Fredrik Norrena's perfect 7-0-0 record took a small blemish today. For the first time this season Linkopings failed to seize victory as they tied Farjestads 1-1. Norrena stopped 31 of 32 shots faced in the game. The Finnish born netminder is now second in the Elitserien with a 1.35 GAA and a .951 save percentage. He is also tied for the league lead in shutouts with 2.
Vasily Koshechkin had his second stright shut out victory today as Togliatti defeated Chekhov 2-0. Koshechkin has won all three of his starts since taking the starting job from David Svoboda allowing just two goals over that span. Forward prospect Dimitry Kazionov had 4 penalty minutes for Lada in the game.
According to the Springfield Falcons, the club announced today that defenseman Paul Ranger has been recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ranger will join Tampa Bay in Pittsburgh where the Lightning prepares to take on the Penguins on Saturday night.
Ranger currently leads the Falcons in scoring after one game with one goal and two assists for three points, including the game-winning goal in the season opener on Saturday, October 8 against Portland. Ranger was named the gameâ€™s first star in that contest, and is in his second season of professional hockey.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Whitby, Ontario played in 69 games for the Falcons last year collecting three goals and eight assists for 11 points. Ranger played his junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League where he led all Oshawa blueliners in scoring during the 2003-04 campaign.
Despite the loss in the shootout, there were many positive signs in the game that the Lightning could possibly be returning to form. Buffalo could've easily lost this game by a wide margin were it not for Ryan Miller, some lopsided officiating and a little luck.
TB-3 (Final SO)
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