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AHL Game Night: 10/15/10 Sharks at Admirals

Cedrick the Entertainer!

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Cedrick Desjardins threw a shutout in his first start as an Admiral, stopping 29 shots in the victory.

First Period
NOR Wishart, (2) (Berry, Pouliot), 2:16
NOR Roy, (1) (Fornataro, Wright), 4:04 (SH)

Second Period
NOR Wright, (1) (Berry, Mihalik), 18:24

Third Period
NOR Szczechura, (1) (Wright, Roy), 15:06

Desjardins, James Wright, and Tim Marks were the game's three stars. It's so far so good in Norfolk, too.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 10/15/10

Dynamo Minsk 5 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 4/7, 7.14 GAA, .571 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-6-0, 1 SO, 2.77 GAA, .906 sv%

Not the kind of performance you want when your backup is playing well. Vasily Kosehchkin was chased after 25:12 in Cherepovets' 5-1 loss to Minsk.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/14/10

OHL

Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Brampton Battalion 5
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 18 PIM (Checking-from-behind [4], fighting vs. Barclay Goodrow, checking-from-behind [4], fighting vs. Sean Jones)
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 34 PIM

The Soo lost their sixth game in a row, being outshot by Brampton 41-22 in the process. Beukeboom had his third and fourth fights of the year. You certainly like to see passion from the captain, but two double minors for checking-from-behind is over the line. Beukeboom didn’t fare too well in his first fight (click for hockeyfights.com video) and his second wasn’t much of a contest before the linesmen came in.

Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Barrie Colts 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 2 PIM

Schemitsch hasn’t had a point in a few games, but the team is winning and is tied with Kitchener for the Mid-West Division lead at 6-1.

NHL Game Night: 10/14/10 Lightning at Flyers

In just two nights, the Lightning have served notice to the Canadian and American hockey media: Tampa Bay is back.

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Dan Ellis stopped 24 of 26 shots for the victory in his Lightning debut. Seeing Ellis and Smith on back-to-back nights, I have to say the contrast was pretty stark. Smith looks slow-footed and stiff as a statue in comparison.

First Period
TB 15:11, Stamkos 4 (Downie, St. Louis)
PHI 17:03, Zherdev 1 (van Riemsdyk, Giroux)

Second Period
TB 14:49, Moore 2 (Hall, Clark)

Third Period
TB 1:27, Kubina 1 (Downie, St. Louis)
PHI 9:59, Briere 3 (Leino, Carle)

Simon Gagne and Steve Downie were the game's first and third stars. Hmmm, wonder why the Philly media selected them?

The fact the Lightning look only about 85 or 90% comfortable with Guy Boucher's system and they can still go on the road and defeat the reigning conference champs in their own barn is eye opening. The Flyers had a lot of puck possession and quite a few quality chances in this game, but the Lightning were opportunistic and staked themselves to a 2-1 road lead going into the third period and then jumped all over the Flyers early in the final frame to get the insurance marker they needed to guarantee the win. That third period performance can be credited to a couple of things: the Lightning being in very good condition and the Lightning being three lines deep.

Michael Vernace had one blocked shot in 7:12 in the win.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

European Game Day: 10/14/10

Elitserien
Sodertalje 2 @ HV 71 4
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-4-0, 0 SO, 2.93 GAA, .865 sv%

Pontus Sjogren allowed 3 goals on 22 shots in Sodertalje's 4-2 loss to HV 71, possibly opening up the door for Riku Helenius to return to starting duties. Ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll had a pair of assists in the loss for Sodertalje.

KHL
Novokuznetsk 2 @ Kazan 6
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 6 PIM

Ex-NHLer Alexei Morozov had 1 goal and 1 assist while fellow ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen chipped in two assists to lead Kazan to a 6-2 dismantling of Novokuznetsk. Lightning overage prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 12:16 in the victory.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/13/10

BCHL

Quesnel Millionaires 2 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 15 GP, 6-4-10, 8 PIM

O’Donnell earned a power play assist in the Vees’ route of Quesnel.

OHL

Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Belleville Bulls 4
C Richard Panik, BEL: 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM (Tripping), *Second Star*
Season Totals: 8 GP, 7-6-13, +2, 13 PIM

Panik had three points for the second consecutive game, but the Bulls gave up two late goals to see a win slip away. Panik is tied for fourth in the OHL in points with 13, three behind leaders Greg McKegg (Erie, Maple Leafs), Ryan Strome (Niagara, 2011), and Ryan Murphy (Kitchener, 2011). Panik is also tied for fourth in goals, one behind leaders Christian Thomas (Oshawa, Rangers), Alex Aleardi (Plymouth, undrafted), and McKegg.

NHL Game Night: 10/13/10 Lightning at Canadiens

C'est une belle chose.

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Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory. He's a hot mess to watch, but the pucks are hitting him, and the Lightning have the offense to consistently get him to the pay window.

First Period
MTL 5:22, Lapierre 1 (unassisted)
MTL 18:07, Plekanec 1 (Cammalleri, Spacek)

Second Period
TB 1:44, Clark 1 (PP) (Purcell, Malone)

Third Period
TB 10:54, St. Louis 1 (Stamkos, Jones)
MTL 11:25, Kostitsyn 1 (Plekanec, Gorges)
TB 18:41, Stamkos 3 (PP) (Lecavalier, Malone)

Overtime
TB 4:09, Malone 1 (Moore)

Ryan Malone was named the game's first star. Shame on the Montreal media for showing such a lack of class to not give Lecavalier or Stamkos a star for the game tying goal. Shame on the Montreal fan base for booing like a bunch of Panthers fans (all three of them) and then throwing things on the ice when a Montreal defender fell down on the game tying goal. These are supposed to be some of the best fans in the NHL, and they acted the fool tonight. The hockey gods made sure to punish them on Malone's game winner.

The Lightning outshot the Habs 47 to 27. Teddy Purcell and Steven Stamkos each had 8 shots on goal to lead the way for Tampa Bay. Purcell's a part of the newly found depth the Lightning have, and Stamkos will be an MVP finalist if this keeps up. He has five points in the first two games and he's scoring big goals between the insurance marker against Atlanta and the tying goal tonight.

I'll keep saying it: I firmly believe Stamkos will win at least one Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay in the next five years, and he might easily win two. He's got something special in the dedication department, and it's something a guy like Ovechkin lacks and something I think he has even more of than Sid Crosby. In the end equation, I have a feeling #91 is why Steve Yzerman took the Lightning job. It's easier to be successful when you inherit a Richard Trophy winner who works harder than 99.9% of the rest of the players in the league. He's like James Brown without the cape and a better shot; the hardest working man in showbiz today, and he's only 20 years old. Part of me is sickened by the fact the NHL isn't the least bit interested in building their brand around Stamkos and would rather market a punk like Ovechkin. On the other hand, the idea of Stamkos being allowed to lay in the weeds of the distraction-free media environment of Tampa Bay and what he could be able to accomplish in it without the spotlight on him intrigues me. In a way, I prefer not having the kind of zoo Montreal has around them on Stamkos' back trying to divert his attention from the only thing that matters to him right now: winning.

I'm not ashamed to say I loved the way Brett Clark played tonight. He looks to be really well suited for this system. He made a play in the offensive zone in overtime that I didn't believe he was capable of making by splitting two defenders and almost setting up a winning goal on his own. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this Lightning defense looks once Ohlund gets back from the shelf.

Dana Tyrell had 2 penalty minutes in 5:33 of ice time. Dana, brother, if you want ice time you can't be taking minor penalties when Boucher finally lets you hop the boards.

Michael Vernace was -1 with 1 shot in 10:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

BoltProspects 2010-2011 Preliminary Rankings

Now that the 2010-2011 NHL season is underway it is time for BoltProspects' 2010-2011 Preliminary Rankings of the Lightning's top twenty-five prospects. This year's installment reflects a talent pool that has both high-end prospects and depth for perhaps the first time in the club's history, a fact that was celebrated by both GM Steve Yzerman and Head Coach Guy Boucher during training camp this fall. The Lightning is still looking for high end talent at the defenseman position, but at forward and between the pipes there's no doubting the potential.

Before we proceed, I am required to recite the BoltProspects prospect criteria rules. As always, any player 24 years of age or older on opening night of the Lightning's season (10/9/10) is not eligible for inclusion on the list and will be considered an overage prospect. The prime example of this rule is versatile forward Johan Harju, who turned 24 in May, and therefore is not eligible for this year's list. The same is true for forward Blair Jones, who turned 24 in September. The exception to this rule is NCAA-based players, who remain eligible for the list until the completion of their college careers. Prospects under 24 will be considered graduated to the NHL level when they meet the appropriate criteria for games played or decisions. For skaters, any player who appears in 41 or more NHL games in a single season or 82 or more career NHL games is no longer considered a prospect. For goaltenders, any netminder who has 30 or more decisions in a single NHL season or 41 or more career NHL decisions will be considered graduated.

Now that that's out of the way, Guy Boucher says no more d-to-d passes. Let's go:

KHL Game Day: 10/13/10

Chekhov 0 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-5-0, 1 SO, 2.56 GAA, .915 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin's backup, ex-Caps prospect Rostislav Stana, just doesn't stink. The netminder posted a 25 save shutout, his second in four starts this season, to lead Cherepovets to a 4-0 lead over Chekhov. Stana is now 4-0-0 with a 0.75 GAA and .976 sv%. How long will he be the backup with statistics like that? Ex-Flames draft pick Josef Straka had one goal and one assist in the victory.

Dynamo Riga 3 @ Mytischi 0
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-4-10, +5, 20 PIM

Ex-NHLer Mikael Tellqvist had a 34 save shutout in Dynamo Riga's 3-0 win over Mytischi. Lightning overage prospect Martins Karsums played 15:22 in the match. Ex-NHLer Sandis Ozolinsh had one goal and two assists in the victory.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/12/10

BCHL

Penticton Vees 2 @ Westside Warriors 1 (OT)
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 12 GP, 5-3-8, 6 PIM

O’Donnell was scoreless coming off a 2-goal game, but he and the Vees will take the road victory.

WHL

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Regina Pats 0
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 21 PIM

Regina is a league-worst 1-6-1-0 so far this year, and for a team with Jordan Weal and Ashton, that shouldn’t be happening. They managed only 14 shots on goal – at home – on Tuesday. Then again, this was a team that had Jordan Eberle last year and greatly faltered. After scoring 30 two years ago, Ashton fell to 24 goals last year, and with only 2 after 7 games, he can’t be happy with his (or the team’s) production so far, especially considering he had such a good Lightning camp and exhibition season.

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