Tomorrow's headline should read: "Paper Champions Get Folded Up".
Johan Holmqvist barely had to break a sweat stopping 13 of 15 shots he faced for the win.
Tampa Bay 5:22, Vincent Lecavalier 3 (unassisted)
Atlanta 8:58, Slava Kozlov 1 (Tobias Enstrom, Todd White)
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.
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.
A good third period is hopefully a sign of better things to come.
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.
PHI Zingoni, (1) (Gauthier), 1:17
PHI Reid, (1) (Matsumoto, Greentree), 9:10 (PP)
PHI Matsumoto, (1) (Greentree, Timonen), 3:13 (PP)
NOR Wanvig, (1) , 4:25 (SH)
PHI Reid, (2) (Timonen, Grant), 17:32 (PP)
NOR Lawrence, (1) (Jancevski, Milley), 0:36 (SH)
NOR Wanvig, (2) (Fletcher), 18:57
Opening night wins are a good thing.
New Jersey 9:06, Brian Gionta 1 (power play) (Zach Parise, Travis Zajac)
(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).
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.