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Juniors Game Night: 10-29-15

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 0 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-7-13, +4, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Garret Hughson stopped 28 shots for his first shutout in a Spitfires uniform. Hughson was picked up by Windsor from Niagara after the IceDogs claimed him off CHL waivers. Hughson, an overage, undrafted goaltender, had been playing with WHL Spokane.

Kitchener Rangers 7 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-1-1, +11, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Ryan MacInnis (Arizona), son of former NHLer Al MacInnis, had four goals, leading the Rangers to a blowout win over Peterborough, 7-2. The Petes have now lost six straight games and have fallen seven points behind division-leading Kingston. Kitchener scored four times in the third period to blow the game open. Somehow Dominik Masin, who had a huge hit in the game, ended up plus-2. Only one other Pete finished on the plus side of even.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

NHL Game Night: 10-29-15 Avalanche at Lightning

Lightning succumb to the curse of the first game back from the road trip.


Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the loss. He was magnificent at time, including a game opening 3-on-1 robbery against Duchene. He's deserved a lot better in his past couple of starts.

First Period
15:57 COL Tanguay (1), (Iginla, MacKinnon)

Second Period
13:04 COL MacKinnon (4), (Iginla, Tanguay)
15:46 TB Killorn (2), (Hedman, Filppula)(PP)

Third Period

The Lightning were disappointingly flat in the First Period and nearly got away with it before surrendering the greasy goal to Tanguay toward the end of the period. When you don't play a full 60 minutes of hockey and that combines with running up against a goaltender who has a hot night, you'll lose. You can't always effect a hot goaltender, but you can always effect your effort level and it just wasn't a consistent, even effort tonight. Frankly, I think this team needed someone to take a run at somebody or start a scrum or something to get some emotion flowing in the First Period, but it was just antiseptic hockey. The team really misses what Cedric Paquette brings to the rink in the heart and grit department when he's out of the lineup, and that filters down throughout the team. It took into well into the Second Period for the Lightning to start to play a more north-south game and try to get traffic in front of Varlamov, which eventually netted Killorn's goal. But, unfortunately, they decided to foresake that formula with the game on the line with a power play late in the Third Period, and it was all downhill from there. It's disturbing. These first 20 games are the danger zone for the Lightning trying to fend off a Stanley Cup Final hangover. They managed to navigate the first 10 games, barely, but this is a bad start to the second batch of 10 games. They can't afford to dig a big hole right now, because they might not get out of it.

Jonathan Marchessault had 1 shot and 1 hit in 7:50 of ice time. I'm just not quite sure Marchessault has the speed, at his size, to be a legit NHLer. He's got plenty of smarts and skill, but he struggles to find space because he hasn't really shown the extra gear and he's so slight.

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KHL Game Day: 10-29-15

Jokerit 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Stars pick Philip Larsen had 3 assists in Jokerit's 6-1 thumping of Yugra. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman had a goal in the victory.

Juniors Game Night: 10-28-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 3-0-3, +3, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
Season totals: 11 GP, 14-9-23, +5, 19 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan put up his third hat trick of the season in a 5-3 win over visiting Rimouski. Yan was second star to linemate Alexis D’Aoust, who had an empty-net goal and two primary assists on Yan goals. A Lightning 2015 third round pick, Yan is tied for the league-lead in goals with 14 with three other players despite playing four, six, and seven fewer games, respectively. D’Aoust leads the Cataractes in scoring with 26 points, just ahead of Yan. League preseason MVP candidate Anthony Beauvillier (NY Islanders) is fourth on the team with 20 points in 10 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 1

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-7-10, -3, 5 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Anthony Cirelli had two assists Wednesday in Oshawa’s 4-1 road win over Hamilton. Cirelli has four points in his last two games.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-4-4, -11, 8 PIM
With Vancouver: 1 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Ben Thomas had an assist in his first game with the Vancouver Giants, coming over in a trade from Calgary earlier in the week. Thomas now has assists in two straight games. The trade to the Giants could be the spark and change of scenery needed to jump-start Thomas’ season. Vancouver is currently in the eighth spot in the Western Conference’s playoff race. Calgary was No. 6 in the East.

AHL Game Night: 10-28-15 Crunch at Marlies

Vasiy returns.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
TOR Clune, (2) (Soshnikov, Gauthier), 5:29 (PP) GIF
SYR Vermin, (1) (McGinn, Witkowski), 14:55 GIF

Second Period
SYR DeAngelo, (2) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 6:56 GIF

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (1) (Marchessault, Tambellini), 15:31 GIF

Anthony DeAngelo, Vasilevskiy GIF, and Joel Vermin were the game's three stars.

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Liiga Game Day: 10-28-15

Sport 2 vs. KalPa 3 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 6 PIM

Christopher Bengtsson scored 3:55 into OT to lift KalPa to a 3-2 victory over Sport.

KHL Game Day: 10-28-15

Astana 4 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, DNP
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 7-9-16, +6, 4 PIM

Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a pair of helpers to lead Astana to a 4-2 win over St. Petersburg. Ex-NHLer Nigel Dawes also had 2 goals and 3 points in the win.

Dinamo Minsk 6 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 22 GP, 8-9-4, 0 SO, 2.48 GAA, .910 sv%

Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had 1 goal and 3 points for Magnitogorsk in their 6-4 loss to Minsk. Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov allowed 5 goals on 36 shots for the L. Minsk got helpers from ex-Lightning players Paul Szczechura and Lukas Krajicek in the win.

Novgorod 2 vs. Ufa 3 (OT)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 5-0-5, +1, 12 PIM

Carter Ashton had a minor for hooking in 17:32 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-2 OT loss to Ufa. Ex-Wings first rounder Igor Grigorenko had 1 goal and 1 assist for Ufa in the win.

NCAA Game Night: 10-27-15

No. 8 Boston University Terriers 2 @ Connecticut Huskies 5

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 6 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

UConn got revenge on BU, beating the Terriers 5-2 after BU had won in their previous matchup on the weekend. BU outshot the Huskies, 38-24.

NHL Game Night: 10-27-15 Lightning at Blues

Lightning lose against the run of play, and the iron, and the refs...


Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 23 shots for the hard luck loss. I thought his rebound control got a little shaky for a little stretch in the Second Period, but overall he looked a lot sharper with rest.

First Period
15:59 STL Gomez (1), (Parayko, Brouwer)

Second Period

Third Period
19:19 STL Brouwer (3), (Pietrangelo)(EN)

Bishop was the game's third star.

This is a tough one to swallow. The Lightning can play better, especially in the way of manufacturing some greasy goals in the dirty areas, but this isn't like the Chicago game. They dominated possession and the run of play against St. Louis and they really probably deserved better than a loss. It was a pretty good road performance against a good squad and ultimately nothing for the team to hang their head about to close this road trip.

Of course, the outcome would've been different were it not for the horrific officiating the Lightning had to overcome tonight, especially in the Third Period as they pushed for the equalizer. J.T. Brown gets body slammed in the Second Period. No call. Ondrej Palat gets tripped along the wall in the Second Period. No call. Nesterov gets tripped in the offensive zone in the Third Period. No call. Condra gets tripped in the neutral zone in the Third Period. No call. The Lightning technically went 0-for-1 on the PP thanks to a generous 20 seconds of PP time awarded after an even-up call where the refs whistled Tampa Bay for too many men... on a play where St. Louis also had six skaters on the ice. When one team has a possession edge the way the Lightning did tonight and as well as their forecheck functioned at times, it seems a wee bit suspicious that the other team gets 3 times the PP time. Indeed, as the Third Period wore on, it became clear nothing less than first degree homicide was going to be called on St. Louis in this game. Tell me how depriving one of the most offensively talented teams in the league, Tampa Bay, of any real power plays while on national TV on NBCSN helps the NHL sell its product? I know, I know. Toronto says, "Shut up Lightning fans. It's a privilege for the team just to be allowed to play in the league." It's a total joke.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 15:51. He also had one of the more heinous turnovers in front of Bishop you'll ever see and the penalty he took was at a key time of the game when the Lightning were trying to get an equalizer. It was the very definition of a game where a young guy did the opposite of what he needs to do to make a case for himself to get steady ice time.

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KHL Game Day: 10-27-15

Jokerit 4 vs. Ekaterinburg 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 4:04 of ice time in Jokerit's 4-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman had a goal in the match for Jokerit.

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