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Lightning Acquire Help for AHL Affiliate

(Team press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Carter Ashton and left wing David Broll from the Toronto Maple Leafs today in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Ashton, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, has played in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season. He has totaled 54 career NHL games, all with Toronto. Ashton has also played in 12 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League this season, notching four goals and eight points. The Winnipeg native has played in 163 career AHL games, recording 53 goals and 89 points. Ashton has also played in 29 Calder Cup Playoff games with eight goals and 17 points. Ashton was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 29th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

AHL Game Night: 2-6-15 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Syracuse backs into the AHL's top spot.

BRI-2
SYR-1 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the OT loss. Quality start for the Yak.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
BRI Graham, (3) (Conacher, Mouillierat), 7:41
SYR Namestnikov, (9) (Gourde, Smith), 8:37

Overtime
BRI Mouillierat, (16) (Graham), 3:36

Gudlevskis was the game's second star.

The point from the OTL moves Syracuse into a tie with Oklahoma City for the top spot in the AHL and moves their edge in the Eastern Conference to 2 points over Manchester.

The big news of the day, however, was the Lightning's acquisition of Carter Ashton and David Broll in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick in 2016. Ashton, of course, is a former Lightning first round pick who was shipped out of the organization in exchange for Keith Aulie (a deal we can now safely say neither team won). He's an accomplished power forward at the AHL level who should fill nicely for the injured Mike Blunden. Broll, a former 6th rounder in 2011, brings muscle, albeit not much else. He was playing for the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL prior to today's transaction.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 2-6-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 17/25 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 21 GP, 13-16-29, -6, 24 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-29-43, -11, 38 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

One night after losing to Halifax, Sherbrooke fell in Saint John to the Sea Dogs. The Maritimes haven’t been kind to the Phoenix.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Quebec Remparts 6

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 5/12 FO, 3 Hits
Season totals: 46 GP, 30-36-66, +16, 78 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec easily disposed of Shawinigan, 6-2, in a game broadcast nationally in Canada. Erne has points in five of his past six games.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Erie Otters 1

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
With SSM: 11 GP, 4-17-21, +9, 21 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-45-59, +10, 85 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo extended his point streak to 10 games with a goal and three assists. He earned first star in the Soo’s statement win over Connor McDavid and Erie. The two teams are projected to meet in the Western Conference Finals in a few months. The Greyhounds are now five points ahead of Erie for the top seed in the West. McDavid had an assist in Friday’s game.

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Oshawa Generals 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 15-18-33, -7, 85 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

The Gens were too much for Windsor and extended their lead in the Eastern Conference to 18 points over the next best team, Barrie.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 7-16-23, -16, 64 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin has seven points in his last seven games. He’s really come on offensively in the second half of the season, as is typical for an import player in his first year.

Western Hockey League

Spokane Chiefs 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 21-35-56, +8, 32 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point created a turnover in front of the Spokane net that led to the Warriors’ second goal, but he was not credited with an assist. Moose Jaw put six forwards on the ice after pulling their goalie late in the game, but they couldn’t find the tying goal. They came close a few times, including once where Point was in front but couldn’t bat an airborne puck into the net. Moose Jaw retired Ryan Smyth’s jersey before the game. Smyth’s son was reportedly mostly interested in meeting Point because of his performance at the World Junior tournament.

Crunch Fall to Sound Tigers in OT


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With a second point on the table in overtime, the Syracuse Crunch came up just short.

The Crunch stopped the best power play in league on an extended 5-on-3 advantage in the second period, answered less than a minute after the Sound Tigers scored in the third, and Kristers Gudelvskis finished with 30 saves, but Bridgeport's Kael Mouillierat was able to score on a breakaway in the extra session to top Syracuse, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

With points in each of the last six games, the Crunch has tied the Oklahoma City Barons for the most points in the AHL.

"I think it's tough when you lose any game, especially like that," said Crunch captain Mike Angelidis. "I think we had a good chance to win the game. We came back after they scored. We just have to keep bearing down and hopefully we'll keep getting points as we go along."

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 16

This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· Graduation week for 2
· Vasy passes Nabokov on depth chart – good or bad?
· Player addition options for AHL Syracuse
· #BPMailbag (Lightning looking to add a Jameis Winston? Drouin vs Hedman, Callahan comparisons already on the roster, power play solutions, chances of Nikita Gusev coming over)

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