KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-14-15

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Novosibirsk 3 vs. (3)Magnitogorsk 2
Novosibirsk Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.06 GAA, .906 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-3-0, 1 SO, 1.88 GAA, .938 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Kings 5th rounder Patrik Hersley had the eventual game winning goal for Sibir in their 3-2 win over Magnitogorsk. Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Magnitka.

Juniors Game Night: 3-13-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 3

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 8/17 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 34 GP, 19-23-42, -8, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-36-56, -13, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

It took longer than expected, but Darcy hit the 20-goal mark for the season.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 3/8 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 39-44-83, +23, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne is now within one goal of 40 for the season. He had a goal and two assists Friday to lead the Remparts to a home win over Nikita Kucherov’s former junior club (of course, he played a little for Quebec, too).

Ontario Hockey League

Plymouth Whalers 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: Did not play
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo and his 23-game point streak were not in the lineup Friday. According to the Sault Star, speculation was he was being rested. The Soo has already clinched the conference's top seed.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 34-45-79, +10, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

This loss will sting Moose Jaw as the Warriors held a 3-0 lead before giving up the game’s final four goals. The game-winner was scored shorthanded with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Point had a beauty of a goal, scored on the power play when he took a pass below the left wing circle, stepped into the slot and roofed a forehand into the far top-corner. The Pats did a nice job of collapsing on him whenever he got the puck to eliminate any time or space. He was clearly a marked man.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas match last year’s goal total of seven, scoring in the first period to give the Hitmen a 2-0 lead. Red Deer scored three times in the second period. Calgary has one game left on its month-long road trip.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NCAA Game Night: 3-13-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Harvard leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard upset Yale on the road to take an early lead in their ECAC series.

Merrimack Warriors 2 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 6
Hockey East Quarterfinals
BU leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod remains out of the lineup. He’s now missed two games. One report Friday said MacLeod is a game-time decision for Saturday.

Colorado College Tigers 1 @ No. 1 North Dakota 5
NCHC Quarterfinals
UND leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-6-17, +10, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota took a 1-0 series lead on Colorado College, winning big at home, 5-1.

Union Dutchmen 3 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 (3OT)
ECAC Quarterfinals
Quinnipiac leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-27-32, E, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

The Bobcats scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation, including the game-tying goal with just over 30 seconds remaining on which Peca had an assist. The game-winner was scored by Alex Barron at 6:32 of OT3.

Penn State Nittany Lions 0 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 18 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-11-3, 2.47 GAA, .908 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox set a new career high for shutouts in a season with five, stopping all 18 shots he faced against Penn State.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Score Four Times in Third to Extinguish Flames


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After struggling through the second period, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to pull out the win.

The Crunch scored two goals in the first six minutes but the Flames took the lead midway through the second. Syracuse rallied for four goals in the third to beat Adirondack, 7-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"We got our thoughts together and took a few minutes to rest up, and then we said 'They're not going to give us anything, we just have to dig down, dig deep, and find a way,'" Crunch forward Tanner Richard said of what happened during the second intermission. "We all rallied together pretty well and came out with the two points."

AHL Game Night: 3-13-15 Flames at Crunch

Crunch avenge their most humiliating loss of the year.

ADK-4
SYR-7

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the win. Credit him for continuing to battle after allowing 4 goals on his first 20 shots faced.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (23) (Ashton, Cote), 4:28
SYR Martindale, (9) (Marchessault), 5:39
ADK Agostino, (6) (Reinhart), 12:27 (SH)

Second Period
ADK Setoguchi, (2) (Vause, Acolatse), 2:15
SYR Ashton, (6) (Richard), 3:35
ADK Acolatse, (5) (Kulak, Arnold), 6:41 (PP)
ADK Agostino, (7) (Setoguchi, Cundari), 11:16

Third Period
SYR Martindale, (10) (Koekkoek, Broll), 2:52
SYR Witkowski, (2) (Richard, Gourde), 11:45
SYR Richard, (11) (Gourde, Ashton), 14:15
SYR Dotchin, (5) (Martindale), 18:29 (EN)

Gudlevskis, Carter Ashton, and Ryan Martindale were the game's three stars. Yanni Gourde and Tanner Richard each had 3 point nights as well, so lots of Syracuse players got healthy on the stat sheet tonight.

The Crunch have fallen 6 points out of the conference title chase, but are still up 5 points on Springfield in the division. The real question is whether Syracuse can sustain any success if Vladislav Namestnikov stays with Tampa Bay the rest of the season. It's a tough ask, but the team did manage 7 goals tonight, obviously.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 21

This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 21
· How will TB survive after injuries to 13, 18, 55?
· #BPMailbag (Was Syracuse set up to succeed? NCAA free agent watch; Lightning NHL, AHL free agents: who goes, who stays; Addition predictions for Syracuse; Bigger learning curve – Drouin to NHL or linemates to Drouin?)

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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-13-15

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Novosibirsk 2 vs. (3)Magnitogorsk 0
Novosibirsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 22/24, 2.05 GAA, .917 sv%
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 4-2-0, 1 SO, 1.68 GAA, .943 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Panthers and Blackhawks farmhand Alexander Salak stopped all 38 shots he faced to help Novosibirsk blank Magnitka 2-0 in Game One of their second round KHL playoff series. Magnitogorsk outshot Novosibirsk 38-24 in the contest. Ex-Isles 4th rounder David Ullstrom had the eventual game winner.

Juniors Game Night: 3-12-15

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 9 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 21-22-43, -10, 95 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor’s playoff chances took a hit Thursday night when the Storm rolled into town and put nine pucks into the Spits’ net. Windsor is one point behind Saginaw and one ahead of Plymouth for the West’s final playoff spot. The “winner” gets Sault Ste. Marie in the first round. (Tampa Bay Lightning photo)

NHL Game Night: 3-12-15 Lightning at Bruins

Bruised but unbroken.

TB-2
BOS-3 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 30 shots before allowing 2 of 3 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. He looked like he was battling it a bit at times tonight, but 2 goals in 65 minutes is strong, even if the Bruins' second goal was a bit soft.

First Period
7:57 BOS Pastrnak (9), (Spooner, Lucic)
15:29 TB Stamkos (37), (unassisted)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
2:20 BOS Bergeron (19), (Seidenberg)
8:04 TB Namestnikov (5), (Barberio, Sustr)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- NONE
BOS- Bergeron, Marchand

Boston's media, bastions of class and taste that they are, decided to award all three stars to Bruins players in a game that went to the shootout and where the Lightning outshot and outchanced the B's. Quite scum baggy on their part.

Everything was going against the Lightning going into this game as they found out they'll be facing extended absences by Palat, Coburn, and Paquette due to injury and they were heading into a barn where they simply have been cursed. They had a pretty poor First Period adjusting to the shuffled lines and pairings, but from the Second Period on they dominated, eventually outshooting the Bruins 37-30 for the game. That's an impressive show of strength from the Lightning's depth players, especially given how much Boston traps. Honestly, the two goals Boston got tonight were a goal that could've easily been waved off for being kicked in and a point shot softie that Bishop didn't get. If anything, these close games against Montreal and Boston have been very good stress tests heading toward the playoffs, and for the most part the team has responded impressively.

With Montreal going down to Ottawa tonight, all is now square at 91 points stop the Atlantic Division with Montreal holding just 1 game in hand. The Canadiens hardly look like world beaters right now, though, so the Lightning are in good shape to take this at the finish line even with the injuries.

Mike Angelidis had 1 hit in 7:36.

Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:11. I thought he was pretty heady with the puck, for the most part, but it was clear he had some struggles with the size and physicality of the Bruins' forwards. So, the coaching staff had to be careful about usage with Nikita tonight.

Vladislav Namestnikov had a goal and was -1 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 12:29. He very quickly moved up to take the Palat spot on the line with Johnson and Kucherov and performed admirably. His goal was a pretty nice display of skill to quickly get the puck up to his stick after a point shot hit some traffic in front. He's looking like a guy who will be very hard to send down to Syracuse ever again.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 3-12-15

Quarterfinal Round
(4)Sparta Praha 5 vs. (5)Mountfield HK 3
Sparta Praha Leads the Series 2-0
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, 1/1, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Jaroslav Janus stopped the only shot he faced in 4:31 of relief in Sparta's 5-3 win over Mountfield HK. Jan Buchtele led the way for Sparta with a pair of goals while ex-Leafs 5th rounder Juraj Mikas also contributed a goal. Ex-Sharks 6th rounder Jaroslav Kudrna contributed a pair of goals for Mountfield in defeat. Game Three is scheduled for Sunday.

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