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AHL Preseason Game Night: 10/1/10 Checkers at Admirals

Riley Nash gets a hat trick for Charlotte.

CHA-5
NOR-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

Stefano Giliati, Vladimir Mihalik, and Matt Fornataro had the Admirals' goals.

Friday night's AHL roundup from TheAHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 10/1/10 Lightning at Panthers

Mike Lundin, the secret weapon.

TB-2
FLA-1 (OT)

Mike Smith stopped 29 of 30 shots for the win. Holy goaltending, Lightning fans! That's more like it.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB 8:24, Gagne 1 (Lecavalier, Malone)

Third Period
FLA 14:35, Garrison 1 (Weiss, Allen)

Overtime
TB 3:21, Lundin 1 (St. Louis, Gagne)

Mike Lundin was named the game's first star. The Lightning outshot the Panthers 42-30 in the game. That's the way things ought to be.

Johan Harju had 1 blocked shot in 11:03.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 10/1/10

Omsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 4 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 6-3-9, +4, 6 PIM

Martins Karsums had an assist in 16:38 of ice time as Dynamo Riga defeated Omsk 4-3 in a shootout. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo stopped 16 of 19 shots before falling in the penalty shot session by allowing 2 goals in 7 rounds. Ex-NHLer Sandis Ozolinsh had 2 assists in the match for Riga.

Kazan 7 @ Ufa 5
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM

Ex-NHLer Alexei Morozov had 1 goal and 2 assists to lead Kazan to a 7-5 win over Ufa. Lightning overage prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 12:16 in the match.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/30/10

OHL

Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 1
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: Did not play.
Season Totals: 0-0-0, +1, 5 PIM

Beukeboom, who had a fight in the season opener, missed his second game of a two game suspension. Dallas Stars first round pick Jack Campbell stopped 30 of 35 shots in the loss for the Spits. Campbell is 2-2 with a 4.50 GAA and .866 sv% so far this year.

Belleville Bulls 7 @ Peterborough Petes 5
C Richard Panik, BEL: 2-0-2, +1, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Jeff Braithwaite), *First Star*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 7 PIM

Panik (pictured) earned the first First Star for a Lightning prospect this season, finishing a Belleville win with two goals and a fight. He scored his first on a penalty shot while shorthanded – he sent a wicked wrist shot into the top corner off the post. For his second goal, he scored on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle, similar to Steven Stamkos (opposite side from Stamkos’ office). The Bulls were up 4-0 midway through the first period in this game and held on late for the win. For highlights of this game, click here.

European Game Day: 9/30

Elitserien
Brynas 2 @ Sodertalje 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0, 0 SO, 3.05 GAA, .844 sv%

Riku Helenius' backup, Pontus Sjogren, may not be his backup very long as he helped Sodertalje defeat Brynas 3-2 today. Sodertalje improved to 2-4-0 (1 OTW) on the season with the win and both victories have come in Sjogren's starts. Ex-Avalanche draft pick Linus Videll had a goal in the win. Sodertalje moved out of the league basement and into 11th on the Elitserien table with the victory.

KHL
Cherepovets 2 @ Novgorod 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-4-0, 1 SO, 2.46 GAA, .918 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin enjoyed the night off and watched his backup, ex-Caps draft pick Rostislav Stana, have a commanding 37 save performance to defeat Novgorod 2-1. Stana, who is in his third season in the KHL after three years in the Sweden, has stopped 69 of the 70 shots he's faced in his two starts this year. Impressive. Cherepovets, arguably, has the best goaltending tandem in Europe this season.

Pouliot Sent to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning assigned center Marc-Antoine Pouliot to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Pouliot, a native of Quebec City, Quebec, has played in two preseason games with the Lightning this season, recording three shots on goal and seven penalty minutes. He was signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent on July 23, 2010.

Pouliot, 25, is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound center from Quebec City, Quebec. He appeared in 35 games last season with the Edmonton Oilers, scoring seven goals and 14 points. Pouliot also skated in four games with Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, scoring one goal and six points. A veteran of five professional seasons, Pouliot has appeared in 176 career NHL games – all with the Oilers – scoring 21 goals and 53 points.

Pouliot was drafted by the Oilers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/29/10

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Ashton notched his first point of the season when he set up Colin Reddin (undrafted) for Regina’s second goal, cutting Swift Current’s lead to 3-2 in the third period. The Pats would add two more goals in the span of just over two minutes to earn their first win of the year (1-2).

KHL Game Day: 9/29/10

Astana 1 @ Dynamo Riga 5
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-2-8, +4, 6 PIM

Martins Karsums had two goals and an assist, including a shorthanded marker, as Dynamo Riga rolled Barys Astana 5-1. Karsums played just 9:50 in the match. Ex-NHLer Sandis Ozolinsh also had a goal in the match for Riga.

Kazan 3 @ Chelyabinsk 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov played for the first time this season, skating for 11:40 of Kazan's 3-1 win over Chelyabinsk. Ex-NHLer Alexei Morozov had two goals in the match to lead Ak Bars to the win.

KHL Game Day: 9/28/10

Cherepovets 3 @ Spartak Moscow 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 27/29, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-4-0, 1 SO, 2.46 GAA, .918 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin snapped a three game personal losing streak in a 27 save win over Spartak Moscow. Severstal got two goals and an assist from Stanislav Zhmakin in the win.

Admirals Training Camp Opens; Bolts Reassign Chris Durno

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals opened their 2010 training camp today with 30 players on their roster.

Joining the 21 players assigned by the Lightning to Norfolk on Sunday will be the following eight players on tryout invites: forwards Shea Guthrie, Alexandre Imbeault and Francis Lemieux; defensemen Craig Cescon, Mitch McColm, Troy Milam, Philippe Paquet and Bob Raymond. On Monday, the Lightning placed also placed forward Chris Durno on waivers for purposes of reassignment to Norfolk.

Training camp will open with fifteen forwards, eleven defensemen and two goaltenders. At forward are Chris Durno, Blair Jones, Mike Angelidis, Stefano Giliati, Paul Szczechura, Mitch Fadden, Juraj Simek, Shea Guthrie, James Wright, Francis Lemieux, Alexandre Imbeault, Alex Hutchings, Tim Marks, Alex Berry, Mitch Fritz, Niklas Persson and Matt Fornataro. On defense are Philippe Paquet, Kevin Quick, Craig Cescon, Ty Wishart, Mark Barberio, Scott Jackson, Radko Gudas, Bob Raymond, Mitch McColm, Troy Milam and Vladimir Mihalik. At goaltender are Jaroslav Janus and Dustin Tokarski.

Durno, Jones, Angelidis, Szczechura, Simek, Fritz and Mihalik are currently on waivers until noon on Tuesday. If they clear, they will officially join Norfolk's training camp.

Of the players currently in training camp, thirteen played for the Admirals in 2009-10: Quick, Wishart, Jones, Szczechura, Fadden, Simek, Jackson, Marks, Fritz, Fornataro, Mihalik, Janus and Tokarski.

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