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  • 7 years 8 weeks ago

    JYP 2 @ Blues 1 (SO)
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .870 sv%

    Riku Helenius sat backup in JYP's 2-1 shootout win over Blues Espoo. JYP faces Pelicans Lahti next on Friday.

  • 7 years 8 weeks ago

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    Mathieu Garon allowed 1 goal on 9 shots before giving way to Jaroslav Janus who allowed 1 goal on 18 shots for the hard luck loss. If there was one lesson out of this game, it's that Janus continued his decent play in camp.

    First Period
    15:16 STL Grachev, Langenbrunner, Backes (PP)

    Second Period
    09:35 TB Downie, Kubina, Clark (PP)
    16:53 ST D'Agostini, Cheechoo, McRae

    Third Period
    19:28 STL Grachev, Langenbrunner, Backes (EN)

    If the coaching staff has favorites amongst the young players trying to climb the ladder, they sure didn't tip their hand with their ice time allocation. It's a pretty even 9-14 minutes across the board for everyone, be it veterans or rookies.

    As an aside, I find it bizarre that included the likes of Dmitri Bezrukov has healthy scratched for this game. Really strange to see that list of names.

    Box score from

  • 7 years 8 weeks ago

    Dynamo Riga 5 @ CSKA 3
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

    Ex-NHLer Sandis Ozolinsh had a goal in Dynamo Riga's 5-3 win over CSKA. Nikita Kucherov played 6:57 in the match. CSKA faces Slovakian side Poprad on Friday.

    Novokuznetsk Jr. 3 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 4 (SO)
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, 10 PIM, +10

    Nikita Nesterov was held scoreless but did run his season +/- to +10 in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 4-3 shootout win over Novokuznetsk Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Nizhnekamsk Jr. on Friday.

  • 7 years 9 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland)
    Karpat 3 @ JYP 2
    Riku Helenius, Loss, 20/23, 3.12 GAA, .870 sv%
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .870 sv%

    Riku Helenius and JYP allowed a pair of third period goals to squander a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes in their 3-2 loss to Karpat. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the match for JYP. JYP's next game is on Wednesday against Blues Espoo.

    KHL (Russia)
    St. Petersburg 4 @ CSKA 1
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had a goal and ex-Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had an assist is St. Petersburg's 4-1 thumping of CSKA. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov played 11:31 in the loss for CSKA. CSKA faces Dynamo Riga on Monday.

    Elitserien (Sweden)
    Lulea 1 @ Frolunda 2
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

    Johan Harju scored the game opening goal off assists from Niklas Olausson and ex-Stars second rounder Johan Fransson, but Lulea fell 2-1 to Frolunda. Lulea faces Djurgardens next on Thursday.

  • 7 years 9 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland)
    JYP 0 @ KalPa 2
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA. 1.000 sv%

    Riku Helenius sat backup today in JYP's 2-0 opening loss to KalPa. Former Devils prospect Ari Ahonen had a 23 save shutout in the match and former NHLer Sami Kapanen scored one of KalPa's goals. JYP's next match is Saturday versus Karpat.

    Elitserien (Sweden)
    Vaxjo 3 @ Lulea 2 (SO)
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Vaxjo Lakers scored a pair of third period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and went on to win in a shootout 3-2 over Lulea. Johan Harju was scoreless in the match, with 4 shots on goal, and he was denied by former NHLer Martin Gerber in his shootout attempt. He started on Lulea's second line along side center Niklas Olausson and left winger Mattias Persson. Vaxjo's goals came from former Oilers prospect Liam Reddox and former Sharks prospect Mike Iggulden. Lulea moves on to face Frolunda on Saturday.

  • 7 years 9 weeks ago

    Coral Springs Prospects Tournament

    Florida Panthers 4 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 1

    In what was likely the last competitive game for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their "bridge" uniforms (uniforms bridging the original logo/look to the new, seemingly permanent one), the Baby Bolts lost to the Panthers 4-1 Wednesday.

    With the loss, the Lightning finished the Coral Springs prospect tournament 0-3, being outscored 15-6. This was a disappointing showing for a group that includes top prospects Brett Connolly (1 goal in 3 games), Carter Ashton (0 goals), Richard Panik (0 goals), Vladimir Namestnikov (0 goals), and Mark Barberio.

    Pat Nagle allowed two goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Jaroslav Janus, who allowed one goal the rest of the way. The Panthers' fourth goal was awarded to the team when Barberio reportedly pulled down a Panther heading for an empty net goal.

    Tyler Johnson, an undrafted free agent signed by Tampa Bay last year, scored the Lightning's lone goal, unassisted.

    Assistant General Manager Tom Kurvers told that 5-foot-8 forward Cory Conacher, who led the Lightning with two goals in the tournament, "has some things that small men need in order to play in the NHL. He has speed, puck skill, hockey sense and he has determination." Conacher is on a Norfolk contract, but appears he could be playing himself into an NHL deal in the future.

    The Lightning's official web site said Connolly (pictured) drew praise from Jon Cooper, Norfolk Admiral Coach, who was behind the bench for all three tournament games.

    “He’s got phenomenal talent,” Cooper told the site. “I thought day in and day out he was our best player at the tournament, and you hope [for] that from your first round pick and he delivered.”

  • 7 years 9 weeks ago

    Coral Springs Prospects Tournament

    Nashville Predators 7 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 3

    Pat Nagle made his Lightning organization debut in net for Tampa Bay Monday night in the Coral Springs prospects tournament, but it was one he'd like to forget. Tampa Bay allowed seven goals, including four to Predators prospect Craig Smith, in a 7-3 loss to Nashville. Smith, a former standout at Wisconsin, also had at least one assist.

    On the Lightning side, 2010 first round pick Brett Connolly notched his first goal of the tournament, as did 2010-2011 Florida Everblade Alex Hutchings. Cory Conacher (pictured with Canisius College), who is on a Norfolk contract, had his second goal in as many games for the Lightning. Mark Barberio, a Lightning signee with the Admirals, had the primary assist on the Hutchings goal.

    Nagle, a free agent signee from Ferris State University, briefly joined Norfolk last year before returning to school because of academic responsibilities. He never appeared in a game for the Admirals.

    Information about the game is hard to find, but according to @rinkside on Twitter, the Lightning actually outshot Nashville through two periods, 30-22. It appears the effort was there offensively, but as Conacher tweeted, "It's time to put the puck in the net."

    The Bolts have Tuesday off and finish the tournament Wednesday against Florida.

  • 7 years 9 weeks ago

    Cherepovets 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 26/27, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
    Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%

    Evgeny Ketov had 1 goal and 1 assist and Vasily Koshechkin made 26 saves in Cherepovets' 3-1 opening victory over Dynamo Moscow.

    CSKA 3 @ Khanty-Mansiysk 2
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    Nikita Kucherov had 2 penalty minutes in 9:03 of ice time in CSKA's 3-2 opening victory over Yugra. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper in the match for CSKA. CSKA faces Omsk on Wednesday, 9/14, for their next match.

    Orenberg 4 @ Chelyabinsk 6
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 1-1-2, 0 PIM, +2
    Season totals: 3 GP, 3-2-5, +7, 2 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov is off to a hot start for Chelyabinsk's junior team in the MHL, with a power play goal today in their win over Orenberg. Chelyabinsk is 2-1 thus far this season. Their next match is on Wednesday, 9/14, against Ufa's junior team.

  • 7 years 9 weeks ago

    Coral Springs Prospect Tournament

    Florida Panthers 4 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 2

    The Lightning and Panthers played the first competitive game of their respective 2011-2012 seasons Sunday night in the Coral Springs, Florida, prospect tournament.

    The Panthers came out victorious in front of their hometown fans, 4-2.

    Lightning goals were scored by Norfolk Admirals property Cory Conacher, who tied the game at one during the first period, and Lightning 2011 seventh rounder Ondrej Palat, who cut the Panthers' lead to 3-2 late in the second period.

    Conacher, the former Canisius College star, scored on a rebound and Palat's shot from the high slot found its way through a screen into the back of the net. Palat (pictured) had 39 goals for Drummondville of the QMJHL last season. He does not currently have a professional contract. He could be signed by Tampa Bay and placed in AHL Norfolk or ECHL Florida, or he could return to the QMJHL as an overage player.

    Jaroslav Janus, who split last year between Florida and Norfolk, took the loss. Janus was beaten on two shootout attempts in a post-game contest; the Lightning failed to score in any of their attempts.

    Lightning 2009 first rounder Carter Ashton fought Panthers 2010 first rounder Eric Gudbranson in the third period. Both landed multiple punches before Gudbranson slammed Ashton to the ice. Those two will be going head-to-head for years to come for their respective clubs.

    According to at least one Lightning fan in attendance, Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman and Head Coach Guy Boucher were at the rink for the game and yelled a few instructions to 2010 first rounder Brett Connolly.

    Expect a better effort in Game 2.

    The Lightning play Monday at 6 p.m. local time against Nashville. Follow the Lightning on Twitter (@tblightning) for live updates.

    For highlights of Game 1, see

  • 7 years 11 weeks ago

    Confirming what we reported last week, 2011 fifth round pick Nikita Nesterov is not on the Tri-City Americans training camp roster.

    Nesterov, a puck-moving defenseman with a mean streak drafted out of Russia, was selected in the CHL Import Draft by Tri-City following the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Paperwork could not be formalized last summer, so Nesterov stayed him. It was expected he would be taking his talents to Kennewick, Washington, this year instead of remaining in Russia, but it appears that is not to be the case.

    After the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Lightning Head Scout Al Murray said Nesterov was "hoping to be in Tri-City from the get-go this campaign."

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