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Liiga Game Day: 10-9-15, 10-10-15, and 10-14-15

Ilves 3 vs. KalPa 2 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Jonne Tammela had a minor for roughing in 11:09 of ice time in his season debut for KalPa. Ex-Rangers pick Dane Byers had the opening goal for Ilves.

KalPa 2 vs. Pelicans 0
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM

Jonne Tammela played 13:25 and took a minor for boarding in KalPa's 2-0 win over Pelicans. Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen stopped all 20 shots he faced for the shutout.

KalPa 1 vs. KooKoo 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 12:19 in KalPa's 2-1 loss to KooKoo. Ex-NHLer Josh Green had a goal in the match for KooKoo.

KHL Game Day: 10-14-15

Jokerit 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 24/28, 4.12 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 18 GP, 7-6-4, 0 SO, 2.20 GAA, .919 sv%

Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Panthers pick Topi Jaakola had a pair of goals to lead Jokerit to a 4-2 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen had a helper in the win. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a goal in defeat for Magnitka.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 38

This week's “Darren Rumble Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 38 (and the story of Jim Johnson in a broom closet)
· Early season reviews for Tampa Bay and Syracuse
· 3 things that could keep the Lightning from the President’s Trophy
· Interviews with Luke Witkowski and Slater Koekkoek
· The BP Mailbag (Future of Poulin … Rating Drouin in fire Emojis … Drouin is Kucheroving – or is it Afanasenkoving? … Nikita Gusev vs Johnny Gaudreau … Better shooting percentage, Condra or Brown? … Does Stamkos sign? … TB’s most valuable puzzle piece … Sustr’s scratch the first letter of the writing on the wall? … The prospect I’d build a team around.)

Koekkoek, Witkowski Work Together in Return to Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

After being two of the final cuts from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s training camp, Slater Koekkoek and Luke Witkowski are back together on the Crunch blueline.

The two defensemen, paired together for the Syracuse season opener in Lehigh Valley Saturday, have quickly renewed the chemistry that made them one of the team’s top defensive duos last season. Both are working at rounding out their games as they prepare to take the next, permanent step to the National Hockey League.

“They both had real good camps and Tampa was happy with both of them,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “There’s players up there that have established positions, and they have to understand that. But the other part is that they still need to work on some of the things in their game that they can get better at. They’re both very good hockey players and able to play in the NHL, but both can improve and keep getting better.”

NHL Game Night: 10-13-15 Lightning at Red Wings

Road weary Lightning fade in 3rd game in 4 nights.


Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss. He was screened/was dealing with traffic on both goals he allowed.

First Period

Second Period
17:52 DET Nyquist (1), (Kronwall, Zetterberg)(PP)

Third Period
8:25 DET Zetterberg (2), (Larkin, Quincey)
11:03 TB Callahan (2), (Drouin, Stralman)
18:12 DET Quincey (1), (Miller, Richards)(EN)

Jonathan Drouin was the game's third star.

The Lightning really ran out of gas for much of the final two periods of the game. Playing their 3rd game in 4 days, they had very little push until they were chasing the game down 2-0. It didn't help that Detroit played the game like it was their Stanley Cup Final.

Nikita Nesterov was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 17:19.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Game Day: 10-13-15

Podolsk 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:51 in Yugra's 1-0 loss to Podolsk. Podolsk goaltender Harri Sateri, an ex-Sharks pick, stopped all 39 shots he faced for the shutout.

Novgorod 2 vs. Dinamo Minsk 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-0-3, -3, 10 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 17:36 in Novgorod's 2-1 win over Minsk. Vladimir Galuzin notched the winning goal for Novgorod.

Lightning Sign Masin to Entry-Level Contract

(Tampa Bay Lightning release)

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

Masin, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, has played in seven games with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League this season, recording one assist. He leads all Peterborough skaters for plus/minus with a plus-9 rating and ranks third for penalty minutes with 12. In two seasons with the Petes, Masin has registered seven goals and 27 points in 55 games.

A native of Mestec Kralove, Czech Republic, Masin represented his native country in the 2015 World Junior Championships, notching an assist in five games.

Masin, 19, was drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round, 35th overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft.

BP Commentary:

The Lightning have high hopes for Masin, whom they drafted with one of the Martin St. Louis draft picks. Syracuse Coach Rob Zettler said in Estero at the prospects tournament that Masin will be a great player for a "long, long time," which usually is a comment reserved for prospects the organization feels are near or at the elite category. Toward the second half of last season, his first in North America, his offense started to come around. He was mostly a character, defense-first defenseman (aren't they all?) when he was drafted out of the Czech Republic. He has top-4 defenseman upside when everything eventually comes together. Spending a year or two in the AHL with former defensemen Zettler and assistant coach Trent Cull will certainly help. Stay patient.

Bolt Prospect of the Week

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 the week ending October 12 is … Dennis Yan, W, Shawinigan Cataractes, QMJHL.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are taking over the Canadian Hockey League.

Two Lightning prospects, Dennis Yan (QMJHL) and Brayden Point (WHL), won their respective league’s Player of the Week this week after they combined for three hat tricks.

NHL Game Day: 10-12-15 Lightning at Bruins

Lightning overcome slow start to destroy Bruins.


Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory. He benefited from the fact that, at the other end, Tuukka Rask was pretty darned awful today.

First Period
2:59 BOS Krejci (2), (Krug, Bergeron)(PP)
11:02 BOS Eriksson (1), (Krug, Krejci)(PP)
15:42 TB Boyle (1), (Hedman, Namestnikov)
16:51 TB Palat (1), (Johnson, Stralman)(PP)

Second Period
4:48 TB Boyle (2), (unassisted)
12:20 BOS Eriksson (2), (Krejci, Krug)(PP)
15:17 TB Stamkos (2), (Stralman, Johnson)(PP)

Third Period
5:38 TB Drouin (1), (Condra, Hedman)
15:58 TB Filppula (1), (Killorn, Brown)

Brian Boyle was the game's first star. Only in Boston could a team get smoked 6-3 and still get 2 out of 3 star selections. Arrogance, thy name is Boston.

Speaking of arrogance, you get the feeling that the Lightning learned so much in last season's playoff run they've gotten to that elite level where they have the confidence to just toy with opponents. Regular season hockey might be child's play to this team, especially given how few roster changes there were to the Lightning. They came out flat and looked like they were going to get run off the ice down 2-0, and then ended up making it look easy as they cruised most of the rest of the way. I don't want to overstate it, because Rask really did allow two soft goals, but this Lightning team looks so much more deep and talented than the rest of the league they don't have to be perfect to kill you. Even better, it really looks like this Lightning team will be even better than last year's because they look like they'll have two elite scoring lines, four balanced lines overall, and a better power play. The latter was 2-for-4 today and you could see it coming on in the last contest.

The obvious nitpick is the penalty kill, which hasn't been sharp thus far this year. 1-for-4 on the PK is not sustainable.

When you play a matinee in Boston, I consider a day where your star player doesn't break his leg and the refs don't make some horribly controversial call against the Lightning a win. Getting two points was just gravy. My only regret was I didn't get to hear the NESN crew shriek in agony that their mighty Bruins (who missed the playoffs last year) could possibly get destroyed at home by the terrible Tampa Bay Lightning (who were Eastern Conference champs). I can hear the excuses from here.

In any event, after improving to 3-0-0, the Lightning have 6 points and are already halfway to the 10-game segment goal. The team is putting itself into good position to possibly build up a nice stock of insurance points right from the word jump, which is great considering some sort of Stanley Cup Final hangover would've been understandable.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Game Day: 10-12-15

Jokerit 1 vs. Ufa 5
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ufa forward Alexander Nesterov (no relation) had 1 goal and 3 points to lead Ufa to a 5-1 thumping of Jokerit. Ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark also had a helper in the win for Ufa.

Dinamo Riga 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 7-5-4, 0 SO, 2.08 GAA, .923 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov stopped 19 of 20 shots in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 win over Riga. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski chipped in Magnitka's opening goal of the victory.

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