Game Night Results

  • 6 years 47 weeks ago

    The Lightning deal a blow to their chances of landing Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin.

    TB-3 (OT)

    Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the victory. Darn your unswerving professionalism Niitty!

    First Period

    Second Period
    TB 4:12, St. Louis 25 (Purcell, Lecavalier)
    CAR 18:59, Cole 9 (Samsonov, Pothier)
    CAR 19:17, LaRose 7 (Pitkanen, Whitney)

    Third Period
    TB 13:03, Downie 20 (Stamkos, Foster)(PP)

    TB 0:29, St. Louis 26 (Meszaros, Lundin)

    All kidding aside, congratulations to Steve Downie on scoring his 20th goal of the season. Apparently that makes Downie the NHL's first 20 goal/200 PIM player since Theo Fleury did it with the Rangers in 2001-2002. He's a rare and special player, and he's going to get better, which should scare the rest of the league half to death.

    Martin St. Louis is 4 goals shy of 30. He's played so well all season. I'd love to see him get there.

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  • 6 years 47 weeks ago

    KHL (Russa) Playoffs
    Eastern Conference Semifinals
    (3)Kazan 0 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 1 (OT)
    Kazan Leads the Series 2-1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 37/37, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 4-2, 1 SO, 1.76 GAA, .940 sv%

    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

    Wow. Facing the prospect of falling into a 3-0 hole in the series, Vasily Koshechkin pitched a 37 save shutout to help Magnitogorsk pull off a 1-0 overtime victory in Game Three. Petri Kontiola scored off a Stan Chistov assist with just 5 seconds remaining in the first overtime session to seal the deal. Dmitri Kazionov played a scoreless 24:50 in the match for Kazan. Can we please get some of what was in Koshechkin's water bottle for Tokarski for the two big games the Admirals have coming up against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this week?

    Game Four tomorrow.

    (8)Dynamo Riga 4 @ (2)KHK MVD 5 (OT)
    KHK MVD Leads the Series 3-1
    Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
    Playoff totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM

    Ex-NHLer and KHL goal scoring champion Marcel Hossa scored a tying goal with less than 1 minute remaining in regulation, but Evgeni Fedorov scored a goal 2:33 into the second overtime to help KHK MVD win 5-4. The win puts Cindarella Riga on the brink of elimination. Lightning prospect Martins Karsums scored a goal early in the 2nd period and took a second period elbowing minor in 23:42 of ice time.

    Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
    AIK 3 @ Sodertalje 4
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 24/27, 3.00 GAA, .889 sv%
    Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 1.50 GAA, .946 sv%

    So far, so good for Sodertalje in the Swedish relegation/promotion series. The club got 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-Kings prospect Yanick Lehoux and 2 assists from ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll in today's match to defeat Allsvenskan team AIK. Next up for Sodertalje: Leksands, which was briefly promoted to the Elitserien for the 2005-2006 season, but has been relegated to the Allsvenskan ever since. That match will take place Thursday.

  • 6 years 48 weeks ago

    KHL Western Conference Semifinals
    (8)Dynamo Riga 3 @ (2)KHK MVD 1
    KHK MVD Leads the Series 2-1
    Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
    Playoff totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM

    Riga has decided to make it a series with a 3-1 Game Three win on the road. Former Lightning forward Robert Petrovicky had a pair of assists in the match for Riga. Lightning prospect Martins Karsums played 14:20 in the match.

    Elsewhere today, Spartak Moscow defeated Yaroslavl 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal series. Tomorrow, all four series will be in action, with Magnitogorsk fighting to avoid falling into a 3-0 series hole against Kazan.

  • 6 years 48 weeks ago


    East-8 Sudbury Wolves 2 @ East-1 Barrie Colts 6
    Conference Quarterfinals, Game 3. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 3-0
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (delay of game, delay of game)
    Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM
    W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM [/i]
    Season Totals (OTT, SBY): 51 GP, 8-21-29, -3, 24 PIM

    Hutchings extended his point streak to seven games. He took two delay of game penalties in the game's first five minutes. Barrie can close out the series Wednesday in Sudbury.

  • 6 years 48 weeks ago



    Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 40 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    TB 6:04, Downie 19 (unassisted)
    FLA 14:12, Horton 18 (Stillman, Weiss)(PP)
    FLA 17:42, Booth 6 (Bitz, Ballard)
    FLA 18:28, Stillman 15 (Horton)

    Second Period

    Third Period
    TB 2:09, Stamkos 43 (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)
    FLA 4:03, Weiss 25 (Allen, Ballard)
    FLA 15:34, Dvorak 12 (Garrison)

    I'm mildly pleased that Steve Downie scored his 19th goal and is now one shy of the 20 goal plateau. Other than that, there's not a lot of positives to take away from this game.

    I see Mark Parrish was out of this lineup for this game. I hope the Lightning will send him down to Norfolk to help their playoff drive. I also see Matt Smaby was held out of a second straight game with David Hale returning. I don't know the rules governing conditioning stints after Clear Day, but I'd sure love to see Smabes get one Wednesday and Friday.

    In case you're wondering about draft position, the Lightning now have the 3rd worst record in the league. They won't "catch" the worst, Edmonton, but if trends hold up the Leafs will probably make up the 4 points necessary to put the Lightning back into second-to-last again for a second straight season. This is considered a two-superstar draft (Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin) so perhaps if the Lightning continue to slide there's a silver lining (presuming ping pong balls bounce favorably for a third straight year).

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  • 6 years 48 weeks ago

    KHL (Russa) Eastern Conference Semifinals
    Magnitogorsk 2 @ Kazan 3
    Kazan Leads the Series 2-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
    Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 3-2, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .925 sv%

    Magnitogorsk switched to backup Ilya Proskuryakov for Game Two of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, but the results were the same as Metallurg now finds themselves in a 2-0 series hole. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov opened the scoring for Kazan in the 2nd period and took a hooking minor in 14:45 of ice time. But, it wasn't until less than 2 minutes left in the game when former Penguin Alexei Morozov notched the game winning goal that the outcome was finally decided. The scene now switches to Magnitogorsk for Game Three of the seven game series.

    Tomorrow features Game Three between Riga and KHK MVD with Riga down 2-0 in the series. Elsewhere today, Nizhnekamsk evened up their Eastern Conference Semifinal series 1-1 with Yulaev with a 2-1 overtime win.

    Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
    Sodertalje 2 @ Rogle 0
    Riku Helenius, Win, 28/28, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

    Not a bad start to Sweden's relegation/promotion series for Riku Helenius as he blanked the only other Elitserien level opponent in the series, Rogle, 2-0. Sodertalje won despite being outshot 28-19 in the contest. The club got goals from former Kings prospect Yanick Lehoux and ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll. On Tuesday, Sodertalje faces Allsvenskan team AIK.

  • 6 years 48 weeks ago


    Atlantic-3 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0 @ Atlantic-2 Moncton Wildcats 6
    First Round, Game 2. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

    Barberio’s power play goal in the third period gave the Wildcats a 5-0 lead. It was his first career playoff goal. Game 3 is Tuesday in Sydney.


    East-1 Barrie Colts 2 @ East-8 Sudbury Wolves 1
    Conference Quarterfinals, Game 2. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (slashing, slashing)
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM
    W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM [/i]
    Season Totals (OTT, SBY): 51 GP, 8-21-29, -3, 24 PIM

    Barrie’s Bryan Cameron (Kings 3/07) scored the tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Colts held on for the win. Game 3 is Sunday in Barrie. Going back to the regular season, Hutchings has points in six consecutive games.


    West-7 Kamloops Blazers 3 @ West-2 Vancouver Giants 6
    Conference Quarterfinals, Game 2. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
    C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
    With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

    This was a convincing win for Vancouver, led by Craig Cunningham's (undrafted) two goals and three assists. The 5-9 forward had 97 points during the season and has seven already in two playoff games. Game 3 is Tuesday in Kamloops.

    In other WHL news, East No.8 seed Moose Jaw has taken both early games from No.1 Calgary in Calgary.

  • 6 years 48 weeks ago

    Give them credit for fighting hard.


    Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    WSH 2:40, Fleischmann 21 (Fehr, Steckel)
    TB 6:54, Lecavalier 22 (Purcell, Bochenski)
    WSH 10:47, Ovechkin 45 (Backstrom)

    Second Period

    Third Period
    WSH 7:20, Semin 33 (Laich, Morrison)

    I'm heartened by how well Vincent Lecavalier is playing down the stretch for the Lightning. It portends good things for next season, because if Vinny's scoring at a 40 goal clip, and Stamkos is too, then the Lightning are un-defendable, if that's a word. Ted Purcell looks like a keeper, too, with 6 points in his first 8 games with the Lightning.

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  • 6 years 48 weeks ago

    Tic, the Cap'n, and the Bottle Rocket get the win.


    Dustin Tokarski was brilliant in the win stopping 38 of 39 shots he faced. He took Andreas Nodl's lunch money twice in the game to make sure the Admirals got the win and the necessary 2 points. When he's on like he was tonight, he's cooler under pressure than Billy Dee Williams and the other side of the pillow, combined.

    First Period
    NOR Craig, (22) (Tyrell, Mihalik), 7:14
    ADK Dingle, (5) (Klotz, Lehtivuori), 14:39

    Second Period
    NOR Hall, (15) (St. Pierre, Tyrell), 19:43

    Third Period
    NOR Tyrell, (9) (Jackson, Craig), 19:18 (EN)

    Tokarski, Adam Hall, and Dana Tyrell were the game's three stars.

    The unsung hero of the game, though, was Ryan Craig, who not only was Johnny on the Spot on the first Admirals goal, popping in a rebound that was laying beside the goal line, but whose faceoff wins set up the other two Admirals talleys, including his critical faceoff win on Tyrell's empty netter. He is leading this team by example, and his line with Hall and Tyrell is arguably one of the 5-10 best in the AHL right now. I sure hope the Lightning can find a way to keep Ryan in the organization, because he's one heck of a captain for the Admirals. In fact, I'm beginning to think the "C" stands for commodore. I just promoted him in rank.

    For Tyrell, it was the first 3-point game of his pro career. His previous 7 multi-point games this season were 2-pointers. He shot from downtown tonight. He now has 23 points in his last 18 games and 8 multi-point efforts in that span. He set up the Admirals' first goal by beating out an icing with his speed, he helped shovel the puck back to the points for a helper after Craig's faceoff win on the second goal, and his blazing speed victimized former Lightning forward Jason Ward to beat out another icing for the empty net goal.

    Vladimir Mihalik set a new career high in points with 17 with his assist on the Admirals' first goal. He was also as surly as I've ever seen him at his own net front.

    In the standings, which mean everything right now: Norfolk still sits in 3rd place in the East Division with 78 points in 71 games and 9 games left to play. 2nd place Albany fell 2-1 to Binghamton tonight, so the Admirals have pulled to within 6 points again of the River Rats and the Ads hold 1 game in hand. 4th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Rochester 5-4 to keep pace with the Admirals and remain 1 point back of Norfolk with 1 game in hand. The rest of the division looks done with Binghamton 10 points back and Syracuse and Adirondack now 12 points back.

    In the crossover, which is becoming a cluttered mess again, Manchester defeated Bridgeport in overtime, which unfortunately awarded a 3rd point in that game, and Lowell defeated Portland in overtime as well. So the Atlantic Division looks like this: 3rd and 4th place Manchester and Lowell have 79 points, 1 ahead of Norfolk, with the Monarchs holding 2 games in hand and the Devils holding 1 game in hand. 5th place Bridgeport is 2 points behind the Admirals with 1 game in hand. Why is this important? If the Admirals fall to 4th place in the East Division they must finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to reach the postseason.

    So, coming down the stretch, things are starting to bunch up with 6 teams fighting for 5 spots. And, that sets up a colossal 2-game set at The Scope on Wednesday and Friday between Norfolk and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton that could be season defining for the Admirals. Both teams will bleed, sweat, and pay the price with 3rd place in the division and possibly the playoffs on the line. And, with David Hale coming off IR in Tampa Bay, one wonders if some defensive help might be on the way from the Lightning just in time.

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  • 6 years 48 weeks ago

    Eastern Conference Semifinal
    (2)Magnitgorsk 0 @ (3)Kazan 4
    Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +4, 2 PIM

    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 18/22, 6.63 GAA, .818 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 3-2, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .925 sv%

    Vasily Koshechkin was lifted early in the Second Period as Kazan steamrolled Magnitogorsk in Game One of their KHL Eastern Conference Semifinal Series. Former Penguin Alexei Morozov had a natural hat trick in the game for Kazan. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov assisted on Morozov's second goal and played 16:09 in the match and took a minor for hooking.

    Western Conference Semifinal
    (2)KHK MVD 2 @ (8)Dynamo Riga 0
    KHK MVD Leads the Series 2-0
    Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM

    Things are looking dire for Karsums and Cindarella Riga. After knocking off top seeded St. Petersburg in the first round, they're finding second seeded KHK MVD to be a much more formidable challenge. Today they were shut out 2-0, meaning Riga has managed just a single goal in the first two games of the Western Conference Semifinal series. Former Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin had a goal in the match for KHK MVD.

    Elsewhere, Yaroslavl and Spartak Moscow are tied 1-1 in their Western Conference Seminfinal series while Yulaev holds a 1-0 lead over Nizhnekamsk in the other Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Tomorrow will feature Game Two in the East between Kazan and Magnitogorsk.

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