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Juniors Game Night: 1-7-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 (OT)

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/14 FO, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 9 GP, 7-9-16, -8, 6 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 8-22-30, -14, 20 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke scored twice in the third period to send the game in overtime, but the Cataractes prevailed in the extra session.

Quebec Remparts 1 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 16/20 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 35 GP, 23-27-50, +19, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec lost its second straight game after a five-game win streak, falling on the road to the Drakkar, who sit just behind Quebec in the league table. The Remparts are reportedly going to receive Anthony Duclair from the Rangers, last seen winning a gold as part of Canada’s top line.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Belleville Bulls 5 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 13-11-24, -10, 59 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor won again on the road, defeating the Bulls in overtime. Former Lightning camper Brett Welychka was first star for notching a goal and three assists for Belleville. The undersized, gritty forward has 21 points in 27 games with Belleville after being traded from London earlier this year.

TRADE: Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo was traded by Sarnia to Sault Ste Marie on Wednesday. The Soo is ranked No. 6 in the entire Canadian Hockey League, and third in the OHL. DeAngelo will be a part of what should be a long championship run for the Greyhounds. Their main competition will be the top-ranked Oshawa Generals, and Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Prince Albert Raiders 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 17-28-45, +8, 21 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point (Moose Jaw Times photo) returned to the Moose Jaw lineup after winning gold with Canada, but couldn’t spark the Warriors to victory. He did extend his point streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in the WHL.

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 5 (SO)

D Ben Thomas, CAL: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 4-12-16, -3, 16 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

There hasn’t been any word so far about an injury to Thomas. Calgary had a 3-1 lead entering the third period, and a 4-3 lead in the last minute and let the game get to overtime. Jake DeBrusk had two goals for Swift Current. His dad is Louie DeBrusk, who played one season for the Lightning in the late 90’s. Jake is a 2015 draft eligible prospect who is expected to go late in the first or early in the second round.

Liiga Game Day: 1-7-15

HPK 2 vs. HIFK 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 3-3-6, E, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 11:39 in HPK's 3-2 loss to HIFK. HPK held a 2-0 lead going into the final frame, but surrendered 3 unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes of the game to lose yet again. HPK has now fallen to 11th on the Liiga table, which is out of the 10 team playoff field.

Prospect of the Week: 1-7-14

After a nice holiday break, we continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for January 7, 2014 is … Cameron Darcy, Center, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL – Canada).

There are turnarounds, then there's what Lightning prospect Cam Darcy is doing.

Darcy’s story is well known – he was intent on getting a pro contract last fall, but the Lightning sent him back to juniors for an overage year so he could get stronger. The South Boston native didn’t produce anywhere close to the level that made him a second team all-star with Cape Breton last year and eventually the Eagles had to move on. Darcy was traded to Sherbrooke, where he suddenly found his game again.

NHL Game Night: 1-6-15 Lightning at Canadiens

Tasty, tasty revenge.

TB-4
MTL-2

Ben Bishop again smacked Carey Price around, allowing just 2 goals on 22 shots for the victory. Funny how Montreal can't buy a win against Tampa Bay unless Anders (stinking) Lindback is between the pipes.

First Period
15:07 MTL Weise (5), (Plekanec, Gonchar)

Second Period
3:17 TB Brown (2), (Drouin, Boyle)
10:42 TB Johnson (16), (Kucherov, Palat)(PP)
18:16 TB Connolly (8), (Filppula, Paquette)
19:38 TB Johnson (17), (Palat, Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
5:01 MTL Pacioretty (17), (Gallagher, Gonchar)

I'm going to assume that Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars, and that Alex Killorn being listed as the first star on NHL.com is a mistake.

Man, I wish the Lightning could just alternate between playing Montreal and the Rangers every game. This team, when it has extra motivation, just goes to another level. I said it when the playoff run ended last season: All Montreal did was make a very powerful enemy of the Lightning, and that my suspicion is the Lightning will spend the next 5 seasons torturing the Canadiens for how that series went. Two games into the season series this year, the Lightning are 2-0-0 and have outscored Montreal in the series 11-3. My goodness, Tampa Bay even pulled their shambolic power play out of the dumpster with a 2-for-5 performance based partly on a new strategic wrinkle -- putting Stamkos out on a unit with the triplets. It looked like money tonight. The Canadiens' broadcasters are trying to stoke this as a budding rivalry between Tampa Bay and Montreal. My early take is that Montreal looks more like speed bump to Tampa Bay than a rival, regardless of how close things are in the standings. Without Lindback spotting them 1-2 free goals a game, Montreal's at a huge disadvantage playing against the Lightning head-to-head.

Cedric Paquette had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 5 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 16:29. He got his assist hedmanning the puck on a 3-on-1 that Connolly converted, and otherwise was just a bowling ball on skates all night. He was trying to hit everything that moved out there.

Jonathan Drouin had a helper and 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:28. He might've had the key shift of the night hitting a crossbar on one rush and then creating a chance on the next rush that saw Brown pot his rebound for the Lightning's opening goal. Once they got one on Price, the floodgates opened in the Second Period and the rest is history.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 1-6-15

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 4-12-16, -3, 16 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

C Brayden Point, MJ: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 16-26-42, +10, 21 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Calgary outshot Moose Jaw 36-16 on their way to an easy 6-1 win. The Warriors only mustered two shots in the final period compared to 16 for Calgary, who had a 5-1 lead entering the last 20 minutes. Ben Thomas was scoreless for the Hitmen. Brayden Point, fresh off his gold medal for Team Canada at the WJCs, arrived at the arena just before game time, so he was a scratch.

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