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Bolts Fall in OT to Predators, 2-1

For the first time since April, Lightning hockey was back on Saturday.

The organization’s prospects opened their 2014 Nashville Prospects Tournament with a 2-1 overtime loss against the home side despite outplaying and outshooting the Predators.

The Lightning were without one of their top prospects, Adam Erne, who hasn’t been cleared for contact after his offseason wrist surgery. The 2013 second round pick made the trip to Nashville, and his teammates could have used his finishing ability throughout Saturday’s contest.

Liiga Game Day: 9-13-14

HPK 1 vs. Ilves 5
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Ouch. Ex-Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori had HPK's only goal as they were dismantled by Ilves 5-1. Saku Salminen was scoreless in 10:14 in the match.

KHL Game Day: 9-13-14

Yaroslavl 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 1.21 GAA, .955 sv%

5 games into their 2014-2015 campaign, Magnitogorsk is showing no signs of a championship hangover. The team got a pair of goals from Danis Zaripov, both assisted by Sergei Mozyakin, in their 4-1 drubbing of Yaroslavl.

Liiga Game Day: 9-12-14

Lahti 4 vs. HPK 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen and HPK's comeback bid fell short in the shootout and the dropped their season opener to Lahti Pelicans 4-3. Salminen played 11:11 in the match and took a minor for slashing. HPK got a goal from former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori. Pelicans were led by 2 goals from ex-Panthers second round Michal Repik, who also potted the shootout winner.

KHL Game Day: 9-10-14

Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Zagreb 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 31/31, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 1 SO, 1.26 GAA, .953 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin posted his first shutout of the season as Magnitogorsk smashed Zagreb 6-0. Ex-Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Metallurg.

Kazan 4 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Jaroslav Janus rode the pine again behind starter Johan Backlund in Slovan's 4-3 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. Ex-Thrashers first rounder Alexander Burmistrov assisted on the game winner for Kazan.

Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season in Yugra's 4-2 loss to Severstal Cherepovets. The young forward played 14:30 in the match. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil scored the insurance marker in the match for Cherepovets.

Elsewhere, Mytischi defeated Ekaterinburg 4-3 in the shootout with Dmitry Korobov still out nursing a hand injury.

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