Lashoff, Matt

AHL Game Night: 10/16 Admirals at Crunch

Geez. So the Ads finally put together some goal support and they allow five into the back of their net.

NOR-4
SYR-5

Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 36 shots for the loss. If I'm not mistaken, it's the first time this season an Admirals goaltender has walked out of an arena with a sub-.900 save percentage for a game.

First Period
SYR Legein, (2) (LaVallee-Smotherman, Reese), 0:48
NOR Parrish, (1) (Jones, Simek), 2:49
NOR Craig, (2) (Parrish, Simek), 6:45 (PP)
SYR Sestito, (2) (Regner, Mayorov), 10:36
NOR Szczechura, (1) (Smolenak, Mihalik), 13:01

Second Period
NOR Craig, (3) (Tyrell, Hall), 5:16
SYR Mayorov, (1) (Fritsche, Sestito), 16:04

Third Period
SYR Picard, (3) (MacKenzie), 4:29
SYR Aulin, (3) (Legein, Sigalet), 6:17

Ryan Craig was named the game's second star. He now has points in three straight games and 4 points in 5 games for the season. Norfolk has three assistant captains, officially, but unofficially I think we all know who the "C" is for the Admirals. That guy.

Norfolk was outshot 36-26 in the game and 25-12 in the final two periods. Mark Parrish netted his first two points as an Admiral in the game. Big Matt Smaby was an injury scratch after getting run in the game against Albany. From the category of things I would've never in a million years believed: Matt Lashoff has 0 points and is -4 after 5 games. He did a good job of sticking up for his pairing partner against the River Rats, but that's the guy Norfolk desperately needs to play well if they're going to be competitive. Remember when Jared Aulin was semi in the Lightning organization with Springfield and couldn't throw a puck in the ocean off of a pier? Now he scores the GWG against the Baby Bolts. Bah!

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Lashoff and Lundin Clears Waivers; Reassigned to Norfolk

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting via Twitter that Lightning prospect defenseman Matt Lashoff and fellow blueliner Mike Lundin have cleared waivers and will be reassigned the Norfolk Admirals. The Lightning have set their 23-man roster for today's NHL deadline ahead of the Thursday's start of the 2009-10 NHL season. The Norfolk Admirals begin their 2009-10 AHL season Saturday night against the AHL defending champion Hershey Bears.

Bolts Waive Lashoff and Lundin; 3 Others Clear

Numerous reports are surfacing today that the Tampa Bay Lightning have waived defensemen Matt Lashoff and Mike Lundin for purposes of reassignment to the Norfolk Admirals. These two transactions represents the final players cut from the Lightning training camp ahead of Wednesday's 23-man roster deadline. Lashoff, a former 1st round pick of the Boston Bruins, was acquired at the 2008-09 trade deadline as the centerpiece for forward Mark Recchi and his subjection to waivers is a bit of a surprise considering his perceived NHL upside.

The Lightning have also been informed that forwards Ryan Craig, Adam Hall, and Brandon Bochenski cleared waivers today and will be reassigned to the Norfolk Admirals.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/16 Lightning at Stars

The Lightning's minor leaguers drop one in a shootout to half of the Stars' first stringers.

TB-3
DAL-4 (SO)

Antero Nittymaki allowed 2 goals on 15 shots through the first 40 minutes before giving way to Jaroslav Janus who allowed 1 goal on 11 shots in the third and overtime before going 2/3 in the penalty shot session for the overtime loss. All in all, a very good performance for a young man who has been challenged to earn a pro contract.

First Period
DAL 9:28, Eriksson 1 (PP) (Modano)
DAL 18:51, Richards 1 (PP) (Modano, Neal)

Second Period
TB 5:45, Fedoruk 1 (Mclean)
TB 19:31, Mclean 1 (PP) (Foster, Downie)

Third Period
TB 5:55, Jones 1 (Halpern, Miller)
DAL 16:46, Neal 1 (Richards, Eriksson)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- NONE
DAL - Richards

Winners? Brett McLean, who is also looking for a contract, drops 1 goal and 1 assist. The Kurtis Foster experiment gets off to a decent start with a power play assist, a +1, and 4 shots on goal. Richard Panik earns 15 minutes of ice time, which is a team high for forward prospects not named Steve Downie or Drew Miller. And Janus? Probably got a contract.

Steve Downie had a helper and was +1 in 17:03 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 4 hits. Still my pick to win the job on the Lecavalier/Tanguay line.

Drew Miller had 1 helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:43.

Paul Szczechura was -1 in 12:22 with 1 shot on goal and 2 hits. He was also 33% on draws. If there was a loser in this game, in the race to win a roster, maybe it was Szczechura.

Dana Tyrell was -1 in 12:09 with 2 shots and 1 hit. He had a breakaway opportunity shorthanded he was stopped on. Coach Tocchet said he wanted to see if Tyrell could kill penalties. Shortie breakaways don't hurt.

Martins Karsums had 1 shot and 3 hits in 12:55. He also was stopped in the shootout session.

Blair Jones notched a rebound goal and was +1 in 12:42 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot. He also was stopped in the shootout session. Tocchet moved Jones over to right wing with Halpern and Miller, which is ostensibly two-thirds of the likely third line. It was a good opportunity for Jones and he did pretty well with it.

Matt Lashoff was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 18:36. No hits? Matt, brother, do you read the website? We need to see some jam, my friend.

Richard Panik had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:00. I find it fascinating he got more shifts and more ice time than guys like Tyrell and Karsums who are closer to the NHL, particularly on the power play. They have sky high hopes for this young man, clearly.

Oh, yeah. Victor Hedman? 27:15 in his first NHL preseason game. Are you kidding? 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot. That's unbelievable, really.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Prospects To Highlight Lightning Exhibition Opener

The Tampa Bay Lightning take the ice Wednesday night in Dallas, TX for their first pre-season game against the Dallas Stars. Five of BoltProspects' Top 7 ranked prospects, including the top three ranked prospects, will help kick off the Lightning's 2009-10 hockey season. Highlighting the Tampa roster will be 2009 #2 overall pick, Swedish blueline phenom Victor Hedman. Hedman will be joined by fellow 2009 draftees Richard Panik and Jaroslav Janus. Forwards Steve Downie and Dana Tyrell along with defenseman Matt Lashoff round out the remaining top prospects that will be showcased in tonight's opener. Forwards Blair Jones, Martins Karsums, and Paul Szczechura represent three more Top 20 prospects that are fighting for roster spots on the Lightning's bottom lines with overagers Drew Miller and Zenon Konopka.

The expected forward lines for Wednesday's game are:

Drew Miller - Jeff Halpern - Blair Jones
Brandon Bochenski - Paul Szczechura - Dana Tyrell
Steve Downie - Brett McLean - Richard Panik
Todd Fedoruk - Zenon Konopka - Martins Karsums

Joining Lashoff and Hedman on the blueline are newcomers David Hale and Kurtis Foster along with former prospects Matt Smaby and Mike Lundin. Joining Janus in net is 2009 free agent acquisition Antero Niittymaki.

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