Liiga Playoff Game Day: 3-13-16

Liiga First Round
(9)Pelicans 4 vs. (8)KalPa 1
Series Tied 1-1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 12:05 of ice time as KalPa got crushed 4-1 in Game Two of their First Round series with Pelicans. 33 year old veteran defenseman Juha Leimu led the way for Pelicans with a pair of goals. The series-deciding Game Three match is scheduled for Tuesday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-13-16

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(7)Novgorod 3 vs. (1)CSKA 5
CSKA Leads the Series 3-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 36 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton got tossed for fighting ex-Lightning prospect defenseman Artem Sergeev in 16:23 of ice time in Novgorod's 5-3 Game Four loss to top seed CSKA. Sergeev also had a helper in the match. Ex-Canadiens pick Sergei Kostitsyn had a pair of goals in defeat for Novgorod, which now faces elimination in Game Five.

(6)St. Petersburg 4 vs. (5)Dynamo Moscow 0
Series Tied 2-2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-4-4, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 3-8-11, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a quartet of helpers, three of which came on the power play, in SKA's 4-0 Game Four blanking of Dynamo Moscow. He played 16:08 in the win. 29 year old veteran Vadim Shipachev had a hat trick plus an assist in the win for SKA, and ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout.

NHL Game Day: 3-13-16 Lightning at Blue Jackets

Lightning stare down adversity... and smack it in the mouth.

TB-4
CBJ-0

Ben Bishop stopped all 37 shots he faced for the shutout victory. Columbus' fans decided to make Bishop a target after he was interfered with on a goal that was waved off early in the game, and the Blue Jackets ran Ben several times, including a pretty wicked leg sweep by Foligno. All the sweeter for Bishop, who handed down some U of Maine Justice by blanking his would-be tormenters.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:29 TB Stamkos(30), (Kucherov)

Third Period
8:45 TB Namestnikov(12), (Johnson)
10:54 TB Stamkos(31), (Palat)(SH)
14:39 TB Palat(12), (Stamkos)(SH)

Steven Stamkos, Bishop, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars.

The Lightning entered this game pretty well needing a win, having dropped their last 3 with 2 of those being distinctive clunkers against Philly. That's why Bishop was in net today, when if all things were even I think this is a start Cooper might've slid Vasilevskiy's way. Columbus has learned to play a little tighter defensively under Tortorella and they're an extremely physical (goonish) team. They push the envelope of the rules. And, further complicating things, the Lightning ended up playing over half the game with 9 forwards after Valtteri Filppula and Nikita Kucherov had to leave the game with injury (the latter taking a sucker punch in a post whistle scrum from Prout that should be suspension-worthy, in my opinion, if the league gives a damn about protecting its stars).

Tired and sore, the Lightning answered the bell. They manufactured the goals they needed to get the 2-0 lead, they played tight enough defense, and they eventually broke it open on a couple of masterful shorthanded goals by Stamkos and Palat. Today wasn't a game that the Lightning would've circled on the calendar heading into it, but the way they handled adversity in a chippy game makes this a far more important victory than it may have looked on paper.

A little comment on Columbus before I move on: that team is an embarrassment. Let me reiterate: that team is an embarrassment. God bless Tortorella for getting them to play hard, but the fine line between playing hard and playing dirty got obliterated this afternoon. You had Foligno low-bridging a goaltender and body-slamming Namestnikov. You had Prout sucker-punching a Russian goal scorer in a post-whistle scrum that may have concussed Kucherov. You had Bourque slashing Tyler Johnson across the hands with the game well out of hand. You had Calvert slashing another Lightning player right at the final buzzer. That says nothing about all the other stick infractions, clutching and grabbing, and sucker punches and slashes the Blue Jackets got away with as the game wore on. They started to look like a glorified Central Hockey League team as things wore on, and the NHL out to seriously be ashamed there's a product like that anywhere on the league's ice. I wish John Tortorella all the best in taking a book of matches and a gallon or two of lighter fluid to that roster in the offseason in the pursuit of building a team that isn't an appalling laughing stock for anyone who cares about seeing the game played the right way.

With Valtteri Filppula hurt, I wouldn't be shocked to see a Tanner Richard recall, as he was held out of Syracuse's lineup today.

With 1 game left to play in Segment Seven of the season, the Lightning have cleared the minimum 12 points they needed from the 10-game set by 1 point. That means the next contest against Toronto on Tuesday will be an opportunity to pick up 2 more insurance points and drive the magic number they need in Segment Eight of the season to comfortably make the playoffs down even further from 11, which is where it currently stands.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 3-12-16

No. 8 Boston University Terriers 0 @ No. 11 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 5
UML wins best-of-3 Hockey East Quarterfinals, 2-0

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

The fourth-seeded Riverhawks eliminated 5-seed BU from the Hockey East Tournament with a 5-0 Saturday. MacLeod drew back into the lineup after seven games off. The Terriers will wait for an at-large bid to the national tournament.

Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Minnesota State Mavericks 0
Best-of-3 WCHA Quarterfinals tied, 1-1

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-8-10, -1, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Seventh-seeded LSSU got a 57-save shutout from 23-year-old undrafted goaltender Gordon Defiel (pictured) to tie the 2-seed Mavs, 1-1 in the WCHA Quarterfinal series. Shots were 57-14 for Minnesota State. The deciding game will be played Sunday.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 3-12-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 46 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 82 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Imama had his third goal in his last five games, helping Saint John to a win Saturday. He had twice as many hits as anyone else on the team during the game.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 59 GP, 31-34-65, +7, 82 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

The Cataractes got a bit road win vs the Foreurs.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 5 (SO)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 9 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 60 GP, 16-25-41, +14, 103 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto had nine penalty minutes for the second night in a row, which put him over the century mark for the season. He fought Jacob Friend in the second period.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Barrie Colts 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 8-30-38, +28, 44 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 5-19-24, -2, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Spencer scored his second goal since November 20. Masin has points in 10 of his last 11 games.

London Knights 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 2

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/13 FO
Season totals: 36 GP, 18-18-36, -1, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens extended his point streak to eight games with an assist. Saginaw has clinched a playoff birth, but is winless in its last five games.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 34-51-85, +22, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Regina swept its home-and-home series with Moose Jaw. The Pats pulled within one point of the Warriors for third place in the East Division.

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 2 (SO)

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 72 GP, 8-19-27, -32, 50 PIM
With Vancouver: 58 GP, 8-16-24, -22, 40 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Vancouver’s winless streak reached nine games. They will not make the playoffs.

United States Hockey League

Green Bay Gamblers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-14-4, 2.81 GAA, .906 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Omaha is on an 0-8-2 streak after dropping the second game in as many nights to Jon Cooper’s former club.

Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 0-25-25, -9, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Saints have struggled lately, but knocked off first place Cedar Rapids with a commanding road win Saturday. Dubuque is within four points of the RoughRiders for first in the conference with a game in hand.

Drouin Nets Two, But Crunch Fall to Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

One night after returning to the Crunch lineup, Jonathan Drouin found the back of the net. Twice.

The 20-year-old forward notched a pair of early goals, but Syracuse let the lead slip away in a 7-4 loss to the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought we had a few turnovers in the second period that led to some goals, but I didn’t think it was anything outrageous,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “Then I thought we took some penalties in the third that hurt us. That was the difference.”

AHL Game Night: 3-12-16 Americans at Crunch

Third Period meltdown ruins Druinsanity.

RCH-7
SYR-4

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots before being lifted at 5:06 of the Third Period. Adam Wilcox allowed 1 goal on 5 shots the rest of the way for the dreaded back door loss.

First Period
SYR Drouin, (3) (Peca), 19:27

Second Period
SYR Drouin, (4) (Taormina, Richard), 9:48 (PP)
RCH O'Dell, (22) (Austin), 13:49
RCH Bailey, (12) (Austin), 17:24

Third Period
RCH Rodrigues, (9) (Sanguinetti, Mormina), 0:40
SYR Vermin, (5) (Peca, McGinn), 0:54
RCH Ruhwedel, (7) (Donovan, Schneider), 5:11 (PP)
RCH Carrier, (13) (Bailey, Austin), 11:51
SYR Dotchin, (1) (Blujus, Darcy), 16:46 (PP)
RCH Guptill, (2) (D'Amigo), 18:33 (EN)
RCH Baptiste, (9) (Guptill), 19:22 (EN)

Jonathan Drouin was the game's second star after opening up the game with a pair of goals. At a minimum, he's repairing his trade value with this early production for Syracuse.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Playoff Game Day: 3-12-16

Liiga First Round
(8)KalPa 3 vs. (9)Pelicans 2 (OT)
KalPa Leads the Series 1-0
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela had a minor for high sticking in 8:31 of ice time in KalPa's 3-2 Game One win over Pelicans. 32 year old winger Sebastian Lauritzen scored the OT winner for KalPa to stake them to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three, opening play-in round. KalPa is fighting for the right to advance to the Second Round to face one of the top six seeds from the Liiga table, which earned a bye into the Second Round.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-16

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Novosibirsk 1 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 5
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 2 SO, 1.08 GAA, .960 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 3 points for Magnitka in their 5-1 thumping of Novosibirsk. Czech national Jan Kovar led all scorers with 2 goals and 2 assists.

Juniors Game Night: 3-11-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 5 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 45 GP, 6-12-18, -4, 82 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Imama had his second goal in the last four games. Joseph remains out of the lineup due to injury (day-to-day).

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Oshawa Generals 2 (OT)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/30 FO
Season totals: 58 GP, 20-35-55, -13, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli assisted on both Gens goals, including the primary assist on the overtime-winner.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sarnia Sting 4 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 10/21 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 18-17-35, +1, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens had two goals and was named the game’s third star, but Flyers’ pick Travis Konecny scored in overtime on a penalty shot to win the game for Sarnia.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Regina Pats 5 (SO)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 33-51-84, +25, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw blew a 3-1 lead, but fought back to force overtime with a goal in the final 30 seconds. They went 0-3 in the shootout. Point was the first shooter and had his attempt saved.

Portland Winterhawks 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 71 GP, 8-19-27, -32, 50 PIM
With Vancouver: 57 GP, 8-16-24, -22, 40 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Portland scored four times after the game was tied 1-1 to run away with a 5-2 win in Vancouver.

United States Hockey League

Green Bay Gamblers 6 @ Omaha Lancers 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 24 saves on 28 shots
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-14-4, 2.81 GAA, .906 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham is now 1-9-2 in his last 12 games. Omaha is on an 0-7-2 streak and has fallen to sixth in the conference.

Dubuque Fighting Saints 0 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 0-25-25, -9, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Waterloo got a 28-save shutout from Notre Dame commit Cale Morris (2016) to beat the visiting Saints.

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