The Reading Royals played spoiler to the return of hockey to the Gulf Coast after a two-year hiatus following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Royals peppered former Lightning prospect Morgan Cey with 44 shots enroute to a decisive 5-2 victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Lightning prospects have been held off the scoresheet in the Wolves' first three games
We was robbed.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 22 of 26 in taking the overtime loss. The Lightning were the victims of two controversial calls/non calls in the game.
Tampa Bay 3:25, Vaclav Prospal 9 (Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 4:45, Michel Ouellet 2 (Chris Gratton, Mathieu Darche)
Buffalo 9:30, Maxim Afinogenov 2 (Thomas Vanek, Nathan Paetsch)
Buffalo 14:28, Paul Gaustad 3 (power play) (Tim Connolly, Brian Campbell)
Tampa Bay 6:14, Vincent Lecavalier 5 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards)
Buffalo 13:13, Nathan Paetsch 1 (Jason Pominville, Jochen Hecht)
Buffalo 4:19, Thomas Vanek 3 (unassisted)
Boutin overtakes Munce on the depth chart???
Jonathan Boutin stopped 33 of 34 shots faced for the win in his first start of the season.
BRI Colliton, (2) (Comeau), 0:58 (SH)
NOR Jones, (3) (Wanvig, Klinkhammer), 0:31
NOR Lawrence, (2) (Taylor, Milley), 0:54
Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 3-2 loss to Djurgardens. Harju started the game on the first line for Lulea along with former NHLer Lubos Bartecko.
Evgeny Artyukhin did not play in Omsk's 4-2 win over Yarolslavl.