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Juniors Game Night: 3-10-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 1 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 7 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/4 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 56 GP, 38-42-80, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne hit 80 points and went over 100 penalty minutes in a season for the first time in his career. He fought Gabriel Sylvestre (6’2” 177) at the end of the second period.

Western Hockey League

@ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 55 GP, 33-45-78, +12, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Brayden Point had a goal and an assist, but it wasn’t enough to beat the conference’s best team in its own barn. Swift Current remains two points ahead of Moose Jaw for the last playoff spot in the East Division. The Broncos have a game in-hand (six games remaining vs Moose Jaw’s five).

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

NHL Game Night: 3-10-15 Lightning at Canadiens

Not even Carey Price could deny the Lightning tonight.

TB-1
MTL-0 (OT)

Ben Bishop stopped all 19 shots he faced for the shutout, and handed down some U of Maine Justice in the process. He didn't face many quality chances, but his rebound stop off the rush in the Second Period was the most important stop of the contest, bar none.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
1:03 TB Johnson (25), (Garrison, Coburn)

Just a masterful individual effort by Johnson swooping around the net and feeding a puck through a defender's legs on the way to set up his own winning goal in OT. Kucherov made 1-2 moves like that too, tonight. All-in-all, the Lightning just took their game to another level tonight, out-attempting the Canadiens by about a 2-to-1 margin. Carey Price's superhuman effort was the only thing that kept Montreal from getting blown out, and in the end, even that wasn't enough. There's one more game between these two teams on the schedule and just one point separating them atop the division, and the Habs have to be looking over their shoulder after getting dominated in all three head-to-heads so far this season.

The Lightning sit at 90 points through 68 games played, so they've already hit 12 points for this 10 game segment and they're sitting on at least 6 insurance points for a playoff pace with 2 games to hit 70 games played. The Lightning have hit 12 points in every 10 game segment so far this season except one, when they just missed with 11 points. At this pace, they'll more or less clinch a safe number of points for a playoff berth some time around game 72 or 73 of the season, meaning the focus shifts toward the possibility of hanging banner(s) and positioning themselves advantageously for the playoffs.

Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 shots and 3 hits in 14:12 tonight. He was really strong tonight, and could've had a couple of goals easily with a little luck. He's really played well since his recall, and is giving off every indication he's got the potential to be a real force in the Lightning lineup next season when he gets up to the NHL full time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 3-10-15

HPK 1 vs. Sport 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

For the third straight game Saku Salminen dressed but did not play as HPK fell to Sport 3-1. Ex-Bruins first rounder Hannu Toivonen turned aside 37 for the victory. With just 1 regular season game left on the schedule, HPK is now 11 points out of playoff position and will miss the postseason.

Juniors Game Night: 3-8-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/22 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 33 GP, 18-23-41, -9, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 19-36-55, -14, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke earned a split of its home-and-home series with Gatineau this weekend with a 3-2 win Sunday.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM *Second Star*
With SSM: 23 GP, 12-35-47, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 22-63-85, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

It was close, but the Soo pulled out a win over Owen Sound and DeAngelo kept his point streak alive. It’s now at 22 games. He has three first stars and two second stars in his last five games.

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 20-22-42, -8, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto (pictured) scored his 20th of the season, albeit in a losing effort vs the East’s top team. Windsor is one point back of Saginaw for eighth in the West with a game in hand. Plymouth is one point behind the Spits, however.

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

AHL Game Day: 3-8-15 Crunch at Senators

Missing Vladdy N.

SYR-2
BNG-4

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (22) (Ashton, Kunyk), 8:18 (PP)
BNG Wideman, (15) (Robinson, McCormick), 13:02

Second Period
BNG Johnson, (4) (Camper, Prince), 15:50 (PP)

Third Period
BNG Schneider, (19) (D. Grant, Mullen), 11:30 (SH)
BNG D. Grant, (18) (Mullen, Dzingel), 15:16 (PP)
SYR Richard, (10) , 18:05 (PP)

Without Vladislav Namestnikov, the Crunch just seem to be a middle-of-the-road team at best. He and Marchessault are the straws that stir the drink for Syracuse, and they just can't seem to score with one of them out of the lineup.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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