KHL Game Day: 10-21-15

Vladivostok 3 vs. Novgorod 8
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-0-0, E, 10 PIM

Carter Ashton had a career day for his KHL career, potting 2 goals in 16:30 of ice time as Novgorod trounced Vladivostok 8-3. 20 year old undrafted centerman Danill Ilyin had 1 goal and 3 points to aid Novgorod's victory.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 39

This week's “Enrico Ciccone Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 39
· Vinny’s Breakfast
· Top line better than the Triplets, now and forevermore?
· Pick an effort level and stick with it
· Koekkoek time (and a soapbox rant)
· The BP Mailbag (Stamkos, Drouin playoff probability … Vladdy’s role … Clark Carle? … Syracuse scratches … Next wave of D ready? … KHL vs AHL … ECHL problems? … Have expectations changed for TB and Syracuse?)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second version of No. 39. The first version contained stories found on the LA Times website concerning an incident with Ciccone that the former player claims are not true. Out of respect for Ciccone, the stories have been edited out of the podcast. Our apologies for passing along misinformation.

Erne Brings Size to Crunch's Top Line

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Erne knows what he brings to the table every time he hits the ice.

The sturdy left winger, who has begun his rookie season on the Syracuse Crunch’s top line, is responsible for doing the dirty work down low, getting to the front of the net and creating space for his linemates.

Listed at 6-1, 210-pounds, Erne is continuing to develop as a power forward to make the next step to the NHL.

“He has a good work ethic, a big body, and he’s been good down low,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “He’s still got to work on some of the details of his game, you can find him a lot with his stick up in the air. But overall, he’s been fine. He’s working hard and getting chances on the power play and five-on-five.”

NHL Game Night: 10-20-15 Lightning at Predators

That's entertainment.

NSH-5 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 33 shots and 1 of 3 shooters to convert for the SO Loss. I thought he was average, maybe even slightly subpar by his standards on the first goal, and that may have ultimately been the difference because Rinne was splendid at the other end even giving up 4 goals.

First Period
19:07 NSH Fisher (1), (Weber, Neal)

Second Period
3:25 TB Stamkos (5), (Hedman, Filppula)(PP)
8:51 TB Kucherov (2), (Palat, Coburn)
10:29 NSH Weber (1), (Ribeiro, Wilson)
17:41 TB Callahan (3), (Hedman, Stralman)
18:55 NSH Neal (4), (Forsberg, Fisher)

Third Period
5:24 TB Condra (2), (Boyle)
14:30 NSH Neal (5), (Forsberg)


NSH- Forsberg

Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

I hate losing, but not so much that I can't admit that was a whale of a game and absolutely the kind of product the NHL needs to put out on the ice. That had the feeling of a heavyweight boxing match with each team trading goals like they were trading haymakers. Just when one team would get a big possession push and a good cycle, the other team would answer in kind. It was a really, really good game.

Lots of silver linings in the loss. The obvious is the Lightning put up 4 goals on that goaltender and that defensive corps in a night where Rinne was on his game. They would've scored 7 or 8 goals, I'm fairly certain, on a mortal goaltender. The other obvious one is that the special teams, which have been dreadful to this point of the season, were a strong point in this game. They got the tying goal on the PP from Stamkos to get it to 1-1 and they were fairly solid going 3-for-3 on the PK. That's no small task considering the bomb launchers Nashville has back on the points. That looked like a bad matchup going into the contest, but the Lightning held stout.

What they'll want back is the semi-soft first goal late in the opening period, the Carle turnover on the Weber goal, and Condra getting absolutely lost in coverage on the rush on Neal's second goal. Get back any one of those and you obviously get the second point.

Interesting twist to see a more tactical, possession-minded approach from Nashville in the 3-on-3 OT. They held the puck for a minute, it seemed like, on the cycle in the Lightning zone and I give credit to Stamkos and Hedman for not dropping dead from exhaustion covering that much ice. Nashville didn't get an A chance out of that much possession and that much ice, which is pretty remarkable. I'd expect to see the Lightning start to install that kind of cycle to wear out the opposing defenders in the 3-on-3 in the future. It was definitely much different than the jailbreak odd man rush fest in the first OT game of the season, and was much closer in resemblance to real hockey, to boot.

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KHL Game Day: 10-20-15

Sochi 3 vs. Jokerit 0
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in a season high 11:00 of ice time as Jokerit fell to Sochi 3-0. Ex-Lightning pick Denis Kazionov had a helper in the match for Sochi. Ex-Blues pick Konstantin Barulin stopped all 38 shots he faced for the shutout.

Elsewhere, the KHL announced that Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk has traded talented young forward Nikita Gusev to SKA St. Petersburg in exchange for financial considerations. Many KHL clubs have been struggling after the Russian economy took a significant hit due to the falling price of oil. According to the KHL's website, Gusev's current KHL deal expires at the end of this season.

KHL Game Day: 10-19-15

Novosibirsk 4 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-0-3, -3, 10 PIM

Ex-Islanders pick David Ullstrom had 1 goal and 1 assist for Novosibirsk in their 4-1 win over Novgorod. Ex-Panthers farmhand Alexander Salak turned away 27 of 28 shots he faced for the win.

Zagreb 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 7 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a goal and an assist, both at even strength, in 12:34 of ice time in Yugra's wild 7-6 Shootout win over Zagreb. Gusev failed on his only attempt of the penalty shot session. Zagreb got a goal and an assist each from ex-Lightning picks Marek Kvapil and Radek Smolenak in defeat. Yugra was paced by a hat trick by ex-Predators pick Konstantin Panov, who also potted the Shootout winner.

Bolt Prospect of the Week

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for the week ending October 19 is … Ryan Zuhlsdorf, D, Sioux City Musketeers, USHL.

Has Al Murray done it again?

Juniors Game Night: 10-18-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 15 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 9 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph assisted on Adam Marsh’s first period goal and the Sea Dogs beat the Olympiques in Gatineau, 3-2. Boko Imama fought Jonathon Masters (undrafted).

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 (SO)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -1, 5 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 9 GP, 10-9-19, +3, 15 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan scored his 10th goal of the season, but was ejected from the game for spearing before the half-way point. Shawinigan won the 8-round shootout, 4-3, after fighting back from a 4-1 deficit.

Stars: 3-1-0

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Oshawa Generals 0

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-5-8, -4, 5 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli fought Juho Lammikko at the end of the first period. Lucas Peressini (undrafted) had a 35-save shutout for the Fronts.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 6 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-5-9, +4, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto doubled his penalty minute total for the season in one game. The Spits are tied for the league lead in overtime losses with Kitchener at three.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 5

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-2-2, -9, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Ben Thomas had his second assist of the season, a primary helper on Calgary’s fifth and final goal in a 5-1 win.

United States Hockey League

Waterloo Black Hawks 5 @ Sioux City Musketeers 7

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-7-7, E, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota commit)

Ryan Zuhlsdorf had a season-high three assists, helping the Musketeers to a 7-5 win over visiting Waterloo. Zuhlsdorf is second in team scoring for Sioux City.

AHL Game Night: 10-18-15 Crunch at Wolf Pack


Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss in his season debut. So Gudlevskis starts the season the clear top dog in the crease.

First Period
SYR Peca, (1) (Vermin, Dotchin), 12:19 GIF GIF

Second Period
HFD Hrivik, (1) (Adam, Andersson), 12:33 GIF
HFD Megna, (1) (Tambellini), 13:57 GIF

Third Period
HFD Bourque, (1) (Diaz, Gibbons), 3:05 (PP) GIF
HFD Gibbons, (2) , 15:05 GIF
SYR Paradis, (2) (Taormina, McGinn), 16:55 GIF
HFD Hughes, (1) (Bodie, Nehring), 18:14 (EN/SH)GIF

Matthew Peca potted his first goal and first point of the season. He's an important piece if Syracuse is going to improve on last season's performance.

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Liiga Game Day: 10-18-15

Blues 0 vs. KalPa 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela struck for his first goal of the season in KalPa's 2-0 shutout win over Blues. Tammela, The Cobra, played 13:46 in the match, and his goal ended up being the game winner as he was named First Star of the game. Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen stopped all 22 shots he faced for the shutout. After languishing toward the bottom of the league table in the early season, KalPa has managed to climb back to 9th in the 15 team league.

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