The Gourde and Richard Show rolls on.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 22 shots and stopped 2 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win.
ALB Timmins, (5) (Thompson), 1:06
SYR Gourde, (3) , 4:49
SYR Vermin, (4) (Dotchin, Marchessault), 2:52
ALB Sestito, (3) (Scarlett), 2:44
SYR- Gourde, Richard
Joel Vermin and Tanner Richard were the game's first and third stars. After posting just 1 point in 8 games in the month of October, Yanni Gourde had 3 goals and 6 points in 5 games in November. Richard, who faced the same futility at the scoresheet in October, has 2 goals and 5 points in 5 games this month, and obviously had the shootout winner tonight.
I also remain pleasantly surprised by the production of some of the Lightning's middle-tier rookie blueliners. Both Dylan Blujus and Jake Dotchin continue to hover around a half a point a game and are on the plus side of the ledger for the year.
With the win, Syracuse climbs into 8th place in the Eastern Conference, just 2 points back of division leaders Hartford and Bridgeport. Syracuse faces Hershey next on Friday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Novosibirsk 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-2-4, 3 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin got a rare day off, as he did not dress for Magnitka's 4-1 loss to Novosibirsk. Ex-Caps pick Oskar Osala had the only goal of the match for Magnitogorsk. Koshechkin is returning from the weekend Karjala Tournament, where he was 0-1-0 with a 6.00 GAA and .760 sv% after getting shelled in Russia's 6-2 loss to Finland.
Novgorod 0 vs. Mytischi 2
Dmitry Korobov, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM
Dmitry Korobov had a power play helper in 22:43 in Mytischi's 2-0 shutout win over Novgorod. Ex-Preds pick Atte Engren turned aside all 22 shots he faced for the win.
Bratislava 1 vs. Zagreb 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-7-3, 1 SO, 2.41 GAA, .909 sv%
Ex-AHL journeyman Pascal Pelletier had a goal and the shootout winner to lead Zagreb to a 2-1 victory against Slovan Bratislava.
Bishop's big point heist.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 39 shots before allowing 1 of 2 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. Put simply, without Bishop, the Lightning would've been run out of the barn tonight.
4:35 TB Paquette (4), (Palat, Brewer)(SH)
9:13 CHI Richards (3), (Versteeg, Saad)
1:18 CHI Kruger (2), (Hjalmarsson, Hossa)
9:53 TB Kucherov (6), (Stamkos, Drouin)
Bishop was the game's third star.
Clearly Chicago had circled this game on the calendar to make a statement, and the Lightning skaters were clearly unprepared to match the Blackhawks' intensity early on in the game. That coupled with some, cough, dubiously uneven officiating really tilted possession and shots and put the Lightning on the defensive the bulk of the game. Fortunately, Bishop held the team in the game and they manufactured an opportunistic SH goal by Paquette off a 2-on-1 and a nice little 3-way passing play to get the tying goal and get a point.
The point is the Lightning's 11th in this 10 game segment, which added to the 1 insurance point from the last segment means the Lightning have already hit the minimum point total they needed to be on track by the end of the segment. That means every point they get out of the next 4 games is an insurance point they can bank for the leaner times of the season. And, with Tyler Johnson leaving the game with what may have been cracked ribs on a fairly dirty play by Seabrook, lean times may be coming sooner than they'd like.
Cedric Paquette had the SH goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot on goal, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 11:54. He was also 33% on draws. Obviously converting the goal was tremendous, but I really like the way he handled himself physically tonight. Morin challenged Paquette after a nice hit in the neutral zone by Paquette, and Cedric pretty much tackled Morin and was about an eyelash from killing him had not the linesman stepped in. He's not a rookie that will allow liberties to be taken.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:28. Ho hum. He just happens to be the start of the three way passing play that manufactures the tying goal. If the injury to Johnson is indeed significant, I'd expect Drouin to see more scoring line IT, along with the obvious that it'll secure Paquette's spot in Tampa for a while.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot in 11:40. He didn't seem to be quite as active as he was in the Wings game, which was probably a product of the Blackhawks being one of the few teams he's seen with players that get on the puck as fast as he does. He had little time and space and like most of the Lightning forwards just seemed to be holding on for dear life most of the night.
Wichita Thunder 3 at Rapid City Rush 6
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 7 GP, 3-4-7, +2, 8 PIM, 14 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 5 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 14 PIM, 7 SOG
Rapid City doubled up the Thunder Tuesday night 6-3 despite a power-play goal by Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier and the helper on Wichita's 3rd goal. Fellow prospect Daniel Milan gets his second fighting major of the season in garbage time with 30 seconds left to play. The Thunder have dropped four straight including a shootout loss and are now 6th on the table in the seven-team Central Division. A rematch against this same Rush squad awaits Wichita Wednesday night.
Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 8 Boston College Eagles 3
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Harvard defeated Boston College for the first time since 2006 with a 6-3 win Tuesday night. Hart had his 2-game goal streak snapped, but the win makes it okay, no doubt.