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NHL Game Night: 4-27-13 Panthers at Lightning

Stop winnin' for MacKinnon.

FLA-5
TB-3

Anders Lindback allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
5:00 TB Carle (5), (St. Louis)
13:14 TB Malone (6), (Lecavalier, Hedman)
16:54 FLA Bjugstad (1), (Strachan, Brennan)

Second Period
00:54 FLA Fleischmann (11), (Huberdeau, Shore)
05:47 TB St. Louis (17), (Purcell, Stamkos)

Third Period
05:30 FLA Upshall (4), (Selleck)
13:53 FLA Fleischmann (12), (Huberdeau, Kuba)
19:11 FLA Goc (9), (Huberdeau)

Martin St. Louis was the game's first star.

Man, was that Third Period ever a tank job General Patton would've been proud of? The team got Marty his multi-points to likely lock up the scoring race, and then strategery ensued. The Lightning locked up the third most ping pong balls and await the outcome of Colorado's game to see if they get more.

Alex Killorn was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 15:33. Killorn finishes just a scant few games shy of graduation from prospect status in the lockout shortened year.

Mathieu Roy was -1 in 14:07, enjoying the NHL paycheck.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-26-13

(4)Florida Everblades 2 vs. (1)Reading Royals 3 (OT)
Quarterfinals: The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 9 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

Florida took an early lead but had to score late in regulation to push the game into overtime where Reading's T.J. Syner caught a pass that sprung him in alone on Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert, whom he beat for the game-winning goal just 4:46 in. Both clubs failed to connect on any of their five power play opportunities, although Reading's first strike was a short-handed tally. Deckert stopped 25 of 28 shots in the contest. Both clubs wage battle in Estero again Saturday night looking to push the other to the brink of elimination.

Official Recap | Box Score

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-26-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ (2)Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 (OT)
Drakkar leads Best-of-7 Semifinals, 3-2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +5, 31 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM

The Drakkar scored a huge Game 5 win when Russian rookie Valentin Zykov scored on the first shot of overtime. Baie-Comeau can advance to the QMJHL Finals against Halifax with a win on Sunday against Cedric Paquette and the Armada. Paquette, who ignited an end-of-game brawl in Game 4 when he taunted the Drakkar, was fined $1,000 but not suspended for his actions. He was scoreless in Game 5 – his sixth straight game without a point. His longest scoreless streak in the regular season was two games.

Ontario Hockey League

(E2)Barrie Colts 1 @ (E1)Belleville Bulls 3
Barrie leads Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 3-2

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 21 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

The Bulls were outshot, 42-40, but staved off elimination with a 3-1 win on Friday. Bruins pick Malcolm Subban stopped 41 shots for the win. The Colts will have another chance to advance to the finals against London on Saturday.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-25-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(1)Halifax Mooseheads 9 @ (8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6
Halifax wins Best-of-7 Semifinals, 4-0

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 9-15-24, +8, 10 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov’s junior career came to an end Thursday as the Huskies were downed 9-6 by the powerhouse Mooseheads. Kucherov, who was scoreless in his last two games, had three assists in his playoff finale. His linemate, Sven Andrighetto (2013), had four assists for first star honors. 2013 top first rounders Nathan MacKinnon (2-2-4) and Jonathan Drouin (2-1-3) also had big games. The Lightning could one of the two Mooseheads if they end up picking at No. 3 this summer. Andrighetto was passed over in two drafts, but could still be a late option for the Lightning who could step right in to Syracuse if desired. Andrighetto exits the playoffs as its leading scorer with 30 points in 14 games. Kucherov is tied for fourth with 24 points.

Linday Kramer of the Syracuse Post-Standard reported early on Friday that Crunch GM Julien BriseBois said Kucherov will join Syracuse next week, but his role may be more developmental than being a part of the playoff effort. This will help Kucherov for next year if nothing else.

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