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2018 Tampa Bay Lightning Draft Picks

Gabriel Fortier

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
5.10
Weight: 
170
Born: 
02/06/2000
Age: 
18
Hometown: 
LaSalle, PDQ
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#59) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
Projects As: 
3rd/4th line forechecker and energy liner

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2018
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
2
Pick No.: 
59
Draft Team: 
Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
expected to return to Baie-Comeau for 2018-19 season
Awards: 

2017-18

  • Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal


2015-16

  • QMAAA Champion
  • Telus Cup Bronze Medal
  • YOG Silver Medal

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Smallish winger is not the biggest, fastest, or most skilled prospect, but is a very honest player who hustles his ass off and will never cheat you on effort. Shows a keen awareness all over the ice - knows linemates' position on ice without having to look. Has instant chemistry with any linemates. Makes effective moves in tight on the rush. Fast crossovers generate speed out of his cuts - gains separation easily. Pulls off the offensive zone cycle into the high slot to create opportunities. Despite his size, shows a willingness to drive into coverage. Hard to strip the puck off him - uses his body to protect it well. Effective on the PP and understands passing angles. Creatively switches hands on stick to protect the puck with driving wide. Strong backchecker comes down deep to get into passing lanes. Terrific work ethic in all three zones." - Red Line Report

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Lac St-Louis Lions Bantam AAAQBAAA24 29 2049 32|        
 2015-2016 Lac St-Louis LionsQMAAA41 18 2947 26|Playoffs17 7 1118 10 
  Lac St-Louis LionsTelus Cup7 2 13 6|        
  Canada U16 YOG6 1 12 0|        
 2016-2017 Baie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL25 11 617 4|Playoffs1 0 00
 2017-2018 Baie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL66 26 3359 59|Playoffs5 3 14
  Canada U18Hlinka Memorial5 2 02 0|        

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Dmitri Semykin

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Defense
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
201
Born: 
02/24/2000
Age: 
18
Hometown: 
Somewhere in Russia, presumably
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#90) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Stupino (RUS-Jr)
Projects As: 
Big physical blueliner will some offensive upside

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2018
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
3
Pick No.: 
90
Draft Team: 
Stupino (RUS-Jr)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
expected to play for SKA St. Petersburg for 2018-19 season unless drafted at CHL Import Draft on June 27, 2018

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Rus Moskva U16Russia U1636 4 610 64|        
 2016-2017 Rus Moskva U17Russia U1731 8 513 54|        
  Rus Moskva U18Russia U1811 1 34 8|        
 2017-2018 Kapitan StupinoMHL41 8 715 118|        
  Russia U18 (all)International-Jr3 0 11 4|        
 2018-2019 SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL- - -- -|        

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Alex Green

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Defense
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.02
Weight: 
187
Born: 
06/18/1998
Age: 
20
Hometown: 
Chicago, IL
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 4 (#121) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Cornell (ECAC)
Projects As: 
Bottom pair stay at home defenseman

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2018
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
4
Pick No.: 
121
Draft Team: 
Cornell (ECAC)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
expected to return to Cornell for sophomore season

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 CYA Bantam Minor AAAHPMBHL20 5 38 12|        
 2012-2013 Chicago Mission Bantam Major AAAHPBHL18 1 67 4|        
 2013-2014 Chicago Mission U16HPHL U1625 2 46 8|        
 2014-2015 Team White USA-S165 2 13 -|        
  Chicago Mission U16HPHL U1625 1 45 15|        
  Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL3 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 Team Orange USA-S175 1 45 2|        
  Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL8 0 00 12|        
  Lincoln StarsUSHL29 0 22 8|Playoffs3 0 00
 2016-2017 Lincoln StarsUSHL43 1 1415 6|        
  USA U19WJAC-195 0 11 2|        
 2017-2018 Cornell Univ.NCAA29 2 810 23|        

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Magnus Chrona

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Goaltender
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.04
Weight: 
209
Born: 
08/28/2000
Age: 
17
Hometown: 
Somewhere is Sweden, presumably
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 5 (#152) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Nacka HK J20
Projects As: 
Huge goaltender project

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2018
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
5
Pick No.: 
152
Draft Team: 
Nacka HK J20

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
expected to play for Nacka HK J20 for 2018-19 season; maybe NCAA for 2019-20 season

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2015-2016 AIK U16U16 Div.117 2.83 .908|      
  AIK U16U16 SM2 3.00 .886|      
  AIK J18J18 Elit5 4.39 .884|      
  AIK J20SuperElit1 8.80 .714|      
 2016-2017 Nacka HK J18J18 Elit13 2.44 .915|      
  Nacka HK J18J18 Allsvenskan12 4.60 .893|Playoffs4 6.54 .860
  Nacka HK J20J20 Elit1 4.09 .826|      
  Nacka HKDivision 10 - -|Relegation0 - -
 2017-2018 Nacka HK J18J18 Elit15 2.13 .931|      
  Nacka HK J18J18 Allsvenskan7 1.14 .954|Playoffs1 3.00 .917
  Nacka HK J20J20 Elit0 - -|      

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Cole Koepke

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.01
Weight: 
185
Born: 
05/17/1998
Age: 
20
Hometown: 
Hermantown, MN
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 6 (#183) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Sioux City (USHL)
Projects As: 
Bottom six grinder with offensive upside

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2018
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
6
Pick No.: 
183
Draft Team: 
Sioux City (USHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
committed to Univ of Minnesota-Duluth for 2018-19 season

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Hermantown HighUSHS-MN25 17 1128 12|Playoffs3 0 22
  Hermantown HighMN State3 1 12 0|        
 2014-2015 Team Forest USA-S164 3 14 -|        
  Hermantown HighMN State3 1 12 2|        
  Team NorthUSHS-MN19 4 48 8|Playoffs3 0 11
  Hermantown HighUSHS-MN25 17 1936 12|Playoffs3 3 36
 2015-2016 Team NorthUSHS-MN20 7 714 4|Playoffs3 3 14
  Hermantown HighMN State3 6 511 2|        
  Hermantown HighUSHS-MN24 31 2253 23|Playoffs3 4 04
  Minnesota WildernessNAHL9 2 13 4|Playoffs8 0 00
 2016-2017 Sioux City MusketeersUSHL22 3 25 19|        
 2017-2018 Sioux City MusketeersUSHL60 28 1139 34|        
 2018-2019 Univ. of Minnesota-DuluthNCAA- - -- -|        

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Radim Salda

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Defense
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
185
Born: 
02/18/1999
Age: 
19
Hometown: 
Pardubice, CZE
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 7 (#206) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
HK Hradec (CZE)
Projects As: 
Project offensive defenseman

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2018
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
7
Pick No.: 
206
Draft Team: 
Saint John (QMJHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
expected to return to Rimouski for 2018-19 season

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 HC Hradec Kralove U16Czech U1611 0 22 10|        
  Kralovehradecky kraj U15MMCR5 0 11 4|        
 2013-2014 HC Hradec Kralove U16Czech U1631 2 57 30|Playoffs4 0 11
  Kralovehradecky kraj U15ODM5 1 01 1|        
 2014-2015 HC Hradec Kralove U16Czech U1630 3 1518 40|Playoffs6 2 79
  HC Hradec Kralove U16Final tournament3 0 22 6|        
  Czech Republic U16 (all)International-Jr17 0 44 14|        
 2015-2016 HC Hradec Kralove U18Czech U1831 6 1319 36|Playoffs3 0 22
  HC Hradec Kralove U20Czech U209 0 11 12|Playoffs1 0 00
  Czech Republic U17WHC-175 0 00 6|        
  Czech Republic U17 (all)International-Jr28 1 45 26|        
 2016-2017 HC Hradec Kralove U18Czech U183 0 33 2|Playoffs6 2 35 14 
  HC Hradec Kralove U20Czech U2035 7 815 50|        
  HC Stadion LitomericeCzech20 0 00 0|Relegation2 0 22
  Czech Republic U18Hlinka Memorial5 0 11 0|        
  Czech Republic U18WJC-185 0 11 8|        
  Czech Republic U18 (all)International-Jr26 3 58 22|        
 2017-2018 Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL62 10 3141 78|        
  Czech Republic U20WJC-207 0 00 4|        
  Czech Republic U20 (all)International-Jr9 0 00 8|        
 2018-2019 HK Hradec KraloveCzech- - -- -|        

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Ty Taylor

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Goaltender
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
201
Born: 
07/05/1999
Age: 
18
Hometown: 
Richmond, BC
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 7 (#214) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Vernon (BCHL)
Projects As: 
Big project goaltender

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2018
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
7
Pick No.: 
214
Draft Team: 
Vernon (BCHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
committed to University of New Hampshire for 2018-19 season
Awards: 

2017-18

  • BCHL Best GAA (1.87)
  • BCHL Best SV% (.931)
  • BCHL First Team All-Star
  • BCHL Top Goaltender


2015-16

  • CSSHL Best GAA (1.46)
  • CSSHL Best SV% (.943)
  • CSSHL Champion

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2013-2014 BCMML Bruins 1U16 Cup- - -|      
 2014-2015 Greater Vancouver CanadiansBCMML0 - -|      
 2015-2016 Delta Hockey Academy PrepCSSHL18 1.46 .943|Playoffs2 3.50 .896
  Richmond SockeyesPIJHL2 3.63 .828|      
 2016-2017 Vernon VipersBCHL29 2.96 .908|Playoffs1 2.17 .857
 2017-2018 Vernon VipersBCHL31 1.87 .931|Playoffs10 2.46 .929
 2019-2020 Univ. of New HampshireNCAA- - -|      

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NHL Playoff Game Night: 5-15-18 Lightning at Capitals

Lightning plant the seeds of belief in Game Three.

Eastern Conference Final

TB-4
WSH-2

Washington Leads the Series 2-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 38 shots for the victory. He made key situational saves when required and looked like a rock in the net. That's a fantastic response after Game Two's debacle. Washington may well regret letting Andrei climb into this series in this game.

First Period
13:53 TB Stamkos (6), (Hedman, Point)(PP)

Second Period
1:50 TB Kucherov (7), (Hedman, Stamkos)(PP)
3:37 TB Hedman (1), (Kucherov, Palat)
10:31 WSH Connolly (4), (Stephenson, Niskanen)
16:03 TB Point (6), (Johnson, Coburn)

Third Period
16:58 WSH Kuznetsov (9), (Oshie, Eller)

Vasilevskiy, Victor Hedman, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

After two games of charging stubbornly into the teeth of Washington's 1-1-3 trap (it helps when you're not immediately chasing the game by surrendering the first goal), the Lightning finally wised up tonight and managed the puck much better within the 10 feet around each blueline to limit odd man rushes and speed rushes against and take a possession advantage through the first 40 minutes of this game. Washington may have gotten more shots on the shot board (especially in the Third Period when score effects took hold) but the Lightning had the puck more and in dangerous positions in the Washington zone more and they absolutely deserved the win tonight. Helping create that advantage was a series of tweaks along the top three lines that included moving Palat onto the Stamkos line, moving Gourde onto the Point line, and moving Miller onto the Cirelli line. With the exception of some scary defensive zone issues that still seem to crop up with the Stamkos line, it all worked with the Paquette line still doing fantastic work against the Ovechkin line. So, the Lightning threw in some wrinkles, found a formula, and now have a foothold in this series.

I kind of expect Washington to put Backstrom in for Game Four knowing that the winner of Game Four will be the odds-on favorite to win the series. If the Lightning can steal it, I think they're in the cat bird seat while shrinking the series to a three game series where they have the home ice advantage. It's going to take a colossal effort to get it done, though. Washington will understand the gravity of the moment and know full well that dropping Game Four brings all the demons of playoff failures past to the forefront. They're going to play urgent. The Lightning have to match their intensity, their resolve, and their focus. If they do, I believe the Lightning have the depth and quality to pull this out and get the series level.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:12. He was also 50% on 8 draws. With Miller and Killorn as linemates, his line takes on a heavier and more checking minded role than with Gourde on his wing. What you like is Cirelli has the versatility to play both styles.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-13-18

The last juniors game night installment of the season...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ #2 Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 (Game 6)
Finals
Titan wins series 4-2

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 4/11 FO
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 13-14-27, +11, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Titan scored goals in the first and in the second to build a 2-0 lead at the 2nd intermission. Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) scored late in the 3rd to pull the Armada within one, but the equalizer never came as Titan goalie Evan Fitzpatrick (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) stopped 29 Armada shots. For the 20-year-old Alex Barré-Boulet, that’s the end of his illustrious QMJHL career in which he compiled 140-197-337 in 263 regular season games, and 28-32-60 in 42 playoff games. He’ll be suiting up for the Syracuse Crunch in the fall as he begins his pro career.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ #2 Hamilton Bulldogs 5 (Game 6)
OHL Finals
Bulldogs wins series 4-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-2-3, -2, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Playoff Totals: 24 GP, 19-18-37, +7, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Playoff Totals: 24 GP, 13-21-34, -4, 14 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Soo built a 3-2 lead by the 2nd intermission behind a goal and a power play assist by Katchouk. But the Bulldogs stormed back with three straight 3rd period markers to take a 5-3 lead late into the game. Katchouk and Raddysh would combine each for their 2nd assist of the game on Jordan Sambrook’s (DET, 2016 5th round pick) first goal of the playoffs to draw the Greyhounds to within one with 45 seconds to go. The equalizer would not come as Hamilton punches their ticket to vie for the Memorial Cup in Regina. Robert Thomas (STL, 2017 1st round pick) and MacKenzie Entwistle (ARI, 2017 3rd round pic) paced the Bulldogs each with a goal and an assist. For Katchouk and Raddysh, this bring an end to their OHL careers, with both players expected to suit up for the Syracuse Crunch in their first pro seasons. Kachouk finishes 101-101-202 in 199 regular season OHL games, and 32-25-57 in 46 playoff games. Raddysh finishes 120-172-292 in 241 OHL regular season games, and 32-47-79 in 77 playoff games.

NHL Playoff Game Night: 5-13-18 Capitals at Lightning

Lightning humiliated and on the ropes.

Eastern Conference Final

WSH-6
TB-2

Washington Leads the Series 2-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 37 shots for the loss. The soul-crushing soft goal with 3 seconds to go in the Second Period led to the team's unraveling. So, Vasilevskiy's got a lot of soul searching to do between now and Tuesday, along with the rest of the team top to bottom.

First Period
0:28 WSH Wilson (3), (Niskanen, Kuznetsov)
7:08 TB Point (5), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)
10:22 TB Stamkos (5), (Kucherov, Point)(PP)

Second Period
2:50 WSH Smith-Pelly (3), (Chiasson, Carlson)
18:58 WSH Eller (5), (Vrana)
19:57 WSH Kuznetsov (8), (Ovechkin, Eller)(PP)

Third Period
3:34 WSH Ovechkin (10), (Kuznetsov, Wilson)
12:57 WSH Connolly (3), (Eller, Carlson)

It's as if this team left their collective brains and poise in the Boston series. All of the focus and commitment to detail and to playing a physical game has been replaced by a complete haze. The energy was there tonight, but it was misplaced somehow. The coaching staff made a great tweak putting the Paquette line on the Ovechkin line that the advanced stats say was a winning decision, only to see the other three lines get outplayed by what should be, on paper, a matchup advantage for the Lightning. They seem bewildered by the Caps 1-1-3 neutral zone trap and unwilling or unable to do what it takes to get through some of the Caps clutching and grabbing. It's a total failure up and down the lineup and the coaching staff at this point.

Should they throw in the towel? No. I've seen this team come back from dropping the first two games at home against this very same franchise in 2003. It's not a lost cause. But this team's got to find its resolve and its poise to get a foothold in this series in Game Three first before all hope is lost. Get something to hang your hat on at 5v5 and go from there.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 1 shot and was 50% on 10 draws in 11:10.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#2 Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (Game 5)
QMJHL Finals
Titan leads series 3-2

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 5/13 FO
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 13-14-27, +11, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Titan pulled off a huge road win getting goals from five different skaters to push the Armada to the brink of elimination when the teams play again Sunday in Acadie. The Armada opened the scoring with a power play marker just three minutes into the game, but that would be their only lead. The Titan would reel off three straight goals to take command of the contest, and set themselves up to punch their ticket to the Memorial Cup in front of their home fans.

Ontario Hockey League

#2 Hamilton Bulldogs 6 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Game 5)
OHL Finals
Bulldogs lead series 3-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Playoff Totals: 23 GP, 18-16-34, +9, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 23 GP, 13-19-32, -5, 12 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Bulldogs built a commanding 5-1 lead behind a pair of 2nd period goals by Robert Thomas (STL, 2017 1st round pick), and then weathered a furious 3rd period rally by the Soo. Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk scored his 18th of the playoffs, a power play marker set up by fellow Lightning prospect Taylor Raddysh, amid a five-minute three-goal flurry that closed the gap to 5-4 with five-and-a-half minutes left to play. But with the Soo goalie pulled, Brandon Saigeon (eligible for 2018 draft) set up Nick Caamano (DAL, 2016 5th round pick) for the empty net dagger with 85 seconds left in regulation. Saigeon scored his 17th of the playoffs and added two assists to help pace Hamilton to gutsy road win that pushes the Greyhounds to possibility of elimination Sunday back in Hamilton. Depending on the outcome of this series, the OHL playoff MVP arguable comes down to Katchouk (1st points, goals, shorties), Thomas (3rd points, 2nd assists, 1st PP assists), or Saigeon (2nd goals, 1st PP goals, 1st GW goals).

NHL Playoff Game Night: 5-11-18 Capitals at Lightning

Flat as a pancake Lightning spot Washington Game One.

Eastern Conference Final

WSH-4
TB-2

Washington Leads the Series 1-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss before giving way to Louis Domingue, who stopped all 7 shots he faced. Rather than focusing on Vasilevskiy's down night, I'm going to give a lot of credit to Domingue for coming in and making 2-3 key situational saves to help the Lightning win the Third Period and maybe climb into this series.

First Period
7:28 WSH Kempny (1), (Kuznetsov, Carlson)
19:54 WSH Ovechkin (9), (Kuznetsov, Oshie)(PP)

Second Period
2:40 WSH Beagle (2), (Connolly, Orlov)
6:42 WSH Eller (4), (Oshie, Ovechkin)

Third Period
3:45 TB Stamkos (4), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
13:03 TB Palat (5), (Johnson, Stralman)

That was 40 minutes of embarrassingly flat hockey. Frankly, it's inexcusable at this time of year and whatever parades this team thought they were getting after vanquishing Boston just got cancelled. Yes, the team had a big momentum swing at the end of the First Period where a Kucherov breakaway goal was negated by a too many men penalty that swung to an Ovechkin power play goal three seconds later. That whole sequence just shows you the lack of mental sharpness and intensity that branded tonight's outing a failure from the word jump. You fail to make a clean line change and then compound the issue by losing a draw cleanly and then fail to cover a very dangerous shooter off that draw to allow a goal with under 10 seconds to go in the period. They know better and I expect them to do better, but now they've got to hope spotting the Capitals this one doesn't come back to bite them in the rear end.

The good news is the team did reach down and gut out an effort in the Third Period that they won 2-0 where they outshot the Caps 11-7 after falling behind on the shot board a laughable 25-10 through two periods. Hopefully that little bit of momentum (aided by some great stops by Louis Domingue) translates to another big backs-against-the-wall Game Two encounter similar to what they did against the Bruins.

Anthony Cirelli had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 11:57. He was also 45% on 11 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-9-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ #2 Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 (Game 4)
Finals
Series tied at 2-2

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/7 FO
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-14-27, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) scored twice in the 3rd and the Armada evened the series with the Titan impressively in a road must-win game. After a scoreless 1st period, the Armada scored thrice in the 2nd period, including Barre-Boulet setting up Alexander Katerinakis (2018 draft eligible) for what would be the eventual game-winner. The series returns to Boisbriand for Game 5 on Friday night.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ #2 Hamilton Bulldogs 2 (OT) (Game 4)
OHL Finals
Series tied at 2-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 17-16-33, +12, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 13-18-31, -1, 10 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Wonder Twins scored 34 seconds into the game, Bolt prospects Taylor Raddysh setting up Boris Katchouk for his league leading 17th goal of the playoffs. Katchouk’s 33 points and Raddysh’s 31 points also lead the league in playoff points. Nick Caamano (DAL, 2016 5th round pick) scored a short-handed marker for the Bulldogs, and period ended tied 1-1. Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) scored in the 2nd to give the Soo a 2-1 lead at the second break. Hamilton rallied in the 3rd with Rily Stillman (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) knotting the score at 2-2 and forcing OT. Noah Carroll (CAR, 2016 6th round pick) scored at 9:13 in the extra session to give the Soo the Game 4 victory, tying the series at 2-2 as the team’s head back to Sault Ste. Marie for Game 5 on Friday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-8-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ #2 Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 (Game 3)
Finals
Titan leads series 2-1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 1-0-1,-1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/15 FO
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 13-13-26, +12, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Just like the Armada in Game 1, the Titan claimed the first game on their home ice with a strong start and a better finish. Acadie-Bathurst jumped out in front with two power play goals in the first to stake a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. But the Armada would strike back in the 2nd period with a power play goal by Joel Teasdale (2018 draft eligible) and then the 2-2 equalizer by Bolt prospect Alex Barré-Boulet with this 13th of the playoffs. But the Titan poured on three goals down the stretch, including a short-handed dagger-in-the-heart marker that established a 4-2 lead. Former Foreurs captain Olivier Galipeau (undrafted) paced the Titan with a goal and two assists. The Armada will look to keep pace with the Titan Wednesday night and steal a road win to even the series.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ #2 Hamilton Bulldogs 6 (Game 3) (Monday)
OHL Finals
Bulldogs lead series 2-1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 16-16-32, +13, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 13-17-30, E, 10 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Bulldogs built a 1st period lead and then kept pace with the high-powered Soo offense for the rest of the game to stake a Game 3 home ice win on Monday night and take their second series lead. Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk would tally his first of three assists, setting up Joe Carroll (2019 draft eligible) for his first score of the playoffs at less than two minutes into the game and giving the Soo an early 1-0 lead. But it would be the last lead for the Greyhounds, as the Bulldogs ripped off three 1st period markers in a row, before surrendering the first of Tim Gettinger’s (NYR, 2016 5th round pick). But just 18 seconds into the 2nd frame, Brandon Saigeon (2018 draft eligible) continued his series heroics, giving Hamilton a two-goal lead. Gettinger would score a power play marker, his second of the game, to cut the lead to one, but Saigeon scored his second of the game, once again extending the lead. In the 3rd period, Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) would notch a power play goal to once again draw the Soo within one.

With three minutes left, Riley Stillman (FLA, 2016 4th round pick), the son of one the Lightning’s 2004 SCF Game 6 six heroes Cory Stillman, set up Marian Studenic (NJD, 2017 5th round pick) for Stillman’s third assist of the game, and the dagger to the heart of the Soo. Katchouk and fellow Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh combined to setup Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) on the power play to draw back within a goal with about 90 seconds in regulation but could never get the equalizer to force OT.

Sault Ste. Marie looks to even the series Wednesday night in Hamilton.

Crunch Swept in North Division Finals by Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch couldn’t dig out of the hole they were in.

The Toronto Marlies scored two power play goals in the first period, and despite the Crunch climbing back to within a goal in the third, held on for a 2-1 victory at in Game 4 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Tuesday. With the win, the Marlies sweep the series 4-0.

Syracuse’s veterans addressed the rest of the team after the game.

“I think the thing that we stressed a lot was that we left it all out there. There was no quit in anybody,” Crunch forward Matthew Peca said. “It’s easy to fold when you’re down 0-3. There was no sign of quit in the dressing room with a short lineup and guys were laying out blocking shots. You could just tell that everybody was doing everything for the guy next to them. That’s the biggest team-thing a guy can do, and we saw a lot of it all year and in the playoffs.”

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-8-18 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch comeback falls short. Marlies complete sweep.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

TOR-2
SYR-1

Toronto Wins the Series 4-0

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:52 TOR Timashov (5), (Smith, Mueller)(PP)
14:56 TOR Johnsson (3), (Liljegren, Engvall)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
10:29 SYR McNeill (2), (Lynch, Verhaeghe)

Ingram was the game's second star.

This was a really strong season for Syracuse in terms of both overall performance and the ability to develop a very young group of players in the process. It's a shame that may end up being tempered by the embarassment of being swept by a very deep and powerful Toronto Marlies club. Looking forward to next year the club will get yet another influx of high caliber youth like Boris Katchouk and Alex Barre-Boulet, among others. So, the success is sustainable, but Toronto remains a problematic adversary in the division to overcome.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Look to Turn Page After Being Overwhelmed by Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After the final horn, the Syracuse Crunch were ready to put the game behind them.

The Crunch didn’t score on an early power play and went into a tailspin, as Syracuse lost to the Toronto Marlies, 7-1, in Game 3 of the North Division Finals Sunday.

Toronto, who topped Syracuse in double overtime Saturday, leads the series 3-0 and will go for the sweep on Tuesday.

“You’ve got to turn the page,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It’s one of our worst games of the year. But again, you’ve got to give credit to Toronto. They won a big game last night and carried the momentum over. They jumped on us and we weren’t ready to play.”

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