KHL Game Day: 9-17-14

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev did not suit up for Yugra's 4-3 loss to SKA. SKA won the match on the strength of 4 First Period goals including 2 by former NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk.

Dynamo Moscow 0 vs. Magnitogorsk 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 27/27, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-1-1, 2 SO, 0.99 GAA, .960 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned away 27 shots and 2 of 2 shooters in the penalty shot session to defeat Dynamo Moscow 1-0. Danis Zaripov and Chris Lee both converted in the shootout to seal the win for Metallurg.

Who's Trending? (Part 4)

With today’s Part 4, we close the book on our late offseason Who’s Trending? series that examines rising or falling player values. As we’ve mentioned many times, the great part about hockey – and especially developmental hockey – is this is subject to change. This is The Afanasenkov Rule.

The series includes current prospects and players that started last season as prospects who remain in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

ICMYI: Part 1 (Prospects ranked 1-10), Part 2 (Prospects ranked 11-25), Part 3 (Unranked prospects)

Part 4: Recent Graduates

Liiga Game Day: 9-16-14

JYP 5 vs. HPK 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen did not dress for HPK as they fell to 0-3 at the hands of a 5-3 defeat by JYP. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the win for JYP.

KHL Game Day: 9-16-14

Bratislava 0 vs. Cherepovets 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 3/5, 10.14 GAA, .600 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .895 sv%

Jaroslav Janus was lifted 11:50 into the First Period in Slovan's 3-0 shutout loss to Cherepovets. Johan Backlund stopped 20 of 21 for Bratislava the rest of the way.

Florida Outworks Lightning, Wins Tournament Finale, 6-3

Lightning prospects took to the ice Tuesday for their third and final game of the Nashville prospects tournament. Unlike the first two games, which were settled in overtime, this one was done well before the end of regulation with the Florida Panthers winning, 6-3.

There’s no way around it, Florida was the better team on Tuesday, outworking, outhustling, and outmaneuvering the Baby Bolts.

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.

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