Bolts Acquire Braydon Coburn; Trade Connolly and Gudas (Commentary)

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Radko Gudas, along with the Lightning’s 2015 first round and third round picks, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. If Tampa Bay fails to make the playoffs in 2015 and ends up with the first overall selection, Philadelphia will receive the New York Rangers’ 2015 first round pick (previously acquired) in the draft in lieu of Tampa Bay’s own first round selection. Additionally, the Lightning have acquired the Boston Bruins’ 2015 and 2016 second round draft picks in exchange for forward Brett Connolly.

Coburn, 30, has skated in 39 games this season with the Flyers, recording one goal and nine points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman ranks third among Flyer defensemen for average time on ice (20:14). Coburn leads Philadelphia for average shifts per game (27.9) this season.

The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 614 career NHL games with the Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers, posting 37 goals and 166 points to go along with 504 penalty minutes. He set career highs for goals (nine), assists (27) and points (36) during the 2007-08 season while with the Flyers. Coburn has also skated in 72 career postseason games, all with the Flyers, collecting two goals and 23 points.

Coburn has represented Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships on two different occasions, capturing the Silver Medal in 2009. He also represented Team Canada at the World Jr. Championships twice, winning a Gold Medal in 2005 and a Silver Medal in 2004.

Juniors Game Night: 3-1-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 @ Quebec Remparts 5

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 8/17 FO, 5 Hits
Season totals: 53 GP, 38-39-77, +21, 89 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne returned to the Quebec lineup after missing two games. He led the team in hits and was second in faceoffs taken. Quebec has seven games remaining. They have already clinched a playoff spot and sit in fourth on the league table.

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 2-3-5, +2, 2 PIM *First Star*
With SSM: 20 GP, 10-29-39, +24, 41 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 20-57-77, +24, 105 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo was first star for the second straight game, notching a career-high five points in a blowout win over visiting London. DeAngelo scored on a one-timer off a 2 on 1, then roofed a wrist shot later in the game for his second. He was an offensive force all afternoon. DeAngelo’s point streak is now at 19 games. He leads all of the Canadian Hockey League in points by a defenseman.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play
Season totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
2013-14 totals (Czech U20): 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

The Peterborough Examiner is reporting Masin is out for the year. He will undergo surgery Monday to repair a broken orbital bone, broken collarbone and sinus injury suffered Thursday, said Petes' GM Mike Oke.

Sarnia Sting 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 18-20-38, -8, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor is tied with Saginaw for the final playoff spot in the West. They’re just two points ahead of last place, also.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Regina Pats 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 29-39-68, +11, 40 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Regina exacted some revenge on the Warriors, who beat the Pats in overtime Saturday.

NHL Game Night: 3-1-15 Lightning at Panthers

Lazy.

TB-3
FLA-4

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. Lots of greasy goals for the Panthers in today's game.

First Period
10:24 FLA Jagr (12), (Huberdeau, Campbell)
12:08 TB Stralman (5), (Drouin, Boyle)

Second Period
5:31 FLA Barkov (10), (Jagr, Huberdeau)
17:00 FLA Boyes (11), (unassisted)

Third Period
4:18 FLA Ekblad (10), (Bjugstad, Huberdeau)(PP)
8:31 TB Stamkos (35), (Killorn, Garrison)
17:16 TB Johnson (24), (Kucherov, Stralman)

Lack of effort, plain and simple. After the masterpiece the Lightning put in against the Blackhawks, they were sloppy moving the puck out of their own zone and couldn't generate anything because of it. And, they didn't seem very worried about it while the Panthers incrementally built their lead up until they got their kill shot goal in the Third Period on the PP. The Lightning finally woke up with about 15 minutes left to go, but it's too late at that point. When you fall behind by 3 in the Third Period in pro hockey, it's over.

If the point of today's game was to try to inspire Steve Yzerman to push all in on a Cup run: mission failed. The wild inconsistency of this team, coupled with it's complete lack of a power play, simply does not inspire confidence that it's ready to make a deep run in the playoffs. You simply don't know what you're going to get from the team on a night-to-night basis, tracing back to the fact you simply don't know what you're going to get on a night-to-night basis from the guys who are supposed to be the team's best players: Stamkos and Hedman. How many nights have these guys taken a (way) back seat to the Palat/Johnson/Kucherov line and the likes of Anton Stralman? That's how you go from dominating the Blackhawks one game and absolutely wetting the bed against a bummy team like Florida the next. I wouldn't be gung ho to bet a 1st or 2nd round pick to put pieces around that shakiness, either.

Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 5 blocked shots in 14:29. Busy young man.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Extraliga Game Day: 3-1-15

Sparta Praha 6 vs. Trinec 5
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, Win, 24/31, 5.00 GAA, .828 sv%
Season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Defense was optional today for both clubs in Sparta's 6-5 win over Trinec. Canadiens 4th rounder Martin Reway led the way for Sparta with 4 helpers in the contest. Undrafted 23 year old Aron Chmielewski had 2 goals and 3 points in defeat for Trinec.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-1-15

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(3)Magnitogorsk 1 vs. (6)Ufa 2
Series Tied at 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 25/27, 2.07 GAA, .926 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 1 SO, 1.02 GAA, .961 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Pred Antti Pihlstrom's Third Period goal helped Ufa overcome Magnitogorsk 2-1 in Game Two of their opening round series. Danis Zaripov had Magnitka's goal in the match. Ufa's other goal came from former Oilers pick Teemu Hartikainen.

Juniors Game Night: 2-28-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 0

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/16 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 30 GP, 18-22-40, -8, 30 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 19-35-54, -13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

After a lackluster road trip, Sherbrooke limped home and was shut out by Cedric Paquette’s former team. Samuel Montembeault (2015) stopped 19 shots for the shutout.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play
Season totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
2013-14 totals (Czech U20): 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Peterborough beat Sam Bennett (Calgary first rounder) and the Fronts, but had to do it without Dominik Masin, who was the victim of a vicious hit against Sudbury where his face smashed into the edge of the boards cutting his cheek. He's out indefinitely, per EXTRA 90.5 FM via Twitter.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 50 GP, 29-39-68, +12, 40 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point was named first star after scoring a goal and two assists Saturday. Moose Jaw was outshot 16-5 in the third period, but scored on their first shot of overtime. Adam Brooks, who was passed over in the 2014 draft, had a hat trick for the Pats. Moose Jaw is five points back of the final playoff spot in the East with 10 games to play. Point can join the Syracuse Crunch when his season is over.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 6-23-29, +15, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary beat the league’s top team in its own bard, 2-1. The Hitmen are two points ahead of Medicine hat for the Central Division lead. Both teams have nine games to play.

NCAA Game Night: 2-28-15

Princeton Tigers 0 @ No. 14 Harvard Crimson 5

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 6-7-13, E, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Hart now has points in consecutive games after going nearly a month without hitting the scoresheet. Harvard will need his production heading into the postseason.

No. 4 Boston University Terriers 6 @ Northeastern Huskies 1

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 was not in the lineup Saturday, though he did play Friday. Clay Witt made 29 saves for Northeastern while taking the loss.

St. Cloud State Huskies 1 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG*
Season totals: 29 GP, 10-6-16, +10, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota completed a two-game weekend sweep of SCSU with a 3-1 win Saturday. O’Donnell had a goal and an assist in the series.

No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3

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

Quinnipiac took the loss, but will still be the top seed when the conference playoffs begin soon.

*USCHO poll used

Gudlevskis, Crunch Bounce Back to Top Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Kristers Gudlevskis bounced back.

The Crunch goalie, one night after being pulled in a 7-6 loss to Albany, registered 38 saves and an assist on the game-winning power play goal to lift Syracuse over the Utica Comets, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"It's a new game, that's history and move on," Gudlevskis said of the game Friday. "Most important was to bounce back from yesterday."

AHL Game Night: 2-28-15 Comets at Crunch

Gudlevskis gets his groove back.

UTI-1
SYR-4

One night removed from allowing 7 goals, Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 39 shots to lead the Crunch to the win. Streakiness, thy name is Kristers Gudlevskis.

First Period
SYR Richard, (8) (Deschamps, Koekkoek), 6:24
UTI Shinkaruk, (7) (Blain, Huskins), 14:01 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (21) (Namestnikov, Gudlevskis), 7:45 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Richard, (9) (Blujus, Ashton), 8:27
SYR Marchessault, (16) (Koekkoek, Namestnikov), 17:49 (EN)

Gudlevskis, Tanner Richard, and Kevin Lynch were the game's three stars.

Don't look now, but first rounder Slater Koekkoek is starting to pick up some steam with 6 helpers in his last 5 games, including back-to-back 2 helper nights. He's also +6 over that span.

Syracuse sits 1 point behind Hershey now for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 2-28-15

HPK 3 vs. Pelicans 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had the eventual game winner in HPK's 3-1 win over Pelicans. Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill assisted on the goal. HPK currently sits 5 points out of the final playoff spot on the Liiga table.

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