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Detroit Experiences Panik Attack in Lightning Traverse City Win

Panik wakes up from his game one slumber.

TB-4
DET-3 (SO)

Jarsolav Janus stopped 40 of 43 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 14 of 16 shooters in the marathon penalty shot session for the win.

First Period
TB - Panik (Wright, Zahn) 4:23
DET - Coetzee (Tatar) 5:56

Second Period
TB - Tyrell (Marks) 3:09
TB - Wright (Connolly) 7:26

Third Period
DET - Tatar (PP) (Macek, Ferraro) 2:46
DET - Parkes (Raedeke) 3:27

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB - Panik, Panik, Butcher
DET - Smith, Ferraro

Richard Panik had a goal and scored two of the Lightning's three goals in the shootout. The Lightning's unlikely hero was tournament tryout and former Canucks draft pick Matt Butcher. Dana Tyrell also emerged to score his first goal of the tournament.

Two games in, Brett Connolly and James Wright are tied with several others for second in the tournament in scoring with 3 points each.

The Lightning will face Dallas' prospects in the final game of the round robin phase. They may end up facing 2010 first round pick Jack Campbell in the process, with the stakes being a spot in the knock-out round.

Box score from Pointstreak.

Connolly Scores Twice in Traverse City Opener

The Lightning's 2010 1st round pick Brett Connolly tallied a first period and a third period goal in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the opening game of the 2010 Traverse City prospects tournament Saturday night. Connolly's first period tally was assisted by 2009 1st round pick Carter Ashton, as he and Connolly combined for 10 of Tampa's 26 shots on goal. James Wright and Mark Barberio assisted on Connolly's 3rd period marker with Wright sporting a team high +2 along with 3 shots of his own. 2010 3rd rounder Brock Beukeboom was the only other Lightning plus player in the game.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 31 of 34 shots in the loss. Radko Gudas had a huge hit in the 3rd period, while Teigan Zahn dropped the gloves for a 1st period bout against Cody Beach. Of the free agent invitees, forward Andrew Agozzino rang up 3 shots on goal.

Boxscore provided by Pointstreak

KHL Game Day: 9/11/10

Novokuznetsk 0 @ Dynamo Riga 3
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless in 12:54 in Riga's 3-0 shutout win over Novokuznetsk. Riga goaltender Chris Holt stopped all 18 shots he faced.

Astana 2 @ Cherepovets 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 37/39, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%

It's Vasily Koshechkin's fourth team he's played for in Russia, but the story remains the same. The big goaltender stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in his Cherepovets debut to help Severstal defeat Astana 5-2.

Elsewhere:
Former Lightning prospect Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots in Omsk's 4-3 win over Spartak Moscow. Who was in the other crease? Hockey legend Dominik Hasek allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

Mytischi fell 1-0 in a shootout to Novgorod, with the winning marker belonging to ex-Springfield Falcon Ryan Vesce. Mytischi was without the services of Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov, who was cut loose by the team earlier this month. No word, as of yet, on where the younger Kazionov brother will land.

KHL Game Day: 9/10/10

Kazan 5 @ Chekhov 3
Dmitri Kazionov, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov did not play in Kazan's 5-3 win over Chekhov. Ex-NHLers Alexei Morozov and Niko Kapanen each had a pair of assists for Ak Bars in the win.

Hutchings Officially a Bolt

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed left wing Alex Hutchings to a standard, three-year entry-level contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Hutchings, 5-foot-10, 173 pounds, played in 68 games with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League last season, recording 47 goals and 81 points. He ranked second on the Colts in goals and points. Hutchings was tied for fourth in the OHL for goals. His plus-44 rating was also third on the team. Hutchings played in 13 playoff games with Barrie last season, notching two goals and 10 points.

A native of Burlington, Ontario, Hutchings has played in 229 career OHL games, all with the Colts, registering 111 goals and 208 points. During the 2008-09 season he led the Colts in goals with 34, assists with 34, points with 68 and plus/minus with a plus-27. He also led Barrie with 29 goals and 54 points in 2007-08.

Hutchings was named to the OHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team during both the 2008-09 and 2007-08 seasons.

Hutchings, 19, was drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round, 93rd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He will be participating in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, which gets under way tomorrow with the first scheduled practice.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

KHL Game Day: 9/9/10

St. Petersburg 4 @ Dynamo Riga 5 (OT)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

Overage prospect Martins Karsums assisted on a first period goal in Riga's 5-4 overtime win over SKA St. Petersburg. Karsums also took a third period slashing penalty in the match. Former Lightning prospect Anton But was -2 in the match for St. Petersburg.

KHL Game Day: 9/8/10

Kazan 1 @ UHC Dynamo 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov did not play for defending champs Kazan in their opening match loss to UHC Dynamo. Former Islander Juraj Kolnik had a goal in the match for Dynamo. The Dynamo club is a product of the offseason merger of the Moscow Dynamo and KHK MVD franchises.

Lightning Name Frantz Jean Goaltending Consultant

The Lightning have hired Frantz Jean as their new goaltending consultant, replacing the departed Cap Raeder. Jean has spent the last dozen years tutoring netminders for Moncton of the QMJHL. He's also served as the goaltending coach for Hockey Canada's 2009 and 2010 U18 entrants into the annual Ivan Hnlinka tournament.

The Prospect Season Starts Next Week

Lightning training camp is still a few weeks off with the regular season set to begin on October 9th. But, here at BoltProspects, the prospect season begins Wednesday, September 8th, when KHL defending champs Ak Bars Kazan square off with UHC Dynamo Moscow, which is a new club formed when Dynamo Moscow and KHK MVD merged this offseason. Kazan features 2002 Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov, while Dynamo is now the home of former Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullan.

The 2010-2011 season will be BoltProspects' sixth season covering the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. The staff of BoltProspects would like to thank our readers and express our excitment to start yet another season.

Lightning Hire Steve Thomas to New Player Development Consultant Position

As a part of the club's increased interest in player development under new GM Steve Yzerman, the Lightning have announced the hiring of former NHLer Steve Thomas as a Player Development Consultant. According to the Lightning's press release, the retired sniper, "will oversee the development of the Lightning’s prospects in the junior and college ranks. He will provide guidance, mentoring and support to players in the Tampa Bay system to better prepare them for professional hockey." In 1,235 career NHL games, Thomas compiled 421 goals and 933 points in stints with six NHL teams including the Maple Leafs, Islanders, and Red Wings.

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