Western Hockey League
Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2 (OT)
C Brayden Point, MJ: 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 13-15-28, +12, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point had two goals and was first star for the second straight game, but his Warriors fell in overtime to Edmonton, 3-2. Point’s first goal came when he held the puck behind Edmonton’s net and got goaltender Tristan Jarry (Penguins) to look to his right while he darted out on the left post and slid it beside the unsuspecting goalie. His second goal was scored near the right post with a quick wrist shot off a loose puck. He was on the ice for the game-tying goal by Justin Pollock (Stars), who went around Moose Jaw defenseman Tyler Brown and cut in to the net where he lifted a backhander far side with 39 seconds left. Moose Jaw got a power play shortly thereafter, but couldn’t capitalized in overtime. With 46 seconds left in overtime Point won an offensive zone faceoff to Brown at the right point, who fumbled the puck. Pollock picked it up and skated in alone on Justin Paulic before beating him with a backhand deke high into the net. Pollock looked a lot like Valeri Nichushkin on both plays, which is ironic because Pollock is a Stars draft pick. Point beat out Pollock for first star, which was likely decided before the overtime winner. Pollock was second star.
Syracuse on fire, with room still to grow.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the victory. Ugly stat line, and yet the Crunch are still tied for the top spot in their division. Imagine when the defense and Vasilevskiy show more improvement.
SYR Angelidis, (5) (Ikonen), 0:16
HFD Kostka, (1) (Allen, Mueller), 0:43
HFD Vaive, (4) , 6:01
SYR Gourde, (6) (Vermin, Marchessault), 6:34 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (6) (Paradis), 10:40
SYR Gourde, (7) (Richard), 16:01
HFD Allen, (3) (Vaive, Crabb), 8:06
HFD Miller, (6) (Hrivik, Allen), 19:19
SYR Paradis, (1) (Witkowski, Richard), 4:00
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Dynamo Moscow 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-5-13, -1, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev led Yugra with 5 shots on goal in 18:17 of ice time in their 4-1 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo got a helper from ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums in the victory.
Wichita Thunder 3 at Tulsa Oilers 4 SO
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 12 GP, 5-7-12, +3, 8 PIM, 36 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 14 PIM, 11 SOG
After falling behind 3-0, the Thunder once again mount a spirited comeback scoring the next three and forcing overtime. Unfortunately, hanging 49 shots on the Tulsa goalie wasn't enough to avoid the shootout loss. Lightning prospects Danick Gauthier and Daniel Milan both notched assists, with Gauthier's coming on the power play. Gauthier was one of four Thunder shooters that failed to convert in the skill contest to decide the outcome. Wichita hosts the Mavericks from Missouri Saturday night before traveling back to Tulsa for a rematch against these Oilers.
Deck a little too stacked.
Evgeny Nabokov allowed 5 goals on 36 shots for the loss. He actually performed better than his last couple of starts, but the Clutterbuck shorthanded goal was from a less than prime angle and was the turning point of the game. Soft.
11:53 TB Killorn (4), (Garrison, Drouin)
0:39 NYI Clutterbuck (2), (unassisted)(SH)
12:23 NYI Grabovski (4), (Nielsen, Okposo)
13:26 NYI Strome (3), (de Haan)
0:36 NYI Visnovsky (2), (Nielsen, Tavares)(PP)
2:14 TB Palat (5), (Carle, Kucherov)
8:55 NYI Cizikas (2), (Okposo, Nelson)
This was just one of those nights. The Lightning weren't super flat, but certain players like Callahan who've been lights out lately were clearly not in their best form after the emotional tilt with the Rangers last night. You couple that with the fact the Islanders have basically been off for a week before this game and throw in a pinch of Nabby in net and two dashes of some puck luck for the Isles and this one got out of hand.
Fortunately, the Lightning didn't really desperately need points out of this game. They close the second 10 game segment of the season with 28 points, giving them 4 insurance points heading into segment three of the year. 12 in 10, do it again.
Cedric Paquette had 1 blocked shot and was 50% on draws in 2:40 and left the game with what appeared to be either a foot or ankle injury after blocking a shot. His absence was noticeable.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was -1 in 10:28. He had one amazing pass on the power play to Kucherov that could've easily netted a goal, but Nikita was stunned in amazement that Drouin was even able to thread the puck through and didn't have the reflexes to get it on frame.
Vladislav Namestnikov was 33% on draws in 13:57. He had legs, but looking at the stat sheet reveals nothing was doing.