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  • 19 weeks 4 days ago

    Lackluster Lightning still power through to set up big game in Boston.

    DAL-3
    TB-6

    Petr Budaj allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory. Strange game. Budaj got the benefit of two video replays and a quick whistle on a shot that knocked off his mask. Was he bad? No. Was he lucky? A little. It was just a bizarre contest.

    First Period
    11:27 TB Erne (2), (Gourde, Sustr)

    Second Period
    1:49 DAL Smith (3), (Lindell, Spezza)
    10:57 DAL Spezza (14), (Klingberg, Lindell)
    19:42 TB Coburn (4), (Stralman, Palat)

    Third Period
    5:43 TB Point (14), (Dotchin, Palat)
    13:27 TB Palat (17), (Drouin, Kucherov)(PP)
    14:37 TB Erne (3), (Namestnikov, Johnson)
    16:40 DAL Ritchie (15), (Lindell, Shore)
    19:58 TB Stralman (5), (unassisted)(EN)

    Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point, and Adam Erne were the game's three stars.

    I'm not going to call that a work of art, because it wasn't. The Lightning looked particularly trashy in the Second Period when they seemed like they could neither give nor receive passes cleanly. They had a lot of luck with the video replays, too. But, in the end equation, it's about survival and manufacturing ways to stay in the race. That's what the Lightning did tonight. I don't care how. They just did it.

    Tampa Bay moves to 88 points, 3 points back of Ottawa with the Senators holding a game in hand. Next up, a meeting in Boston on Tuesday night with the Spoked Satan. Win and they move within 2 points of Boston with a game in hand. Lose and the Lightning probably stay home for the postseason.

    Luke Witkowski had 3 hits and 2 blocked shots in 7:02.

    Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 17:52.

    Gabriel Dumont had 1 hit in 8:59 and was 20% on 10 draws.

    Yanni Gourde had a helper and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots in 15:06. He was also 54% on 13 draws.

    Erne had a pair of goals and was +2 with 5 shots and 2 hits in 13:36. Surprise, Dan Hamhuis! Big Erne has afterburners.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 19 weeks 5 days ago

    3-31-17: Kalamazoo Wings 7 at Florida Everblades 5
    4-01-17: Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Florida Everblades 5

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 2gp, 2-1-3, -1, 0 PIMS, 7 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 31 GP, 5-5-10, -5, 4 PIMs, 60 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 2gp, 0-4-4, E, 2 PIMS, 3 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 18 GP, 5-18-23, +10, 10 PIMs, 47 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, 2gp, 118:33 MINS, 1-1-0-0, 81/90, *THIRD STAR*
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 18-11-0-1, 3.00 GAA, 0.903 SV%, 1 SO

    F Stefan Fournier, KAL, 1gp, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMS, 0 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIMs, 4 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 32 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 97 PIMs

    F Brendan O'Donnell, FLA, 2gp, 2-4-6, +3, 0 PIMS, 8 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 58 GP, 39-38-77, +29, 35 PIMs, 229 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

    F Dalton Smith, FLA, 2gp, 0-1-1, -3, 12 PIMS, 1 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 58 GP, 10-11-21, -7, 138 PIMs, 90 SOG

    After losing to the Everblades in Estero Wednesday night, the K-Wings split the Friday/Saturday night double rematch. Nic Riopel was in net for Kalamazoo both nights, surrendering 9 goals on 90 shots in back-to-back tilts. On Friday night, Riopel stopped 51 of 55, getting the back door 3rd Star honor after feasting on 7 goals of support from his teammates to squeak out 1 win for the K-Wings in their 3-game road swing through Estero. Speaking of feasting, former Bolt prospect Brendan O'Donnell put up 2 goals and 4 assists in the 2 weekend games, totaling 3-6-9 in three games including last Wednesday night's 6-2 Florida win. Current Lightning prospect Brian Hart scored in both weekend games and recorded his first multi-point game of the season in Saturday night's 5-3 loss. Fellow prospect Cam Darcy rung up 4 assists, including 3 assists in Friday night's 7-5 victory. Kalamazoo will conclude their regular season play next weekend with a home-and-home against the Wheeling Nailers, and then turn their attention to a 1st round Kelly Cup playoff series against Central Division winner Toledo Walleye, who are likely to end the regular season as the league's best team.

  • 19 weeks 5 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    There was a serious case of deja vu at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    With the score tied after 65 minutes, the Crunch and Marlies went to a shootout. Syracuse’s shootout struggles continued, as Toronto earned a 3-2 win for a second straight night.

    The Crunch came into the weekend tied for first place in the North Division, but the Marlies now lead by two points.

    “Two teams that are giving it all on the ice, obviously,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Last night they took the lead 2-0 and we came back. Tonight we took a 2-0 lead. They came back and they found a way twice in the shootout. It’s disappointing, but I’m very proud of the two hard fought battles we gave them this weekend.”

  • 19 weeks 5 days ago

    Crunch fail to protect two goal lead in critical divisional tilt.

    TOR-3
    SYR-2 (SO)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 23 shots, stopped a PS in OT, but allowed 2 of 5 to convert in the Shootout for the loss.

    First Period
    5:06 SYR Lynch (5), (McGinn)

    Second Period
    6:58 SYR Richard (13), (McGinn, Condra)
    12:05 TOR Leipsic (15), (Moore, Findlay)(PP)

    Third Period
    6:07 TOR Gauthier (3), (Sislo, Johnsson)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    TOR- Griffith, Timashov
    SYR- Lynch

    Kevin Lynch and Michael Bournival were the game's second and third stars.

    Two identical, frustrating results in a row against the Marlies have put the Crunch down 1 point to Toronto in the race for the North Division crown. They've got the big ROW tiebreaker advantage, so the Crunch will need to beat them clean to get the title.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 19 weeks 5 days ago

    Big Goal Gourde helps Lightning salvage a life-sustaining point.

    MTL-2
    TB-1 (OT)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. He was brilliant, really. Justified the faith of the franchise by acquitting himself well in a goaltending duel with Price that he nearly won.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    14:24 MTL Danault (3), (Pacioretty)

    Third Period
    11:38 TB Gourde (4), (Hedman, Drouin)

    Overtime
    0:51 MTL Radulov (17), (Pacioretty, Danault)

    Vasilevskiy was the game's second star.

    This was a tough game for the Lightning. They looked gassed throughout a healthy portion of this one and it took a lot of character to dig deep in the Third Period and at least salvage the point. It's a shame that Kucherov couldn't quite finish his glorious OT chance, but the Lightning have nothing to feel ashamed of and they've got 2 more critical points to chase tomorrow night when Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson possibly return to the lineup.

    It's pretty simple math now. At the start of the season, we always talk about pursuing that magic 96 points to make the playoffs safely. Well, the Lightning must now win out to hit 96 points on the nose. They might have 1 more point worth of margin for error, but they likely can't afford a regulation loss the rest of the way. Right now Ottawa is looking like the most realistic target for the Lightning to run down and get into the dance, with Boston and Toronto refusing to fade. The Lightning are 5 points back of Ottawa with both teams having 5 more games left to play. They're also 4 points back of Boston with a game in hand and a head-to-head still on the docket, but the ROW tiebreaker heavily favors the Bruins.

    Luke Witkowski had 2 hits and 2 blocked shots in 12:14.

    Gregg McKegg had 2 penalty minutes in 8:46.

    Jake Dotchin had 2 shots and 4 hits in 17:50.

    Gabriel Dumont had 2 hits in 9:19.

    Yanni Gourde had the big goal and was +1 with 2 shots in 14:20. He was also 40% on 10 draws.

    Adam Erne had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:44.

    Joel Vermin was +1 with 1 shot in 10:32.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 19 weeks 6 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch rallied in the second period, but their shootout struggles continued in a battle of the top teams in the North Division.

    The Crunch got a pair of goals from unlikely sources to tie the score in the middle frame but couldn’t find the game-winner in the third period, overtime or shootout, as Syracuse fell to Toronto, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The Crunch have 80 points, one point behind the Marlies.

    “I think they came out strong again,” Crunch captain Erik Condra said. “We pushed back and came back on a pretty good team and got a point out of it.”

  • 19 weeks 6 days ago

    Crunch lose a key divisional point in the Shootout.

    TOR-3
    SYR-2 (SO)

    Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 33 shots before conceding to 1 of 2 in the penalty shot session for the loss in the Shootout. McKenna is finally settling into Syracuse nicely, as he's now starting to regularly put in quality starts.

    First Period
    7:41 TOR Griffith (9), (O'Reilly, Rychel)(PP)
    16:21 TOR Leipsic (14), (Moore)

    Second Period
    12:16 SYR Thomas (3), (Condra, Masin)
    15:20 SYR Racine (1), (unassisted)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    TOR- Griffith
    SYR- NONE

    Mike McKenna and Ben Thomas were the game's first and second stars. Thomas continues a very respectable rookie season where he's compiled 19 points in 64 games. It's not a staggering stat line, but for a guy who came into the club with some middling numbers (and that's being kind) out of junior, he's really set himself nicely as one to watch the next couple of seasons.

    Toronto pulls 1 point ahead of Syracuse in the North Division by virtue of the extra point in the penalty shot session.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 20 weeks 10 hours ago

    Even with Kucherov out ill, the Lightning keep their playoff hopes healthy.

    DET-3
    TB-5

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    4:22 DET Nielsen (15), (Helm)
    18:58 TB Brown (3), (Dumont)

    Second Period
    2:22 TB Sustr (3), (Palat)
    12:46 DET DeKeyser (4) (Tatar, Zetterberg)
    16:13 TB Killorn (18), (unassisted)(PP)
    18:04 TB Drouin (21), (Hedman, Point)(PP)

    Third Period
    6:03 TB Gourde (3), (Palat, Sustr)
    8:18 DET Green (13), (Nielsen, Larkin)(PP)

    Andrej Sustr, Alex Killorn, and J.T. Brown were the game's three stars. If you picked those three as the opening three goal scorers tonight, I salute you on hitting the million to one trifecta.

    With Nikita Kucherov out of the lineup sick, the Lightning cobbled an important victory out of duct tape, bailing wire, spit, and guile.

    Luke Witkowski was +1 with 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:28.

    Gregg McKegg was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

    Jake Dotchin was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 17:22.

    Gabriel Dumont had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot. He was also 73% on 11 draws.

    Yanni Gourde had a goal and was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 22:44. He was also 25% on 8 draws. Yanni Gourde with 22:44 of ice time in a must-win game down the stretch of the regular season. We live in interesting times.

    Adam Erne was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 10:12.

    Joel Vermin had 1 shot in 9:16.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 20 weeks 1 day ago

    Roller coaster goes back up.

    SYR-6
    BNG-1

    Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the win, making that 2 quality starts in his last 3 outings, by my count. Getting better.

    First Period
    7:06 BNG Akeson (19), (White, Nehring)(PP)

    Second Period
    1:02 SYR Peca (11), (Taormina, Thomas)
    2:22 SYR Kurtz (4), (Taormina)
    15:31 SYR Bournival (7), (unassisted)

    Third Period
    0:31 SYR Condra (13), (Brodeur, Koekkoek)
    10:07 SYR Lynch (4), (Brodeur, Koekkoek)
    19:17 SYR Hajek (1), (Richard)

    Matt Taormina, Slater Koekkoek, and Mathieu Broduer were the game's three stars, as the Crunch D showed out tonight. That included Libor Hajek notching his first pro goal, as well.

    Syracuse moves back into a tie with the Toronto Marlies at 79 points atop the North Division, with Toronto holding a 4 game lead in ROW for the tiebreaker.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 20 weeks 1 day ago

    Kalamazoo Wings 2 at Florida Everblades 6

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 29 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 4 PIMs, 53 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIMS, 2 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 16 GP, 5-14-19, +10, 8 PIMs, 44 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
    Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-10-0-1, 2.89 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

    F Brendan O'Donnell, FLA, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG, *2nd Star*
    Season Totals (ECHL): 56 GP, 37-34-71, +26, 35 PIMs, 221 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

    F Dalton Smith, FLA, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIMS, 1 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 56 GP, 10-10-20, -4, 126 PIMs, 89 SOG

    The K-Wings rolled into Estero Wednesday night for the first of three games against the former Lightning affiliate Florida Everblades, but quickly discovered there was no welcome mat out at the Germain Center for the visiting team. The Everblades peppered Joel Martin with 37 shots and 6 goals, en route to clinching the South Division title, guaranteeing home ice for Florida through the first two rounds of the Kelly Cup playoffs. Former Bolt prospect Brendan O'Donnell, the ECHL's current goal scoring leader, scored the game's opening marker less than 2 minutes into the contest, and then added a couple more assists as he earned 2nd star honors on the night. For Cam Darcy, it was just his 2nd game in 16 for the K-Wings in which he did not register a point. Kalamazoo now sits 6 points back of Quad Cities for 3rd in the Central Division, with this road series against the Everblades continuing Friday and Saturday nights.

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