Ontario Hockey League
Niagara IceDogs 5 @ North Bay Battalion 2
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 4-21-25, E, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
North Bay dropped a favorable chance at home to stay up the standings against a team struggling for playoff position. Niagara goalie Brent Moran (2014), considered one of the best undrafted goaltender prospects, stopped 28 of 30 for Niagara.
Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Oshawa Generals 3 (SO)
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 20-43-63, +17, 37 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen missed on his shootout attempt. Oshawa won the skills competition, 1-0.
Lightning leave another 2 points out on the road.
Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss. No way to sugar coat it: he let the team down tonight. The GWG by Erik Johnson is a softie that simply cannot happen at that juncture of the game. Ever. Certainly it's outside of the norm for Ben this season, but that's frustrating.
16:49 TB Pyatt (2), (Purcell, Salo)
17:19 COL Barrie (8), (Stastny, MacKinnon)
19:01 COL O'Reilly (23), (Parenteau, Duchene)
6:40 TB Thompson (7), (Kostka, Carle)
17:37 TB Thompson (8), (Kostka)
5:12 COL Holden (5), (O'Reilly, Duchene)(PP)
16:05 COL Johnson (8), (unassisted)
19:06 COL Holden (6), (Talbot)(EN)
19:53 COL Stastny (19), (MacKinnon, Landeskog)(EN)
That's upsetting. That's 3-4 points, between this game and the Nashville game, that the Lightning could've easily had that they squandered. Take a look at the standings and you'll see that's the difference between the current 5 point lead on the last team out of the playoffs and an 8-9 point cushion. That's a big, big difference. Self-inflicted sloppiness and bad goaltending dealt the fatal wounds tonight. I didn't think they had a great chance coming into this game with Filppula not returning, but they put themselves in position to win and they should've gotten not less than a point out of this one. That hurts.
Mike Kostka had 2 assists and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 12:11. Win if you can. Survive if Mike Kostka lets you.
Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 with 3 shot and 1 hit and he was 55% on draws in 8:40. I'm shocked to see he only had 8:40 of ice time, as that was a very active 8:40 of ice time with multiple scoring opportunities and some very active work in the offensive zone. He's really settled in now, although that might be all for nothing because with Filppula and Stamkos coming back this week, it's no secret Vladdy's probably going back down.
Nikita Kucherov was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:35. He had the tying goal on his stick on the PP down 4-3 off a glorious setup from Marty and he shot it wide. He's missing these critical chances by fractions of inches in key times, and I'm starting to worry about his psyche, because his confidence level as a sniper is being seriously tested right now.
Syracuse's point streak is snapped at 6 games.
ADK Gervais, (8) (Akeson, McGinn), 1:35
ADK McGinn, (18) (Manning, Akeson), 12:31
ADK Matczak, (1) (Akeson, VandeVelde), 13:46
Syracuse sees the opportunity to get back to .500 slide by the boards. Syracuse's next game is Friday, the night after Steven Stamkos is supposed to return in Tampa Bay. Presuming Valtteri Filppula is also back for the Lightning by then, one would presume Gudlevskis may be joined by 1-2 players from the Lightning to bolster the Crunch for next weekend.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Kazan 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 33/33, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Make it back-to-back shutouts and back-to-back 1-0 wins for Vasily Koshechkin as he and Magnitogorsk defeated Kazan today 1-0. Czech forward Jan Kovar scored the game winner for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 5th in the KHL in save percentage and leads the pack in shutouts.
Ufa 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%
Alexei Volkov got the call in net today for Ufa in their 3-1 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Leafs draft pick Leo Komarov assisted on Dynamo's 2nd and 3rd goals as they pulled away for the win.
Mytischi 5 vs. Khanty-Mansisysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 7-6-13, -6, 10 PIM
Yugra continued to look unimpressive emerging from the Olympics break as they were again crushed, this time by Mytischi by a score of 5-1. Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had a helper in the win for Mytischi. Nikita Gusev played 17:50 in the loss.
Bratislava 0 vs. Spartak Moscow 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 21/24, 3.01 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-17-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%
Jaroslav Janus and Bratislava have appeared to hit another speed bump in their season, stumbling out of the Olympic break. Today they fell 3-0 to Spartak Moscow.
Florida Everblades 4 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 5
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 49 PIM
D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM
W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM
Florida allowed two power play goals in the final minute of the second period and that ended up being their undoing. They were up, 3-2, before the two goals against. The second of those goals sparked a semi-line brawl. Still no sign of Carl Neilsen or Jordan Henry, both on AHL contracts with Syracuse. The Everblades have dropped to 10th in the conference. Gauthier missed Friday's game against Gwinnett. The Gladiators have won the first two of three games against the 'Blades this weekend. These are bad losses for Florida as the Gladiators are significantly in last place in the division.