Ilves 5 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had 2 helpers in defeat as HPK was dropped by Ilves 5-2. Lightning prospect Saku Salminen is currently out of the lineup injured for HPK.
Vladivostok 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-2-4, 3 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin remained out of the lineup for Magnitogorsk today in their 4-2 win over Vladivostok. Ex-NHLer Enver Lisin had a goal in defeat for Vladivostok.
Mytischi 1 vs. Bratislava 2
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 12 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 16 PIM
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-7-3, 1 SO, 2.41 GAA, .909 sv%
Dmitry Korobov got 2+10 for checking to the head and neck in Mytischi's 2-1 loss to Bratislava. He played 18:16 in the match. Ex-Lightning prospect defenseman Michal Sersen assisted on the game winner.
We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for November 18, 2014 is … Yanni Gourde, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).
Yanni Gourde knew he just needed to get the first one.
After recording only a pair of assists over his first 10 games this season, the Syracuse Crunch forward knew if he got the first goal more would come quickly. Gourde scored his first of the season early in the third period against the Norfolk Admirals Nov. 8, and followed it up with the eventual game-winner a little more than 10 minutes later.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 16 shots for the victory, and the 1 he allowed was a deflection of a pass off his own defenseman, Garrison. He didn't have a lot of work, but he handled what came his way well.
6:50 TB Kucherov (7), (Johnson, Palat)
14:20 TB Callahan (7), (Stamkos, Filppula)(PP)
0:32 NYR St. Louis (7), (Brassard, Stepan)(PP)
14:08 TB Stamkos (12), (Filppula)
18:42 TB Killorn (3), (Johnson, Palat)
17:09 TB Callahan (8), (Stamkos)
That was an absolute squash of a game. It was a no contest. It was almost unfair to watch the decaying corpse of the Rangers squad picked apart piece by piece by the speed and youth of the Lightning. And the Lightning didn't let up in this one. They made a point tonight. They knew everyone in the league was looking to see how they'd handle their first game against Marty since the trade, and they crushed the Rangers. They broken their damned backs in that game.
Best of all, as of this posting, the Rangers would have a lottery pick and would have the 11th most ping pong balls. That's right, Sather paid Callahan and 2 1st round picks for the privilege of watching his team get pounded like that tonight. Enjoy, Slats.
The Lightning have now banked 4 insurance points with 1 game left to go in the second 10 game set of the season. Things are looking outstanding, thus far, with the Lightning holding the second most points in the NHL right now. They also lead the league in goals by a mile and their +22 goal differential is second only to Pittsburgh's +25.
Cedric Paquette had 3 shots, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot, and was 67% on draws in 16:25 of ice time. He was dangerous offensively and responsible defensively, and 16:25 of ice time is telling me the coaching staff likely doesn't want him going anywhere.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots and was 33% on draws in 13:51. He got the biggest compliment of all when Phil Esposito told him he plays a lot like Larionov. Impressive.
Nizhnekamsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 8-5-13, -1, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on Yugra's only goal in 16:00 of ice time in their 3-1 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Former Syracuse Crunch Dan Sexton had a pair of helpers in the win for Nizhnekamsk.