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NCAA Game Night: 2-11-13

No. 13 Boston University Terriers 4 vs Harvard Crimson 7 (Beanpot)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 8 PIM

Harvard earned their biggest win of the year on Monday, upsetting No. 13 Boston University 7-4 to finish third in the annual Beanpot tournament. Undrafted senior Luke Greiner had a hat trick for Harvard. Boston College won the tourney with a 6-3 win over Northeastern. The Crimson won for the first time in nine games (0-8-1). Their last win was a 6-5 win over the Terriers on January 9. The Crimson tied Dartmouth on Sunday, 1-1.

Panik Brings Size, Skill to Lightning

For the second time in two days, the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled one of their top prospects from the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.

On Sunday, the Bolts announced that center/winger Alex Killorn would join the NHL club for his NHL debut against the New York Rangers. Killorn had an assist and played well in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers.

On Monday, the NHL club put forward Ryan Malone on injured reserve and called-up second year pro Richard Panik. The Slovakian winger is expected to make his NHL debut at home against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Panik is second on the Crunch in goals with 21 and fourth in points with 35 in 43 games. His plus-19 rating is tied for second on the club and third in the league. He sits fourth in the AHL in goals.

He is a logical replacement for Malone, who plays a power forward role with the big club. Panik is a skill forward in a power forward’s body and exhibits a power forward’s mentality in traffic. While listed at 6-1, his strength is impressive as players frequently bounce off him when trying to make a hit. He’s not shy about dropping the gloves and he’s already blown last year’s penalty minute total of 62 out of the water (79).

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-10-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 (SO)

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 19 GP, 12-20-32, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov (pictured) returned to the Huskies lineup after missing three games with an injured hand. He had a third period assist to extend his point streak to nine games. Like in Ufa, Russia, at the WJCs, Kucherov was the last shooter with a chance to extend the shootout, but his attempt was saved. The Huskies scored the game’s final three goals to force overtime.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 2 (OT)

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 51 GP, 20-47-67, +21, 87 PIM

The Volts scored on their fourth shot of overtime to defeat the Armada, 2-1.

Ontario Hockey League

Plymouth Whalers 5 @ Brampton Battalion 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 2-20-22, -7, 46 PIM

Blujus’ scoreless streak is now at five games - the third time he’s had a scoreless streak of at least five games. Panthers third rounder Vincent Trocheck had four goals for the Whalers. He has seven goals in his last three games and 38 in 48 overall.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Sarnia Sting 6 (OT)

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-14-18, -1, 56 PIM
With Barrie: 13 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 17 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin had an assist for the second consecutive game and Jets prospect Mark Scheifele had two goals, but the Colts fell in Sarnia, 6-5.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

NHL Game Night: 2-10-13 Lightning at Rangers

Suddenly, the entire organization is circling the drain.

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Mathiru Garon allowed 3 goals on 19 shots for the loss before being pulled for Anders Lindback who allowed 2 on 13 the rest of the way. Garon's played like hot garbage the past few starts he's had, and the third goal he allowed was horribly soft.

First Period
00:31 NYR Hagelin (2), (Nash, Girardi)
15:13 NYR Callahan (3), (unassisted)

Second Period
09:58 NYR Hagelin (3), (Staal)
14:42 TB Lecavalier (5), (Hedman, Killorn)

Third Period
12:22 NYR Asham (1), (McDonagh)
19:51 NYR Nash (3), (Hagelin, Girardi)

It's an embarassing, frustrating time to be a fan of the Lightning organization, as both Tampa Bay and Syracuse got shelled tonight and had to pull their goaltenders mid stream en route to being thumped. The symptoms are similar. Stupid turnovers. Uneven effort. Goaltending that can't seem to make big stops when they're needed to erase mistakes. It's hard not to feel disgusted right now.

Alex Killorn had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in his NHL debut. He also had 2 shots on goal in 13:17 of ice time, earning a promotion to the Lecavalier line. It was a pretty good debut after some early shifts where he looked a little wide eyed about the pace of the game. I just wish the result for the team had been better for his first game.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 1 hit in 6:45. I'm not seeing a lot of positives in his shifts. He's second to a lot of pucks, and not really landing any hits in the process.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 20:03. The fact the Lightning have to play a rookie, even one as good as Conacher, 20+ minutes to try to spark offense is an awfully bad omen.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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