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Weiss Hockey: 2-14-19

By Andrew Weiss

This week in hockey: We write some hockey Valentine's Day cards, I rant about those third jerseys, and hockey continues to hockey.

NHL Game Night: 2-14-19 Stars at Lightning

Shock, awe, and kittens as Lightning deal Dallas a St. Valentine's Day massacre.

DAL-0
TB-6

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots he faced to tie Ben Bishop's franchise record for career shutouts.

First Period
7:19 TB Stamkos (31), (Palat, Kucherov)(PP)
12:39 TB Sergachev (3), (Kucherov, Point)
12:53 TB Johnson (20), (Stamkos, Palat)
14:40 TB Kucherov (26), (Killorn)

Second Period
8:23 TB Killorn (12), (Stralman, McDonagh)
16:28 TB Stamkos (32), (Kucherov, Point)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

I think we could've said this definitively after the Calgary game, but tonight's victory clearly puts the post-All Star Break funk in the rear view mirror. People have asked me why I don't write about the 12-in-10 rule for the last twenty or so games. The Lightning now sit at 90 points through 58 games, meaning they need just six points in their final 24 games to likely make the postseason. You know, I think they might just slide in this season.

With graduations out of the way and Erik Cernak still nursing a minor injury, I think this might've been the first game this season with no players classified as prospects in the lineup. When Cernak returns, he needs seven more appearances to likely complete this season's class of Bolt Prospects' Alumni.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-13-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/13 FO, 4 Hits
Season Totals: 54 GP, 27-40-67, +33, 21 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

The Drakkar outshot Victoriaville by a large margin (34-17) for the second straight game, yet for the second straight game Tristan Côté-Cazenave (undrafted) held the fort and the Tigres prevailed. Victoriaville sits way down in 12th on the league table, while Baie-Comeau is 4th.

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 34 GP, 6-18-24, +20, 30 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Jonathan Lemieux stopped 29 of 30 shots as the Foreurs upset the Oceanic, 2-1, Wednesday. Lemieux improved to 14-16-0 on the year. Val-d’Or sits 14th on the league table; Rimouski is 5th.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 5 @ Kitchener Rangers 4 (SO) (Tuesday)

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/14 FO
Season Totals: 47 GP, 9-16-25, -29, 14 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Lipanov scored with under three minutes left in regulation to force overtime, but the Otters topped the Rangers in a shootout, 5-4. Lipanov had a goal and assist in the game, but was not one of Kitchener’s four shootout shooters. They lost the shootout, 2-1. Sixth-place (conference) Kitchener gives up a point to Erie, who sits outside the playoffs in ninth in the West.

ECHL Game Night: 2-13-19 Solar Bears @ Everblades

Orlando Solar Bears 2 @ Florida Everblades 5

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 23 GP, 6-7-13, -5, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Martin Ouellette, ORL: Loss, 13 saves on 16 shots in one period
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 22 GP, 14-7-1, 2.88 GAA, .912 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 2 GP, 1-0-0, 0.77 GAA, .955 sv%, 0 SO
17-18 Totals (FLA): 42 GP, 33-5-2, 2.02 GAA, .931 sv%, 4 SO

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 24 GP, 2-9-11, +6, 22 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

League-leading Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period, chasing Orlando goaltender Martin Ouellette, then built a 5-0 lead before allowing two goals in the last five minutes of the game. Matthew Spencer had an assist for the Solar Bears, who are down to one Lightning prospect in the lineup after Jonne Tammela was recalled by AHL Syracuse.

The Solar Bears (25-19-3-0) will host Jacksonville and Manchester this weekend (Friday, Sunday).

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