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Liiga Game Day: 9-27-14

HPK 5 vs. Tappara 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had a pair of helpers in HPK's 5-2 win over Tappara. Saku Salminen again did not dress for HPK.

KHL Game Day: 9-27-14

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 16/17, 1.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals: 11 GP, 8-1-1, 2 SO, 1.16 GAA, .954 sv%

After a minor hiccup in his last start, Vasily Koshechkin returned to the crease to turn aside 16 shots for Magnitogorsk in their 4-1 drubbing of Novokuznetsk. Jan Kovar had 1 goal and 1 assist for Metallurg in the win.

Juniors Game Night: 9-26-14

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: Did not play
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto, who is expected to play a first line role this year with the Spits, did not play on Friday. He tweeted earlier in the day that he’d be a healthy scratch as he was just returned to the team from Tampa Bay. Super-prospect Connor McDavid (2015) had a goal, two assists, and was first star for the visiting Otters.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 7 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw’s newly named captain, Brayden Point (pictured), registered an assist in his first game of the season with Moose Jaw after spending the last few weeks with the Lightning. His Warriors were blown out at home, however, 7-1. Moose Jaw has been outscored 18-3 in their three games this year. They finished 10th in the 12-team Eastern Conference last season.

Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas made his season debut after being reassigned to the Hitmen from Tampa Bay earlier this week. He had hooking and holding minor penalties in the game. A mobile, two-way defender, the key to Thomas raising his point totals will be gaining power play time this season.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-26-14 Stars at Lightning

New additions help Lightning roll the Stars.

DAL-3
TB-6

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 13 shots before giving way to Evgeni Nabokov, who allowed 1 goal on 9 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
8:04 TB Stralman (1), (Boyle, Connolly)
11:36 DAL Blanchard (1), (Ritchie, Dickinson)
16:06 DAL Ranford (1), (Sceviour, Fiddler)
16:35 TB Kunyk (1), (Hedman, Ikonen)

Second Period
4:36 TB Stralman (2), (unassisted)
8:34 TB Kucherov (1), (Stamkos, Callahan)
13:26 TB Corrente (1), (Boyle)

Third Period
7:44 TB Callahan (1), (unassisted)
9:00 DAL Spezza (1), (Ritchie, Ranford)

Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman, and Brian Boyle were the game's three stars: an ex-Rangers sweep.

After icing two rosters against Nashville primarily composed of AHL and junior-level players, the Lightning put out something closer to their opening night roster tonight. They hung a six-pack of goals on the board. That's not too shabby.

Box score from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 9-26-14

Chelyabinsk 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev has been demoted to Rubin Tyumen of the VHL by Yugra. The club fell 4-2 today to Chelyabinsk. Tyumen's next game is Sunday against Lipetsk.

Zagreb 1 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 20/21, 1.00 GAA, .952 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-1, 0 SO, 2.19 GAA, .915 sv%

Jaroslav Janus turned aside 20 shots to earn his first victory of the season in Slovan's 3-1 win over Zagreb. All of Slovan's goals came off of a hat trick from ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy.

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