CHL, BCHL Game Night: 9/22

WHL
Seattle Thunderbirds 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 3 (OT)
G Riku Helenius, SEA: OTL, 24 saves on 27 shots

Game Notes: Helenius’s first regular season game in North America was looking strong as he had a shutout through the first half of the game, but the T-Birds couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead and fell in overtime, 3-2 in Kamloops. Helenius is wearing No. 30 for Seattle.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Game Notes: With his secondary assist, Fadden helped Lethbridge to an early 2-1 lead but the Hurricanes couldn’t hang on and dropped the second of a home-and-home series with the Tigers. The Hurricanes won on Friday. Fadden has a goal and an assist in two games this year.

Boyle Out 3-6 Weeks

Son of a gun. Dan Boyle had a freak accident involving a skate falling out of his locker after tonight's preseason game against the Capitals. According to Erik Erlendsson's blog the blade of the skate caught Boyle's wrist, which will now require surgery.

The good news is that Vincent Lecavalier's undisclosed injury is evidently not serious.

First Cuts Are In

The Lightning's first round of cuts have been posted on tampabaylightning.com. All have been assigned to Norfolk.

D, Dan Jancevski
C, Blair Jones
D, Jay Leach
RW, Norm Milley
D, David Schneider
LW, Karl Stewart

Prospects surviving include Matt Smaby, Mike Lundin, and Karri Ramo.

The battle for the last defensive spot goes down to Smaby, Lundin, Bryce Lampman, and Doug Janik.

NHL Preseason Game Night 9/22: Capitals at Lightning

A 20-19 shot barn burner. Yes, that's sarcasm.

WSH-2
TB-1

Johan Holmqvist stopped 18 of 20 in the loss.

First, Vincent Lecavalier left the game with an upper body injury and did not return. Cuts and third pairing defensive jobs and fourth liners aside, the obvious priority for the Lightning in this preseason is to make sure Lecavalier, Richards, St. Louis, and Boyle get out of it healthy. Hopefully the Lightning were just being extra cautious in shutting down #4 for the evening.

Martin St. Louis had the Lightning's goal shorthanded off assists from Lecavalier and Boyle.

Big winner of the night: Doug Janik. Of all the Lightning d-men battling for the last two defensive spots he got the most ice time at 16:24 with 2 shots and 3 blocked shots. He, Lecavalier, and St. Louis were also the only Lightning players to be plus players for the night.

Big loser: Dan Jancevski. 7 shifts. 5:20 of ice time. Looks from the outside like he might be the one shuffling off to Norfolk tonight and Bryce Lampman could possibly survive the first wave.

Matt Smaby got 12:54 of ice time and was even with a blocked shot and 2 penalty minutes.

With Lecavalier, Gratton, and Craig all nicked, Craig MacDonald looks like he might stick around a bit.

Boxscore and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL, BCHL Game Night: 9/21

BCHL
Alberni Valley Bulldogs 4 @ Victoria Grizzlies 5
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 2 PIM

Game Notes: Justin Courtnall registered the secondary assist on Victoria’s game winning goal late in the third period to give the Grizzlies their first victory of the year, 5-4 over Alberni Valley. Victoria blew a 4-2 third period lead before winning late. Courtnall has one goal and two assists in four games so far this season for the 1-1-1-1 Grizzlies.

QMJHL
Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 8 (9.16.07)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM, 3 SOG

Game Notes: Ward notched his first two points of the year, albeit in a typical QMJHL blowout, with two primary assists, including one on the power play. Impressively, Ward was also plus-1. Ward has two points in four games this year.

Saturday's Superleague Scores

Evgeny Artyukhin scored a goal today in Omsk's 6-2 win over Khabarovsk.

Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Spartak's 2-1 loss to Chekhov.

Alexei Glukhov recorded an assist and 2 penalty minutes in Cherepovets' 2-1 loss to Ufa.

Anton But had an assist in St. Petersburg's 4-1 win over Kazan. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Kazan. Vasily Koshechkin got the game off for Ak Bars.

Lightning Russian Prospect Statistics Through 9/22/07
Alexei Glukhov (Cherepovets), 8 GP, 1-6-7, 8 PIM, +1
Dimitri Kazionov (Kazan), 8 GP, 3-3-6, 2 PIM, -1
Anton But (St. Petersburg), 8 GP, 2-2-4, 8 PIM, +5
Evgeny Artyukhin (Omsk), 8 GP, 1-2-3, 14 PIM, +2
Albert Vishnyakov (Spartak), 8 GP, 2-0-2, 14 PIM, -3
Denis Kazionov (Novokuznetsk), 8 GP, 0-0-0, 8 PIM, -2

Vasily Koshechkin (Kazan), 6 GP, 3-3-0, 0 SO, 2.54 GAA

New Owners Add Another Partner

Just to reiterate what I posted earlier this summer, I hate having to post about the business side of hockey. I don't enjoy it. I find it unnecessarily sordid compared to the integrity and purity of the sport itself.

However, Lightning fans might want to know that according to Erik Erlendsson's blog the Absolute Hockey group which is attempting to buy the Lightning added local attorney Steve Burton of Tampa as a general partner today. Burton is the Managing Partner of the law firm Broad and Cassel's Tampa office.

Friday's Superleague Score

Denis Kazionov had 2 penalty minutes in Novokuznetsk's 4-2 loss to CSKA. Through 8 games played the younger Kazionov is scoreless with 8 penalty minutes and a -2 rating this season.

First Cuts?

According to numerous published reports it appears the Lightning will be cutting 7 players from their roster after Saturday's preseason game against the Caps. Here's my initial thoughts on the seven who will go (subject to change based on performance in the Washington game, of course):

Lines for Saturday's Game

The showdown for the #6 and #7 defenseman jobs for the Tampa Bay Lightning looks like it will begin in earnest on Saturday night against the Caps.

According to Carter Gaddis on Erik Erlendsson's blog, the night will mark this year's preseason debut for the pairing of Brad Lukowich and Matt Smaby as well as for the pairing of Dan Jancevski and Doug Janik. From the outside looking in, it appears Smaby, Jancevski, and Janik are all vying for one the two open vacancies. One will be left out, but whom?

Saturday's lines and pairings:

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