The Seattle Times has a feature today on Lightning goaltending prospect Riku Helenius:

When Helenius gets really animated, he explodes into a steady cadence of Finnish and English. It's a hybrid of discordant syllables, and though no one really understands each word, the meaning is clear.

"There's some form of yelling coming out of his mask, but no one really knows what he's saying," Seattle coach Rob Sumner said.

"It just comes out naturally," Helenius said with a wide smile. "The players can figure out what I'm saying. There might be a couple of bad words, but those are bad words in Finnish, too."

For the remainder of the feature, see the Seattle Times story, T-Birds Goalie is a Force.

CHL Game Night: 10/26

Friday's Highlights:

  • Another First Star effort from Crowley
  • Helenius back in action for Seattle
  • See Dana Tyrell for your insurance needs

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AHL Game Night 10/26: Phantoms at Admirals

The Ads played a spirited first 45 minutes, but faded in the final 15.


Ryan Munce allowed 5 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Taylor, (3) (Klinkhammer, Mihalik), 15:00

Second Period
PHI Matsumoto, (4) (Picard, Ross), 2:47 (PP)
PHI Greentree, (3) (Matsumoto, Bartulis), 3:08 (PP)
PHI Zingoni, (3) (Cabana, Picard), 15:14 (SH)
NOR Jones, (2) (Wanvig, Milley), 15:43 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Collymore, (1) (Keller, Lawrence), 1:50
PHI Cabana, (1) (Picard), 5:08
PHI Ross, (2) (Tolpeko, Zingoni), 8:20 (PP)
PHI Guenin, (1) (Boucher), 19:15 (EN/SH)

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Smaby Assigned to Norfolk

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Lightning has assigned defenseman Matt Smaby to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

Smaby, who made his NHL debut on October 4 against New Jersey, has recorded four penalty minutes in four games.

A Minnesota native and University of North Dakota product, Smaby spent a majority of last season at Springfield in the AHL, registering two tallies and 16 points in 66 contests. He was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2003 draft.

Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times speculates Smaby could return to Tampa after a three-game weekend with the Admirals and that this move looks to be unrelated to Dan Boyle returning.

CHL Game Night: 10/25

Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 0
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM

Despite only managing 14 shots, Lethbridge shut out the league-leading Hitmen in Calgary 4-0 Thursday night. One of Fadden’s two assists came on the power play.

Fadden/Tyrell to Play for WHL in Canada/Russia Challenge

The WHL has announced the WHL All-Stars roster that will participate in their two games in the Canada/Russia Challenge. Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden will participate in both games for the WHL while Dana Tyrell will participate in one game for the team. According to the press release, "Team WHL was selected by a special committee of WHL General Managers along with Al Murray, Hockey Canada’s Head Scout for the Canadian National Junior Team, as part of the selection process for the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships." The Canada/Russia Challenge is an annual tour through the three Canadian junior leagues by a team of "select" Russian under-20 players. Because Russian Superleague clubs rarely release their best young players to play in the tournament, the Canadians have enjoyed an overwhelming advantage at this event. Last year the Canadian junior leagues went 6-0 in the Challenge.

NHL Game Night 10/25: Flyers at Lightning

Ed Snider doesn't own the Philadelphia Flyers. The Tampa Bay Lightning own the Philadelphia Flyers.


Johan Holmqvist stopped 21 of 23 shots faced for the win including a handful of key saves in the third after the Flyers had pulled within 1 goal to preserve the win.

First Period
Tampa Bay 6:50, Jason Ward 2 (Filip Kuba, Jan Hlavac)
Tampa Bay 9:27, Brad Richards 4 (power play) (Chris Gratton, Jan Hlavac)
Philadelphia 11:18, Jeff Carter 6 (unassisted)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 3:38, Vaclav Prospal 8 (power play) (Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier)

Third Period
Philadelphia 3:46, Mike Knuble 3 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 13:26, Michel Ouellet 1 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 18:49, Brad Richards 5 (empty net) (Jan Hlavac, Paul Ranger)

Possible Conditioning Stint In Craig's Future

Erik Erlendsson of the Trib reports that Bolt Prospects alumni Ryan Craig, who is recovering from a back injury, may be sent down to Norfolk of the AHL for a conditioning stint before returning to the lineup for the Lightning. Craig last played in the AHL during the 2005-2006 campaign when he scored 12 goals and 22 points in 28 games for the Springfield Falcons.

Thursday's Elitserien Scores

Johan Harju had an assist and 4 penalty minutes in Lulea's 5-2 pummelling of Mora. Lulea currently sits in 8th on the Elitserien table with a 5-7-1 season mark.

Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist as Frolunda took a 4-1 thumping at the hands of Farjestads. Frolunda sits in second on the Elitserien table at 8-5-1.

Luca Cunti Update

Kevin Allenspach of the St. Cloud Times has posted an update on Lightning prospect and Husky hopeful Luca Cunti, detailing the situation with the NCAA Clearinghouse: Prospect remains in purgatory, but for how long?

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