Bishop's big point heist.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 39 shots before allowing 1 of 2 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. Put simply, without Bishop, the Lightning would've been run out of the barn tonight.
4:35 TB Paquette (4), (Palat, Brewer)(SH)
9:13 CHI Richards (3), (Versteeg, Saad)
1:18 CHI Kruger (2), (Hjalmarsson, Hossa)
9:53 TB Kucherov (6), (Stamkos, Drouin)
Bishop was the game's third star.
Clearly Chicago had circled this game on the calendar to make a statement, and the Lightning skaters were clearly unprepared to match the Blackhawks' intensity early on in the game. That coupled with some, cough, dubiously uneven officiating really tilted possession and shots and put the Lightning on the defensive the bulk of the game. Fortunately, Bishop held the team in the game and they manufactured an opportunistic SH goal by Paquette off a 2-on-1 and a nice little 3-way passing play to get the tying goal and get a point.
The point is the Lightning's 11th in this 10 game segment, which added to the 1 insurance point from the last segment means the Lightning have already hit the minimum point total they needed to be on track by the end of the segment. That means every point they get out of the next 4 games is an insurance point they can bank for the leaner times of the season. And, with Tyler Johnson leaving the game with what may have been cracked ribs on a fairly dirty play by Seabrook, lean times may be coming sooner than they'd like.
Cedric Paquette had the SH goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot on goal, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 11:54. He was also 33% on draws. Obviously converting the goal was tremendous, but I really like the way he handled himself physically tonight. Morin challenged Paquette after a nice hit in the neutral zone by Paquette, and Cedric pretty much tackled Morin and was about an eyelash from killing him had not the linesman stepped in. He's not a rookie that will allow liberties to be taken.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:28. Ho hum. He just happens to be the start of the three way passing play that manufactures the tying goal. If the injury to Johnson is indeed significant, I'd expect Drouin to see more scoring line IT, along with the obvious that it'll secure Paquette's spot in Tampa for a while.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot in 11:40. He didn't seem to be quite as active as he was in the Wings game, which was probably a product of the Blackhawks being one of the few teams he's seen with players that get on the puck as fast as he does. He had little time and space and like most of the Lightning forwards just seemed to be holding on for dear life most of the night.
Wichita Thunder 3 at Rapid City Rush 6
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 7 GP, 3-4-7, +2, 8 PIM, 14 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 5 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 14 PIM, 7 SOG
Rapid City doubled up the Thunder Tuesday night 6-3 despite a power-play goal by Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier and the helper on Wichita's 3rd goal. Fellow prospect Daniel Milan gets his second fighting major of the season in garbage time with 30 seconds left to play. The Thunder have dropped four straight including a shootout loss and are now 6th on the table in the seven-team Central Division. A rematch against this same Rush squad awaits Wichita Wednesday night.
Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 8 Boston College Eagles 3
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Harvard defeated Boston College for the first time since 2006 with a 6-3 win Tuesday night. Hart had his 2-game goal streak snapped, but the win makes it okay, no doubt.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Togliatti 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 8-4-12, -1, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:40 in Yugra's 3-2 loss to Lada Togliatti. Undrafted forward Anton Shenfeld had 1 goal and 2 points in the victory for Lada.
Missouri Mavericks 5 at Wichita Thunder 2
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-1-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 6 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 8 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -6, 9 PIM, 5 SOG
Mavericks goalie John Griggs stopped 40 Wichita shots and cruised to a 5-2 road victory over the Thunder. Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier was credited with a power play helper on Wichita's first goal. The Thunder hits the road for a two night stand in Rapid City on Tuesday and Wednesday.