Pittsburgh’s 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay in tonight’s Kraft Hockeyville game obviously won’t count towards the standings, but Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was still concerned by what he felt was his team’s sloppy play.
“I know it’s only preseason, but we have two games left to get things going, so that’s alarming,” Stamkos said, per the Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith.
It might be more than just the Lightning’s play that’s in danger of carrying into the regular season. Defenseman Victor Hedman suffered an undisclosed injury that caused him to leave the game in the second period.
The Lightning are describing Hedman’s injury as minor, although he will need to be evaluated on Wednesday. With the Lightning’s season opener just a little over a week away, the status of players dealing with day-to-day ailments is increasing in importance.
Lightning fans looking for a silver lining though can turn their attention to Jonathan Drouin. He found the back of the net tonight and Lightning coach Jon Cooper has noticed that the 20-year-old forward is playing with more confidence.
After winning the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA event, the fans of Johnstown, Pennsylvania were treated to Pittsburgh’s 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay tonight at Cambria County War Memorial.
The arena was featured in the movie Slap Shot, so naturally the Hanson Brothers were tasked with giving the Penguins an inspirational pregame speech:
It seemed to do the trick as Sergei Plotnikov put the Penguins ahead just 14 seconds into the game. Evgeni Malkin provided the deciding marker in the exhibition contest.
In addition to the city, which has an population of about 20,000, getting to host an NHL game, being selected also meant that Cambria County War Memorial received $150,000 in arena upgrades.
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David Moss hasn’t played in the AHL since 2007, but he might be back there this season.
The 33-year-old forward has accepted a professional tryout offer with the Milwaukee Admirals, per the team’s website. They are the AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators.
Moss had four goals and 12 points in 60 games with the Arizona Coyotes last season. He’s a veteran of 501 NHL contests between his time with the Calgary Flames and Coyotes.
At one time he was a decent offensive contributor, but he hasn’t recorded more than 10 goals or 30 points since 2010-11. He also saw his role with the Coyotes decline last season after accepting a one-year, $800K contract in the summer of 2014 that served as a substantial pay cut from his previous deal.