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KHL Game Day: 12-10-14

Novosibirsk 5 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-7-18, +3, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 17:14 of ice time in Yugra's crushing 5-2 loss to Novosibirsk. Sibir was led by 1 goal and 3 points from ex-Kings pick Patrik Hersley.

Mytischi 6 vs. Ufa 1
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-1-1, +4, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 20 PIM

Dmitry Korobov had a helper and was +4 in 16:41 in Mytischi's 6-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Lightning pick Alexei Glukhov, who wears an "A" for Ufa, had a helper in defeat.

Bratislava 3 vs. Astana 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 36/38, 2.00 GAA, .947 sv%
Season totals: 18 GP, 5-10-3, 2 SO, 2.78 GAA, .894 sv%

Ex-Sabres 2nd rounder Milan Bartovic potted the GWG for Slovan in their 3-2 victory against Astana. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a goal in defeat for Astana.

NHL Game Night: 12-9-14 Capitals at Lightning

Lightning in a mini-funk.

WSH-5
TB-3

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the loss. Unlike the Columbus game, I didn't feel any of the goals he allowed were soft. I can't say the same for the play of the defense in front of him.

First Period
0:40 WSH Ovechkin (13), (Wilson, Carlson)
13:49 TB Boyle (6), (Hedman, Brown)
14:23 WSH Niskanen (2), (Backstrom, Johansson)(PP)

Second Period
0:47 TB Stamkos (17), (Callahan, Hedman)
4:36 WSH Laich (3), (Ward)

Third Period
10:52 WSH Brouwer (7), (Johansson, Kuznetsov)
19:56 TB Filppula (5), (Johnson, Hedman)
19:59 WSH Ovechkin (14), (Backstrom)(EN)

Victor Hedman was the game's third star.

I don't want to sit here and say the sky is falling. The Lightning did outshoot Washington 36-35 and were it not for A.) Holtby, B.) A greasy goal off an unfortunate bounce of a centering pass that ended up in Stralman's skates, and C.) An inept Lightning PP in the Second Period, this game could've had a dramatically different outcome. The issue right now is the Lightning having an uneven effort level shift-to-shift, lack of sharpness in passing and positioning shift-to-shift, and a power play that looks devoid of an identity and a clue right now. The first two things can sort themselves out with a few good practices. That last thing? There's a young man who wears 27 who was serving popcorn tonight who's absolutely lethal as a playmaker in open ice on the PP. Just saying. It's time.

This one hurts. On paper, you'd have expected to get about 3 points out of these last couple of games, which would've allowed the Lightning to build a nice stash of insurance points and fortify their position in the division and in the conference. It's a heck of a time for a little losing streak, and now they'll have to rally and get at least a point out of the Carolina game just to make sure they get 12 points out of this 10-game segment of the season. It's a big-time wasted opportunity with harder parts of the schedule still to come.

Cedric Paquette had 4 penalty minutes, 4 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:56. The extra roughing minor he took in the First Period led to Niskanen's momentum crushing PP goal, but I kind of didn't mind Paquette giving the business to the larger Wilson, who was trying to pick on a rookie. I have a hard time criticizing a young man for defending himself.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 12-9-14

KalPa 4 vs. HPK 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 15:20 of ice time in HPK's 4-1 loss to KalPa. Ex-Blues pick Michal Birner had a goal in the win for KalPa.

KHL Game Day: 12-9-14

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Win, 24/27, 2.91 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 21-4-4, 3 SO, 1.62 GAA, .939 sv%

Ex-Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 2 assists, including a helper on the OT winner, in Magnitka's 4-3 win over SKA.

KHL Game Day: 12-8-14

Novokuznetsk 0 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-7-18, +3, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev's goal was all Yugra got and all they needed to defeat Novokuznetsk 1-0. Gusev played 21:48 in the victory.

Bratislava 3 vs. Omsk 5
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 20/25, 5.02 GAA, .800 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-10-3, 2 SO, 2.83 GAA, .889 sv%

Ex-NHLer Alexander Perezhogin had a pair of goals for Omsk in their 5-3 win over Slovan Bratislava. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had a helper in defeat for Slovan.

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