Nov 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson (70) takes the puck past Tampa Bay Lightning defensman Dmitry Korobov (24) in the third period of the game at Staples Center. The Kings won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Dmitry Korobov reassigned to Syracuse Crunch

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After only one game with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bolts have reassigned defenseman Dmitry Korobov back to their American Hockey League affiliate team, the Syracuse Crunch.

Tampa Bay dropped a heart-wrenching loss to the Los Angeles Kings last night at the Staples Center in Korobov’s NHL debut, their second loss in a row (the first time that has happened this year).

The Lightning (14-7-0) went down 5-2 in a frighteningly similar fashion to the Oct. 15 Bolts home win (5-1) over the Kings in their first meeting this season.

Here is the official statement released by the team concerning Korobov’s status:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Dmitry Korobov to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Korobov, 24, made his NHL debut last night against the Los Angeles Kings, recording one hit and 13:21 minutes of ice time. He was originally recalled by the Lightning on November 12. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defenseman has skated in 13 games with the Crunch this season, notching six assists and 13 penalty minutes. He ranks first on Syracuse with a plus-7 rating.

A native of Novopolotsk, Belarus, Korobov has skated in 78 career AHL games, all with the Crunch, recording three goals and 28 points. Last season he ranked second in the AHL among rookies with a plus-20 rating. Korobov helped lead Syracuse to the 2013 Calder Cup Final, recording a goal and two points in 17 games.

This suggests to me that Keith Aulie, Mark Barberio, and Andrej Sustr must be looking a whole lot better after sitting out the past few games with injuries.  Look to see one, two or maybe even all three defenseman on the Lightning’s bench before the Bolts face their next Pacific Division foe, the San Jose Sharks, on Thursday Nov. 21, for game three of a four-game road trip through the ultra-competitive division.

The puck drops at 10:30 PM eastern time.

Hopefully the Lightning will log another “dubya” for the true-blue Lightning fans who stayed up for that Kings game last night, only to go to sleep frustrated and let down.

And they owe those of you out there who chose to go to bed after the second period (or earlier, I don’t blame you) and woke up to the sad news anyway after a night’s worth of wishful sleeping.

Come on, Bolts!  Lets stop the bleeding!  Two-game losing streak ends tomorrow night at San Jose.

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