Zagreb 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 7/9, 4.81 GAA, .778 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-5-4, 0 SO, 1.98 GAA, .927 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was pulled early in the Second Period in Magnitogorsk's 4-1 loss to Zagreb. Capitals first rounder Ilya Samsonov stopped 15 of 16 the rest of the way for Magnitka in relief. Zagreb was paced by 2 goals and 3 points from ex-Lightning pick Marek Kvapil and 1 goal and 2 points by fellow ex-Lightning pick Radek Smolenak.
Ontario Hockey League
Mississauga Steelheads 6 @ Peterborough Petes 1
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM
It was a rough night in Peterborough as the Steelheads scored four times in the first period en route to a 6-1 win. The loss was the Petes’ first of the season (2-1-0).
Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 7
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +4, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM
Saginaw crossed the border but left their defense in Michigan, falling to Cristiano DiGiacinto and Windsor, 7-1. DiGiacinto scored his first goal of the season, unassisted in the first period. He later added an assist.
Lightning start to tighten up in the stretch run to the regular season.
Ben Bishop allowed just 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory. The Lightning seemed to indicate Bishop would get just a couple of games in during the preseason to tune things up. He'll need to carry a heavy load in the first couple of months of the regular season with Vasilevskiy on the shelf, so two is fine with me, and he looked solid in both.
0:33 TB Kucherov (1), (Palat)
15:47 DAL McKenzie (1), (Fiddler, Demers)
16:31 TB Filppula (1), (Killorn, Nesterov)
4:51 DAL Nichushkin (1), (Seguin)
15:28 TB Brown (1), (Drouin, Sustr)
Both teams had most, albeit not all, of the bullets loaded in the gun, so this was a good test for the Lightning and a good result after the strange clunker they had in Johnstown against the Pens (BTW, hey, did you know that night was NBCSN's debut of the movie Slapshot that was filmed in Johnstown?!). It wasn't without a price after Nikita Kucherov exited early with a lower body injury, but assuming that was just precautionary, the Lightning have to feel pretty good about the night. They held the Stars to a reasonable shots and goals total, their bell cow goaltender played well, and they got nicely distributed scoring from 3 of 4 of their apparent regular season lines. Bonus: J.T. Brown is actually starting to finish plays. If he finishes just 1/4 of the A chances he generates with his hustle and speed, I figure that's 15-20 goals right there.
Mike Angelidis was -1 with 5 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and he was 50% on draws in 11:28.
Jonathan Marchessault had 4 shots in 14:07.
Luke Witkowski had 9 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:22.
Nesterov had a helper and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 24:06, as the Lightning gave him a good, hard look tonight and he responded well. He also had 6 shots that he took that were blocked that didn't make it through on net.
Ekaterinburg 3 vs. Novgorod 2
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 8 PIM
Carter Ashton was held off the board in 20:19 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-2 loss to Ekaterinburg. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had a goal in defeat for Novgorod.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Dinamo Minsk 1 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 5-5-10, +5, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on the Overtime winner, a power play goal, in Yugra's 2-1 win over Minsk. He played 18:49 in the contest. Ex-Blackhawks pick Matt Ellison had Minsk's lone goal in defeat.
Jokerit 3 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Saku Salminen was scoreless in 4:49 of ice time and 67% on 3 draws in Jokerit's 3-2 win over SKA St. Petersburg. Jokerit captain and ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen had a goal for Jokerit in the victory.
We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award this season, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.
The first Bolt Prospect of the Week for the 2015-2016 season, for the week ending September 28, is … Matthew Peca, C, Tampa Bay Lightning/Syracuse Crunch.
The last Lightning prospect to wear No. 63 as a camp number turned out to be pretty good at the hockey, and the latest prospect to wear it is off to an impressive start.
Tyler Johnson wore 63 before switching to his customary No. 9, then was a Calder Trophy finalist for the NHL rookie of the year. A year later he was a playoff hero, helping the Lightning to a Stanley Cup Finals berth before breaking his wrist and playing the final series significantly limited.
Matt Peca was playing center for Quinnipiac University when Johnson was proving NHL doubters wrong two years ago. Two weeks ago he was lighting it up for the Lightning in their prospect tournament and took that momentum into the Lightning’s main camp and preseason games.
Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 22/24, 2.03 GAA, .917 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-4-4, 0 SO, 1.89 GAA, .930 sv%
Ex-Thrashers second rounder Ilya Nikulin had a helper for Dynamo in their 2-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had the lone goal in the match for Magnitka.
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Novgorod 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-4-9, +5, 4 PIM
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:38, but had a team high 6 shots on goal in Yugra's 3-2 win over Novgorod. Carter Ashton was -1 in 18:44 in defeat. Ex-Sens pick Kaspars Daugavins also had a goal in the loss.
This week's “Andre Roy Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:
· The No. 36
· Roster cutting
· Who’s left standing for the TB opener?
· Interview with Adam Wilcox
· The BP Mailbag (Who wins the backup job? … Another option for backup goalie? … Darkhorse for TB prospect call-up … Stamkos trade value [if necessary] … Adam Erne now vs Adam Erne in previous camps)
Podolsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 7
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, 24/26, 2.00 GAA, .923 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-3-4, 0 SO, 1.88 GAA, .931 sv%
Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had 2 goals and 4 points for Magnitka as they annihilated Vityaz Podolsk 7-2. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin also chipped in a hat trick and 4 points in the win.
The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their training camp roster by 23 this weekend. All players reported to training camp with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch’s camp will take place in Lyon, France, for the second consecutive season.
Returning to Syracuse:
D Dylan Blujus
F Mike Blunden
F David Broll
D Charlie Dodero (AHL contract)
D Jake Dotchin
F Yanni Gourde
F Henri Ikonen
F Ryan Martindale (tryout)
D Joey Mormina (AHL contract)
F Philippe Paradis
F Tanner Richard
F Joel Vermin
G Allen York (AHL contract)