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CHL Game Night: 11-21-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 (OT)

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 3-6-9, -3, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Rimouski gave up a dreaded last-minute goal at the end of the second period and instead of entering the third period with a lead had to fight the Sags into overtime. Chicoutimi got the game-decider in the extra session for the 3-2 home win.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 7 @ Flint Firebirds 2

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/7 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-4-8, -13, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Flint continues to spiral down the drain, this time getting crushed by visiting Kitchener, 7-2. The Rangers matched the Lightning’s touchdown with one of their own. Lipanov could only get an apple on the night, but he did get a much-needed plus-3 for his ledger.

NHL Game Night: 11-21-18 Panthers at Lightning

Sarah McLachlan very upset with Stamkos for repeatedly abusing Cats tonight.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 43 shots for the victory. The first goal he allowed was of the Charmin soft variety, but he really started to settle down and get in a groove as the game progressed. He didn't face a ton of A-quality chances, but he did face a steady volume of shots that I thought he got more and more comfortable handling as the night wore on. Sweet, sweet goal support never hurts either.

First Period
0:59 TB Joseph (5), (unassisted)
2:19 FLA Brouwer (5), (Haley, Sceviour)
9:22 TB Kucherov (9), (Hedman, Miller)(PP)

Second Period
2:37 TB Gourde (9), (Stamkos, Miller)
4:45 TB Erne (3), (Kucherov, McDonagh)
18:25 FLA Barkov (7), (Huberdeau, Yandle)(PP)

Third Period
1:30 TB Stamkos (7), (Kucherov, McDonagh)
3:21 TB McDonagh (2), (Stamkos, Miller)
14:25 TB Girardi (1), (Hedman, Stamkos)
16:25 FLA Hoffman (10), (Yandle, Huberdeau)(PP)

Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Domingue were the game's three stars.

Fair to say that was Stamkos' best game of the season, and it's not even close. On a night honoring Martin St. Louis' HOF induction, his former linemate Stamkos put on a show that reminded us all what a fine wine vintage Stamkos is. Jon Cooper broke up the Stamkos/Kucherov duo at even strength and both proceeded to have better than typical games with Stamkos exploding for four points in an absolute tour de force. That smell you smell is the rest of the NHL needing to change their undergarments after realizing that the Lightning were leading the East with a considerably subpar Stamkos and Kucherov. If they start playing to past standards and get some guys back off IR, they go from really good to great in a hurry.

Mathieu Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 5 shots in 11:14. Could've easily had three or four goals in this game as the Panthers D looked like glorified turnstiles trying to deal with Joseph's speed around the corner.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:02. He was also 67% on 12 draws.

Adam Erne had a goal, 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 11:51. Those penalties were, well, let's just say the refs were trying to give the Panthers trophies for trying tonight.

Erik Cernak was +3 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 17:03.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-21-18 Crunch at Devils

Surging Crunch move into a tie for second in the North Division.

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Connor Ingram allowed just 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory, including some highlight reel variety stops in the mix.

First Period
3:33 BNG Pietila (5), (Gignac)(SH)

Second Period
9:41 SYR Verhaeghe (6), (Conacher, Barre-Boulet)(PP)
10:38 SYR Katchouk (2), (Dumont)
17:23 SYR Andreoff (8), (Conacher, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Third Period
19:06 SYR Conacher (8), (unassisted)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe and Boris Katchouk were the game's first and third stars.

The Crunch are now unbeaten in their last eight games including seven wins in that span. Those 15 points have moved Syracuse from the out house in the North Division to just five points back of leading Rochester with two games in hand on the Americans.

What I'm saying is, Ben Groulx is some kind of powerful warlock.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-19-18 Lightning at Predators

Ferocious comeback bid falls just short.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the loss. I thought he was a little deep in his net on the second Nashville goal off the rush, and when two really good teams meet, the margin can be that razor thin sometimes.

First Period
5:10 TB Hedman (4), (Point, Cernak)
15:19 NSH Turris (5), (Jarnkrok, Ekholm)(PP)

Second Period
6:43 NSH Forsberg (13), (Ekholm, Johansen)
10:16 NSH Johansen (4), (Smith, Josi)

Third Period
3:25 TB Kucherov (8), (Point, McDonagh)

At the end of the night, the Lightning just didn't have enough possession for the first 40 minutes of this game to break down Rinne. Against a very good goaltender, you need a volume of shots and chances and the Lightning did not have that in the first two frames. It's even more important when you're having to ride your backup with Vasilevskiy out: a good offense really will be the best defense for the Lightning right now.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:53.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 9:37. Blink and you'd miss him.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:45. But, he was also 22% on 9 draws tonight.

Adam Erne had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:28. I get that he's not completely flawless with his decision making in the Lightning's half of the net, but his offensive game looks like it's really coming to a boil now. He gets second unit power play time, and that's nice, but I think he's even more effective at even strength and I wonder when he'll get a spot opportunity on a higher line. I think he's ready for it.

Erik Cernak had his first NHL point on a helper, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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