South Carolina Stingrays 1 at Florida Everblades 4
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 7-10-17, +8, 17 PIM, 44 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-4-0-3, 2.76 GAA, 0.898 SV%, 3 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 31 GP, 7-10-17, +1, 30 PIM, 58 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Allen York sat backup for Andy Iles, who pitched a 27-save for the Everblades 4-1 victory over the Stingrays. Mike Aviani scored Florida's first goal, the 1-1 equalizer late in the first period and then Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev assisted on the go-ahead goal at the game's midpoint. Jeff Costello missed his fourth straight contest. The Everblades homestand continues this weekend against Greenville.
Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Dinamo Minsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/31, 2.00 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 27-7-6, 4 SO, 1.76 GAA, .937 sv%
Ex-NHL journeyman Tim Stapleton scored the game winner for Magnitogorsk in their 3-2 win over Minsk. Minsk got a goal from former Lightning forward Paul Szczechura in defeat. It was Szczechura's 14th of the season.
Kazan 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 45 GP, 18-10-28, +3, 12 PIM
Fresh off an KHL All-Star Game appearance that featured 2 goals, 4 points, and a scintillating shootout move in the skills competition that became the toast of the internet, Nikita Gusev got the day off today in Yugra's 3-1 loss to Kazan. Kazan got a goal from ex-Thrashers/Jets first rounder Alexander Burmistrov in the victory. It was his 10th of the campaign.
St. Petersburg 1 vs. Bratislava 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%
Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy scored Bratislava's lone goal in their 2-1 shootout loss to SKA St. Petersburg. Jaroslav Janus did not dress for the match for Slovan.
Dinamo Riga 3 vs. Mytischi 1
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 1-8-9, -1, 51 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was -2 in 18:15 in Mytischi's 3-1 loss to Riga.
Hangover in Carolina.
Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss. This was one of the rare nights Bishop was clearly outplayed by his counterpart at the other end of the rink. His failure to make the Third Period save on Tlusty on a puck he should've gotten really put a fork in any Lightning hopes to pull it out tonight.
0:22 CAR E. Staal (16), (J. Staal)
6:05 CAR Gerbe (5), (Lindholm, Bellemore)
14:05 TB Paquette (6), (Drouin, Sustr)
8:27 CAR Faulk (9), (J. Staal)(PP)
14:06 TB Boyle (10), (unassisted)(SH)
7:53 CAR Tlusty (12), (Faulk, E. Staal)
Tonight was just a confluence of a number of things, and it's probably important not to overreact too much to the result, even though it's clearly a loss against an opponent the team should beat. First, and most obviously, the team had an All-Star Break hangover. It took them 8 minutes to get into the game, and the 2 goals they spotted the Hurricanes in that time period turned out to be the difference. That was aided by some bad puck luck against the team. Carolina's first two goals were of the very greasy variety. And then you had Bishop playing really subpar relative to his usual standards. You just have to expect those three things won't happen again with higher stakes against Detroit next time out.
Cedric Paquette had a goal and was +2 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 13:16. He was also 50% on draws. You could make an argument he was the Lightning's best player tonight, although that might be a low bar to clear. Paquette is now 2 games away from graduation from prospect status on the website.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:19. He came out flying tonight, especially in the First Period. He had 5 attempted shots on goal, and he was rewarded with increased ice time. Drouin is now 3 games away from graduation from prospect status on the website.
Nikita Nesterov was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 15:56. I don't think he was as bad as the -2 indicates, but I also don't think he was influencing the game positively to the same degree he was leading into the break.
Tappara 1 vs. HPK 2 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM
Ex-Senators farmhand Craig Schira had the shootout winner for HPK in their 2-1 win over Tappara. Lightning prospect Saku Salminen played 11:42 in the match but had a team high 7 shots on goal.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (OT)
C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 14/28 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 16 GP, 11-14-25, -2, 12 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-27-39, -8, 26 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy had two assists Sunday to give him a four-point weekend (2G, 2A). Sherbrooke beat the Armada, 4-3, in overtime on Sunday. Darcy assisted on the game-winner, which was a power play overtime marker. Cedric Paquette, who played for the Armada, was at one of the team’s games earlier this week while the Lightning were on break.
Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Guelph Storm 5 (SO)
D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 7 GP, 1-12-13, +3, 10 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 11-40-51, +4, 74 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo extended his point streak to six games with two more assists on Sunday. The defenseman has a goal and 12 assists over those six games. The Soo remains undefeated in the seven games DeAngelo has played for them.
Sarnia Sting 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-16-31, -8, 81 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto (pictured) set a new career high for points in a season last game and built on it Sunday with two more assists. He has points in 12 of his last 14 games.
Peterborough Petes 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, -21, 53 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin now has five points in his last five games, his best stretch of the season.
Western Hockey League
Vancouver Giants 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 8
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary won its fourth straight game, putting a snowman on the scoreboard against visiting Vancouver.