Norfolk defeats Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh 0:51, Jordan Staal 1 (Evgeni Malkin, Ben Lovejoy)
Tampa Bay 3:50, Janne Niskala 1 (Brandon Bochenski, Jussi Jokinen)
Tampa Bay 7:06, Wyatt Smith 1 (Matt Smaby)
Tampa Bay 8:40, Brandon Bochenski 1 (Radek Smolenak, Jussi Jokinen)
Pittsburgh 15:18, Petr Sykora 1 (power play) (Miroslav Satan, Jordan Staal)
Pittsburgh 10:11, Petr Sykora 2 (power play) (Janne Pesonen, Alex Goligoski)
Pittsburgh 17:06, Sidney Crosby 1 (shorthanded) (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 18:41, Brandon Bochenski 2 (Janne Niskala)
Tampa Bay- Jokinen, Stamkos
Karri Ramo stopped 26 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session.
This is as significant a win as you can get in the first matchup of preseason in September. The Lightning iced a team that basically represented the bulk of their players ticketed for Norfolk of the AHL while the Pens essentially iced their NHL regulars. This is a Pens team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last season and the Lightning prospects and AHL pros gave them all they could handle and more en route to victory. It speaks volumes for the future of this franchise.
Lots of prospects in this game:
Friday's results from the BCHL, WHL, OHL, and QMJHL.
Anton But had a goal and was +1 in CSKA's 4-1 win over Chekhov.
Dimitri Kazionov had a goal and was +2 in Kazan's 7-2 win over Astana. Ilya Solarev had a goal in the match for Astana. Vitali Smolianinov had a helper and was -1.
Albert Vishnyakov was -1 in Novokuznetsk's 2-1 win over Yulaev.
Alexei Glukhov did not play in Mytischi's 6-3 win over Dynamo Moscow.
Dimitri Kazionov had an assist and was -1 in Kazan's 5-3 win over Magnitogorsk.
Vasily Koshechkin allowed 3 goals on 7 shots before being pulled at the end of the first period as Togliatti fell to Omsk 5-1. Koshechkin drops to 1-1-0 on the season.
Spokane Chiefs 2 @ Kootenay Ice 4
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Loss, 36 saves on 39 shots, *Third Star*
Tokarski, who played Wednesday in Traverse City, Michigan for the Lightningâ€™s prospect club, arrived in Western Canada just in time to make his season debut for the defending Memorial Cup champs, but despite a Third Star effort, Tokarski and Spokane fell to the Ice 4-2. The Chiefs were without six regulars due to NHL camps or visa issues (Ondrej Roman). Michael Stickland (undrafted) scored all four goals for Kootenay, including an empty netter.
The Lightning prospects finished 0-3-1 at the Traverse City prospect tournament after falling in overtime this afternoon to the Columbus Blue Jackets prospects 6-5.
Columbus stormed out to a 3-0 first period lead before the Lightning responded with a goal from Matias Sointu off helpers from Luca Cunti and Mitch Fadden early in the second period. Luciano Aquino also scored a goal from Brady Leavold later in the period, but Columbus also notched a pair of goals of their own in the second stanza.
That set the stage for a furious third period comeback by the Lightning, which included an early goal by tryout Brett Parnham off assists from Cunti and Chris Lawrence. The Lightning then brought the game to even with a pair of power play goals midway through the third period from Aquino, off an assist from Mark Barberio, followed by an unassisted tally by Lawrence less than two minutes later.
Unfortunately, Columbus' Ryan Garlock converted a power play chance early in the extra session to finish off the Lightning's comeback hopes for good. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski fell to 0-2-1 after allowing 6 goals on 26 shots in the game. The Lightning prospects outshot Columbus 39-26 in the loss.
Box score from Pointstreak.
The Lightning fell to 0-3 at the Traverse City tournament this afternoon, dropping the matinee to the Rangers prospects 5-3.
The club fell behind 3-0 in the opening frame before Mitch Fadden scored an unassisted goal late in the second period, but the Rangers responded with two goals early in the Third Period to put the game out of reach for good. Kyle DeCoste scored an unassisted goal and captain Chris Lawrence added a late tally in garbage time from Luciano Aquino to make the final score slightly more respectable.
Goaltender Torrie Jung allowed 5 goals on 30 shots in the game, his first of the tournament. The Lightning outshot the Rangers prospects 37-30 in the losing effort.
Box score from Pointstreak.