Game Night Results

  • 10 weeks 4 days ago

    Grumpy Lightning punish Wings.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game Two

    DET-1
    TB-5

    Series Tied 1-1

    Ben Bishop allowed just 1 goal on 24 shots for his first NHL playoff victory, and the lone goal he surrendered was a goofy goal that ping ponged off two defenders before bouncing in off Tatar's shin pads. I'm not surprised he had a bounce-back performance, because Ben hasn't had two poor performances in a row all season long that I can recall. I am relieved, though, that he put the whole playoff stigma thing to bed, and now we can settle into the grind of the second season.

    First Period
    3:05 TB Johnson (1), (Nesterov, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    7:56 TB Killorn (1), (Callahan, Stamkos)
    14:48 TB Sustr (1), (Filppula, Namestnikov)
    19:22 TB Johnson (2), (Hedman)

    Third Period
    5:49 DET Tatar (1), (Quincey, Nyquist)
    15:26 TB Filppula (1), (Stamkos, Nesterov)(PP)

    Tyler Johnson, Victor Hedman, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars.

    Tampa Bay showed up to the rink in a must-win situation with ill humor, and they imposed their will on Detroit physically throughout the game. Callahan, Morrow, and several others laid the lumber to the Wings defense, Stamkos and Killorn and others still participated in multiple scrums in the First and Second Period, and the Lightning rode that energy to a critical win that killed any notion that this season will be a repeat of last year's debacle against Montreal.

    In the end, the Lightning outshot Detroit 30-24. Hockey-wise, the Lightning didn't actually play as well as they did in Game One and Detroit played much better than they did in the opener, leveraging much more possession. But, the edge that they folded into their game today seemed to really knock Detroit out of their antiseptic approach to locking down and clearing out pucks from around Mrazek (and later Howard), with the Lightning finally getting some greasy goals of their own, starting with Johnson's power play marker.

    In the process, I think the Lightning squashed just about every other kernel of doubt the press might want to waste ink on between now and Tuesday. Bishop obviously put to bed any doubts about his play. The myth of Petr Mrazek's invincibility was destroyed with 4 goals on 18 shots, and they showed Howard isn't a better option cashing in on an ugly rebound for a goal. The power play clicked to the tune of 2-for-4 in the game, trending upward to respectability from the 0-for-7 performance in Game One. Other than Stamkos picking up his first goal of the series, I can't think of any other boxes the Lightning didn't check tonight. And, there's clearly another gear the Lightning can go to. I thought there were times their puck management was lackluster, and they still have Jason Garrison in the wings waiting to return in Game Three. In other words, I'd be a little terrified if I were Detroit that Tampa Bay hasn't even hit its top gear yet.

    Now, the Lightning need to shake off the good feelings of the first playoff victory quickly and refocus on the opportunity at hand coming on Tuesday. Another strong game in Detroit in Game Three, and I think there's a legitimate chance Tampa Bay could run the Wings straight out of this series. It's hard to imagine Detroit's going to be able to last long in this series averaging 20 shots a game against Bishop with all the firepower the Lightning bring to the rink and Mrazek and Howard both looking mortal today.

    Nikita Nesterov had a pair of helpers and 3 blocked shots in 18:49. He's clearly earned his ticket to stay in the lineup with 3 points in his first couple of NHL playoff games. Really, other than a couple of turnovers by Coburn, I'm hard pressed to muster much negativity at how any of the Lightning defensemen played today, and you even saw Sustr get a goal and nearly pot a second. It leaves me to wonder if, presuming Garrison goes in Game Three, the Lightning will go with 7 d-men next time out.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 10 weeks 5 days ago

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    East-3 Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ East-2 Calgary Hitmen 4 (2OT)
    Calgary wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

    Calgary advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 4-3 double-overtime win Friday night. The Hitmen scored on their ninth shot of the second extra session and led in shots overall, 58-55. Calgary’s Jake Virtanen (Canucks) tied the game in the final minute of regulation with a power play goal. Travis Sanheim (Flyers) won it. Calgary gets top-seeded Brandon in the conference finals.

  • 10 weeks 5 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Despite having a two goal lead early in the third period, the Syracuse Crunch couldn't hold on.

    The Flames scored twice in the final 14 minutes of regulation and Ken Agostino netted the game-winner 39 seconds into overtime, as Adirondack beat Syracuse, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    "We lack the discipline to play a tighter game late in the third period," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "They wanted to open up and we seemed like we wanted to go right along with that ride and open it up a little bit. Instead of clamping down and making smart plays throughout he neutral zone, we failed to do that."

  • 10 weeks 5 days ago

    Snake bitten and still struggling.

    ADK-5
    SYR-4 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the OT loss. After getting his save percentage up as high as .906, Gudlevskis' recent struggles have dropped him back down to the goaltending Mendoza line of .900.

    First Period
    SYR Vermin, (12) (Peca, Koekkoek), 4:39
    ADK Poirier, (18) , Reinhart, 19:16

    Second Period
    SYR Point, (2) (Marchessault, Kunyk), 0:47
    SYR Gourde, (29) (Point, Ikonen), 4:52
    ADK Yonkman, (2) (Tousignant, Harris), 16:24

    Third Period
    SYR Marchessault, (24) (Dotchin, Peca), 3:29
    ADK Wolf, (20) (Kulak), 13:43
    ADK Elson, (17) , 16:31

    Overtime
    ADK Agostino, (14) (Kulak, Arnold), 0:39

    Jonathan Marchessault and Brayden Point were the game's first and third stars. Throw in that Matthew Peca had his first multi-point night as a pro, and you had a hat trick of important Lightning forward prospects producing. Therein lies the silver lining of tonight's loss: the offense is starting to come around, finally. That doesn't take all the sting out of coughing up a pair of 2 goal leads, but it's something.

    Syracuse sits 2 points behind Hartford for the division lead, which will yield the East #3 seed in the playoffs.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 10 weeks 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Quarterfinals

    QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2
    Quebec wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 1/5 FO, 2 Hits
    Playoff totals: 11 GP, 11-3-14, +4, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Quebec completed the four-game sweep of the Islanders, winning 5-2 Thursday night on PEI. The Remparts have now won five straight games since losing Game 6 to Cape Breton in the first round. Adam Erne’s five-game goal streak came to an end, though he had an assist. The Remparts will wait to see who they play next; the other three series are still going.

  • 10 weeks 6 days ago

    Done in by a softie.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game One

    DET-3
    TB-2

    Detroit Leads the Series 1-0

    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 14 shots for the loss. What an ugly stat line. Only one of the goals was soft, but as they often are, a soft goal ended up being the margin in the game. Bishop's got a lot to prove, as tonight was his first NHL playoff debut. The good news, I suppose, is that Bishop hasn't wet the bed in two straight games all season long. So, I'd expect his best next time out.

    First Period
    9:03 DET Datsyuk (1), (Quincey, Helm)
    14:31 TB Boyle (1), (unassisted)(SH)

    Second Period
    0:08 DET Datsyuk (2), (Helm)(PP)

    Third Period
    5:50 DET Glendening (1), (unassisted)(SH)
    8:26 TB Nesterov (1), (Callahan, Killorn)

    Brian Boyle was the game's third star.

    The Lightning probably deserved better in this game, outshooting Detroit 46-14. Their speed earned them a lot of possession on the forecheck and nearly a half dozen odd man rushes in the game, but they struggled to convert and they didn't get much puck luck on second opportunities despite the amount of rubber they threw Mrazek's way. I'd expect the Lightning get the tape of this game and decipher one or two subtle changes to their approach that may yield them a little more success on that front. From a confidence standpoint, though, after what happened last year against Montreal, this team desperately needs to get Game Two.

    The power play needs to not go 0-for-7. It didn't look terrible, but they need to get the payoff if the Wings are going to keep taking infractions.

    The stats say Hedman and Stamkos had a much better game than the eye test indicated, so I will refrain from giving my "best players need to be best players" speech for not. If Stammer keeps getting 8 shots on goal a night, I like his chances of getting a breakthrough sooner rather than later, and Hedman had his moments, although I believe he has another gear above the one he showed tonight, to be sure.

    Nikita Nesterov had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots and 3 hits in 17:01. I thought he was one of the 2-3 best d-men on the Lightning tonight along with Coburn and Stralman.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 10 weeks 6 days ago

    Sinking ship.

    SYR-2
    ALB-6

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 6 goals on 24 shots. Ugly.

    First Period
    SYR Gourde, (28) , 3:41
    ALB Whitney, (21) (Lorito, Scarlett), 16:51

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    ALB Helgeson, (2) (Whitney, Lorito), 1:03
    ALB Thomson, (8) , 1:57
    ALB Whitney, (22) (Burlon, Lorito), 7:33 (PP)
    ALB Lorito, (3) (Sislo, Scarlett), 13:30 (PP)
    ALB Matteau, (11) (Lorito, Hrabarenka), 16:16
    SYR Richard, (13) (Ashton), 18:52 (PP)

    The team just dissolved in the Third Period. What a catastrophe.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 11 weeks 17 hours ago

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    East-3 Calgary Hitmen 3 @ East-2 Medicine Hat Tigers 2 (OT)
    Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

    Calgary was outshot 36-21 but won the game on the scoreboard with a 3-2 overtime win. The Hitmen were outshot 6-0 in overtime before their first shot went in. Rookie Jordy Stallard scored the game-winner, his third of the playoffs. He had six goals all year. The Hitmen, who were 1 for 2 on penalty shots in Game 4, can close out the series on Friday at home.

  • 11 weeks 1 day ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Quarterfinals

    QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2
    Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/7 FO, 1 Hit
    Playoff totals: 10 GP, 11-2-13, +3, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Adam Erne extended his goal-scoring streak to five games with a second period marker as the Quebec Remparts moved to within one win of eliminating the Charlottetown Islanders in their QMJHL quarterfinal series. Erne came into the game with at least two goals in his last four games played. After struggling against Cape Breton in the opening round, the Remparts seem to have found their groove. They can eliminate the Islanders Thursday.

    Ontario Hockey League
    Western Conference Semifinals

    West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ West-4 Guelph Storm 2
    Sault Ste. Marie wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

    D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-14-14, +12, 10 PIM
    With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
    With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

    Guelph managed to stay within a goal of the Soo on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to win the game or extend the series as the Greyhounds completed the sweep, 3-2. The Storm were down 3-0 in the game before climbing back to 3-2 on a shorthanded goal early in the third period. That was as close as they came. The Soo now moves on to take on Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters in the Western Conference Finals. The Otters swept the London Knights, 4-0, and are 8-1 overall in the playoffs. Sault Ste. Marie is 8-0. This one will be a doozy. On the other side of the bracket, Oshawa is up 2-1 on Niagara and North Bay leads Barrie, 2-1. The much-anticipated Erie-Soo match-up may not get started for a while, but should be worth the wait.

  • 11 weeks 2 days ago

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    East-2 Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 5
    Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
    2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

    Calgary won a coveted odd-numbered game in the series to take a 2-1 series lead on Medicine Hat. The Hitmen were down 2-0 early, but had a three-goal lead entering the third period at 5-2. They had to hang on to put away the Tigers, 5-4. The Tigers outshot the Hitmen 12-2 in the third period. Game 4 is in Medicine Hat Wednesday.

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