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AHL Game Night: 3-6-10 River Rats at Admirals

A golden opportunity goes by the boards, and we're reminded how incredibly difficult it is to beat a good team on back-to-back nights.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss. The young netminder has back-to-back losses for the first time since early January.

First Period
NOR Tyrell, (6) (Hall, Craig), 10:44
ALB Samson, (29) (Osala, McBain), 17:23
ALB Bowman, (15) (Micflikier, Rodney), 18:47

Second Period
ALB Samson, (30) (Dodge, Terry), 1:55
ALB Chaput, (10) (Osala, Samson), 5:21

Third Period
NOR Jones, (9) (Lashoff), 14:01

Albany moves out to a 3 point lead with 1 game in hand on the Admirals for 2nd place in the East Division. 4th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was idle and remains 7 points back with 3 games in hand. 5th place Adirondack was blanked 1-0 by Binghamton and will fall into 6th place, 12 points behind Norfolk with 4 games in hand. They'll be passed by Syracuse, which bumped off Portland 4-3, and will now be 10 points back with 3 games in hand.

In the crossover, Bridgeport, which is 5th in the Atlantic, thumped Providence 4-1, so the Sound Tigers are 5 points back of the Admirals with 1 game in hand. Providence is 7 points back with 2 games in hand. Hartford is 10 points back with 3 games in hand. If the Admirals fall to 4th in the East, they must finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to make the postseason.

Norfolk will be scoreboard watching until Friday when they finally get back into action hosting the Sound Tigers at The Scope. Norfolk has 10 games remaining at home and 4 on the road. Albany has 6 at home and 9 on the road. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has 8 at home and 9 on the road.

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Elitserien Game Day: 3-6-10

Sodertalje 2 @ Skelleftea 7
Riku Helenius, Sodetalje, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.68 GAA, .914 sv%

Helenius must be relieved he avoided the bombing suffered by starter Pontus Sjogren in the match. Both teams managed 29 shots on goal, but the save percentages weren't.

CHL Game Night: 3-5-10


Moncton Wildcats 4 @ St. John Sea Dogs 3 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 59 GP, 14-42-56, +39, 64 PIM

A big, confidence-building win for the Wildcats over the CHL’s second-ranked team on the Sea Dog’s home ice. Moncton is ranked No.4 in the CHL. Barberio’s goal came in the first period on the power play to tie the game at two for Moncton. He has goals in two straight games and is one off his career high with five games left. He did not participate in the shootout.


Belleville Bulls 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM (spearing double-minor)
Season Totals: 56 GP, 19-16-35, +4, 47 PIM
With Bulls: 23 GP, 10-7-17, -11, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 57 GP, 19-14-33, -19, 51 PIM
With Bulls: 44 GP, 17-13-30, -17, 31 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-4-4, +2, 2 PIM (holding opponent’s stick), *First Star*
Season Totals: 46 GP, 7-19-26, -4, 18 PIM
With Sudbury: 24 GP, 4-12-16, -9, 12 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu (pictured) has six points in his last two games. The four points in a game were a career high for the young Finn. Panik scored for the second game in a row, but took a double-minor for spearing as the game ended.

Barrie Colts 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 6
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 64 GP, 45-29-74, +38, 54 PIM

A rare loss for the CHL’s top-ranked team from Barrie. Hutchings saw his point streak end at 12 games and his goal streak end at seven. He’s five goals short of 50 with four games remaining.

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-24-2-1, 4.07 GAA, .886 sv%, 2 SO

The Gens are two points behind Niagara for the East’s last playoff spot with five games remaining.


Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 61 GP, 24-26-50, -5, 100 PIM
With Regina: 33 GP, 11-13-24, +3, 48 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

The Pats get a win despite being out of the playoff race. Ashton’s goal, which came on the power play, was his first in eight games. He tied his career high for points in a season at 50, set in 70 games last year with the Hurricanes (30 goals).

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 6
C/W James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 16 GP, 4-10-14, -1, 6 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

The Giants have now lost three in a row. Wright hasn’t registered a point in his last four games and is minus-six during that time.

NCAA Playoffs Game Night: 3-5-10

[i]ECAC First Round – Game 1, Best of 3[/i] [b] Harvard Crimson 4 @ Princeton Tigers 2[/b] [i]C/W [b][url=/alexander-killorn]Alexander Killorn[/url][/b], HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG [/i] Season Totals: 30 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM Ninth-seeded Harvard scored four times in the third period to beat eighth-seeded Princeton in Round 1 of the ECAC playoffs (Best of 3 series). [b] No.16 Vermont Catamounts 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5[/b] [i]C/W [b] [url=/matt-marshall]Matt Marshall[/url] [/b], UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG[/i] Season Totals: 32 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 14 PIM The unranked River Hawks clinched a Hockey East playoff birth with the win, but Vermont, who entered the game fifth in the conference, fell to ninth with the loss. The two teams play again Saturday and Vermont needs a win to get in. [i]CCHA First Round – Game 1, Best of 3[/i] [b] Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 4 [/b] [i]D [b] [url=/luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url] [/b], WMU: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (hooking, cross-checking), 0 SOG[/i] Season Totals: 30 GP, 2-4-6, -11, 65 PIM WMU dropped the first game of a potential three game series with Alaska, getting outshot 44-16. Playing Alaska means we get to show you (again) AKF’s pregame video. This polar bear does a lot of damage with a hockey stick (and F-16s). Maybe too much damage. [youtube]K9cYcRotufU[/youtube]

AHL Game Night: 3-5-10 River Rats at Admirals

Five straight wins at home for the Admirals.

NOR-3 (SO)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 28 shots before stopping 2 out of 4 shooters in the penalty shot session for the shootout win. Janus moved his record to above .500 for the season at 7-6-0 with the win, and he's riding a personal 5 game winning streak.

First Period
ALB Terry, (14) (FitzGerald), 3:47

Second Period
NOR Hall, (12) (Tyrell, Craig), 9:59
NOR Keller, (13) (Mihalik, Tyrell), 16:07 (PP)

Third Period
ALB McBain, (6) , 0:26


ALB- Terry, McBain
NOR- Keller, Jones, Fornataro, Fadden

Adam Hall, Janus, and Justin Keller were the game's three stars.

In a stunning development, Juraj Simek, the Don of the Presov Mafia, was stopped for the first time all season in the shootout. He was the one and only Admiral to fail to convert on Justin Pogge. With a pair of assists, Dana Tyrell had his 5th multi-point game in his last 11 games, and he's on a 3-game point streak. Vladimir Mihalik notched his 6th point in his last 12 games and has matched his season total for point from a year ago and is 1 point shy of his career best AHL season. Paul Szczechura is about to be recalled to Tampa Bay and did not play tonight.

The win moves the Admirals to within 1 point of Albany for 2nd place in the East Division with the Rats holding 1 game in hand. The Admirals will give the Rats a rematch tomorrow night at The Scope, and a regulation win could move Norfolk into 2nd place all by themselves in the division. Fourth place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is losing 4-1 to Syracuse in the third period. If that holds up, Norfolk will move 7 points up on the Penguins with the Pens holding 3 games in hand. 5th place Adirondack lost to Rochester 5-2 and, if the Crunch's score holds up, they'll be tied with Syracuse at 12 points behind the Admirals with each team holding 3 games in hand on Norfolk. Bolt Prospects has declared the Binghamton Senators deceased.

In the crossover, Bridgeport beat Portland 5-4, Providence fell to Manchester 2-1, and the Hartford Wolf Pack were idle. So, the Admirals remain 5 points up on the 5th place team in the Atlantic (Bridgeport), move 7 points up on the 6th place team (Providence) with the Bruins holding 2 games in hand, and the Admirals move 11 points up on 7th place Hartford with the Pack holding 3 games in hand. If the Admirals were to fall to 4th in the East Division, they would have to finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to make the postseason.

It's an epic clash tomorrow between the Admirals and the Rats with 2nd place in the division potentially up for grabs.

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KHL Game Day: 3-5-10

Astana 3 @ Dynamo Riga 5
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 16 PIM

Karsums played 14:35 in the match, and scored an empty net goal with 3 seconds left in the game to seal the deal for Riga.

Omsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, DNP
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 34/36, 1.85 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 21-16-4, 4 SO, 2.09 GAA, .914 sv%

Ramo allowed 2 out of 3 shooters he faced in the shootout to convert as Omsk fell in the penalty shot session. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a goal in the match for Omsk.

St. Petersburg 3 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 24/27, 3.01 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 48 GP, 25-15-8, 8 SO, 1.92 GAA, .928 sv%

Former NHLers Sergei Zubov and Alexei Yashin each had 2 helpers for St. Petersburg.

Cherepovets 2 @ Ekaterinburg 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 18 PIM

Kazionov played 14:37 in the match.

KHK MVD 2 @ Kazan 3 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM

The elder Kazionov played 13:45 in the match and assisted on a third period goal by former Sharks draft pick Hannes Hyvonen. Former NHLer Alexei Morozov also had a goal in the match for Kazan.

CHL Game Night: 3-4-10


Belleville Bulls 3 @ Barrie Colts 4
C Richard Panik, BEL: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM (interference), *Third Star*
Season Totals: 55 GP, 18-16-34, +6, 43 PIM
With Bulls: 22 GP, 9-7-16, -9, 24 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 57 GP, 19-14-33, -19, 51 PIM
With Bulls: 44 GP, 17-13-30, -17, 31 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 45-29-74, +40, 54 PIM

Although Hutchings scored his 45th of the year, fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik (pictured) had the most goals of anyone in the game with two – good enough for a Third Star honor on the road. Panik’s goals cut Barrie’s leads to 2-1 and 3-2 respectively in the third period. The Bulls would later tie it at three before Barrie got a goal with just over three minutes remaining to win it. Hutchings extended his point streak to 12 games and his goal streak to seven games. Barrie has five games left and Hutchings is five goals from 50.

NHL Game Night: 3-4-10 Lightning at Capitals

At this rate, neither of the Lightning's goaltenders deserve to be back with the team next season.


Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the loss. You simply cannot give up soft goals to a team like the Capitals. They have no trouble scoring 3-4 goals a night on their own. When you spot them freebies, you've got pracitically no chance to win.

First Period
WSH 6:10, Eric Fehr 16 (unassisted)
TB 11:55, Downie 16 (Foster, St. Louis)(PP)

Second Period
WSH 2:17, Knuble 24 (Laich, Morrison)
WSH 8:21, Knuble 25 (Backstrom, Ovechkin)
TB 9:03, Lecavalier 16 (St. Louis, Foster)(PP)

Third Period
WSH 10:11, Walker 4 (Green, Gordon)
TB 10:35, Lecavalier 17 (Purcell, Meszaros)
TB 12:28, Stamkos 38 (Ohlund, St. Louis)
WSH 13:09, Walker 5 (Green, Chimera)

It's sickening. The past two games the team hasn't played as poorly as their goals allowed have indicated, but the goaltenders are struggling and so are a couple of the defensemen. You can compensate for defensemen struggling. You can't if your goaltenders are giving up 1-2 soft goals a night. The power play looks good. The forwards are playing pretty well. But, if the goaltending isn't right, you've got no chance.

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Elitserien Game Day: 3-4-10

Frolunda 4 @ Sodertalje 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 33/37, 4.00 GAA, .892 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.68 GAA, .914 sv%

Helenius and Sodertalje were overwhelmed in the match by Frolunda, which outshot their opponent by a margin of 37-17. Former Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala had a helper in the match for Frolunda.

AHL Game Night: 3-3-10 Admirals at Penguins

Things tighten up a bit in the playoff chase...


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 33 shots in the loss.

First Period
WBS Grant, (2) (Johnson, Tangradi), 5:50
NOR Hall, (11) (Tyrell, Craig), 9:25

Second Period
WBS Wallace, (18) (Smith, Conner), 8:22 (PP)
NOR Jones, (8) (Tarkir, Fadden), 10:07

Third Period
WBS Pushkarev, (6) (Lee, Tangradi), 8:06
WBS Jeffrey, (19) (Wallace), 19:56 (EN)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton now pulls within 5 points of Norfolk with the Pens holding 3 games in hand. The good news is that, after tonight, Norfolk has just 4 road games remaining on their schedule and 12 at home.

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