Lightning embarrass Panthers one week out from season opener.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout. If work continues to be this light for Nabby, he could play another 5 years.
2:43 TB Palat 1, (Johnson, Connolly)
7:53 TB Kucherov 1, (Namestnikov, Carle)
18:50 TB Kucherov 2, (Namestnikov, Hedman)(EN)
Extra thanks to the Panthers garbage-like inability to get their stats linked up right to NHL.com. Just move your God-awful franchise to Quebec City and get it over with. I'd care more about the "rivalry" if they weren't a so bummy from top to bottom. The Lightning's status is tarnished by having that dumpster fire occupy the same state.
Box score from Yahoo.com.
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Omsk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, -4, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev returned from a paper demotion to Tyumen of the VHL and was -1 in 9:01 in Yugra's 3-2 victory over Omsk. Ex-Sharks pick Lukas Kaspar had a goal for Yugra.
Togliatti 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 10/13, 6.70 GAA, .769 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-2-1, 2 SO, 1.36 GAA, .947 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin took his second loss of the season after being lifted early in the Second Period in Metallurg's 3-2 loss to Lada Togliatti. Ex-Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of goals in defeat for Magnitogorsk.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 1 @ Quebec Remparts 4
W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM, 3 Hits, 2 SOG, 12/19 FO
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec improved to 2-0 with Adam Erne in the lineup as the Lightning’s second round pick in 2013 contributed three assists in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Sherbrooke. Erne, who played center last year but is listed as a winger this season, took the second-most faceoffs for the Remparts on Wednesday, going 12 for 19 at the dot. He’s 22/29 for the season.
Western Hockey League
Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 (SO)
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas’ first point of the season was an even-strength assist in the first period when the Hitmen were skating to a 3-0 lead. That lead would later be relinquished and the Hurricanes took the extra point in the shootout. Lethbridge was 3 for 3 in the shootout.
Bratislava 5 vs. Dinamo Minsk 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 37/38, 1.00 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-2, 0 SO, 1.83 GAA, .936 sv%
Jaroslav Janus continued his return to form from 2 seasons ago by turning aside 37 shots to help Slovan defeat Riga 5-1. Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy had a pair of helpers in the win for Bratislava.
Elsewhere, Nikita Gusev was removed from Rubin Tyumen's VHL roster. No word yet on where the diminutive forward will land.