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CHL Game Night: 2-28-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 0 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/16 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 58 GP, 32-43-75, +38, 23 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier was first star for the second game in a row, notching two assists to help the Drakkar top the visiting Sags, 5-0. The Lightning’s top pick in 2018 was coming off his first career hat trick and four points last game. His first apple Thursday came off a faceoff win in the offensive zone and the second was a slap shot from the left point on the power play that was batted into the cage on the second rebound. Baie-Comeau’s captain has crushed his career high for points in a season.

Bolts Sign Undrafted Free Agent Out of Rimouski

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Jimmy Huntington to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced.

Huntington, 6-foot-1, 193 pounds, has played in 60 games this season with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording career highs of 38 goals and 83 points, along with 13 power-play goals and four game-winners. He ranks fifth in the QMJHL for goals and is sixth for points, while pacing the Oceanic for goals and ranking second for points.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Huntington has played in 284 career QMJHL games with Rimouski, the Victoriaville Tigres and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, registering 67 goals and 179 points. He has skated in 22 career playoff games, all with Victoriaville, and scored four goals with 11 points.

Huntington was originally undrafted.

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NHL Game Night: 2-28-19 Lightning at Bruins

Fatigued and stupid is no way to play a hockey game.

TB-1
BOS-4

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 41 shots for the loss. He gave his team a chance to steal points in a bad spot. I've no real qualms with his game tonight. Ultimately they asked way too much of their backup.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:43 BOS Debrusk (21), (Krug, Rask)(PP)

Third Period
11:47 BOS Acciari (3), (Wagner)
12:32 BOS Bergeron (22), (Heinen, Acciari)
13:15 BOS Marchand (26), (Heinen, Krug)
13:52 TB Cirelli (13), (Palat)

Louis Domingue was the game's third star.

I'm sure the Massholes will declare themselves Stanley Cup champs for the outcome tonight, but the truth is this game screamed "schedule loss" if you look at all the hockey and travel that was crammed into the span of half a week. Fatigue leads to metal errors, and the Lightning were already not playing their sharpest hockey coming into this one to begin with. So, you hope the Lightning feel a little angry about the way this one went and they get refocused for the next one.

Erik Cernak had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:56. After tonight's contest, he's considered graduated from prospect status on the website, joining a class of graduated prospects from this season that has included Anthony Cirelli, Mathieu Joseph, and Adam Erne. It's actually a surprisingly deep alumni class given the Lightning already had such an established veteran team and presumably few spots to give to rookies. That tells you about the quality of all four of these young players, because they've had to earn their spots and minutes on a very good team.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-27-19 Lightning at Rangers

Lightning win tenth straight the hard way.

TB-4
NYR-3 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the OT victory.

First Period
7:52 TB Johnson (22), (Kucherov, Stralman)
14:57 TB Miller (12), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
0:56 NYR Zibanejad (27), (Vesey, DeAngelo)
2:53 TB Girardi (4), (Stamkos, Point)
3:23 NYR Vesey (16), (Claesson, Shattenkirk)
14:14 NYR Nieves (4), (Strome, Namestnikov)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
3:25 TB Hedman (8), (Kucherov, Stamkos)

Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars.

Seems like the Lightning may have some complacency starting to creep into their mindset, especially in a game like this where they staked themselves to a 2-0 lead after the First Period. It's a challenge for Tampa Bay down the stretch, now sitting on 102 points and having no new players to integrate into the lineup following the trade deadline. With a 13 point lead on the field league-wide, a President's Trophy seems like an inevitability and the Lightning are in the enviable position of having 18 games with very little on the line. The danger of that is, of course, sloppiness creeping into their game and finding themselves ambushed in the first round of the postseason. That's the current challenge for the coaching staff and the leadership of the team with the calendar about to flip over to March.

Erik Cernak was -1 with 1 shot, 5 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 21:45. Cernak will graduate from prospect status on the website with his next appearance this season, likely closing out the 2018-2019 BP Alumni class.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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