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KHL Game Day: 1-7-10

Novosibirsk 1 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 3-10-13, -9, 28 PIM

Harju played 16:15 in the match and got his 10th assist of the season, but was just 17% on draws in the win. Swedish Olympian Mattias Weinhandl again led the Dynamo attack with 1 goal and 1 assist.

Novgorod 1 @ Omsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 17-14, 3 SO, 2.06 GAA, .912 sv%

Ramo got a goal by former Lightning player Eric Perrin and an assist from former Lightning first round pick Alex Svitov as Omsk knocked off Novgorod 2-1.

CHL Game Night: 1-6-10

OHL

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Belleville Bulls 4 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-13-2-1, 3.54 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 SO
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM (check to the head)
Season Totals: 34 GP, 10-9-19, +13, 21 PIM
With Bulls: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 13-8-21, -2, 35 PIM

NHL Game Night: 1-6-10 Lightning at Sabres

The Lightning shouldn't be down 3-0 before I unwrap my sub sandwich. Seriously.

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BUF-5

Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 35 shots. I'm going to make a bold prediction that he won't be one of the NHL's weekly three stars in back-to-back weeks.

First Period
BUF 0:23, Myers 4 (Connolly)
BUF 1:11, Hecht 9 (Rivet, Tallinder)
BUF 2:11, MacArthur 11 (Mair, Lydman)
TB 12:03, St. Louis 10 (Stamkos, Malone)
TB 13:25, Hedman 4 (unassisted)

Second Period
BUF 1:19, Stafford 10 (Roy, Rivet)(PP)
TB 5:34, Lecavalier 10 (Downie, Lundin)
BUF 7:25, Pominville 11 (Lydman, Connolly)

Third Period
NO SCORING

I give the Lightning credit for not laying down after falling behind so much, so early. However, you've got to be more prepared to play a hockey game and you've got to protect the front of your net better.

Zenon Konopka was -1 with 1 shot, 4 hits, and he was 78% on draws in 9:06. He picked off a Ryan Miller clear and almost assisted on Jones' first goal of the season. No dice, though. Still, it was a nice play. Tonight was Konopka's 41st game of the season, which graduates him from overage prospect status on Bolt Prospects. So, congratulations to Zenon Konopka on becoming an NHLer.

Paul Szczechura had 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:43.

James Wright was scoreless in 9:31. Tonight was also Wright's 41st game of the season, which graduates him from prospect status on Bolt Prospects. Congratulations to the pride of Saskatoon on becoming an NHLer.

Blair Jones had 4 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:53. That first goal of the season seems close.

Victor Hedman scored a highlight reel goal and was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 20:48. He made a bad little turnover close to his own blueline, used his speed and reach to recover and break up a pass, and then swooped from his zone into the Buffalo zone and sizzled a snap shot right past Miller to get the game to 3-2. It was an amazing individual effort, and 6'6" 230 lbs guys shouldn't be able to skate that well. That's the second or third time this season he's taken over a rush a la Dan Boyle and created a goal with his speed and skill. Hedman's next game will graduate him from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-6-10 Admirals at Penguins

Four points and you're not one of the three stars?

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WBS-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 40 shots to claim the win.

First Period
NOR Craig, (11) (Hall, Karsums), 0:46
WBS Letestu, (12) (Johnson, Jeffrey), 5:05
NOR Hall, (7) (Karsums), 7:06
NOR Craig, (12) (Hall, Karsums), 12:57

Second Period
NOR Smolenak, (5) (Lashoff), 2:19
WBS Wallace, (10) (Conner, Strait), 5:00
WBS Tangradi, (8) (Vitale), 6:04
NOR Hall, (8) (Lashoff, Karsums), 10:22

Third Period
WBS Jeffrey, (11) (Letestu, Johnson), 1:52

Adam Hall (2 goals and 2 assists and a +3 rating) was the game's first star and Ryan Craig was the game's second star with a pair of goals and a +3 rating, answering the bell in Brandon Bochenski's absence. Martins Karsums (4 assists and +3 rating) evidently didn't deserve star consideration. Really?

Karsums now has 2 goals and 10 points over his last 7 games and is finally emerging from a slump that lasted almost the entire first half of the season. He looks energized heading into the Olympics for native Latvia. Matt Lashoff had a pair of helpers for his first multi-point night of the season. Like Karsums, who came with Lashoff in the Mark Recchi deal, Lashoff also slumbered offensively through much of the first half of the season, but he now has 1 goal and 4 points in his last 4 games. Sooner or later, it was inevitable with the talent on this roster that certain guys like Karsums and Lashoff were going to start showing up. It's a good sign.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-6-10

Magnitogorsk 3 @ Kazan 2 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 27/29, 1.85 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 18-15, 5 SO, 2.06 GAA, .923 sv%

Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-5-19, +3, 12 PIM

Kazionov assisted on a second period goal by Janne Pesonen for Ak Bars, but Kazan still fell to Magnitogorsk on the strength of 1 goal and 1 assist from former Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov. Kazionov played 16:11 in the match for Kazan.

Ekaterinburg 1 @ Togliatti 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

The tough KHL education of Denis Kazionov continues, as he was -1 in 11:33 to drop his season plus-minus to -15.

CHL Game Night: 1-5-10

QMJHL

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 7
D Mark Barberio, MCT: Did not play (suspended)
Season Totals: 37 GP, 6-25-31, +15, 36 PIM

Barberio was suspended as punishment for a spearing incident in his last game. This game was originally to be played November 5. The game was canceled because a large amount of Moncton players were suffering from the flu.

KHL Game Day: 1-5-10

Novokuznetsk 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 3-9-12, -9, 28 PIM

Harju was limited to just 5 shifts and 4:07 of ice time. Dynamo was led to victory by 2 goals and 1 assist from Swedish Olympian Mattias Weinhandl.

CSKA 3 @ Omsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 10/13, 3.00 GAA, .769 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 16-14, 3 SO, 2.09 GAA, .910 sv%

Omsk fell to defeat despite outshooting CSKA by a spread of 29 to 13. Former NHLer Anton Babchuk had Omsk's only goal.

Panik to Join DeCoste in Belleville

The Belleville Bulls are reporting they have acquired Lightning 2009 second rounder Richard Panik in a seven player trade with Windsor.

Panik, Austen Brassard, defenseman Paul Bezzo, and goaltender Steve Gleeson were sent to Belleville with Owen Sound’s third round pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection, Owen Sound’s second round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection and Windsor’s seventh round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection for goaltender Philipp Grubauer, defenseman Marc Cantin, and forward Stephen Johnston to Windsor.

Barberio Suspended

Today the QMJHL announced that Lightning prospect and Moncton Wildcats defenseman Mark Barberio has been suspended one game for spearing an opponent during last Sunday’s game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

According to the league, the decision was made after reviewing a videotape of the incident and after consulting all concerned parties.

WJC Game Night: 1-4-10

Slovakia 2 vs. Czech Republic 5 (Relegation Round)
C/W Richard Panik, SLO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament: 6 GP, 6-2-8, E, 2 PIM, 32 SOG

The Czechs got a hat trick from undersized forward Jan Kovar (undrafted, 2009 eligible) in a 5-2 relegation round route of Richard Panik (pictured) and Slovakia. The Czechs finished on top of the relegation table at 3-0, just ahead of Slovakia (2-1). Panik went scoreless in the game, but still finished as the team leader in points with eight (six goals) in six games. His 32 shots were 12 more than anyone else on the team. With the bronze and gold medal games yet to be played, Panik was tied for the tournament lead in goals and 12th in points.

Finland 4 vs. Russia 3 (Fifth Place Game)
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 0-1-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping), 1 SOG
Tournament: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 6 PIM, 10 SOG

Finland outscored Russia 2-1 in the third period, including the game winner with six minute remaining to take fifth place in the tournament. Sointu had a good showing in his WJC debut, recording a goal and two assists over four games.

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