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KHL Game Day: 10-21-14

Cherepovets 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Loss, 30/31, 0.92 GAA, .968 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 12-2-3, 2 SO, 1.55 GAA, .944 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin went 0-for-3 in the shootout, including surrendering a goal to ex-Lightning pick Marek Kvapil in the penalty shot session, in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 loss to Cherepovets.

Prospect of the Week: 10-21-14

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for October 21, 2014 is … Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL – USA).

#Soon became #Now this week when the long-awaited arrival of Jonathan Drouin finally happened. The Lightning’s top-rated prospect made his NHL debut on Monday night in Edmonton, creating several scoring chances in what was an overall sloppy team loss for the Bolts.

NHL Game Night: 10-21-14 Lightning at Oilers

Didn't see much want-to in the team tonight.

TB-2
EDM-3

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss. It's not a good stat line, but it doesn't reveal how many point blank opportunities Ben turned away just to keep the Lightning in striking distance in this game. He deserved better than what he got from the team in front of him tonight.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
1:21 TB Boyle (1), (Morrow, Garrison)
4:36 EDM Schultz (1), (Yakupov, Hall)
14:57 EDM Hall (4), (unassisted)(PS)

Third Period
13:55 TB Connolly (2), (Johnson)
16:35 EDM Nugent-Hopkins (1), (Eberle)

Brett Connolly was the game's third star. He had a Third Period tying goal and a goal waved off on a dubious crease violation call in the First Period. He took his usual lazy minor penalty early in the game, and once he got it out of the way got stronger as the game went on. He's still not where I'd want him to be, but that was a better effort tonight, to be sure.

I wish I could say the same for the rest of the Lightning. That was bad. Passionless. Flavorless. Antiseptic. Bad. They looked like they were going through the motions, and only getting 24 shots on goal against that team and that goaltender is a bad joke. It's like the Lightning were content just to amble their way through the game and have it not be a track meet rather than trying to impose some will and some tempo on the Oilers. That's a bad look, compounded further by Ryan Callahan leaving the game with an injury in the Second Period, right before you head to Calgary at elevation. People will make an excuse for the loss based on the waved off goal in the First Period. Let me answer that in a word: bollocks. They didn't deserve anything but a loss tonight. You'd have a hard time winning anything other than a dog show with effort like that.

Jonathan Drouin was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 16:10 in his first NHL game. His line doesn't reflect how crafty he looked as a playmaker. He needs to get a regular set of linemates and a regular shift on the PP, and the points will almost certainly follow.

Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot and 1 hit and was 50% on draws in 11:33. He took an unlucky high sticking call in the Third Period and also was stoned by Scrivens on a big chance all alone in the slot earlier in the period. Wish he could've done more with that one.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 10-20-14

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Bratislava 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-2-7, -2, 4 PIM

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal, but could not convert on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session as Yugra dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Slovan Bratislava. Gusev played 19:27 in the match. Ex-Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik had a Third Period goal to eventually force overtime, assisted by Ladislav Nagy. Nagy ended the match with 1 goal, 3 points, and the shootout winner.

Nizhnekamsk 2 vs. Mytischi 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 20:01 of ice time in Mytischi's 3-2 victory over Nuzhnekamsk. The big Belarusian is wearing an "A" for Mytischi now that he has returned from a hand injury.

Drouin, Witkowski To Join Lightning

Well, so much for those plans.

Jonathan Drouin was supposed to spend two weekends with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, but after scoring the game-winning goal Friday and adding two assists on Sunday, the Lightning can't wait any longer. They recalled their top-rated prospect today and the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft will join the team in Edmonton in advance of Monday night's game.

Drouin will be accompanied on the journey from central New York to upper Alberta by second-year pro defenseman Luke Witkowski, who was recalled due to the upper body injury to Victor Hedman.

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