Lightning require extra time to tear down the Luongominiums.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the victory. Also, his alertness caught the Panthers on the change in the OT session to set up the GWG and earn a helper, too.
5:03 FLA Gudbranson (1), (Olsen, MacKenzie)
7:12 TB Johnson (1), (Filppula, Stralman)(PP)
7:17 TB Callahan (1), (Filppula, Hedman)(PP)
9:16 FLA Huberdeau (1), (Campbell, Ekblad)
1:11 TB Hedman (1), (Bishop)(PP)
Florida should be doing backflips to steal a point from this game. They played a pretty classic road underdog strategy relying on clogging things up in the last 2/3 of the rink and relying on their goaltender. The Lightning were clearly the superior side in shots, possession, and chances, but sometimes you get in a game like this where it's like playing through quicksand. Credit them for coming through and eventually getting the 2 points. Unlike last season, where the first 10 game segment was a murderer's row, this year the schedule is pretty soft to start so the Lightning only have themselves to blame if they don't get out of the blocks quickly in 2014-2015.
Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 in 10:10 with 3 shots and he was 57% on draws. He lost a D zone draw that led to Florida's first goal, but on the flip side he had a handful of really impactful shifts offensively in limited ice time. Not a bad start to the campaign.
Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Vladivostok 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, No Decision, 9/12, 6.51 GAA, .750 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 10-2-1, 2 SO, 1.51 GAA, .942 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was lifted midway through Magnitogorsk's 4-3 loss to Vladivostok. Alexander Pechursky ended up taking the back door loss for Metallurg in relief. Ex-Coyotes second rounder Enver Lisin had a goal in the win for Vladivostok.
The Tampa Bay Lightning made a calculated risk on Wednesday when they exposed Richard Panik to waivers, potentially getting nothing in return for a player they developed and for whom they once had high hopes. Any hope of Panik reaching AHL Syracuse was squashed on Thursday when reports surfaced saying Panik was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
If Panik does reach his true potential as a top-6 power forward, it looks like it will be with a division rival. Panik will be constantly under a microscope in Toronto, however, so he may not have a choice but to be "on" every shift and every game. If he's not, look out.
If the Leafs choose later to end Panik's time with the club, he will be offered back to the Lightning (after more waivers). The door's not completely shut on a return, but there's not much light showing through it.
This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast includes the following topics:
· The past and future of Richard Panik
· How good can Brett Connolly be?
· Vladdy Namestnikov, NHLer and Lightning posterchild
· Andrej Sustr's upside
· Former prospects Dustin Tokarski and Cory Conacher with big opportunities in front of them
· Lightning season prediction
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 2 SOG, 7/16 FO
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy, Cape Breton’s leading scorer last season, had an assist in his season debut after being sent back to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League by AHL Syracuse this week. Darcy is one of four overagers (age 20) for the Eagles now as the club thought Darcy would be in the pros this year. All four are impact players, so decisions must be made in Sydney. As for Wednesday’s game, Sherbrooke scored with one second left in regulation to steal the win, 4-3.