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AHL Game Night: 11-14-15 Comets at Crunch

Gudlevskis stands on his head.

UTI-1
SYR-2

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 48 shots for the victory. That's darned near shades of the Lightning's affiliation with Springfield territory, when guys like Boutin were having to fend off 50-some shots a game. He gets back on track and one ups Wilcox who has had a couple of good starts in a row and now we have two goaltenders cooking in the AHL in a way that the Lightning haven't seen since the heady days of Tokarski and Janus. This is good.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Vermin, (3) (Nesterov, Mormina), 10:45
UTI Zalewski, (3) (Pedan, Fedun), 12:23

Third Period
SYR Peca, (4) (Vermin, DeAngelo), 1:01 (PP)

Gudlevskis, Joel Vermin and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

Syracuse punctuated their victory tonight with a feverish 5-on-3 PK toward the end of the Third Period to seal the win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 11-14-15

Blues 3 vs. KalPa 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-0-2, E, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 13:14 in KalPa's 3-1 loss to Blues. Blues got a goal from ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori in the win.

KHL Game Day: 11-14-15

Ekaterinburg 3 vs. Jokerit 4 (SO)
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Ottawa Senator Peter Regin had 1 goal and 1 assist and had the Shootout winner for Jokerit in their 4-3 victory over Ekaterinurg. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius made 14 saves in regulation and OT and stopped 2 of 2 in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

Novgorod 3 vs. Podolsk 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-4-10, +6, 14 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 17:34 in Novgorod's 3-1 win over Podolsk. Novgorod got a goal from ex-Avs pick Linus Videll in the victory.

Liiga Game Day: 11-13-15

Pelicans 1 vs. KalPa 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 12:05 of ice time in KalPa's 3-1 win over Pelicans Lahti. Ex-Devils pick Patrick Davis had 2 goals to pace KalPa. After spending much of the first month or two of the season in the Liiga's bottom 5 spots, KalPa has risen to 6th on the table, which is the final spot that would grab a first round playoff bye.

NHL Game Night: 11-12-15 Flames at Lightning

Lightning stop the bleeding for one night.

CGY-1
TB-3

Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory. With the fragile state the team is in, he simply couldn't allow them to fall behind in this game, and he didn't. He kept everything square until the breakthrough until the Third Period.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
1:59 TB Boyle (3), (Coburn)
6:45 CGY Bennett (4), (Backlund, Wideman)(PP)

Third Period
12:51 TB Stamkos (9), (Killorn, Johnson)(PP)
18:27 TB Johnson (3), (Kucherov)

Bishop and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and second stars.

Three goals by the Lightning off of broken plays. I'll take it. On the NBCSN broadcast, Brian Engblom floated the idea the Lightning have hit a physical and emotional wall because of the amount of hockey they played last season on their deep Stanley Cup Final run by citing the experience of the Pittsburgh Penguins after deep runs under Dan Bylsma. That's plausible given the minimal roster turnover and the lack of energy and fight the team has shown at times. Eventually they'll work through that wall, but in the mean time they'll have to hope they can continue to manufacture wins like they did tonight. Again, at this point the question isn't if they'll be in a hole. The question is whether it will be a pot hole or a sink hole.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-12-15

Astana 2 vs. Jokerit 0
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Slovakian netminder Jan Laco turned aside all 33 shots he faced to stake Astana to a 2-0 victory over Jokerit. Ex-Calgary Flame Dustin Boyd had a goal in the win.

Kazan 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 36/38, 1.85 GAA, .947 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-9-6, 0 SO, 2.35 GAA, .916 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin blanked both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session as Magnitogorsk toppled Kazan 3-2 in the Shootout. Magnitogorsk got a goal from ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin in the win.

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Podolsk 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Peterburg, 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 4 GP, 3-4-7, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 10-11-21, +11, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength goal and helper in SKA's 5-3 win over Podolsk. The forward played 19:20 in the match. Ex-Panthers forward Evgeny Dadonov chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win.

Novgorod 5 vs. Zagbreb 2
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-4-10, +5, 14 PIM

Carter Ashton had a trio of primary assists in 17:11 of ice time as Novgorod thumped Zagreb 5-2. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had 1 goal and 1 assist for Novgorod in the win.

Liiga Game Day: 11-11-15

Tappara 1 vs. KalPa 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 12:54 of ice time in KalPa's 2-1 win over Tappara. Ex-Devils pick Patrick Davis had a goal in the match for KalPa.

KHL Game Day: 11-10-15

Omsk 0 vs. Jokerit 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Flames netminder Henrik Karlsson turned aside all 31 shots he faced in Jokerit's 1-0 win over Omsk.

Togliatti 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 7
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 13/14, 1.00 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 10-9-4, 0 SO, 2.39 GAA, .912 sv%

The Karjala break seems to have done Magnitka well, as they allowed just 14 shots on goal in a 7-1 thumping of Lada Togliatti. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski led the way with 2 goals and 3 points in the victory.

St. Petersburg 3 vs. Dynamo Moscow 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 3 GP, 1-3-4, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-10-18, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had 1 goal and 1 assist in just 11:56 of ice time in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo got a goal from ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums in defeat. According to the KHL website, Gusev's contract expires on 4/30/16, after which the Lightning will be free to attempt to sign him if he does not sign an extension beforehand. In recent interviews, Gusev cited his openness to coming to North America to join his friend and former CSKA Jr. teammate Nikita Kucherov. However, big market SKA St. Petersburg will have the resources to put together a compelling financial package for Gusev to stay put if they want to retain him, so stay tuned.

Novgorod 5 vs. Bratislava 3
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 6-1-7, +2, 12 PIM

Carter Ashton had 1 goal and 1 assist in 17:05 of ice time as Novgorod beat Bratislava 5-3. Bratislava got 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-NHLer Cam Barker in defeat.

Karjala Tournament Game Day: 11-8-15

Russia 3 vs. Czech Republic 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in Russia's 4-3 tournament concluding loss to Czech Republic. Gusev did not have an attempt in the shootout session. Ironically, Magnitogorsk forward Jan Kovar scored the winner in the Shootout for the Czechs. Kovar also had a helper in the match and is a teammate of Russia's Sergei Mozyakin and Danis Zaripov.

Karjala Tournament Game Day: 11-7-15

Russia 6 vs. Sweden 3
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 22/25, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%

Nikita Gusev assisted on the opening goal of the game in Russia's 6-3 win over Sweden. Russia got a goal and an assist in the win from Magnitogorsk forward Sergei Mozyakin. Ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark had a goal and an assist in defeat for Sweden.

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