Game Night Results

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    Finally, the real Tampa Bay Lightning show up to play.


    Mathieu Garon allowed 1 goal on 17 shots for the victory. He didn't have a lot of work, but he made one or two key saves at key times in the game.

    First Period
    TB Malone (2), (Lecavalier, Bergeron)(PP), 16:32

    Second Period
    TB Lecavalier (3), (St. Louis), 15:14

    Third Period
    TB Stamkos (3), (Purcell), 5:25
    NYI Grabner (2), (Streit, Rolston), 7:55
    TB Clark (2), (Purcell), 16:59

    Eric Brewer, Vincent Lecavalier, and Teddy Purcell were the game's three stars.

    That was Lightning hockey, and the improvement started with Eric Brewer, who was questionable to even make it to the game. He's been subpar all season long, but he made better plays tonight and everything flowed from there. Some of the credit for that, I think, should go to Matt Gilroy, who played 17:15 and is starting to take some of the load that was an injured Mattias Ohlund's off of Brewer and Hedman's shoulders. He's starting to look plenty dangerous in the offensive third, too. I'm beginning to think Brewer, in particular, has a ceiling of ice time he can't go above and be effective, so it's essential other d-men like Gilroy step up until Ohlund returns.

    Up front, the full energy effort from all four lines was finally there. It had been improving in each of the past couple of games, and tonight it finally came together. The forecheck was Lightning caliber, and that's how you keep a team down to a 30-17 shot disparity and you build a 3 goal lead in the final frame.

    Brett Connolly was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 16:12. He's getting better along the wall and around the cage in every single game, and he's a viper of a playmaker with the puck on his stick. Tonight was his 7th NHL game, 2 shy of that magical 9th game when the decision on whether or not to send him back to junior needs to be made. Honestly, and folks know I'm not King Brett Connolly booster, I'm starting to lean toward keeping him in the NHL. He's doing things along the wall I didn't think he was capable or willing to do. The skill level was never the question for me. The question was whether he'd be a passenger on the forecheck, and in the past few games he's been anything but.

    Blair Jones had 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 10:31. He was inserted in the lineup to provide energy and that's just what he did. His skill level isn't terribly high and he's not pretty to look at, but he works his bag off, and that's infectious.

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  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    MHL (Russia Jr.)
    Khabarovsk Jr. 3 @ CSKA Jr. 4
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals (MHL): 8 GP, 7-7-14, -5, 8 PIM
    Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

    Nikita Kucherov assisted on a pair of Nikita Gusev goals, 1 on the power play, in CSKA Jr.'s 4-3 win over Khabarovsk Jr. CSKA Jr. draws Stupino on Monday.

    Elitserien (Sweden):
    Brynas 6 @ Lulea 5 (SO)
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 13 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 6 PIM

    Johan Harju took a minor for delay of game in Lulea's 6-5 shootout loss to Brynas. The forward also failed to convert on his chance in the penalty shot session. Lulea faces Djurgardens on Saturday.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago


    London Knights 6 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-5-11, +5, 12 PIM

    Namestnikov (pictured) earned the primary assist on London’s final goal as the Knights beat the defending Memorial Cup finalists 6-3. Twins Matt (2+1) and Ryan (1+1) Rupert combined for five points on the night. They're eligible for next summer's draft. Despite a loss to Sarnia last game out the Knights maintained their No.1 CHL ranking this week.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    MHL (Russia Jr.):
    Khabarovsk Jr. 4 @ CSKA Jr. 2
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season totals (MHL): 7 GP, 7-5-12, -5, 8 PIM
    Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

    Nikita Kucherov had a third period assist and a minor for hooking in CSKA Jr.'s 4-2 loss to Khabarovsk Jr. Kucherov also had a game-high 6 shots on goal for the Red Army Juniors. The two teams will rematch on Thursday.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    Bentley Falcons 1 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 6

    F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season totals: 6 GP, 1-5-6, Even, 2 PIM

    Freshman, Matthew Peca scored his first collegiate goal and extended his point streak to five games as Quinnipiac (5-1-0) out shot Bentley 51-18 in route to 6-1 win over the Falcons.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    JYP 3 @ Jokerit 2
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0, 1 SO, 2.04 GAA, .912 sv%

    Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin remained on fire with 1 goal and 1 assist in JYP's 3-2 win over Jokerit, including the game winning goal with 5:03 left in the game. JYP has climbed from the basement of the SM-liiga to 7th on the league table in the past couple of weeks. They face Tappara on Friday.

    KHL (Russia):
    Novokuznetsk 2 @ Cherepovets 3
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 29/31, 2.00 GAA, .935 sv%
    Season totals: 10 GP, 6-3-0, 0 SO, 2.51 GAA, .925 sv%

    Ex-Bruins pick Mikko Lehtonen had a pair of goals to lead Cherepovets to a 3-2 win over Novokuznetsk. Cherepovets faces Nizhnekamsk on Saturday.

    MHL (Russia Jr.)
    Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Novosibirsk Jr. 1
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 16 GP, 5-6-11, +12, 12 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov took a minor for elbowing in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-1 pasting of Novosibirsk Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Tyumen next on Saturday.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    Penalties and soft goals kill a good effort.


    Dwayne Roloson allowed 7 goals on 33 shots for the loss. The switch to Mathieu Garon may be a foregone conclusion now. My expectation is Steve Yzerman will now inquire about Evgeny Nabokov now, too.

    First Period
    FLA Kopecky (1), (Jovanovski, Campbell)(PP), 6:15
    TB Purcell (2), (Shannon, Bergeron)(PP), 9:22
    TB Hedman (1), (Hall, Thompson), 14:00
    FLA Weiss (2), (Kulikov, Campbell)(PP), 17:12

    Second Period
    FLA Versteeg (2), (Weiss, Campbell), 2:35
    FLA Bergenheim (1), (unassisted)(SH), 12:17
    TB Lecavalier (2), (Bergeron, Gilroy), 16:21

    Third Period
    FLA Versteeg (3), (Fleischmann, Weiss)(PP), 0:25
    TB Stamkos (2), (Gilroy, Bergeron), 10:53
    FLA Weiss (3), (Versteeg, Jovanovski), 15:28
    FLA Garrison (2), (Campbell, Versteeg)(PP), 16:47

    Marc-Andre Bergeron was the game's third star.

    It's tough. I though the want-to level was there tonight, but mistakes, penalties, and poor goaltending led to the team not getting the result. The key is for the effort level to stay high while the mistakes, penalties, and poor goaltending get resolved.

    Brett Connolly had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:56. I thought he had his best game as an NHLer thus far on the forecheck.

    Mattias Ritola had 1 shot and 2 penalty minutes in 10:32. The guy looks due to get on the scoresheet, to me.

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  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    MHL (Russia Jr.):
    Chelyabinsk Jr. 2 @ Novosibirsk Jr. 3
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 15 GP, 5-6-11, +11, 10 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov was held scoreless in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3-2 loss to Novosibirsk Jr. They have a rematch on Tuesday against Novosibirsk Jr.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago


    London Knights 3 @ Sarnia Sting 4

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (hooking, high sticking)
    Season Totals: 10 GP, 6-4-10, +6, 12 PIM

    Namestnikov was scoreless for his second straight game as London, the CHL’s top ranked team, fell in Sarnia to Steven Stamkos’s alma mater, 4-3. Likely 2012 top-3 pick Nail Yakupov had a goal – his seventh – and an assist for Sarnia. Devils pick Reid Boucher scored his 10th goal in nine games for Sarnia. Their goals erased a 3-2 third period lead for the Knights. The loss was only London’s second of the season. They continue to lead the league in goals with just over five a game.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    Canisius Golden Griffins 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4

    F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 5 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 2 PIM

    Quinnipiac swept Canisius with a combined score of 11-1 over Saturday and Sunday. Peca has now recorded an assist in four straight games.

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