Talk Lightning Hockey with fans and staff at the BP Message Boards and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

ECHL Game Night: 3-1-17

Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Quad City Mallards 2 OT

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 17 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 0 PIMs, 30 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 4 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 0 PIMs, 9 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 61:10 MINS, 34/36, *1st Star*
Season Totals: 23 GP, 12-9-0-1, 2.76 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 1 SO

En fuego. Nic Riopel backstopped the K-Wings to their fourth straight win with a 34 save performance and a gritty twice-come-from-behind 3-2 OT road victory against the rival Mallards. It was Riopel's 8th win in his last 9 starts, earning 1st Star honors on the night. Cam Darcy extended his point streak to four games, setting up two goals including the OT game-winner. Kalamazoo has a big-time 3-in-3 this weekend, with powerhouses Brampton, Toledo, and Adirondack all on the schedule.

NHL Game Night: 3-1-17 Hurricanes at Lightning

Lightning weather awful performance to pull out a win.

CAR-3
TB-4 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Another performance where he held the team in the game with his performance in the First Period. All three goals came on deflections, so altogether another quality start.

First Period
7:58 TB Hedman (11), (Kucherov, Palat)(PP)
11:51 CAR Hanifin (3), (Lindholm, Aho)
14:54 CAR Ryan (9), (Hanifin, Rask)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
10:51 TB Johnson (18), (Dotchin, Palat)
15:18 TB Kucherov (27), (Johnson, Garrison)
17:23 CAR McClement (5), (Slavin, Lindholm)(SH)

Overtime
0:46 TB Hedman (12), (Kucherov, Johnson)

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

Garbage performance by the Lightning and they got away with it. They came out flat as a pancake again after more trade drama with the departure of Valtteri Filppula earlier in the day. As bad as those 4 shots on goal were in the First Period, they actually managed only 3 in the Third Period. Just a really mentally soft, really emotionally bankrupt effort that they stole 2 points out of.

So, how high is the hill now? Well, the Lightning have pulled within 30 points of magic number 96. The math's actually simple at this hour with 20 games left to go: get 30 of a remaining 40 possible points. Playing .750 remains a pretty tough ask, but they've been playing at that clip for the past couple of weeks, and if Stamkos can return in mid to late March... look, it's nice to dream.

New addition Greg McKegg had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 8:14.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 20:07. The key goal to knot the game at 2-2 came on a Dotchin bomb from the point that deflected down and in off Tyler Johnson's skate. Big goal from a big shot. Dotchin's strong as an ox and it shows in his slapper.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 hit in 8:32.

Adam Erne had 4 hits in 15:12. 4 shots attempted on goal, but couldn't get any on frame.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Bolts Trade F Valterri Filppula to the Flyers

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Mark Streit from the Philadelphia Flyers today in exchange for forward Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick in 2017 and a seventh-round selection in 2017, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Tampa Bay then traded Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for their fourth-round selection in 2018.

Masin's Progression Earns Him More Ice Time With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dominik Masin has made significant strides during his rookie season in Syracuse.

Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believes Masin is one of the most improved players on the team, and has increased the defenseman’s responsibilities throughout the season.

Masin is continuing to earn more ice time in all situations as he develops with the Crunch.

“The improvement he’s made this year is huge,” Groulx said. “He’s made big steps forward. … At first when he came in, we would use him five minutes a game. Now he’s playing 18, 19, 20 minutes a game. He’s playing power play. He’s playing (on the penalty kill). That shows you how much he has improved.”

Bolts Re-Acquire G Mike McKenna

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Mike McKenna from the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Adam Wilcox, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

McKenna, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, has played in 26 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds this season, recording a 9-10-7 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage with one shutout. He has appeared in 415 career AHL games with Springfield, the Portland Pirates, Peoria Rivermen, Binghamton Senators, Albany Devils, Lowell Devils, Norfolk Admirals, Milwaukee Admirals and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. McKenna has amassed a 201-158-18 record, a 2.70 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage with 26 shutouts.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, McKenna has played in 22 career NHL games with the Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets and Arizona Coyotes. He made his NHL debut with Tampa Bay on February 3, 2009 at the New York Islanders in a relief effort.

McKenna, 33, was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round, 172nd overall, of the 2002 NHL Draft.

CHL Game Night: 2-28-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 56 GP, 41-26-67, +29, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan overcame a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead, but had given it up by the end of the second period. Flyers pick German Rubtsov scored his eighth goal in 14 games since coming over from Russia.

Liiga Game Day: 2-28-17

SaiPa 1 vs. Assat 2 (OT)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Undrafted 24 year old Simon Suoranta scored a tying goal with less than 5 minutes to go in regulation and chased it down with the OT winner to lift Assat to a 2-1 win over SaiPa. SaiPa? Still bad. Salminen? Still hurt. SaiPa falls 3 points back of KooKoo in the Liiga basement.

Lightning Power Play Live: February 27, 2017

I was fortunate enough to be on Lightning Radio’s Lightning Power Play Live on Monday, discussing the Bishop trade, Cernak, and the trade deadline in general. Give it a listen:

Click here to listen

Note: I’ll try to do a full podcast after the trade deadline comes and goes.

NHL Game Night: 2-27-17 Senators at Lightning

New look Lightning survive sleepy start to annihilate Ottawa.

OTT-1
TB-5

Andrei Vasilevskiy began life as the presumptive number one goaltender in Tampa Bay with a 39/40 command performance for the win that included some pure Vasilarceniy in the First Period to allow his team to keep contact and eventually secure the win. That's about all you could ask for from Andrei in his first night as "the man."

First Period
6:26 OTT Turris (22), (Karlsson, Hoffman)(PP)

Second Period
1:39 TB Point (9), (unassisted)
5:37 TB Kucherov (24), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)
10:26 TB Kucherov (25), (Drouin, Johnson)(PP)
19:46 TB Kucherov (26), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)

Third Period
10:57 TB Coburn (3), (Kucherov, Johnson)

Nikita Kucherov, Vasilevskiy, and Jonathan Drouin were the game's three stars. Kucherov had the natural hat trick and a four point night overall and appears to be fully back to unstoppable form after a very pedestrian middle part of his campaign. When Kucherov is Kucherov, the Lightning are awfully hard to beat.

The Lightning, probably reeling from the trades of veterans Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle, frankly looked lost in the First Period tonight. It took Vasilevskiy stepping up in that opening frame just to give the team a chance because honestly an ordinary goaltending performance would've left them run out of their own barn. A good forecheck on an early shift in the Second Period led to an awful turnover into the slot that led to a Brayden Point quick release goal, and from that point on the Lightning looked like a giant weight had been lifted off of them. Here's the thing about when veterans move out of your locker room: sometimes the vacuum actually gives oxygen to your younger players to step up and take bigger leadership roles. Point and Drouin, in particular, had great body language in that Second Period and you hope they seize the opportunity now to fill the void and imprint their identity on the Lightning now moving forward.

There's still a long way to go to the deadline on Wednesday and a few veteran contracts the Lightning would probably not mind getting out from under if they could, so there could be more changes in the offing. But for now, so far so good. Standings-wise, Tampa Bay needs 32 of a possible 42 remaining points to get to 96 for the season, which would be a colossal task. We're probably still in diagnostic mode the rest of the campaign, but if the Lightning can make this interesting down the stretch it only bodes well for the future. One pretty nice thing about tonight's game is it got the Lightning to dead even in goal differential this year. It'd be nice to be on the plus side at the end of the year, and that seems do-able.

Jake Dotchin had 2 hits in 16:56. I think you saw his minutes logically trimmed back against a quicker Eastern Conference team. Makes sense.

Gabriel Dumont had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 5:50. Got 5 minutes worth for the price of 2 in that fight with Wideman. Wideman slashed Dumont's stick out of his hand and was promptly fed a sneaky upercut after the two dropped the gloves before Dumont ragdolled Wideman the rest of the bout. Pound for pound, Dumont showed me something there.

Adam Erne had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 1 hit in 13:33. He looks really comfortable at the NHL level already, and I hope he stays in Tampa Bay the rest of the way to see if he can keep developing and stick in Tampa Bay for good heading into next year. With Boyle gone, he brings an element of size and strength down low the team will need.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

MHL Game Day: 2-27-17

Primorsky Krai Jr. 4 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 25 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 77 PIM

Oleg Sosunov took 5 for fighting and a game misconduct as a line brawl broke out at the end of Loko Jr.'s 6-4 win over Taifun Jr. No word on whether the 6'8" defender chose the choke slam or the pile driver as his finishing move.

Syndicate content