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NHL Game Night: 11-18-14 Lightning at Islanders

Deck a little too stacked.

TB-2
NYI-5

Evgeny Nabokov allowed 5 goals on 36 shots for the loss. He actually performed better than his last couple of starts, but the Clutterbuck shorthanded goal was from a less than prime angle and was the turning point of the game. Soft.

First Period
11:53 TB Killorn (4), (Garrison, Drouin)

Second Period
0:39 NYI Clutterbuck (2), (unassisted)(SH)
12:23 NYI Grabovski (4), (Nielsen, Okposo)
13:26 NYI Strome (3), (de Haan)

Third Period
0:36 NYI Visnovsky (2), (Nielsen, Tavares)(PP)
2:14 TB Palat (5), (Carle, Kucherov)
8:55 NYI Cizikas (2), (Okposo, Nelson)

This was just one of those nights. The Lightning weren't super flat, but certain players like Callahan who've been lights out lately were clearly not in their best form after the emotional tilt with the Rangers last night. You couple that with the fact the Islanders have basically been off for a week before this game and throw in a pinch of Nabby in net and two dashes of some puck luck for the Isles and this one got out of hand.

Fortunately, the Lightning didn't really desperately need points out of this game. They close the second 10 game segment of the season with 28 points, giving them 4 insurance points heading into segment three of the year. 12 in 10, do it again.

Cedric Paquette had 1 blocked shot and was 50% on draws in 2:40 and left the game with what appeared to be either a foot or ankle injury after blocking a shot. His absence was noticeable.

Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was -1 in 10:28. He had one amazing pass on the power play to Kucherov that could've easily netted a goal, but Nikita was stunned in amazement that Drouin was even able to thread the puck through and didn't have the reflexes to get it on frame.

Vladislav Namestnikov was 33% on draws in 13:57. He had legs, but looking at the stat sheet reveals nothing was doing.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 11-18-14

Harvard Crimson 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-2-6, E, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard improved to 4-1-2 overall, 3-1-2 in ECAC, and 2-1-1 in Ivy League play by shutting out Dartmouth, 2-0, on Tuesday. Steve Michalek (Wild draft pick) made 29 saves for the goose egg. Harvard was just outside the USCHO top-20 this week at No. 24.

Liiga Game Day: 11-18-14

Ilves 5 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM

Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had 2 helpers in defeat as HPK was dropped by Ilves 5-2. Lightning prospect Saku Salminen is currently out of the lineup injured for HPK.

KHL Game Day: 11-18-14

Vladivostok 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-2-4, 3 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin remained out of the lineup for Magnitogorsk today in their 4-2 win over Vladivostok. Ex-NHLer Enver Lisin had a goal in defeat for Vladivostok.

Mytischi 1 vs. Bratislava 2
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 12 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 16 PIM

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-7-3, 1 SO, 2.41 GAA, .909 sv%

Dmitry Korobov got 2+10 for checking to the head and neck in Mytischi's 2-1 loss to Bratislava. He played 18:16 in the match. Ex-Lightning prospect defenseman Michal Sersen assisted on the game winner.

Prospect of the Week: 11-18-14

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 November 18, 2014 is … Yanni Gourde, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

Yanni Gourde knew he just needed to get the first one.

After recording only a pair of assists over his first 10 games this season, the Syracuse Crunch forward knew if he got the first goal more would come quickly. Gourde scored his first of the season early in the third period against the Norfolk Admirals Nov. 8, and followed it up with the eventual game-winner a little more than 10 minutes later.

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