KHL Game Day: 10/8

Ekaterinburg 4 @ Riga 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM

Ekaterinburg crawled out of the basement in their conference with the win. Coincidentally, it's Kazionov's old club, Khabarovsk, that is now in the cellar. Kazionov played 11:11 in the match.

Chelyabinsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 2 PIM

Finally! The Lightning's prized Swedish sniper scored his first goal in the Russian league by tallying Dynamo's opening goal of the match. He finished with 18:18 of ice time and was 33% on draws. Will the floodgates now open?

Cherepovets 3 @ Kazan 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, -6, 10 PIM

Kazionov played 13:32 in the match.

Mytischi 1 @ Togliatti 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 4-4, 1 SO, 2.49 GAA, .914 sv%

Koshechkin seems to be re-establishing himself as perhaps the premiere goaltender in all of Russia, following up a shutout with a masterful effort against Mytischi. One can only wonder what might have been if Koshechkin had ever consented to cross the pond to come to Tampa Bay.

Admirals Sign Mark Parrish

The Norfolk Admirals announced today that they have signed former NHL All-Star forward Mark Parrish to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO). In addition, the Admirals announced that they have released forward Travis Whitehead from his Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO).

Parrish, 32, is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound veteran of ten National Hockey League seasons. He has appeared in 704 career NHL games between the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars, recording 216 goals and 169 assists in those games. Parrish, who appeared in the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, was originally a third round draft pick (79th overall) of the Colorado Avalanche in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Parrish appeared in 44 NHL games last season with the Stars, recording eight goals and five assists. He also appeared in three games with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and netted one goal and one assist in those games. Parrish has only appeared in six career AHL games between the Sound Tigers and the Beast of New Haven, scoring three goals and one assist.

Whitehead did not appear in any games with the Admirals. The professional rookie completed his collegiate career at Buffalo State University last season.

The Admirals open the home portion of their season this Friday and Saturday against the Manchester Monarchs.

CHL Game Night: 10/7

[b][i]QMJHL[/b][/i] [b] Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4[/b] [i]D [b][url=/mark-barberio]Mark Barberio[/url][/b], MCT: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG [/i] Season totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, E, 8 PIM Moncton pulled within a goal with just under five minutes to go, but they couldn’t come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit on the road. Barberio (pictured) is still looking for his first goal of the season. [b][i]OHL[/b][/i] [b] Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (OT)[/b] [i]LW [b][url=/matias-sointu]Matais Sointu[/url][/b], OTT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM [/i] Season totals: 8 GP, 2-3-5, +6, 2 PIM Sointu scored his second goal of the year while on the power play. The goal opened the game’s scoring early in the first, and though the 67’s tied the game late, the Bulls won it in overtime.

KHL Game Day: 10/7

Omsk 6 @ Astana 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 15/18, 3.00 GAA, .833 sv%
Season totals: 6-5, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .905 sv%

Ramo improved his record to over the .500 mark despite a statistically subpar effort. It helps when former NHL superstar Jaromir Jagr scores a hat trick for you and when he assists on a goal by former Lightning player Eric Perrin too. Omsk now sits in fourth in their conference.

Lightning Assign Smaby to Norfolk for Conditioning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defenseman Matt Smaby to the Norfolk Admirals on a conditioning stint, it was announced today by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.

Smaby, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has not appeared in a game this season so far. Smaby split last season between the Admirals and Lightning. He appeared in 25 games with Norfolk, recording two goals, four assists and 30 penalty minutes. In a career-high 43 NHL games with the Lightning last season, Smaby posted his first four NHL points with four assists and added 50 penalty minutes. His 19:05 average ice time was also the highest of his career and was fourth among NHL rookie defensemen with 20 or more games played.

Smaby has appeared in 57 career NHL games with the Lightning with four assists and 62 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 149 career AHL games between the Admirals and Springfield Falcons, recording five goals and 23 assists with 139 penalty minutes. Selected in the second round, 41st overall by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Smaby played three seasons for the University of North Dakota (2003-04 through 2005-06), captaining teams that reached the NCAA Frozen Four in consecutive seasons.

The Admirals open the home portion of their season this Friday and Saturday against the Manchester Monarchs.

CHL Game Night: 10/6

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 9 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 4 PIM

Moncton nearly hit double-digits, but Barberio didn’t figure in the scoring for the Wildcats. He’s off to a bit of a slow start this year after accumulating 45 points (15 goals) in 66 games last year. A lot is expected of Barberio this season, not the least of which is an NHL contract at season’s end depending on his play.

NHL Game Night 10/6: Lightning at Hurricanes

Good road point. God I hate shootouts.

TB-1
CAR-2 (SO)

Mike Smith allowed just 1 goal on 28 shots before giving up 2 of 3 in the shootout for the shootout loss.

First Period
CAR 13:12, Jokinen 1 (Pitkanen, Ward)(PP)

Second Period
TB 6:00, Malone 1 (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- NONE
CAR- Samsonov, Ruutu

There were a lot of things to be happy about with this game. They were much tighter defensively and had a much more even effort throughout the game. This was supposed to be a "hornet's nest" the Lightning were walking into and they managed to carry the play 5-on-5, for the most part. My only nitpick remains the Lightning's play in the physical game. They got outhit 42-25 tonight by Carolina. That can't be what Rick Tocchet has in mind. I want to see guys like Vincent Lecavalier, Andrej Meszaros, and Paul Ranger start to take the body a little more.

We'll have to see what becomes of Matias Ohlund's injury that took him off the ice in the third period.

Steve Downie had 2 shots and 3 hits in 12:17.

Drew Miller had 2 shots and 2 hits in 17:32.

Zenon Konopka had 5 penalty minutes and 3 hits in 3:23. That's efficiency.

James Wright had 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:25.

Victor Hedman had 2 penalty minutes and 2 blocked shots in a team high 24:16.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 10/6

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 2 PIM

Harju was 55% on draws in 13:46 for Moscow in the battle of the Dynamos. Harju's lifelong teammate, Linus Omark, had 1 goal and 1 assist in the match and now has 4 goals and 7 points on the season.

KHL Game Day: 10/5

Ekaterinburg 2 @ Magnitogorsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

The younger Kazionov played just 9:53 in the match against a high powered Magnitogorsk club that currently sits atop its conference in the KHL standings.

Togliatti 4 @ Novgorod 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 16/16, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA. 1.00 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-4, 1 SO, 2.69 GAA, .907 sv%

Koshechkin had his first shutout of the season in Togliatti's win. He posted 8 shutouts a season ago with Lada.

Kazan 2 @ Chekhov 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-0-1, -5, 8 PIM

Kazionov received 13:49 in ice time in the match.

Yaroslavl 2 @ Omsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 23/25, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-5, 0 SO, 1.90 GAA, .911 sv%

Ramo also had 2 penalty minutes in the match.

CHL Game Night: 10/4

OHL

Barrie Colts 2 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 6
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-6-9, +3, 2 PIM

The Colts struggled on the road after winning two straight at home.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 2 PIM

Windsor scored four times in the third to turn a 3-2 deficit into a comfortable win.

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (SO)
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, +6, 2 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Back-up.
Season: 3 GP, 1-1-1-0, 5.50 GAA, 8.42 sv%

Sointu continued his tour of playing fellow Lightning prospects this weekend – sort of – as Zador watched from the bench for the third straight game. Ottawa scored with just over a minute left in the game to force overtime. Sointu is tied for the team lead in plus/minus.

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