CHL Game Night: 10/9

[b][i]OHL[/b][/i] [b] Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Guelph Storm 2[/b] [i]RW [b][url=/kyle-decoste]Kyle DeCoste[/url][/b], SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM [/i] Season totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 8 PIM After winning seven to start the year, DeCoste and Sault Ste Marie took their first loss of the season Friday night. DeCoste is still trying to find that illusive first point of the season. [b] Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 1[/b] [i]LW [b][url=/matias-sointu]Matais Sointu[/url][/b], OTT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM [/i] Season totals: 9 GP, 2-3-5, +5, 2 PIM Ottawa failed to move out of last in the East Division, losing to the team that finished there last season. [b] Erie Otters 0 @ Oshawa Generals 3[/b] [i]G [b][url=/michael-zador]Michael Zador[/url][/b], OSH: Win, 37 saves on 37 shots, Shutout, *First Star*[/i] Season: 4 GP, 2-1-1-0, 4.02 GAA, 8.86 sv%, 1 SO Now that’s how you reclaim the No.1 goaltender spot. After sitting for four games, Zador (pictured) finally got the nod for Oshawa and was stellar in a 37-save shutout - especially early. He dropped his GAA a full goal and a half with the effort. It was his first career shutout in 33 OHL games. [b]WHL[/b] [b] Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 [/b] [i]RW [b][url=/carter-ashton]Carter Ashton[/url][/b], LET: 1-2-3*[/i] Season totals: 7 GP, 6-2-8, -9, 11 PIM* Lethbridge won their third straight game, scoring four third period goals to beat former Lightning prospect Torrie Jung and Edmonton. Carter’s goal was scored in highlight-reel fashion when he “swooped through the Oil Kings' crease, out-waited Jung, and then slid the puck low to make it 3-1 (Lethbridge Herald).” This was the ‘Canes home opener after starting the year with eight straight road games (2-6). Ashton has scored in four straight games. *Final official stats not yet available on whl.ca.

AHL Game Night: 10/9 Monarchs at Admirals

Jonathan Bernier stymies the Admirals.

MAN-2
NOR-1

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss. My guess is he'd really like that second goal back, because he got a piece of it and it turned out to be the difference.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
MCH Bagnall, (1) (Moller, Parse), 1:20

Third Period
MCH Moller, (1) (Bagnall, Parse), 13:43
NOR Bochenski, (1) (Lundin, Jones), 16:02

Brandon Bochenski was named the game's third star.

Strange the way the farm team and the big league club seemed to face similar fates, outshooting their opponent by a wide margin but still falling short. Norfolk outshot Manchester 42-23 but could not crack Jonathan Bernier in an interesting matchup of 2006 1st round picks with Helenius.

If there's one criticism to carry over from Hershey, it's that special teams once again reared its head. The Admirals managed to hold Manchester off the board with the man advantage, but went 0-for-7 themselves including a late power play that could have tied the game up. The good news is that, with the man advantage, Norfolk has the pieces. They just haven't had enough practice time to gel, but they should come together.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 10/8

[b][i]OHL[/b][/i] [b] London Knights 0 @ Windsor Spitfires 2[/b] [i]C [b][url=/richard-panik]Richard Panik[/url][/b], WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-2-5, +5, 2 PIM Panik scored the game's first goal, which turned out to be the game winner, midway through the second period as Windsor shut out rival London. Panik has a modest two game point streak, but is plus-4 during that time and plus-6 over his last three games. [b] Oshawa Generals 5 @ Barrie Colts 6[/b] [i]G [b][url=/michael-zador]Michael Zador[/url][/b], OSH: Did not play.[/i] Season: 3 GP, 1-1-1-0, 5.50 GAA, 8.42 sv% [b] Barrie Colts 2 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 6 [/b] [i]LW/C [b][url=/alex-hutchings]Alex Hutchings[/url][/b], BAR: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star* [/i] Season totals: 8 GP, 5-6-11, +3, 2 PIM Barrie was down 5-1 halfway through the second period when Hutchings (pictured) scored his first of the game to make it 5-2 going into the second intermission. The Colts came out strong in the third, scoring four times – including Hutchings’ fifth of the season to tie the game at 15:29. Alexander Burmistrov (2010 draft) scored with 31 seconds left to give Barrie the win. Michael Zador sat for the fourth straight game for Oshawa in favor of fellow OHL first rounder Kevin Bailie. The Generals coaching staff said this week in the papers their goaltending has been “okay” so far this year, but it doesn’t appear Zador, who started the year as the No.1, has been okay enough to get his job back. Perhaps Oshawa’s meltdown in Barrie will give him another chance.

NHL Game Night: 10/8 Devils at Lightning

The Lightning victimized by bad fortune despite playing an excellent game.

NJ-4
TB-3 (SO)

Mike Smith stopped 31 of 34 before going 0 for 2 in the shootout session for the shootout loss. He can't seem to stop much in the shootout, and the Lightning skaters can't seem to score in the shootout to save their lives.

First Period
NJ 4:46, Parise 1 (Zajac, Martin)(PP)

Second Period
TB 9:49, Stamkos 1 (St. Louis, Hedman)
NJ 18:09, Pandolfo 1 (Clarkson, Niedermayer)

Third Period
TB 1:52, Stamkos 2 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
TB 5:41, Fedoruk 1 (Hedman, Ohlund)
NJ 19:59, Zajac 2 (Rolston, Parise)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NJ- Parise, Langenbruner
TB- NONE

The Lightning played fairly passive hockey for the first 22 minutes but really turned it on and played some dynamite hockey for most of the last two periods, eventually outshooting New Jersey 44-34. But, one or two little details like a bad clear by Paul Ranger and the Lightning ended up getting robbed of a second point. It's demoralizing. This is where the team's veteran leadership needs to stand up and hold it all together.

Steve Downie was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 10:16. On balance, I thought he was great, particularly on a shift late in the third period where Konopka almost got a key insurance goal.

Drew Miller had 3 shots and 3 blocked shots in 17:04. His best game in a Lightning uniform.

Zenon Konopka was +1 with 5 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot and was 71% on draws. Konopka's becoming a guilty pleasure for me.

James Wright had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 12:37. I love his effort, positioning, and skating. I love that he sticks his nose in. But, if you breath on him, he goes down. He's just not strong enough to really compete at this level.

Victor Hedman = MANchild. He had 2 assists and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots in 26:38. His offensive instincts were grossly underrated by the pundits. His ability to see the ice is just fantastic. He got the Lightning the go-ahead goal on a brilliant rush with speed and then an even more brilliant cross-ice pass to Fedoruk. Breathtaking. Some people were saying he'd top out at 40-45 points a season. Those figures need to be revised. He looks more like a 55-60 point a year guy once he gets a little more seasoning. Between Hedman and Stamkos, the Lightning are in ridiculously good shape for the future.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 10/8

Ekaterinburg 4 @ Riga 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM

Ekaterinburg crawled out of the basement in their conference with the win. Coincidentally, it's Kazionov's old club, Khabarovsk, that is now in the cellar. Kazionov played 11:11 in the match.

Chelyabinsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 2 PIM

Finally! The Lightning's prized Swedish sniper scored his first goal in the Russian league by tallying Dynamo's opening goal of the match. He finished with 18:18 of ice time and was 33% on draws. Will the floodgates now open?

Cherepovets 3 @ Kazan 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, -6, 10 PIM

Kazionov played 13:32 in the match.

Mytischi 1 @ Togliatti 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 4-4, 1 SO, 2.49 GAA, .914 sv%

Koshechkin seems to be re-establishing himself as perhaps the premiere goaltender in all of Russia, following up a shutout with a masterful effort against Mytischi. One can only wonder what might have been if Koshechkin had ever consented to cross the pond to come to Tampa Bay.

Admirals Sign Mark Parrish

The Norfolk Admirals announced today that they have signed former NHL All-Star forward Mark Parrish to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO). In addition, the Admirals announced that they have released forward Travis Whitehead from his Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO).

Parrish, 32, is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound veteran of ten National Hockey League seasons. He has appeared in 704 career NHL games between the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars, recording 216 goals and 169 assists in those games. Parrish, who appeared in the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, was originally a third round draft pick (79th overall) of the Colorado Avalanche in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Parrish appeared in 44 NHL games last season with the Stars, recording eight goals and five assists. He also appeared in three games with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and netted one goal and one assist in those games. Parrish has only appeared in six career AHL games between the Sound Tigers and the Beast of New Haven, scoring three goals and one assist.

Whitehead did not appear in any games with the Admirals. The professional rookie completed his collegiate career at Buffalo State University last season.

The Admirals open the home portion of their season this Friday and Saturday against the Manchester Monarchs.

CHL Game Night: 10/7

[b][i]QMJHL[/b][/i] [b] Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4[/b] [i]D [b][url=/mark-barberio]Mark Barberio[/url][/b], MCT: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG [/i] Season totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, E, 8 PIM Moncton pulled within a goal with just under five minutes to go, but they couldn’t come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit on the road. Barberio (pictured) is still looking for his first goal of the season. [b][i]OHL[/b][/i] [b] Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (OT)[/b] [i]LW [b][url=/matias-sointu]Matais Sointu[/url][/b], OTT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM [/i] Season totals: 8 GP, 2-3-5, +6, 2 PIM Sointu scored his second goal of the year while on the power play. The goal opened the game’s scoring early in the first, and though the 67’s tied the game late, the Bulls won it in overtime.

KHL Game Day: 10/7

Omsk 6 @ Astana 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 15/18, 3.00 GAA, .833 sv%
Season totals: 6-5, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .905 sv%

Ramo improved his record to over the .500 mark despite a statistically subpar effort. It helps when former NHL superstar Jaromir Jagr scores a hat trick for you and when he assists on a goal by former Lightning player Eric Perrin too. Omsk now sits in fourth in their conference.

Lightning Assign Smaby to Norfolk for Conditioning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defenseman Matt Smaby to the Norfolk Admirals on a conditioning stint, it was announced today by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.

Smaby, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has not appeared in a game this season so far. Smaby split last season between the Admirals and Lightning. He appeared in 25 games with Norfolk, recording two goals, four assists and 30 penalty minutes. In a career-high 43 NHL games with the Lightning last season, Smaby posted his first four NHL points with four assists and added 50 penalty minutes. His 19:05 average ice time was also the highest of his career and was fourth among NHL rookie defensemen with 20 or more games played.

Smaby has appeared in 57 career NHL games with the Lightning with four assists and 62 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 149 career AHL games between the Admirals and Springfield Falcons, recording five goals and 23 assists with 139 penalty minutes. Selected in the second round, 41st overall by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Smaby played three seasons for the University of North Dakota (2003-04 through 2005-06), captaining teams that reached the NCAA Frozen Four in consecutive seasons.

The Admirals open the home portion of their season this Friday and Saturday against the Manchester Monarchs.

CHL Game Night: 10/6

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 9 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 4 PIM

Moncton nearly hit double-digits, but Barberio didn’t figure in the scoring for the Wildcats. He’s off to a bit of a slow start this year after accumulating 45 points (15 goals) in 66 games last year. A lot is expected of Barberio this season, not the least of which is an NHL contract at season’s end depending on his play.

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