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Liiga Game Day: 2-4-16

Lukko 2 vs. KalPa 1 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 4-7-11, +7, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela had a minor for tripping in 11:07 of ice time in KalPa's 2-1 OT loss to Lukko. Veteran Liiga forward Teemu Nurmi had the OT winner for Lukko. KalPa sits in 8th on the Liiga table, 7 points out of 6th place, with the top 6 teams getting first round playoff byes.

Juniors Game Night: 2-2-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-9-13, -2, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 45 GP, 25-29-54, +28, 49 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Saint John celebrated their recent inclusion on the CHL Top-10 Rankings (No. 10) with a road win over rival Moncton. Joseph extended his point streak to five games (4-5-9 in that time).

Shawinigan Cataractes 7 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, +2, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 43 GP, 28-30-58, +7, 58 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan had an assist Wednesday as Shawinigan put a up a touchdown on the island. Daniel Sprong, who started the year with the Pittsburgh Penguins, had a goal and two assists for Charlottetown.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 3 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/21 FO
Season totals: 21 GP, 9-8-17, +1, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens’ slump continued Wednesday, though it coincides with the Spirit’s struggles. Stephens has one point in his last eight games. The team has lost three in a row (0-2-1) and is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games. Saginaw is holding on to the last playoff spot in the West, 10 points up on Flint. Erie has already clinched a playoff spot in first, 14 points up on second place Windsor. Saginaw would get Erie in the first round.

Western Hockey League

Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Vancouver Giants 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-17-23, -19, 30 PIM
With Vancouver: 41 GP, 6-14-20, -9, 20 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Tyler Johnson’s former junior team scored three times in both the first and third periods to win big in Vancouver, 6-2.

NHL Game Night: 2-3-16 Red Wings at Lightning

Back on schedule.

DET-1
TB-3

Ben Bishop allowed just 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory. He didn't face a ton of great chances, but what he did do was handle the puck very well to help himself out and he was out on his angle well all night.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
1:23 TB Brown (5), (Coburn)
5:06 DET Nyquist (14), (Tatar, Quincey)
6:30 TB Johnson (6), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Third Period
3:23 TB Kucherov (21), (Palat)(PP)

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

That was a remarkably workmanlike effort by the Lightning. Even in the First Period, where the Red Wings had a decent shot advantage, I didn't think the Lightning were on their heels or chasing the play. They seemed to be first on the puck a lot and their only problems were self-inflicted mistakes rather than the Wings asserting themselves. The Lightning ultimately took control of the game in the Second Period and built the margin they needed with two power play goals earned by the pressure they were putting on the Red Wings with their speed and possession. They got a little bit complacent for about a 5-6 minute span after a PK that followed the Kucherov goal, but all-in-all that was a pretty clinical effort against a Red Wings team that gave them all they could handle in the playoff last year.

As an aside, NBCSN can sell that line of Callahan/Filppula/Brown as "the best third line in hockey," all the want, but no one's buying. We're not blind. We can read a stat sheet, and the number of zeros behind Callahan and Filppula's salaries on the NHLPA's website, while we're at it. C'mon, guys.

The win puts the Lightning at 60 points through 50 games of the season, meaning that by virtue of their 9-1-0 record for this 10-game segment of the season they're back on track to make the playoffs comfortably. They fell behind the eight ball in the second 10-game segment of the year when they fell 5 points off the pace, and they eventually fell 6 points off after 40 games, but they're now back on track if you follow the goal of getting at least 12 points every 10 games. Now we'll see if the Lightning can stay ahead of the chains the rest of the way and into the postseason.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 16:57 of ice time. I give him credit for forcibly picking Nyquist up off of Bishop and making an example of him.

Box score from NHL.com (which has a new format that is AWFUL).

KHL Game Day: 2-3-16

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. CSKA 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 31/33, 2.02 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov had a goal for CSKA in their 3-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Senators farmhand Stephane DaCosta also had a goal for CSKA in the match.

Nizhnekamsk 1 vs. Novgorod 4
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in just 12:04 of ice time in Novgorod's 4-1 win over Nizhnekamsk. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win.

St. Petersburg 2 vs. Ekaterinburg 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 31 GP, 13-21-34, +9, 10 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 20-28-48, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev had an even strength helper in 9:15 of ice time, but failed to convert in his penalty shot session attempt in SKA's 3-2 loss to Ekaterinburg. Former Oilers first rounder Alexei Mikhnov had a pair of goals in the win for Ekaterinburg, and a goal in the Shootout, as well.

Juniors Game Night: 2-2-16

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 23-32-55, +15, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

One game after putting up nine goals, the Warriors allowed six to Brandon in a 6-3 home loss.

Liiga Game Day: 2-2-16

Assat 3 vs. KalPa 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-7-11, +7, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in just 9:23 of ice time in KalPa's 3-2 loss to Assat. Ex-Islanders pick Masi Marjamaki had a goal for Assat in the victory.

NCAA Game Night: 2-1-16

Northeastern Huskies 1 @ No. 9 Boston University Terriers 3 (Beanpot)

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 20 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was scratched for the third straight game. He had been on a rotation the past few weekends. BU will play BC for the Beanpot title.

Crunch players, North Division come up short in All-Star Challenge


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With a chance to advance to the championship game, the North Division All-Stars came up just short.

The Atlantic topped the North in the final game of the round robin portion, but ultimately lost to the Central, 4-0, in the championship game of the AHL All-Star Challenge at the Onondaga County War Memorial Monday.

In the half 4-on-4 and half 3-on-3 format nine-minute format, the North — which features three Syracuse Crunch players — beat the Pacific 1-0 in the first game, lost to the Central in the second game 4-2, and finished with a 4-1 loss to the Atlantic.

Crunch defenseman Matt Taormina also participated in last year’s all-star game, but enjoyed the new format.

“It was a bunch of fun,” Taormina said. “The skills competition was the same as last year, which was great. It was good to see some of the different guys out there. This time it was definitely a different game.”

KHL Game Day: 2-1-16

Omsk 4 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton had a power play assist on ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev's lone goal for Novgorod in their 4-1 loss to Omsk. Ashton played 16:59 in the match. Ex-NHLer Martin Erat had a pair of helpers for Omsk in the win.

St. Petersburg 2 vs. Jokerit 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 30 GP, 13-20-33, +8, 10 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-27-47, +14, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 14:31 of ice time in SKA's 2-1 win over Jokerit. He did have a team high 5 SOG's for St. Petersburg in the win. SKA's Third Period GWG was assisted on by ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 52

This week's “Radek Smolenak Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

NOTE: This was recorded before the Drouin suspension. A special edition of the podcast will be posted Thursday morning.

· The No. 52
· Sitting on the corner of Drouinsanity and Stammergeddon
· #BPMailbag (Vasy being shopped? ... DeAngelo timeline ... Drouin trade ideas)

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