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NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-25-14 Lightning at Predators

Nothing to sneeze at, actually.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the hard luck loss. He sparkled at times. Best of luck to Coach Zettler deciding between Kristers and Vasya most nights in Syracuse.

First Period
3:17 NSH Forsberg (1), (Ribeiro)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Gudlevskis was the game's third star.

I can't feel too upset with the Lightning playing the roster they did tonight and finishing a post or two from upsetting something that closely approximates Nashville's opening night team. Shea Weber and Roman Josi were Nashville's high men in ice time tonight. Tampa Bay? Mark Barberio and Andrej Sustr were the blue hairs in there tonight for the Lightning. Kind of says it all, and it's another sign for optimism for Syracuse fans.

Box score from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-23-14 Predators at Lightning

Young Lightning Crunch Nashville.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 30 shots in his North American debut for the victory. After falling behind 2-1 in the Second Period, the big Russian slammed the door the rest of the way, which is what good starting goaltenders do.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
1:02 NSH Forsberg (1), (Wilson)
5:41 TB Kucherov (1), (Namestnikov, Marchessault)
7:40 NSH Smith (1), (Roy)

Third Period
8:35 TB Marchessault (1), (Namestnikov)
13:49 TB Barberio (1), (Filppula, Witkowski)
15:08 TB Marchessault (2), (Namestnikov, Kucherov)

Jonathan Marchessault, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Luke Witkowski were the game's three stars.

If you're a Syracuse Crunch fan, you have to be very satisfied with the way this group of players performed tonight. Your stud rookie netminder lived up to expectations. What may be your top line exploded for 3 goals including keying a big comeback. And Luke Witkowski beat the brown runny out of someone, to boot. Not a lot to complain about there.

Box score from NHL.com.

Bolts Give Bishop 2 Year Extension

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Bishop, 6-foot-7, 214 pounds, posted a 37-14-7 record last season in 63 games. He also recorded a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average. He ranked fourth in the NHL for games played and wins, as well as seventh for save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop’s five shutouts placed fifth in the NHL and were the second-most ever posted in franchise history. He set Lightning single season records for wins, save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop set the franchise mark for most saves in a game on January 19 at Carolina with 48. His 1,625 saves were the second most in a season by a Lightning goaltender. His successful season led to a nomination for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the player voted to be the league’s best netminder.

Lightning Re-Sign F Richard Panik to 1 Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Richard Panik to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Panik, 6-foot-1, 208 pounds, played in 50 games with Tampa Bay last season, recording three goals and 13 points. He also played in 13 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League in 2013-14. With the Crunch he accumulated three goals and 11 points. Panik also played in two games during the Lightning’s Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series against the Montreal Canadiens during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

A native of Martin, Slovakia, Panik has appeared in 75 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, with eight goals and 22 points. He won the AHL’s Calder Cup Championship with the Norfolk Admirals in 2012. Panik represented his native Slovakia at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and skated in four games.

Panik was drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round, 52nd overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Bolts Re-Sign F Brett Connolly

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Brett Connolly to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Connolly, 22, skated in 11 games with the Lightning last season, posting a goal and four penalty minutes. His lone goal during the 2013-14 season came on November 2 against the St. Louis Blues. Connolly also skated in 66 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, recording 21 goals and 57 points to go along with 50 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound forward ranked first on the Crunch for both points and assists (36).

The Campbell River, B.C. native has skated in 84 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over three seasons, notching six goals and 17 points go along with 34 penalty minutes. Three of his six career goals have been game-winners. Connolly has also skated in 137 career AHL games, collecting 52 goals and 120 points.

Connolly was originally drafted by the Lightning in the first round, sixth overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

Lightning Re-Sign Andrej Sustr

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Lightning Add Veteran Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a one-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Nabokov, 6-foot, 202 pounds, played in 40 games for the New York Islanders last season, posting a 15-14-8 record with four shutouts, a .905 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average. He led the Islanders for games played, wins, GAA, save percentage and shutouts.

A native of Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, Nabokov is one of the most established goaltenders in the NHL. He has played in 686 games with the Islanders and the San Jose Sharks. Nabokov posts an all-time record of 350-221-98 with a .912 save percentage, a 2.43 GAA and 59 shutouts. He was a Vezina Trophy finalist as the NHL’s top goaltender in 2007-08. Nabokov has appeared in 86 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting a 42-42 record with seven shutouts, a .908 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA.

Nabokov, 38, was drafted by San Jose in the ninth round, 219th overall, at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft

Bolts Sign Big Center Brian Boyle

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent center Brian Boyle to a three-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Boyle, 6-foot-7, 244 pounds, played in all 82 games with the New York Rangers in 2013-14, recording six goals and 18 points with a plus-1 rating. He was second on New York for hits with 154 and second among forwards with more than 500 draws taken for face-off percentage with 52.9 percent. Boyle also played in all 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Rangers, helping them to the Stanley Cup Final. He recorded three goals and eight points during this year’s postseason.

A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Boyle has played in 391 career NHL games with the Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings, recording 52 goals and 100 points along with 311 penalty minutes. He has played the previous five seasons in New York.

Boyle was drafted by the Kings in the first round, 26th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played college hockey at Boston College prior to joining the professional ranks.

Prospects Development Camp Starts Wednesday

Here's the two groupings for the Tampa Bay Prospect Development Camp that starts Wednesday, July 3 and continues through the weekend.

Group A
Forwards (8): DiGiacinto, Drouin, Erne, Point, Richard, Salminen, Smith, Vermin
Defense (5): Blujus, Curran, MacLeod, Renouf, Thomas
Goaltending (2): Vasilevsky, Witt

Group B
Forwards (7): Costello, Darcy, Hart, Ikonen, Maclise, O'Donnell, Robinson
Defense (6): DeAngelo, Dotchin, Koekkoek, Masin, Milan
Goaltending (2): Gudlevskis, Wilcox

Lighning Sign D Anton Stralman to 5 Year Contract

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Anton Stralman (STROHL-muhn, AN-tawn) to a five-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announce.

Stralman, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, spent the previous three seasons with the New York Rangers. Last season he recorded a goal and 13 points with a plus-9 in 81 games in New York. Stralman averaged 19:24 in ice time per game in 2013-14 which ranked fourth on the team. His 12 assists and 104 shots on goal were third among all Ranger defensemen. Stralman helped New York to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, playing in 25 postseason contests. He recorded five assists and averaged 21:03 in ice time per game, while his plus-4 rating was second among Ranger blue-liners.

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