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NHL Game Night: 3-14-17 Lightning at Senators

The stuff that dreams are made of.

OTT-1 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory. It's overshadowed by the heroics at the other end by Condon, but what Vasilevskiy did again tonight was make every situational save asked of him to get the Lightning their chance at the winner's circle.

First Period
3:05 TB Point (12), (Dotchin, Coburn)

Second Period
2:35 OTT Wingels (7), (unassisted)

Third Period

4:05 TB Hedman (14), (Palat)

Victor Hedman was the game's second star.

Facing near impossible odds in their quest for a playoff spot, the Lightning look like a locked in team that is already playing postseason hockey. Tonight's challenges: 1.) Get road points in a back to back after a tough game against the Rangers last night, 2.) Again play short of centermen with Vlad Namestnikov back on the shelf, 3.) Solve a netminder in Mike Condon who decided to lose his mind tonight with ten bell save after ten bell save. Amazingly, the team never showed the effects of #1 or #2 and eventually they got the one they needed to solve #3. Now, after all the heavy lifting is done, they find themselves tied for the 8th spot in the East after being left for dead a month ago. The dream lives for the Lightning, with a lot of heavy lifting still left to do.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 7:51.

Greg McKegg had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:04. He was also 45% on 11 draws.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 19:13.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 11:22.

Yanni Gourde had 4 shots in 20:20. He's playing so well on this recall and he hasn't shown signs of hitting a wall yet.

Adam Erne had 3 shots and 7 hits in 8:30.

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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-14-17

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(3)Dynamo Moscow 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:18 in SKA's 4-1 Game Four win over Dynamo Moscow. Forward Sergei Shirokov led the way for SKA with 1 goal and 3 points in the win.

NHL Game Night: 3-13-17 Lightning at Rangers

Lightning scratch out 2 key road points.


Petr Budaj allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory. He's been rock solid all year for LA and he's been just as good since the trade over to Tampa Bay.

First Period
5:53 NYR Kampfer (1), (Zuccarello, Kreider)
7:43 TB Point (10), (Kucherov, Drouin)(PP)

Second Period
5:04 TB Dumont (2), (Garrison)
10:22 NYR Grabner (22), (unassisted)

Third Period
13:21 TB Point (11), (Palat, Kucherov)

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars.

Gregg McKegg was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:49. He was also 17% on 6 draws.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 20:12.

Gabriel Dumont had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:07.

Yanni Gourde had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:10.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 hit in 12:22.

Box score and extended statistics from

Liiga Game Day: 3-13-17

Tappara 4 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

It was the end of the line for SaiPa, which concluded its regular season by getting beat 40-11 on the shot clock and 4-1 on the scoreboard by Tappara. SaiPa finished 15th in the 15 team Liiga, a full 9 points back of 14th place Sport. Saku Salminen remained out of the lineup for SaiPa with an injury.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 92

This week’s “Aaron Gavey Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 92
· TB strutting down street, flaunting massive amount of chest hair
· Playoffs!?
· Gourde, depth stepping up big
· How does Jo Drouin compare to other young stars?

Gourde, Erne Make Impact in Bolts' Push for Playoffs

As the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone through the 2016-17 regular season, their seemingly consistent string of injuries to key players has created the need for call-ups from the Syracuse Crunch at levels unseen in seasons past.

The term "TampaCuse" has been used to describe the shuttle of players between the clubs throughout the season more than normal this year.

During Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, the Lightning dressed five players who began the year with the Crunch in the American Hockey League – defenseman Jake Dotchin and forwards Adam Erne, Yanni Gourde, Matthew Peca, and Luke Witkowski.

While each of these players has contributed in an important way for the Lightning this season, Erne and Gourde are two prospects who have been particularly impressive of late.

ECHL Game Night: 3-10-17 & 3-11-17

MAR 10: Toledo Walleye 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 3
MAR 11: Toledo Walleye 6 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

F Brian Hart, KAL, 2gp, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 22 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 4 PIMs, 38 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 2gp, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIMS, 5 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 4 PIMs, 21 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, 1gp, W, 60:00 MINS, 30/31, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 15-9-0-1, 2.75 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

Back-to-back games against the best team in the league was a tall order for the surging K-Wings, and a chance to measure themselves against a team they will likely have to go through for a deep run in the Kelly Cup playoffs. Big props to the red hot Nic Riopel, who allowed just one Walleye goal on 31 shots Friday night, and enabled Kalamazoo to hold serve this weekend after Toledo put up 6 on the scoreboard Saturday night against Joel Martin. Riopel, winner of 11 in his last 12 starts, earned 2nd Star honors for his performance Friday. The K-Wings remain 3 points behind Quad Cities in the Central Division standings, looking to avoid a 1st round meeting against these Walleye. Speaking of Quad Cities, Kalamazoo travels to the Wireless Center in Moline, IL Wednesday for a big road game against the Mallards, before a home-and-home Friday and Saturday nights against the lowly Indy Fuel.

NCAA Game Night: 3-12-17

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ No. 4 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 8

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 9-14-23, +6, 14 PIM

UML made sure there wouldn’t be an upset in the final game of its quarterfinal series with New Hampshire, winning 8-2 Sunday in the deciding game. Lohin and company moves on to the semifinals vs Notre Dame.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (OT)

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Michael Rebry scored his fourth goal of the season 34 seconds into overtime to lift WMU to a NCHC quarterfinal win over an upstart Nebraska-Omaha squad. Kris Oldham sat backup for the game and finishes his freshman season at UNO with 10 games played. Starter Evan Weninger will be a junior next year.

CHL Game Night: 3-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 62 GP, 43-28-71, +21, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan responded to an early 2-0 deficit by tying the game by the end of the first period. They got down 4-2 late in the second period and couldn’t find another response.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 63 GP, 33-28-61, +17, 46 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk has two seconds and a first star in his last three games.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Erie Otters 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/16 FO
Season Totals: 63 GP, 19-28-47, +1, 28 PIM
With Petes: 24 GP, 7-11-18, +9, 14 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-20-27, +9, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 3-18-21, +32, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/11 FO
Season Totals: 49 GP, 23-37-60, +35, 12 PIM
With Erie: 22 GP, 10-14-24, +15, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 40-66-106, +69, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

All three Lightning prospects for Erie recorded two points, with Cirelli setting a new career high for points in a season and Raddysh hitting the 40-goal mark. This was a match-up of conference leaders, though it didn’t seem to be much of a contest.

London Knights 6 @ Guelph Storm 2

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 22-30-52, +22, 24 PIM
With London: 26 GP, 11-12-23, +9, 10 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

London continues to try to keep pace with Erie at the top of the Western Conference.

MHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-17

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(3) Yaroslavl Jr. 2 vs. (6)Cherepovets Jr. 4
Cherepovets Jr. Leads the Series 2-0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress for Loko Jr.'s 4-2 Game Two loss to Cherepovets Jr.

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