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  • 6 years 5 days ago

    Dynamo Riga 5 @ CSKA 3
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

    Ex-NHLer Sandis Ozolinsh had a goal in Dynamo Riga's 5-3 win over CSKA. Nikita Kucherov played 6:57 in the match. CSKA faces Slovakian side Poprad on Friday.

    Novokuznetsk Jr. 3 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 4 (SO)
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, 10 PIM, +10

    Nikita Nesterov was held scoreless but did run his season +/- to +10 in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 4-3 shootout win over Novokuznetsk Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Nizhnekamsk Jr. on Friday.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    SM-liiga (Finland)
    Karpat 3 @ JYP 2
    Riku Helenius, Loss, 20/23, 3.12 GAA, .870 sv%
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .870 sv%

    Riku Helenius and JYP allowed a pair of third period goals to squander a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes in their 3-2 loss to Karpat. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the match for JYP. JYP's next game is on Wednesday against Blues Espoo.

    KHL (Russia)
    St. Petersburg 4 @ CSKA 1
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had a goal and ex-Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had an assist is St. Petersburg's 4-1 thumping of CSKA. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov played 11:31 in the loss for CSKA. CSKA faces Dynamo Riga on Monday.

    Elitserien (Sweden)
    Lulea 1 @ Frolunda 2
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

    Johan Harju scored the game opening goal off assists from Niklas Olausson and ex-Stars second rounder Johan Fransson, but Lulea fell 2-1 to Frolunda. Lulea faces Djurgardens next on Thursday.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    SM-liiga (Finland)
    JYP 0 @ KalPa 2
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA. 1.000 sv%

    Riku Helenius sat backup today in JYP's 2-0 opening loss to KalPa. Former Devils prospect Ari Ahonen had a 23 save shutout in the match and former NHLer Sami Kapanen scored one of KalPa's goals. JYP's next match is Saturday versus Karpat.

    Elitserien (Sweden)
    Vaxjo 3 @ Lulea 2 (SO)
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Vaxjo Lakers scored a pair of third period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and went on to win in a shootout 3-2 over Lulea. Johan Harju was scoreless in the match, with 4 shots on goal, and he was denied by former NHLer Martin Gerber in his shootout attempt. He started on Lulea's second line along side center Niklas Olausson and left winger Mattias Persson. Vaxjo's goals came from former Oilers prospect Liam Reddox and former Sharks prospect Mike Iggulden. Lulea moves on to face Frolunda on Saturday.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Coral Springs Prospects Tournament

    Florida Panthers 4 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 1

    In what was likely the last competitive game for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their "bridge" uniforms (uniforms bridging the original logo/look to the new, seemingly permanent one), the Baby Bolts lost to the Panthers 4-1 Wednesday.

    With the loss, the Lightning finished the Coral Springs prospect tournament 0-3, being outscored 15-6. This was a disappointing showing for a group that includes top prospects Brett Connolly (1 goal in 3 games), Carter Ashton (0 goals), Richard Panik (0 goals), Vladimir Namestnikov (0 goals), and Mark Barberio.

    Pat Nagle allowed two goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Jaroslav Janus, who allowed one goal the rest of the way. The Panthers' fourth goal was awarded to the team when Barberio reportedly pulled down a Panther heading for an empty net goal.

    Tyler Johnson, an undrafted free agent signed by Tampa Bay last year, scored the Lightning's lone goal, unassisted.

    Assistant General Manager Tom Kurvers told that 5-foot-8 forward Cory Conacher, who led the Lightning with two goals in the tournament, "has some things that small men need in order to play in the NHL. He has speed, puck skill, hockey sense and he has determination." Conacher is on a Norfolk contract, but appears he could be playing himself into an NHL deal in the future.

    The Lightning's official web site said Connolly (pictured) drew praise from Jon Cooper, Norfolk Admiral Coach, who was behind the bench for all three tournament games.

    “He’s got phenomenal talent,” Cooper told the site. “I thought day in and day out he was our best player at the tournament, and you hope [for] that from your first round pick and he delivered.”

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Coral Springs Prospects Tournament

    Nashville Predators 7 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 3

    Pat Nagle made his Lightning organization debut in net for Tampa Bay Monday night in the Coral Springs prospects tournament, but it was one he'd like to forget. Tampa Bay allowed seven goals, including four to Predators prospect Craig Smith, in a 7-3 loss to Nashville. Smith, a former standout at Wisconsin, also had at least one assist.

    On the Lightning side, 2010 first round pick Brett Connolly notched his first goal of the tournament, as did 2010-2011 Florida Everblade Alex Hutchings. Cory Conacher (pictured with Canisius College), who is on a Norfolk contract, had his second goal in as many games for the Lightning. Mark Barberio, a Lightning signee with the Admirals, had the primary assist on the Hutchings goal.

    Nagle, a free agent signee from Ferris State University, briefly joined Norfolk last year before returning to school because of academic responsibilities. He never appeared in a game for the Admirals.

    Information about the game is hard to find, but according to @rinkside on Twitter, the Lightning actually outshot Nashville through two periods, 30-22. It appears the effort was there offensively, but as Conacher tweeted, "It's time to put the puck in the net."

    The Bolts have Tuesday off and finish the tournament Wednesday against Florida.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Cherepovets 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 26/27, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
    Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%

    Evgeny Ketov had 1 goal and 1 assist and Vasily Koshechkin made 26 saves in Cherepovets' 3-1 opening victory over Dynamo Moscow.

    CSKA 3 @ Khanty-Mansiysk 2
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

    Nikita Kucherov had 2 penalty minutes in 9:03 of ice time in CSKA's 3-2 opening victory over Yugra. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper in the match for CSKA. CSKA faces Omsk on Wednesday, 9/14, for their next match.

    Orenberg 4 @ Chelyabinsk 6
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 1-1-2, 0 PIM, +2
    Season totals: 3 GP, 3-2-5, +7, 2 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov is off to a hot start for Chelyabinsk's junior team in the MHL, with a power play goal today in their win over Orenberg. Chelyabinsk is 2-1 thus far this season. Their next match is on Wednesday, 9/14, against Ufa's junior team.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Coral Springs Prospect Tournament

    Florida Panthers 4 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 2

    The Lightning and Panthers played the first competitive game of their respective 2011-2012 seasons Sunday night in the Coral Springs, Florida, prospect tournament.

    The Panthers came out victorious in front of their hometown fans, 4-2.

    Lightning goals were scored by Norfolk Admirals property Cory Conacher, who tied the game at one during the first period, and Lightning 2011 seventh rounder Ondrej Palat, who cut the Panthers' lead to 3-2 late in the second period.

    Conacher, the former Canisius College star, scored on a rebound and Palat's shot from the high slot found its way through a screen into the back of the net. Palat (pictured) had 39 goals for Drummondville of the QMJHL last season. He does not currently have a professional contract. He could be signed by Tampa Bay and placed in AHL Norfolk or ECHL Florida, or he could return to the QMJHL as an overage player.

    Jaroslav Janus, who split last year between Florida and Norfolk, took the loss. Janus was beaten on two shootout attempts in a post-game contest; the Lightning failed to score in any of their attempts.

    Lightning 2009 first rounder Carter Ashton fought Panthers 2010 first rounder Eric Gudbranson in the third period. Both landed multiple punches before Gudbranson slammed Ashton to the ice. Those two will be going head-to-head for years to come for their respective clubs.

    According to at least one Lightning fan in attendance, Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman and Head Coach Guy Boucher were at the rink for the game and yelled a few instructions to 2010 first rounder Brett Connolly.

    Expect a better effort in Game 2.

    The Lightning play Monday at 6 p.m. local time against Nashville. Follow the Lightning on Twitter (@tblightning) for live updates.

    For highlights of Game 1, see

  • 6 years 3 weeks ago

    Confirming what we reported last week, 2011 fifth round pick Nikita Nesterov is not on the Tri-City Americans training camp roster.

    Nesterov, a puck-moving defenseman with a mean streak drafted out of Russia, was selected in the CHL Import Draft by Tri-City following the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Paperwork could not be formalized last summer, so Nesterov stayed him. It was expected he would be taking his talents to Kennewick, Washington, this year instead of remaining in Russia, but it appears that is not to be the case.

    After the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Lightning Head Scout Al Murray said Nesterov was "hoping to be in Tri-City from the get-go this campaign."

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    Love is a hurting thing.


    Boston Wins the Series 4-3

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 1 goal on 38 shots for the loss. He was outstanding tonight. Better than outstanding, in fact. As bad as I thought he was in Game 6, he was just that brilliant in Game 7. He gave the Lightning an opportunity to steal the win. He deserved better.

    First Period

    Second Period

    Third Period
    12:27 BOS Horton (8), Krejci (7), Ference (5)

    Roloson was the game's third star.

    This was what I feared after the Bruins won Game 5. I thought the Lightning would expend a lot of energy to win Game 6 and they might not have anything left in the tank for Game 7. It's pretty obvious that was the case, because after holding the Bruins to just 20 shots in each of Games 5 and 6, they gave up 38 tonight. Roli gave the Lightning a chance, but there was just no jump in the Lightning's legs until after Boston got the lead in the 3rd, and by then it was too late. I give the Bruins credit for sensing they had the advantage and not letting the Lightning off the hook. They threaded the needle to take a series by 1 game and 1 goal. I don't give them a snowball's chance again Vancouver, but they did what they had to to win the East.

    Compounding the Lightning's problems was the bad luck of Steven Stamkos getting his nose broken on a puck to the face. Prior to taking that shot up high, Stamkos was about the only top line Lightning player who seemed to have any real jump. After returning heroically with the full face mask, Stammer was clearly laboring to breathe and experiencing a lot of discomfort. I wonder if he had been 100% if he would've had that extra step he needed to stay with Nathan Horton on the Bruins' game winning goal.

    It looks like Claude Julien got rewarded big time for all his complaining after Game 6. I said after Wednesday night's tilt that I thought the Lightning's power play would give them a puncher's chance in Game 7. Unfortunately they weren't allowed that puncher's chance because of what looked like a conscious decision by the referees to call nothing in this game. Some people will claim it's somehow noble for the referees to not call anything in a Game 7 and, "Let the players decide it." The fact of the matter is that the referees gave the Bruins a big tactical advantage the second they decided to pocket their whistles. And, anyone who claims the Bruins actually played a penalty free game, and vice versa for the Lightning, is fooling themselves. I saw 2 plays that would've easily been called interference on the Bruins in any other game of the series at the start of the 3rd Period alone. I felt like it was a total act of cowardice by the referees and a complete abdication of their responsibilities to punctuate an absolutely horrendous postseason when it comes to officiating. It all was foreshadowed by their former colleague Kerry Fraser, who in a blog earlier in the playoffs rightfully pointed out "'Let them play' generally means 'Let them cheat.'"

    Where do the Lightning go from here? Nowhere but up, I think. This team laid the foundation that an elite program is built on this season. There's no doubt in my mind the Lightning have the best 1-2 punch in the league at the GM and Head Coach spot in Steve Yzerman and Guy Boucher, and their brilliant moves actually put the Lightning a full year ahead of the schedule I figured they would be on. I expected this team to maybe win a round and that would be it, a la the Lightning's 2002-2003 team. They set a very high bar for excellence, and in the process their youngest stars, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, gained the kind of experience that can propel them to reach their full potential. For Hedman, in particular, I expect these 18 playoffs games to be a springboard to stardom. After a very modest regular season in his sophomore campaign, Hedman averaged over 22 minutes a game in the postseason and had a very solid even rating. The next step, in my opinion, is going to be for Hedman to see more power play time next year and the confidence he gained in these playoffs should give him poise in all phases of the game.

    There will be some tough choices in the offseason for Steve Yzerman, particularly at the forward position and to a lesser extent between the pipes, but he's already shown himself to be more than up to the challenge. I expect to see the Lightning contend again next year, and for a long time into the future.

    Blair Jones had 1 shot and 3 hits in 8:40. He was very good down low in the offensive zone but a little bit scary in the Lightning's end getting beaten badly off the wall on one play and making a bad decision on where to move the puck on another. That probably held him under double-digit minutes in a night where the Lightning coaching staff probably would've loved to feed him even more minutes than he got just to have some fresher legs. All that said, his 7 game run in these playoffs was successful. I don't know if the Lightning will keep him around for next year, but I do know he's probably going to be playing in the NHL somewhere next season if even half of the GM's in the league have been paying attention to the last 2 series.

    Box score and extended statistics from

  • 6 years 17 weeks ago

    2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup

    Owen Sound Attack 3 vs. Kootenay Ice 7

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-10-11, +5, 2 PIM
    Memorial Cup Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM

    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .940 sv%, 1 SO

    OHL champion Owen Sound was eliminated from the Memorial Cup tonight after losing a tiebreaker game vs. WHL champion Kootenay, 7-3. The Attack beat the Ice 5-0 in their first game of the tournament, but with stars Joey Hishon (Avalanche) and Garret Wilson (Panthers) both out with concussions, they didn’t have a lot to offer. They certainly tried, holding a 2-0 lead after the first period, but Kootenay exploded for three goals in the second period and four in the third to advance to the semifinals vs. tournament host Mississauga.

    This marked the final game of the season for Lightning prospects Geoffrey Schemitsch and Michael Zador. After missing several weeks at the end of the regular season due to a broken arm, Schemitsch was finding his groove late in the playoffs. He is all but set to return to Owen Sound next season. Zador, who didn’t dress again Thursday, likely played his last game as a Lightning prospect. The 2009 draft choice must be signed by June 1 and all indications are he’ll be allowed to re-enter the draft. Zador has great size and superb raw skills, and was drafted in front of Jaroslav Janus by the Bolts, but he just struggles to stop the puck consistently. The signing of NCAA free agent Pat Nagle by the Lightning earlier this spring probably sealed Zador’s fate with the Bolts.

    Speaking of deadlines, we learned from the Lightning today that overager Teigan Zahn of Saskatoon does not have to be signed by June 1 to retain his rights. Zahn, like all of the 2010 draftees, must be given a "bona fide offer" to maintain his rights for another year, but he is not in danger of being lost. The rugged character defenseman is out of junior eligibility so he could be signed by the Lightning's AHL affiliate to a one year contract.

    Today the Norfolk Admirals announced the signing of Adam Janosik's teammate, Philip-Michael Devos of Gatineau, to a two-year AHL contract. Devos was the Q's leading scorer this year with 47 goals and 114 points in 68 games.

    Schemitsch and Zador were the last two Lightning prospects playing this season, so the 2010-2011 prospect season has come to a close. Thank you for your faithful readership and keep up with us for Lightning analysis and pre-draft coverage.

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