NHL Game Night 10/6: Thrashers at Lightning

Tomorrow's headline should read: "Paper Champions Get Folded Up".

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Johan Holmqvist barely had to break a sweat stopping 13 of 15 shots he faced for the win.

First Period
Tampa Bay 3:40, Vaclav Prospal 2 (Vincent Lecavalier, Paul Ranger)

Second Period
Atlanta 0:57, Marian Hossa 1 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 14:38, Vaclav Prospal 3 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Filip Kuba)
Tampa Bay 15:49, Brad Richards 1 (shorthanded) (unassisted)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 5:22, Vincent Lecavalier 3 (unassisted)
Atlanta 8:58, Slava Kozlov 1 (Tobias Enstrom, Todd White)

Saturday's Superleague Scores

Kazan's nightmarish open to the season continues. Vasily Koshechkin dropped to 2-7-1 on the season in a 3-2 Ak Bars loss to Dynamo. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the game for Kazan. Former Lightning player Dimitry Afanasenkov had a pair of goals in the match for Dynamo.

Evgeny Artyukhin had a goal in Omsk's 4-2 loss to Khimik.

Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 3-1 win over Spartak. Albert Vishnyakov did not play in the match for Spartak.

Saturday's Elitserien Scores

Johan Harju is picking up steam. The Lightning prospect had 2 goals today in a 6-4 Lulea win over Farjestads. Harju has 3 goals in his last two games.

Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Frolunda's 4-2 win over Sodertalje.

CHL, BCHL Game Night 10/5: Helenius Outduels Jung

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G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, 18 saves on 19 shots
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Loss, 20 saves on 23 shots

Helenius and Seattle got the better of Jung and Kelowna in the first of a home-and-home set between the Thunderbirds and Rockets. The teams play again tonight (Saturday) in Seattle. Helenius's 1.62 Goals Against Average is tops in the WHL among goalies playing more than one game. His .922 save percentage is top-5.

Results from Dane Crowley, Michael Ward, and Justin Courtnall on the flip.

AHL Game Night 10/5: Admirals at Phantoms

A good third period is hopefully a sign of better things to come.

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Karri Ramo had a rough first two periods and ended up allowing 4 goals on 30 shots. Ramo struggled mightily with his rebound control until finally settling down in the final frame.

First Period
PHI Zingoni, (1) (Gauthier), 1:17
PHI Reid, (1) (Matsumoto, Greentree), 9:10 (PP)

Second Period
PHI Matsumoto, (1) (Greentree, Timonen), 3:13 (PP)
NOR Wanvig, (1) , 4:25 (SH)
PHI Reid, (2) (Timonen, Grant), 17:32 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Lawrence, (1) (Jancevski, Milley), 0:36 (SH)
NOR Wanvig, (2) (Fletcher), 18:57

Friday's Superleague Scores

Denis Kazionov did not play in Novokuznetsk's 4-1 loss to Togliatti.

Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 5-3 loss to Novgorod. Glukhov has 1 goal and 6 points in 13 games so far this season.

NHL Game Night 10/4: Devils at Lightning

Opening night wins are a good thing.

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First Period
New Jersey 9:06, Brian Gionta 1 (power play) (Zach Parise, Travis Zajac)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 9:35, Vincent Lecavalier 1 (Martin St. Louis, Filip Kuba)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 16:08, Vincent Lecavalier 2 (Vaclav Prospal, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 19:02, Vaclav Prospal 1 (empty net) (Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger)

Thursday's Elitserien Scores

Johan Harju had his first goal of the season and 2 penalty minutes for roughing in a 6-4 Lulea loss to MODO.

Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in a 6-0 Frolunda loss to Djurgardens.

Norfolk Signs 4, Sends Boutin to Mississippi

(Norfolk Admirals release)

Today, Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle announced that the Admirals have signed forward Rob Klinkhammer and defenseman Brett Angel to two-way American Hockey League/ECHL contracts while also signing forwards Justin Taylor and Shawn Collymore to AHL Professional Tryout Contracts. Also, the Admirals have announced that goaltenders Jonathan Boutin and Morgan Cey have been assigned to the Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL).

Sea Wolves Camp Opens

The long-awaited return of professional hockey to the Gulf Coast region takes another important step today with Mississippi Sea Wolves reporting this morning for team physicals. Around lunchtime, the team with board a bus enroute for Beaumont, TX for Friday's start of the 2007 Sea Wolves training camp.

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