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Tampa Bay Lightning v Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 10: Erik Cernak #81 of the Tampa Bay Lightning slams Kasperi Kapenen #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs into the boards during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on October 10, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 7-3.
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The Bolts

Brayden Point came back to the lineup following his hip surgery and he came with a bang. Two goals and an assist in a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hardev (that’s me!) with the details in the recap. [Raw Charge]

The game started at a lightning pace, with the two blue and white teams trading goals all throughout the frame. Eventually, the Bolts were able to build on the 4-3 lead they held after one, adding three more goals for an eventual 7-3 victory. Beyond Point and Kucherov combining for four goals, Stamkos, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Ondrej Palat each added a goal for themselves. Anthony Cirelli finished the night with three crucial assists.

I was proud of this recap, it really got to the Point. Kucherov’s goal from the Point was really nice. Frederik Andersen was pulled in this game after the Lightning were able to get him moving while shooting. That one Point of pressure really weakened his effectiveness as a goalie. Don’t go Pointing fingers when you give up two key goals on three power plays in the first period, Leafs. Point, Kucherov, and Stamkos combined for 11 Points, but the only Points that matter are the two in the standings.

Bolt is correct, everything can be a chew toy. Including the Maple Leafs.

Nikita Kucherov was given his Ted Lindsay Award yesterday. Best player in the league, as voted by the players.

Renovations are done for the Tom Oliver Memorial Hockey Rink and it’s open for business again!

From the Hockey News, Victor Hedman is quite good at this hockey thing, and he just celebrated his 700th NHL regular season game! [The Hockey News]

“Any time you play a guy like him who plays as much as he does, you just want to make the game as hard on him as possible,” he said. “You try to be physical, try to take him off his game anyway you can, but it’s hard to do. He’s not a guy who is easily rattled. We realized, sometimes you just need to put the puck behind him because obviously you can’t skate through him very often. But there’s a reason he’s so consistent and as productive as he is, because there isn’t much to do to get him off his game.”

The Prospects

Syracuse Speaks was released yesterday! Go check it out as AHL hockey games are well under way! [Syracuse Speaks]

In this episode, host Alex Ackerman begins to warm up to the 2019-20 Syracuse Crunch season. She discusses some changes that have occured with the team since the last time she talked about them, and some roster moves and potential additions/subtractions. She then takes a look at Syracuse’s schedule and highlights some upcoming matches and promotional nights, including the Crunch’s Home Opener on October 19th against the reigning Calder Cup champions.

J.P. Cote is the new Director for Player Development for the Tampa Bay Lightning, meaning he’s spending lots of time with the Syracuse Crunch, a place he knows very well. [The AHL]

Cote appeared in 27 NHL games with the Lightning and Montreal Canadians during his 15-year professional career, but the Quebec City native was also a veteran of 623 AHL contests. In that span, Cote put up over 100 career points and claimed Calder Cup championships with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2007 and the Norfolk Admirals in 2012.

Who is the highest overall draft pick to play for the Syracuse Crunch? Is it Toronto’s Luke Schenn, who was a fifth overall bust back in 2008? [Syracuse]

Schenn, 29, was taken by Toronto No. 5 overall in the 2008 NHL draft. But he won’t be the highest draft pick to skate for Syracuse. Here’s a rundown of all the first-round picks to play for the Crunch in the franchise’s 26-year history, listed from low to high:

Take a listen to Minnesota captain and Lightning draft pick Sammy Walker talk about his team heading back to the ice for another season of NCAA hockey.

The Game

The Anaheim Ducks have signed a friend of a friend so to speak. Benoit-Olivier Groulx has a three-year ELC with the Californian team.

Julius Honka is an RFA without a contract, therefore he has left for Finland for the time being.

Hockey is very hard to evaluate this early into the season, but if you can take away all the craziness, there are still things to learn. Dom L. with more.

The PWHPA and the San Jose Sharks played an exhibition game in San Jose. You can read all about it from our friends at PPP. You can also hear Kendall Coyne-Schofield mic’d up! [Pension Plan Puppets]

But Annie, I’m sure you’re wondering, how was the hockey? The hockey, just like what we saw in Toronto, was fast, high-energy, and high-scoring. The first game, a matchup between Team Flanagan and Team Stecklein, was dominated by Team Stecklein. Hayley Scamurra especially showed exactly how she played her way onto the US national team as a member of the Buffalo Beauts—she was a blast to watch, and her first goal was a jaw-dropping move on Katie Burt worthy of highlight-reel status.

This is a great story shared by Lauren about Ty Pelton-Byce of the NCAA and being OK with not being OK. [Madison dot com]

In the spring semester of 2018, he failed one class and got a D+ in another, a set of grades that, under Harvard’s code, triggered an automatic one-year leave of absence. With the benefit of hindsight, he said the classes weren’t overly hard for him but depression sapped his motivation.

These music choices are a combination of extremely good and extremely awful. I love it.

The AHL have released their 2020 Hall of Fame class. Robbie Ftorek, Denis Hamel, Darren Haydar and Fred Thurier all get the call to the Hall. [The AHL]

“Since 1936, the history of the American Hockey League has been defined by the people who have helped build upon its foundation of excellence,” said David Andrews, AHL President and Chief Executive Officer. “Each of these four individuals performed at the highest levels throughout their careers, and the AHL Board of Governors unanimously endorses the Selection Committee’s recommendation for their induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2020.”

Publicity stunt by the Erie Otters.

Phil the Thrill!

Highlight of the Night: The perfect caption.