Game Night Results

  • 3 weeks 5 days ago

    KalPa 4 vs. SaiPa 2
    Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 25 GP, 4-6-10, +8, 14 PIM

    Jonne Tammela assisted on the eventual game winner for KalPa in their 4-2 win over SaiPa. He played 17:19 in the contest. Ex-Leafs pick Chad Rau had a goal in defeat for SaiPa.

  • 3 weeks 5 days ago

    Magnitogorsk 5 vs. Dinamo Minsk 1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
    Season totals: 42 GP, 20-13-7, 2 SO, 2.20 GAA, .923 sv%

    Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 3 points to lead Magnitogorsk to a 5-1 pasting of Minsk. Ex-NHLer Alexander Semin also had a goal in the victory for Magnitka, which was Vasily Koshechkin's 20th of the season.

    Ufa 1 vs. Novgorod 3
    Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 40 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 61 PIM

    Carter Ashton had minors for interference, roughing, and high sticking in 18:06 of ice time as Novgorod defeated Ufa 3-1. Ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov had 2 helpers in the win.

    St. Petersburg 3 vs. Bratislava 2
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals (St. Petersburg): 22 GP, 9-14-23, +5, 2 PIM
    Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 45 GP, 16-21-37, +11, 6 PIM

    Nikita Gusev returned to the lineup after one game out and had a helper in 15:32 of ice time in SKA's 3-2 win over Bratislava. The helper puts Gusev at 37 points for the season, which matches his point production from last season (21-16-37) in 10 less games. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had a goal in defeat for Slovan.

  • 3 weeks 5 days ago

    Lightning get right against defensively terrible Avs.


    Ben Bishop stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout and the issuance of some good old U of Maine Justice. He had very little work to do, but when the need came to make 2-3 10 bell saves, he made them, and therefore made the Lightning's work very easy tonight.

    First Period
    10:29 TB Palat (3), (Hedman, Killorn)

    Second Period
    1:39 TB Stamkos (19), (Namestnikov, Palat)
    5:16 TB Stamkos (20), (Palat, Namestnikov)

    Third Period
    11:55 TB Johnson (5), (Hedman, Kucherov)

    Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat, and Ben Bishop were the game's three stars.

    After a clunker in Calgary to start this road trip, the Lightning successfully manufactured a couple of wins in Edmonton and Vancouver, and tonight they were finally able to put together a full 60 minute effort that looked like an elite level team ready to go on a run. I don't want to overstate it because I think Colorado is dreadful at 5-on-5 and their PP is the only thing of much value, but the Lightning made the Avs look like a glorified Junior A team tonight. They outshot the Avs 38-21, outchanced them by an even wider margin, and just generally never looked all that threatened. That was ruthlessly efficient and what just about every coach dreams about: build a 3-0 lead at the Second Intermission and cruise to the shutout victory with a detail-minded Third Period. It was impressive, and if you're an optimist, tonight would point to the logical fusion of the offensive firepower the team had last season and the more defensively responsible style they've had to learn so far this season just to stay afloat. Put together, it could be a terrifying brew.

    Headlining the win was a pair of goals for Stamkos set up by Palat and Namestnikov as that line has started to gel. It's a good group, because Palat and Namestnikov have the skill to threaten a team on their own, which allows Stamkos to lay in the weeds and find open pockets of ice to snipe from. When you add in Palat's strength and puck retrieval ability, it's a good mix. It was also good to see Johnson get a goal, as he's the next one who needs to get on track if the Lightning are truly going to go on a run the second half of the year.

    Through 3 games of Segment Five of the season, the Lightning have collected 6 points. They're playing themselves into a good position to dig themselves out of the hole they're in for the season. I still implore you to avoid getting too happy about the Lightning rising up the Wild Card standings because there's still a ton of work to do. But, after these past 3 games, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Nikita Nesterov was +2 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:39.

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  • 4 weeks 1 hour ago

    Yaroslavl 3 vs. Novgorod 0
    Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 39 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 55 PIM

    Carter Ashton had a minor for tripping in 15:27 in Novgorod's 3-0 loss to Yaroslavl. Goaltender Alexei Murygin stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout.

    St. Petersburg 5 vs. Zagreb 3
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, DNP
    Season totals (St. Petersburg): 21 GP, 9-13-22, +3, 2 PIM
    Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 44 GP, 16-20-36, +9, 6 PIM

    Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had 3 assists in SKA's 5-3 victory over Zagreb. Former Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in defeat for Zagreb.

  • 4 weeks 20 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

    W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play (suspended)
    Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

    W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season totals: 37 GP, 20-22-42, +15, 41 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

    Joseph matched last year’s point total in 12 fewer games.

    Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 2

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season totals: 35 GP, 26-27-53, +4, 44 PIM
    2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

    Dennis Yan had a goal and an assist as Shawinigan completed a weekend sweep of the Volts.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Oshawa Generals 2

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 36 GP, 15-20-35, +22, 53 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

    C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/23 FO
    Season totals: 36 GP, 11-21-32, -10 19 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

    DiGiacinto was scoreless, but Windsor scored a 4-2 road wins over the Gens. The Spits are six points up on Sarnia for the West Division lead. Oshawa is fourth in the East Division, ahead of just Hamilton.

    Western Hockey League

    Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 3

    C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 21 GP, 19-28-47, +11, 10 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

    The WHL trade deadline came and went and Point remained a member of the Moose Jaw Warriors. He was thought to be on the block, but with a monumental return. Not many trades were made on Sunday around the league as a lot of teams are still in playoff races. Point will finish his junior career in Moose Jaw.

  • 4 weeks 23 hours ago

    Drouinsanity weekend ends with Syracuse collecting 4 of 6 points.


    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, and was likely the margin in the contest today. He left the game Friday after feeling ill, but evidently got enough Vitamin C in the time between then and tonight.

    First Period
    SYR Tambellini, (16) (Peca), 1:31

    Second Period

    Third Period
    SYR Ikonen, (2) (Peca, Taormina), 2:27
    RCH Akeson, (7) (Leduc, Pysyk), 9:44 (PP)

    Gudlevskis, Henri Ikonen, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

    It was a quiet night for Drouin as Syracuse, in general, struggled a bit offensively. They were outshot 29-22 on the night, but still pulled out the win.

    The win allowed Syracuse to move up into 4th in the North Division, leapfrogging over both Rochester and the Utica Comets.

    Box score from

  • 4 weeks 1 day ago

    Novosibirsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 6
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 27/29, 2.01 GAA, .931 sv%
    Season totals: 41 GP, 19-13-7, 2 SO, 2.23 GAA, .922 sv%

    Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 4 assists for Magnitka in their 6-2 win over Novosibirsk. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had 1 goal in the victory.

  • 4 weeks 1 day ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2

    W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play (suspended)
    Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

    W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season totals: 36 GP, 20-20-40, +16, 41 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

    Joseph was back on the scoresheet after his 12-game point streak was snapped last game. He has at least a point in 27 of his 36 games.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Barrie Colts 3

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
    Season totals: 35 GP, 15-20-35, +23, 53 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

    Team Canada WJC goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (Devils) stopped 32 of 33 shots for Barrie.

    Hamilton Bulldogs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 7

    D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 30 GP, 4-10-14, +20, 28 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

    D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 40 GP, 3-16-19, E, 31 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

    Masin returned from his duties as captain of the Czech Republic at World Juniors to score his fourth goal of the season and help the Petes to a 7-2 win over the visiting Bulldogs.

    Sarnia Sting 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 4 (SO)

    W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 12/17 FO, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 11 GP, 8-6-14, +4, 6 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

    Stephens had a goal and two assists in his second game back from World Juniors, but had his shootout attempt saved in Sarnia’s 6-5 shootout win. First rounders Travis Konecny (Flyers) and Pavel Zacha (Devils) scored in the shootout for Steven Stamkos’ OHL alma mater after they were held scoreless in regulation.

    Western Hockey League

    Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

    C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM, *First Star*
    Season totals: 20 GP, 19-27-46, +10, 10 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

    Point made his return from captaining Canada at World Juniors and promptly earned first star honors in a home win over Saskatoon. Due to his shoulder injury and time in Finland Point has fallen out of the WHL scoring leader group. He’s currently in 18th, 20 points behind the leader – but he’s played 20 fewer games. If he can finish the year healthy and productive he has a chance at league MVP.

    Vancouver Giants 6 @ Red Deer Rebels 5 (OT)

    D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 45 GP, 4-14-18, -13, 26 PIM
    With Vancouver: 30 GP, 4-10-14, -3, 16 PIM
    With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

    Ty Ronning (2016), son of former NHLer Cliff Ronning, had the overtime winner for Vancouver. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman watched Thomas in person this week in Edmonton.

    United States Hockey League

    Lincoln Stars 2 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (OT)

    G Kris Oldham, OMA: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 15 GP, 10-4-1, 2.45 GAA, .922 sv%, 1 SO
    2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
    (University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

    To prove Friday’s first star game against Lincoln was no fluke, Oldham was second star Saturday in an overtime win over the Stars. Omaha was down 2-0 Saturday before battling back.

  • 4 weeks 1 day ago

    UMass Minutemen 2 @ No. 11 Boston University Terriers 7

    D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM 1 SOG
    Season totals: 18 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 18 PIM
    2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

    MacLeod was back in the BU lineup Saturday and registered his first assist of the season. Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (Bruins), BU’s 5-9 captain, had a hat trick for the Terriers.

    Northern Michigan Wildcats 1 @ No. 18 Minnesota State Mavericks 3

    W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
    Season totals: 14 GP, 1-0-1, -6, 4 PIM
    2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

    MSU outshot the Wildcats, 43-15. Mullin appears to have been a healthy scratch.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 4 weeks 1 day ago

    Lightning pull another one out on this western swing.

    VAN-2 (OT)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the OT victory. He didn't have a ton of work but made a small handful of timely saves. I'm also willing to bet part of the reason Vancouver missed the net on a few of their chances is that Vasilevskiy's size and positioning make a shooter cut it a little too fine at times.

    First Period
    3:41 TB Killorn (7), (Kucherov, Namestnikov)
    15:24 VAN Baertschi (7), (Horvat, Weber)(PP)

    Second Period

    Third Period
    12:20 TB Filppula (5), (Stralman, Callahan)
    17:10 VAN Horvat (6), (Hutton, Biega)

    3:51 TB Kucherov (16), (Namestnikov, Stralman)

    Nikita Kucherov and Valtteri Filppula were the game's second and third stars.

    Thankfully, the ending of this game had some flair to it, because the bulk of this game was as boring as the previous two games on this road trip. The Lightning came out with a lot more energy in this contest and deserved the early 1-0 lead, but got in the box and eventually forfeited momentum and the lead before heading to First Intermission. The game really devolved into a defensive struggle in the Second Period with the Lightning squandering several PP opportunities in the middle frame before finally breaking through just after a PP in the Third Period when a Filppula centering feed banked in off of Edler's skate. It's another lucky goal, true. But, considering the Lightning did outshoot Vancouver 17-5 in that Third Period, it's the kind of puck luck you get when you're waylaying a team in possession. So, I won't poo poo that goal. Unfortunately, Bo Horvat had pretty perfect placement on a shot/pass off the rush late in the game to equalize, and this one ended up in Overtime.

    The Lightning have been good in Overtime this year and with Vasilevskiy in net, I even like their chances in the Shootout, so I was optimistic heading out of regulation. Ironically, though, I think tonight was the Lightning's lousiest 3-on-3 session in a couple of months, and they were really lucky to get out of it with the second point. Vancouver missed the net on several glorious opportunities with a frequency that would make Victor Hedman blush, and that gave the Lightning the chance to end it on a Kucherov breakaway sprung by a good stretch pass by Vladislav Namestnikov.

    You're going to see a lot of deceptively positive stuff about the Lightning climbing back into the second Wild Card spot with the win tonight. I really hope the team doesn't actually think they've made it all the way back, though, because they're still in a Grand Canyon sized hole and they still have no margin for error. Let's put it this way: to be on target at 60 points in our 12-in-10 model by the end of this 5th 10-game segment of the season, the Lightning would have to win 7 of their next 8. So please, let's pump the brakes on any celebrations because there's still a ton of work to be done and this team still is not playing anywhere close to their best hockey. You can be happy, though, that winning a couple in a row probably forestalls any thoughts of an early sell off by the Lightning. Mind you, I doubt Yzerman would act that rashly even with the pressure of the Stamkos and Drouin situations upon him.

    Nikita Nesterov had 2 hits in 15:18.

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