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NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-22-15 Predators at Lightning

Strong 55 minutes of hockey marred by late game collapse.

TB-2 (OT)

Ray Emery stopped all 10 shots he faced before giving way to Adam Wilcox midway through regulation. Wilcox played well for 25 minutes before eventually allowing 3 goals for the OT loss. He stopped 14 of 17 overall on the night. Emery's performance lays down a strong initial claim to the role of Bishop's backup heading into the regular season with Vasilevskiy shelved the first couple of months of the campaign.

First Period

Second Period
2:58 TB Condra (1), (Angelidis, DeAngelo)

Third Period
1:01 TB Drouin (1), (Killorn, Hedman)
15:18 NSH Bass (1), (Bourque, Jones)
17:28 NSH Arvidsson (1), (Fiala)

3:50 NSH Ekholm (1), (Forsberg, Ellis)(PP)

Brayden Point was the game's second star.

Unfortunately, the last 9 minutes or so of hockey kind of overshadowed 55 minutes of hockey where the Lightning accomplished most of what they set out to do tonight. They got good performances from the backup goaltenders. They got Drouin on track early in preseason. They got some good performances from the young players, especially the young defensemen. I think the staff will be happy with the night, on balance, but you want to finish it off and get the result, of course.

Anthony DeAngelo had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 21:03. They let their young thoroughbreds out for a good long run tonight.

Mike Angelidis had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit and 3 blocked shots in 11:37. He was also 67% on draws. Productive in his ice time, but that IT was limited because the Lightning know what they have there and the role he's going to be put into. Not a lot of mystery with Angelidis.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 hit and 5 blocked shots in 18:17.

Point was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 16:03. He was also a very nice 71% on draws. The guy has just gotten universal praise by everyone who has seen him in the last half a year or so.

Joel Vermin had 1 blocked shot in 13:55.

Henri Ikonen had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 11:35.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 14:11. It says a lot that they gave him a touch more IT than some of the more established prospects who were in Syracuse last season. They obviously have high hopes for Stephens.

Dylan Blujus had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 19:30. Also hit a crossbar. Nice, well-rounded stat line. Good to see, with a nice chunk of minutes.

Adam Erne was -1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 14:40. Activity is good. Syracuse fans should be excited to get DeAngelo and Erne into the program this season.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Game Day: 9-22-15

Magnitogorsk 0 vs. Vladivostok 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 35/36, 1.02 GAA, .972 sv%
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-3-4, 0 SO, 1.87 GAA, .932 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin took the hard luck loss after allowing just 1 goal in Magnitogorsk's 2-0 loss to Vladivostok. Ex-Devils pick Niclas Bergfors had the empty netter in the win for Vladivostok.

KHL Game Day: 9-20-15

Magnitogorsk 5 vs. Novokuznetsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-2-4, 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .927 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov stopped 23 shots in his first start of the year as Magnitka destroyed Novokuznetsk 5-2. Ex-Avs second rounder Ryan Stoa had a goal in defeat for Novokuznetsk.

Khanty-Manisysk 3 vs. Omsk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, +2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:30 of ice time in Yugra's 3-0 win over Omsk. Veteran netminder Georgi Gelashvili, stopped all 35 shots he faced for the shutout win.

Elsewhere, Carter Ashton remained out of the lineup as Novgorod fell to Yaroslavl 3-1.

KHL Game Day: 9-19-15

Jokerit 1 vs. Podolsk 2 (SO)
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius stopped 19 shots, but allowed goals to 1 of 2 shooters in the penalty shot session in Jokerit's 2-1 Shootout loss to Vityaz Podolsk. Ex-Flyers pick Mario Kempe, brother of Kings first rounder Adrian Kempe, had the regulation goal for Podolsk.

KHL Game Day: 9-18-15

Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Novosibirsk 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 34/36, 1.87 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-2-4, 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .927 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 6 of 7 shooters in the penalty shot session to deliver Magnitogorsk a 3-2 Shootout victory over Novosibirsk. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory for Magnitka.

Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Astana 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-4-8, +2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:37 in Yugra's 1-0 win over Astana. Goaltender Vladislav Fokin stopped all 38 shots he faced for the shutout win.

Elsewhere Carter Ashton was again out of the lineup for Novgorod in their 1-0 win over HC Sochi. And, in the Finnish SM-liiga, Jonne Tammela remains out with an injury while his club KalPa languishes in 14th on the 15 team league table through 4 games.

KHL Game Day: 9-17-15

Jokerit 2 vs. Dynamo Moscow 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was scratched in Jokerit's 2-1 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Flames netminder Henrik Karlsson turned away 21 shots for Jokerit for the win.

Elsewhere, Carter Ashton remained out of the lineup yesterday for Novgorod's 2-1 win over Togliatti.

Lightning Ink Daniel Walcott to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Daniel Walcott to a three-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Walcott, 21, skated in 54 games last season with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording seven goals and 41 points to go along with 40 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Armada among defensemen for goals, assists and points. The 5-foot-11, 170 pound defenseman ranked fifth on the club with a +20 rating. Walcott also skated in six playoff games, notching a goal and four points.

The Ile Perrot, Quebec, native appeared in 121 career QMJHL games over two seasons with Blainville-Boisbriand, collecting 17 goals and 80 points during that stretch. He made his professional debut last year with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League at the end of the season.

The Lightning acquired Walcott in a trade with the New York Rangers on June 1, 2015, in exchange for a 2015 seventh-round draft pick. Walcott attended the Lightning’s Prospect Camp last weekend, skating in all three games.

Wilcox, Peca Lead Lightning to Tournament Finale Win over Panthers

Lightning prospects finished their 2015 tournament on a high note Tuesday with a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers prospects at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. The Baby Bolts finished the tournament 2-1, rebounding nicely from a listless 5-2 loss to the Caps on Sunday.

Kristers Gudlevskis, hoping to carry some positive momentum into the backup goalie battle with free agent invitee Ray Emery at Lightning camp this weekend, got the start for the Lightning. Like on Saturday, Gudlevskis looked like he was on another level, stopping 9 of 9 shots, but left the game with an upper-body injury.

Gudlevskis had stretched with his left leg for a save during a scramble in front and had a couple players fall on him while he was reaching for a rebound in front of him. He covered the puck, but hit the ice in pain favoring his right arm/shoulder after players landed on him.

KHL Game Day: 9-15-15

Yaroslavl 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 33/35, 2.08 GAA, .943 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-3, 0 SO, 1.96 GAA, .924 sv%

Magnitka managed just 17 shots on goal as they fell 3-0 to Yaroslavl. Vasily Koshechkin took just his second regulation loss of the season in the match.

CSKA 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-4-8, +2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was held off the board in 13:21 of ice time in Yugra's 4-0 loss to CSKA. CSKA got a pair of helpers from ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov in the victory.

KHL Game Day: 9-14-15

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

Saku Salminen had just 4 shifts and 3:02 of ice time as Jokerit defeated Amur Khabarovsk 3-2. Jokerit got a pair of goals from ex-NHLer Peter Regin in the victory.

Vityaz 1 vs. Novgorod 0 (OT)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM

Ex-NHLer Maxim Afinogenov assisted on the OT winner in Yityaz's 1-0 win over Novgorod. Ex-Blues pick Teemu Eronen notched the goal. Carter Ashton was again out of the lineup for Novgorod in the loss.

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