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KHL Game Day: 2-13-13

KHL (Russia):
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Ekaterinburg 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 34 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 14 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov played 14:34 in Chelyabinsk's 3-1 win over sad sack Ekaterinburg. Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis had a helper in the match for Chelyabinsk. They play Magnitogorsk on Sunday.

Nizhnekamsk 1 vs. Ufa 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 3-1-0, 1 SO, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward and Nizhnekamsk captain Martin Cibak was scoreless in their 2-1 loss to Ufa. Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy did not play for Ufa. Ufa plays Cherepovets on Friday.

Yaroslavl 4 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 22 GP, 3-8-11, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 28 GP, 3-9-12, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 7:37 in Khabarovsk's 4-1 loss to Yaroslavl. Lokomotiv got a hat trick from former NHLer Niklas Hagman in their victory. Khabarovsk plays Mytischi on Friday.

Cherepovets 0 vs. Kazan 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 27-19-3, 7 SO, 2.13 GAA, .922 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for Cherepovets' 2-0 loss to Kazan. Kazan got a helper from ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev in the match. Cherepovets plays Ufa on Friday.

Spartak Moscow 3 vs. Bratislava 4 (OT)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 21/24, 2.94 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 26-16-4, 5 SO, 2.15 GAA, .930 sv%

Bratislava overcame a multi-point night by former NHLer Slava Kozlov to defeat Spartak Moscow 4-3 in overtime. Bratislava plays Donetsk on Friday.

Note: Andrey Vasilevskiy's MHL statistics have been updated to reflect the result of three additional starts in early December.

NHL Game Night: 2-12-13 Canadiens at Lightning

It's a loss, but it feels like a win.

MTL-4
TB-3 (SO)

Anders Lindback allowed 3 goals on 34 shots before allowing 1 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. He was magnificent in overtime, helping the team kill off a 4-on-3 PP. Absolutely magnificent. Here's the upshot with Anders: he still doesn't graduate from prospect status on this site until his next NHL decision. Tonight was just the second shootout in his NHL career. He's got a lot of time to gain experience and get better.

First Period
19:17 MTL Gionta (3), (Plekanec, Subban)(PP)

Second Period
8:21 MTL Subban (3), (Eller)
18:54 MTL Moen (1), (Eller, Armstrong)

Third Period
14:04 TB Hedman (3), (Pyatt, Pouliot)
18:17 TB Hedman (4), (Purcell, Salo)
19:16 TB Salo (1), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
MTL- Desharnais
TB- NONE

Victor Hedman and Anders Lindback were the game's first and second stars.

As any reader of this blog should know by now, being down by 3 goals in the third period is supposed to be a death sentence in professional hockey. Unofficially, I'll bet 98% of the time you don't come back from it. That's why cutting leads to 2 goals to give yourself a chance heading into the third period is so important. So, when a team beats the long odds to overcome a 3 goal deficit to steal a point like the Lightning did tonight, it's a big deal for that team's confidence and swagger. And the way the Lightning got the game tied tonight is they made their own luck and got a couple of bounces on their last 2 goals. I expect the team to really break out of their slump in the next game feeding off their performance in the third period tonight. This was a shootout loss that feels like a win, for sure.

Alex Killorn was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot on goal in 10:53.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 9:58 in his NHL debut. As with Killorn's debut in the last game, we're proud papas on the site to see Panik make it to the show.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 2 hits in 14:15.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Elitserien Game Night: 2-12-13

Elitserien (Sweden)
Brynas 3 vs. Timra 4 (OT)

Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-1-1, -1, 5 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 16-9-25, -4, 14 PIM

After a 10-day break, Brynas returned to action at home against Timra and suffered their seventh-straight defeat when former Lightning forward Radek Smolenak scored the game-deciding shootout goal for the visitors. Johan Harju ended his four-game scoreless skid late in the third period when he fed a pass from high along the boards to defenseman Ryan Gunderson who was manning the point and whose resulting shot through traffic provided an even-strength equalizer that sent the game into overtime. In net for Brynas was former Bolts netminder Johan Holmqvist, who stopped 31 of 35 shots in the loss. Brynas (15-18-5-10, 65 PTS) hosts Vaxjo (12-22-7-6, 56 PTS) on Saturday.

Official Recap | Box Score | Highlights

Prospect of the Week: February 11, 2013

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for February 12 is … Alex Killorn, C/W, Tampa Bay (NHL – USA)

More than five years after his draft day, Alex Killorn made his NHL debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning at the world’s most famous arena.

Killorn, a third round pick of the Bolts in 2009, had an assist on Sunday in the Lightning’s 5-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Killorn started on the third line, but worked his way up to a scoring line with Vincent Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell by game’s end. He brought grit on the forecheck and his willingness to play in front of the net resulted in an assist.

The Lightning brought Killorn to the big club to add size and skill to the Bolts’ third line. Dana Tyrell was waived and assigned to AHL Syracuse.

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