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NHL Playoff Game Night: 4-16-19 Lightning at Blue Jackets

The day after...

TB-3
CBJ-7

Columbus Wins the Series 4-0

::deep breath::

OK, I've allowed some 20 hours to pass. The anger has slowed to a simmer. What to make of a record-tying 62-win regular season that ends in the unbelievable embarrassment of a 4-0 sweep in which the team looked, frankly, overwhelmed and uncompetitive? I've seen fans on the Twitter machine start staking out who they believe is the guilty and which individuals need to be burned at the stake, tarred and feathered, and made to walk the plank. And, I've been prodded to take sides in that exercise. Here's my verdict on all that: there's no angels in this tale of woe and heartache. None. This was a failure of the entire organization from top to bottom with seeds that go all the way back to last summer and the whimpering exit against the Washington Capitals. And because the lessons of that defeat were neglected for a full calendar year, let's be clear: there are no quick fixes or easy solutions to what's wrong with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-20-19 Monsters at Crunch

Everything is bad in the Lightning organization right now.

CLE-5
SYR-1

Cleveland Leads the Series 2-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:18 CLE Scott (1), (MacInnis)
12:36 SYR Colton (1), (Conacher, Verhaeghe)(PP)
17:15 CLE DeSalvo (1), (Milano, Carlsson)

Third Period
9:05 CLE Letestu (2), (Milano)
15:47 CLE Milano (1), (Carlsson)(EN)
17:40 CLE Barach (1), (unassisted)(EN)

I feel like I'm watching that episode of Married With Children where the devil makes a deal with Al Bundy to take the Bears to the Super Bowl, but then takes his football powers away so he can't win the Super Bowl... except hockey, and an entire organization.

https://theahl.com/stats/game-summary/1019540

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-19-19 Monsters at Crunch

:Face palm:

CLE-5
SYR-3

Cleveland Leads the Series 1-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
10:15 CLE Letestu (1), (Milano, DeSalvo)
12:26 CLE MacInnis (1), (unassisted)
17:55 SYR Volkov (1), (Verhaeghe, Gaunce)(PP)

Third Period
10:49 SYR Conacher (1), (Gaunce, Verhaeghe)(PP)
13:09 CLE Stenlund (1), (Sherwood, Cockerill)(PP)
14:01 CLE Dalpe (1), (MacInnis, Vigneault)
18:08 SYR Verhaeghe (1), (Barre-Boulet, Conacher)
19:23 CLE Simpson (1), (unassisted)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe and Alex Barre-Boulet were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse was guilty of getting off to a slow start and didn't get back to even footing until midway through the final frame, only to come apart at the seams and allowed a couple of goals in less than a minute shortly thereafter. So now the Crunch fall squarely behind the eight ball going into Game Two, and I'm starting to really, REALLY hate the state of Ohio.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 4-18-19 Solar Bears @ Stingrays

South Division Semi-Finals
Orlando Solar Bears 4 @ South Carolina Stingrays 3 (2OT)
Orlando leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
(AHL contract)
Playoff Totals (ORL): 3 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 30 GP, 11-33-44, +11, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 3 GP, 3-0-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 39 GP, 6-19-25, -4, 30 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Win, 55 saves on 58 shots, *Second Star*
Playoff Totals (ORL): 3 GP, 2-1-0, 1.72 GAA, .946 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (ORL): 13 GP, 8-2-0, 2.41 GAA, .914 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Alexey Lipanov, ORL: Did not play
Playoff Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 3 GP 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals (KIT, OHL): 4 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals (KIT, OHL): 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 35 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 34 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 23 GP, 13-13-26, +8, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

Former Arizona draft pick Hunter Fejes scored at 10:23 of the second overtime to lift the Solar Bears to a 4-3 road win and a 2-1 series lead in the South Division Semi-Finals. Connor Ingram was named second star for making 55 saves in a game that featured 110 total shots on goal. Lightning prospect Mitch Hults scored his third goal of the series early in the game as Orlando built a 3-1 lead before the mid-point of the third period. South Carolina had tied the game by the 15:00 mark to send the game to overtime.

Bolt prospect Alexey Lipanov was scratched for the Solar Bears.

Game 4 is Friday in South Carolina.

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