HPK 3 vs. HIFK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen assisted on the eventual game winning goal in HPK's 3-2 victory over HIFK. Salminen played 13:32 in the match. He also evened his season +/- rating by going +1 in the game, as well. Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill also had a goal in the game for HPK.
Enroth beats the Lightning.
Evgeny Nabokov allowed 1 goal on 22 shots and 2 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. It was an improvement over previous efforts, certainly.
9:52 TB Palat (7), (Johnson, Kucherov)
16:06 BUF Girgensons (8), (Myers, Gorges)
BUF- Hodgson, Ennis
The Lightning basically took the First Period off tonight after another emotional tilt with the Rangers last night and it ultimately cost them. Enroth's been hot and it would've taken more pucks on net to get the win tonight. It didn't happen, but they did get a point.
Cedric Paquette was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 shots and 1 hit in 10:52. His speed was a threat tonight and he responded well after being out of the lineup for a little while.
Taking out the trash.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the victory as the Lightning swept the season series against Benedict Arnold and the Rangers 3-0. He also had a helper in tonight's game on top of several sparkling saves that allowed the Lightning to keep contact before eventually pulling away in the Third Period.
6:32 TB Johnson (7), (Palat, Hedman)
12:14 NYR Hayes (3), (Hagelin, Stempniak)
16:02 TB Connolly (3), (Hedman, Bishop)
2:42 NYR Fast (2), (Brassard, Nash)
9:24 NYR St. Louis (10), (McDonagh, Stepan)(PP)
14:23 TB Carle (2), (Johnson, Filppula)
5:34 TB Connolly (4), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)
6:58 TB Johnson (8), (Kucherov, Gudas)
19:33 TB Palat (6), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)
That was satisfying. No, not because the Lightning played their best game. They didn't. Their passing wasn't sharp and allowed the Rangers to run up a big shot advantage. Along with a handful of terrible turnovers the Lightning really allowed themselves to be put on the ropes when they fell behind in the Second Period and failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 advantage. And then Matt stinking Carle scored to tie the game and the Rangers' world started caving in around them.
You see, after getting annihilated in the first two games of the season series, the Rangers decided this was their measuring stick. This was going to be their big moment to show they were ready to run with the big dogs! Ryan McDonagh, who by virtue of being captain of the Rangers evidently immediately became Brian Leetch reincarnate in New York last year, or something equally irrational, was going to return from injury to help the Rangers smite their new tormentors from the South!
BTW, Rangers and fans, for the record, Victor Hedman > Ryan McDonagh. But, I digress.
The Rangers' best punch they could throw, their heavyweight haymaker, was a Second Period where they walked into the locker room tied 3-3. And, at that point, I think everybody in that building knew how the Third Period would unfold. And brother, it did. Martin St. Louis finished the 3 game series with 2 goals and 2 points, 1 more point than Ben Bishop, and a pretty fantastic -6 rating. I can see why Slats threw in the 2 first rounders.
On the Lightning side of the ledger, it was no surprise the Kucherov line continues to dominate the opposition, but Brett Connolly was a revelation with 2 goals and another that got disallowed for being deflected in with a high stick. You're beginning to see the high-end, elite skill Brett was touted to possess when he was selected in the top-10 so many years ago. He's sugar in open ice, although he might still be another word that starts with "s" along the wall. Also of note, Victor Hedman sneezed 3 assists tonight without even trying. It's obscene how easily he's tallied points since about the midway point of last season.
With 25 games played, the Lightning sit at 36 points, meaning with 5 games remaining in segment 3 of the season they're already at the minimum point total they need to be at to comfortably be on pace to make the playoffs. Everything they get in the next 5 games just replenishes and, possibly, expands the bank of insurance points they had coming into this 10-game segment of the season.
Cedric Paquette was -1 with 2 penalty minutes 2 shots and 2 hits in 13:33.
Jonathan Drouin was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 10:19.
Khanty Mansiysk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 9-7-16, +1, 10 PIM
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 19/21, 2.02 GAA, .905 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 19-4-4, 3 SO, 1.60 GAA, .939 sv%
Ex-Wild pick and longtime journeyman Barry Brust made 39 saves to lead Yugra to a shutout victory over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar also had a pair of goals for Yugra in the win. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 15:48 in the contest.
Chekhov 2 vs. Mytischi 1 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 16 PIM
Ex-Sharks pick Harri Sateri made 48 saves and stopped 2 of 3 in the shootout to lead Chekhov to a 2-1 win over Mytischi. Dmitry Korobov played 20:06 in the loss.
Bratislava 5 vs. Novosibirsk 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 18/18, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 4-7-3, 2 SO, 2.21 GAA, .914 sv%
Jaroslav Janus finally got off the bench and stopped all 18 shots he faced for a 5-0 blanking of Novosibirsk. Slovan also got a pair of helpers from ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy in the win.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/10 FO, 2 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 19 GP: 1-13-15, -6, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy had two assists for the second straight game, but the Eagles were defeated by the Armada despite limiting them to 18 shots. Cape Breton had and lost a 3-1 lead in this one.
Quebec Remparts 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3 (OT)
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 23 GP, 18-21-39, +19, 28 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Leafs prospect Frederik Gauthier scored in overtime to give the Oceanic a 3-2 win over rival Quebec. Adam Erne was back on the scoresheet after having his 10-game point streak snapped last game. Erne is almost assuredly on Team USA’s WJC preliminary (and final) roster that comes out Tuesday.
Ontario Hockey League
Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Sarnia Sting 4
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 7-20-27, +1, 52 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Sarnia won its fifth straight game, 4-3 over the Fronts. DeAngelo continues to produce from the backline; he now leads the OHL in scoring for defensemen. DeAngelo will be watching Team USA’s announcements on Tuesday to see if he made the World Juniors preliminary roster. DeAngelo was not invited to the summer camp because of character concerns.
WJC Notes: Congratulations to Brayden Point, who was named to Team Canada's WJC Development Camp later this month. Point has a good chance at making the team. There is still an outside chance Jonathan Drouin joins him there. Adam Erne is a lock for Team USA and Dominik Masin may captain the Czechs. Anthony DeAngelo is the one to watch.