Game Night Results

  • 23 weeks 5 days ago

    Young Lightning shy away from the moment.

    MTL-5
    TB-4 (OT)

    Montreal Leads the Series 1-0

    Anders Lindback allowed 5 goals on 44 shots for the OT Loss. Obviously the Lightning got outshot by a mile and only lost by a goal, so it's hard to complain too much about Lindback's play, but there were a couple of goals (Plekanec and Eller's goals) Lindback might want back. On the Plekanec goal, Lindback failed to get square to the shooter and was moving and on the Eller goal he got a piece but allowed it to get behind him and in. He's not the reason they lost tonight, and in fact he helped keep them in the game longer than they had any business being in the game. But, it's also fair to say he can play better, too.

    First Period
    10:09 TB Kucherov (1), (Brown, Paquette)
    10:28 MTL Plekanec (1), (Emelin, Gallagher)

    Second Period
    13:24 TB Stamkos (1), (Kostka)
    16:39 MTL Gionta (1), (Eller, Weaver)(SH)

    Third Period
    5:10 MTL Eller (1), (Gionta)
    7:11 TB Killorn (1), (Johnson)
    11:30 MTL Vanek (1), (Desharnais, Emelin)
    13:27 TB Stamkos (2), (Killorn)

    Overtime
    18:08 MTL Weise (1), (Brière, Gorges)

    Steven Stamkos was the game's second star.

    I'm kind of struggling about how to approach this one. Montreal came into this game very well prepared and with a plan to put pressure on the Lightning and on Lindback. For the most part, though, the Lightning did a decent early job of matching that intensity and they eventually manufactured the early goal by Kucherov all alone in the slot for the finish, and things were looking very rosy... for about 19 seconds. 19 seconds later Radko Gudas got undressed around the corner on the rush and Lindback allowed a semi-soft goal on the resulting shot from the left wing circle and the game was instantly tied, and the team's confidence immediately dissolved. They played the next 20 minutes of hockey scared and looking every bit a team that was terrified of the magnitude of playoff hockey. They struggled to get out of their end. They mishandled pucks. Their passing betrayed them. They gave a rash of turnovers to Montreal.

    With all that happening, Lindback managed to keep the game at 1-1 until midway through the Second Period when the Lightning started to make a bit of a push, eventually culminating in a great individual effort by Stamkos to get a 2-1 lead and the Lightning going on the PP at 16:06 of the period on a horribly undisciplined penalty by blockhead PK Subban. You had the feeling that the Lightning were about to really swing the game in their favor at that moment when Victor Hedman made a pinch that a blind man would've seen was ill advised resulting in the Gionta shorthanded breakaway goal, and the Lightning played pretty much the entire rest of the game on their heels. Their Third Period was as bad a period as I've seen them play all year and only an abnormally mortal Carey Price allowed the Lightning to stay in the game as long as they did. Also, I will say, credit to Alex Killorn who had a goal and an assist in the period and was one of the few Lightning forwards who played well (at least on the offensive end of the rink). In the end, though, Montreal simply had too much zone time and too many chances for the Lightning to overcome. They had a handful of dangerous chances in Overtime to steal the game, but that's all it would've been: a theft. They didn't deserve Game One, and in the end they didn't win Game One.

    Now, if you want a silver lining: the Lightning can't possibly play worse than they did in Game One, so they only have one direction to go, which is up. They have some ongoing injury issues with Ondrej Palat leaving the game after knee-to-knee contact with Subban, an obviously hobbled Filppula, and Bishop still out of the lineup. But, with that put aside, it seems unlikely the Lightning will play another game the rest of these playoffs with that sort of fractured structure, poor passing, and timid approach because of the magnitude of the moment. I expect them to push back in this series, and if anyone is looking for a point of reference for a young Lightning team that struggled with the moment in their first few home playoff games before figuring it out, pop in the tape of Game One and Game Two against Washington back in 2003. This kind of tepid start can certainly be overcome.

    Mike Kostka had a helper, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 23:46. He struggled a bit with the extra gear of the playoffs, to be honest, and made a couple of big mistakes on the Eller goal by failing to keep a puck in at the opposing blueline and then failing to pick up the trailer on the resulting odd-man rush. I'm interested to see if Cooper sticks with Kostka or gives Barberio a shot in Game Two.

    Cedric Paquette had a helper, 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and he was 27% on draws in 11:28. He played a very gritty playoff game and hit everything that moved. But, in the end, he wears the goat horns for abandoning Weise in front of the Lightning net on the game-winning goal in Overtime. It wasn't an athleticism issue, in this case, it was a decision making issue at a time of the year when poor decision making gets magnified ten-fold. Like Kostka, I'll be interested to see if Cooper sticks with Paquette or if he goes to the press box and brings in Pyatt or another forward. I feel bad for the young man because he played a pretty good game, otherwise.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 23 weeks 5 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    There were a few firsts in the last Syracuse Crunch home game of the season.

    Adam Erne registered his first professional goal and Joel Vermin recorded his first goal in North America, but the Crunch ultimately fell in a shootout to the Adirondack Phantoms, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

    "That was the positive from tonight, those guys scoring a goal and getting their first professional goals," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. "Joel, I thought it was a great shot -- on and off the stick real quick. And for Adam, it was the same thing. That was the positive tonight."

  • 23 weeks 5 days ago

    The score of the night, evidently.

    ADK-5
    SYR-4 (SO)

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 26 shots and 5 of 9 to convert in the penalty shot session for the Shootout Loss. Ugly stat lines all around.

    First Period
    SYR Vermin, (1), (unassisted) 6:27
    ADK Bordson, (11) (Brown, Hagg), 8:54
    ADK Holmstrom, (13) (Lauridsen), 19:46

    Second Period
    SYR Erne, (1) (Rankin), 3:25
    ADK Serratore, (1) (Goumas, Alt), 7:16

    Third Period
    SYR Connolly, (21) (Marchessault, Erne), 8:20
    SYR Rankin, (15) (Angelidis, Cote), 9:16
    ADK Hagg, (1) (Alt, Cousins), 13:05 (PP)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    ADK- Cousins, Bordson, Noebels, Whitmore, Holmstrom
    SYR- Rankin, Connolly, Richard, Gourde

    Evan Rankin and Adam Erne were the game's first and third stars. Erne had an assist to go with his first AHL goal and Joel Vermin also scored his first AHL goal in the contest.

    Syracuse remains at 1 game under .500 with 2 games remaining in the regular season.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 24 weeks 1 day ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    North Bay Battalion 3 @ Barrie Colts 2
    Battalion win best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 4-2

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
    Playoff totals: 13 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 14 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 11 GP: 3-2-5, +1, 13 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Second-seeded North Bay became the first team in the series to win a road game, eliminating the Barrie Colts in Game 6, 3-2. The Battalion led 3-1 until Barrie scored with 13 seconds left on a goal by likely top-3 pick in 2014, Aaron Ekblad. Dylan Blujus and North Bay move on to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will face top-seeded Oshawa. Jake Dotchin’s junior career is likely over for Barrie as he is eligible to play in the AHL next season. He’s got a good chance at a contract from Tampa Bay. He could join the Crunch this week for Syracuse’s final three games.

  • 24 weeks 1 day ago

    Crunch drop back below .500.

    SYR-0
    ALB-4

    ATO Charles Lavigne allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    ALB Boucher, (20) (Scarlett, Pesonen), 12:08 (PP)
    ALB Boucher, (21) (Pesonen, Timmins), 15:24
    ALB McKelvie, (9) (Zajac, Pesonen), 16:09
    ALB Scarlett, (6) (Whitney, Boucher), 18:12 (PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Syracuse is 1 game under .500 with 3 left to play in the regular season. Their last game is next Saturday at Hamilton, at which point you'd assume a few more Crunch players will join the Lightning for depth purposes during their playoff run.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 24 weeks 1 day ago

    101 reasons to be proud of their regular season.

    TB-1
    WSH-0 (SO)

    Anders Lindback stopped all 18 shots he faced and 3 of 3 shooters for the SO victory to deliver the Lightning home ice in the first round of the playoffs against Montreal. His toe save on a Backstrom 1-timer on a Third Period penalty kill was the stuff of legend. Big Anders is definitely getting hot at the right time of the year.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    TB- Carle
    WSH- NONE

    Lindback was named the first star of the game. The Lightning needed a win of any flavor to get home ice in the first round and, for the most part, they remained patient and didn't get too loose defensively trying to get the W. Washington looked like they wanted no part of the game and the Lightning dominated possession and shots (32-18), but with Holtby playing pretty well there was a chance the Lightning would start freelancing outside of their system and allow the Washington skill players to capitalize. They did not, fortunately, and Matt Carle delivered the one finish they needed to get the Lightning back to Tampa Bay on Wednesday for Game One against the Habs.

    The Lightning finish the season with 101 points. Triple digits is impressive for any team. For a team with so many prospects who established themselves at the NHL level this year, though, it's unbelievable.

    Mike Kostka had 1 hit and 3 blocked shots in 15:41 and was denied dekeing to his backhand in the penalty shot session.

    Cody Kunyk had 2 shots and 1 hit and was 20% on draws in 10:12. He nearly set up Kucherov for the winner in the Third Period off some forechecking work in the corner. First impressions: smooth skater who will work hard in the corners and along the wall. First step could use a little attention, but couldn't we all use a little first step improvement? Should be a good add for Syracuse next season.

    Cedric Paquette had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 16:19 and was 47% on draws. He nearly set up Callahan for a nice deflection goal off the rush, but there were moments you could see his lack of speed could be a vulnerability on the backcheck.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 24 weeks 2 days ago

    No. 1 Union Dutchmen 7 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
    National Championship

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 42 saves on 48 shots
    Season totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    Minnesota fell short of their sixth national championship, losing in the finals to tiny Union College, 7-4. The Gophers held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the game, but soft defensive play and ill-timed penalties did them in. Despite giving up six goals – a season high – Adam Wilcox was excellent for the Gophers (the last goal was an empty netter). As Barry Melrose said after the first period, if Wilcox was just average, the score would have been 8-2 after one period. The sixth goal was one he would have liked to have had back, however. Minnesota had pulled within a goal late in the third and Wilcox had an unscreened wrist shot go through him. At the 10-minute mark of the third he made two outstanding saves to keep it a 5-3 game.

    Wilcox’s sophomore season is over and it was special even without the national championship. With the Lightning’s depth it goal, it would seem Wilcox would return for his junior season, but one never knows. He’s certainly talented enough to succeed in professional hockey next year. Congrats to Wilcox on an outstanding season.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 24 weeks 2 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    In a game marred by many physical altercations, the Syracuse Crunch offense had a breakout performance.

    The Crunch took a three-goal lead in the first period, and continued to cruise through multiple incidents, as they topped the Toronto Marlies, 6-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    "We played a good game," said Syracuse forward Brett Connolly, who finished with four points. "I think they embarrassed themselves."

  • 24 weeks 2 days ago

    Back to .500.

    TOR-3
    SYR-6

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    SYR Angelidis, (12) (Ikonen, Connolly), 1:00 (PP)
    SYR Paradis, (6) (DiSalvatore, Angelidis), 12:33
    SYR Gourde, (6) (DiSalvatore, Connolly), 18:38 (PP)

    Second Period
    TOR Carrick, (11) (Ross), 3:29
    SYR Marchessault, (20) (Cote, Erne), 10:25
    SYR Marchessault, (21) (Connolly, Cote), 12:38 (SH)
    TOR Brennan, (23) (Ross, Carrick), 19:18

    Third Period
    TOR McKegg, (18) (Marshall, Kozun), 4:09
    SYR Connolly, (20) (Namestnikov, Ikonen), 17:17

    Jonathan Marchessault, Brett Connolly, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. New Crunch forward Henri Ikonen managed his first two AHL points on helpers to bookend the scoring for Syracuse. The 4 point night for Connolly points to him potentially providing some depth options to Tampa Bay in the playoffs as well. As I said after last night's win, this team is figuring out some of its chemistry for next season, and guys like Gourde and Marchessault finding their grooves bodes well for a bounce back next year. The team is back to .500 with 4 games left in the regular season, and if they can finish with a winning record that will be a major accomplishment considering this franchise supplied 9 prospects who became full time NHLers in Tampa Bay this season.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 24 weeks 3 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1
    Mooseheads win best-of-7 second round series, 4-1

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM, 1 Hit, 4 SOG, 11/30 FO
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 9-18-27, +7, 8 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Halifax advanced to the league semifinals with a 4-1 win Friday night in Gatineau. Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin had three more points to maintain his three-points-per-game playoff pace. The Mooseheads gave up the first goal, but had a 3-1 lead by the end of the second period. Drouin’s goal came on the power play. He extended his multi-point game streak to 12 and his point streak to 22 games. No game stars were listed. Halifax will wait to see who they play next. Only 2-seeded Halifax and top-seeded Baie-Comeau have advanced to the semifinals.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Barrie Colts 1 @ North Bay Battalion 4
    Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 3-2

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 12 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 12 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 10 GP: 3-2-5, +1, 13 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    The home team won again in the series, this time with North Bay holding serve at home vs Barrie, 4-1. Neither Lightning prospect registered a point in the game. The Battalion can close out the series with a road win in Barrie on Sunday. This is the only series still going in the AHL; Guelph, Erie, and Oshawa have all advanced to the conference finals.

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