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NHL Preseason Game Night: 10-4-14 Panthers at Lightning

Closing arguments for the Lightning's young forwards.

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Ben Bishop looked to be in midseason form allowing 1 goal on 37 shots for the victory. Florida was clearly embarrassed in their last outing and for getting blitzed in the First Period again tonight. They were out for redemption, but Bishop was having none of it.

First Period
3:21 FLA Barkov (1), (Campbell, Kulikov)(PP)
5:46 TB Kucherov (1), (unassisted)
10:21 TB Stamkos (1), (Hedman, Callahan)(PP)
18:59 TB Brown (1), (Boyle)

Second Period
4:40 TB Stralman (1), (Johnson, Killorn)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Nikita Kucherov, Bishop, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars.

Now the Lightning's brass will convene for the difficult decision of shaping the team's 23-man roster for opening night. They likely have a little more breathing room with the option of putting Jonathan Drouin on short-term IR and giving him a brief conditioning stint in the AHL when he gets off it, but the numbers game still is a difficult one. Mind you, they may have tipped their hand by putting Vladislav Namestnikov in the lineup tonight ahead of Cedric Paquette and Jonathan Marchessault, but we shall see.

Two things I feel very confident about after this preseason, though: 1.) Andrej Sustr and I will always have difficulty finding shirts with the proper sleeve length, and 2.) Jon Cooper will be drinking a fine, very old scotch out of the Governor's Cup by season's end. Book it.

Box score from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 10-4-14

Khanty-Mansisyk 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 10-2-1, 2 SO, 1.33 GAA, .949 sv%

Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisyk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -4, 2 PIM

Sergei Mozyakin's goal at 11:33 of the First Period turned out to be the winner for Magnitogorsk in their 2-1 defensive struggle against Yugra. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:29 in the contest.

Liiga Game Day: 10-4-14

Ilves 2 vs. HPK 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminent finally got back in the lineup and was scoreless in 10:10 of ice time today in HPK's 2-1 loss to Ilves. HPK's lone goal came from former Lightning pick Eero Somervuori.

Juniors Game Night: 10-3-14

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 4 @ Sarnia Sting 2

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Anthony DeAngelo made his season debut for the Sting after being reassigned to Sarnia by Tampa Bay. He did not register a point on Friday night, but fought Justin Scott in the first period. DeAngelo received a misconduct for a helmet infraction in the fight. DeAngelo is looking to build on a 71-point season last year.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ North Bay Battalion 3 (SO)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-0-2, -1, 2 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin couldn’t build on his 2-goal game from Thursday night, but the Petes managed a point on the road in North Bay. Dallas pick Nick Paul was first start with a goal in regulation and another in the shootout.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3 (SO)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-3-6, +4, 2 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point (pictured) had two secondary assists on Friday, as well as more than twice the amount of shots than anyone else on the Warriors. He did not take a turn in the shootout as the Raiders scored on all three of their attempts to win it and claim the extra point.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary’s Mack Shields (undrafted) stopped 34 of 35 shots to steal a road win over Edmonton.

Liiga Game Day: 10-3-14

HPK 4 vs. Ilves 3 (OT)
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen did not play in HPK's 4-3 OT win over Ilves. HPK was led by 2 goals and a helper by ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori.

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