and the Lightning must physically rattle him to exploit it. Put him on the ice and have your penalty killers ready to go when the refs break out their whistles.

    Crosby or no, though, I expect Tampa to be rocking for Game Three and Game Four. Nothing in sports galvanizes a city like playoff hockey when its club looks like a legitimate threat to go deep in the postseason, and the Lightning darned sure looked like a threat tonight.

    Heaven help the Pens if Guy Boucher can manage to get Stamkos' face off the side of the milk carton.

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  • 7 years 23 weeks ago

    Norfolk stuns Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Now they have a tiger by the tail.


    Norfolk Leads the Series 1-0

    Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 33 shots for the victory in his first professional playoff game. For Norfolk, if they get goaltending, they're capable of beating anyone, and they got goaltending from Tic tonight.

    First Period

    Second Period
    NOR Ritola, (1) (Milam), 5:23
    NOR Pouliot, (1) (Ritola), 18:27

    Third Period
    WBS Veilleux, (1) (Walker, Potter), 17:13

    Tokarski, Mattias Ritola, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's three stars. The like of Ritola/Pouliot/Jones is as good as any in the AHL right now, and there isn't a hotter player in the league than Mattias Ritola. Mind you, the rest of the Admirals forwards haven't been as stellar over the past month, but that line gives the Admirals enough firepower to win games with competent defense and goaltending. The Penguins learned that tonight.

    So, Norfolk has accomplished what they set out to accomplish in the first two games of the series, which was to steal home ice before heading back to Norfolk in the 2-3-2 format. However, the challenge becomes very different in Game Two. The Admirals now need to recognize they've got a tiger by the tail. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now going to be desperate to win Game Two, because a loss may be a death sentence for the Penguins. So, Norfolk is going to face a higher level of intensity than they've seen all year, particularly in the first 20 minutes of Game Two. If they're not careful, they'll be blown out and momentum will reside on the Penguins' bus headed down to Virginia. However, if they handle the surge from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton early and can keep the game within a goal heading into the final frame, the Ritola line and special teams can deliver the big time upset. Make no mistake, WBS should be favored heavily in Game Two, but Norfolk has enough, on paper, to pull the stunner off again. At the very least, if Norfolk is competitive in Game Two, momentum will still be on the Admirals' side going into Game Three, Four, and Five, having already accomplished what they needed to in Pennsylvania.

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