Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 8 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 9-5-14, -8, 34 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto scored for the third consecutive game and earned third star in a loss to the mighty Greyhounds. The Soo has separated themselves from the pack with Oshawa and Erie as league favorites.
Oshawa Generals 6 @ Peterborough Petes 0
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-8-13, -16, 41 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Ouch. Not a good night for the Petes, or Masin, who was a team-worst minus-4 on Thursday. Islanders first rounder Michael Dal Colle had two goals and an assist for first star honors.
Ben Bishop stopped all 13 (not a typo) shots he faced for his first shutout of the season. He had to stop maybe 3-4 quality opportunities, but could've put his feet up half the night otherwise. We resurrect the University of Maine Justice logo tonight, nonetheless.
2:33 TB Gudas (2), (Johnson)
4:28 TB Stamkos (16), (Callahan, Killorn)
5:39 TB Morrow (2), (Drouin, Sustr)
13:40 TB Garrison (3), (Stamkos, Sustr)
18:55 TB Connolly (5), (Filppula, Stamkos)(PP)
In the end, that's exactly the response you would want to see coming out of the 2-1 shootout loss in Buffalo. Mind you, the team was annoyingly lethargic in the First Period and really did not play well at all. But, from the Second Period on, their absolute dominance of Buffalo was only really interrupted by some sour grapes Third Period thuggery by the Sabres once the game was clearly into garbage time. The really scary thing is it could've been worse if the Lightning had capitalized on all the Sabres penalties in this game, but they only managed to draw blood on Connolly's late 2-man advantage goal.
The victory gives the Lightning a 3rd insurance point in the bank with 3 games remaining in this segment. They had 4 coming into the segment, so they've got an excellent chance to really improve their position before moving on into the fourth 10-game segment of the season, after which we may find they have so many points the bomb sights may need to start to be readjusted.
Cedric Paquette had a fight, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 15:10. He got in a scrap with Zemgus Girgensons and handled himself well, getting in a couple of really good shots right off the top of the fight. It's not every day you get to beat up the bogus leader in NHL All-Star voting.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 in 12:34. They tried him on a line with Boyle and Morrow tonight, and he had a wee bit of chemistry with the well-seasoned veteran Morrow, including setting up Morrow's second goal of the season. I'd still really like to see the Drouin/Filppula/Brown line I suggested a little while back, though, just in case Cooper decides he's going to start taking requests like a wedding singer.
Blues 3 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen assisted on the game opening goal in HPK's 3-2 loss to Blues. The helper gives Salminen his first point streak of this season. He played 14:05 in the match. Ex-Norfolk Admiral Stefano Giliati scored the GWG for Blues.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Quebec Remparts 5
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 24 GP, 19-21-40, +21, 30 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Adam Erne continued his consistent play, scoring his 19th goal of the year as Quebec beat visiting Gatineau. Erne has scored a goal in nine of his past 12 games. The Connecticut native hit 40 points for the season with Wednesday's goal.
Florida Everblades 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 1
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, *FIRST STAR*
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-3-7, +5, 4 PIM, 17 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 8:39 MIN, 0 GA, 2 SH, 2 SVS
Season totals: 12 GP, 9-2-0-1, 2.13 GAA, 0.912 SV%, 2 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 10 GP, 3-0-3, +3, 16 PIM, 15 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 9 PIM, 18 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Bolt prospect Artem Sergeev rocketed two shots high past Oscar Dansk from the blue line within the first 5 minutes of the game, as the Everblades cruised to a 3-1 road win in Michigan. Sergeev earned First Star honors for his 2-goal effort, including the eventual game-winner. Allen York started the contest in net for Florida and earned his ninth win of the season despite leaving the game early in the 1st period with an injury. The Blades conclude their road trip in Indianapolis on Friday night against the Fuel.