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NHL Game Night: 11-9-17 Lightning at Kings

Lightning opens gates of hell in the First Period in Los Angeles. No Kings spared.

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Much maligned Petr Budaj allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the win. He made a critical save on Koptar early on in the game on a bang bang play that led to Kucherov's breakaway goal. That's making the situational save you need for the W.

First Period
9:27 TB Kucherov (16), (Stamkos, Koekkoek)
10:01 TB Killorn (2), (Girardi, Johnson)
10:35 TB Hedman (2), (Gourde, Palat)
11:29 TB Stamkos (8), (Killorn, Kucherov)(PP)

Second Period
17:31 LA Toffoli (8), (Kopitar, Muzzin)

Third Period
8:39 LA Fantenberg (1), (Brown, Laich)
12:59 TB Namestnikov (8), (Hedman, Kucherov)

Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

Petr Budaj makes a big situational save, Kucherov scores on a breakaway at the other end, and the Lightning just erupt all over the Kings in a game that was over after less than a dozen minutes. The first 37 or so minutes tonight were just one long replay of the Second Period dominance the Lightning displayed against San Jose last night. Honestly, were it not for Quick, the Kings would've easily let up 8 or 9 goals tonight as the Lightning had something like 23 scoring chances through the first two periods. Quick almost gave the Kings a chance, but a well played replay challenge by Cooper and the Gang at the end of the Second Period helped the team maintain a 3 goal advantage through 40 minutes and it was off to garbage time for the second night in a row. And, to all a good night.

Things that'll make your mind explode: Namestnikov's on a pace for about 39 goals. Not a typo.

Tonight's victory means the Lightning are within an eyelash of clinching their second successful 10-game segment of the year. After collecting a stylish 17 points in 10 games to start the year, they have 11 points in this second segment with 3 more games to play. So, with 1 more point they'll have nabbed the 12 in 10, and anything after that is just more insurance points in the bank. It's a beautiful thing.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 6:22.

Yanni Gourde had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and he was 60% on 5 draws. As always, the Stamkos line provides the bulk of the firepower, but the Palat/Point/Gourde line sets the pace for the Lightning.

Gabriel Dumont had 3 shots and 2 hits and was 63% on 8 draws in 9:56 as he jumped in to replace an injured Ryan Callahan in the lineup.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 16:45.

Mikhail Sergachev had 3 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 14:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-8-17 Lightning at Sharks

Lightning speed slays Sharks.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 33 shots for the victory. He conceded an unlucky goal on the first shift of the game on a puck that deflected off Callahan's stick. After that, he made two or three ridiculous saves in the First Period to allow the team to find their equilibrium, after which the rest of his night was thankfully light work.

First Period
0:25 SJ Donskoi (5), (Thornton, Pavelski)
7:17 TB Dotchin (1), (Point, Gourde)

Second Period
0:44 TB Kucherov (15), (Namestnikov, Stamkos)
9:21 TB Koekkoek (3), (Gourde, Stralman)
12:00 TB Namestnikov (6), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

Third Period
6:14 TB Namestnikov (7), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

San Jose had no answer for the quickness of the Tampa Bay Lightning. None. The Lightning not only can outskate San Jose man for man, but they moved the puck so quickly and crisply, especially in the Second Period, the Sharks had no prayer. No prayer. The Lightning won pretty much every 50/50 puck and then just carved up the slower Sharks defense. Cooper will have some coachable things if he wants them because the Lightning had some bad habits creep in during garbage time in the Third Period, but other than that this was a clinic, on balance.

Slater Koekkoek had a goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 9:14. His goal was a short side softie allowed by Martin Jones, who looked awful tonight en route to being lifted after two periods.

Yanni Gourde had 2 helpers and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 4 blocked shots in 17:46. He was also 17% on 6 draws. The Stamkos and Kucherov line get all the plaudits, but I thought the line with Gourde and Point along with Palat were almost as good tonight and were crucial to helping the Lightning get their footing back after falling behind after the first shift tonight.

Jake Dotchin had his first NHL goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 14:01. He got it the way you'd want it: blew a slapshot through the goaltender for his first in the bigs.

Mikhail Sergachev was +1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 15:26.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 11-7-17

CIBC Canada Russia Series
Team Russia 4 @ Team WHL 3
D Cal Foote, WHL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Series Totals (WHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 4 SOG, 2 PIM
Season Totals (Kelowna): 17 GP, 5-10-15, +6, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51- 57, +39, 41 PIM
C Brett Howden, WHL: DNP
Series Totals (WHL): 1 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/19 FO
Season Totals (Moose Jaw): 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43- 81, +14, 73 PIM

Brett Howden didn’t play and Cal Foote was held off the scoresheet, as Team WHL let a lead slip away to Team Russia in the third period.

Juniors Game Night: 11-6-17

CIBC Canada Russia Series
Team Russia 0 @ Team WHL 7
D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (Kelowna): 17 GP, 5-10-15, +6, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51- 57, +39, 41 PIM
C Brett Howden, CAN: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG,
12/19 FO

Season Totals (Moose Jaw): 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43- 81, +14, 73 PIM

Brett Howden registered a goal and an assist for Team Canada in the first game of the series, but reportedly left the game in the third period after getting hit hard along the boards.

Juniors Game Night: 11-5-17

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 18-8-26, +16, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk continues his goal-per-game pace with an empty-netter, as the Greyhounds top the Battalion.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Mississauga Steelheads 9

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/26 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 8-2-10, -8, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette scored, but the Petes were overwhelmed by the Steelheads.

Juniors Game Night: 11-4-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 2 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 11/26 FO
Season Totals: 11 GP, 5-10-15, +18, 10 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi had an assist, but the Mooseheads lost in overtime.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 17-8-25, +15, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk keeps up his goal per game pace in the Greyhounds’ win.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 7/17 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 6-10-16, +9, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-2-9, -8, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette scored twice, including the game-winner 2:20 into overtime, to lift the Petes to the victory.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Erie Otters 3 (OT)

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-18-26, +11, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh and the Otters fell in overtime.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 4-7-11, -8, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Hajek had a goal, an assist and was the third star in the Blades’ win.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 16/28 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 6-1-7, +17, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Howden scored on the power play, and the Warriors beat the Raiders 3-2.

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Victoria Royals 3

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1–1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 5-10-15, +6, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote had an assist, but the Rockets were bested by the Royals.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Madison Capitols 3 (OT)0

D Nicklaus Perbix, OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 2 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix was held off the scoresheet in the Lancers’ loss.

Lincoln Stars 6 @ Sioux City Musketeers 3 0

RW Sam Walker, SC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Committed to: Minnesota

Walker played in his second game of the season for the Musketeers.

NCAA Game Night: 11-4-17

Vermont Catamounts 4 @ UConn Huskies 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 5-0-5, -5, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Colton scored as the Catamounts rebounded to beat the Huskies.

No. 15 Northeastern Huskies 4 @ No. 12 Boston University Terriers 1

D John MacLeod DNP
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

University of Maine Black Bears 6 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-9-10, +1, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Lohin was held off the scoresheet in the River Hawks’ loss.

Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Zuhlsdorf and the Gophers blanked the Spartans.
*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Night: 11-4-17 Blue Jackets at Lightning

Vasilevskiy redeemed after regulation time.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 34 shots before stopping 3 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. He let Columbus back in the game with a soft wraparound goal in the Third Period, but made up for it with a huge save on the PK in OT and a couple of acrobatic stops in the Shootout.

First Period
2:30 CBJ Jones (3), (unassisted)
2:54 TB Point (7), (Brown, Girardi)
3:32 TB Kucherov (14), (Sergachev, Namestnikov)
10:55 CBJ Werenski (4), (Dubois, Hannikainen)

Second Period
6:20 TB Stamkos (7), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
18:01 TB Gourde (4), (Killorn, Hedman)

Third Period
9:46 CBJ Hannikainen (2), (Milano, Jones)
11:45 CBJ Dubinsky (1), (Jenner, Bjorkstrand)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
CBJ- NONE
TB- Stamkos

Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars. Would love to know how Stamkos doesn't get a star in this one.

That was almost 50 minutes of tour de force Lightning hockey that almost ended in shame because of an untimely soft goal halfway through the Third Period. The Lightning did allow a couple of goals in the First Period, one on a bout of bad puck luck and one on a play where Victor Hedman failed to cover up well for a man Andrej Sustr lost in his own corner. Other than that and a couple of other breakdowns, though, the Lightning had their game going all night and seemed in complete control. If you're going to nitpick, I'd say they overpassed the first half of the Third Period while looking for the kill shot goal. Unfortunately, soft goals are poison. Vasilevskiy threw Columbus a lifeline on that one and they manufactured a greasy goal to get to Overtime. That's where the Lightning had to engineer a magnificent 4-on-3 PK after a Stamkos penalty in which they only really allowed one fantastic chance that Vasilevskiy denied off the stick of Panarin. In the Shootout, Stamkos decided not to repeat the foolish optimism of Kucherov and Point, who deked forehand on both of their attempts, and he ripped a shot high corner to send his club to the pay window. Harder than it had to be, but they eventually got the result they deserved.

Yanni Gourde had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots in 16:55. He was also 40% on 5 draws. His line, with Point and Palat, was humming tonight along with the top line. It's always a fun night when the Lightning get both scoring lines going.

Jake Dotchin had 1 blocked shot in 14:16.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 13:03.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 11-4-17 Crunch at Rocket

Crunch see another one slip away.

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Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
7:56 LAV Deslauriers (3), (Petti)
10:08 SYR Verhaeghe (1), (Joseph)
12:07 LAV Holland (4), (Gregoire)

Third Period
0:19 LAV Holland (5), (unassisted)
5:56 SYR Conacher (6), (Verhaeghe, McBain)(PP)
13:14 LAV Carr (7), (Holland, Froese)(PP)
18:24 LAV Holland (6), (Lernout)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe was the game's third star.

This is a young team. I'm not surprised they've taken a step back from the veteran-heavy team of a season ago. But, you'd have hoped to have seen a little more progress to this point. A .375 winning percentage is obviously well below the standard for this organization, at the moment.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-3-17 Crunch at Rocket

Wins still eluding Crunch.

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Michael Leighton allowed 5 goals on 25 shots and 2 of 4 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
7:27 SYR Thomas (1), (Volkov, Cirelli)(PP)
12:06 LAV Froese (3), (Taormina)(PP)
17:29 SYR Joseph (1), (Thomas, McGinn)

Second Period
4:53 SYR Thomas (2), (Cirelli, Joseph)(PP)
6:24 LAV Gelinas (2), (Jerabek, Holland)
9:55 LAV Taormina (2), (Audette)(PP)
10:11 LAV Jerabek (1), (Gregoire, Petti)

Third Period
9:30 SYR Masin (2), (McGinn, Conacher)
11:24 LAV Audette (4), (Carr, Froese)(PP)
11:29 SYR Joseph (2), (unassisted)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
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LAV- Holland, Froese

Mathieu Joseph was the game's third star. His 2 goals and 1 assist were matched by fellow prospect Ben Thomas.

Syracuse is only 5 points back of division leading Toronto, so it's not as if the hill to climb is insurmountable. But, the Crunch need to start putting together some wins pretty soon here. Close isn't enough after a subpar first 10 games of the year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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