Lightning Win Seventh Place Game at Traverse City in a Shootout

In their final game of the Traverse City tournament this afternoon, the Lightning prospects [url=http://www.wild.com/team/Press.asp?story_id=4877]defeated the Minnesota Wild's prospects 8-7 in a shootout. [/url] With the victory the team finished 7th in the tournament standings with a 1-3 record, although it should be noted the team's three losses were all by one goal including a double overtime defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers' prospects. According to Minnesotawild.com the Lightning almost relenquished another 3 goal lead in the third period just as they did against the Thrashers' prospects on Monday, but they were able to secure their first win of the tournament on penalty shots. [b]Update:[/b] [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1460]Tampabaylightning.com has more[/url] on the day's proceedings. David Desharnais leads the way with 3 assists and, hopefully, this isn't his last day in the Lightning organization. Marek Bartanus, who had a pretty solid tournament statistically, had two goals on the game. Desharnais' ex-Chicoutimi teammate Maxime Boisclair finally found the scoresheet with a goal and an assist as did [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], who had a very solid tournament statistically as well. The player who might've helped his stock the most in this tournament was sniper [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] who rebounded from a lackluster rookie camp to be a leading force on the Traverse City team. This afternoon he had a goal in regulation and had the winning goal in the shootout. Clearly the 19 year old is staking a strong claim to one of those scant jobs in Springfield. [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] must've thought he was back in Lahti for a moment, having faced 45 shots and stopping 38. The Lightning prospects now break camp in Traverse City and, for all of the Lightning contract players and a few invitees, the scene shifts to Brandon for the Lightning's full training camp. For others, like Desharnais, decisions still need to made about contracts and/or invitations to either the Lightning or Falcons' upcoming training camps. [b]Update2:[/b] [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]According to Erik Erlendsson's blog[/url], the other Lightning goals were scored today by tryout invitee Todd Griffith and 2005 3rd round pick [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url].

2006 Lightning Training Camp Roster

Training camp for the 2006-2007 Lightning will start this Thursday. For a schedule, see TampaBayLightning.com. Of note: The roster, courtesy of the Lightning and Erik Erlendsson of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], features free agent invitees Clayton Barthel and Geoff Waugh, Springfield contracts Zdenek Blatny, PJ Atherton, Dan Cavanaugh, John Adams, and Sylvain Dufresne, Johnstown contract Doug Andress, and unsigned Tampa Bay prospects Chris Lawrence, Marek Bartanus, Dane Crowley, and Vladimir Mihalik. Late additions could be included today after the conclusion of the Traverse City prospects tournament. 2006 Camp Roster:

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Lightning Rookies Cough Up Lead, Drop to 0-3

Despite at one time holding a 3 goal lead today, the Lightning's prospect team at Traverse City dropped yet another 1 goal decision today to the Thrashers' prospects 6-5. [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]According to the Trib's Erik Erlendsson[/url], [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] allowed 6 goals on 25 shots in the loss. The Lightning prospects' offense at least snapped out of their slumber today as [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] had 2 goals, [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist each, [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] had 3 assists, [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] had a shorthanded goal and [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and tryout invitee David Desharnais also had helpers.

Khimik Crushes Yaroslavl

Khimik dealt a crushing 4-1 defeat to Yaroslavl today in their opening game of the Russian Superleague season. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was scoreless in the game for Loko while [url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url] was a scratch for Khimik.

Lightning Prospects Drop to 0-2

Erik Erlendsson of the Trib writes on his blog that the Lightning [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]lost another nail biter tonight 2-1 to the Red Wings prospects.[/url] [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 25 of 27 shots faced but was unable to stop the Wings from scoring the game winner with less than five minutes to play in the final frame. The Lightning's lone goal was scored by tryout invitee Torrie Wheat on assists by [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] and Marek Bartanus. The Hockey’s Future recap singles out Ramo and invitees David Desharnais and Kelly Czuy for their good play. HF says Tampa only managed 19 shots on goal against the Wings, but did hit a post.

Superleague Tour 2

In today's action from the Russian Superleague: Anton But was scoreless as SKA St Petersburg tied Magnitogorsk 2-2. Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 2-0 win over Chelyabinsk. Mike Fountain took the loss as KHK Tver beat Togliatti 1-0. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless for Tver in the game. Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 2-0 loss to Ufa. Dimitri Kazionov had 2 assists in Kazan's 5-2 pummelling of the Soviet Wings. Yaroslavl ([url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url]) will play Khimik ([url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url]) tomorrow.

Lightning Lines Taking Shape?

Usually fans can get a good idea what the Lightning are thinking in terms of line combos by how players are arranged to start training camp scrimmages. Looking a few entries into Erik Erlendsson’s blog, he lists the frontrunners for the third and fourth lines. According to Erlendsson, of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], the Lightning have placed Ryan Craig with Andreas Karlsson, which is of no surprise, because we've heard all off-season that they want the third line to be a scoring line and for Karlsson to help make that happen. Speculation centers around who will be the other winger on that line, with candidates including Nick Tarnasky, Rob DiMaio, Norm Milley, Darren Reid, Nikita Alexeev, Eric Perrin, and a few others. The Lightning are giving a prime opportunity to Alexeev here, it seems, as a line of Craig-Karlsson-Alexeev is set to compete in scrimmages. Reid is scheduled to play on this team in scrimmages. The other line battle fans have been mulling over is the more physical and/or offensively capable fourth line.

Lightning Prospects Lose Traverse City Opener In Double OT

Newyorkrangers.com is reporting the Lightning prospects [url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=2249]lost their opener in the Traverse City prospect tournament tonight 3-2 in overtime to the Rangers' prospects.[/url] [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] had the Lightning's goals. The Lightning scored both goals late to force the extra session. The Lightning prospects were outshot 34-30. [b]Update:[/b] Erik Erlendsson of the Trib [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]makes a late blog post on the tournament.[/url] According to his post, it was not Marek Kvapil but rather [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] scoring the tying goal with 5 seconds left from [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] and [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url]. [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] had an assist on Zbynek Hrdel's goal. [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] stopped 32 of 35 for the Lightning, according to Erlendsson. [b]Update 2:[/b] Leslie Treff of Hockey's Future also has a recap of the day’s activities. Treff's report singles out Helenius, Mihalik, and Smolenak for their good play from Tampa, and also was impressed with Tampa's own-zone coverage. Also, the [i]St. Pete Times[/i], using Wire services, says Keller got the second Lightning goal, so it appears that mystery is solved by a 2-1 count. Keller was known for his clutch goals in Kelowna the past few years, including the Memorial Cup winning goal in 2003. [b]Update 3:[/b] Word from the Lightning is that the team battled hard, then slacked off a little bit. [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url], Mihalik, and Helenius were singled out as Tampa's top players for the game. [b]Update 4:[/b] Box score [url=http://www.redwingscentral.com/stories/2006_09/08_BoxTB_NYR.html]courtesy of Redwingscentral.com[/url].

Artyukhin Held Scoreless in Yaroslavl Debut

[url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was held off the board today as Yaroslavl was beaten 3-1 by Omsk in their opening match of the season. Artyukhin, who played 72 games with the Lightning last year, signed with the Lokomotive after the Lightning failed to meet he and his agent's demands for a lucrative contract. [b]Update:[/b] Par for the course, Artyukhin did rack up 4 penalty minutes in the contest.
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