KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-28-16

KHL Western Conference Finals
(6)St. Petersburg 1 vs. (1)CSKA 2 (OT)
CSKA Wins the Series 4-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 5-9-14, -2, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev played just 3 shifts and 2:32 in SKA's 2-1 OT loss to CSKA. CSKA advances to the Gagarin Cup Final by virtue of the sweep. Ex-Blues pick Sergei Andronov scored the OT winner 1:02 into the extra session. Nikita Gusev signed an extension with SKA during the regular season and is expected to stay in the KHL next season with the club.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-27-16

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 5 @ North Bay Battalion 3
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 6 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM

Peterborough took home-ice advantage away from North Bay with a 5-3 win Sunday. Dominik Masin recorded his first career playoff point in the win. Fellow Lightning prospect Matt Spencer had an assist. North Bay scored the opening goal before the Petes rolled off four consecutive markers. Game 3 is Tuesday in Peterborough.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Erie Otters 7
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/24 FO
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 20-19-39, -3, 14 PIM

Erie had a 5-0 lead Friday before the midway point of the second period, and on Sunday it was 4-0. Saginaw is trying, but simply isn’t in Erie’s class. 2016 draft prospect Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists for the Otters. Game 3 is Tuesday in Michigan.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-27-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(4)Ufa 3 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 21/24, 3.04 GAA, .875 sv%
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 8-2-0, 2 SO, 1.49 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin lost for just the second time in the KHL playoffs as Ufa nipped Magnitka 3-2 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals. Ex-NHLer Sami Lepisto had the GWG for Ufa and had 2 goals, overall, in the match. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Maxim Mayorov also chipped in 2 assists for Ufa in the win.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4
QMJHL First Round
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Saint John held serve at home, winning Game 2, 4-2. Joseph had two more points for the Sea Dogs, both coming late in the third period. Game 3 is Tuesday in the Titan’s barn.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3
QMJHL First Round
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan averted disaster by evening the series in Game 2 with a 3-2 win after falling behind 2-0 early. Yan started on the second line and scored the Catarctes’ first goal. Game 3 is Tuesday in Sherbrooke.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Kingston leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 16/29 FO
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM

The Gens couldn’t come close to Kingston for the second straight game, losing 7-3 in Game 2. Oshawa has been outscored 13-3 in the series thus far. Carolina third rounder Warren Foegele had four goals for the Fronts. Game 3 is Tuesday in Oshawa.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 6
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor blew an early 3-0 lead in Game 1 and relinquished a 3-1 lead in Game 2 and now find themselves down 2-0 in the series. Game 3 is Monday in Windsor.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Moose Jaw leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

Moose Jaw took a commanding 2-0 series lead on the road with a 4-2 win Saturday in Prince Albert. Point scored in the middle of the third period to move Moose Jaw from a 3-2 to 4-2 lead. Game 3 is Monday in Moose Jaw.

USHL Game Night: 3-26-16

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 0 @ Fargo Force 3

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)

Oldham sat for the fourth straight game.

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 0-25-25, -7, 55 PIM
With Dubuque: 11 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 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 failed to gain ground on the conference-leading RoughRiders, losing 3-1. Dubuque was once with Cedar Rapids, but have fallen to third, eight points behind.

NCAA Game Night: 3-26-16

No. 12 Boston University Terriers 2 vs. No. 7 Denver Pioneers 7
NCAA West Regional Semifinal (St. Paul, MN)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 24 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

Denver got up 6-0 on BU before the Terriers got on the board, but by then it was way too late. MacLeod got in the lineup, which was a plus, but played sparingly. His sophomore season concludes in the national tournament. MacLeod’s latter part of the season was marred with healthy scratches and limited play. Hopefully his junior year has the former Lightning second rounder in a more prominent role.

Crunch Continue to Roll With Win Over Americans

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Rob Zettler wanted to make sure Syracuse didn’t let up.

The Crunch head coach reminded his team of the Americans’ recent games with big third periods. After taking a two-goal lead in the first period, Syracuse buckled down on defense to top Rochester, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Crunch has won five straight — a season high — and remain in fourth place in the North Division, two points behind Utica.

“It was very important for our energy and our vibe,” Zettler said of taking the early lead. “I thought we played really well in the first couple periods, but my message to the team was ‘This is how Rochester has been rolling. They don’t come out strong and give up an early lead, but then they come roaring back.’”

AHL Game Night: 3-26-16 Americans at Crunch

Crunch score gigantic win as playoff push continues.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 40 shots for the victory. He was a difference maker tonight, and he's now run off 5 straight wins and he's got a .936 save percentage this month. Peaking in crunch time.

First Period
SYR Drouin, (9) (Peca, Martindale), 8:11 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (13) (Ikonen, Martindale), 14:50

Second Period
SYR Martindale, (4) (Gourde, Ikonen), 11:55
RCH Baptiste, (11) (Mormina), 17:50

Third Period

Ryan Martindale, Gudlevskis, and Yanni Gourde were the game's three stars.

Tonight was a crucially important 4-point divisional encounter, and by virtue of the win the 4th place Crunch extended their margin over the 5th place Americans to 6 points with Rochester holding 2 points in hand. Just as importantly, Syracuse stays within 2 points of 3rd place Utica, which beat the tar out of Binghamton tonight. With the divisional crossover rule, the Crunch likely need to catch Utica, which has 2 games in hand on Syracuse and a big ROW advantage. It may take Syracuse darned near running the table to make the postseason, and they're making a good go at just that. Oh, by the way, there's a home-and-home against Utica in 2 weeks. 4/15 and 4/16. Circle it on your calendars and double star it, too.

Box score from

NHL Game Night: 3-26-16 Panthers at Lightning

Shorthanded Lightning can't overcome the odds.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. I'm not mad about the Jagr and Huberdeau goals and the Hudler goal was just crummy puck luck, but he was horribly off his angle on the Trocheck goal. He can't allow that goal in that spot given the pretext in this game. The Lightning had to get out of the First Period with a lead feeling good about themselves, and that softie was soul-destroying.

First Period
5:52 TB Johnson(14), (Nesterov, Palat)(PP)
13:36 FLA Trocheck(25), (Jokinen)
18:02 FLA Jagr(25), (Barkov, Huberdeau)(PP)

Second Period
15:53 FLA Hudler(15), (Petrovic, Bjugstad)

Third Period
4:02 FLA Huberdeau(15), (Barkov, Jagr)
16:48 TB Stamkos(36), (Boyle, Nesterov)(PP)
19:35 FLA Jokinen(17), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)

It was just a tough spot for the Lightning to come into. Not only did they lose Stralman to the broken leg last night, but Kucherov also sat out today after getting nicked blocking a shot last night. There's one of your two best defensemen and one of your two most dynamic offensive players out going into a high stakes game against a rested game where the Lightning were on the back-to-back. Then, you throw on top of that the Lightning playing their youthful backup who, unfortunately, gives up a pretty soft goal after a fantastic start by the team. No chance. It was all down hill from there, and when the Panthers got the puck luck with the double deflection on the Hudler goal, it was pretty clear it was not to be Tampa Bay's night. Throw on top of that some... creative... officiating, and you have about three hours every Lightning fans wishes they could get back in their lives.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 in 5:57. I don't get the sparing way he's been used in his last two recalls. There's pretty much no point to having him with the big club if he's only going to get 10 shifts in a game like he did tonight. It doesn't benefit the player or the team.

Jonathan Marchessault was -2 with 2 shots in 16:01. I thought he had another strong game tonight, but his line struggled to get the payoff against Luongo. The game marks Marchessault's graduation from prospect status on the website, meaning he'll join Nesterov in the 2015-2016 Lightning class.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-26-16

KHL Western Conference Finals
(6)St. Petersburg 0 vs. (1)CSKA 1 (OT)
CSKA Leads the Series 3-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 5-9-14, -1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Ex-Syracuse Crunch Geoff Platt scored 11:12 into Triple OT to deliver CSKA a tremendous 1-0 Game Three win that puts them on the brink of advancing to the Gagarin Cup Final. Islanders third rounder Ilya Sorokin stopped all 52 shots he faced for the shutout victory while ex-Isles second rounder Mikko Koskinen allowed 1 goal on 52 shots for the hard luck loss. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in a sizable 35:18 in the match, which was third among SKA forwards in ice time.

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