Kucherov line steals the show in homecoming game.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the victory. He just wallowed in the cool glorious waters of goal supportage all night long tonight.
7:46 TB Kucherov (2), (Gudas, Johnson)
12:18 TB Filppula (2), (Killorn, Stamkos)
3:20 TB Kucherov (3), (Johnson, Palat)
14:07 ARI Doan (1), (Stone, Vermette)
17:32 TB Boyle (2), (unassisted)
18:52 ARI Erat (3), (Hanzal, Gagner)
8:23 TB Kucherov (4), (Johnson, Brewer)
9:26 TB Boyle (3), (Brown, Stralman)
12:43 ARI Crombeen (1), (Vitale, Ekman-Larsson)
18:15 TB Carle (1), (Johnson, Sustr)(PP)
I've said it before, but that Palat/Johnson/Kucherov line has been a revelation. That line, I suspect, is your second line from now until the end of the season. The chemistry and speed of Johnson and Palat have unlocked the time and space necessary to let Kucherov apply his finishing skills, and those three are lethal together. Great game by Boyle and old man Morrow tonight, too, as well as Radko Gudas, who should've had a goal that was waved off on a way too quick whistle on a rebound chance Gudas snuck through Mike Smith's gaping five-hole.
As I recall, last season, the Coyotes really kicked the Lightning in the teeth in Arizona and their announcers and fans were far too giddy about the rude treatment the Lightning were given. I may be over-romanticizing this, but given the way the Lightning woodshedded Montreal earlier this season and the way Gudas decapitated Squirt Bottle Bandit Upshall, one might conclude this team is becoming very good at making others pay up on old debts. Very good. Intmidatingly good.
The victory gives the Lightning 13 points in the first 10 game segment of the season, clearing the 12 point minimum and giving them an insurance point to put in the bank. For those who didn't read Bolt Prospects last season, the 12/10 formula is pretty simple. 96 points should deliver you a playoff spot comfortably, based on past historical performance. Earning 12 points every 10 games will get you to 96 points with 2 games left to play around with. So, for every 10 game segment of the year, if your team can get at least 12 points, you're golden. The Lightning didn't get 12 points in every 10 game segment last season, but they accrued enough bonus points along the way that at no time last year did they fall behind schedule to get 96 points, eventually topping triple digits on their way to the playoffs. We're wheeling the formula out again this season because it's a fairly straightforward way of judging how the season is progressing. 12/10 is the magic ratio.
Now we ask the team to clean the slate and say, 12/10: do it again.
Cedric Paquette had his first NHL fight, 3 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:53. A very Dump Truck-ulent stat line, to be sure.
Jonathan Drouin had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:50. After his play in the previous game, he got busted down to the 4th line tonight, where he was invisible for 2 periods before coming alive with Namestnikov and Paquette in garbage time in the final frame. With Killorn coming back and looking decent in the First Period with Stamkos, it looked like it might be a longer term demotion for Drouin in the offing, but given how ineffective the Stamkos line was the final 40 minutes of the game I suspect Drouin will get a chance to get back up there sooner rather than later. As it was, I thought some of his Third Period work was quite entertaining.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 14:08. I thought he was really good tonight, showing great speed and getting in on some dangerous chances. He just happened to be the odd man out for a scoring line with everybody else clicking, and Arizona was only getting offense off faceoffs where Namesy was 0-for-3 tonight, so that may have factored in the decision, as well. Still, I liked what I saw and he should've had a helper on Gudas' disallowed goal.
SaiPa 4 vs. HPK 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was scoreless in 10:36 in HPK's 4-3 shootout loss to SaiPa. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for HPK, although he failed on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session.
Astana 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 7-3-10, -1, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had his goal scoring streak snapped at 3 games in 16:46 of ice time in Yugra's 3-2 overtime win over Barys Astana. His 4 shots were a team high for Yugra in the victory. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had the overtime winner on the power play.
Kazan 0 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 22/22, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 14-2-4, 3 SO, 1.41 GAA, .948 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin turned aside all 22 shots he faced for his third shutout of the year to best Anders Nilsson and Ak Bars Kazan 1-0. Danis Zaripov scored his 13th goal of the season for the lone goal of the match.
Mytischi 2 vs. Vladivostok 3 (OT)
Dmitry Korobov, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was -1 in 21:20 of ice time as Vladivostok nipped Mytischi 3-2 in Overtime. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had a helper in defeat for Mytischi.
Wichita Thunder 5 at Tulsa Oilers 6 OT
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Fans in Tulsa were treated to four netminders in this 11-goal OT lamplighter. Milan was credited with a secondary assist on Wichita's third goal for his first point of the young season, seeing time on both the power play and the penalty kill.
Florida Everblades 3 at Orlando Solar Bears 2 OT
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 62:30 MIN, 2 GA, 26 SH, 24 SV
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-0-1, 2.56 GAA, 0.881 SV%
Adam York stopped 26 goals as the Everblades mounted a spirited third period comeback to force overtime before Florida forward Adam Brace notched the short-handed OT GW'er. It was York's first win of the season. Artem Sergeev now has a point streak after Evan Bloodoff picked up a rebound from Sergeev's shot and buried the game-tying goal in the third. Kristoff Kontos, son of former Bolt Chris Kontos, opened the scoring for Orlando in the second period. Kontos, 20, is playing in his first professional season after signing a contract with the Solar Bears earlier this month. He was born 14 months after his father was forever etched in Lightning lore by scoring 4 goals in the Bolt's first ever NHL game as a franchise on Oct 7, 1992. It says quite a bit about a hockey organization that failed to mention that Kristoff's father even played for the NHL team just 1.5 hours down the interstate in the press release about signing Kontos, choosing instead to highlight his playing time with the LA Kings and Wayne Gretzy. Draw your own conclusions.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/19 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 7 GP: 1-5-6, E, 4 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Flames second rounder Mason McDonald stopped 33 of 34 shots to down the visiting Eagles, 2-1. The game-winning goal was scored before the half-way point of the game.
Quebec Remparts 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 2 (SO)
W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6 Hits
Season totals: 11 GP, 10-8-18, +12, 12 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec won their fourth straight game, defeating Saint John 2-1 in a shootout for a 3-2 final score. Adam Erne, who had a four-game point streak coming into the game, had his shootout attempt saved.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-10-16, +9, 14 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
The Warriors have three goals in their last three games, which isn’t going to net a lot of wins. They have lost all three of those games.
Prince George Cougars 3 @ Calgary Hitmen 2
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-5-7, E, 8 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas had a point for the second consecutive game, but unfortunately the Hitmen lost both contests. Calgary had 14 goals in their last two games coming into Sunday.