CHL Game Night: 10-14-16

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (SO)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season: 6 GP, 1-5-6, +1, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

Katchouk’s first goal of the year came with 1:30 left in the third period and the Soo’s goalie pulled, forcing overtime. Matt Spencer missed his second straight game for the Petes.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Niagara IceDogs 4

C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Niagara lost a lead for the third-straight game, this time falling to visiting Sarnia, 5-4.

NHL Game Night: 10-13-16 Red Wings at Lightning

Lightning come from behind to win a game that could be defined as both "wild" and "wooly."


Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 32 shots, but still got the win. He'll be burning the tape of that performance. He had a less than artful effort trying to handle a puck flipped at him from below the goal line on Detroit's first goal, an awful rebound allowed on a slow, change up point shot on Detroit's third goal, and a ridiculously unlucky ricochet on a center ice shot off the corner boards and into his net for Detroit's fourth goal. He owes his guys in front of him a steak dinner. Well, all but Nesterov, perhaps.

First Period
3:12 DET Vanek (1), (Zetterberg, Nielsen)(PP)
8:26 DET Vanek (2), (Nyquist)

Second Period
7:33 TB Drouin (1), (Killorn, Hedman)
8:18 DET Nielsen (1), (Green, Larkin)
13:05 TB Paquette (1), (unassisted)

Third Period
3:17 TB Boyle (1), (Paquette)
8:34 TB Johnson (1), (Stamkos, Palat)(PP)
16:50 TB Killorn (1), (Drouin, Hedman)(PP)
17:55 DET DeKeyser (1), (Green, Helm)
18:39 TB Filppula (1), (unassisted)(EN)

Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin were the game's first and second stars.

Glass half empty: Ben Bishop looked unusually awful in tonight's opener while Nikita Nesterov had an embarrassing turnover that led to Detroit's second goal and took a holding call at a critical juncture in the Third Period that he's very lucky didn't jump up and bite the team. Bishop and Nesterov put the Lightning behind the eight ball and it took a horrific softie gift returned by Mrazek on Paquette's goal to give the Lightning the lifeline to turn the game around.

Glass half full: Good Lord, the Lightning may have a bona fide power play this season. Jon Cooper finally swallowed his pride and made the decision to delegate control of the PP to new assistant Todd Richards this offseason, and it yielded instant dividends in the form of 3-for-6 performance tonight. Also, while it's true to say the Lightning needed Mrazek's softie as a lifeline to climb back into the game, it's also fair to say that if you put Bishop and Nesterov's mistakes aside the Lightning controlled possession and had the better of the chances over the entire balance of the sixty minutes. They were, ultimately, the better team on the ice.

Overall, the Lightning showed some resiliency and maturity over the course of this one to eventually earn the 2 points. And so, we begin again with our trusty old 12 in 10 rule. The Lightning need to get at least 12 points in every 10 game segment of the season to be on pace to make the postseason tournament. Good win, but they know they've now got to get 10 points in the next 9 games to stay on track. You can't get too high or too low. Just mind your 12 in 10 and then do it again.

Brayden Point was -1 with 1 shot in 16:12. He looked very good in his NHL debut. He had good top end speed, looked dangerous offensively including nearly beating DeKeyser one on one on the rush for a goal, and I thought he looked surprisingly strong along the wall on the forecheck for a player his size. He certainly didn't look out of place on a very good, elite Lightning club, that's for sure.

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Liiga Game Day: 10-13-16

HIFK 1 vs. SaiPa 3
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 25 PIM

Saku Salminen was -1 and 17% on 6 draws in SaiPa's 3-1 win over HIFK. He played 10:36 in the match. Ex-Oilers second rounder Curtis Hamilton had a goal and an assist for SaiPa in the win.

MHL Game Day: 10-13-16

Riga Jr. 3 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 12 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 20 PIM

Oleg Sosunov took a minor for cross checking and later had a 10 minute misconduct in Loko Jr.'s 6-3 win over Riga Jr. Loko seems to be settling into a more steady top-seven defensemen in their lineup now.

KHL Game Day: 10-13-16

St. Petersburg 4 vs. Dinamo Riga 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 9-16-25, +17, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play helper on the eventual game winning goal by Vadim Shipachyov to contribute to SKA's 4-1 win over Riga. He played 14:58 in the victory. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk also had a goal for SKA in the win.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 72

This week’s “Dylan Blujus Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 72
· Point is in, but who else makes TB debut this year?
· Season preview and forecast
· 3 bold predictions
· Leading scorer, first to move, still to come
· Early junior reviews are outstanding
· #BPMailbag (Re-do a pick … Who’s on the 2019-2020 Lightning? … Buying out Gusev’s contract … Expansion draft possibles … Killorn contract … Syracuse vets to sit … Impact rankings)

CHL Game Night: 10-12-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 5 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 6 GP, 6-3-9, +4, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Alexandre Alain (undrafted), who is listed as camping with the Lightning in the summer but does not appear on the rosters released by the club, scored mid-way through overtime to lift Cedric Paquette’s old team to an overtime win over Saint John. Joseph fought San Jose second-rounder Jeremy Roy.

Halifax Mooseheads 0 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits, 9/17 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 3-4-7, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Reilly Pickard (2017) stopped all 26 shots he faced to beat the visiting Mooseheads, 3-0.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Erie Otters 7

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 5 GP, 4-8-12, +12, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh continues to operate at over a 2-points-per-game clip, adding two more points to his total on Wednesday in a 7-2 shellacking of Steven Stamkos’ former club.

Western Hockey League

Spokane Chiefs 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 6

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 29 saves on 30 shots
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-4-0-0, 2.17 GAA, .931 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

After two straight first star efforts, Ingram wasn’t throwing pucks to the crowd after the game, but he did pick up his third win of the season.

MHL Game Day: 10-12-16

Riga Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3 (OT)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 8 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was -1 in Loko Jr.'s 3-2 OT win over Riga Jr. Loko Jr. again went with a 7 defenseman lineup for the match.

CHL Game Night: 10-11-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6 (OT)

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 0 Hits, 11/22 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 5 GP, 3-4-7, E, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Halifax blew leads of 3-1 and 4-2 Monday, but got the overtime winner to get the two points. Lightning Head of Amateur Scouting Al Murray was in Halifax recently and talked with John Moore about Somppi:


Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ North Bay Battalion 4

C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/5 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -5, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Bolts Sign Kucherov to 3-Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Nikita Kucherov to a three-year contract worth an average of $4.766 million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Kucherov, 23, skated in 77 games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season, recording 30 goals and 66 points to go along with 30 penalty minutes. He led the team for points and was second for both assists (36) and goals. Kucherov also set career highs for goals, points, power-play goals (nine) and game-winning goals (four). He ranked second on the Bolts for shots (209) and power-play goals, while also pacing the club with 19 multi-point games.

The 5-foot-11, 178-pound forward also skated in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning last season, posting 11 goals and 19 points to go along with a plus-13 rating. Kucherov led the Bolts during the playoffs for both goals and points. He finished second for goals and sixth for points in NHL in playoff scoring. Over the past two postseasons, Kucherov has tallied 21 goals and 41 points in 43 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. Kucherov has scored more playoff goals than any player in the NHL over the previous two postseasons.

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