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KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-2-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(3)Chelyabinsk 3 vs. (1)Kazan 2
Series Tied at 3-3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 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

Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis scored his 8th goal of the playoffs to lead Traktor Chelyabinsk to a 3-2 Game Six win over Kazan. That sets the stage for a Game Sever, winner-take-all matchup for the right to advance to the Gagarin Cup Finals. Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov played 9:20 in the match for Traktor. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov also had a helper for Traktor. Game Seven is Thursday.

The winner will face Western Conference Champion Dynamo Moscow, who advanced to the Finals by virtue of a 5-1 Game Six win over SKA St. Petersburg. In the match, former Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil recorded a hat trick for Dynamo.

Bolts Deal Bergeron to 'Canes; Re-Acquire Adam Hall

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick in 2013 from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Hall, 32, has played in 26 games this season with the Hurricanes and Lightning, collecting four assists and 23 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound forward was claimed off waivers by Carolina on March 16, 2013 from Tampa Bay. In 20 games with the Lightning this season, Hall posted four assists and a plus-three rating.

The Kalamazoo, Michigan native has skated in 591 career NHL games with the Lightning, Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and Nashville Predators, recording 65 goals and 147 points to go along with 259 penalty minutes. Hall has appeared in 233 games as a member of the Lightning over four seasons, collecting 14 goals and 39 points.

Hall was originally drafted by Nashville in the second round, 52nd overall, of the 1999 NHL Draft.

Lightning Extends Crombeen Two More Years

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms with forward B.J. Crombeen on a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

“We are pleased to have B.J. with the Lightning organization for another two years,” Yzerman said. “He has proven to be a hard-nosed right winger and reliable penalty killer, as well as a very popular teammate of outstanding character.”

Crombeen, 27, has skated in 30 games with the Lightning this season, recording a goal and seven points to go along with 86 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. He ranks first on the Lightning and fifth in the National Hockey League in penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound forward scored his first goal in a Lightning uniform on March 5 against the Devils in New Jersey.

“I am very thankful to the organization for giving me the opportunity to re-sign for two more years," Crombeen said. "I am very excited to move forward with the group we have and chase a spot in the playoffs."

Bolts Reassign Tyrell to Syracuse; Recall Angelidis to Tampa

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Mike Angelidis from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally, the Lightning have reassigned forward Dana Tyrell to the Crunch.

Angelidis, 27, has skated in 64 games with the Crunch this season, recording 10 goals and 21 points to go along with 142 penalty minutes. He ranks second on the team behind Radko Gudas in penalty minutes. The current Crunch captain also ranks tied for first on the Crunch with two shorthanded goals.

Last season, Angelidis scored his first career NHL goal in his NHL debut on January 24 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound forward skated in six games with the Lightning last season and collected a goal and five penalty minutes.

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