Future Blueline On Display in Estero

Tomorrow is the end of the 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Prospect Tournament in Estero, Florida, and the Lightning (1-1) have a chance to claim its championship if Nashville beats Washington earlier in the day and the Bolts defeat Florida. There is no championship game or oversized trophy awarded to the winners to skate around Germain Arena and collect their pent-up tears of joy, however.

There’s a reason for that – it’s all about the experience.

Capitals Smother Lightning in Second Game of Prospects Tournament

What a difference a day makes.

For as good as the Lightning prospects looked Saturday in a 5-1 win over Nashville, they were as flat and uncompetitive Sunday, losing 5-2 to the Capitals prospects at the Lightning’s 2015 prospects tournament in Estero, Florida.

Madison Bowey had a goal and assist for Washington, while Caleb Hebert had two assists. Matt Peca and Cristiano DiGiacinto (pictured) scored for the Lightning.

KHL Game Day: 9-13-15

Togliatti 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-4-8, +2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the eventual game winning goal in Yugra's 2-1 win over Togliatti. The young forward played 17:03 in the match. He is currently tied for 8th in the league in scoring despite missing 2 of his club's 9 games.

Cherepovets 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 28/31, 3.03 GAA, .903 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-1-3, 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .921 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 1 assist in Magnitka's 4-3 win over Cherepovets. Magnitogorsk goaltender Vasily Koshechkin has lost just 1 game in regulation in his 8 starts so far this year.

Lightning Make Statement in Game 1 of Tourney

Tampa Bay Lightning prospects made a statement in the first game of their own prospect tournament, beating a talented Nashville squad, 5-1, in Estero, Florida.

The Lightning scored five unanswered goals after Kevin Fiala opened the scoring on the power play for the Preds, making the most of their 27 shots. Tampa Bay goalies Kristers Gudlevskis and Adam Wilcox stopped 36 of 37 shots in the win.

Gudlevskis allowed the only goal, but if not for his early strong play the Predators would have led at least 4-1 at the end of the first period.

KHL Game Day: 9-12-15

Vladivostok 1 vs. Jokerit 6
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 8:39 of ice time as Jokerit beat the breaks off Vladivostok 6-1. Ex-Kings pick Brandon Kozun led the way with 2 goals and 4 points for Jokerit. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius turned away 21 shots for the win.

KHL Game Day: 9-11-15

CSKA 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 33/34, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-1-3, 0 SO, 1.80 GAA, .924 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 2 goals and an assist to lead the way for Magnitka in their 3-1 win over CSKA. Ex-Sens farmhand Stephane DaCosta had a helper on the lone goal for CSKA in defeat.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 34

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

· The No. 34
· Prospect season is underway, and The Goose is loose
· Prospect tournament preview
· Vasy’s replacement – Who’s ready? Who’s not?
· Top 10 Upsiders, organization-wide

Click here to listen

KHL Game Day: 9-10-15

Novokuznetsk 2 vs. Jokerit 3
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in his KHL debut in 7:25 of ice time as Jokerit defeated Novokuznetsk 3-2. Salminen's appearance looks to answer the question of whether or not Salminen will be loaned to a SM-liiga team ahead of the start of the Finnish league's season tomorrow. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman led the way for Jokerit in the game with 1 goal and 3 points.

Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Yaroslavl 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-4-7, +1, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored the game winning goal on a Second Period power play as Yugra edged Yaroslavl 2-1. Gusev played 18:51 in the win.

Novgorod 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 0
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM

Carter Ashton remained out of the lineup today for Novgorod in their 3-0 blanking of Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn had a pair of goals for Novgorod in the win.

KHL Game Day: 9-8-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Sochi 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-4-6, +1, 2 PIM

The Goose is back. Nikita Gusev returned to the lineup and had a power play helper in Yugra's 3-2 win over Sochi. Gusev played 16:47 in the victory. Ex-Senators pick Andre Petersson scored both of Sochi's goals in defeat.

Novgorod 1 vs. Nizhnekamsk 2 (OT)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM

Carter Ashton was out of the lineup again for Novgorod today in their 2-1 OT loss to Nizhnekamsk. Journeyman Jeff Taffe had Nizhnekamsk's regulation goal in the match.

KHL Game Day: 9-6-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Kazan 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was out of the lineup again today in Yugra's 3-2 loss to Kazan. Kazan's opening goal was scored by their captain, ex-Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov.

Novgorod 1 vs. Vityaz 0
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Season totals: Season totals: 5 GP, 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM

Carter Ashton was out of the lineup for Novgorod in their 1-0 win over Vityaz. Ex-Thrashers/Jets forward Carl Klingberg had the only goal of the game.

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