Lukko 4 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was scoreless in 10:05 in HPK's 4-2 loss to Lukko. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had 1 goal and 2 points in defeat for HPK.
Novokuznetsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-2-4, 3 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was out of uniform for a second straight game as Magnitka fell to Novokuznetsk 2-1 in Overtime. Defenseman Cade Fairchild, a former Blues pick, scored the winner for Novokuznetsk.
Zagreb 4 vs. Mytischi 1
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 21:51 in Mytischi's 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Zagreb. Zagreb was led by 2 goals and 3 points by former Chicago farmhand Martin St. Pierre.
Learning to play against the West's best is a different beast.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the loss. He gave the Lightning a chance in this one, but was outshined by Niemi at the other end of the rink.
5:23SJ Thornton (6), (unassisted)
10:37 SJ Kennedy (1), (Burns, Niemi)
9:35 TB Stamkos (11), (Sustr, Filppula)
Bishop was the game's second star.
The Lightning clearly were a little embarrassed by their effort against Chicago and came out hard tonight, but San Jose quickly answered their intensity and the Lightning are still figuring out how to handle the speed of the top Western Conference teams. They aren't used to playing as much without the puck and what it takes to get the puck back and generate scoring chances with less time and space. It's a learning process.
That little voice in your head right now is Espo proclaiming loudly the team that doesn't convert on a 5-on-3 power play is usually the team that loses. That happened tonight, too.
Jonathan Drouin had 3 shots in 14:19. The attempted Drouin/Namestnikov/Stamkos line was a bust tonight, but Drouin wasn't. Especially in the Third Period, he was creative and dangerous and nearly put one behind Niemi that was swept off the line.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot and was 50% on draws in 13:55. His one shot was a glorious opportunity in the First Period that Niemi held out. Otherwise, he wasn't quite as dangerous as Drouin.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Nizhnekamsk 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 8-4-12, -2, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -1 in 21:03 of ice time in Yugra's 4-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Ex-Stars defenseman Philip Larsen had 2 helpers in defeat for Yugra.
Wichita Thunder 3 at Rapid City Rush 2
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 8 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 8 PIM, 17 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 14 PIM, 7 SOG
Wichita came back from a 2-1 deficit to break their winless streak with a 3-2 victory over Rapid City Wednesday night. The Thunder return home this weekend for a two-game tilt against Allen and Missouri.