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NHL Game Night: 3-9-13 Canadiens at Lightning

Let the Nichushkin watch begin!

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Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the victory. You hate to judge a guy on one start, but there's a reason the guy has bounced around the AHL, mostly.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
05:30 TB Stamkos (19), (St. Louis, Hedman)
07:38 MTL Plekanec (11), (Markov)
08:15 TB Salo (2), (Crombeen, Thompson)
12:20 TB Malone (5), (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP)

Third Period
03:48 MTL Gionta (8), (Ryder, Boullion)(PP)
07:33 MTL Emelin (2), (Gionta, Ryder)
12:03 MTL Gallagher (7), (Pacioretty)

Sami Salo was the game's third star.

No way the team should have lost that game heading into the Third with a 2 goal lead, and Montreal's comeback looked really easy. Way too easy. This is a really, really bad Lightning team right now and you can't help but wonder what fundamental changes are on the horizon. Specifically, I wonder how much longer Martin St. Louis is willing to devote to a team that will likely miss the playoffs two straight years in the twilight of his career. He's only got a few more productive years, and I don't know that he'll want to wet nurse another top-10 pick next year (possibly top-5 the way this is going) along with the likes of Connolly and all the kids from Syracuse. There's some sad days potentially coming, I'm afraid to say.

Alex Killorn was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:26. One of his three hits helped create a goal. He's a very good all-around player.

Ondrej Palat was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 9:24.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 3 hits in 6:26.

Cory Conacher had 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:34. Less ice time than Palat? My eyebrow is raised.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-9-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Kings of the comeback trail.

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Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory.

First Period
STJ Gagnon, (4) (Mouillierat, Sawada), 4:57
STJ Gagnon, (5) (Cormier, O'Dell), 16:01 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Taormina, (4) (Brown), 2:23 (PP)
SYR Wyman, (11) (Panik, Korobov), 11:44

Third Period
SYR Connolly, (24) (Gudas, Nightingale), 9:15
SYR Johnson, (31) (Panik, Wyman), 10:44

J.T. Wyman and Radko Gudas were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse again staked the IceCaps to a 2-0 lead and again came back to snatch victory away from them. Richard Panik has 5 points, all assists, in 5 games since being returned from Tampa. Panik attack, y'all.

With Sprigfield stubbing their toe twice against Albany, Syracuse has opened up a 4 point lead in the East with the Falcons holding 3 games in hand. The Crunch are off until Friday when they face Norfolk.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-9-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 0 vs. (5)Ufa 2
Ufa Leads the Series 2-0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Iiro Tarkki stopped all 37 shots he faced in Ufa's 2-0 shutout of top seeded Kazan. Ex-Flyer Stefan Ruzicka scored the winner for Ufa. Game Three is Tuesday.

(2)Omsk 0 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 3
Chelyabinsk Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Young Valery Nichushkin, a potential top-10 pick in this summer's draft, scored a pair of goals to lead Chelyabinsk to a 3-0 Game Two win over Omsk. Goaltender Michael Garnett stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo took the loss for Omsk. Nikita Nesterov played just 5 shifts and 3:59 of ice time after being scratched in Game One. Game Three is Tuesday.

ECHL Game Night: 3-8-13

Florida Everblades 6 @ Fort Wayne Komets 3

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-1, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-2-2, +2, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 3-11-14, +6, 23 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 54 PIM

Florida blew a 1-1 tie open with two goals in the second period, another early in the final period and then kept pace with a couple late Fort Wayne strikes to earn its third-straight victory. The win kept the Everblades in sole possession of second-place in the South division, with two games in hand on South Carolina, which trails by a point, and with three games in hand on Gwinnett, which has a lead of three points. A primary assist on Matthew Pistilli's empty-netter gave Dan Milan his first multigame point streak of the season. Charles Landry's two secondary helpers gave him his first points since rejoining the club in late February. Florida (31-20-10, 72 PTS) and Fort Wayne (29-29-3, 61 PTS) square off again Saturday night.

Official Recap | Box Score

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