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AHL Game Night: 1-18-14 Senators at Crunch

Syracuse follows suit and wastes a Connolly hat trick.

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SYR-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 11 shots before being lifted at the end of the First Period. Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 on 17 shots the rest of the way for the old back door loss.

First Period
SYR Connolly, (10) (Paquette), 5:59 (PP)
BNG O'Brien, (6) (Schneider), 11:46 (SH)
BNG Petersson, (14) (Wideman, Pageau), 14:26
BNG Puempel, (14) (Da Costa, Hoffman), 15:45 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (11) (Namestnikov), 17:26

Second Period
BNG Prince, (8) (New, Pageau), 15:28 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Connolly, (12) (Namestnikov, Taormina), 4:01 (PP)
BNG Cowick, (7) (Claesson, Hamilton), 9:36
BNG Petersson, (15) (Pageau), 17:40 (EN)

Brett Connolly and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's first and third stars. It's unbelievable the organization had hat tricks at the NHL and AHL levels today and neither team won. That's got to be incredibly rare.

Syracuse is still 3 points back of St. John's for 8th in the Eastern Conference, but the loss allows Hershey and Worcester to jockey for position ahead of the Crunch in the standings. With the hole they've dug, every loss will have that effect from here on out.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 1-18-14 Sharks at Lightning

Lightning waste what could've been a special day.

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TB-4

Ben Bishop allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for the loss. I thought he might want the last goal back, although it was apparently slightly deflected. Still, it was a long lazy point shot that he saw all the way in, and it highlighted the weakness in Bishop's game. That's why it's so imperative for the Lightning to block point shots for their netminder: he struggles on shots from distance. It was a rare game where I thought Bishop pulled a Lindback: he wasn't the reason they lost but he wasn't good enough to be a reason they won, either.

First Period
9:46 SJ Nieto (4), (Marleau, Wingels)
11:56 TB St Louis (22), (Johnson, Purcell)(PP)
12:52 SJ Marleau (21), (Nieto, Wingels)
15:44 TB St Louis (23), (Cote, Bishop)
19:30 TB St Louis (24), (Brown, Barberio)

Second Period
2:07 TB St Louis (25), (Purcell, Johnson)(PP)
12:48 SJ Pavelski (23), (Kennedy, Demers)
13:09 SJ Pavelski (24), (Boyle, Marleau)(PP)
19:00 SJ Pavelski (25), (Irwin, Thornton)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Martin St. Louis was the game's first star. I think the Lightning, like their fans, got caught up in the moment with Marty matching Chris Kontos' record for goals in a game. Hopefully they gained a valuable lesson from it: San Jose didn't panic falling behind and simplified their game. They kept playing hard, used face-offs to leverage some more possession, and got pucks to the net. And, once they got the lead with 1 minute to go in the Third Period, they completely changed up their style to protect it. The Lightning got, maybe, 3 chances the rest of the way including a glorious opportunity by Martin St. Louis walking out of the corner that he shot wide. When he missed that chance, I had a sick feeling that was going to be the game. I wasn't wrong.

If you're looking for moral victories, the Lightning certainly showed how much they've improved since they got blown out in San Jose on that disastrous West Coast swing after the Stamkos injury. There is no column in the standings for moral victories, though, and today's loss guaranteed the team won't get 12 points out of this 5th 10 game segment of the season. They're fortunate they had 4 insurance points stored up, so they're still in good shape with 1 more game to go until segment #6, but mark my words: this is the most important 10-12 game stretch of the regular season coming up for the Lightning. They have another 7 or so games until Stamkos is likely to return and another 4-5 games of adjustment once he does. If they continue to leave points on the ice like they've done over the last 4-5 games, they will make things a lot harder for themselves in March and April. Now is the time to focus and nail down points, more than ever.

Mark Barberio had an assist and was +1 with 1 hot and 1 blocked shot in 17:04. Bookmark it: that was Barberio's best game in a Lightning jersey. He did well getting the puck up and out of his zone quickly and there were moments he seemed to be everywhere in the offensive half of the ice, including assisting on Marty's third goal. It's no coincidence his ice time shot up to over 17 minutes today. It was deserved.

J.P. Cote had an assist, 7 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 6:47. He assisted on Marty's second goal on a bank pass/clear hard up the boards to spring a breakaway and he fought Andrew Desjardins after Desjardins boarded Alex Killorn in the Third Period. So, I'd call it a productive 6:47.

J.T. Brown had an assist and 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 12:28. Dirty secret: I'm kind of certain that Marty's 3rd goal should've gone to J.T.

Richard Panik had 2 shots and 1 hit in 11:22. He had a good shift in the Second Period with the Lightning pressing to gain a 3 goal lead, but as the game kept tightening up his ice time kept getting trimmed back. With Sustr being sent to Syracuse, Panik looks like he'll be the last mid-season graduation from prospect status on the site, and that could happen as early as Thursday against Ottawa.

Nikita Kucherov was -1 with 4 shots and 2 blocked shots in 16:20. He has become one of Cooper's go-to's in tight games where he needs a goal, and deservedly so.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-18-14

Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Zagreb 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 5-5-10, -6, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on the game opening power play goal, but Zagreb scored 4 unanswered from there to topple Yugra 4-1. Gusev played 15:39 in the contest. Zagreb got a goal from former Springfield Falcons forward Ryan Vesce in the win.

Ufa 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 32/34, 2.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 27-9-7, 7 SO, 1.95 GAA, .938 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, No Decision, 8/9, 3.00 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 10-7-4, 1 SO, 2.43 GAA, .918 sv%

Metallurg ran starter Alexei Volkov out of the building after 2 periods, leaving Andrey Vasilevskiy to pick up the pieces in Ufa's 5-2 loss to Magnitogorsk. Magnitogorsk got a pair of goals from former Columbus draft pick Sergei Mozyakin in the win. Former Senators second rounder Igor Mirnov had both goals for Ufa in defeat.

NCAA Game Night: 1-17-2014

No. 12 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Harvard Crimson 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-7-8, -4, 10 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Former Lightning prospect defenseman Kirill Gotovets (Was sent to Chicago in Philippe Paradis trade) was scoreless, plus-1, with two shots on goal. The senior has no goals and two assists this year. He hasn’t scored a goal since his sophomore year.)

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ Miami RedHawks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin was a scratch on Friday. The RedHawks only managed 13 shots on goal (including overtime). Miami dropped out of the USCHO top-20 this past week.

No. 20 North Dakota 1 @ Bemidji State Beavers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 5 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-2-5, -1, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

O’Donnell finished third on the team in shots on goal with five. The leaders had six. UND snuck back into the USCHO top-20 this week at No. 20.

Merrimack Warriors 1 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 6

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-11-17, +5, 14 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Peca continues to put hit the scoresheet, this time with an assist. He seems to have settled into a 2-way center role after playing top-line wing most of last season.

Ohio State 0 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 21 saves on 21 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 15-2-3, 2.02 GAA, .928 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox shut out the visiting Buckeyes before more than 45,000 people outdoors on the Gophers’ football field. It was the largest crowd to ever see a hockey game in Minnesota – which is saying something. (Michael Russo photo)

*USCHO poll used

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