Novgorod 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Loss, 25/26, 0.92 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 20 GP, 12-2-4, 2 SO, 1.51 GAA, .945 sv%
Novogorod's Nikita Filatov went 3-for-3 in a 7 round penalty shot session to defeat Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitka 2-1 in the shootout. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitry Kazionov also failed on 1 attempt in the shootout for Novgorod.
HPK 4 vs. SaiPa 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Ex-Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori had a pair of helpers in HPK's 4-3 win over SaiPa. Ex-Springfield Falcon David Spina had a goal in defeat for SaiPa.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Mytischi 3 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-3-9, -1, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a goal and an assist in the First Period of Yugra's 3-2 shootout loss to Mytischi. The young forward played 18:31 in the match. Defenseman Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 24:55 of ice time for Mytischi.
Nizhnekamsk 1 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%
Ex-Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund turned away 21 shots for Slovan Bratislava in their 3-1 win over Nizhnekamsk. Jaroslav Janus sat backup for the match.
Connecticut Huskies 4 vs No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, -4, 0 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
Quinnipiac (1-2-1) continues to struggle to start the year, this time dropping a 4-1 decision to their in-state rivals. On the plus side, Matt Peca has had at least a point in every game so far this year. The Bobcats outshot the Huskies, 37-19, but were stymied by Dallas-born Rob Nichols (undrafted), who also contributed an assist for UConn. The game was played in Bridgeport.
Lightning scratch out 2 critical points at altitude.
Evgeny Nabokov allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the OT win in a classic duel with Bolt Prospects Alumni Karri Ramo.
1:12 CGY Wideman (3), (Gaudreau, Russell)(PP)
17:44 TB Filppula (1), (Garrison, Drouin)
3:00 TB Palat (2), (Stralman, Johnson)
Nabokov and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and third stars.
As disappointing as the effort was against Edmonton, you have to give a ton of credit to the guys tonight for fighting back late on the back end of a back-to-back at altitude to get the 2 points. That's impressive, and that showed heart from a team that had theirs questioned after the previous night's debacle.
If you look at our time-honored 12/10 formula (12 points in every 10 game segment), there is a tremendous difference between sitting at 9 points through 7 games and sitting at 7, because the Lightning can go .500 the rest of the way in the segment and hit their minimum target rather than having to rake in 5 of the last 6 possible points. Tonight was huge when you consider that, and how important it is to stay on schedule early in the year.
Jonathan Drouin had his first NHL point, a helper, and was +1 with 1 shot in 19:57. It took a whopping two games for him to make his way onto a scoring line. What took him so long?
Vladislav Namestnikov was 40% on draws and had 1 shot in 11:49 of ice time.