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Lightning Rookies Cough Up Lead, Drop to 0-3

Despite at one time holding a 3 goal lead today, the Lightning's prospect team at Traverse City dropped yet another 1 goal decision today to the Thrashers' prospects 6-5. [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]According to the Trib's Erik Erlendsson[/url], [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] allowed 6 goals on 25 shots in the loss. The Lightning prospects' offense at least snapped out of their slumber today as [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] had 2 goals, [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist each, [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] had 3 assists, [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] had a shorthanded goal and [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and tryout invitee David Desharnais also had helpers.

Khimik Crushes Yaroslavl

Khimik dealt a crushing 4-1 defeat to Yaroslavl today in their opening game of the Russian Superleague season. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was scoreless in the game for Loko while [url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url] was a scratch for Khimik.

Lightning Prospects Drop to 0-2

Erik Erlendsson of the Trib writes on his blog that the Lightning [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]lost another nail biter tonight 2-1 to the Red Wings prospects.[/url] [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 25 of 27 shots faced but was unable to stop the Wings from scoring the game winner with less than five minutes to play in the final frame. The Lightning's lone goal was scored by tryout invitee Torrie Wheat on assists by [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] and Marek Bartanus. The Hockey’s Future recap singles out Ramo and invitees David Desharnais and Kelly Czuy for their good play. HF says Tampa only managed 19 shots on goal against the Wings, but did hit a post.

Superleague Tour 2

In today's action from the Russian Superleague: Anton But was scoreless as SKA St Petersburg tied Magnitogorsk 2-2. Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 2-0 win over Chelyabinsk. Mike Fountain took the loss as KHK Tver beat Togliatti 1-0. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless for Tver in the game. Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 2-0 loss to Ufa. Dimitri Kazionov had 2 assists in Kazan's 5-2 pummelling of the Soviet Wings. Yaroslavl ([url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url]) will play Khimik ([url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url]) tomorrow.

Lightning Lines Taking Shape?

Usually fans can get a good idea what the Lightning are thinking in terms of line combos by how players are arranged to start training camp scrimmages. Looking a few entries into Erik Erlendsson’s blog, he lists the frontrunners for the third and fourth lines. According to Erlendsson, of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], the Lightning have placed Ryan Craig with Andreas Karlsson, which is of no surprise, because we've heard all off-season that they want the third line to be a scoring line and for Karlsson to help make that happen. Speculation centers around who will be the other winger on that line, with candidates including Nick Tarnasky, Rob DiMaio, Norm Milley, Darren Reid, Nikita Alexeev, Eric Perrin, and a few others. The Lightning are giving a prime opportunity to Alexeev here, it seems, as a line of Craig-Karlsson-Alexeev is set to compete in scrimmages. Reid is scheduled to play on this team in scrimmages. The other line battle fans have been mulling over is the more physical and/or offensively capable fourth line.
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