Bratislava 2 vs. Novosibirsk 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%
Dmitry Monya's Second Period power play goal snapped a 2-2 tie and delivered Novosibirsk a 3-2 victory over Slovan Bratislava. Ex-Islanders second rounder Mikko Koskinen turned aside 32 for the win.
Ufa 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 7-3-10, -3, 6 PIM
Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had a goal for Yugra in their 3-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Stars first rounder Ivan Vishnevskiy also had a goal in the match in defeat for Ufa. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:22 in the match.
Mytischi 4 vs. Novokuznetsk 2
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was +2 in 19:13 for Mytischi in their 4-2 win over Novokuznetsk. Ex-NHLer Slava Kozlov had a goal in the match for Mytischi, as did ex-Avs second rounder Ryan Stoa for Novokuznetsk.
Bratislava 1 vs. Khabarovsk 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 20/23, 3.10 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-6-2, 0 SO, 2.63 GAA, .903 sv%
Ex-Oilers first rounder Jesse Niinimaki had a goal in Khabarovsk's 3-1 win over Slovan.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 14/21 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 8 GP: 1-6-7, -2, 4 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy was dangerous throughout the third period in a close game, creating several chances and manufacturing shots, but he couldn’t find the twine and the Eagles couldn’t find a way to win.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 7 @ Barrie Colts 1
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-9-12, -2, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Sarnia broke their four-game losing streak with a huge win in Barrie. The Sting had seven goals by the end of the second period and coasted through the third. DeAngelo (Sarnia Observer photo) saw a significant amount of ice time in all game situations, including the entirety of a second period penalty kill when Barrie had just pulled to 4-1.
Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, -1, 17 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto scored on the power play in the third period to put Windsor ahead, 3-2. They’d add another, then give up one to give the game a 4-3 final score.
Mississauga Steelheads 1 @ Peterborough Petes 4
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-4-6, -6, 31 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
The Petes scored three times in the third period en route to a 4-1 win over the visiting Steelheads. Masin was forced to fight once again after delivering a clean, hard hit in open ice.
Solid, if unspectacular effort gets the W.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory. It wasn't his best effort, but wasn't bad. Pretty much in line with the overall effort of the team tonight.
3:29 TB Namestnikov (3), (Stralman, Drouin)
12:43 PHI Simmonds (6), (Bellemare, Schenn)
19:14 TB Stamkos (7), (Garrison, Filppula)(PP)
5:30 TB Stamkos (8), (Filppula, Killorn)
6:38 PHI Voracek (3), (Manning, Giroux)
16:48 TB Garrison (1), (Stamkos, Filppula)(PP)
19:06 PHI Raffl (6), (Voracek, Giroux)
Kind of a strange game. You never got the feeling the Lightning were in danger of losing this contest tonight. They were clearly the more talented team on the ice, and the shot totals were pretty well slanted toward them up until the very tail end of the game when the Flyers went into desperation mode. Still, nothing the Lightning did tonight really made you ready to shoot fireworks off from about 10 minutes into the game on. They came out hard and looked sharp early, but once the Flyers got a greasy goal the game started to drone on a bit with the Flyers having plenty of possession but few shots or chances to show for it. Then the Flyers started taking penalties, and a number of Lightning skill players that looked lackluster at 5-on-5 did their thing on the PP and the rest his history. Elite teams win games like this, and it makes you excited to think they can sleepwalk through wins like this without Hedman and Callahan, but I'm not exactly ready to lead the parade over this victory either.
Andrej Sustr was injured early in the Third Period and we'll see what impact that has on the Lightning roster in the upcoming couple of games.
Cedric Paquette was +1 with 1 hit in 7:46. The Drouin/Paquette/Namestnikov line did not play much in this game, but they were effective when they did.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper with 4 shots and 1 hit in 9:58. His line combination with Namestnikov really works because Vladislav's speed seems to create time and space for Drouin to do his thing. With that said, given how poor Stamkos' line has looked at even strength, I feel like sooner or later Cooper needs to move Drouin or Namestnikov up to play with #91. It's got to happen.
Vladislav Namestnikov had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot. He got his goal on a tip, but it was his speed that was causing the Flyers all kinds of problems, opening ice for his linemates and drawing penalties. I thought he was the straw that stirred the drink on that line tonight.
Tulsa Oilers 0 at Wichita Thunder 2
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Wichita goalie Tim Boron pitched a 27 save shutout in front 2,300+ hometown fans Wednesday night, which is remarkable considering the Kansas City Royals had this somewhat of a big deal Game 7 of the World Series scheduled the same night. The Thunder are one of seven teams absorbed by the ECHL from the now defunct Central Hockey League (CHL). These seven teams make up the new Central division in the Western Conference of the new 28 team ECHL, and includes Tulsa, Quad City, Brampton, Allen, Missouri, and Rapid City. The Thunder are 1-1-1-0 with 3 points to start their new ECHL era. The Thunder play again Saturday against winless Missouri.
Omsk 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 7-3-10, -3, 6 PIM
It was a rough game for Nikita Gusev, who went -2 with a minor for slashing in 16:21 in Yugra's 4-1 loss to Omsk.
Mytischi 2 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 18:21 in Mytischi's 2-1 win over Khabarovsk. Ex-NHLer Slava Kozlov scored a goal in the match for Mytischi.