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Liiga Game Day: 12-3-14

HPK 3 vs. HIFK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen assisted on the eventual game winning goal in HPK's 3-2 victory over HIFK. Salminen played 13:32 in the match. He also evened his season +/- rating by going +1 in the game, as well. Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill also had a goal in the game for HPK.

KHL Game Day: 12-3-14

Nizhnekamsk 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 41/42, 1.01 GAA, .976 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 20-4-4, 3 SO, 1.58 GAA, .941 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin earned his 20th win of the season turning aside 41 shots in Magnitka's 3-1 win over Nizhnekamsk. Ex-Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had the eventual game winner for Magnitogorsk.

Sochi 4 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 16/20, 4.03 GAA, .800 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 4-8-3, 2 SO, 2.35 GAA, .907 sv%

Ex-Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn had a goal in Sochi's 4-1 win over Slovan.

Mytischi 2 vs. Novosibirsk 5
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 16 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was -2 in 21:07 in Mytischi's 5-2 loss to Novosibirsk. Novosibirsk got a hat trick from former Caps pick Dimitri Kugryshev in the win.

Prospect of the Week: 12-3-14


By Jeremy Houghtaling

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for December 3, 2014 is … Philippe Paradis, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

Philippe Paradis’ mindset remains the same every shift.

No matter the line or who he is paired with, the Syracuse Crunch forward is focused on checking hard, creating space, and making the right passes to his linemates. Even after registering five goals and an assist in the last three games – statistically the best week of his professional career that earned him our Prospect of the Week award – Paradis knows he has to stick with his gritty game instead of worrying about the points.

NHL Game Night: 12-2-14 Lightning at Sabres

Enroth beats the Lightning.

TB-1
BUF-2 (SO)

Evgeny Nabokov allowed 1 goal on 22 shots and 2 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. It was an improvement over previous efforts, certainly.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
9:52 TB Palat (7), (Johnson, Kucherov)
16:06 BUF Girgensons (8), (Myers, Gorges)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- NONE
BUF- Hodgson, Ennis

The Lightning basically took the First Period off tonight after another emotional tilt with the Rangers last night and it ultimately cost them. Enroth's been hot and it would've taken more pucks on net to get the win tonight. It didn't happen, but they did get a point.

Cedric Paquette was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits.

Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 shots and 1 hit in 10:52. His speed was a threat tonight and he responded well after being out of the lineup for a little while.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Sign DeAngelo to ELC

(Lightning press release)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Anthony DeAngelo to a three-year, entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

DeAngelo, 19, has skated in 22 games this season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, recording seven goals and 27 points to go along with 52 penalty minutes. He ranks first for points and is second for assists (20) among all OHL defensemen. The Sewell, New Jersey native also led all OHL defensemen for points (71) and assists (56) last season.

The 5-foot-11, 173-pound defenseman has skated in 203 career OHL games, all with the Sting over four seasons, recording 37 goals and 179 points to go along with 248 penalty minutes. DeAngelo has also appeared in 10 career OHL playoff games, collecting two goals and four points.

DeAngelo was originally selected by the Lightning in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia. DeAngelo was recently named to USA Hockey’s preliminary roster for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team.

BP Commentary: DeAngelo gets a contract just ahead of USA's camp, much the same as Dana Tyrell got his as he was beginning Team Canada's WJC camp in 2008. The big difference, of course, is Tyrell was signed by Brian Lawton, not Yzerman. Stevie-Y has shown a penchant for getting his first rounders under contract early in their post-draft year to take contract worries away from them.

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