Ramo Strong in HPK Debut

After sitting out the first two games of the SM-liiga season behind starter Miika Wiikman, Kari Ramo made his debut appearance for HPK before a large TV audience in Finland. He did not disappoint. Ramo stopped 28 of 29 shots and was named third star of the game as HPK defeated Lukko 5-1. In addition to being recognized by the media, Ramo was also named man of the match by the fans voting via text message for the Ottelun Vakuuttaja. HPK is now 3-0 atop the SM-liiga table.

Game Night 9/19: Lightning at Red Wings (Exhibition)

[b]DET-3 TB-5[/b] (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1.) 3:11 Detroit- Lidstrom, (Draper, Kronwall)(PP2) 2.) 5:57 Tampa Bay- Richards, (St. Louis, Modin) [b]2nd Period[/b] 3. 6:20 Tampa Bay- Modin, ([i]Kvapil[/i], St. Louis)(PP2) 4. 18:30 Detroit- Draper, (Chelios) (PP) [b]3rd Period[/b] 5. 0:46 Tampa Bay- St. Louis, (Richards)(PP) 6. 2:02 Tampa Bay- [i]Artyukhin[/i], (Taylor, Dingman) 7. 18:06 Detoit- Draper, (Shanahan, Chelios) 8. 19:56 Tampa Bay- Modin, (Richards, Taylor)(EN) SOG: DET-27, TB-26 W- John Grahame, 23/26 [b]Shootout[/b] TB-2 DET-1 (Final) 1. St. Louis (X) 2. Richards (X) 3. Boyle (0) Streaming audio broadcast can be found at [url=http://www.620wdae.com]WDAE's website.[/url] This thread will be updated in progress throughout the night.

Vishnyakov Lifts Dynamo Over SKA St. Petersburg 3-2

Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov scored the game winning goal for Moscow Dynamo with 5:07 left in the third period to lift his club to a 3-2 victory over SKA St. Petersburg. The goal was Vishnyakov's second of the season.

Weekend Swiss Hockey Report

On Saturday, Eero Somervuori assisted on three goals in Ambri Piotta's 6-5 loss to SC Bern. Through 4 games, Somervuori has 1-3-4 for the club. Ambri sits at 8th on the NLA table. On Friday, Eric Perrin assisted on goals by Rolph Schrepfer and Sebastien Bordeleau as SC Bern tied Geneve-Servette 3-3. Through 4 games Perrin has no goals and 3 assists for Bern. Bern currently sits in 4th place in the NLA. Shane Willis notched an assist on Josef Marha's game winning goal in Davos' 4-3 win over Fribourg and another on Landon Wilson's goal Saturday night in a 3-1 loss to SCL Tigers. He now has 2 assists in 3 games this season. Davos sits at 6th in the NLA.

Camp Scrimmages End As Lightning Prepare to Take Show On the Road

In Brandon today, The Tampa Bay Lightning completed their final day of camp scrimmages. Team Blue, which boasted the team's number one line of Fredrik Modin, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis won the tournament with a 4-1 record. Brad Richards [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/files/CampStats.pdf]won the tournament scoring title[/url] with 18 points in 5 scrimmage games. Richards also finished tied with his linemate St. Louis for the tournament high of 7 goals in 5 games. In general the scrimmages separated the men from the boys, so to speak, in showing the wide disparity in ability between the camp's veterans and the Lightning's prospects. Failing to make their mark in Brandon, the Lightning's prospects will have to hope to have an opportunity in the exhibition games beginning Monday at Detroit.

But Continues to Pour It On

Winger Anton But has been a relentless offensive force early in the Russian Superleague season. Saturday he scored Yaroslavl's third goal in a 3-1 victory over Lada Togliatti. But has registered a point in every game thus far this season. Through four games But has a blistering 4 goals and 7 points.

Goc Scores First Goal of the Season

[url=http://www.del.org/statistics/spieldetails_9391.html]Sascha Goc scored Hannover's second goal today on a feed from Lightning alumni Steve Guolla to help lift the Scorpions over Adler Mannheim 4-3.[/url] For Goc, the victory was extra sweet after transferring from Mannheim where he had been that team's captain for a season and a half. With the victory, Hannover moves into first place in the DEL standings. Play also continued today in the Czech Republic where the Extraliga is in its 4th round of games. Through 4 games now, winger Ivan Rachunek is scoreless with 4 PIMs and a (-2) rating with Zlin. For Ceske Budejovice, Marek Posmyk has 1 assist, 4 PIMs and a (-1) rating. Zlin and Ceske Budejovice sit at 2nd and 4th on the Extraliga table respectively.

Dicaire Diagnosed With Neurological Disorder

From the outset of camp defenseman prospect Gerard Dicaire was expected to be one of a handful of Lightning defensemen fighting for the sixth defenseman spot in Tampa. [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/14/Lightning/Second_opinion_on_Dic.shtml]Expectations turned to disappointment for Gerard Dicaire when he struggled to make it through conditioning drills at the start of camp.[/url] However, after being checked out by doctors, disappointment has turned into concern as [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/16/Lightning/Prospect_s_condition_.shtml]the young defenseman has been diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope, a nuerological disorder which causes the body difficulty in regulating blood pressure, leading to fainting spells.[/url]

Tobin, Rimouski start 2005 with a dud

The 2005 Memorial Cup Finalist Rimouski Oceanic finished the 2005 regular season with nearly a 30-game win streak. Now without stars Sidney Crosby and ex-Florida Panther property Dany Roussin, the team is hardly the threat or attendance draw they were just a year ago. L'Oceanic opened the 2005-06 season with a 5-0 loss at home to rival Quebec. To make matters worse for Rimouski, former Oceanic goaltender Cedrick Desjardins earned the shutout by stopping 30 shots. Maxime Joyal, who split time with Lightning prospect Jonathan Boutin last year with the Remparts, rode the pine. Lightning prospect and Newfoundland native Mark Tobin, being counted on as a leader on the new Oceanic, managed 3 shots on goal in the contest and finished with a minus-3 rating. He also accumulated 7 penalty minutes in the game. Tobin, a second round pick of the Lightning in 2004 and the fourth Rimouski prospect for the Bolts after Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Zbynek Hrdel, was coming off a less-than-stellar Traverse City tournament statistically. He was one of only a few prospects who failed to register a point in the four-game tournament.

Video: Alexeev's Goals

Video of Nikita Alexeev's two goals is now available online via the Avangard Omsk website: [url=http://video.hawk.ru/ao_mmg_050914_1_0.mpg]Alexeev's First Goal[/url] [url=http://video.hawk.ru/ao_mmg_050914_4_0.mpg]Alexeev's Second Goal[/url] Also, to update yesterday's scoring, Anton But was also awarded an assist on Yaroslavl's second goal in the 5-1 win over Molot Perm. Partial statistics for all Russian NHL prospects are now available from [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/stats_player.php?tour_id=2006011&season_part=1&anchor=StatsPlayer]Russianprospects.com[/url]
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