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Prospect of the Week: 11-18-14

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 November 18, 2014 is … Yanni Gourde, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

Yanni Gourde knew he just needed to get the first one.

After recording only a pair of assists over his first 10 games this season, the Syracuse Crunch forward knew if he got the first goal more would come quickly. Gourde scored his first of the season early in the third period against the Norfolk Admirals Nov. 8, and followed it up with the eventual game-winner a little more than 10 minutes later.

NHL Game Night: 11-17-14 Lightning at Rangers

Payback.

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NYR-1

Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 16 shots for the victory, and the 1 he allowed was a deflection of a pass off his own defenseman, Garrison. He didn't have a lot of work, but he handled what came his way well.

First Period
6:50 TB Kucherov (7), (Johnson, Palat)
14:20 TB Callahan (7), (Stamkos, Filppula)(PP)

Second Period
0:32 NYR St. Louis (7), (Brassard, Stepan)(PP)
14:08 TB Stamkos (12), (Filppula)
18:42 TB Killorn (3), (Johnson, Palat)

Third Period
17:09 TB Callahan (8), (Stamkos)

Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars.

That was an absolute squash of a game. It was a no contest. It was almost unfair to watch the decaying corpse of the Rangers squad picked apart piece by piece by the speed and youth of the Lightning. And the Lightning didn't let up in this one. They made a point tonight. They knew everyone in the league was looking to see how they'd handle their first game against Marty since the trade, and they crushed the Rangers. They broken their damned backs in that game.

Best of all, as of this posting, the Rangers would have a lottery pick and would have the 11th most ping pong balls. That's right, Sather paid Callahan and 2 1st round picks for the privilege of watching his team get pounded like that tonight. Enjoy, Slats.

The Lightning have now banked 4 insurance points with 1 game left to go in the second 10 game set of the season. Things are looking outstanding, thus far, with the Lightning holding the second most points in the NHL right now. They also lead the league in goals by a mile and their +22 goal differential is second only to Pittsburgh's +25.

Cedric Paquette had 3 shots, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot, and was 67% on draws in 16:25 of ice time. He was dangerous offensively and responsible defensively, and 16:25 of ice time is telling me the coaching staff likely doesn't want him going anywhere.

Jonathan Drouin had 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:18. He had a goal wiped out on an Alex Killorn goaltender interference call.

Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots and was 33% on draws in 13:51. He got the biggest compliment of all when Phil Esposito told him he plays a lot like Larionov. Impressive.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-17-14

Nizhnekamsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 8-5-13, -1, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on Yugra's only goal in 16:00 of ice time in their 3-1 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Former Syracuse Crunch Dan Sexton had a pair of helpers in the win for Nizhnekamsk.

ECHL Game Night: 11-16-14

Florida Everblades 6 at South Carolina Stingrays 3

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 2 PIM, 9 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, W, 60:00 MIN, 3 GA, 22 SH, 19 SV
Season totals: 8 GP, 6-1-0-1, 2.09 GAA, 0.912 SV%, 1 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 6 GP, 1-1-2, E, 11 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 6 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

A night after being scratched, Lightning camper Mike Aviani pots Florida's 3rd goal of the 1st period in Sunday afternoon's road game victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators. Jeff Costello assisted on Aviani's goal, the night after scoring his first professional goal. Allen York was rather pedestrian in net, allowing 3 goals on 22 shots, but when your offense puts a touchdown up on the scoreboard you don't have to be stellar to get the win. Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev was whistled 55 seconds into the game for his first penalty of the season. Both teams had their power play clicking at 50%, but the high octane Everblade offense overwhelmed the Gladiators amid a 40 shot barrage. Florida captured all six points on the weekend three-in-three road trip, and the Everblades return to Estero 1st on the table in the East Division and 2nd in the conference behind Fort Wayne. Gwinnett makes the 9-hour trip down I-75 from Duluth to Estero for a back-to-back rematch against the Everblades next Friday and Saturday night.

Missouri Mavericks 1 at Wichita Thunder 3

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 8 PIM, 32 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 14 PIM, 10 SOG

Wichita earned a much needed victory Sunday afternoon against the visiting Missouri Mavericks, and once again Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier was in the thick of the scoring. Gauthier was credited with the primary assists on both of the Thunder's first and third goals, with that 3rd goal being a crucial power play insurance marker with just 85 seconds left in the game. Gauthier finishes the 4-game week with a gaudy stat line of 2-4-5 with 20 shots and a +3 rating. The Thunder next plays Tuesday night in Tulsa against the Oilers.

Juniors Game Night: 11-16-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 7

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 18 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec lost its second game in a row, 7-4 to the Foreurs. Erne extended his point streak to seven games with an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-3-9, -6, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Sheldon Keefe’s Greyhounds responded to a 1-0 deficit with three straight goals en route to a 4-2 road win Sunday.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 4

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 3-9-12, +2, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary outshot Saskatoon, 51-23, but needed a late shorthanded insurance goal to put the Blades away. Thomas scored on the power play in the first period.

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