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AHL Preseason Game Day: 10-5-14 Crunch at Senators (In France!)

One day removed from a 3-1 victory over French league club team in Lyon, France, Syracuse fell 6-0 to the Binghamton Senators today. Kristers Gudlevskis was in net for Syracuse. The team awaits final Lightning roster cuts expected to come down Monday or Tuesday before they head into the regular season.

Juniors Game Night: 10-4-14

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 4 @ Sarnia Sting 2

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-1-1, -2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo notched his first point of the year on an assist late in the first period that gave the Sting a 2-0 lead. They’d also hold a 3-1 lead and the game was tied at 3 entering the third period before the mighty Otters blew the game open.

Saginaw Spirit 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, *Third Star*
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto made his season debut after sitting out three games to complete a suspension issued in last year’s playoffs. He started on the first line for the Spits and was named third star.

Western Hockey League

Tri-City Americans 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 2 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point had two assists for the second straight game, helping the Warriors to a commanding win over visiting Tri-City.

Kootenay Ice 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 6

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas (pictured, Calgary Sun photo) scored his first goal of the year, shorthanded. Calgary rebounded from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Kootenay, 6-4.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 10-4-14 Panthers at Lightning

Closing arguments for the Lightning's young forwards.

FLA-1
TB-4

Ben Bishop looked to be in midseason form allowing 1 goal on 37 shots for the victory. Florida was clearly embarrassed in their last outing and for getting blitzed in the First Period again tonight. They were out for redemption, but Bishop was having none of it.

First Period
3:21 FLA Barkov (1), (Campbell, Kulikov)(PP)
5:46 TB Kucherov (1), (unassisted)
10:21 TB Stamkos (1), (Hedman, Callahan)(PP)
18:59 TB Brown (1), (Boyle)

Second Period
4:40 TB Stralman (1), (Johnson, Killorn)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Nikita Kucherov, Bishop, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars.

Now the Lightning's brass will convene for the difficult decision of shaping the team's 23-man roster for opening night. They likely have a little more breathing room with the option of putting Jonathan Drouin on short-term IR and giving him a brief conditioning stint in the AHL when he gets off it, but the numbers game still is a difficult one. Mind you, they may have tipped their hand by putting Vladislav Namestnikov in the lineup tonight ahead of Cedric Paquette and Jonathan Marchessault, but we shall see.

Two things I feel very confident about after this preseason, though: 1.) Andrej Sustr and I will always have difficulty finding shirts with the proper sleeve length, and 2.) Jon Cooper will be drinking a fine, very old scotch out of the Governor's Cup by season's end. Book it.

Box score from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 10-4-14

Khanty-Mansisyk 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 10-2-1, 2 SO, 1.33 GAA, .949 sv%

Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisyk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -4, 2 PIM

Sergei Mozyakin's goal at 11:33 of the First Period turned out to be the winner for Magnitogorsk in their 2-1 defensive struggle against Yugra. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:29 in the contest.

Liiga Game Day: 10-4-14

Ilves 2 vs. HPK 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminent finally got back in the lineup and was scoreless in 10:10 of ice time today in HPK's 2-1 loss to Ilves. HPK's lone goal came from former Lightning pick Eero Somervuori.

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