Finnish Jr. A Scores 11/22-12/3

Matias Sointu was still out as Ilves Jr. A defeated Tappara Jr. A 4-1.

Matias Sointu was still out as Ilves Jr. A fell to TPS Jr. A 3-1.

Matias Sointu was still out as Ilves Jr. A lost to SaiPa Jr. A 5-3.

Elitserien Scores 11/27-12/4

Harju is en fuego.

KHL Scores 11/23-12/4

Vasily Koshechkin kicks off the update right with a 32 save shutout in a 1-0 Togliatti win over Riga.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/3

Holyfield vs. Tyson? ... Stars for Tokarski and Jung.

Lawrence and Quick Lay Over in Norfolk

The St. Pete Times is reporting that defenseman Kevin Quick and forward Chris Lawrence were recalled to Norfolk in a statement confirmed by Lightning GM Brian Lawton. Quick and Lawrence had been assigned to the now defunct Augusta Lynx.

Lawton went on to say that the Bolts are in discussions with "several" ECHL teams who want Quick and Lawrence, and that when a destination is determined, the players perhaps along with goalie Riku Helenius, will be moved together and not to different teams.

Victoria Salmon Kings, anyone?

AHL Game Night 12/2: Admirals at River Rats

Ramo responds... sort of.

ALB-3 (SO)

Karri Ramo only allowed 2 goals on 37 shots in the game before allowing 4 of 8 shooters to tally for the shootout loss.

First Period
ALB Blanchard, (4) (Rodney, Flood), 11:42 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Mihalik, (1) (Bochenski), 9:42
ALB Chaput, (3) (Petruzalek, Ryan), 11:51

Third Period
NOR Jones, (5) , 5:47


NOR- Bochenski, Konopka, Heward
ALB- Ryan, Chaput, Rodney (x2)

Blair Jones was named the game's second star.

Ramo got back in after sitting the last game and living under the threat of a Riku Helenius recall, so his play in regulation and overtime was a reasonably encouraging response. He's still struggling in shootouts, but he and the Admirals did manage to get eight shooters deep into the extra session. Baby steps, I suppose. In any event, I hope this is the beginning of a run similar to what Ramo did in Tampa late last season when John Tortorella publicly embarassed Karri. I suspect Admirals GM Mike Butters would be more than happy if Ramo, to paraphrase the immortal Vaclav Prospal, "stuck it up his butt" and started a hot streak here. Knock on wood.

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Tyrell, Tokarski Named to Team Canada WJC Selection Camp

Lightning prospects Dana Tyrell and Dustin Tokarski are two of 38 players invited by Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League to Canada's National Junior selection camp from Dec.11-15 at the SBP Arena in Ottawa, Ont., and the Robert-Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Que.

Tyrell previously attended Canada's summer camp in 2007, and Tokarski attended the 2008 summer camp. Neither has world junior experience.

Tokarski joins Chet Pickard (Tri-City [Nashville]), Tyson Sexsmith (Vancouver Giants [San Jose]) and Jake Allen (Montreal [St. Louis]) as possible goaltenders for Team Canada - a role with much fanfare and criticism.

Tyrell is currently 12th in the WHL in scoring with 18 goals and 17 assists in 27 games. The Prince George captain is versatile enough to play on all four lines and plays a high-character physical game, which could help his chances of making the team.

Tokarski is second in the entire CHL in shutouts (tie-3), is second in save percentage (.937) to the OHL's Mike Murphy of Bellville [Carolina], and is fourth in the CHL in goals against average (2.02, second in WHL). He backstopped the Spokane Chiefs to the 2008 WHL and Memorial Cup championships, earning Memorial Cup MVP honors in the process. He also led his Prince Albert Mintos to the prestigious Telus Cup national midget championship two years ago with a 61 save performance in triple overtime in the final game.

The last Lightning draftee to play for Team Canada's WJC squad was Brad Richards in 2000. Steven Stamkos played for the Canadians last year but was not yet drafted by the Lightning. Stamkos is eligible to play again this year, but it is highly unlikely the rookie will leave the NHL to do so.

2008 Selection Camp Invitees

Jung Named CHL Goaltender of the Week

(CHL Photo and Release) The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Lightning prospect Torrie Jung of the Edmonton Oil Kings is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 30.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/2

Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -1, 6 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 3-12-15, -3, 41 PIM
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 7-15-22, +1, 16 PIM

Rimouski erased a 2-0 early second period deficit to handily defeat the MAINEiacs 5-2.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 7
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Did not play
Season totals: 14 GP, 7-4-0-3, 2.68 GAA, .911 sv%, 2 shutouts

The reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week got the night off. Well deserved.

NHL Game Night 12/2: Lightning at Flyers

Wow. Radek Smolenak.

PHI-4 (OT)

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
02:58 PHI Carter (17), (Timonen, Lupul)(PP)
11:50 TB Recchi (6), (Jokinen, Prospal)(PP)

Second Period

Third Period
00:36 PHI Richards (9), (unassisted)(SH)
04:36 PHI Carter (18), (Hartnell, Lupul)(PP)
04:57 TB Prospal (5), (St. Louis, Eminger)(PP)
15:25 TB Downie (1), (Smolenak, Stamkos)

02:05 PHI Richards (10), (Timonen, Carter)(PP)

Steve Downie was named the third star of the game. He was the the fourth most impressive prospect the Lightning had in the game, to me, but ok. I get it. He's a former Flyer.

I was really impressed with the two callups, particularly Smolenak. I wish there had been more 5-on-5 play in the game so he could have played more. I really liked the energy he had on a line with Artyukhin before R2 got nicked on a boarding major from Scotty Upshall in the first period. Obviously, you can see the flaw in Smolenak's game: he's not a speed merchant. But, you know, there was no fear in the young man. Sometimes these callups get into these games and they act like they're afraid to get a puckmark on their tape because maybe NHL tape is expensive, or something. Not Smolenak. First shift he gets the puck down low and makes a power move to get a shot off from the angle. Third or fourth shift he fights Aaron Asham. Third period he's out there battling down low again and getting off a hard shot from the angle to try to tie up the game. And he gets rewarded with the assist on the tying goal as one of his long slappers generates a rebound for Downie to send the game to OT. That's probably the best NHL debut we've seen from a player since Paul Ranger came up a few games into 2005-2006. Honestly, if he keeps playing like that, one of these old fogies is out of a job.

Paul Szczechura, very quietly, played some big minutes in this game both at even strength and on the penalty kill. And, you know, that's high praise if you're an NHL rookie in your first game and the coach puts you out there on the PK. It shows the kind of intelligence Szczechura has, and I'm not surprised Tocchet instantly started leaning on the young man. He's just one of those guys who is a coach's dream. I don't think his scoring really projects to the NHL level, and you can see he's still maybe a quarter step slow, but he can outthink 95% of the players he's going up against, and that means he'll have a solid NHL career.

Bottom line, the Norfolk kids did good tonight, and I loved the energy the new blood brought to the table. And, you know, there's other kids down there knocking on the door like Brandon Segal,Matt Smaby, and Blair Jones. I think it's time to get some of the AARP members out of Tampa and mix some youth and enthusiasm into the team, especially on the forward lines.

Steve Downie had 1 goal and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 10:43.

Paul Szczechura had 3 shots and was 30% on draws in 15:16.

Radek Smolenak had an assist and was +1 with a fighting major, and a game high 6 shots on goal in 9:45. And he gets a gold star from me.

Steven Stamkos had 1 assist, 4 shots, and was 60% on draws in 16:47.

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