Roadie of doom continues.
Andres Lindback allowed 5 goals on 36 shots for the loss. Honestly, though, I can't fault him any of the 5 goals and he made some key stops that gave the Lightning the opportunity to make this a game. They simply could not put one in before garbage time to support their backup.
3:39 SJ Wingels (6), (Couture, Marleau)
18:03 SJ Stuart (2), (Kennedy, Couture)
11:47 SJ Wingels (7), (Marleau, Braun)
4:23 SJ Burns (5), (Thornton, Hannan)
4:42 SJ Marleau (11), (Couture, Braun)
7:39 TB Johnson (5), (Palat, Panik)
Well, the scoreboard isn't entirely different than what I expected. So, that's obviously a negative. Unlike the Kings game, though, there were more silver linings in this defeat. The effort level was there for 60 minutes and this could have been a game if the Lightning could've gotten a bounce or deflection to go their way. After doing nothing in LA, they did manage to outshot San Jose in this one and the line juggling by Jon Cooper did appear to have some promise. We'll see if that translates to anything against Anaheim.
Radko Gudas was -2 with 4 shots, 8 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 21:45.
Mark Barberio was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:11. I thought the game was in Spain for a moment given the matador style effort to allow Marleau the break for San Jose's 5th goal. Ole!
Tyler Johnson had a goal and 2 shot, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 16:54. He was also 33% on draws. The good news is he's consistently getting scoring chances every game. The bad news is the league seems to be getting a book on him in the faceoff circles and his percentage is starting to take a beating recently.
Alex Killorn was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and he was 38% on draws in his first game back as a center. And, he really needs to stop taking offensive zone penalties. For real. It's starting to border on Conacher-esque. That's not good.
Ondrej Palat had a helper and 4 shots and 5 hits in 17:39. The kid line was the Lightning's best line tonight, and Palat was part of the reason why.
J.T. Brown was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:23. He was out with the first team PP unit for a First Period shift that spent nearly the full 2 minutes in San Jose's end, but they could not convert.
Richard Panik had a helper and 1 shot and 3 hits in 15:16. He had a beautiful cross ice feed for the secondary assist on Johnson's goal and he looked like he was handling the puck very well tonight (even a little overconfident at times). Kind of poor judgement moving the puck on San Jose's 4th goal, but he got it back later. Can't say the same for some of the vets on their boo boo's tonight.
No. 7 Boston College Eagles 5 @ Harvard Crimson 1
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-5-6, -2, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Harvard hosted the high-powered Eagles, who had little trouble with the Crimson, 5-1.
Lightning hit a fork in the road.
Ben Bishop allowed 5 goals on 31 shots for the loss. Unlike Phoenix, there's not a lot I would fault Bishop for. Lots of deflection goals and one breakaway goal. Oh, and Killorn deciding to go Clint Dempsey into his own cage.
14:58 LA Kopitar (6), (Doughty, Williams)
16:49 LA Frattin (2), (Voynov, Stoll)(PP)
2:38 LA Williams (8), (Doughty, Kopitar)
15:08 LA King (7), (Vey)(SH)
16:17 TB Filppula (9), (Hedman, St. Louis)(PP)
17:15 LA Brown (4), (Frattin)
1:22 TB Hedman (4), (Johnson)
That was a pretty disgraceful effort to put out on the ice for your captain's 1,000th NHL game. And, no, I'm not talking about the Kings' first 3 goals, 1 of which was a perfect shot, 1 of which was a perfect (lucky) deflection, and 1 of which Killorn kicked into his own net. Those things happen. What had to leave Marty lingering on the bench muttering to himself after the game was how poorly the team responded after that adversity. 9 shots on goal through 40 minutes was piss poor, especially considering how shaky Scrivens looked at times. When you compound that by not putting forth the effort on the first half of a 4 minute power play, leading to a SH goal against, and a horrendous Connolly turnover leading to the Kings' 5th goal, that's how you allow a few bad breaks to snowball into a catastrophe. And I suspect I know what Marty is thinking: if you hustle and if you don't make soft, unforced errors at your blue line, you get out of that period down 3-1, possibly. Then Hedman's semi-soft goal on Scrivens early in the Third Period would've meant something and the Lightning's push in the final frame would've been to steal a point against a quality opponent rather than to try to avoid the inevitable wrath of a Head Coach that hates to lose even more than he likes to win. Now the Lightning have dropped their first consecutive games of the season with another tough game coming up, and they're at a fork in the road. The question is, are they going to cave in here or are they going to put the effort in to stay competitive? That's what I want to see right now. The result is obviously the big thing, but let's start with the building blocks of making sure that the team doesn't look comatose for 40 minutes of a game.
Radko Gudas had 4 hits and 1 blocked shot in 21:18.
Tyler Johnson had a helper and 3 shots in 17:56. He was also 39% on draws. He was a big part of the push the Lightning put on in the Third Period and he nearly snuck one past Scrivens in the First Period.
Alex Killorn was -3 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 12:01. He and Brett Connolly were a waste receptacle conflagration tonight. I see stupid offensive zone penalties. I see sloppiness with the puck. I see very little being generated on the forecheck. I see why his ice time took a nose dive. That line needs to be broken up and Connolly may need to sit a game in the stands to think about what occurred tonight. And, Killorn may need a turn on a checking line to get reoriented on playing a simple game.
Ondrej Palat was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:39. Another decent night on the PK and he was helpful with his fellow kid liners in the Third Period garbage time push.
J.T. Brown was -2 with 2 blocked shots in 13:04. His line did precious little at even strength, which isn't a direct reflection on his play, but you'd like him to really be the first man in on that line with Filppula and Purcell. I understand all the early penalties really hampered the ability of that unit to get into the flow, though.
Dmitry Korobov had 1 hit in 13:04 in his NHL debut. It was a mixed bag for Dmitry. I thought he had a pretty solid little First Period at both ends. He looked pretty good under duress in his own end moving the puck out of trouble and he threw a puck toward the net (uncredited by the scorers) that led to one of the few opportunities for the Lightning in the opening frame. He got less ice time in the Second Period because of all the special teams play and a little extended Third Period garbage time against a little more quality opponents. And, that was about what I would expect from Dmitry. He put a big pop on Dustin Brown along the boards and had a nice long pass to spring an offensive chance on the positive side of the coin. On the negative side, he made an odd unforced error (Korobov does it 1-2 times a game in my experience, a la a young Kubina) to move the puck to an open point in his own end where a Kings defenseman was waiting to pounce and there was one wide rush where his slow footwork was slightly exposed. I'd say it wasn't a big net positive or negative game for Dmitry's stock. But, that said, I felt he showed he's certainly better under duress in his own end than Barberio and that he has more two-way game than Aulie ever dreamed of having. So, there's something to work with there, warts and all.
Richard Panik was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 14:53. Would've been nice for the kid line to get one during that Third Period push for their confidence.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie was -1 with 4 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 8:44. I have no idea why he exists right now. He had one or two good forechecking shifts, but that doesn't offset his skating liabilities defensively, and you'll have a hard time explaining to me why Malone is running around trying to start fights when a game is out of hand like that but Labrie isn't. His whole role is supposed to be to spark the team on a night when they're flat like they were tonight, and he just didn't do anything. Again. He seems like a genuinely nice person and he's a great story. But, if the Lightning are down 4 goals and flat as a pancake, he needs to be challenging the other team's entire bench to a fight. Period. Or, he's no use to anybody. And, if that's the way it's going to be, I'd just as soon see his spot filled by someone like Philippe Paradis who might actually do something to light a fire under the butts of his teammates. I'm not saying it to be mean. The trigger has no heart, and Labrie needs some tough love right now because it feels like he's got a bit of role/identity crisis right now.
Ontario Hockey League
Barrie Colts 2 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (OT)
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 5-10-15, +16, 47 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin had his career-high six-game point streak snapped.
Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Zagreb 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 30/30, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 15-5-3, 4 SO, 2.01 GAA, .935 sv%
Ufa 2 vs. Donetsk 3 (SO)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, SO Loss, 28/30, 1.86 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-5-3, 2.39 GAA, .917 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy was 0-for-2 in the shootout in Ufa's 3-2 shootout loss to Donetsk. Ex-Sharks draft pick Lukas Kaspar had a goal in the match for Donetsk.
Dinamo Riga 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 6 PIM
Ex-NHLer Marcel Hossa had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Riga to a 4-3 shootout win over Yugra. Ex-Lightning forward Paul Szczechura also had a helper in the win for Riga. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak scored his first goal for Yugra in the loss. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 12:07 in defeat.
Bratislava 2 vs. Astana 6
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 18/24, 6.00 GAA, .750 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-8-1, 1 SO, 2.98 GAA, .885 sv%
Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Spartak Moscow 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 24/26, 2.00 GAA, .923 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 16-5-3, 4 SO, 2.01 GAA, .934 sv%
Danis Zaripov had his 21st goal of the season in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 win over Spartak. It was Vasily Koshechkin's 16th win of the campaign.
Ufa 5 vs. Dinamo Minsk 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-5-3, 2.39 GAA, .917 sv%
KHL veteran Dmitry Makarov had 3 assists to help lead Ufa to a 5-2 win over Minsk. Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov also had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game for Ufa.
CSKA 3 vs. Khanty-Mansitsk 4 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a minor in 6:23 of ice time in Yugra's 4-3 overtime win over CSKA. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak helped lead the way with 1 goal and 1 assist for Yugra.
Bratislava 3 vs. Omsk 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 16/16, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 7-8-1, 1 SO, 2.89 GAA, .890 sv%
Jaroslav Janus played the final 28:34 of Slovan's 3-1 win over Omsk to earn a backdoor win. He bested ex-Lightning goaltender Mathieu Garon, who allowed 3 goals in 26 shots for Avangard.