Game Night Results

  • 13 weeks 3 days ago

    The needle hits E in Toronto.

    TB-1
    TOR-3

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He wasn't the reason the team lost, but one or two semi-soft goals definitely made the sledding a lot more comfortable for Toronto. In a game like this, the Lightning really needed Andrei to be flawless.

    First Period
    8:53 TOR Kadri (17), (Lindstrom, Brennan)(PP)
    12:03 TOR Booth (7), (unassisted)
    18:04 TB Callahan (23), (Palat, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    0:24 TOR Rielly (8), (Kadri, Gardiner)

    Shots were 41-28 Lightning, so I'm not going to say the Lightning were somehow dogging it or that they had a let down in a trap game. I just think they almost emptied out the tank against Montreal, so they simply couldn't muster the same intensity level and didn't have the extra gear against Toronto. Not with all the injuries they are trying to work through, anyway. And, the Leafs got a great performance from Reimer, which compounded things.

    I hate to see the Lightning's division title hopes in peril like this, on the one hand. On the other, I don't want to see this team dead dragging tired going into the opening round of the playoffs, either. It's a boon to be able to get Bishop some rest like he did tonight, and it might also be a silver lining if circumstances allow them to take their foot off the gas the last couple of games of the year and give guys like Palat and Paquette a little more time off to get right for the postseason, on top of all the guys who are already on the shelf.

    Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 2 shots in 15:31. Didn't look horribly out of place, and the old Joe Reekie number looks good on him. Thought he showed as advertised. I feel like he'll challenge for a roster spot in the Fall, and his progress will be very important for the success of the team next year. You figure he'll either make the squad or be the first call up from Syracuse if he doesn't make it.

    Luke Witkowski had 2 shots, 6 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:50. 3 giveaways is a little bit of an ugly number, but all in all he handled the extra workload reasonably well.

    Nikita Nesterov was -1 with 5 shots and 2 hits in 22:11. The minutes don't lie. He's the guy the coaching staff turned to in order to fill the gap, and I suspect they're not at all displeased.

    Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:12 and was 56% on draws. He's 2 games from graduation from prospect status on the site.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 13 weeks 4 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    First round

    QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 5
    Charlottetown leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

    C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 9/19 FO, 1 Hit
    Playoff totals: 3 GP: 5-2-7, +3, 4 PIM
    With Sherbrooke: 37 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
    With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
    Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

  • 13 weeks 4 days ago

    The most dangerous animal is a wounded animal.

    TB-5
    MTL-3

    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory. The percentage wasn't nice, but the degree of difficulty was high on many of Bishop's denials. Considering he was playing behind Anton Stralman and some road cones by the end of the night, it was a masterful performance.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    1:24 TB Namestnikov (8), (Stamkos, Bishop)
    4:24 MTL Pacioretty (37), (Plekanec, Markov)(SH)
    4:57 TB Drouin (3), (Stralman, Bishop)(PP)
    18:07 TB Kucherov (28), (Namestnikov, Palat)

    Third Period
    0:23 MTL Petry (5), (Eller)
    6:21 TB Namestnikov (9), (Palat)
    16:10 MTL Subban (14), (Beaulieu, Desharnais)(PP)
    19:03 TB Stralman (9), (Boyle)(EN)

    Vladislav Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars.

    Let's recap, shall we? The Lightning entered this game down 3 regular defensemen (Coburn, Garrison, and Sustr) and an all-star centerman (Johnson). By the end of the game, they lost Victor Hedman to an undisclosed injury that led him to skate just 1 shift in the Third Period. By all rights, the Lightning could have just folded. Montreal, having not won against Tampa Bay all season and seeing an opportunity to jump out to a potential 3 point lead in the division at home with precious few games left to go, had everything to play for. Everything in the stew was against the Lightning. Right?

    Wrong. The Lightning just rolled over Montreal like a conquering, unstoppable army to complete a 5-0-0 sweep against the Habs this season. They outshot them 44-28 and outplayed them so badly the Canadiens were booed off their home ice at the end of the Second Period. That wasn't a game. That was the Lightning reaching into Montreal's chest cavity, pulling their heart out, and then feeding it to them. That was a team that outworked Montreal by such a wide margin that it was irrelevant who was back on defense, because for much of the night Montreal simply could not get the puck long enough to put any pressure on the precocious children wearing white Tampa Bay jerseys for it to matter an iota. I've never seen a team that unbelievably undermanned outplay a playoff caliber team by such an unbelievably wide margin. It was majestic. I have no clue who the Lightning will have left to play defense by the time they roll into Toronto tomorrow night. They might have to pull the first kid out of the stands with a Stamkos jersey on and give him a pair of skates at this rate. It doesn't matter, though. I just want to spend the next 18 hours or so basking in the unmistakable power of what this Lightning team is capable of when it truly decides it wants to do something. The last time I felt this good was one of the Lightning's ECF wins in the 7 game series against Boston.

    Also, I'd like to say Cedric Paquette is the baddest man on the planet. Dump Truck truly is made of steel. 1 shot, 7 hits, and 1 blocked shot. He had an axle bent at an unnatural angle against the goal post in Detroit and looked absolutely done for the season. And yet, there he is, taking the first shifts and the last shifts of a win in his home province against Montreal. That's a tough man. That's the living embodiment of Lightning want-to.

    The Lightning closed back to within 1 point of Montreal for the division lead with both teams having 5 games left to play on the schedule. The Lightning win clinches a playoff spot (foregone conclusion) and puts them at triple-digit points for the season at 101. I have no clue if the Lightning, given how many guys are injured, can finish off this division title run and grab hold of the banner. I do know, unequivocally though, the Lightning are a better team than Montreal. The tape of these 5 games doesn't lie.

    Luke Witkowski was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 13:09. He did what we've come to expect of Witkowski. Move it quickly and don't put yourself in peril. Show snarl when called for. Simple. Efficient.

    Nikita Nesterov was +2 with 3 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:03. He showed a lot of hustle and jam in his own third of the rink tonight to go along with the usual acumen he has in the offensive third. This was a really good rebound game after the rust he showed against Detroit.

    Namestnikov had 2 goals, 3 points, and was +3 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:57. He was also 64% on 11 draws. He stepped into Tyler Johnson's spot alongside Kucherov and Palat and played every bit like an all star. Close your eyes and imagine the Lightning lineup with Namestnikov and Drouin with 1 more year of seasoning at this time next season. Glorious, isn't it? Baby Faced Killer is now 3 games away from graduation from prospect status on the website.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 13 weeks 5 days ago

    Western Hockey League
    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    East-6 Kootenay Ice 2 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 3
    Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

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

    Calgary’s Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers) scored at 16:36 of the first overtime to save the Hitmen from going down 0-2 in the series despite having home-ice advantage. Ben Thomas has had an assist in both games.

  • 13 weeks 6 days ago

    Semifinal Round
    (1)Trinec 5 vs. (4)Sparta Praha 4 (OT)
    Trinec Leads the Series 2-0
    Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
    Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 5.71 GAA, .846 sv%
    Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
    Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

    24 year old undrafted defenseman Vladimir Roth scored at 15:06 of the First OT to lift Trinec to a 5-4 Game Two victory over Sparta Praha. The win gives the top seed a 2-0 lead in the series. Ex-Sens first rounder Jakub Klepis also had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Trinec. Ex-Leafs pick Karel Pilar had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Sparta. Game Three is Wednesday.

  • 13 weeks 6 days ago

    Midwest-4 Harvard Crimson 1 vs Midwest-1 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4
    Midwest Regional Semifinals

    F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 36 GP, 7-9-16, +4, 19 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

    No. 10 Harvard couldn’t build on its ECAC tournament championship, falling to Andrej Sustr’s alma mater, No. 9 Nebraska-Omaha, 4-1. This ends the season for Lightning prospect Brian Hart, a junior for the Crimson. All signs point to him returning to Harvard for his senior season.

    Northeast-2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 vs Northeast-1 Boston University Terriers 3
    Northeast Regional Finals

    D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 33 GP, 2-7-9, +18, 48 PIM
    2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

    The No. 2 Terriers punched their ticket to the Frozen Four in Boston with a 3-2 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday. Free agent Evan Rodrigues scored his second goal of the game with less than three minutes remaining to beat UMD.

    West-3 St. Cloud State Huskies 1 vs West-1 North Dakota 4
    West Regional Finals

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season totals: 39 GP, 13-7-20, +11, 35 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

    No. 3 North Dakota will return to the Frozen Four after defeating conference-rival No. 13 St. Cloud State 4-1 Saturday night. O'Donnell led the team in shots on goal. UND will play Boston University in the national semifinals.

  • 13 weeks 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
    First round

    QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 @ QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 7
    Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

    C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 3-2-5, +4, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/24 FO, 2 Hits, *First Star*
    Playoff totals: 2 GP: 3-2-5, +4, 4 PIM
    With Sherbrooke: 37 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
    With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
    Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

    Sherbrooke showed up in a big way in Game 2, avenging an 8-2 Game 1 loss with a 7-4 win. Cam Darcy was first star for his hat trick and five points. Game 3 is Monday on PEI.

    QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 2
    Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

    W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 5/9 FO, 3 Hits
    Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
    2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

    Quebec evened the series with a shutout win Saturday on the back of goaltender Callum Booth (2015 eligible), the surprise series starter over Montreal pick and Team Canada goaltender Zach Fucale. The series now switches to Sydney, Nova Scotia, for the next three games starting Tuesday.

    Ontario Hockey League
    Western Conference Quarterfinals

    West-8 Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8
    Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

    D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 0 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

    The Greyhounds put a snowman on the scoreboard, scoring eight times on 52 shots. The Spirit managed 18 shots. This series could be over quick. DeAngelo had two assists to extend his overall point streak to 27 games, though the league only recognizes 25 as the regular season ended. Game 3 is Tuesday in Michigan.

    Note: Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is out for the season due to injury.

  • 13 weeks 6 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Brayden Point understands it's a learning experience.

    The 19-year-old center was admittedly nervous but settled in during his professional debut with the Crunch, but Syracuse fell to the Rochester Americans, 2-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    "There are definitely some shifts where our line was able to control the puck down low for a bit, but, like I said, there's a lot to learn," Point said. "I'm just going to try to soak up as much as I can from my linemates and the guys on the bench, and hopefully keep getting better."

  • 13 weeks 6 days ago

    Makaroved.

    RCH-2
    SYR-0

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the hard luck loss. His save percentage has inched up to .906 for the season, despite the loss.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    RCH McPherson, (2) (Catenacci, Ruhwedel), 4:04
    RCH Catenacci, (12) , 19:52 (EN)

    Gudlevskis was the game's second star. First star Andrey Makarov, who was Andrei Vasilevkiy's tandem-mate with the Russian U20 WJC team once upon a time, stopped 32 shots for the shutout.

    ATO signee Brayden Point was -2 with 3 SOG's in his pro debut. As noted yesterday, there are a handful of other potential ATO's which could be added to the Syracuse roster this week, including graduating Quinnipiac senior forward Matthew Peca.

    The loss, coupled with Hershey's win, puts Syracuse back into the 3rd seed, 1 point back of the Bears. 9 games remain on the regular season slate.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 14 weeks 3 hours ago

    When things go completely pear shaped...

    TB-0
    DET-4

    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss. He was fairly sharp, although he seemed to let his focus waver a bit on the third goal, in which Nyquist beat out an icing call to one hand the puck on net.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    5:25 DET Andersson (2), (Quincey, Weiss)
    7:19 DET Abdelkader (23), (Nyquist)
    9:19 DET Nyquist (24), (Quincey)

    Third Period
    18:21 DET Glendening (11), (unassisted)(EN)

    The game today was almost inconsequential. Jason Garrison was lost at 3:43 of the First Period after being boarded by Justin Abdelkader. At best, it appeared that Garrison might have a sprained shoulder. At worst, you might have some more severe damage to that shoulder or to the collar bone, etc. Looked like weeks to me. Compounding the issue, Cedric Paquette severely hurt his left leg bounding into the post to break up an EN attempt by Abdelkader at the close of the game. That looked like end of season, to me. It's really a shame, too, because I though Dump Truck was one of the few bright spots in today's contest. As it is, best case scenario, the Lightning are going to limp through the final games of the regular season and hope that they get Coburn and Garrison back for the postseason. Worst case, neither will be ready. And Paquette? Let's just say it's a very good think Namestnikov has come on the way he has, because I'm not sure the Lightning will be getting Ceddy back until the Fall.

    The Lightning's division title hopes may have taken a mortal hit with the day's injuries, and their viability as a club that can have staying power in the playoffs has also potentially taken a nasty hit. Namestnikov will no doubt just slide into Paquette's roster spot, but there will likely need to be an emergency recall for Garrison while that situation sorts itself out. Garrison's a left sider, so while Luke Witkowski has gotten a look earlier this season, I'm left to wonder if perhaps Slater Koekkoek will get his first taste of the NHL now.

    As for the game, it was one of those contests where the circumstances that unfolded seemed to just suck the life right out of the Lightning. It didn't help that the officiating was awful. Abdelkader probably should've gotten 5 and the gate for the hit on Garrison, and there were several other boarding calls on Detroit that went completely uncalled in the First Period. The Lightning survived that, but never found their legs and eventually saw the game snowball against them in the Second Period as the Wings managed to get a couple of goals off delflections and that one-hander that aren't normal goals. I wouldn't call them fluky, but they're just not things you see often, and that has a way of knocking the wind out of your sails, too.

    Nikita Nesterov was -2 with 2 shots in 15:41. It was looking like he might be earmarked for a return to Syracuse at some point. Now, it's looking like he's going to be a regular in the team's top six the rest of the way in the regular season. His turnover led to Detroit's second goal, and he showed some signs of rust today, in my opinion. He had a harder time with the pace after being out of the lineup for so long. Hopefully, he catches back up quickly.

    Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 in 10:11. Like everyone in white not named "Paquette" or "Morrow", his energy was off tonight. The Lightning announced they were burning one of their last two full callups before the game to keep Vladdy on the roster the rest of the year. Wonder if they can get a "take-back" with what happened to Paquette.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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