Game Night Results

  • 7 years 6 weeks ago


    No.5 Moncton Wildcats 5 @ No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
    Semifinals, Game 1. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 3-9-12, +7, 10 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

    The Wildcats struck first in their QMJHL semifinal series, beating the Volts on the road, 5-3. Drummondville had won 17 straight home games. Barberio didn’t score in the game, but reportedly made one of its most important defensive plays when he batted a shot destined for the back of the net out of mid-air as it was crossing the goal line. Game 2 is Sunday night in Drummondville.

    Draft Watch
    Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley was minus-1 with three shots on goal. Gormley is regarded as one of the best defenseman in the upcoming draft and could fall to the Lightning at No.6. Gormley playoff totals: 11 GP, 0-11-11, +7, 0 PIM.


    Barrie Colts 2 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5
    Eastern Conference Finals, Game 2. Best of 7 Series tied 1-1
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-7-8, +7, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

    The Colts lost their first game of the playoffs after nine contests, falling 5-2 on the road to the Majors. Hutchings extended his point streak to 10 games going back to the regular season. He’s registered a point in all six of his playoff games. He missed four due to an injury. Game 2 is Saturday.


    Vancouver Giants 4 @ Tri-City Americans 2
    Western Conference Finals, Game 1. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 6-6-12, +4, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
    With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

    Vancouver stole home ice advantage from the Americans, beating Tri-City in their barn in Game 1, 4-2. Wright was scoreless in the match. The Giants were down 2-1 in the game before mounting a comeback win. Game 2 is Saturday.

  • 7 years 6 weeks ago

    KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
    (2)KHK MVD 1 @ (3)Kazan 4
    Kazan Leads the Series 2-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 17 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 10 PIM

    Kazan is now just two victories away from winning the KHL championship after a 4-1 Game Two victory over Western Conference champion KHK MVD. Kazan was once again led by unlikely hero Dmitri Obukhov, who had a pair of goals including an empty netter. Obukhov, who scored just 5 goals during the regular season, has 3 goals now in the first two games of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 14:26 in the match for Kazan. Game Three is on Monday.

  • 7 years 6 weeks ago

    KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
    (2)KHK MVD 2 @ (3)Kazan 3
    Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-8-27, +8, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 16 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 8 PIM

    Unlikely hero Dmitri Obukhov scored a goal 4:05 into the third period to break a 2-2 tie and send Kazan on to a 3-2 Game One victory over KHK MVD. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 16:58 in the match. Game Two is slated for tomorrow.

  • 7 years 6 weeks ago


    Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 0 @ Barrie Colts 3
    Conference Finals, Game 1. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-6-7, +7, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

    Hutchings returned to the Colts lineup after missing the Brampton series with a groin injury. He promptly earned an assist on the game’s opening goal on the power play, giving him a point in each game he’s played this post-season. Going back to the regular season, Hutchings has a nine-game point streak and points in 21 of his last 22 games. Barrie back-up goalie Mavric Parks (undrafted), named after Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun, picked up his first shutout of the playoffs and First Star honors. He’s filling in for Barrie’s top netminder, Peter Di Salvo, who was knocked out indefinitely with cartilage damage to his knee four games ago. Parks has a sparkling .962 save percentage and 1.25 GAA in four playoff games so far this year. Game 2 is Friday. Kitchener is playing Windsor in the Western Conference finals.

  • 7 years 6 weeks ago


    Vancouver Giants 3 @ Portland Winterhawks 1
    Conference Semifinals, Game 6. Vancouver wins Best of 7 Series 4-2
    C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 6-6-12, +4, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
    With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

    Wright set up the eventual game winning goal by Tomas Vincour (Stars 5/09) on the power play in the second period to help the Giants go 3-0 in Portland and take the Conference Semifinal series 4-2. Wright finished the series with 10 points (six goals) in the six games. Vancouver will now play the West’s top seed, Tri-City, who defeated Chilliwack 4-2 in Round 1 and Kelowna 4-1 in the second round. No.1 Calgary faces Memorial Cup host Brandon in the Eastern Finals.

    Draft Watch
    Portland winger Nino Niederreiter, a prime candidate for the Lightning to pick at No.6 in this summer’s draft, scored the lone Winterhawk goal in Game 6 and was named Second Star. He finished the playoffs with eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 13 games. He had 35-24-60 in 65 games in the regular season, and missed time with Portland when he was excelling for Switzerland at the World Junior Championships (7 GP, 6-4-10).

  • 7 years 6 weeks ago

    At just barely 20 years old, Steven Stamkos has won a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's best goal scorer. Atta boy, young man.


    Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory. Smitty got his save percentage up to an even .900 with the performance. That's something positive to build on, I suppose.

    First Period
    FLA 2:06, Olesz 14 (Dvorak, Matthias)
    TB 8:01, Tanguay 10 (Bochenski, Lundin)
    TB 10:20, Lecavalier 24 (Tanguay, Malone)

    Second Period

    Third Period
    TB 19:47, Stamkos 51 (Lecavalier)(EN)

    Congratulations to young Steven Stamkos, whose empty net goal put him for 51 for the season, tying him with Sidney Crosby for the league's best mark and a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy. Stammer will be the Lightning's second Richard Trophy winner, after Vincent Lecavalier won it with 52 goals in 2006-2007. When one considers that Stamkos just turned 20 in February, it has to be considered nothing less than a remarkable achievement for the young man. Steven Stamkos may be the answer to the question of what a guy like Ilya Kovalchuk, with his finishing ability, could have been without the cancerous selfishness. I said it when he entered the league: Stammer had the best shot of any 18 year old I'd seen enter the league since Kovalchuk. The difference is that Stamkos has dedicated himself to becoming a complete hockey player from his off ice conditioning and preparation to his willingness to backcheck and play the game the right way in all three zones. Mark my words: Steven Stamkos will win a championship in Tampa Bay; probably two or three when all is said and done. He's just scratching the surface of his talent. As time goes on, he's going to become as big a threat at even strength as he is on the power play, and his playmaking skills will catch up with his goal scoring ability. He's too hard of a worker not to continue to elevate his game.

    That probably terrifies the NHL league establishment. Stamkos is the inconvenient truth of the NHL. After spending the past few seasons hyping Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin as the second coming of Gretzky and Lemieux, the idea of Stamkos in small market Tampa Bay becoming a better scorer than those two has to be terrifying the league offices. Too bad, Toronto.

    And, for anyone trying to put an asterisk on Stamkos' achievement because he had three empty net goals, including the Trophy clincher, or because he played more games than Crosby or Ovechkin, or because he was fresher for not playing in the Olympics, or whatever: (how do I put this delicately?) you're an idiot. Seriously. Anyone who tries to argue Stamkos' achievement is somehow less impressive than what Crosby did is a moron, and should probably leave broadcasting or journalism right now. Hand in your microphone or laptop. Give back your press pass.

    Did he have a league leading 24 power play goals (which, last I checked, still count on the scoreboard)? Sure. Did every team in the league that played the Lightning know Stamkos was the number one option? Yep. Could they stop him anyway? Nope. No one ever griped seriously about Kareem Abdul-Jabar's skyhook in the NBA. No one can gripe seriously about Stamkos' power play goals from the high slot or left wing circle. The fact is, Steven and the Lightning have found something that is undefendable unless you're willing to give up a 2-on-1 down low or a 105 mph bomb from the center point. And only Steven has the kind of finishing ability to make that play so incredibly effective.

    Did he have 3 empty net goals while Crosby only had 1? Sure. But, how many 19-20 year olds do you know who a coach trusts to put on the ice in the last minute of a 1 goal game? Seriously? And, the reason he had 3 empty net goals is because Stamkos has blazing speed that eclipses even Crosby and possibly even Ovechkin. Stamkos' acceleration is the stuff of legend. If Crosby had it, I dare say he'd have more empty net goals too, but he doesn't. Give Stammer credit for the fact he does.

    Did he play more games than Crosby and Ovechkin? Sure. But he also went through a grueling offseason program with Gary Roberts to make sure he was fit enough to avoid injuries. And when the scrapes did come, Stammer played through the pain. He also wasn't running around acting the fool like Ovechkin to get himself suspended, either. So, again, you're going to tell me that Stammer doesn't deserve credit for preparing properly, playing through pain when needed, and staying out of Colin Campbell's doghouse? Please. That's dumb.

    Finally, there's the not-so-small matter of the fact that Stamkos plays on the 6th worst team on the league. Not the best team in the East (Ovechkin). Not the defending Stanley Cup Champions (Crosby). Mind you, Stammer doesn't play with awful teammates. Lecavalier, St. Louis, Downie, and Foster are good players, but are the Lightning's best players better than the Pens and Caps? Are they better than Malkin or Semin or Backstrom? Are the Lightning as deep as the Pens or Caps? Obviously not. Put it another way: if you put Stamkos on the Caps or Pens, how many goals would he have scored? Put me down for 60.

    Also, congratulation to Zenon Konopka for winning the NHL's penalty minute crown with 265 penalty minutes. I will admit, I was opposed to carrying Konopka on the roster at first. He's become my guilty pleasure when watching a Lightning game, though, and I believe the Lightning should work hard to re-sign him this offseason. Amazingly, despite the large number of PIMs he had, I'm hard pressed to think of a time Konopka did something stupid and undisciplined to hurt the team. He scrapped at the appropriate times and unlike the preseason when he was getting his brains beat in pretty regularly, he held his own in all but one or two of the fights he was in. The fact he was also 62% on draws for the year and is great in the room makes him a valuable weapon for the Lightning that they need to lock up.

    The Lightning will finish with the 6th worst record in the NHL. That means the Lightning will pick 2nd, 6th, or 7th this June. The 6th pick is by far the most statistically probable. If things go according to speculation, Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin, in some order, will go 1st and 2nd. If the Panthers and Isles were to stay in the 3rd and 5th positions, I would expect them to draft d-men like Cam Fowler, Brandon Gormley, or Erik Gudbrandson. Columbus may be more of a wild card at 4th. That'll put the Lightning in an interesting spot. If the big righty shot d-man Gudranson is there, he might make a lot of sense for the club, but they could be tempted by some of the intriguing wingers available like Brett Connolly, Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund, or Vladimir Tarasenko. The team will be in a good spot to continue to build on the impressive core it has with the likes of Stamkos, Downie, and Hedman.

    We'll let this season digest a little for the next couple of days before I write more. I will say this, though: sign Mike Lundin. Do it.

    Matt Lashoff was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 10:03. He re-passed Vladimir Mihalik on the depth chart, but it's still hard to see how he fits into next year's plans.

    Scott Jackson had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 13:44 in his NHL debut. Congratulations to him. The promotion was well deserved. I kind of expected Dana Tyrell to get a reward recall instead, but Jackson is every bit as deserving. In a way, I could see him evolving into a little bigger version of ex-Lightning d-man Nolan Pratt.

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  • 7 years 6 weeks ago

    Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
    Rogle 3 @ Sodertalje 2 (SO)
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
    Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 6-3-0, 1 SO, 2.74 GAA, .911 sv%

    With Sodertalje's spot in the Elitserien sewed up for next season, Riku Helenius got today off in the 10th and final match of the promotion/relegation series. Helenius' backup, Pontus Sjogren, stopped 42 shots before allowed 3 of 6 shooters to capitalize in the shootout for the loss. Helenius' roller coaster season is over, and he and the Lightning will now contemplate a way forward for the former first round draft pick who played very well at times, and very poorly at other junctures.

    Sodertalje finished first in the Kval till Elitserien with 21 points, 3 ahead of Allsvenskan side AIK, which defeated Vaxjo Lakers 2-0 today to grab a promotion into the Elitserien for next season. It's a remarkable accomplishment for a team that just a few months ago was contemplating a move into the KHL. They finished 2 points ahead of Rogle, which will be relegated to the Allsvenskan next season.

    KHL (Russia) Western Conference Finals
    No Lightning prospects were involved, but in Game Seven KHK MVD defeated Yaroslavl 2-1. Ex-Thrashers prospect Michael Garnett stopped 25 of 26 shots he faced in the win. He'll face Ak Bars Kazan and Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov in the KHL Gagarin Cup Finals, which begin on Thursday in Kazan.

  • 7 years 6 weeks ago


    No.4 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ No.5 Moncton Wildcats 3
    Quarterfinals, Game 5. Moncton wins Best of 7 Series 4-1
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-9-12, +6, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

    The Wildcats finished off the Huskies in five games by winning 3-1 at home Saturday. Barberio had an assist to give him two goals and five assists in the series. He had at least a point in all five games. No.5 Moncton will now face second-seeded Drummondville in the semifinals. No.1 St. John will play No.6 Victoriaville in the other.

    Draft Watch - Possible Lightning First Round Targets
    Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley had two assists in Game 5 and was named the game’s Third Star. Playoff totals: 10 GP, 0-11-11, +8, 0 PIM.


    Portland Winterhawks 5 @ Vancouver Giants 4
    Conference Semifinals, Game 5. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 3-2
    C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Series Totals: 5 GP, 6-3-9, +2, 2 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 6-5-11, +4, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
    With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

    Possible Lightning draft target Nino Niederreiter had two goals and an assist for First Star honors to lead Portland to a 5-4 Game 5 road win and send the series back to Portland for Games 6 and 7. Wright saw his five-game point streak and four game goal streak come to an end. Game 6 is Tuesday night.

  • 7 years 6 weeks ago

    Stamkos. Steven Stamkos.

    TB-4 (SO)

    Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 32 shots and stopped all 3 shooters he faced for the shootout win.

    First Period
    TB 4:11, Stamkos 49 (Foster, St. Louis)(PP)
    FLA 18:39, Weiss 28 (Horton, McCabe)(PP)

    Second Period
    TB 5:28, Stamkos 50 (Meszaros, Konopka)(PP)
    TB 10:24, St. Louis 29 (Stamkos, Foster)
    FLA 11:46, Frolik 21 (Horton, Kulikov)

    Third Period
    FLA 8:08, Horton 20 (Weiss, Ballard)(SH)


    TB- Stamkos

    With a pair of goals, Steven Stamkos tied Alex Ovechkin for the league lead with 1 game left to play. Sid Crosby sits 1 goal behind them. All three players will be in action tomorrow with the Richard Trophy on the line. Stamkos took 20 shots tonight. 10 were on goal, 8 were blocked, and 2 missed the net. Hmmmm. I'm thinking Stammer wants the hardware. Martin St. Louis is now 1 goal shy of 30 for the season. That's somewhat remarkable considering how slowly he started the year in the goal scoring department.

    There could be some callups for tomorrow's game in Sunrise with the Norfolk Admirals completing their season tonight. So, watch the transactions wire. Either way, I could see Tocchet playing Stamkos 25-30 minutes tomorrow as Steven tries to get the 1 or 2 more goals he'll need to win the Richard Trophy.

    The Lightning have dropped down to the 4th most ping pong balls in the draft lottery with the victory.

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  • 7 years 6 weeks ago

    With their boots on and their heads held high...


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the win. He finishes his rookie campaign with a 27-25-3 mark, 4 shutouts, a 2.51 GAA, and a .915 sv%. That's a very respectable starting point for a young career.

    First Period
    HER Bouchard, (21) (Perreault, Bourque), 8:43
    NOR Fornataro, (11) (Dehner), 13:11

    Second Period
    NOR Szczechura, (8) (Parrish, Craig), 2:36 (PP)
    HER Giroux, (50) (Aucoin, Bourque), 15:43 (PP)

    Third Period
    NOR Simek, (20) (Jones, Mihalik), 1:49
    NOR Simek, (21) (Hall, Jackson), 5:41
    NOR Hall, (16) , 19:51 (EN/SH)

    Juraj Simek, Matt Fornataro, and Paul Szczechura were the game's three stars. Simek, after seeing his playing time dwindle in the past month or two, finally topped 20 goals in the season finale.

    Unfortunately, there will be no postseason for the Admirals as both Lowell and Bridgeport won tonight, meaning the crossover rule will go in effect. The propriety of the crossover rule is dubious at best considering the unbalanced schedules that are played, which meant Norfolk had to play world beaters Hershey 10 times while clubs like Bridgeport and Lowell got to feast off the worst team in the league, Springfield. Still, it is what it is, and Norfolk will cede its playoff spot to the 5th place team in the Atlantic Division. Norfolk finishes the regular season with 84 points (39-35-3-3).

    In the short term, I suspect there might be a recall or two for tomorrow's Lightning season finale in Sunrise against the Panthers. Specifically, I feel like Dana Tyrell deserves a reward for his hard work, and the Lightning may want to take a look at Carter Ashton, who has spent his time on Norfolk's second line since Mark Parrish and Paul Szczechura were sent back down to Norfolk.

    In the long term, this offseason will be a challenging one for the Admirals. The Lightning have a lot of decisions to make with veteran players like Ryan Craig and Adam Hall and 3rd and 4th year pros like Blair Jones, Simek, and Vladimir Mihalik. The only knowns I think Admirals fans can count on for next season are that the team will probably be younger and the team will probably still have fantastic goaltending between Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus, who actually has been practicing with the team this week and might've been ready to come back had the Admirals made the post season.

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