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Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Spartak's 2-1 shootout loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Alexei Glukhov had a goal in Cherepovets' 3-2 shootout victory over Tver.
It's going to be extremely difficult for Torrie Jung to get back between the Kelowna pipes any time soon.
Calgary Hitmen 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 5
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did Not Play
Jung's competition in the Rocket's net, Kristofer Westblom, won his third straight game in his third straight start. All he did this time was shut out the Canadian Hockey League's top-ranked team, the Calgary Hitmen. Westblom stopped 28 shots in the win, earning first star honors.
Westblom and Jung began the year alternating, but the overager Westblom appears to have secured the No.1 job. This could put an end to the constant Westblom trade speculation, according to Kelowna broadcaster Regan Bartel, as the club has two of the best netminders in the conference and Bartel thinks the Rockets could be just as solid keeping both goalies. While this would be fine for Kelowna, and certainly no one would point a finger at them for it, we're looking at it from a developmental perspective and Jung will be missing valuable playing time.
3-0-0 is a great start. However, I was not impressed with the team's play tonight.
Make no mistake about it, Johan Holmqvist stole the win tonight with a 30 saves on 31 shots effort that included multiple odd man rushes and breakaways. He got the win despite the Lightning being outshot 31-23 by an inferior opponent.
In the new era of the NHL where the salary cap reigns, it is imperative clubs find and develop their own talent through their farm system. Since the lockout in 2004-2005, the Lightning has been forced to compete to stay at the top of the food chain by carefully shopping for affordable free agents and coordinating financially-sensitive trades. While other clubs have had the option of plugging multiple holes with cost-feasible prospects, the Lightning has been forced to look outside the organizational depth chart for help.