NHL Game Night 10/16: Islanders at Lightning

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NYI-4
TB-3 (OT)

Kind of a rough night for Olaf Kolzig, allowing two goals on bad rebounds kicked up the slot and then giving the Islanders the winner on a puck handling mistake. He stopped 32 of 36 for the overtime loss.

First Period
02:47 NYI Mike Comrie, (Kyle Okposo, Bruno Gervais)

Second Period
13:54 NYI Doug Weight, (Bill Guerin, Frans Nielsen) (PP)

Third Period
03:43 TBL Vincent Lecavalier, (Vaclav Prospal, Andrej Meszaros)
12:02 TBL Vaclav Prospal, (Andrej Meszaros, Lukas Krajicek) (PP)
13:51 NYI Trent Hunter, (Jeff Tambellini, Mike Comrie)
14:57 TBL Ryan Malone, (Jussi Jokinen, Janne Niskala)

Overtime
00:51 NYI Trent Hunter, (Frans Nielsen)

There are hopeful signs. For the first time this season, the Lightning allowed less than 40 shots and the team finished square in shots on goal at 36.

Janne Niskala had 1 assists, 1 shot on goal, and 4 penalty minutes in 12:00 of ice time.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot, 2 hits, and was 50% on draws in 9:22. Seem Stamkos? Still, not so much.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Reassign Helenius to Augusta

According to a report in the Augusta Chronicle, the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltending prospect and 2006 1st round pick Riku Helenius from the AHL's Norfolk Admirals to the ECHL's Augusta Lynx. This move was not unexpected as Helenius had been a healthy scratch for both of Norfolk's season opening games last weekend behind goaltenders Karri Ramo and Mike McKenna.

Helenius joins Tampa defensive prospect Kevin Quick who was reassigned last week, and the Lynx expect Helenius' arrival by as early as noon on Thursday. The Lynx open their 2008-09 season at home Friday night against the Mississippi Sea Wolves.

This season might prove to be a challenge for the Lynx with a relatively young and inexperienced roster comprised of nine rookies and seven more 2nd year pros. No player on the Lynx roster qualifies as an ECHL veteran of 250 professional games.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 10/15

Wednesday's results with individual season stats now listed.

Monday and Tuesday's Elitserien Scores

Monday
Andreas Holmqvist did not play in Frolunda's 1-1 tie with Brynas.

Tuesday
Johan Harju had an assist in Lulea's 3-2 loss to MODO.

"Big Joe" is now tied for 13th in the Elitserien with 10 points in 11 games. Harju is also tied for 7th in the league in goals with 5.

Sunday's Finnish Jr. A Score

Matias Sointu did not play in Ilves Jr. A's 4-3 shootout loss to KalPa Jr. A.

Sointu has had a disappointing season thus far scoring just 1 goal and 2 points in 7 games with 6 penalty minutes and a -6 rating. It hasn't helped that Ilves Jr. A as a whole as struggled, winning just one game in regulation all season. Ilves Jr. A currently sits in dead last in the Finnish Jr. A league.

TSN: Malik Signing Official

TSN reports the Lightning has officially signed former New York Rangers defenseman Marek Malik. The 6-6, 240-pound stay-at-home defenseman signed for a prorated 1.2 million dollars over one year.

Malik was 2-8-10 and plus-7 in 42 games with the Rangers last season. He is plus-67 since the lockout in 2004-05.

He is expected to add a much needed defensive presence with experience to the Lightning backline.

Slovakian Extraliga Scores

Friday (10/10)
Michal Sersen was scoreless in Zilina's 5-3 win over Bratislava.

Sunday (10/12)
Michal Sersen was scoreless in Bystrica's 5-1 win over Bratislava.

More KHL Scores Galore

Bolt Prospects offers its condolences to the family of Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov.

Thursday (10/9)
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 31 of 33 shots faced in Togliatti's 3-2 win over Novgorod. Koshechkin raises his season record to 4-2-1.

Dimitri Kazionov had a goal in Kazan's 3-2 win over KHK MVD.

Alexei Glukhov stayed red hot, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist and going +2 in Mytischi's 5-0 win over Nizhnekamsk.

Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 4-2 loss to Magnitogorsk.

Friday (10/10)
Denis Kazionov did not play in Khabarovsk's 3-0 loss to Yulaev.

Ilya Solarev had an assist in Astana's 5-4 overtime win over Chekhov. Vitali Smolianinov did not play.

Saturday (10/11)
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-0 win over Novgorod.

Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Mytischi's 3-0 win over Togliatti. Vasily Koshechkin allowed 3 goals on 20 shots to drop to 4-3-1 this season.

Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's overtime 3-2 win over Chelyabinsk.

Anton But was scoreless in CSKA's 4-2 win over Omsk.

Sunday (10/12)
Albert Vishnyakov was -2 in Novokuznetsk's 4-1 loss to Yulaev.

Ilya Solarev was scoreless in Astana's 4-3 loss to Spartak Moscow. Vitali Smolianinov did not play.

Tuesday (10/14)
Both Ilya Solarev and Vitali Smolianinov were -1 in Astana's 4-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk.

N.A. Juniors Game Night 10/13: Fadden Returns

WHL

Regina Pats 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM

Fadden made a triumphant return to Lethbridge, setting up the Hurricane’s opening goal and scoring the game tying goal midway through the second period in a 3-2 Lethbridge win. Both of his points came on the power play. Fadden was returned to Lethbridge by AHL Norfolk over the weekend. The Lightning has until June to sign the 2007 fourth round pick.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Brampton Battalion 4
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: Did not play

DeCoste was suspended two games for getting into a second fight with Sudbury’s Eric O’Dell in a previous game. The second fight came during a stoppage in play.

N.A. Juniors Game Night 10/12: Two Streaks Continue; One Stops

QMJHL

Montreal Junior 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 1
D Mark Barberio, MON: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Barberio’s six game point streak came to an end, but the Wilcats were able to stop their modest two-game losing streak. Barberio is still a point-per-gamer for the year (8 in 8).

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Though he hasn’t had many multi-point ones, that’s now eight games with at least a point for Cunti.

Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Ward, who has struggled in his Q career to find the scoresheet, now has points in four consecutive games. Drummondville got revenge for a shootout loss in Lewiston the day before.

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