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NHL Game Night: 2-19-13 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Back on a winning streak!

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Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory. Say what you want about old Anders, he's 7-3-1. Just win, baby.

First Period
09:25 TB Lecavalier (6), (Pouliot, St. Louis)
17:59 TOR Grabovski (4), (Kulemin, MacArthur)

Second Period
04:56 TB Stamkos (10), (Conacher, Pouliot)

Third Period
02:49 TB Killorn (2), (unassisted)
06:58 TB Carle (3), (Pouliot, Hedman)(PP)
16:08 TOR Van Reimsdyk (9), (Kessel, Bozak)

Vincent Lecavalier, Benoit Pouliot, and Matt Carle were the game's three stars.

Alex Killorn (pictured) had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:55. There's a reason he was given a real number like 17.

Richard Panik had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:20. Drew a penalty after missing the net on a scoring chance. Man he looks explosive, though.

Cory Conacher had an assist and 1 hit in 14:56. Watch out Honey Badger, Killorn's sneaking up on you in IT.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Prospect of the Week: February 19, 2013

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for February 19 is … Nikita Kucherov, W, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL – Canada)

Nikita Kucherov of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies is our Prospect of the Week for the fourth time this season, but this may have been his most impressive week of the year.

Kucherov, a 2011 second round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, had 12 points in three games last week, including two five-point games. He has three five-point games this season.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-18-13

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 5 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 2-22-24, -7, 51 PIM

Blujus (pictured) had a helper and got in his first OHL fight as the Battalion handled the 67’s in Ottawa, 5-3. Brampton scored three times in about 2 minutes early in the third period to break open a close game. Blujus (6-3, 195) fought Joseph Blandisi (5-11, 190).

Barrie Colts 0 @ Belleville Bulls 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-17-21, E, 64 PIM
With Barrie: 17 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 25 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin took three minor penalties as Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban stopped 29 shots to shut out the visiting Colts, 3-0. It was Subban’s third shutout of the year in 23 wins.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Guelph Storm 5

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play
Season totals: 43 GP, 8-45-53, +15, 90 PIM

Guelph scored a big win over division-rival Kitchener, 5-3, on Monday. Tanner Richard was not in the lineup due to an upper body injury.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

AHL Game Night: 2-18-13 Crunch at Devils

The return of The Entertainer.

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Cedrick "The Entertainer" Desjardins made his Crunch debut stopping 23 of 26 for the win. Riku Helenius, who was named the AHL Player of the Week, got the night off.

First Period
SYR Tyrell, (3) (Hutchings, Angelidis), 9:40
SYR Johnson, (24) (Palat, Cote), 10:14
ALB Sislo, (3) (Zalewski, Urbom), 14:32 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Johnson, (25) (Wyman), 3:45
ALB Zalewski, (9) (DeSimone, Urbom), 7:26
SYR Johnson, (26) (Palat, Korobov), 14:27 (PP)
ALB Josefson, (9) (Gelinas, Anderson), 18:28
SYR Connolly, (22) , 19:57 (EN)

Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat (pictured) were the game's first and third stars. Palat's 29 assists are tied for 6th most in the league while Johnson is now tied for the lead in goals.

So, after a month of struggling to regain their equilibrium, lookee at the standings and Syracuse is right back on top of the Eastern Conference standings, moving 1 point ahead of Bingo and Springfield. Jon Cooper = Jedi. Syracuse draws the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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