NA Juniors Game Night: 3-14-2014

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 7 SOG, 13/21 FO, *Second Star*
Season totals: 45 GP, 28-73-101, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Drouin topped the 100-point mark for the second straight season with two goals and an assist to lead the Mooseheads to a 7-2 win over the Sea Dogs. Halifax had a 7-0 lead after two periods. The third period featured several misconducts and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties as things got out of hand.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 3

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-26-30, +9, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Blujus got to 30 points in the season, the second time in his OHL career he has hit the mark. He had 34 points in his draft year.

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5 (OT)

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 53 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Ikonen scored the game-opening goal, his 25th goal of the season.

Bounce Gives Crunch OT Win Over Bears, 3-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jon DiSalvatore's objective was to just jab the puck toward the net.

With nearly two minutes gone in overtime, the Syracuse Crunch forward took a whack at a loose puck a few feet from the net. In a stroke of luck, the puck went off a Hershey Bears defenseman, fluttered up over the goalie, kissed the crossbar and fell just over the goal line to give the Crunch a 3-2 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"I'll take it," DiSalvatore said with a grin.

AHL Game Night: 3-14-14 Bears at Crunch

Syracuse unleashes the secret weapon.

HER-2
SYR-3 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the victory. The Latvian rookie is now 4 games over .500 for the season and has inched his save percentage up to .901 for the campaign.

First Period
HER Brown, (15) (Newbury, Byers), 9:50 (PP)
SYR Landry, (1) (Paradis, Gourde), 14:04

Second Period
SYR Smith, (5) (Rankin, Langelier-Parent), 2:48

Third Period
HER Watkins, (10) (Kolomatis, Byers), 9:13

Overtime
SYR DiSalvatore, (10) (Connolly), 1:50

Jon DiSalvatore and Gudlevskis were the game's first and second stars. But, who cares about that? After nearly 3 seasons in the organization, finally Charles Landry was let loose upon the league. Tonight the young defenseman finally scored his first ever AHL goal. Congratulations.

Also, as advertised, new signee Yanni Gourde had a helper in his Syracuse debut, keeping the forward at his point a game pace for the season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-14-14

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(1)Magnitogorsk 4 vs. (8)Vladivostok 3 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 37/40, 2.85 GAA, .925 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 0 SO, 2.03 GAA, .927 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 3:15 into Overtime to deliver Magnitogorsk a 4-3 Game Five victory and eliminate expansion Vladivostok for the KHL playoffs. Mozyakin's goal punctuated the 3 assists he posted in regulation.

(4)Ufa 4 vs. (5)Novgorod 2
Ufa Leads the Series 3-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 27/29, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 1.54 GAA, .947 sv%

Remember when Ufa was down 2-0 in the series and it took an amazing pad save in Double Overtime of Game Three by Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy on Novgorod's Jarkko Immonen just to keep them from the brink of elimination? That save may well have been the turning point of the opening round series, as Ufa has screamed back to a 3-2 series lead on the strength of their 4-2 Game Five win today. Center Denis Khlystov had 3 assists in the win for Ufa while Novgorod's Sakari Salminen had 1 goal and 1 assist for Novgorod in defeat.

Nadezhda Cup
Khanty-Mansiysk 5 vs. Omsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM

Yugra laid the wood to Avangard Omsk in the opener of their second round Nadezhda Cup matchup, defeating the KHL power 5-1. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev played 14:14 in the match and Yugra also got a helper from former Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak in the win.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-13-2014

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 0 @ North Bay Battalion 3

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 4-25-29, +8, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Brampton got 20 saves from Jake Smith (2014) to shut out the Gens, 3-0.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 11-25-36, +20, 117 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Dotchin added another goal to season stats, giving him 11 for the year.

NHL Game Night: 3-13-14 Panthers at Lightning

Lightning sweep up the trash.

FLA-4
TB-5

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the win. He was very off positionally tonight, including a wickedly bad short side softie, but goal support is a beautiful thing.

First Period
1:44 FLA Fleischmann (7), (Kulikov, Bjugstad)(PP)
5:38 TB Salo (3), (Filppula)
5:50 FLA Howden (1), (Hayes, Pirri)
8:18 TB Kostka (3), (Purcell)

Second Period
12:04 TB Callahan (12), (Palat, Filppula)
18:53 TB Johnson (21), (Stamkos)

Third Period
10:47 TB Stamkos (15), (Filppula, Hedman)(PP)
18:55 FLA Upshall (12), (Bjugstad, Boyes)
19:33 FLA Pirri (8), (Petrovic, Campbell)

Valtteri Filppula, Steven Stamkos, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars.

This win wasn't the elixir. Florida is terrible and you still saw some concerning signs including bad penalty killing, subpar goaltending from Bishop, and late game lapses while the team was trying to close out a win. So, if you're a glass-half-empty person, there's plenty to complain about. On the other hand, Callahan got his first Lightning goal, Stamkos got his first points since coming back from the broken leg, and the Lightning finally got a W, if you're a glass-half-full person. I'd say the game was a building block, and if they work on correcting the problematic things they will be ok moving forward. The effort has been very good the past few games and they finally got the positive feedback tonight.

10 hits for Radko Gudas in his return from injury. Double digits. Clearly, the trainer's table puts him in a foul mood. Everyone else on the team only had 8 hits combined.

Mike Kostka had a goal and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 15:44. Is he perfect defensively? No. But he's given the Lightning the offensive dynamism in the tradeoff you want from an offensive defenseman. So much so, in fact, that he's temporarily supplanted Barberio on the depth chart.

Nikita Kucherov was -2 in 10:09 as he graduates from prospect status on the website with a whimper. With the other new lines Cooper put together playing pretty well, the one casualty was the 4th line with Brown and Kucherov, which saw the ice very little.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-14

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Vladivostok 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 3 (3OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 40/42, 1.03 GAA, .952 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 1.87 GAA, .927 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov scored 16:35 into Triple Overtime to deliver Magnitogorsk a Game Four, 3-2 win over Vladivostok. Metallurg now has a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Ex-Lightning defenseman Mike Commodore had a goal in defeat for Vladivostok. Vasily Koshechkin turned away 40 for the win.

Nadezhda Cup
Novgorod 2 vs. Ufa 4
Series Tied 2-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 39/41, 2.00 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0, 0 SO, 1.44 GAA, .950 sv%

Novgorod may live to regret their Game Three Triple Overtime loss to Ufa, as momentum in the series now wears a green jersey as Ufa won Game Four 4-2 to even the series at 2 a piece. Andrey Vasilevskiy turned in another sterling performance in the win, turning aside 39 shots, allowing his club to overcome a lopsided 41-20 shot disadvantage. Ex-NHLer Ivan Vishnevsky had a goal for Ufa in the win.

Gourde Finds Home in Lightning Organization


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Yanni Gourde took the ice Tuesday as determined as ever.

The 5-9 left-winger signed a new deal -- an American Hockey League contract with the Syracuse Crunch for the rest of this season and a two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning over the next two years -- last weekend. But Gourde, who spent time with three teams over the past two years, isn’t completely satisfied with his new found stability.

"It's awesome to feel that type of security right now," Gourde said. "But hockey is day-by-day. Every practice is important, and every time I step on the ice I need to improve myself to get better."

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-11-2014

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2 (OT)

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 Hit, 7 SOG, 13/27 FO
Season totals: 44 GP, 26-72-98, +48, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Drouin returned to the Mooseheads’ lineup after missing a game due to an illness. He scored the overtime winner on Tuesday night, lifting Halifax to their 11th straight win. Eric Brassard stopped 36 of 39 shots for the Islanders to earn first star honors. Brassard was in Tampa Bay’s camp last fall. He is 7-20 this year with a 3.57 GAA and a .900 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 51 GP, 24-45-69, +19, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Ikonen was first star for scoring twice for Kingston on Tuesday night. He had the Fronts’ second and third goals.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-11-14

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(8)Vladivostok 4 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 3 (2OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/33, 2.82 GAA, .879 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.35 GAA, .916 sv%

Former Senators fourth rounder Ilya Zubov scored 5:04 into Double Overtime to deliver Vladivostok their first ever playoff win, 4-3 over Magnitogorsk. Zubov ended up with 2 goals overall in the match.

(5)Novgorod 1 vs. (4)Ufa 2 (3OT)
Novgorod Leads the Series 2-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 52/53, 0.53 GAA, .981 sv%
Regular Season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 1.30 GAA, .949 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy and Ufa outlasted Novgorod 2-1 in a 113:24 thriller to draw their first win of their opening round series against Novgorod. The young netminder turned aside 52 shots for the win. Ex-Senators second rounder Igor Mirnov had Ufa's first goal while Russian league veteran Alexander Stepanov drew potted the winning goal. Vasilevskiy has played well in his rookie campaign as a KHL playoff starter, allowing just 5 goals in 3 games.

Nadezhda Cup
Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was -1 in 15:28 in Yugra's 1-1 tie with Amur Khabarovsk. Yugra wins their Qualification Round matchup over Khabarovsk by going 1-0-1, and will move on to face Omsk in the next round of the "best of the worst" postseason tournament of KHL teams that have failed to make the playoffs.

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