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KHL Game Day: 9-8-13

Kazan 4 vs. Ufa 3 (SO)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, SOL, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal, by ex-Jets first rounder Alex Burmistrov, on 3 shooters in Ufa's 4-3 shootout loss to Ak Bars Kazan to drop his first start of the season. Burmistrov also had a pair of helpers in the match.

Podolsk 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, ND, 8/11, 14.73 GAA, .727 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 5.06 GAA, .850 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin got the hook after just 12:13 in Magnitogorsk's 5-4 come from behind victory over Podolsk. Ex-NHLer Alexander Korolyuk had a pair of goals in defeat for Podolsk.

Spartak Moscow 5 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 15/20, 5.02 GAA, .750 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 4.03 GAA, .852 sv%

Ex-NHLer Deron Quint had 1 goal and 1 assist as Spartak Moscow thumped Slovan Bratislava 5-0. Ex-Lightning prospects Michal Sersen and Vladimir Mihalik were each -1 in the loss.

Dynamo Minsk 1 vs. CSKA 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Alexander Radulov had the primary assist on CSKA's game winning overtime goal in their 2-1 win over Minsk. Nikita Gusev is no longer listed on CSKA's KHL roster and it remains to be seen if he will re-emerge with their VHL side, TCA Tver.

Elsewhere, ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov had his second helper in as many games in Omsk's 5-2 win over Yaroslavl.

KHL Game Day: 9-6-13

Prospect season returns...

Novgorod 2 vs. Ufa 3 (SO)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-Flyer Stefan Ruczika had 1 goal and 1 assist for Ufa in their 3-2 shootout win over Novgorod.

Dynamo Moscow 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/29, 3.06 GAA, .897 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.06 GAA, .897 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin dropped the season-opening loss of his second stint with perennial Russian power Magnitogorsk. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil had a helper on Dynamo's 3rd goal. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov had 4 penalty minutes in the loss for Magnitogorsk. This season will mark the second straight Koshechkin will play with a Kazionov brother. The younger, Denis, played with Koshechkin for Cherepovets last year.

Donetsk 4 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 31/34, 3.02 GAA, .912 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.02 GAA, .912 sv%

Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen was -2 in Bratislava's 4-2 loss to Donetsk. Bratislava's blueline also continues to feature former Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik, who was even in the match.

Zagreb 7 vs. CSKA 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Somehow, Nikita Gusev has found his way back into the CSKA organization where the forward did not play in their 7-1 loss to Zagreb. The forward had been traded from CSKA to Khabarovsk last season for a 1st round draft pick. Zagreb got 2 goals from ex-NHLer Jonathan Cheechoo and 2 goals and 2 assists from ex-Springfield Falcon Ryan Vesce in their KHL premier.

Elsewhere, Denis Kazionov had a helper for Omsk as they were flattened 5-1 by SKA St. Petersburg.

2013 Lightning Rookie Tournament Roster

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, along with three other NHL teams, will participate in the rookie tournament at the Saveology IcePlex in Coral Springs, Florida, practice facility of the Florida Panthers. Games will be played September 6-8 with the Lightning playing a game on each day for a total of three.

Tampa Bay will field an exciting line-up for the games in Coral Springs, including a number of top prospects in both the professional and amateur ranks. The third overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Jonathan Drouin, will make his debut at the tournament, as will fellow 2013 draftee, Adam Erne, fresh off an impressive performance at the USA Hockey’s World Junior Championship Development Camp. Top college free agent signings from the previous two seasons, J.T. Brown, who played five games with the Lightning during the 2011-12 season, as well as Andrej Sustr, who appeared in two games with Tampa Bay and helped the Syracuse Crunch to the Calder Cup Final in 2012-13. Top prospects Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov, Tanner Richard, Cedric Paquette, Dylan Blujus, Slater Koekkoek and Nikita Nesterov will also attend. In all, 24 players will represent the Lightning.

The Lightning’s team will open camp at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on September 4. They will practice again on September 5 before heading to Coral Springs. Both practices at the Times Forum are free and open to the public. Below is Tampa Bay’s game schedule:

Bolts Finalize Deal with Gudlevskis

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (güd-LEV-skeez, KRISS-turs) to a three-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Gudlevskis was recently drafted in the fifth round, 124th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey.

Gudlevskis, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, played in 56 games with HC Riga in Russia’s top junior league, the MHL, last season, posting a 27-18 record with a .927 save percentage and a 2.09 goals-against average with three shutouts. He ranked fourth in the MHL for save percentage among goaltenders with more than seven games played and sixth for goals-against average. Gudlevskis’ three shutouts were tied for 10th in the league. He also appeared in three playoff games. Gudlevskis also played in two games with the Riga Dinamo of the KHL last season, his debut in Europe’s top league, posting a 1-1 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.18 goals-against average.

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