Lightning prospects suited up for their second game of the Nashville Prospects Tournament, and for the second time in two days the game went to overtime.
Unlike Saturday, when Tampa Bay fell 2-1 to Nashville, the Lightning came out on top on Sunday, beating Boston 3-2 on the backs of two prospects at opposite ends of the hype-o-meter.
At one end is Jonathan Drouin, ranked the top prospect in hockey by NHL.com and regarded as one of the best – if not the best – player not playing in the NHL. On the other end is Kodie Curran, a 24-year-old undrafted free agent defenseman who just finished his career with the University of Calgary Dinos.
One you’ve heard of, one you haven’t. In fact, Curran didn’t even play in Saturday’s opener as he was a late scratch after warm-ups. Yet, the two were equally dynamic in Sunday’s win against the Bruins.
For the first time since April, Lightning hockey was back on Saturday.
The organization’s prospects opened their 2014 Nashville Prospects Tournament with a 2-1 overtime loss against the home side despite outplaying and outshooting the Predators.
The Lightning were without one of their top prospects, Adam Erne, who hasn’t been cleared for contact after his offseason wrist surgery. The 2013 second round pick made the trip to Nashville, and his teammates could have used his finishing ability throughout Saturday’s contest.
HPK 1 vs. Ilves 5
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Ouch. Ex-Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori had HPK's only goal as they were dismantled by Ilves 5-1. Saku Salminen was scoreless in 10:14 in the match.
Yaroslavl 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 1.21 GAA, .955 sv%
5 games into their 2014-2015 campaign, Magnitogorsk is showing no signs of a championship hangover. The team got a pair of goals from Danis Zaripov, both assisted by Sergei Mozyakin, in their 4-1 drubbing of Yaroslavl.
Lahti 4 vs. HPK 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen and HPK's comeback bid fell short in the shootout and the dropped their season opener to Lahti Pelicans 4-3. Salminen played 11:11 in the match and took a minor for slashing. HPK got a goal from former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori. Pelicans were led by 2 goals from ex-Panthers second round Michal Repik, who also potted the shootout winner.