One of the worst games I've ever seen the Lightning play.
Mike Smith allowed 7 goals on 35 shots including two very soft goals. Wonder if Rick Tocchet regrets not playing Nittymaki, not that it would've mattered all that much.
OTT 4:25, Kovalev 2 (Alfredsson)
OTT 10:22, Michalek 2 (Ruutu)(SH)
OTT 5:41, Michalek 3 (Alfredsson, Volchenkov)(SH)
OTT 6:15, Picard 1 (Ruutu, Kelly)
OTT 10:59, Foligno 1 (Phillips, Volchenkov)
TB 14:26, Malone 6 (St. Louis, Stamkos)
OTT 11:39, Michalek 4 (Spezza, Alfredsson)(PP)
OTT 17:01, Ruutu 2 (Kelly, Karlsson)
The Lightning were outshot 35-17 in the game. They dominated the first 4 minutes of the game, then one bad clear ended up in the back of their net, and they crumbled. It was a lot like the opener against Atlanta.
Steve Downie was -1 with 11 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:10. His line were the only three members of the Lightning that showed fight tonight.
Drew Miller had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:36.
Zenon Konopka was -1 with 17 penalty minutes in 8:30.
James Wright had 1 hit in 14:58.
Victor Hedman was -2 with 1 shot in 20:52. He drew iron on the backhand on one rush, but that was the extent of the good news for Victor.
Ekaterinburg 1 @ Kazan 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 10 PIM
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 2 PIM
In the battle of the Kazionov brothers, it was the elder who came out on top on the scoreboard and the scoresheet. Older brother Dimitry stayed hot by scoring his third goal of the season in 19:12 of ice time, which was tops among Kazan forwards. Younger brother Denis played 13:43 in the match.
Chelyabinsk 3 @ Togliatti 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 26/29, 3.02 GAA, .897 sv%
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-7, 1 SO, 2.52 GAA, .912 sv%
Koshechkin and Togliatti are on a losing streak, and Koshechkin even drew a 2 minute minor in today's match. Togliatti now sits in ninth in its conference.
Omsk 2 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 18/19, 1.00 GAA, .947 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 8-5, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .903 sv%
Karri Ramo, after a bit of a slow start, has gotten on a roll along with his Omsk teammates. Jaromir Jagr and Eric Perrin had Omsk's goals while former Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov had the lone marker for Novokuznetsk.
Ekaterinburg 1 @ Dynamo Minsk 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
Congratulations to Denis Kazionov, who scored his first KHL goal. Kazionov's marker was the lone tally for Ekaterinburg in the match. The young forward played 11:12 in the game.
Magnitogorsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 5
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 2 PIM
Harju was 54% on draws in 16:27 of ice time, but he still is struggling to find the scoresheet in his first season in Russia. Harju's lifelong teammate, Linus Omark, had an empty net goal in the match, which was his 5th goal and 8th point of the season.
Cherepovets 3 @ Togliatti 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, No statistics available
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-6, 1 SO, 2.47 GAA, .906 sv%
No game stats are available for Koshechkin, who stopped just 2 of 4 shooters in the shootout session to take the loss.
St. Petersburg 4 @ Kazan 3 (SO)
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -4, 10 PIM
Kazionov assisted on a goal by former Thrashers prospect defenseman Ilya Nikulin in the match. Former Lightning prospect Anton But helped key a St. Petersburg comeback on the first of a pair of late third period SKA goals assisted by former NHLer Sergei Zubov and former Lightning winger Nils Ekman.
The gang's all here!
St. Petersburg 3 @ Togliatti 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 20/23, 3.00 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-5, 1 SO, 2.54 GAA, .910 sv%
This I know for sure: it's close to impossible for a goaltender to win a hockey game if his club can't manage a single goal for him. St. Petersburg benefitted from a goal from former Lightning prospect Anton But and a pair of assists by former Lightning forward Nils Ekman.
Omsk 5 @ Novosibirsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 14/17, 3.00 GAA, .824 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 7-5, 0 SO, 2.08 GAA, .900 sv%
On the flip side: it's difficult for a goaltender to lose when he gets five goals worth of support.
Ekaterinburg 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 2 PIM
So much for the floodgates opening up for Harju. He was 56% on draws in 16:59 of ice time. Meanwhile, at the other end of the rink, Kazionov saw limited ice time of 7:37.
Mytischi 4 @ Kazan 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-0-2, -5, 10 PIM
The elder Kazionov scored Kazan's second goal in a third period rally that fell just short. Kazionov got a robust 19:07 of ice time in the match, but his line's efforts weren't enough to overcome a pair of goals by former NHLer Jan Bulis.
Ekaterinburg 4 @ Riga 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Ekaterinburg crawled out of the basement in their conference with the win. Coincidentally, it's Kazionov's old club, Khabarovsk, that is now in the cellar. Kazionov played 11:11 in the match.
Chelyabinsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 2 PIM
Finally! The Lightning's prized Swedish sniper scored his first goal in the Russian league by tallying Dynamo's opening goal of the match. He finished with 18:18 of ice time and was 33% on draws. Will the floodgates now open?
Cherepovets 3 @ Kazan 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, -6, 10 PIM
Kazionov played 13:32 in the match.
Mytischi 1 @ Togliatti 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 4-4, 1 SO, 2.49 GAA, .914 sv%
Koshechkin seems to be re-establishing himself as perhaps the premiere goaltender in all of Russia, following up a shutout with a masterful effort against Mytischi. One can only wonder what might have been if Koshechkin had ever consented to cross the pond to come to Tampa Bay.