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AHL Game Night: 11-20 Admirals at Devils

McKenna's revenge on the Lightning organization.

NOR-1
LOW-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the loss to former Lightning goaltender Mike McKenna.

First Period
LOW Zharkov, (5) (Walter, Perkovich), 0:24
LOW Swift, (4) (Magnan, Murphy), 12:12

Second Period
NOR Bochenski, (12) (Jones, Mihalik), 12:33

Third Period
NO SCORING

In his last 8 games, Blair Jones has 3 goals and 11 points. That's good news. Matt Lashoff is scoreless and -3 in 4 games since returning from injury. That's bad news. If you had told me that after 14 games with Norfolk that Lashoff would only have 1 goal and 2 points and be -9, I might've laughed at you. It's not so funny now. In my mind he's ceded a lot of ground to Mike Lundin in terms of the roster situation coming up for next season. Lundin's probably in line to be a PlanetUSA All-Star. The only honor Lashoff might be able to win for his play so far this year would be at a dog show. It's hard to believe this is the same player who looked so impressive for the Lightning down the stretch of last season. What happened, and how does it get fixed?

In my mind, due to payroll constraints, the Lightning are probably in a situation where they need to decide which one out of Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros they want to keep long term after this season. As a consequence, there will be an opening for a mobile two-way, puck moving defenseman, and entering the year I though Lashoff had an edge on Lundin in winning that spot if it does indeed come open. Now? Lundin by a mile. Lashoff needs to pick it up at both ends of the rink.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-19 Lightning at Ducks

Hard not to be proud of the team for battling back tonight.

TB-3
ANH-4 (OT)

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
ANH 6:25, Selanne 11 (Getzlaf, Perry)
ANH 18:12, Getzlaf 3 (Selanne, Perry)(PP)

Second Period
ANH 6:52, Ryan 9 (Lupul, Boynton)(PP)
TB 7:23, Halpern 2 (Downie, Hedman)
TB 7:41, Stamkos 14 (Lecavalier, Malone)

Third Period
TB 1:38, St Louis 5 (Downie, Malone)(PP)

Overtime
ANH 0:52, Niedermayer 2 (Getzlaf, Selanne)(PP)

Usually falling into a 3-0 hole is a death sentence, particularly for an east coast team that's a long way from home. So, to get a point under the circumstances was pretty outstanding.

Steve Downie had 2 assists and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:22. Tonight was Steve's 80th NHL game, so he's now 2 away from graduating from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.

Zenon Konopka had 5 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 7:55.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 2 hits in 12:29.

James Wright had 1 hit in 11:04.

Victor Hedman had an assist and was +1 with 1 hit in 24:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-19

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Yaroslavl 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 14 PIM

Harju played 15:53 in the match and was 61% on draws. Former NHLer Karel Rachunek had a pair of goals in the match for Dynamo.

CHL Game Night: 11-18-09

Barberio plays with Q All-Stars vs. Russia ... four others in action, including Sointu vs. DeCoste.

AHL Game Night: 11-18 Admirals at Monarchs

Helenius avenges an earlier loss to Bernier at The Scope.

NOR-2
MAN-1 (SO)

Riku Helenius continued his outstanding season by stopping 21 of 22 shots and then 3 of 3 shooters to grab the shootout victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Keller, (4) (Jones, Jackson), 11:45
MCH Segal, (5) (Elkins, Holloway), 17:44

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- Simek, Jones
MCH- NONE

Norfolk stayed in second place with the win and they are an outstanding 7-2-1 over their last 10 contests. Manchester is no pushover, as they currently sit in first place in the Atlantic Division, and yet the Admirals outshot the Monarchs 35-22 in the game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-18

Astana 3 @ Omsk 2 (OT)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-8, 2 SO, 1.79 GAA, .918 sv%

Ramo watched from the bench as former NHL defenseman Kevin Dallman scored the overtime winner for Astana. The blueliner actually led Astana in scoring last year with a remarkable 28 goals and 58 points in 53 games.

Togliatti 0 @ Ekaterinburg 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 3-3-6, -5, 8 PIM

Kazionov scored his 3rd goal of the season to open the game's scoring. He played 9:22 in the match.

Kazan 3 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 7-1-8, -2, 10 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-12, 2 SO, 2.12 GAA, .921 sv%

It was a rare double Kazionov scoring day in the KHL as Dimitry scored to stake Kazan to a 2-0 lead. He played 13:29 in the match for Ak Bars.

AHL Game Night: 11-17 Admirals at Pirates

The Admirals start their voyage through the Northeast with a "W".

NOR-2
POR-1 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski stopped 24 of 25 shots faced for with win.

First Period
POR Wanvig, (5) (Weber, Generous), 12:29

Second Period
NOR Smolenak, (2) (Karsums, Hall), 19:24

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NOR Bochenski, (11) (Lundin, Simek), 2:33 (PP)

Brandon Bochenski and Tokarski were named the game's first and third stars. The win temporarily vaults Norfolk into second place in the East Division at 9-8-1.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Koshechkin Granted Free Agency, Signs With Magnitogorsk

Vasily Koshechkin has been granted a release from his contract with Lada Togliatti and has signed with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, according to sports-planet.ru and Togliatti's website. The Lada franchise, which has been cash strapped for the past three plus seasons, failed to make payroll for over two months, allowing several players to petition the league for free agency due to breach of contract. Koshechkin was granted his release and will now play for Magnitogorsk, which currently sits in second in the Eastern Conference and has the third best record in the KHL.

The 26 year old netminder was taken by the Lightning in the 8th round, 233rd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Despite several overtures from the Lightning during Jay Feaster's time as GM, Koshechkin has remained in Russia for the duration of his career to this point, playing primarily with Togliatti with a short stint with Kazan. Standing at 6'6" tall, the mammoth netminder is recognized as one of Russia's finest goaltenders, having appeared in several Euro Tour events and the World Championships for his homeland. Koshechkin is also one of six netminders being considered for Russia's 2010 Olympic team.

NHL Game Night: 11-16 Lightning at Coyotes

The Lightning get a solid road win.

TB-4
PHX-1

Mike Smith played well allowing 1 goal on 31 shots. He's back in the fight.

First Period
TB 5:59, Lecavalier 3 (Malone, Krajicek)
TB 14:44, Tanguay 4 (Malone, Stamkos)(PP)
PHX 19:20, Aucoin 3 (Lepisto, Upshall)(PP)

Second Period
TB 4:30, St. Louis 4 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)

Third Period
TB 11:46, Lecavalier 4 (Tanguay)

The Lightning did well to capitalize on some early penalties to stake themselves to a 2-0 lead and they never really looked back. Phoenix had a bit better play at even strength, but the Lightning turned it up when they needed to in order to salt the game away in the third. NHL teams should beware: the Lecavalier line is starting to click.

Steve Downie had 1 hit in 15:19.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit in 10:49 and was 62% on draws.

Paul Szczechura was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:21.

James Wright had 2 hits in 13:55.

Victor Hedman was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 21:10. Light night for the big Swede.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-16

Omsk 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 24/25, 0.92 GAA, .960 sv%
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-8, 2 SO, 1.79 GAA, .918 sv%

Ramo's only blemish in three shootout attempts faced was a goal by former Blackhawk Igor Radulov, but it was enough to send Omsk to defeat.

Yulaev 4 @ Ekaterinburg 3 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-3-5, -7, 8 PIM

Kazionov played 9:56 in the match. Alexander Radulov, the former Predator and little brother of Igor, had the overtime winner for Yulaev.

Togliatti 3 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 25/27, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-12, 2 SO, 2.12 GAA, .921 sv%

Togliatti currently sits at 7th place in the Eastern Conference.

Kazan 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 1 (OT)
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-1-7, -3, 10 PIM

Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 14 PIM

Kazionov played 12:21 in the match for Kazan. Harju played 17:03 for Dynamo but was an uncharacteristic 39% in the faceoff circles. KHL superstar Alexei Morozov scored the winner for Kazan, which was his 15th goal of the season.

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