KHL Game Day: 9/20

Denis Kazionov was -1 with 1 shot on goal in 14:49 in Ekaterinburg's 4-3 loss to Chelyabinsk.

Dimitry Kazionov was -1 with 2 shots on goal in 12:47 as Kazan fell to Nizhnekamsk 3-2.

Tomorrow is another rare day off for the Lightning's Russian prospects before a busy Tuesday slate.

Lightning Russian Prospect Statistics Through 9/20:
Harju (Dynamo Moscow), 4 GP, 0-1-1, 0 PIM, -2
Kazionov (Kazan), 4 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, -3
Kazinov (Ekaterinburg), 5 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, -2

Ramo (Omsk), 4 GP, 1-3-0, 2.22 GAA, .901 sv%
Koshechkin (Togliatti), 2 GP, 1-1-0, 3.94 GAA, .882 sv%

Lightning Lineup for Tomorrow's Game in Regina Against Senators

Erik Erlendsson of the Trib is reporting the lineup for tomorrow night's preseason game in Regina against Ottawa.

Making their first preseason games of the season will be prospects Riku Helenius, defenseman Ty Wishart, and forwards Juraj Simek and James Wright.

Other prospects in action will be Steve Downie, Martins Karsums, Drew Miller, Paul Szczechura, Dana Tyrell, and Matt Lashoff.

The game will be of particular importance for Wright, who is looking to secure an entry level contract with the team this season.

CHL Game Night: 9/19

OHL

Ottawa 67’s 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 1
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0,+1, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM

Ottawa overcame a 1-0 first period deficit to give the franchise its first win under a coach not named Brian Kilrea in 29 years. Chris Byrne had his first win as 67’s coach.

Erie Otters 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4 (OT)
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

No word yet why DeCoste missed the game. Jaroslav Janus (Erie) remains with Tampa Bay.

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Plymouth Whalers 6 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: OTL, 32 saves on 38 shots
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 4.85 GAA, .861 sv%, 0 SO

Playing his second game in two nights, Zador gave up 5 early, but remained in the game to watch Oshawa claw back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game and send it to overtime. Tyler Brown (undrafted) scored in overtime for Paul Mara’s alma mater.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 4 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM

Luke Pither (undrafted) had a hat trick for Barrie, including scoring the OT winner for the Colts. He has seven goals in two games. Wow.

Panik Returns to Spitfires

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned right wing Richard Panik to the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. The Lightning now have 42 players remaining in camp.

Panik, 18, played in two preseason games with the Lightning, recording two shots on goal.

CHL Game Night: 9/18

Sointu makes his North American debut ... Zador gets a win in Oshawa's season opener ... Barberio and DeCoste also in action.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/18 Thrashers at Lightning

Prospects and veterans both shine in an overtime win.

ATL-1
TB-2 (OT)

Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 19 shots in 40 minutes of action before giving way to wunderkind Dustin Tokarski who was perfect on 9 saves the rest of the way for the win.

First Period
TB 16:52, Malone 1 (PP) (Foster, Lecavalier)

Second Period
ATL 9:10, Postma 1 (Slater)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
TB 4:34, St. Louis 1 (PP) (Lecavalier)

Your three stars were Martin St. Louis, Richard Panik, and Zenon Konopka.

The stealth good news from these first two preseason games is that Kurtis Foster has a power play assist in each contest. If Foster can refind his groove in Tampa Bay, the Lightning will have a formidable power play which could put a playoff berth within reach.

It's never a bad thing when Vincent Lecavalier starts off the year with a multi-point night either.

Carter Ashton had 2 shots in 10:43 in his first big audition for a roster spot.

Zenon Konopka wasted all of 3 seconds before he dropped the gloves tonight and finished with a pair of brawls in 6:55.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:07. He was also 50% on draws.

Blair Jones had 1 shot and 2 hits in 14:12.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:59.

And, finally, Victor Hedman topped 27 minutes of ice time again tonight registering 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 27:04. This young man is the truth, folks. He's started his pro career by playing over 54 minutes over the span of 72 hours, and handled it with seeming ease.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 9/18

Johan Harju was -1 with 2 shots in 14:51 as Dynamo Moscow defeated Omsk 2-1. Harju was 62.5% on draws in the match. Karri Ramo allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the loss for Omsk.

Tomorrow is a rare day off for the Lightning's Russian prospects.

Tukonen Returns to Finland; Admirals Camp Set to Open

The web site of the Finnish SM-Liiga team Rauma Lukko is reporting that Lightning forward prospect Lauri Tukonen has left the Tampa training camp early and will be arriving back in Rauma on Saturday in time to participate in team drills on Monday. Tukonen, while not yet reassigned to Norfolk, failed to make the team roster for either of the Lightning's first two exhibition games. The Lightning signed the former LA Kings 1st round pick to a one-year, two-way contract on July 16, but his contract reportedly has a European out-clause allowing the winger to return to Lukko instead of reporting to Norfolk.

Open roster slots on the Tampa forward lines are heavily contested and the competition apparently has gotten even tougher with head coach Rick Tocchet quoted as saying today that 2009 1st round pick Carter Ashton "has shown enough that he could stay. He's done everything asked of him." Ashton will make his NHL debut tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers in Tampa's only home pre-season match, and he is expected to start on Tampa's top line alongside Vincent Lecavalier and free agent acquisition Alex Tanguay.

Meanwhile, the Norfolk Admirals have announced that their 2009 training camp will open Wednesday, September 23 with the scheduled Admirals vs. Lightning exhibition match two days later on Friday at the Scope. Admirals GM Mike Butters announced that the following free agents will attend training camp: D Ben Wright, D Trevor Hendrikx, C Ryan McDonald, C Travis Whitehead, former Lightning prospect LW Justin Keller, RW Matt Dias, RW Stephen Werner, RW Erick Lizon, RW Chaz Johnson and RW Tommy Goebel. These free agents will join Lightning prospects Kevin Quick, Scott Jackson, Chris Lawrence, and Mitch Fadden who were assigned to Admirals yesterday from the Tampa training camp. Other Lightning players will join the Admirals camp as the Tampa staff continue to trim down the NHL roster.

The Admirals will hold on-ice practice sessions at The Scope next week. Beginning on Thursday, September 24, all weekday on-ice practices will be open to the public. Wednesday’s training camp testing sessions and all weekend practices will be closed to the public. The Admiral camp schedule is as follows:

CHL Game Night: 9/17

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Barrie Colts 9
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1,+1, 0 PIM

The Eastern Conference favorite Colts started their season off with a bang by crushing Owen Sound 9-1. The game was well out of hand by the time the third period started as the Colts were sitting back on an 8-1 lead. Hutchings, who has led the Colts in scoring the last two seasons, had a relatively quiet opener, notching just an assist. Luke Pither (undrafted) had 4 goals for Barrie.

Defending OHL and Memorial Cup champion Windsor also started their season Thursday, but a depleted Spits squad lost 6-5 to rival Plymouth in a shootout. Windsor’s Richard Panik was in Tampa preparing for tonight’s exhibition game for the Lightning. Both Barrie and Windsor are predicted to run away with their respective conference titles.

KHL Game Day: 9/17

Denis Kazionov had 4 shots on goal in 20:10 of ice time as Ekaterinburg defeated Mytischi 2-1 in the shootout.

Tomorrow: an intriguing matchup between Johan Harju and Dynamo Moscow and Karri Ramo and Avangard Omsk.

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