KHL Game Day: 9-14-14 and 9-15-14

9-14-15
Bratislava 2 vs. Novgorod 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 31/33, 1.85 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA, .939 sv%

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 of 2 shooters to convert, with the 1st being former Lightning pick Dimitry Kazionov, as Bratislava fell 3-2 in the shootout to Novgorod. The shootout mars and otherwise decent season debut for Janus. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had a pair of assist in defeat for Slovan.

9-15-14
Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Jokerit 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev did not dress in Yugra's 2-1 OT loss to Jokerit, which jumped from the league formerly known as the SM-liiga to the KHL this season. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman had a goal in the match for Jokerit. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius sat backup for Jokerit while ex-Lightning pick Johan Harju was also scoreless for the club.

Chekhov 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 15/16, 1.00 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 5-1-0, 1 SO, 1.17 GAA, .953 sv%

If you only put 16 shots on goal on Vasily Koshechkin in a game, you probably wasted the bus ride to the rink. That's all the rubber Koshechkin faced today as Magnitogorsk ran Chekhov out of the building 4-1. Ex-Caps draft pick Oskar Osala had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Metallurg.

Blog: Player-by-Player Breakdown of Bolts in Nashville So Far

I've been asked many times for opinions on various players in this weekend’s Lightning games. Rather than respond to each request, here are some quick thoughts on each player participating:

(NOTE: Comments are just based on two viewings here so this is by no means “the book” on any player.)

Curran, Drouin Lead Lightning to Overtime Win Over Boston

Lightning prospects suited up for their second game of the Nashville Prospects Tournament, and for the second time in two days the game went to overtime.

Unlike Saturday, when Tampa Bay fell 2-1 to Nashville, the Lightning came out on top on Sunday, beating Boston 3-2 on the backs of two prospects at opposite ends of the hype-o-meter.

At one end is Jonathan Drouin, ranked the top prospect in hockey by NHL.com and regarded as one of the best – if not the best – player not playing in the NHL. On the other end is Kodie Curran, a 24-year-old undrafted free agent defenseman who just finished his career with the University of Calgary Dinos.

One you’ve heard of, one you haven’t. In fact, Curran didn’t even play in Saturday’s opener as he was a late scratch after warm-ups. Yet, the two were equally dynamic in Sunday’s win against the Bruins.

Bolts Fall in OT to Predators, 2-1

For the first time since April, Lightning hockey was back on Saturday.

The organization’s prospects opened their 2014 Nashville Prospects Tournament with a 2-1 overtime loss against the home side despite outplaying and outshooting the Predators.

The Lightning were without one of their top prospects, Adam Erne, who hasn’t been cleared for contact after his offseason wrist surgery. The 2013 second round pick made the trip to Nashville, and his teammates could have used his finishing ability throughout Saturday’s contest.

Liiga Game Day: 9-13-14

HPK 1 vs. Ilves 5
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Ouch. Ex-Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori had HPK's only goal as they were dismantled by Ilves 5-1. Saku Salminen was scoreless in 10:14 in the match.

KHL Game Day: 9-13-14

Yaroslavl 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 1.21 GAA, .955 sv%

5 games into their 2014-2015 campaign, Magnitogorsk is showing no signs of a championship hangover. The team got a pair of goals from Danis Zaripov, both assisted by Sergei Mozyakin, in their 4-1 drubbing of Yaroslavl.

Liiga Game Day: 9-12-14

Lahti 4 vs. HPK 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen and HPK's comeback bid fell short in the shootout and the dropped their season opener to Lahti Pelicans 4-3. Salminen played 11:11 in the match and took a minor for slashing. HPK got a goal from former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori. Pelicans were led by 2 goals from ex-Panthers second round Michal Repik, who also potted the shootout winner.

Prospect Tournament Preview

Brace yourselves – Lightning hockey is now just days away.

The Baby Bolts will participate in the Nashville prospects tournament this weekend at the brand-spanking new Ford Ice Center. They'll be joined by the Preds, Bruins, and that team from near Miami. Lightning prospects are currently gathering in Tampa for two practices in advance of their tournament opener on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (EST).

The Lightning announced earlier today there would be no online streaming of games. There hasn’t been any announcement concerning radio, though in the past some teams have had audio streaming available on the Web. At the least, Bolt Prospects will live-tweet the Lightning’s games from the Ford Ice Center.

Tampa Bay announced their tournament roster on August 28 and should be the favorite in the event based on the star-power of Jonathan Drouin and Andrei Vasilevskiy alone. Add in defensive weapons Slater Koekkoek and Anthony DeAngelo and the Bolts are sure to test the Ford Ice Center’s scoreboard capabilities.

KHL Game Day: 9-10-14

Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Zagreb 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 31/31, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 1 SO, 1.26 GAA, .953 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin posted his first shutout of the season as Magnitogorsk smashed Zagreb 6-0. Ex-Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Metallurg.

Kazan 4 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Jaroslav Janus rode the pine again behind starter Johan Backlund in Slovan's 4-3 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. Ex-Thrashers first rounder Alexander Burmistrov assisted on the game winner for Kazan.

Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season in Yugra's 4-2 loss to Severstal Cherepovets. The young forward played 14:30 in the match. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil scored the insurance marker in the match for Cherepovets.

Elsewhere, Mytischi defeated Ekaterinburg 4-3 in the shootout with Dmitry Korobov still out nursing a hand injury.

KHL Game Day: 9-8-14

Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Veteran forward Tomas Netik had 1 goal and 1 assist for Bratislava in their 3-1 lead of Ekaterinburg. Jaroslav Janus again sat backup to Johan Backlund in the win.

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Mytischi 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 21/22, 1.01 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 1.69 GAA, .933 sv%

Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Magnitogorsk to a 4-1 smashing of Mytischi. Defenseman Dmitry Korobov of Mytischi is expected to miss the first month of the season with a hand injury and did not dress.

CSKA 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal in Yugra's failed comeback bid to erase a 3 goal Third Period deficit, as they fell 4-3 to CSKA. Gusev has point in each of his first 3 games this season. Ex-Wings pick Jan Mursak led the way for CSKA with a hat trick.

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