NHL Game Night 10/13: Lightning at Panthers

Panic button very close to being pushed... TB-2 FLA-3 In his first start in a Lightning jersey, overage prospect Johan Holmqvist stopped 24 of 27 shots faced for the loss. Goals were scored by Vincent Lecavalier and Bolt Prospects alumni [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig.[/url] The Lightning have yet to score 3 goals in a game this season. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020056.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Doug Janik played 14:55 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot. Eric Perrin played 18:23 with 1 hit. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] got just 4 shifts playing 1:34 with 1 hit.

Polushin on IR; Mihalik out 2 Weeks

Bolt Prospects correspondant Chad Schnarr has learned from the Lightning organization that forward prospect [url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url] is currently on injured reserve for his club team Khimik in the Superleague. The 2001 second round draft pick has been slow in rehabilitating from knee surgery and has yet to play a game this season. Also, the Lightning say Prince George (WHL) defenseman [url=vladimir mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] should be back in action in two weeks. He separated his shoulder against Vancouver last Friday. In other possible injury news, Marek Bartanus is not in Owen Sound's lineup tonight.

Thursday's Superleague Scores

[url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin's[/url] record fell to 6-3-2 today as Togliatti fell to CSKA 3-2 on a Denis Parshin goal with 10 seconds left in the third period. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] scored his first goal of the season, a power play marker, in Yaroslavl's 3-2 win over Cherepovets. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless for Severstal in the match. Artyukhin now has 1 goal and 2 points in 13 games this season with a -3 rating and 64 penalty minutes. Omsk dismantled Dynamo 5-2 despite a goal by Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov. Khimik shut out Tver 2-0. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] remains on injured reserve recovering from knee surgery. Polushin had knee surgery in 2003-04 also. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless for Tver.

Helenius To Miss 4 Months?

Ilves Hockey is reporting that Lightning 2006 first rounder Riku Helenius will have surgery on his dislocated shoulder and miss four months. As of yesterday afternoon, the Lightning could not confirm how long either Helenius or Vladimir Mihalik (separated shoulder) would be out.

CHL Game Night: 10/11

[url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] stopped 25 of 26 shots faced to guide Sudbury to a 2-1 victory over Sault Ste. Marie. With the win, Beech's record improves to 4-5-0 with 1 shutout and his save percentage improves to .902 on the season. The 2005 6th round pick faces an uphill battle to get signed next summer with the Lightning boasting as many as five quality goaltending prospects ([url=karri-ramo]Ramo[/url], [url=riku-helenius]Helenius[/url], [url=vasily-koshechkin]Koshechkin[/url], [url=jonathan-boutin]Boutin[/url] and [url=gerald-coleman]Coleman[/url]) ahead of him on the organizational depth chart.

Mihalik Out With Separated Shoulder

According to the [i]Prince George Citizen[/i] (no link available), 2005 Lightning first round pick [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] separated his shoulder and will miss at least a few games. Mihalik was a victim of a check-from-behind in a 6-0 Cougar loss to Vancouver on October 6. No penalty was called on the play. He was supposedly seen wearing a sling before their game last night against Swift Current. Cougars Head Coach Mike Vandekamp is concerned about Mihalik "getting rusty by the day," as well as some of his other injured impact players. The Cougars are off to a slow start at 2-4-0-1. [b]CHL Game Night: 10/10[/b] [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] and Swift Current shutout Prince George 4-0 on Tuesday night. Crowley did not register a point and was even in the game. Mihalik did not play. Also, David Desharnais, who spurned the Johnstown Chiefs and returned to the QMJHL, is now wearing the captain's C for Chicoutimi. Desharnais had an assist last night in a 6-2 Sags loss to Quebec. In three games this season, he's 1-2-3 with a -3 rating. He was 33-85-118 in 63 games last season.

NHL Game Night: 10/9

Three games. Four goals. Not good. ATL-1 TB-0 Marc Denis got nothing for his 18 save on 19 shot effort tonight, and what is deeply concerning is not only are "the big three" not scoring but, with the exception of Martin St. Louis, they're not even getting chances. Hopefully the sieve-like Florida Panthers, which 55 minutes in has already allowed 44 shots to Toronto tonight, will be the balm the ailing Lightning offense needs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020037.HTM]NHL.com[/url].

CHL Game Night: 10/9

[url=marek-bartanus]Marek Bartanus[/url] scored his third goal of the season and was +1 in Owen Sound's 4-2 victory over Erie. [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] had a power play assist but was -3 with 4 penalty minutes as Swift Current lost to Kamloops 5-2.

Monday's Superleague Scores

[url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] improved his record to 6-2-2 this season defeating Chelyabinsk 3-1. Koshechkin is now 5th in the Superleague in GAA allowing just 1.92 goals per game thus far this season. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 2-1 win over Khimik. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] did not play for Khimik. Anton But was scoreless as SKA crushed Omsk 5-2. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 1-1 tie with Novokuznetsk.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 10/2-10/8

Bolt Prospects is starting a new feature today which was suggested to us by part time staff member Erik Murillo. Every Monday throughout the season Bolt Prospects will be naming its Prospect of the Week to the prospect or overage prospect whose performance rises above the rest of the organization's young players. This week's prospect of the week is:
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