Smitty in regular season form.
Mike Smith, unofficially, with 32 saves on 33 shots, and the one he let in was somewhat controversial.
TB - Halpern 1 (Wright, Meszaros)(PP) 02:32
TB - Halpern 2 (Wright, Miller) 05:18
PHO - Prucha 1 (Vrbara, Hanzal) 10:34
What a boon it would be for the Lightning if Jeff Halpern could get back to 20 goal form on the third line. It'd make the Lightning one of the best offensive teams in the conference, easily.
Two straight strong games by James Wright. He can't be JF Soucy redux, though. He needs to follow this up with a strong 30 goal campaign in the WHL.
Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 21 shots and had an assist in Omsk's 3-1 win over Kazan. Dimitry Kazionov was scoreless in 14:30 for Ak Bars.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in 5:02 as Ekaterinburg fell to Magnitogorsk 3-1.
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 37 of 38 shots but allowed 1 of 2 shooters to score in a 2-1 Togliatti loss to Astana.
Johan Harju had 2 shots on goal in 16:16 as Dynamo Moscow fell 5-4 to CSKA in the shootout. Harju was also 54% on draws.
The Lightning's lower liners and prospects fall to many of Ottawa's top liners in a neutral site game.
Not much in the way of statistics for this one. Antero Nittymaki took the loss allowing 2 goals over the first 40 minutes. Riku Helenius allowed the Sens an insurance marker in the Third Period.
OTT Fisher 4 (Regin) 03:22
TB Ashton 1 (Walker) 04:10
OTT Kovalev 2 (Spezza, Michalek) 07:45
OTT Spezza 1 (Fisher, Karlsson) 09:45
Box score from Yahoo Sports.
(Norfolk Admirals release)
The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, announced today that Admirals General Manager Mike Butters has been re-assigned as a professional scout for the Lightning. Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton will assume the general manager duties for the Admirals.
Last season was Buttersâ€™ first as Admirals general manager. The club improved by four wins and ten points under Buttersâ€™ watch last season while utilizing a franchise-record 55 players.
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 5 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Moncton moved to 2-0 with Barberio in the lineup â€“ both shootout victories. They are 3-1 overall. Cape Bretonâ€™s Olivier Roy (Oilers) streak of 24 straight shootout saves was broken. He stopped 10 of 11 in this shootout (0/14 last year, 0/10 this year). Barberio did not participate in the shootout. His assist - his first point of the year - came on the power play in the first period. He had 45 points in 66 games last season.
Denis Kazionov was -1 with 1 shot on goal in 14:49 in Ekaterinburg's 4-3 loss to Chelyabinsk.
Dimitry Kazionov was -1 with 2 shots on goal in 12:47 as Kazan fell to Nizhnekamsk 3-2.
Tomorrow is another rare day off for the Lightning's Russian prospects before a busy Tuesday slate.
Lightning Russian Prospect Statistics Through 9/20:
Harju (Dynamo Moscow), 4 GP, 0-1-1, 0 PIM, -2
Kazionov (Kazan), 4 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, -3
Kazinov (Ekaterinburg), 5 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, -2
Ramo (Omsk), 4 GP, 1-3-0, 2.22 GAA, .901 sv%
Koshechkin (Togliatti), 2 GP, 1-1-0, 3.94 GAA, .882 sv%
Erik Erlendsson of the Trib is reporting the lineup for tomorrow night's preseason game in Regina against Ottawa.
The game will be of particular importance for Wright, who is looking to secure an entry level contract with the team this season.
Ottawa 67â€™s 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 1
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0,+1, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Ottawa overcame a 1-0 first period deficit to give the franchise its first win under a coach not named Brian Kilrea in 29 years. Chris Byrne had his first win as 67â€™s coach.
Erie Otters 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4 (OT)
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
No word yet why DeCoste missed the game. Jaroslav Janus (Erie) remains with Tampa Bay.
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Plymouth Whalers 6 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: OTL, 32 saves on 38 shots
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 4.85 GAA, .861 sv%, 0 SO
Playing his second game in two nights, Zador gave up 5 early, but remained in the game to watch Oshawa claw back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game and send it to overtime. Tyler Brown (undrafted) scored in overtime for Paul Maraâ€™s alma mater.
Barrie Colts 5 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 4 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM
Luke Pither (undrafted) had a hat trick for Barrie, including scoring the OT winner for the Colts. He has seven goals in two games. Wow.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned right wing Richard Panik to the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. The Lightning now have 42 players remaining in camp.
Panik, 18, played in two preseason games with the Lightning, recording two shots on goal.