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KHL Game Day: 10-16-15

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Ufa 6
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/31, 5.07 GAA, .839 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 7-7-4, 0 SO, 2.36 GAA, .914 sv%

Ufa got 2 goals and 4 points from ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark in their wild 6-4 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 2 goals and 3 points in defeat for Magnitka.

Juniors Game Night: 10-15-15

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 1 @ North Bay Battalion 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-4-6, -4, 0 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Oshawa took a 1-0 lead into the third period, but North Bay exploded for five goals in the final frame to defeat the visiting Gens, 5-1. The Battalion outshot Oshawa, 33-16. Cirelli has been held without a shot the last two games.

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-5-9, +4, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Cristiano DiGiacinto was a force all night and had a goal and an assist. He led Windsor with six shots, but the Spits fell to visiting Ottawa in overtime. Flyers first rounder Travis Konecny had three assists and was named first star.

Erie Otters 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, +9, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-1-3, E, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough moved into first place in the East Division with an overtime point, but the Petes conceded the extra point to Erie in the shootout. Dominik Masin was scoreless in his first game since signing with the Lightning. That contract will kick in when he begins his pro career next season.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 10 @ Calgary Hitmen 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 6 GP, 8-8-16, +9, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -6, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Moose Jaw made a statement on the road, walloping Calgary 10-2 one day after being shut out by Kootenay. Brayden Point, who had his 13-game goal-scoring streak snapped against the Ice, had two goals and two assists to lead the Warriors. He’s been a first star in half of his games this season, and second or third star in two more. Point will be in the WHL MVP race all season if he stays healthy.

United States Hockey League

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 7 (Tuesday)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota commit)

Sioux City has lost three games in a row after dropping a road contest in Sioux Falls on Tuesday. Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf picked up his second assist of the season in the loss.

NHL Game Night: 10-15-15 Stars at Lightning

Lightning reminded about the importance of details.


Ben Bishop allowed 5 goals on 22 shots for the loss. He got outplayed by Lehtonen at the other end and he ultimately denied his team a chance to win this game. His poor rebound on Dallas' first goal allowed them to turn the momentum early in the game and the softie on the 5th goal killed any chance the Lightning had of completing the comeback.

First Period
2:24 TB Stamkos (3), (Drouin)
8:58 DAL Seguin (1), (Jokipakka, Benn)
14:14 DAL Benn (3), (Spezza, Seguin)(PP)

Second Period
9:34 DAL Eakin (3), (Janmark, Sceviour)
18:12 DAL Demers (1), (Eakin, Hemsky)(PP)

Third Period
7:06 TB Namestnikov (1), (Stamkos)
8:44 TB Stamkos (4), (Drouin, Boyle)
10:29 DAL Spezza (4), (Hemsky, Goligoski)

Steven Stamkos was the game's second star.

By all of the advanced metrics you want to put to this game, the Lightning dominated. Possession. Chances. Shots. They were all over Dallas. But, hockey's a cruel sport when you don't mind the details. Subpar goaltending will kill you. Poor defensive coverage against the rush will kill you. Special teams will kill you. The Lightning could have, and maybe should have slain Dallas in this game, but they allowed those three areas to completely undermine any possibility of getting a win tonight. Bishop will rebound, so I'm not overly worried about the goaltending. And, the defensive zone coverage against the rush is correctable by a quality coaching staff. It's the penalty kill that is incredibly worrisome right now. It has cratered to 2013-2014 levels through 5 games.

If there's a silver lining, it's that Drouin/Stamkos is turning out to be everything we envisioned it would be at Bolt Prospects. For everyone who criticized the editorial position of the website last season that Drouin needed to be playing with Stamkos, and for everyone else foolish enough to try to label Drouin a bust, the proof's in the pudding through 5 games. Right now they're the undisputed top line of the team and the Triplets are swimming in their jet fumes trying to keep up. Once the Triplets do start to get on track from a production standpoint, have mercy on the NHL.

Nikita Nesterov was -1 with 15 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 11:57. His major and game misconduct for boarding in the Second Period was deserved, and he will likely be suspended. Coupled with a likely concussion suffered by Hedman, expect one or two defensive callups from Syracuse. Nesterov's penalty, frankly, put the nail in the Lightning coffin tonight. As bad as their PK was playing, giving Dallas a 5 minute opportunity to build the 3 goal lead just before the Second Intermission was just too much for the Lightning to overcome. And, once again, it was made plain just how hard it is to overcome a 3 goal deficit in the final frame in pro hockey. It's just a death sentence when you're trying to come from that far down.

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Liiga Game Day: 10-15-15

JYP 0 vs. KalPa 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela had a minor for boarding in 14:03 of ice time in KalPa's 3-0 win over JYP. Ex-Devils pick Patrick Davis had a goal in the match while goaltender Eero Kilpelainen, a former Stars pick, stopped all 26 shots he faced for the shutout.

KHL Game Day: 10-15-15

Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a team high 5 shots on goal in 18:33 of ice time in Yugra's 2-0 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo's eventual game winner came from ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums.

Juniors Game Night: 10-14-15

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 0 @ Oshawa Generals 2 (Monday)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-3-5, -3, 0 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Jeremy Brodeur (undrafted) had a 24-save shutout and Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli had an assist, leading the Gens to a 2-0 Thanksgiving win over visiting Guelph.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 0 @ Kootenay Ice 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Overage goaltender Wyatt Hoflin (undrafted) stopped all 34 shots he faced and the Ice rode a first period goal to a shutout win over visiting Moose Jaw. Brayden Point had his 13-game goal-scoring streak snapped in the loss. He finished last season on a nine-game streak and started this season with a four-game streak. He has at least one goal in 17 of his last 19 regular season games, including two hat tricks.

Liiga Game Day: 10-9-15, 10-10-15, and 10-14-15

Ilves 3 vs. KalPa 2 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Jonne Tammela had a minor for roughing in 11:09 of ice time in his season debut for KalPa. Ex-Rangers pick Dane Byers had the opening goal for Ilves.

KalPa 2 vs. Pelicans 0
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM

Jonne Tammela played 13:25 and took a minor for boarding in KalPa's 2-0 win over Pelicans. Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen stopped all 20 shots he faced for the shutout.

KalPa 1 vs. KooKoo 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 12:19 in KalPa's 2-1 loss to KooKoo. Ex-NHLer Josh Green had a goal in the match for KooKoo.

KHL Game Day: 10-14-15

Jokerit 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 24/28, 4.12 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 18 GP, 7-6-4, 0 SO, 2.20 GAA, .919 sv%

Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Panthers pick Topi Jaakola had a pair of goals to lead Jokerit to a 4-2 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen had a helper in the win. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a goal in defeat for Magnitka.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 38

This week's “Darren Rumble Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 38 (and the story of Jim Johnson in a broom closet)
· Early season reviews for Tampa Bay and Syracuse
· 3 things that could keep the Lightning from the President’s Trophy
· Interviews with Luke Witkowski and Slater Koekkoek
· The BP Mailbag (Future of Poulin … Rating Drouin in fire Emojis … Drouin is Kucheroving – or is it Afanasenkoving? … Nikita Gusev vs Johnny Gaudreau … Better shooting percentage, Condra or Brown? … Does Stamkos sign? … TB’s most valuable puzzle piece … Sustr’s scratch the first letter of the writing on the wall? … The prospect I’d build a team around.)

Koekkoek, Witkowski Work Together in Return to Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

After being two of the final cuts from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s training camp, Slater Koekkoek and Luke Witkowski are back together on the Crunch blueline.

The two defensemen, paired together for the Syracuse season opener in Lehigh Valley Saturday, have quickly renewed the chemistry that made them one of the team’s top defensive duos last season. Both are working at rounding out their games as they prepare to take the next, permanent step to the National Hockey League.

“They both had real good camps and Tampa was happy with both of them,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “There’s players up there that have established positions, and they have to understand that. But the other part is that they still need to work on some of the things in their game that they can get better at. They’re both very good hockey players and able to play in the NHL, but both can improve and keep getting better.”

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