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KHL Game Day: 9-27-14

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 16/17, 1.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals: 11 GP, 8-1-1, 2 SO, 1.16 GAA, .954 sv%

After a minor hiccup in his last start, Vasily Koshechkin returned to the crease to turn aside 16 shots for Magnitogorsk in their 4-1 drubbing of Novokuznetsk. Jan Kovar had 1 goal and 1 assist for Metallurg in the win.

Juniors Game Night: 9-26-14

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: Did not play
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto, who is expected to play a first line role this year with the Spits, did not play on Friday. He tweeted earlier in the day that he’d be a healthy scratch as he was just returned to the team from Tampa Bay. Super-prospect Connor McDavid (2015) had a goal, two assists, and was first star for the visiting Otters.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 7 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw’s newly named captain, Brayden Point (pictured), registered an assist in his first game of the season with Moose Jaw after spending the last few weeks with the Lightning. His Warriors were blown out at home, however, 7-1. Moose Jaw has been outscored 18-3 in their three games this year. They finished 10th in the 12-team Eastern Conference last season.

Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 2

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

Thomas made his season debut after being reassigned to the Hitmen from Tampa Bay earlier this week. He had hooking and holding minor penalties in the game. A mobile, two-way defender, the key to Thomas raising his point totals will be gaining power play time this season.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-26-14 Stars at Lightning

New additions help Lightning roll the Stars.

DAL-3
TB-6

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 13 shots before giving way to Evgeni Nabokov, who allowed 1 goal on 9 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
8:04 TB Stralman (1), (Boyle, Connolly)
11:36 DAL Blanchard (1), (Ritchie, Dickinson)
16:06 DAL Ranford (1), (Sceviour, Fiddler)
16:35 TB Kunyk (1), (Hedman, Ikonen)

Second Period
4:36 TB Stralman (2), (unassisted)
8:34 TB Kucherov (1), (Stamkos, Callahan)
13:26 TB Corrente (1), (Boyle)

Third Period
7:44 TB Callahan (1), (unassisted)
9:00 DAL Spezza (1), (Ritchie, Ranford)

Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman, and Brian Boyle were the game's three stars: an ex-Rangers sweep.

After icing two rosters against Nashville primarily composed of AHL and junior-level players, the Lightning put out something closer to their opening night roster tonight. They hung a six-pack of goals on the board. That's not too shabby.

Box score from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 9-26-14

Chelyabinsk 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev has been demoted to Rubin Tyumen of the VHL by Yugra. The club fell 4-2 today to Chelyabinsk. Tyumen's next game is Sunday against Lipetsk.

Zagreb 1 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 20/21, 1.00 GAA, .952 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-1, 0 SO, 2.19 GAA, .915 sv%

Jaroslav Janus turned aside 20 shots to earn his first victory of the season in Slovan's 3-1 win over Zagreb. All of Slovan's goals came off of a hat trick from ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-25-14 Lightning at Predators

Nothing to sneeze at, actually.

TB-0
NSH-1

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the hard luck loss. He sparkled at times. Best of luck to Coach Zettler deciding between Kristers and Vasya most nights in Syracuse.

First Period
3:17 NSH Forsberg (1), (Ribeiro)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Gudlevskis was the game's third star.

I can't feel too upset with the Lightning playing the roster they did tonight and finishing a post or two from upsetting something that closely approximates Nashville's opening night team. Shea Weber and Roman Josi were Nashville's high men in ice time tonight. Tampa Bay? Mark Barberio and Andrej Sustr were the blue hairs in there tonight for the Lightning. Kind of says it all, and it's another sign for optimism for Syracuse fans.

Box score from NHL.com.

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