Tuesday's Superleague Scores

Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 2-2 tie with CSKA.

Vasily Koshechkin got the day off as Togliatti defeated Yaroslavl 3-1. Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in the match for Loko.

Alexei Glukhov and Anton But were scoreless as Cherepovets pummelled St. Petersburg 7-1.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 11/13-11/19

Gerald Coleman (2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.51 GAA, .945 sv%) and Adam Henrich (3 GP, 2-5-7, 4 PIM, +6) both put together outstanding weeks for Johnstown, but there's no doubt in my mind this week's winner was the most valuable player of his team for the past seven days.

NHL Game Night 11/20: Lightning at Sabres

Kind of glad I skipped watching this one.

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Marc Denis allowed all 7 goals on the 13 shots he faced in the second period and faced 29 shots overall. Martin St. Louis scored both Lightning goals. Sarich, Prospal, Ranger and Lecavalier all had assists. Let the trade rumors recommence.

First Period
Tampa Bay 15:56, Martin St. Louis 12 (Cory Sarich, Vaclav Prospal)

Second Period
Buffalo 1:14, Paul Gaustad 4 (power play) (Maxim Afinogenov, Teppo Numminen)
Buffalo 2:17, Jiri Novotny 4 (Daniel Paille, Adam Mair)
Buffalo 7:48, Thomas Vanek 14 (Nathan Paetsch, Maxim Afinogenov)
Buffalo 10:49, Paul Gaustad 5 (Daniel Paille, Dmitri Kalinin)
Buffalo 11:13, Jaroslav Spacek 3 (Michael Funk, Ales Kotalik)
Buffalo 14:02, Thomas Vanek 15 (power play) (Ales Kotalik, Paul Gaustad)
Buffalo 17:19, Chris Drury 12 (Ales Kotalik, Drew Stafford)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 1:52, Martin St. Louis 13 (Paul Ranger, Vincent Lecavalier)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Update:
Hoek notes Blair Jones' first NHL game might've been a good reason to watch this one. Jones played 9:10 and was -1 with 1 shot and was 25% on draws. Uh, I think I'm still glad i skipped the 7 goal second period. Congratulations to Jones though. He's played well to move up to the first line in Springfield and he's earned the recall.

Monday's Superleague Scores

Albert Vishnyakov had an assist in Dynamo's 5-1 loss to Novosibirsk. Vishnyakov now has 6 goals and 10 points in 17 games this season.

Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 3-2 loss to Novokuznetsk.

NHL Game Night 11/19: Lightning at Rangers

Next time Tortorella gets thrown out of the game for criticizing the referee, I hope he gets his money's worth.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 30 of 34 shots faced in the loss. Eric Perrin scored the lone Lightning goal off assists from Kuba and Holmqvist.

Let me be clear about this: the Lightning didn't deserve any points out of tonight's game. They played dispassionate hockey and were outskated from start to finish. However, it would be impossible to write up this game without mentioning that the league's biased enforcement of video replay from on high in the league offices in Toronto reared its ugly head once again, twice. The first on a play where a Brendan Shanahan tip on a puck looked like it was with a high stick that resulted in the Rangers' second goal and the second on a play where an Eric Perrin goal which was ruled good by the on ice officials was overturned for kicking the puck into the net. Now, you can sit here and microanalyze each play, but when you look at the bigger picture it becomes clear every time the Lightning have a game against a big market, northern opponent the call is going against them. It's obvious. So obvious, in fact, Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson documented the phenomenon on his blog earlier this year with several historical examples of the double standard in video judging that has always existed for the Lightning.

The most blatent case came earlier this year when 6'9" Zdeno Chara batted a puck off his stick at his eye level (the crossbar is, of course, at 4' off the ice) and somehow, mystically, the league office created a baloney explanation for why the resulting goal counted. Tonight's cases weren't as clear cut, but they did nothing to dispell the notion that yes indeed, the video replay process is rigged, which was only made worse by a phantom hooking call on Eric Perrin which resulted in the Rangers' third goal on the power play. If I thought Gary Bettman had an ounce of integrity, I'd be calling for someone in Toronto to be fired. But with Bettman, why waste the keyboard strokes? Instead, I wish John Tortorella would've thrown more of a fit after the wave off when he was thrown out of the game. Then, maybe, just maybe, the national media attention that would've been generated might've cast some disinfecting sunlight on the festering stink we all smell coming down from Toronto.

First Period
NY Rangers 1:43, Jaromir Jagr 9 (Karel Rachunek, Michael Nylander)

Second Period
NY Rangers 2:50, Michael Nylander 8 (power play) (Brendan Shanahan, Martin Straka)

Third Period
NY Rangers 4:17, Brendan Shanahan 16 (power play) (Martin Straka, Jaromir Jagr)
NY Rangers 6:46, Martin Straka 10 (Michael Nylander, Jaromir Jagr)
Tampa Bay 17:20, Eric Perrin 4 (power play) (Filip Kuba, Johan Holmqvist)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Central Scouting Releases Preliminary Rankings

On Wednesday, the NHL's Central Scouting Service released its Preliminary Rankings for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Among those highlighting the list are top QMJHL player Angelo Esposito of the Quebec Remparts and top Russian star Alexei Cherepanov of Omsk.

NCAA Game Night: 11/19

Defensemen Mike Lundin was scoreless with a -1 rating in Maine's 4-3 OT loss to Boston College.

Boston College goalie and Lightning prospect, Joe Pearce backed up staring netminder Cory Schneider, a product of Vancouver. Pearce has seen limited action behind Schneider, playing in only an early season loss to Notre Dame.

NCAA Game Night: 11/18

Dusty Collins was scoreless in Northern Michigan's 3-2 loss to Western Michigan.

Northern Michigan plays a home in home against Lake Superior next weekend.

CHL Game Day: 11/19

Chris Lawrence had 2 goals and 1 assist and was a remarkable +5 in Mississauga's 6-1 trouncing of Ottawa. Lawrence was named first star of the game.

Kevin Beech stopped just 38 of 44 shots faced as Sudbury lost 6-5 in overtime to Oshawa.

Vladimir Mihalik had an assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes as Prince George spanked Seattle 5-1. Mihalik now has 3 goals and 10 points in 15 games this season. Last year Mihalik had 3 goals and 12 points in 62 games with Red Deer.

CHL Game Night: 11/18

Kevin Beech stopped 54 shots (not a typo) and was named first star of the game in Sudbury's 4-2 win over Owen Sound. Marek Bartanus was a scratch in the game for the Attack.

Dane Crowley was even with 4 penalty minutes as Swift Current caught a beat down from Kootenay 7-3.

Vladimir Mihalik had a power play assist and was even as Prince George fell to expansion Chilliwack 4-3.

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