Game Night Results

  • 7 years 16 weeks ago

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”


    Mike Smith allowed just 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    04:52 BUF Vanek (8), unassisted
    18:10 TB Purcell (3), R. Jones (5), Kubina (5)

    Second Period
    11:26 TB Hall (4), unassisted

    Third Period

    Smith and Adam Hall were named the game's first and third stars. Hall would like to thank Patrick Lalime for that assist on the game winning goal.

    I'm always fascinated by the reaction of other teams' media when their teams play the Tampa Bay Lightning, and particularly the way the two medias up north react to the Lightning and its players. There's the Canadian hockey media, and there's the northern hockey media establishment in the United States. The Canadian hockey media has started to take notice of the Lightning and started to take notice of young #91, partly because of the reverence they have for Steve Yzerman and partly because the Lightning's blood lines come from suburban Toronto with Stamkos and from Montreal with Boucher, St. Louis, and Lecavalier.

    The northern hockey media here in the United States, though, is not on board as of yet, if tonight's Buffalo broadcast is any indication. I partly blame ESPN, and their continuation of the policy of ignoring the Lightning and Stamkos in a vain attempt to circle the wagons around Barry Melrose. Between Melrose and the article John Buccigross penned in his rookie season that was practically ghost written by Melrose claiming that the only thing that could save Stamkos' career was a move to the wing where he could take his rightful place as a, and damn this is funny in retrospect, Phil Kessel clone, the four-letter-network has a vested interest in not drawing attention to the fact their top hockey "experts" have been absolutely de-pantsed by Stamkos' meteoric rise.

    But I digress. Tonight's moment of interest was a second intermission roundtable discussion between Mike Robitaille, Rob Ray, and Harry Neale over whether Steven Stamkos is the best player in the game today. I, for one, don't think you can make that argument definitively until Stamkos gets the ring that Sidney Crosby already has. But, that said, I think only a fool would line up on the wrong side of history, like Melrose and Buccigross before them, by attacking Stamkos and mocking him as a player. I witnessed that tonight. I witnessed Robitaille claiming the central reason to write off Stamkos was that he doesn't generate "buzz," as if the lack of "buzz" around Stamkos isn't the fault of the same northern hockey media establishment's investment in the binary choice of Crosby vs. Ovechkin, a la Magic vs. Bird. That's what the NHL has put all their muscle behind, given Bettman's NBA background, and that's why there's no "buzz" around Stamkos. All the media oxygen in the room has been devoted to "Driver 8" and "Sid the Kid," nevermind the fact Stamkos could be to Crosby and Ovechkin's Magic vs. Bird what Michael Jordan was coming in a few years after.

    Rob Ray, who I assume is just jealous of the fact that Stamkos had more goals last season (51) in his second year than Ray had in his entire career (41), then proceeded to step in it by claiming Stamkos doesn't have as well rounded a game as Crosby or Ovechkin and never will and will struggle the rest of his career because of it, particularly defensively. Dear Rob Ray: entering play tonight Stamkos was +8 and he's improved his plus/minus in each NHL season thus far. More to the point, though, call up Gary Roberts and ask about Stamkos' work ethic. Talk to Martin St. Louis. In your green eyed jealousy, don't simply write off Stamkos as a lazy, cancerous Ilya Kovalchuk clone just because he happens to be a talented sniper. Do your homework before you hop on air and start ripping a 20-year old kid you, lets be honest, only watch when the Lightning come play the Sabres.

    To his credit, Harry Neale hit the head on the nail after the two epic whiffs that came before him. Neale made the point that the fact that roundtable segment made it on air says all you need to know. The fact a 20 year old Stamkos has forced the northern hockey media establishment to ask that question aloud in comparing him to a 23 year old Crosby or a 25 year old Ovechkin says it all. Where will Stamkos be in his development in 3 to 5 years time if he's already good enough to force people to ask aloud if he's as good as Crosby or Ovechkin? No rational human being would have doubled down on attacking Stamkos like Ray did because no rational human being is stupid enough to try to fight the future. But Ray is, and then he and Robitaille continued on to sneer about the fact that the Lightning (11-7-2-0) are a team the (8-11-3-0) Sabres should beat, with a tone of derision indicating the Lightning should be treated like a Junior A team, nevermind the fact they're now 5 points ahead of the Sabres and have won 3 in a row even without Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne.

    I was reminded of the quote by Gahndi, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” The northern hockey media establishment ignored Stamkos and the Lightning's development all last season. Then they laughed at the previous Lightning's ownership blunders as a means to avoid reporting on the obvious on-ice improvement. Now some of them are going to spew all kinds of venom about Stamkos and the Lightning and fight tooth and nail to deny the fact the Lightning now have a world-class owner, world-class front office, and world-class talent on the ice. First they ignored. Then they laughed. Now they're starting to fight it. And, you know what (hat tip to Brian Bradley)? None of their flagellation mattered tonight, because the Lightning won.

    Tonight was a huge victory, especially considering how poorly the Lightning have played against the Sabres over the past four or five seasons. That's probably also part of the reason Mike Robitaille looked like Adam Hall had done number two in his corn flakes when the game was over. Change can be difficult. The Lightning pull into the 20 game mark of the season with 24 points, which is 1 point off the milestone target I would've liked to have seen them at. That's not bad considering the rash of injuries that beset the team, and the fact the goaltending still hasn't settled down. The team is on a pace for 98 points right now (by the way, Mike Robitaille, your mighty Sabres are on a pace for 71) and there's still room for improvement. That's exciting. I'd like to see the club at 36 points after 30 games, or get 12 points in their next 10 game set, which should get them around to Lecavalier's return date and will probably also see Simon Gagne return to the lineup.

    Dana Tyrell had 1 hit in 10:40 of ice time.

    Michael Vernace had 2 hits in 4:41. He looked better than in his first stint with the team. No really, I mean that.

    Blair Jones was +1 with 1 shot in 7:50. Have I mentioned how much I'm rooting for him to stick at some point this season? He's not necessarily the most talented prospect in the world, but he's working his bag off this season. Most prospects who don't make it during their entry-level deal spend their fourth pro season going through the motions and planning to play for in the NL/A in Switzerland or some other European destination. Jonesy hasn't done that, to his credit. He's all in.

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  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    Sodertalje 4 @ Linkopings 2
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
    Season totals: 10 GP, 1-6-0, 0 SO, 2.75 GAA, .886 sv%

    Riku Helenius was back on the bench today as Pontus Sjogren backstopped Sodertalje to a 4-2 win over Linkopings. Ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena took the loss for Linkopings. Ex-Lightning forward Jan Hlavac also had a goal in the losing effort.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago


    Penticton Vees 2 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 1
    C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 24 GP, 9-15-24, 8 PIM

    O’Donnell earned the only assist on the Vees’ game winner scored midway through the third period.


    Fargo Force 3 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 11 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 10 PIM

    Fargo got Mullin and four of his teammates back from Team USA and beat the Stampede. Fargo had fallen into last place in their conference without those five players.


    Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2
    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, 11, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 23 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 16 PIM

    Gatineau scored the game’s final 3 goals to win.

    Montreal Juniors 3 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1
    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-7-7, +7, 2 PIM

    Landry is still looking for his first goal of the year, but continues to rack up assists since returning from an injury.


    Brampton Battalion 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhouds 3 (SO)
    D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 0-2-2, -10, 40 PIM

    Beukeboom, the Soo’s captain, fell to minus-10 on the year, the worst mark on the club. He’s 19th on the club in points. The SSM press has been calling for the firing of Soo coach Denny Lambert, so this was a welcomed win.

    Belleville Bulls 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 5
    C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 23 GP, 12-12-24, -4, 31 PIM

    Ottawa had a 5-0 lead before the Bulls hit the scoresheet.

    Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 1
    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
    Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

    Schemitsch is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

    Erie Otters 3 @ Oshawa Generals 10
    G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 15 GP, 8-3-1-1, 3.37 GAA, .881 sv%, 1 SO

    Rangers pick Christian Thomas, son of Lightning Player Development Consultant Steve Thomas, had a hat trick and 3 assists for the Gens.


    Regina Pats 4 @ Vancouver Giants 5 (OT)
    RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing)
    Season totals: 22 GP, 12-7-19, -9, 36 PIM

    Ashton has goals in 5 of his last 6 games; 6 out of 7 if you count the Canada-Russia Super Series. WHL leading scorer Craig Cunningham (Bruins) (24 GP, 8-33-41) had just an assist in the game.

    Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Prince George Cougars 2
    RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 22 GP, 17-10-27, -6, 6 PIM

    Connolly scored both his team’s goals, but the Cougars dropped a home game to last-place Kelowna. The Rockets are now just one point behind PG in the B.C. Division. This was Connolly’s first 2-goal game in nearly a month. He is 18th in the WHL in points.

    Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Kootenay Ice 1
    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (tripping, delay of game)
    Season totals: 21 GP, 1-5-6, +5, 43 PIM

    Saskatoon was outshot 40-23.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    Toledo Walleye 1 @ Florida Everblades 8
    C Mitch Fadden: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 15 GP, 8-14-22, +2, 18 PIM
    LW Alex Hutchings: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 14 GP, 4-2-6, -6, 10 PIM
    G Jaroslav Janus: Win, 40 saves on 41 shots, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 8 GP, 4-3-0-0, 3.72 GAA, .889 sv%, 0 SO

    Janus came up big for Florida, stopping 40 shots and coming within 7 minutes of a shutout over Toledo. Despite the lopsided score, the shot total was 41-29 for Toledo. With his three points tonight, Fadden took over the league’s scoring lead by one point. Hutchings also got in the act, notching a goal and assist for his first points in 5 games. Mike McKenzie, son of TSN’s Bob McKenzie, had a goal and 3 assists for Florida. Adam Keefe, brother of former Lightning pick Sheldon Keefe and captain of Toledo, had 24 penalty minutes for the Walleye.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    #16 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Ferris State Bulldogs 3
    D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, +6, 18 PIM

    The Broncos' three game unbeaten streak ends. They get another shot at Ferris State Saturday night.

    #5 Yale Bulldogs 4 @ Cornell Big Red 2
    D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 6 PIM

    Cornell struck first but Yale was too much and dropped the Big Red to 2-5-0 on the season.

    Harvard Crimson 0 @ Princeton Tigers 1
    F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM

    Sophomore, Mike Condon recorded his first collegiate shutout saving 36 as Princeton dropped Harvard.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    Norfolk makes a big time statement.


    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the win.

    First Period
    WBS Wallace, (7) (Sterling, Hutchinson), 5:39 (PP)
    NOR Durno, (5) (Fornataro), 11:43

    Second Period
    NOR Jones, (6) (Vernace, Berry), 0:46
    NOR Jones, (7) (Quick, Milam), 12:27

    Third Period
    NOR Berry, (3) (Jones, Gudas), 19:19 (EN)

    Blair Jones, Desjardins, and Chris Durno were the game's three stars.

    Blair Jones' stat line for the season is becoming borderline ridiculous. The fourth year pro now has 7-9-16 in 12 games with a +7 rating. It's been a very different Blair Jones this season. Last year, after being sent down, his production went in the toilet, just as it did in past seasons. But Jones seems to be working even harder after being sent down this time.

    Kevin Quick now has 7 assists in his first 14 games this season and a +7 rating. His AHL career high in points was 9 points in 49 games in 2008-2009. I'm legitimately interested in seeing if Quick continues to improve and starts to knock on the door for an NHL cup of coffee in the second half of this season, because I really believe he's a perfect fit, stylistically, for what Guy Boucher is trying to do in Tampa Bay. Radko Gudas is another guy who, after my trip to Norfolk, I think could really fit what Boucher is doing a year or two down the road. He got his fourth assist tonight in this, his rookie campaign and he's a really nice +8. The guy was a big plus player in junior too, you'll recall, with a +45 in Everett last year.

    There's just so many players down in Norfolk legitimately knocking on the door for the NHL, and another wave of guys like Quick and Gudas potentially coming in behind them. It's taken over four seasons, between that last year in Springfield when the 2005 draftees like Jones came in and the three subsequent years in Norfolk, to get to this point, but the future is finally here, and it's exciting times.

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  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    Magnitogorsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 5
    Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -1. 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 23 GP, 7-6-13, -3, 26 PIM

    Martins Karsums was scoreless in 17:14 as Riga defeated Magnitogorsk 5-3. Former Florida farmhand Janis Sprukts had 2 goals and 4 points in the match for Riga. Riga sits in 7th in the 11 team Western Conference.

    Kazan 3 @ Cherepovets 2
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 17 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 12 PIM

    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
    Season totals: 14 GP, 5-9-0, 1 SO, 3.14 GAA, .900 sv%

    Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 17:58 as Kazan defeated Cherepovets 3-2. Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen had a goal in the match for Kazan. Kazan sits in 3rd in the 12 team Eastern Conference. Cherepovets is in 5th in the West.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago


    Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Quebec Remparts 6
    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 22 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 16 PIM

    Patrick Roy’s Remparts scored the game’s final four goals for a comeback win over Gatineau. Janosik had 35 points in 63 games last year, plus 7 in 10 playoff games (5 goals), but is off to a quiet start this season with 8 in 22.


    Team WHL 2 vs. Team Russia 5
    RW Brett Connolly, WHL: 1-0-1, 0 PIM

    Russia finish the six-game Canada-Russia Subway Superseries with a 4-1-1 record versus the CHL for their first series win in the eight-year history of the event. They had won just two games in the series – in 2004 and ’07 – prior to this year. Lightning prospect Brett Connolly, playing in front of his home crowd, scored for the WHL. At that time, however, the Dub was already down 4-0 in the third period. Calvin Pickard (Avalanche) of the Seattle Thunderbirds stopped 19 of 23 shots in a losing cause for Team WHL.

  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    Maybe the craziest game I've ever seen.


    Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 10 shots before giving way to Mike Smith, who allowed 3 goals on 22 shots to get the win in relief.

    First Period
    04:21 PHI Nodl (4), Zherdev (1), Richards (12)
    05:03 PHI Zherdev (6), Carle (5), Richards (13)
    08:20 TB Stamkos (17), St Louis (15), Ellis (1)(PP)
    08:36 TB Hall (3), Hedman (7), Bergenheim (5)
    09:51 PHI Carter (9), O'Donnell (2), Giroux (12)
    13:59 TB Malone (3), St Louis (16), Stamkos (15)(PP)
    15:34 PHI Hartnell (7), Coburn (5), Carle (6)
    18:04 PHI Briere (10), Hartnell (7), O'Donnell (3)
    18:18 TB Clark (4), Moore (3), Hedman (8)

    Second Period
    04:11 TB Stamkos (18), St Louis (17), Lundin (5)
    04:59 PHI Zherdev (7), Powe (4), Pronger (7)
    09:27 PHI Meszaros (1), van Riemsdyk (5), Betts (4)
    09:41 TB Downie (3), St Louis (18), Stamkos (16)
    18:59 TB Stamkos (19), Purcell (8), St Louis (19)(PP)

    Third Period
    05:19 TB Thompson (3), Tyrell (2), Bergenheim (6)

    Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis were the game's first and second stars.

    What'd we see tonight? 1.) 15 goals? Check. 2.) A hat trick for #91 on just three amazing shots? Three shots. Three kills. Check. 3.) Brett Clark scoring a goal by shooting it THROUGH the net? Check. 4.) Matt Roy darned near putting a guy in the hospital? Check. 5.)And the biggest shocker of all: in a game with 15 goals your winner is scored by... Nate Thompson? Nate bleeping Thompson!?

    Mind you, there were a few things this game could have used to spice it up a little more: 1.) Mike Smith scoring an empty net goal and then doing snow angels in his crease to celebrate. 2.) Creating a timewarp where ex-Lightning player Kurtis Foster breaks a pane of glass and/or Evgeny Artyukhin puts a player through the glass. 3.) Steve Downie inciting a riot/bench clearer that ends with the stands being set on fire. 4.) For no good reason, Rudy Poeschek and Paul Laus happening to be in attendance and getting in a Pier 6 brawl at the nacho stand. 5.) A live penguin sliding out onto the ice and halting play. Baseball has squirrels and birds. I feel hockey should have the occassional stray penguin halting play. 6.) I like this one the best. Coach Fleming hitting Hulk Hogan with a steel chair while the ref isn't looking so Guy Boucher can get the 1-2-3 at center ice and win the championship belt. Just some suggestions to Gary Bettman and Lightning management on how to improve on the already unbelievable product we saw tonight.

    Johan Harju was -2 in 4:45. You couldn't swing a cat without hitting a minus in this game tonight.

    Mathieu Roy was -1 with a hit that almost put Darroll Powe in traction in 4:39.

    Dana Tyrell had a helper on the game winner and 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 11:39. Andrej Meszaros is a dead man the next time the Lightning play the Flyers for trying to take out Tyrell's knees in the third period, especially considering Tyrell had major knee surgery less than 2 years ago.

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  • 7 years 17 weeks ago

    Sodertalje 5 @ Frolunda 2
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 18/20, 2.00 GAA, .900 sv%
    Season totals: 10 GP, 1-6-0, 0 SO, 3.16 GAA, .886 sv%

    Riku wins! Riku wins! Riku wins! Lightning prospect Riku Helenius stopped 18 shots in a 5-2 victory over Vastra Frolunda to, finally, secure his first win of the season. The victory moved Sodertalje out of the Elitserien basement, two points ahead of Frolunda. Ex-Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist took the loss for Frolunda. Fellow ex-Lightning player, forward Andreas Karlsson, had a power play goal in the match for Frolunda.

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