Houghtaling stole my game headline...
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the OT loss. His save percentage has dipped just a shade below .900 at .897 as he continues to adapt to North American hockey. He'll get there, Lightning fans. Breath.
SYR Cote, (1) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 3:51
SYR Marchessault, (4) (Nesterov, Blunden), 6:51 (PP)
NOR Kerdiles, (2) (Leblanc), 15:18
NOR Wagner, (6) (Yip, Bell), 19:43
SYR Angelidis, (2) (Samson, Dotchin), 1:02
NOR Cramarossa, (2) (McIver), 6:44 (SH)
NOR Theodore, (1) (Cramarossa), 2:01
Mike Angelidis and J.P. Cote were the game's second and third stars.
Syracuse established themselves in the game with a good First Period, but were outshot 24-14 and outscored 3-1 thereafter. Not good, with Nikita Nesterov wearing the goat horns on Norfolk's OT winner.
The two teams will matchup again tomorrow.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch had a pair of leads, but let them slip away.
Syracuse went ahead with a goal early in the third period, but the Norfolk Admirals evened the score with a shorthanded goal and scored two minutes into overtime to win, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"Hockey is pretty simple," said Crunch assistant captain Jean-Philippe Cote. "At this level, if you just tip toe and try to not take a hit to make a play, the other team is going to make you suffer the consequences. That's what happened tonight."
Khabarovsk 0 vs. Mytischi 2
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM
Dmitry Korobov scored his first goal of the season off an assist from ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy in Mytischi's 2-0 win over Khabarovsk. He played 21:20 in the match.
Astana 6 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 7/10, 8.13 GAA, .700 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-7-3, 0 SO, 2.41 GAA, .909 sv%
Jaroslav Janus was lifted early in the Second Period as Astana clubbed Slovan 6-1. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a helper in the win for Barys Astana.
Ontario Hockey League
Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-2-7, -2, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto was awarded first star for his effort on Thursday night, which included the eventual game-winning goal in a 4-2 win over Owen Sound. DiGiacinto has a goal in five of his 10 games this year.
North Bay Battalion 1 @ Peterborough Petes 2
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-5-8, -5, 31 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Stephen Nosad (undrafted) scored with six seconds left in regulation to lift the Petes to a 2-1 win over North Bay.
Dump Truck unstoppable versus the Flames.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory. The Lightning were rather loose defensively in this game, so Bishop did some solid work.
9:55 TB Paquette (1), (Drouin)
15:22 CGY Hudler (4), (Brodie, Giordano)
1:01 TB Paquette (2), (Namestnikov, Garrison)
4:02 TB Boyle (4), (unassisted)(SH)
4:22 CGY Monahan (5), (Gaudreau, Giordano)(PP)
0:40 TB Johnson (2), (Kucherov, Palat)
17:50 TB Filppula (3), (unassisted)(EN)
On this homestand, you started to get the distinct impression the Lightning have gotten to a point that, with their skill and depth, they can toy with lower tier opponents like Calgary. It looked that way tonight, especially after the Flames got lost in the jet fumes when Tampa Bay just decided to pull away for good in the Third Period. With that said, after they play Columbus on Saturday, they've got a string of games starting Sunday against Detroit where I don't think the kind of defensive effort they've been putting out lately is going to cut it. So, I suspect Jon Cooper is hoping they get this all out of their system now because big boy hockey is about to start: Detroit, Chicago, and San Jose. That's why tonight's win and a good effort in Columbus are particularly valuable. The Lightning have already collected half the points they need to stay on schedule in this 10-game segment of the season with 7 games left in it. Needing to collect just 6 points in the next 7 games is a good spot to be in, and if they can cut that to 4 in 6 they'll be in prime position to bank some more insurance points even as the schedule gets tougher.
Paquette had his first 2 NHL goals and was +2 with 4 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 11:47. He was also 57% on draws. Two very Paquette-like goals: the first taking a defender on his back and driving out to the front of the next and the second potting a rebound in the high rent district. To recount the reason why I nicknamed him Dump Truck: Dump trucks aren't pretty. Dump trucks aren't fast. Dump trucks are strong and dump trucks do hard work. That's what Cedric Paquette does. Hard work.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 10:58. The guy continues to collect the odd point and he's nowhere near as effective as he's going to be once he settles in.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 assist and was +3 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:52. He was also 100% on 5 draws. He's really been the straw that stirs the drink on that line with Drouin and Paquette, and with his speed he's started to out-Stamkos Stamkos on that big sweepy wide rush around the net and out the other side while he works to setup his linemates. Honestly, I still believe the Filppula/Stamkos line needs to be disassembled sooner rather than later, and I'd really like to see what Namestnikov could do playing on a line with Stamkos.