Sointu makes his North American debut ... Zador gets a win in Oshawa's season opener ... Barberio and DeCoste also in action.
Prospects and veterans both shine in an overtime win.
TB 16:52, Malone 1 (PP) (Foster, Lecavalier)
ATL 9:10, Postma 1 (Slater)
TB 4:34, St. Louis 1 (PP) (Lecavalier)
The stealth good news from these first two preseason games is that Kurtis Foster has a power play assist in each contest. If Foster can refind his groove in Tampa Bay, the Lightning will have a formidable power play which could put a playoff berth within reach.
It's never a bad thing when Vincent Lecavalier starts off the year with a multi-point night either.
Carter Ashton had 2 shots in 10:43 in his first big audition for a roster spot.
Zenon Konopka wasted all of 3 seconds before he dropped the gloves tonight and finished with a pair of brawls in 6:55.
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:07. He was also 50% on draws.
Blair Jones had 1 shot and 2 hits in 14:12.
Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:59.
And, finally, Victor Hedman topped 27 minutes of ice time again tonight registering 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 27:04. This young man is the truth, folks. He's started his pro career by playing over 54 minutes over the span of 72 hours, and handled it with seeming ease.
Ontario Hockey League
Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Barrie Colts 9
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1,+1, 0 PIM
The Eastern Conference favorite Colts started their season off with a bang by crushing Owen Sound 9-1. The game was well out of hand by the time the third period started as the Colts were sitting back on an 8-1 lead. Hutchings, who has led the Colts in scoring the last two seasons, had a relatively quiet opener, notching just an assist. Luke Pither (undrafted) had 4 goals for Barrie.
Defending OHL and Memorial Cup champion Windsor also started their season Thursday, but a depleted Spits squad lost 6-5 to rival Plymouth in a shootout. Windsorâ€™s Richard Panik was in Tampa preparing for tonightâ€™s exhibition game for the Lightning. Both Barrie and Windsor are predicted to run away with their respective conference titles.