CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-5-10


East-5 Brampton Battalion 1 @ East-1 Barrie Colts 5
Conference Semifinals, Game 3. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 3-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Barrie improved to 7-0 in the playoffs despite missing Alex Hutchings for the third straight game. Hutchings, who reportedly may be able to play if the Colts were in danger of losing the series, remains out with a groin injury. With Barrie now on the verge of a sweep, speculation is Hutchings will be given additional time to heal before Barrie faces the winner of Ottawa and Mississauga (2-1 Ottawa). In Game 3, Barrie had a 4-0 lead after two as the outcome was never really in doubt. Alexander Burmistrov, a forward for Barrie who will likely be picked in the top-10 this summer, had a goal for the Colts. He has 13 points (7 goals) in seven playoff games so far. The Russian had 65 points (22 goals) in 62 regular season games. This was his first season in North America. In the West, Taylor Hall is winning the battle of the 2010 top prospects as he had Windsor are up 3-0 on Tyler Seguin and Plymouth. One of those two will be an Edmonton Oiler this time next year, barring a trade.

Harju Signs With Tampa Bay

The website HockeyExpressen is reporting that the Lightning have signed Swedish forward Johan Harju to a one year contract, estimated to be worth approximately $700,000. Harju, a 2007 6th round pick, exercised an out-clause in his contract to leave Dynamo Moscow of the KHL last week at the conclusion of the club's playoff run. Harju scored 4 goals and 18 points in 55 games with Dynamo this year, which was his first in the KHL.

Prior to his stint in the KHL, Harju was known as one of the most prolific goal scorers in Sweden's top league, the Elitserien. Harju's career season came two years ago when he ranked among the league's leaders with 27 goals and 49 points in 55 games. Drafted as a winger, Harju played most of this season at center, and his versatility will help his chances of making the Lightning in the Fall. Standing at 6'3" and 205 lbs, the power forward has drawn comparisons to Detroit's Johan Franzen. He turns 24 on May 15th.

In related news, Harju's life-long teammate Linus Omark signed a 2-year deal to play with the Edmonton Oilers yesterday. Both players are currently training with Team Sweden for the upcoming World Championships in Germany.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-5-10

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(3)Kazan 3 @ (1)Yulaev 2 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 3-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 3-1-4, +6, 8 PIM

Former Lightning first round pick Nikita Alexeev scored a game winning goal 8:51 into overtime to put Kazan within one win of the KHL Finals, helping Ak Bars defeat Yulaev 3-2 in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Finals series. Kazan scored a pair of third period goals to force overtime after Yulaev led 2-0 throuigh 40 minutes on a pair of markers by former NHLer Viktor Kozlov. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 22:06 in the match.

In the Western Conference, Yaroslavl tied up their series with KHK MVD 2-2 after winning 6-1 today in Game Four. Kazan will attempt to complete the sweep at Yulaev tomorrow.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-4-10


Barrie Colts 3 @ Brampton Battalion 2 (OT)
Conference Semifinals, Game 2. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Hutchings missed his second consecutive game because of a groin injury he suffered late in the Sudbury series. According to the Barrie Examiner, he’s listed as day-to-day and it’s likely he’d return if the Colts faced a deficit in the series. The latest report said his status for Game 3 (Tuesday in Barrie) is unknown. In Game 2, Luke Pither (’89), an undrafted, 6-foot, 194- pound center who accumulated 94 points this season, scored his fourth of the playoffs at 3:32 of overtime to give the Colts a big two games to none lead in the series. Barrie is 6-0 in the playoffs.


Vancouver Giants 7 @ Portland Winterhawks 4
Conference Semifinals, Game 2. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 2-5-7, +5, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

The Giants remained undefeated in the playoffs by scoring four times in the first period en route to a 7-4 road win over Portland. Vancouver swept the Winterhawks in Oregon, averaging a snowman per game on the scoreboard. Wright now has five points in the series after scoring the Giants’ first goal, which tied the game a one halfway through the first. He added an assist on their empty net goal in the closing minute. Nino Niederreiter of Portland, a possible draft target of the Lightning this summer, had two assists in the game. The winger has 11 points (4-7-11) in nine playoff games so far. Portland now goes to Vancouver for the series’ next three games starting Wednesday.

AHL Game Night: 4-4-10 Admirals at Bears

Norfolk falls one goal short again.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
HER Perreault, (16) (Beagle, Collins), 11:00

Second Period
HER Eakin, (2) (Gustafsson, Wellar), 12:53

Third Period
HER Giroux, (46) (Perreault, Gustafsson), 4:45
NOR Craig, (23) (Tyrell, St. Pierre), 7:24
NOR Fadden, (7) (Fornataro, Keller), 8:16

The Admirals remain 2 points behind Bridgeport for the final East Division playoff spot because of the crossover rule, but they've given the Sound Tigers a game in hand with tonight's loss. It's a shame, because in back-to-back games the Admirals were just one bounce away from getting the game tied and getting at least a point from their efforts.

It says a lot about the confidence Jim Johnson has in Mitch Fadden that he was on the ice with veterans like Hall and Craig at the end of the game with the Admirals hunting the equalizer. I'm eager to see what he does with a good offseason of training to build up his body and a full season in the AHL next year.

Tonight was the Admirals final road game. They have three games at The Scope to close the year: one against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday and a back-to-back set against Hershey to finish things up. Realistically, they have to win at least 2 games and perhaps all 3 to make the postseason.

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Kval till Elitserien Game Day: 4-4-10

Kval till Elitserien
Sodertalje 4 @ Almtuna 3 (OT)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 23/26, 2.83 GAA, .885 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-1-0, 1 SO, 2.82 GAA, .898 sv%

Former Oilers draft pick Jonas Almtorp scored an overtime game winning goal to help lead Sodeertalje over Allsvenskan side Almtuna in their seventh game of the promotion/relegation series. Despite only losing a single game in the entire Kval till Elitserien, Lightning prospect Riku Helenius has seen his save percentage dip below .900 after a pair of subpar starts.

Sodertalje improved its overall record to 6-1-0, and holds a 7 point lead over 3rd place Leksands with 3 games remaining. The top two teams in the series will earn spots in the Elitserien, Sweden's top division, and wins is Sweden count for 3 points each. So, Sodertalje can clinch its spot in the top division with 1 more victory. Sodertalje faces Leksands on Tuesday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-3-10


No.5 Moncton Wildcats 4 @ No.4 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3 (OT)
Quarterfinals, Game 2. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Daniel Pettersson (undrafted) scored his third of the playoffs at 2:43 of overtime to give the Wildcats a 4-3 victory and put the Huskies in a big 0-2 hole in the series heading back to Moncton. Barberio maintained his point-per-game average with an assist on the game’s opening goal.


West-2 Vancouver Giants 9 @ West-5 Portland Winterhawks 6
Conference Semifinals, Game 1. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

The Giants improved to 5-0 in the playoffs and drew first blood against Portland with a field-goal-heavy 9-6 win in Oregon. This game turned ugly in the late third as there was somewhat of a line brawl with about four minutes remaining, and more festivities as the final horn sounded. Wright’s first goal of the playoffs turned out to be the game winner as he gave the Giants a 7-5 lead midway through the third period. 5-foot-9 Brendan Gallagher (2011 draft) had four goals for Vancouver. Possible Lightning 2010 first round draft target Nino Niederreiter was scoreless and minus-1 in the game with four penalty minutes.

AHL Game Night: 4-3-10 Admirals at Senators

Admirals fall one goal, one period short.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss. He's played so well as the workhorse since Jaroslav Janus went down. It's a shame on the night he finally got 3 goals worth of support, he couldn't make it stand up.

First Period
NOR Lashoff, (8) (Tyrell, Hall), 8:04

Second Period
BNG St. Pierre, (24) (Lee, Kinrade), 0:34
BNG O'Brien, (8) (Svendsen, Bailey), 5:25
BNG Daugavins, (20) (Hennessy, Smith), 10:59
BNG Tifu, (3) (Hamel, Lee), 12:16

Third Period
NOR Parrish, (16) (St. Pierre, Szczechura), 14:14
NOR Fornataro, (10) (Tarkir, Fadden), 16:30 (PP)
BNG Keller, (32) (Smith, Hennessy), 19:46 (EN/PP)

Binghamton goaltender Mike Brodeur picked a heckuva time to stand on his head. Norfolk outshot the Senators 42-30, but in the end the Sens got the goaltending they needed to pull out the victory.

Norfolk burned their game in hand on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and got nothing out of it, so they'll remain 3 points back of the Pens for 3rd place in the East Division. In the crossover, Lowell defeated Worcester in overtime 3-2 and Bridgeport fell 3-1 to Portland. So, all is not lost for the Admirals. They're 4 points back of the Devils and 2 points back of the Sound Tigers while still holding a game in hand on each team.

Unfortunately, the remaining 4 games of the schedule are incredibly difficult, on paper. Norfolk will burn their game in hand tomorrow and could be back in a playoff spot with a win. But, they must win in Hershey to pull off that feat and Hershey is a ridiculous 32-4-0-2 at the Giant Center this season. That will be Norfolk's last road game of the season. The balance of the schedule includes Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and then another back-to-back games against defending champion Hershey and it's league best 57-15-0-3 record, with their 57 wins already being the highest single season total in the history of the AHL. But, games are not played on paper, and Norfolk has played Hershey fairly close under Head Coach Jim Johnson, so the Admirals have at least a puncher's chance.

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Lightning Return Jim Johnson to Admirals Bench

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned Assistant Coach Jim Johnson to the position of Head Coach of the Norfolk Admirals today, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

The move comes as the Admirals are one of four teams battling for three spots in the push for the Calder Cup Playoffs. Norfolk trails Wilkes Barre-Scranton by three points and are two points behind Bridgeport as well as Lowell though they have a game in hand on each team. The Admirals are currently in Binghamton for a 7:05 p.m. game tonight.

“I am extremely excited to get back behind the bench tonight for the Admirals,” said Johnson today. “We have a great group of players in Norfolk and I am excited to get there with them as we push towards making the playoffs."

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-3-10

Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Yulaev 1 @ (3)Kazan 2 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 2-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 3-1-4, +5, 8 PIM

Hannes Hyvonen scored 4:23 into overtime to lift Kazan to a 2-1 Game Two victory over top seed Yulaev and a 2-0 series lead in the KHL Eastern Conference Finals. Yulaev needed a goal with 15 seconds left in regulation by Valdimir Antipov just to force overtime, but their celebration was short lived. Kazan's other goal came from ex-Thrashers draft pick Ilya Nikulin. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 20:36 in the match and took a first period minor penalty for high sticking.

Game Three between Yulaev and Kazan is Monday. Tomorrow is Game Three in the Western Conference between KHK MVD and Yaroslavl with that series deadlocked at 1-1.

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