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KHL Game Day: 10-20-14

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Bratislava 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-2-7, -2, 4 PIM

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal, but could not convert on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session as Yugra dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Slovan Bratislava. Gusev played 19:27 in the match. Ex-Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik had a Third Period goal to eventually force overtime, assisted by Ladislav Nagy. Nagy ended the match with 1 goal, 3 points, and the shootout winner.

Nizhnekamsk 2 vs. Mytischi 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 20:01 of ice time in Mytischi's 3-2 victory over Nuzhnekamsk. The big Belarusian is wearing an "A" for Mytischi now that he has returned from a hand injury.

Drouin, Witkowski To Join Lightning

Well, so much for those plans.

Jonathan Drouin was supposed to spend two weekends with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, but after scoring the game-winning goal Friday and adding two assists on Sunday, the Lightning can't wait any longer. They recalled their top-rated prospect today and the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft will join the team in Edmonton in advance of Monday night's game.

Drouin will be accompanied on the journey from central New York to upper Alberta by second-year pro defenseman Luke Witkowski, who was recalled due to the upper body injury to Victor Hedman.

Juniors Game Night: 10-19-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/15 FO, 3 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 5 GP: 1-4-5, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

After a slow start (2 assists in his first 3 games) and sitting out last game, Darcy exploded for three points on Sunday – all in the third period. The Eagles scored four times in the final frame to win and split their weekend series with Halifax.

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ Quebec Remparts 7

W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 3-1-4, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4/5 FO, 4 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 8 GP, 7-7-14, +8, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne had his first hat trick of the season and first since his first game last season to lead the Remparts to a 7-2 walloping of the Sags.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-2-2, E, 7 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-7-8, -1, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

It was a frustrating loss for Sarnia, who fell to 1-2 on their road trip. Despite outshooting the Bulls 52-33, Belleville scored the game-winner with 29 seconds remaining in regulation. DeAngelo, who was suspended earlier this year for arguing with an official at the end of a game, was given a major penalty for slashing and a game misconduct at the 20-minute mark of the third period. There was nothing about the incident in the Sarnia or Belleville newspaper game stories.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 5 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-4, E, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto scored for the third-straight game, but left Sunday’s contest holding his arm. No word yet on the extent of the injury. There was nothing in the Windsor Star’s game story.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 5

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 6 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Flyers first rounder Travis Sanheim had two goals and an assist for the Hitmen in their win over the Pats on Saturday. Sanheim’s former defensive partner, Ben Thomas, had an assist.

ECHL Game Night: 10-18-14

South Carolina Stingrays 2 @ Florida Everblades 1

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

W Jeff Costello (AHL Contract), FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
G Allen York (AHL Contract), FLA: SOL, 65 MIN, 1 GA, 18 SA, 17 SV, 0.944 SV%, 0.92 GAA

C Mike Aviani (ECHL Contract), FLA: On loan to Charlotte (AHL)

Everblade netminder Allen York and his Stingray counterpart Adam Morrison put on a goalie clinic Saturday night as each allowed just one goal each in regulation and overtime before going 8 rounds deep in the shootout before York surrendered the game winner. York stopped 17 shots in his season debut, but took the tough luck shootout loss. The Blades picked up 3 of 4 points in their opening two-game weekend series with South Carolina, and play their next 5 games against Orlando starting with a three-in-three on October 24 in Estero.

NHL Game Night: 10-18-14 Lightning at Canucks

Sloppy, but effective.

TB-4
VAN-2

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. Ultimately, I thought he was the big differences in the game, as Vancouver got a rather pedestrian effort from Lack at the other end.

First Period
0:53 TB Stamkos (4), (Palat)
7:15 VAN Higgins (1), (Bonino, Edler)
8:26 TB Stamkos (5), (Callahan, Palat)

Second Period
2:42 VAN Edler (1), (D. Sedin, Bieksa)(PP)
16:48 TB Callahan (3), (Stamkos, Garrison)(PP)

Third Period
6:04 TB Killorn (2), (Johnson, Stralman)

Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and third stars. How they, in good conscience, could rob Ben Bishop of a star tonight, I don't know.

On the surface, a 4-2 win in Vancouver looks sweet as sugar, but anyone who watched the game or looks deeper in the stats can see the Lightning's play was closer to another word that starts with the letter "s". They got away with playing pond hockey in the First Period and spending most of the Second Period in the box because they've got an elite goaltender (thank goodness). Out of necessity, with Hedman out with an upper body injury and only 5 defensemen, I thought they settled into a more efficient game in the Third Period, but fatigue and Vancouver's urgency tilted the ice in the Canucks' favor where, again, Bishop had to be on his game. That effort tonight might get you points in places like Calgary and Edmonton later in this trip, but if they put that on the ice against a team like Minnesota, they're going to get blown out.

With Hedman's injury, with the big Swede out for at least the rest of this trip, it's my sincere hope that A.) Radko Gudas gets back in the lineup quickly, and B.) Cooper starts to dress 7 D playing both Gudas and Barberio to thin out the ice time, and C.) If he does so, Connolly gets out of the lineup. I've watched Cooper bench an AHL MVP, Cory Conacher, for taking too many minor penalties and hurting his team. I've watched him bench Alex Killorn, one of his best rookies, for the same thing. Connolly is becoming maddening in that respect, and it's because he's got a bad habit of not moving his feet. He's a half step out of the play too often and that means he's reaching. And, when you're reaching, you're taking penalties. The offensive zone penalty he took tonight in the Third Period took a Lightning team that was playing fairly under control with a lead and scrambled them for the rest of the final frame. Unacceptable. When Jonathan Drouin comes back from Syracuse, I know whose spot in the lineup he needs to take, and it's not old man Brendan Morrow's. Morrow had 5 hits tonight, including 1 that saved a goal, and drew a penalty. Given the choice between getting that 10 minutes from Morrow or the 10 minutes the Lightning got from Connolly, sign me up for Team Brendan. Seriously, that's what Connolly puts out in front of the home province? That?

Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot and was 60% on draws in 8:30. In a tight game against a team that has a fair number of talented veterans, Coach Cooper seemed to be hiding his kid line a bit. Can't say I blame him entirely.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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