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ECHL Game Night: 1-19-13

Florida Everblades 2 vs. South Carolina Stingrays 0

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 30 GP, 11-15-26, E, 24 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-9-11, +2, 23 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 18 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 16 GP, 9-5-1, 0 SO, 3.28 GAA, 459 S / 511 SA (.898 SV%)

Brady Irwin broke a scoreless tie early in the second period and Rob Madore, who made thirty-four saves, backstopped Florida to a shutout victory over division-rival South Carolina on Saturday night. It was the fifth-straight win for the red-hot Everblades, who have scored seventeen goals and allowed just eight during this streak. With Alex Hutchings still on recall to Syracuse, Charles Landry and Dan Milan were the only Lightning prospects in action. Landry scored his second goal of the season, his first since November 10th, by lofting the puck, which caromed off the boards, out of the Everblades end, down the ice and into an empty net in the final minute of regulation. Florida (20-13-7, 47 PTS) is now in striking distance of first place with three games in hand on co-leaders Greenville and Gwinnett, finishes its weekend with another bout against South Carolina (19-21-4, 42 PTS) Sunday afternoon.

Official Recap | Box Score

NHL Game Night: 1-19-13 Capitals at Lightning

New and improved.

WSH-3
TB-6

Anders Lindback stopped 27 of 30 shots for the win in his Lightning debut. That looks like a mediocre stat line, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Lindback was steady and poised in the third period when the Lightning were under siege from taking too many penalties, and a couple of the goals allowed came off of really poor play in front of Lindback. So, all in all, it was an excellent debut. That was Lindback's 32nd NHL decision, so he's now 9 away from graduating from prospect status on this site, which should tell you how young and raw he is. There's a high ceiling there.

First Period
06:24 TB Brewer (1), (Carle, St. Louis)
08:25 WSH Ward (1), (Wolski, Poti)(PP)
09:09 TB Lecavalier, (Aulie)

Second Period
01:59 WSH Ward (2), (Chimera, Carlson)
05:11 TB St. Louis (1), (Lecavalier, Conacher)(PP)
18:15 WSH Wolski (1), (Ribiero, Hamrlik)

Third Period
04:57 TB St. Louis (2), (Stamkos, Purcell)(PP)
13:24 TB Conacher (1), (Purcell)
16:42 TB Brewer (2), (Purcell, Stamkos)(PP)

Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, and Cory Conacher were the game's three stars. Eric Brewer was robbed I tell you!

Lecavalier (pictured) looked like a dominant, all-star caliber player tonight. He scored, he hit, he owned the faceoff circles. If he plays another 47 games and into the playoffs like that, the Lightning will be a contender. St. Louis was excellent as you'd expect, and the team got the kind of contributions you'd also expect from Stamkos and Purcell. Having Lecavalier, who at one time 4-5 years ago was the best player in the game, rise again to a high level makes the Lightning incredibly difficult to stop, especially considering Lecavalier brings other things to the rink with his size, strength, and experience that guys like Stamkos and Purcell can't.

Overall, the Lightning had sloppy moments like you'd expect and a couple of them ended up in the back of the net. They also had some trouble staying out of the box in the First Period, which I had feared going in. What should make Lightning fans very optimistic is that they absolutely dominated the last 40-50 minutes of tonight's game. They were fast, they were the first to pucks, and they looked like the type of team Guy Boucher can mold as he installs his system in the coming weeks. The defense is about a million times more mobile than last year's version, and you got the feeling that with time to polish up the rough edges they could have held down Washington even more in this game without the unforced errors. Oh, and Victor Hedman looks like a man beast. Whatever they have in the water in Astana, Kazakhstan, all the d-men need to drink it.

Keith Aulie had a helper, 1 shot, and 5 hits tonight in 10:10 of ice time. Tonight was his 77th NHL game, so he's now just five away from graduating from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.

Conacher had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +1 with 2 shots in 13:50 in his NHL debut. They're going to ease him in, but the fact he can retrieve pucks for Vinny and Purcell makes him valuable. You can see it.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-19-13

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Ufa 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 29 GP, 0-0-0, +5, 10 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 4 GP, 1-1-0, 1 SO, 2.29 GAA, .925 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Nikita Nesterov was +1 in 10:35 of ice time as Chelyabinsk knocked off Ufa 3-1. Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov had his 18th goal of the season for Traktor in the win. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup for Ufa. Chelyabinsk plays Nizhnekamsk next on Monday. Ufa will get sad sack Ekaterinburg.

Cherepovets 2 vs. Novosibirsk 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, SO Win, 21/22, 0.92 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 24-17-3, 6 SO, 2.12 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets continued their strong play of late by defeating Novosibirsk 2-1 in a shootout. Koshechkin stopped both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov had a helper in the win for Severstal. They play Khabarovsk on Monday.

Dinamo Minsk 4 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 18 GP, 3-8-11, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 24 GP, 3-9-12, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on a garbage time goal as Khabarovsk was thumped 4-1 by Minsk. The forward played 11:09 in the match. Amur plays Cherepovets on Monday.

With less than a month to go in the regular season, Cherepovets sits in 5th in the Western Conference and Bratislava (Jaroslav Janus) checks in as the 6th seed. In the East, Chelyabinsk is currently in the 4 spot. Khabarovsk is in 11th in the East and has already been eliminated from the postseason.

NCAA Game Night: 1-18-13

No. 16 Cornell Big Red 3 @ No. 17 Union Dutchmen 2

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 8 PIM

Cornell scored twice in the third period to post a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Union. Kirill Gotovets is still looking for his first point of the year, but doubled his season plus/minus total to plus-4.

Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-3-6, -2, 8 PIM

Yale outshot their rivals from Harvard, 39-21, en route to a 4-0 win on Friday night.

No. 8 Miami RedHawks 0 @ Wisconsin Badgers 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-6-8, -4, 10 PIM

Wisconsin got a late goal to top the visiting RedHawks, 1-0. Jimmy Mullin is back on the lower lines after filling in up top while Riley Barber was at the World Junior tournament with USA.

No. 6 North Dakota 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 25 shots, *Second Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 16-2-3, 1.62 GAA, .927 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox (pictured, Univ. of Minnesota photo) continued his stellar play as a freshman, stopping 24 of 25 shots as top-ranked Minnesota beat rival North Dakota, 5-1. UND scored the game’s first goal on the power play before the Gophers answered with five unanswered goals. Wilcox leads the WCHA in wins and his 2.04 GAA in conference play is second best. Friday was his 20th straight start. Wilcox has allowed three total goals against then No. 1 Boston College, then No. 2 Notre Dame, and against rival UND. Minnesota and UND face off again on Saturday. Lightning prospect Brendan O’Donnell should be back in the lineup for the second game; he’s been a scratch on Fridays recently.

No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Bowling Green Falcons 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-4-5, -2, 20 PIM

WMU outshot the Falcons 11-4 in the third period, but BGSU scored the only goal in the final frame to break a 1-1 tie and win the game, 2-1.

*USCHO poll used

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