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NHL Game Night: 11-10-15 Sabres at Lightning

Rock bottom?


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss. The third goal was a hugely deflating softie that went in off of his glove. For everyone who has been ready to ship Bishop out of town at the earliest convenience and make Vasiy the guy, pump the breaks. The kid's 21, and he is mortal. There will be rough patches that he needs to develop through.

First Period
5:57 BUF Eichel (6), (Franson)(PP)

Second Period
0:52 TB Stamkos (8), (Kucherov)(PP)
1:40 BUF Franson (1), (Eichel, Ennis)

Third Period
5:24 BUF Foligno (1), (Legwand, Deslauriers)
19:24 BUF Ristolainen (4), (Johnson)(EN)

Ryan Callahan was the game's second star.

I could sit here and tell you the Lightning outshot the Sabres, and they did. I could tell you they grossly outchanced the Sabres in the last 40 minutes of the game, and they did. There's not any comfort in that, because the Lightning have such a significant talent advantage on the Sabres that they should be outshooting and outchancing them. Ultimately, this comes down to something more fundamental than talent and tactics. At this point, it's looking more and more like the Lightning emotionally and mentally don't have the will. The Sabres wanted this game more. They've wanted it more in all four games this season and have routinely jumped on the Lightning in every first period where Tampa Bay often looked flat as a pancake. The difference is that they got the payoff tonight.

So now the Lightning need to ask themselves if they have the will to turn this around. It's as simple as that. They need to outwork opponents. Absent that, they're not going to make the odd man rushes and the lucky breaks they need to get out of this slump. In retrospect, I wish Yzerman had made more than one small tweak to the roster to get more fresh, hungry blood onto the roster, but that's water under the bridge now. Short of a tweak like bringing up Koekkoek, the answers will have to come from inside that room, and it'll have to start with that fundamental question. Do you want it more than the other team? And if they can't convincingly answer that in the affirmative, they're screwed.

It's not a question anymore of whether the team is in trouble. They'll finish this segment in the red by at least 2 points based on our old 12 in 10 rule. It's only a question of how deep the hole will be. Note that this is the first time, on a season-wide basis, the Lightning have been behind schedule in over 2 years. They've missed segment targets about 4 times in the previous two seasons, but they've always had insurance points banked to cover the damage. This is uncharted and dangerous waters.

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KHL Game Day: 11-10-15

Omsk 0 vs. Jokerit 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Flames netminder Henrik Karlsson turned aside all 31 shots he faced in Jokerit's 1-0 win over Omsk.

Togliatti 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 7
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 13/14, 1.00 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 10-9-4, 0 SO, 2.39 GAA, .912 sv%

The Karjala break seems to have done Magnitka well, as they allowed just 14 shots on goal in a 7-1 thumping of Lada Togliatti. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski led the way with 2 goals and 3 points in the victory.

St. Petersburg 3 vs. Dynamo Moscow 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 3 GP, 1-3-4, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-10-18, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had 1 goal and 1 assist in just 11:56 of ice time in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo got a goal from ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums in defeat. According to the KHL website, Gusev's contract expires on 4/30/16, after which the Lightning will be free to attempt to sign him if he does not sign an extension beforehand. In recent interviews, Gusev cited his openness to coming to North America to join his friend and former CSKA Jr. teammate Nikita Kucherov. However, big market SKA St. Petersburg will have the resources to put together a compelling financial package for Gusev to stay put if they want to retain him, so stay tuned.

Novgorod 5 vs. Bratislava 3
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 6-1-7, +2, 12 PIM

Carter Ashton had 1 goal and 1 assist in 17:05 of ice time as Novgorod beat Bratislava 5-3. Bratislava got 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-NHLer Cam Barker in defeat.

Juniors Game Night: 11-8-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 16 GP, 16-13-29, +7, 21 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan had his 13-game point streak come to an end at the hands of Gatineau.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Flint Firebirds 4 (SO)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-10-15, -4, 7 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Guelph Storm 0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 8-11-19, +10, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

The Spitfires shutout the last place Storm, 4-0. Guelph is six points worse than any other team in the league. Windsor is five points up on Sarnia for first in the West Division.

ECHL Game Night: 11-08-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 0 at Reading Royals 5

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-0-4, -3, 4 PIM, 21 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, -7, 12 PIM, 7 SOG

Greenville gave up 5 more goals Sunday afternoon to the Royals, shutout for their sixth consecutive loss, a night after losing to Reading 5-1. The Swamp Rabbits are in free fall at the moment losing the three-game weekend slate by a combined score of 14-3. Greenville returns home to take on Atlanta Thursday night and Adirondack Saturday night before driving down I-85 to Atlanta for rematch with the Gladiators next Sunday afternoon.

Karjala Tournament Game Day: 11-8-15

Russia 3 vs. Czech Republic 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in Russia's 4-3 tournament concluding loss to Czech Republic. Gusev did not have an attempt in the shootout session. Ironically, Magnitogorsk forward Jan Kovar scored the winner in the Shootout for the Czechs. Kovar also had a helper in the match and is a teammate of Russia's Sergei Mozyakin and Danis Zaripov.

ECHL Game Night: 11-07-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1 at Reading Royals 5

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-0-4, -1, 2 PIM, 19 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, Loss, stopped 24 of 29 shots
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 12 PIM, 7 SOG

Lightning prospect Brian Hart scored Greenville's lone goal in Saturday night's 5-1 road loss to the Reading Royals. It was Hart's team-leading 4th goal of the season, and he scored it from his office on the doorstep of the crease poking in a rebound. One encouraging development from Hart's assignment in Greenville is that he is emerging as that big body in front of the net that both the Crunch and the Lightning need.

Riding a four-game losing streak, the Swamp Rabbits needed Allen York to come out and pitch a sparkling performance in net, but once again he allowed 5 goals including 4 in a deflating 2nd period. Greenville's nothing special teams were once again on display, allowing 2 power play goals on four attempts, and going scoreless on the power play in three tries. The Swamp Rabbits conclude their three game weekend road swing in a Sunday afternoon rematch with the Royals.

Juniors Game Night: 11-7-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, -2, 25 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 17 GP, 8-7-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Saint John won big in Quebec City, 7-3. Joseph and Imama combined for zero official hits, which is almost certainly a byproduct of home-team statisticians.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 4 (SO)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 15 GP, 16-13-29, +7, 21 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan extended his point streak to 13 games with an early assist and late goal. He did not convert his shootout attempt, but the Cataractes won without it.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 4

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-10-15, -4, 7 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens remains out with a broken foot.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Erie Otters 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 7-11-18, +8, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor managed to beat the mighty Otters in Erie, 6-4.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-3-3, +12, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Petes have lost nine of their last 10 games, falling to 6-9-1-2.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 4-1-5, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 17-22-39, +13, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Brayden Point had the first 4-goal game of his career and seventh hat trick, leading the Warriors to a 6-4 home win over Prince Albert. Point’s last hat trick was exactly one month ago to the day. He scored three goals tonight in the second period, then added an empty-net goal. Point has a 6-point lead in the league scoring race over linemate Dylan Hunt.

Vancouver Giants 2 @ Everett Silvertips 3

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-5-7, -11, 10 PIM
With Vancouver: 5 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 2 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas scored his first goal since March 13 of last year. Including the playoffs, that’s a span of 40 games. It was the first 2-goal game of his career. Thomas has used the change of scenery from the Calgary trade to elevate his offensive production and now has four points in five games with the Giants.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 1 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 5

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-1-1, 2.30 GAA, .926 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham got the night off after getting the win in Friday’s game.

Sioux Falls Stampede 4 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-12-12, -2, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota commit)

Zuhlsdorf is tied for second in the USHL in scoring for defensemen, one point behind Tri-City’s Mattias Goransson (undrafted, UMass-Lowell commit).

NCAA Game Night: 11-7-15

No. 11 Boston University Terriers 4 @ Northeastern Huskies 1

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 8 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

BU completed a weekend sweep of Northeastern.

Minnesota State Mavericks 3 @ Ferris State Bulldogs 2

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin missed his third straight game due to injury. He took a hard hit to the head in his last weekend.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 11-7-15 Lightning at Wild

Offense comes up snake eyes... again.


Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal 25 shots for the loss. I wish I could say I've never seen anything like this before, but I remember November and December of 2003-2004 when the team couldn't score goals for Nikolai Khabibulin to save their lives. It took a temporary switch to John Grahame in January to break the team out of its scoring funk, and the rest is history. It may take running out Vasilevskiy for more starts to change the dynamic for the Lightning over the next couple of weeks.

First Period

Second Period
0:26 MIN Spurgeon (2), (Coyle, Pominville)

Third Period

The Lightning weren't bad tonight, except for the first 5-10 minutes of the Second Period. They had the bulk of the possession and plenty of chances. Dubnyk just decided to stand on his head tonight. It happens, but it's getting more than frustrating. And, it's seriously jeopardizing Tampa Bay's position in the standings, too. At this juncture, they've got to run the table in the final 4 games of this segment to stay on comfortable pace for the playoffs. It's not un-doable with the schedule ahead, but it's certainly tough to operate with no margin of error and it's looking more and more like the Lightning will be in a hole of undetermined size heading into the second quarter of the campaign.

Complicating things further is the injury of Ondrej Palat, who left the game tonight after a scrum in front of the Lightning net in which a Minnesota Wild player landed hard on the back of his left leg. Could be an ankle. Could be a knee. Could be a broken leg. I won't speculate on injuries anymore after we watched Paquette wrap his leg around the goalpost in Detroit late last season only to play the very next game. But, it certainly looks like Palat could be unavailable for some of this upcoming stretch.

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Marchessault, Wilcox Lift Crunch Over Phantoms

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse took an early lead and buckled down on defense.

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice in the first 15 minutes and Adam Wilcox recorded 25 saves for his first professional win, as the Crunch topped the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“He was calm,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said of Wilcox. “I thought he was square to all the pucks and he saw everything, which is a good sign. It’s good for him. The games he has played so far, I actually thought he has played well but we haven’t played well in front of him. It’s nice to give him somewhat of a light workload and a W. He’s earned it.”

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