Mihalik, Vladimir

Mihalik to join Lightning in L.A.

(Norfolk Release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled defensemen Vladimir Mihalik on an emergency basis from the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Mihalik, 6-foot-7, 222 pounds, appeared in his 100th career AHL game on Saturday night in Norfolk versus Manchester. The native of Presov, Slovakia, has appeared in 32 games with Norfolk this season scoring two goals and six assists with 30 penalty minutes. In 100 career AHL games – all with Norfolk – Mihalik has three goals and 24 points.

Mihalik, Wishart Returned to Norfolk

Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced today that the Bolts have returned prospect defensemen Vladimir Mihalik and Ty Wishart to the Norfolk Admirals.

Mihalik, 6-foot-7, 222 pounds, appeared in three games with Tampa Bay after being recalled on January 1. He registered his first NHL point with an assist yesterday in the Lightning's 4-1 win at Atlanta. During the recall, Mihalik registered one assist and two penalty minutes. Mihalik has appeared in his first five career NHL games with Tampa Bay this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes. He was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Wishart, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound rookie defenseman, made his NHL debut Saturday, January 3 versus Carolina. He logged 7:53 of ice time and blocked two shots.

Concurrent with the return of Mihalik and Wishart, the Admirals have released defenseman Mitch Ganzak from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

NHL Game Night 1/4: Lightning at Thrashers

That's more like it.

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ATL-1

Mike Smith stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win.

First Period
02:48 TB Eminger (3), (Jokinen, Hall)(PP)

Second Period
16:20 TB St. Louis (14), (Lecavalier, Prospal)

Third Period
01:00 TB St. Louis (15), (Prospal, Eminger)
18:16 TB Malone (10), (Halpern, Mihalik)
19:38 ATL Christensen (2), (Slater, Boulton)

I'll have to investigate who broke code by uttering the "s" word before the game was over to cost Smith the goose egg.

You get a new appreciation for the difference between an NHL defenseman and a minor league defenseman watching what getting Krajicek back in the lineup does for the team. You also have to admire the toughness of Andrej Meszaros and you see that when Eminger's offensive game shows up, along with the MVP line, the Lightning are very potent offensively.

Matt Smaby had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 14:58. I believe when Ranger and Heward come back, that Heward should be sent back to Norfolk of the AHL and Smaby should be the new #7 defenseman. It's time for him to learn his craft at the NHL level.

Vladimir Mihalik got his first NHL assist in 6:52 of ice time. Hopefully this emergency recall will energize Vladimir to reapply himself when he goes back to Norfolk. He pouted a bit when he was sent down at the start of the season. The psychology will be different on an emergency recall, I hope.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and was 20% on draws in 11:35. He's now 2 games away from his Bolt Prospects graduation from prospect status.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 1/3: Hurricanes at Lightning

Not as close as the score indicates.

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TB-3

Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the loss.

First Period
05:05 TB Craig (1), (Hall, Pettinger)
06:41 TB Prospal (8), (Lecavalier)
14:46 CAR Williams (2), (Brind'Amour, Seidenberg)(PP)
15:57 CAR Larose (9), (Seidenberg, Pitkanen)

Second Period
06:21 CAR Pitkanen (4), (Williams, Whitney)

Third Period
NO SCORING

The Lightning could only muster 19 shots in the game, and after a good first 10 minutes the team was completely dominated by Carolina.

Ty Wishart was -1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 7:53. He looked lost, tenatative, and slow. He's not ready for primetime.

Matt Smaby had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 18:50. His mistakes were a bit more pronounced in this game.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 10:47. He's sort of fallen off the face of the earth since his big game against Pittsburgh.

Vladimir Mihalik had 1 shot and 2 penalty minutes in 10:47, and 3 giveaways. Athletically he's capable of playing at the NHL level. Metally, he's not there yet.

Steven Stamkos was 50% on draws in 9:50. Non-factor.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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