Game Night Results

  • 20 weeks 2 days ago

    Providence Friars 4 vs Boston University Terriers 3
    National Championship

    D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM
    2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

    Providence won its first national championship with a 4-3 win over John MacLeod and the Terriers in the final of the Frozen Four Saturday. The Friars were down 2-1 and 3-2 in the game before coming back to win, aided by an odd goal where BU goaltender Matt O’Conner dropped the puck between his legs and accidentally kicked it into his net. MacLeod took an interference penalty with the Terriers up 2-1 and Providence scored with a few seconds remaining in the power play to tie the game at 2. MacLeod finishes a fine freshman season with nine points and a plus-19 rating. He’ll be a big part of BU moving ahead, likely without project No. 2 overall pick Jack Eichel.

  • 20 weeks 3 days ago

    A brief moment of sweet schadenfreude before the bullets fly for real next week.

    TB-3
    BOS-2 (SO)

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 38 shots and stopped all 3 shooters in the penalty shot session for the SO victory. He was sharp as a samurai sword tonight. That's good to see heading into the playoffs.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    5:08 TB Marchessault (1), (unassisted)
    6:00 BOS Eriksson (22), (Kelly, Seidenberg)

    Third Period
    5:12 TB Nesterov (3), (Carle, Marchessault)
    18:54 BOS Marchand (24), (Krug, Krejci)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    BOS- NONE
    TB- Hedman

    Jonathan Marchessault, Bishop, and Nikita Nesterov were the game's three stars.

    Boston played the bulk of this game very desperate and very hungry, and the Lightning held back a lot of their injured players to rest with a view toward the playoffs starting next week. The shot deficit (38-25) and possession advantage Boston had reflects that they were the team that had more to play for (up until halfway through the Third Period when Pittsburgh put the last shovel-full of dirt on their graves). With that said, I give credit to the Lightning for matching Boston's intensity level and physicality, even though they didn't have the same urgency stalking them. They hustled. They scrapped. They got sticks and bodies in passing and shooting lanes. They manufactured a win. They'll have to do that a few times when they don't have their A-game in the playoffs coming up.

    Tampa Bay gets Detroit in the First Round. I'm not scared of the matchup. If the Lightning play their game, they can beat Detroit. Handily. Time to start burying the memories of last April.

    Marchessault had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +2 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 11:20. His goal was a beauty of a shot from the RW faceoff circle, and he was dangerous offensively in his TOI. He had at least one issue hanging in physically to get a puck out at his own blueline, but more good than bad. He's in a rough spot given how deep this organization is, but he's definitely knocking on the door of being an NHLer.

    Luke Witkowski was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 8 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:14. He was one of the tone setters physically, and he darn near sawed McQuaid in half on one hit in this game. He even had a pretty fancy rush late in the game to nearly get the winner. Thought we were looking at Luke Witk-Orr for a minute. I suspect he'll head back to Syracuse now with Marchessault and bolster the Crunch's division title and playoff hopes.

    Nesterov had a goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 19:39. NBCSN's broadcasters gushed about Nesterov's offensive assertiveness all game, and rightfully so. He's a classic pace-pushing offensive defenseman who comes out ahead on the ledger because he helps create way more chances than he surrenders. Yes, he got beat physically out of the corner by Marchand on one play in the First Period and had to take a minor. Yes, there's a turnover here and there. But, he comes out way ahead on the ledger, overall. Garrison, Sustr, and Coburn are all slated to return at some point in the opening round against Detroit. I'm not sure Nesterov sits, though. I think he may have earned a look-see in playoff action, a la Paquette last year, and maybe a guy like Barberio or Sustr sits instead.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

    P.S. Kick rocks, Jack Edwards.

  • 20 weeks 3 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    One night after a come-from-behind win, the Syracuse Crunch just didn't have the same third period magic.

    The Crunch, who scored three unanswered goals to top the Sound Tigers in overtime Friday, controlled play throughout most of the first period but went into the intermission trailing by one. Springfield turned the tables in the second and Syracuse's comeback fell short, as the Crunch lost to the Falcons, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    "I thought we started the game really well," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "I thought we were skating and generating a lot of chances in the first. In the second, they flipped it on us, and they had most of the momentum and were creating chances. In the third, we held play in their end but weren't generating any chances. For whatever reason there were opportunities but they didn't turn into good scoring chances for us."

  • 20 weeks 3 days ago

    Division title in peril.

    SPR-3
    SYR-1

    Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss in his professional debut.

    First Period
    SYR Blujus, (3) (Martindale, Gourde), 11:21 (PP)
    SPR Tynan, (12) (Pinkston, Vogelhuber), 14:05
    SPR Anderson, (7) (Milano, St. Denis), 18:01

    Second Period
    SPR Tynan, (13) (Collins, Milano), 12:05 (PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Dylan Blujus was the game's third star.

    It wasn't surprising the team struggled to score with Jonathan Marchessault on emergency recall to Tampa with Jonathan Drouin under the weather. Losing Marchessault essentially guts the Crunch of the engine that makes their offense go. The good news is Drouin and a slew of other injured Lightning players will be back when the playoffs start next week, so I would expect Marchessault and Witkowski, at a minimum, to be back with the Crunch for the rest of their run this year.

    Syracuse's lead in the division slipped to 2 points over Hartford with the loss.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 20 weeks 3 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    Quarterfinals

    QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 7
    Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits, *First Star*
    Playoff totals: 8 GP, 8-2-10, +2, 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, our reigning Prospect of the Week, scored two goals for the third game in a row, leading the Remparts to a 7-2 Game 1 win over visiting Charlottetown. The Islanders are coached by former Lightning player Gordie Dwyer, who saw his team get down 6-0 by the end of the second period. Charlottetown beat out Cam Darcy and Sherbrooke 4-2 in the first round. Game 2 between the Islanders and Remparts is Sunday in Quebec City.

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    East-3 Calgary Hitmen 3 @ East-2 Medicine Hat Tigers 1
    Calgary leads best-of-7, 1-0

    D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
    Playoff totals: 8 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

    The Hitmen stole home ice advantage from the Tigers, winning Game 1 in Medicine Hat, 3-1. Calgary only mustered 14 shots on goal compared to 34 for Medicine Hat, but it was enough. Game 2 is Sunday.

  • 20 weeks 4 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Jonathan Marchessault netted a goal in the first minute and provided the offensive spark late.

    The forward had a hand in every goal and the Crunch scored three unanswered goals after the second intermission, as Syracuse rallied past the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-3, in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    "I thought he was the best player on the ice, in fact it wasn't even close in my mind," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler of Marchessault, who finished with a goal and three assists. "He competed, he was really good offensively, he competed defensively, and he was the difference for us."

  • 20 weeks 4 days ago

    Comeback Crunch snap the streak.

    BRI-3
    SYR-4 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the OT victory.

    First Period
    SYR Marchessault, (23) , 0:57
    BRI Quine, (21) (Pulock, Jeffrey), 11:54 (PP)

    Second Period
    BRI Langkow, (8) (Jeffrey, Quine), 14:12
    BRI Gillies, (5) (Ness, Sundstrom), 17:31

    Third Period
    SYR Kunyk, (10) (Marchessault, Martindale), 0:26
    SYR Point, (1) (Marchessault, Martindale), 3:43 (PP)

    Overtime
    SYR Martindale, (16) (Marchessault, Blujus), 3:17 (PP)

    Jonathan Marchessault, Ryan Martindale, and Slater Koekkoek were the game's three stars.

    Brayden Point scored his first pro goal in the contest to tie the game early in the Third Period.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 20 weeks 5 days ago

    North Dakota 3 vs Boston University Terriers 5
    National Semifinals

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 40 GP, 13-8-21, +9, 35 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

    D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 34 GP, 2-7-9, +18, 48 PIM
    2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

    Lightning prospect John MacLeod will play for the national championship against Providence College on Saturday after his Boston University Terriers beat Brendan O’Donnell and North Dakota, 5-3, Thursday. BU had a 4-1 lead at one point before UND came fighting back to make it 4-3 with just over three minutes to play. O’Donnell had an assist on UND’s third goal. All-everything prospect Jack Eichel, who scored the game’s first goal, sealed the game with an empty netter with 19 seconds left.

    While MacLeod, a freshman, is just beginning his college career, tonight was the final game for O’Donnell, a UND senior. He finished his final year with a career-high 21 points, matching his jersey number. O’Donnell is a prime candidate for a contract with the Lightning in the coming days, much like Matt Peca, Adam Wilcox, and Cameron Darcy before him. He could at least join AHL Syracuse on an AHL contract.

  • 20 weeks 5 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League
    Western Conference Semifinals

    West-4 Guelph Storm 3 @ West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 9
    Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

    [i]D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +4, 2 PIM]
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-12-12, +10, 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 came out of the first two games of their series with the Soo with seven goals scored. Not too bad … until you consider the Greyhounds scored 16. Sheldon Keefe’s team scored on nine of 52 shots Thursday night to defeat the Storm, 9-3, and take a 2-0 series lead. Anthony DeAngelo had two more assists to add to his postseason totals, giving him 12 in six games. Game 3 is Sunday in Guelph.

  • 20 weeks 5 days ago

    Down to the wire.

    NJ-3
    TB-4 (OT)

    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the OT victory. The stat line was ugly, but the Devils got some puck luck in this game, and Ben made the toe save of the game on Cammalleri late in the Third to keep the Lightning alive.

    First Period
    5:06 NJ Bernier (15), (Henrique, Gomez)(PP)
    6:26 TB Johnson (28), (Kucherov, Palat)
    9:13 TB Nesterov (2), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    10:17 NJ Elias (13), (Gionta)
    17:42 TB Stamkos (43), (Palat, Hedman)(PP)
    17:58 NJ Bernier (16), (Henrique, Gomez)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    1:22 TB Johnson (29), (Kucherov, Palat)(PP)

    Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and third stars.

    Honestly, I wasn't that upset with the effort, even though it took OT for the Lightning to dispose of New Jersey. The Devils got some favorable bounces on blocked shots, etc., but for the most part the Lightning controlled this game, outshooting their opponent 31-24. My only disappointment was the mental let downs after goals scored, but that's correctable. The bright side was that the power play went 3-for-8 and continues to pile up some goals over the last couple of weeks. If the Lightning can muster a power play in the playoffs, they may be unbeatable. That's a big if, mind you.

    Unfortunately, Montreal beat Detroit in OT, so Montreal would have to lose in regulation in their finale against Toronto for the Lightning to have a chance to take the Atlantic Division. If they win the division, they could face Ottawa, Pittsburgh, or the Islanders in the first round. Should Tampa Bay stay in the Atlantic second seed spot, which is more likely, they'll probably get Detroit, although Ottawa could still nudge past the Wings at the tape.

    The Lightning's finale is a tantalizing opportunity to give a team they've traditionally had difficulty with an early trip to the golf course. Boston lost to Florida tonight, so they cannot get into the Atlantic three seed, and any type of loss, regulation or OT, and Boston is done like dinner. My 2 cents: the Lightning should relish this opportunity to put Boston away now rather than potentially having to do it in some sort of 7 game series somewhere down the line. Put them into an early grave, I say.

    Luke Witkowski was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots. He looks ticketed for a return to Syracuse with Andrej Sustr on track to possibly return for the Boston tilt. I'm thinking Luke's experience from this callup will allow him to focus his offseason attention on sharpening up some aspects of his game like handling and distributing the puck that he could get even more efficient at in order to become a regular NHLer. He's not quite there yet, but he's not a glaring liability, either. That next step's got to come, and I think it comes in the form of being a little bit less of a "hot potato" guy on the puck.

    Nikita Nesterov had a goal and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 19:06. He changes the complexion of the Lightning's second PP unit with his shoot-first mentality, and the experience he's gained with the Lightning's injury issues will only benefit the squad in the form of reliable depth when other injuries happen in the playoffs. It's nice to know Nesterov can step up and play some quality minutes if necessary.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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