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Liiga Game Day: 9-16-14

JYP 5 vs. HPK 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen did not dress for HPK as they fell to 0-3 at the hands of a 5-3 defeat by JYP. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the win for JYP.

KHL Game Day: 9-16-14

Bratislava 0 vs. Cherepovets 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 3/5, 10.14 GAA, .600 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .895 sv%

Jaroslav Janus was lifted 11:50 into the First Period in Slovan's 3-0 shutout loss to Cherepovets. Johan Backlund stopped 20 of 21 for Bratislava the rest of the way.

Florida Outworks Lightning, Wins Tournament Finale, 6-3

Lightning prospects took to the ice Tuesday for their third and final game of the Nashville prospects tournament. Unlike the first two games, which were settled in overtime, this one was done well before the end of regulation with the Florida Panthers winning, 6-3.

There’s no way around it, Florida was the better team on Tuesday, outworking, outhustling, and outmaneuvering the Baby Bolts.

KHL Game Day: 9-14-14 and 9-15-14

9-14-15
Bratislava 2 vs. Novgorod 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 31/33, 1.85 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA, .939 sv%

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 of 2 shooters to convert, with the 1st being former Lightning pick Dimitry Kazionov, as Bratislava fell 3-2 in the shootout to Novgorod. The shootout mars and otherwise decent season debut for Janus. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had a pair of assist in defeat for Slovan.

9-15-14
Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Jokerit 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev did not dress in Yugra's 2-1 OT loss to Jokerit, which jumped from the league formerly known as the SM-liiga to the KHL this season. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman had a goal in the match for Jokerit. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius sat backup for Jokerit while ex-Lightning pick Johan Harju was also scoreless for the club.

Chekhov 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 15/16, 1.00 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 5-1-0, 1 SO, 1.17 GAA, .953 sv%

If you only put 16 shots on goal on Vasily Koshechkin in a game, you probably wasted the bus ride to the rink. That's all the rubber Koshechkin faced today as Magnitogorsk ran Chekhov out of the building 4-1. Ex-Caps draft pick Oskar Osala had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Metallurg.

Blog: Player-by-Player Breakdown of Bolts in Nashville So Far

I've been asked many times for opinions on various players in this weekend’s Lightning games. Rather than respond to each request, here are some quick thoughts on each player participating:

(NOTE: Comments are just based on two viewings here so this is by no means “the book” on any player.)

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