NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/26/10 Lightning at Flames

My kingdom for some goaltending.

TB-4
CGY-5 (SO)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 23 shots and 1 goal on 2 shootout attempts for the penalty shot session loss.

First Period
TB 0:27, Lecavalier 1 (unassisted)
CGY 6:59, Brodie 1 (PP) (Giordano, Kotalik)
CGY 10:20, Brodie 2 (PP) (Giordano, Kotalik)

Second Period
CGY 8:30, Conroy 1 (Kronwall, Cunning)
TB 9:45, Gagne 1 (Stamkos, St. Louis)

Third Period
CGY 6:33, Kotalik 1 (Glencross, Giordano)
TB 8:59, Lecavalier 2 (PP) (Kubina, St. Louis)
TB 18:48, Stamkos 1 (PP) (Kubina, St. Louis)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB - NONE
CGY - Kotalik

Vincent Lecavalier was named the game's third star.

What did we learn from this preseason road trip? Three good things and one very ominous thing. 1.) The Lightning offensive firepower does translate from paper onto the ice. 2.) The Lightning's lower line depth is better than at any time I can remember. Even in the Stanley Cup season, the team was a little thin. 3.) Guy Boucher's system, right now, is translating to drastic reductions in the shots on goal the Lightning are giving up. But, 4.) All of that is for naught if the Lightning can't find a goaltender who can stop at least 90% of the shots they face. Get well soon Mike Smith, and get back on schedule soon, Dan Ellis.

Blair Jones was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 10:51 of ice time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

European Game Day: 9/25/10

Elitserien
Sodertalje 1 @ Timra 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 22/24, 2.04 GAA, .917 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 2.73 GAA, .864 sv%

Timra got a game winning, third period goal from Antti Halonen to knock of Sodertalje. Timra added an empty net goal by Timo Parssinen as insurance. Sodertalje goaltender Riku Helenius is still looking for his first win of the season.

KHL
Dynamo Riga 4 @ St. Petersburg 6
Martins Karsums, Dyanmo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 6 PIM

Former Lightning prospect Anton But had one goal and one assist to lead St. Petersburg to a 6-4 win over Dynamo Riga. Martins Karsums played 17:04 in the match.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/24/10

Connolly scores in his first game back ... Schemitsch nets his first ... Nearly a full lineup of Lightning prospect games as the OHL and WHL get underway.

Bolts Send Three Top Prospects Back to Juniors

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their preseason roster by three today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning now have 49 players remaining on their exhibition roster as the team prepares for the final contest on its four-game road trip tomorrow night in Calgary.

The three players who have been reassigned to their junior clubs are as follows:

RW Carter Ashton -- Regina (WHL)
RW Brett Connolly -- Prince George (WHL)
RW Richard Panik -- Belleville (OHL)

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/23/10

BCHL

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 6 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, 2 PIM

O’Donnell scored his second goal of the year as part of a 3-goal third period for the Vees. They cut the lead to 6-5, but couldn’t complete the comeback from down 6-2.

USHL

Fargo Force 2 vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks 4 (Exhibition)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Fargo got down 2-0 early and 3-0 early in the third before scratching their way back to a 3-2 deficit late. They couldn’t make it all the way back and the Lumberjacks added an empty netter. Mullin had a goal and an assist in the Fall Classic opener Wednesday.

OHL

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 37 saves on 41 shots

Zador (pictured) will again battle Kevin Bailie for playing time this season, but the 2009 fifth round pick of the Lightning got the season opening start for Oshawa. He was 14-28-2-1 with a 4.15 GAA and .884 save percentage for the Gens last year.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/23/10 Lightning at Oilers

Yeah, we at BoltProspects always liked Magnus Paajarvi in his draft year.

TB-2
EDM-5

Dan Ellis allowed 5 goals on 21 shots for the loss. Ugly stat line.

First Period
TB 4:33, Jones 1 (Purcell, Persson)
EDM 15:09, Paajarvi 1 (Belle, Plante)
EDM 18:34, Cogliano 1 (PP) (Foster, Paajarvi)

Second Period
EDM 6:50, Paajarvi 2 (PP) (Penner, Plante)

Third Period
EDM 7:57, Hall 1 (PP) (unassisted)
EDM 9:52, Paajarvi 3 (SH) (Foster)
TB 17:19, Ashton 1 (PP) (Wright, Clark)

Not an entirely surprising outcome, I suppose, considering Edmonton had most of its regular skaters going against the Lightning's lower liners, AHLers, and prospects. The only thing really concerning is to allow 5 goals on 21 shots in that scenario. Still, I wouldn't read much into tonight unless they get blown out in Calgary against the Fighting Feasters on Saturday with most of the regulars in.

Carter Ashton had 1 goal and was +1 with 1 shot and a slashing minor in 13:26. I'm of the opinion it would behoove the Lightning to, at the very least, use the 9 game tryout on Ashton. If he can stick on the team and develop over the course of the year, he could give the Lightning a lot of roster flexibility in February.

Brett Connolly was even with 1 shot in 12:13. I think he'll get a contract and then be ushered away to Prince George fairly soon.

Radko Gudas was even with 1 shot in 13:51. I doubt he makes it past the first round of cuts. He needs to get stronger and he needs some seasoning in Norfolk.

Johan Harju was -1 with 1 shot in 13:20. He got more ice time than the 9:30 Linus Omark got for the Oilers. I expect him to be on the bubble another week.

Blair Jones was -1 in 12:53. He could not duplicate what he did against the Hawks, which is the story of Blair's pro career. Probably on the bubble another week.

Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 1 shot and a hooking minor in 16:43. He might survive the first round of cuts, but I doubt he survives the second.

Niklas Persson had 1 assist and was +1 with 2 shots in 16:09. Niklas seems to be on track to make the team. In fact, he might be the first of the bubble guys to move into the safe column.

Dana Tyrell was even with 2 shots in 14:02. He'll stay on the bubble another week, I think.

Michael Vernace was -1 with 1 shot in 22:02. He got a ton of ice time given Boucher's familiarity with him, but he was awful, by all accounts.

Box score from Yahoo! Sports.

European Game Day: 9/21/10 and 9/23/10

Elitserien
9/23
AIK 4 @ Sodertalje 5 (OT)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 3.08 sv%, .829 sv%

Mattias Carlsson had 2 goals and 1 assist, including the game winner, in Sodertalje's 5-4 overtime winner over fellow Alsvenskan promotee AIK. Lightning prospect netminder Riku Helenius did not play for Sodertalje.

KHL
9/21
Cherepovets 1 @ Novgorod 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 28/30, 2.04 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0, 1 SO, 3.02 GAA, .931 sv%

In a game that slipped through the reporting cracks, ex-Springfield Falcon Ryan Vesce had a goal and an assist to lead Novgorod to a 2-1 win over Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets. Koshechkin stopped 28 shots in the loss.

9/23
Cherepovets 1 @ Mytischi 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 19/22, 3.14 GAA, .864 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0, 1 SO, 2.43 GAA, .922 sv%

Sergei Mozyakin had one goal and one assist in Mytischi's 3-1 win over Cherepovets. Vasily Koshechkin stopped 19 shots in the loss.

9/23
CSKA 1 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Former NHLer Niko Kapanen had two assists in Kazan's 4-1 win over CSKA. Dmitri Kazionov did not play for Kazan.

9/23
Dynamo Riga 1 @ Chenlyabinsk 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 6 PIM

Dynamo Riga fell to Chelyabinsk 2-1 despite a goal from Mark Hartigan. Martins Karsums did not play in the match.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/22/10

USHL

Fargo Force 3 vs. Chicago Steel 0 (Exhibition)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Mullin scored what turned out to be the game winning goal in his first game with Fargo as the Force defeated the Steel 3-0 the USHL Fall Classic. Mullin had 72 points in 55 games last year while leading Shattuck St-Mary’s in scoring. (Fargo Force photo)

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/22/10 Blackhawks at Lightning (in Winnipeg)

Still, so far so good.

CHI-2
TB-4

Cedrick Desjardins got the win for the Lightning.

Steven Stamkos, Carter Ashton, Simon Gagne, and Blair Jones had the Lightning's goals.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/21/10

BCHL

Prince George Spruce Kings 2 @ Penticton Vees 3 (OT)
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (Tripping)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, 2 PIM

O’Donnell is off to a bit of a slow start despite registering points in his first two games. “Slow” is relative, however, as he’s still tied for third in team scoring. He was a point-per-game (plus) player last year in the MJHL. Penticton is 3-2-0-0 on the year, two points behind Salmon Arm for first in the Interior Conference.

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