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NHL Game Night: 12-15-14 Lightning at Penguins

Bad news in Pittsburgh.

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Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 5 shots before leaving the game after the First Intermission with what was deemed a "lower body injury". Evgeny Nabokov allowed 3 goals on 21 shots the rest of the way for the loss.

First Period
19:09 PIT Sutter (7), (Scuderi)(SH)
19:33 TB Drouin (2), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)

Second Period
2:55 PIT Rust (1), (Ebbett)
19:26 PIT Downie (5), (Hornqvist, Malkin)(PP)

Third Period
7:47 PIT Dumoulin (1), (Downie, Spaling)
16:56 TB Kucherov (12), (Filppula)

The Lightning came out flying in the First Period, and were betrayed by a mixture of bad luck and great goaltending by Fleury. The one goal Bishop allowed was a shot that was going wide that took a goofy bounce off the knob of his stick and bounded into his net. It was so goofy and unlucky, I wouldn't be surprised if Bishop hurt himself kicking something in the locker room about his buzzard's luck. It was that kind of night. You then had Nabby handing Pittsburgh a free goal on a puckhandling gaffe and then a fourth goal coming off a deflection off Hedman. Meanwhile, the Lightning couldn't buy another goal on Fleury until a breakaway goal from Kucherov late in garbage time. Just nothing is going right now, and you hope that Bishop being held out for precautionary reasons turns out to be over something minor like a stubbed toe rather than something being broken or torn.

Cedric Paquette had 1 shot and 4 hits and was 60% on draws in 14:10.

Jonathan Drouin had a goal and 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 14:50. He was probably one of the three best players on the rink for the Lightning tonight, and that was reflected in his promotion to the Stamkos line in the Third Period. He could've easily had a 3 point night tonight if the Lightning were so cursed right at the moment.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-15-14

Bratislava 6 vs. Jokerit 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 25/27, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-10-4, 2 SO, 2.68 GAA, .898 sv%

Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius surrendered 6 goals in defeat for Jokerit in their 6-2 loss to Slovan Bratislava.

Prospect of the Week: 12-15-14

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for December 15, 2014 is … Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

Who are we to argue with the American Hockey League?

The league named Lightning goaltender prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday before we even had a chance to vote on our Prospect of the Week. The early bird gets the proverbial worm, so we’ll just go ahead and agree with the AHL on this one.

Not that we would’ve disagreed.

Juniors Game Night: 12-14-14

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 9-6-15, -11, 43 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

The Soo continued its strong play, knocking off visiting Windsor 6-4 on Sunday. DiGiacinto (5’11” 196) fought Tyler Gandy (6’2” 196). Both players got several punches in, with Gandy getting the victory nod. He declared victory himself after the fight, actually. It was DiGiacinto’s third fight this season, per hockeyfights.com.

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NCAA Game Night: 12-13-14

No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ No. 11 Denver Pioneers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-2-7, E, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

No. 1 North Dakota salvaged a weekend split with Denver on Saturday, though it knocked them down to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday.

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