Bolts Send Reid to Flyers for Center

(Springfield Falcons release)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired center Daniel Corso from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for right wing Darren Reid, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

Corso, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound native of Montreal, Quebec, has appeared in six games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League this season. He has scored two goals and recorded four assists with an even plus/minus rating in his first season with the Phantoms. He spent the 2005-06 season with the Frankfurt Lions, recording 11 goals and 17 assists in 29 games. Corso ranked fourth on the team in points and goals.

NHL Game Night 11/8: Lightning at Penguins

That Vinny/Marty magic.

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Vincent Lecavalier scored the overtime game winning goal on a breakaway set up by an amazing no look two line pass by Martin St. Louis. St. Louis led the Lightning attack with 2 assists in the game. Dimitry Afanasenkov, Brad Richards, Eric Perrin and Lecavalier scored the goals. Alexeev, Kuba, Craig, Karlsson and Ranger supplied individual assists. Johan Holmqvist stopped 17 of 20 shots faced for the win.

Tonight's game wasn't pretty and the three goal flurry by Pittsburgh in the second period shows the Lightning still haven't figured out how to keep momentum from snowballing negatively after a goal against. Still, it seems like this road trip has cured a great deal of the Lightning's ills. When they started it with their uninspired win in Philadelphia they looked like a tired team that wasn't having fun. Combining Lecavalier and St. Louis on the same line on this trip has had electrifying results, and bit by bit Brad Richards is coming out of his early season slumber and he now has 4 goals this season. 17 points moves the Lightning into a tie for second in the division with the Canes, 10 points behind red hot Atlanta. Fortunately, with the unbalanced schedule, the Lightning will have plenty of opportunity to whittle that down if they can stay in the neighborhood in the standings, and the Lightning also have two games in hand. Critical game Saturday.

Fun with numbers: Vincent Lecavalier is on a pace for 46 goals and 108 points. Martin St. Louis is on a pace for 56 goals and 97 points. Brad Richards is on a pace for 21 goals and 67 points, but Richards is trending positively in the past couple of weeks. If he can get up to a 30 goal pace, and Vinny and Marty stay at or above a point a game with 40+ goal paces, the Lightning are going to reel off some massive winning streaks. Were it not for the shaft job they received in Boston, they would be in the midst of a 4 game streak right now.

First Period
Tampa Bay 13:58, Dmitry Afanasenkov 3 (Nikita Alexeev)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 10:12, Brad Richards 4 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Filip Kuba)
Pittsburgh 15:37, Nils Ekman 3 (Sidney Crosby, Sergei Gonchar)
Pittsburgh 18:19, Nils Ekman 4 (power play) (Ryan Whitney, Sergei Gonchar)
Pittsburgh 19:47, Nils Ekman 5 (Sidney Crosby, Colby Armstrong)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 4:47, Eric Perrin 3 (Ryan Craig, Andreas Karlsson)

Overtime Period
Tampa Bay 2:41, Vincent Lecavalier 9 (Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger)

Doug Janik was -1 in 8:21 with 1 hit and 1 block. Eric Perrin was +1 in 13:16 with 3 shots and 2 hits. He was also 0/2 on faceoffs. Nick Tarnasky was a scratch.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 11/8

Chris Lawrence had 1 goal and 1 assist with 4 PIMs in Mississauga's 7-5 loss to London. Lawrence was named third star of the game.

Marek Bartanus was scoreless in Owen Sound's 6-4 win over Barrie.

CHL Game Night: 11/7

Dane Crowley was +1 with 2 penalty minutes as Swift Current beat Kootenay 3-2 in overtime.

Vladimir Mihalik had an assist and was +1 as Prince George defeated Red Deer 3-0.

This was Mihalik's first game against his old club Red Deer and Head Coach Brent Sutter, who traded Mihalik in the offseason. Mihalik had a fight in the game against former teammate Pierre-Paul Lameuroux, a 6-1, 212 center. The Prince George Citizen called Lameuroux Mihalik's former blueline partner, but there is no record of Lameuroux being a defenseman.

Mihalik was named the game's No.3 Star.

Koshechkin and Artyukhin Make Russian Karjala Cup Team

Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin and right wing Evgeny Artyukhin have been named to Team Russia for the upcoming Karjala Cup tournament. The Karjala Cup is the Finnish leg of the Euro Tour series of tournaments which feature national teams comprised of the best club players in Europe. Russia gets underway on Thursday against home club Finland.

NHL Game Night 11/6: Lightning at Islanders

The Islanders are wicked horrible.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 25 of 26 shots faced for the win. Filip Kuba led the way with a pair of power play goals. Andreas Karlsson, Martin St. Louis and Eric Perrin each had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game. Vaclav Prospal and Nikita Alexeev each had 2 assists. Ruslan Fedotenko, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards each had individual helpers.

First Period
Tampa Bay 12:26, Andreas Karlsson 2 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal)
NY Islanders 19:04, Alexei Zhitnik 2 (Chris Simon, Mike York)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 12:38, Martin St. Louis 11 (power play) (Eric Perrin, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 17:28, Filip Kuba 1 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Brad Richards)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 12:55, Filip Kuba 2 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Nikita Alexeev)
Tampa Bay 15:32, Eric Perrin 2 (Nikita Alexeev, Andreas Karlsson)

With the win, the Lightning get back to .500 on the season at 7-7-1.

Doug Janik was +2 in 6:59 with 1 shot and 4 blocks. Eric Perrin was +1 in 15:29 with 3 shots, 1 hit and he was 57% in draws. Nick Tarnasky had 1 shot and 2 hits in 6:57.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Smolenak Sent to Chiefs

The Springfield Falcons are reporting winger Radek Smolenak has been reassigned to Johnstown of the ECHL. Smolenak played two games with the Falcons this past weekend and did not register a point. He was minus-1 in the 2 games. In 6 games with Johnstown this year, he has 4 goals and 2 assists.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 10/30-11/5

This one went right down to the wire with great weeks posted by Chris Lawrence (3 GP, 3-2-5), PJ Atherton (4 GP, 0-6-6) and Stanislav Lascek (3 GP, 1-4-5). However, the winner of Prospect of the Week honors is...

NCAA Game Night: 11/5

Defensemen, Art Femenella was a +1 with 1 shot on goal in Vermont's 5-2 exhibition win over the University of Ottawa. In 61 career NCAA games at Vermont, the senior has 2 goals and no assists with 146 PIM.

NCAA Game Night: 11/4

Mike Lundin had an assist in #1 Maine's 2-2 tie against #8 Boston University. It was Lundin's 3rd assist of the season, and 5th point. He finished a +1 with 3 shots in the game.

Art Femenella was even with 1 shot on goal in Vermont's 1-0 loss to #3 Boston College. The senior defensemen has 1 goal and no assists to go along with 16 PIM in 5 games this season for the Catamounts. Vermont is 2-4-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the HEAST.

Dusty Collins went scoreless with 2 PIM in Northern Michigan's 4-2 upset over #4 Miami-Ohio. The Wildcats moved to 2-2-0 in the CCHA.

UMASS completed the weekend sweep of Providence beating the Friars 3-2.

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