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KHL Game Day: 1-21-13

KHL (Russia)
Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 22/23, 1.00 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 5 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 1.82 GAA, .934 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy got the start against sad sack Ekaterinburg, and the youngster turned away 22 shots in a 3-1 win for Ufa. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov had a goal in the win for Ufa. They play Novosibirsk on Wednesday.

Chelyabinsk 5 vs. Nizhnekamsk 4
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 29 GP, 0-0-0, +5, 10 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov played just 3:03 as Chelyabinsk eked out a 5-4 win over Nizhnekamsk. Ex-NHLer Deron Quint had a pair of assists in the win for Traktor. They play Magnitogorsk on Wednesday.

Cherepovets 7 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 27/28, 1.00 GAA, .964 sv%
Season totals: 45 GP, 25-17-3, 6 SO, 2.10 GAA, .924 sv%

Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 19 GP, 3-8-11, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 25 GP, 3-9-12, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Vasya Koshechkin and Cherepovets continue to roll, as they pummeled bottomfeeder Khabarovsk 7-1. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov had his 12th goal of the season and a helper in the win. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev played 13:43 for Amur in defeat. Cherepovets gets Bratislava Saturday. Khabarovsk gets Riga.

Bolts Acquire Winger Jean-Francois Jacques from Panthers

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Jean-Francois Jacques from the Florida Panthers in exchange for future considerations, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Jacques, 27, has played in 24 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, collecting five goals and seven points to go along with 37 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound left winger ranks tied for first on the Rampage with three power play goals.

Day-After Digest: Game 1 (Lightning 6, Capitals 3)

The Day-After Digest is a new series that will appear regularly after every Lightning game as part game recap, analysis and scouting report.

By Mike Gallimore

The Rundown

The Lightning opened the 2012-2013 season in highly entertaining fashion by racking up six goals, including three in the third period, to defeat their visiting division rivals in front of an exuberant sellout crowd. The Lightning never trailed but early penalty woes caused the ice to seem tilted towards their net in the first period and three squandered leads by the conclusion of the second period could have been cause for panic.

"A lot of emotions," captain Vinny Lecavalier said, "but we calmed down and I thought everybody played with a lot of poise."

Fans were treated to a thrilling blend of past, present and future as Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis combined for five points, Teddy Purcell notched three assists and Cory Conacher managed two points in his NHL debut. Eric Brewer, with two goals, doubled his total from all of last season.

After downplaying the need for getting off to a hot start and just wanting to see consistency in effort in Friday's press conference, coach Guy Boucher allowed after Saturday's contest that the home opener was "a pressure game" in that the players were eager to reward fans, especially the vast majority of the season ticket members who did not demand a refund during the lockout, with a memorable return.

Five players (Conacher, B.J. Crombeen, Anders Lindback, Benoit Pouliot and Sami Salo) played their first game with the team.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-20-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov remains out of the Huskies lineup following the World Junior Championships. He is battling a minor injury sustained when he fell during the WJCs.

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-3-3, E, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 2 Hit
Season totals: 44 GP, 17-42-59, +22, 77 PIM

Cedric Paquette assisted on all three Armada goals to extend his point streak to six games, but B-B lost to the league’s top team, 4-3. Likely 2013 top-3 picks Nathan MacKinnon (1+1) and Jonathan Druin (1 goal) paced the Mooseheads. Druin was first star in the game. Halifax leads the QMJHL by 13 points over Baie-Comeau and are 20 points ahead of the Armada, who have the fourth most points.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Brampton Battalion 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 2-19-21, -5, 36 PIM

Brampton allowed just 15 shots while defeating the visiting Petes, 2-1. Blujus was on the ice for the game winning goal, scored in the third period.

Guelph Storm 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 2-0-2, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 6-41-47, +17, 80 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) had two goals to give him three this week, which doubled his season goal totals coming into this week’s games. His second goal was scored into an empty net. His six goals are seven off his previous season high of 13. He is within one point of his career high for points in a season, set in 43 games last year.

Sarnia Sting 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 5

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek remains in Tampa having his shoulder evaluated. He was getting a tour of the Tampa Bay Times forum on Saturday, per Damian Cristodero of the Times.

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