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)
To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4
C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM, 7 SOG, 7/17 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 20 GP, 13-16-29, -4, 24 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 14-29-43, -9, 38 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy had an assist in the Phoenix’s 4-1 loss in Halifax. Jonathan Drouin’s former team came into the game 10 points behind Sherbrooke on the league table.
Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Quebec Remparts 7
W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 3/8 FO, 6 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 45 GP, 30-35-65, +16, 76 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Erne set a new career high for goals in a season, hitting 30 for the year. He was on pace last year before injuries and WJC time cut his games. He’s also already passed his previous PIM career high. It looks as though Erne has been moved back to wing. He had been playing center for a few weeks, which he played last year. He projects as a winger at the professional level.
Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 8
D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM
With SSM: 10 GP, 3-14-17, +7, 21 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 13-42-55, +8, 85 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo extended his point streak to nine games with two assists Thursday night. Despite scoring six goals in the game, the Soo fell to the IceDogs, snapping their 10-game win streak. This was DeAngelo’s first loss as a member of the Greyhounds.
Owen Sound Attack 7 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 15-18-33, -6, 85 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
Windsor is three points out of the last playoff spot in the West, which could mean DiGiacinto could be available for AHL Syracuse if needed.
Guelph Storm 9 @ Peterborough Petes 4
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +3, 7 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 7-14-21, -16, 64 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin has five points in his last six games. He fought Tyler Bertuzzi (Red Wings) on Thursday night. It was Masin’s fourth fight of the season. Bertuzzi, nephew of Todd Bertuzzi, received an instigator and game misconduct.
Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
Andrei Vasilevskiy shined, allowing 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. The Lightning would've had zero chance of winning tonight without Vasilevskiy.
3:11 TB Stamkos (28), (Callahan, Barberio)
6:42 TB Hedman (6), (Stamkos)
15:21 DAL Klingberg (10), (Seguin, Goligoski)
15:36 DAL Goligoski (2), (Fiddler, Horcoff)
12:27 TB Johnson (18), (Kucherov, Killorn)(PP)
13:41 DAL Daley (13), (Ja. Benn, Demers)
16:23 TB Johnson (19), (Boyle, Palat)
18:43 TB Kucherov (18), (Palat)(EN)
This was, in many ways, role reversal from the Lightning's performance in St. Louis. The Lightning were on their heels most of the night, ultimately getting outshot 36-29, and probably should've been run out of the barn if it weren't for the goaltending they got from Vasiy. Then things got really weird when Jason Garrison got hurt, forcing Brian Boyle to take shifts on defense where he made the play of the game on a clean check on Jamie Benn at center ice that eventually led to his point shot that was deflected in by Johnson for the GWG. Yes, Brian Boyle, from the point, on defense (not in the Conservatory with the Candlestick). Honestly, you can't feel too guilty about it because they deserved so much better against the Blues. So, things evened out on this little mini trip.
Unfortunately, if Garrison's injury is of any real severity, it puts the Lightning in a very tough spot with the California trip looming. Yzerman's basically got a week to bring someone in or he'll have to do something he probably doesn't want to do like raid the already thin cupboard in Syracuse. Paging Slater Koekkoek?
Luke Witkowski was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 13:47. It was a hard luck minus with Daley's shot off the rush hitting Witkowski's leg and deflecting past Vasiy.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Togliatti 1 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 18-13-31, +3, 12 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a helper in 18:12 of ice time in Yugra's 2-1 shootout victory over Lada Togliatti. Gusev was also denied on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session. Ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov had Lada's lone goal in defeat.
Florida Everblades 5 at Elmira Jackals 6 OT
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 6-12-18, +11, 17 PIM, 45 SOG
F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, E, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 33 GP, 8-11-19, +2, 30 PIM, 60 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
The Everblades surrendered a 4-1 lead in the 2nd period to 4-straight Elmira goals, and then got the equalizer with less than minute remaining to send the contest to OT. But Lucas Bloodoff, brother of Everblade forward Evan Bloodoff, scored the OT game winner for the Jackals. Lightning camper Mike Aviani scored Florida's 2nd goal and assisted on the third, while Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev assisted on the Everblade's 4th goal. Following the game, Sergeev was recalled to Syracuse. With Allen York likely recalled to Syracuse for the remainder of the season, Everblade goalie Andy Iles was in net for all six Jackal goals. Jeff Costello remains out of the Florida lineup. The 'Blades travel to Reading for a three-in-three with the Royals this weekend.