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Bolts Deal Bishop to Kings; Acquire Budaj, Cernak, and picks

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft as well as a conditional pick in 2017 from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop and a fifth-round selection in 2017, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Budaj, 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, has played in 53 games with the Kings this season, posting a 27-20-3 record with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with seven shutouts. Budaj, 34, has appeared in 350 NHL games with Los Angeles, the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, with a 152-127-39 record with 18 shutouts.

Cernak, 6-3, 221 pounds, has skated in 41 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters this season, registering three goals and 17 points, along with a plus-27 rating. The 19-year-old defenseman has played in 82 career OHL games with Erie, recording seven goals and 32 points with a plus-34 rating.

MHL Game Day: 2-26-17

Primorsky Krai Jr. 3 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, E, 52 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was back up to the MHL level and scoreless in Yaroslavl Jr.'s 3-2 loss to Taifun Jr. Loko Jr. has 3 games left in its regular season before the start of the MHL playoffs, and currently holds the third seed in the MHL Western Conference behind CSKA Jr. and SKA Jr.

ECHL Game Night: 2-25-17

Quad City Mallards 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 4

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIMs, 24 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIMs, 4 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 26/27, *3rd Star*
Season Totals: 22 GP, 11-9-0-1, 2.80 GAA, 0.902 SV%, 1 SO

Nic Riopel got the surprising back-to-back start, and the surging netminder allowed just a single goal on 27 shots, earning 3rd star honors and seven wins in his last 8 starts. Quad City opened the scoring 8 minutes into the game, but Riopel slammed the door the rest of the way as the K-Wings took 4 points off the 3rd place Mallards this weekend and closed the gap to just 6 points behind. Lightning forward prospect Cameron Darcy assisted on the empty netter with just 30 seconds left. Kalamazoo hosts the Cyclones Sunday afternoon.

CHL Game Night: 2-25-17

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 7 @ Barrie Colts 3

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-33-51, +27, 12 PIM
With Erie: 16 GP, 5-12-17, +9, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 36-60-96, +64, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Just in case you were worried about the Otters after Erie’s 14-game winning streak came to an end vs last-place Guelph last game, they rebounded just fine. Raddysh keeps inching closer to the century point mark. He’s second in the league in points behind linemate Alex DeBrincat (112). Raddysh leads the OHL in assists and plus/minus.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

London Knights 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 7

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 20-26-46, +21, 22 PIM
With London: 20 GP, 9-9-18, +7, 8 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens played in his 20th game with the Knights. He’s producing at just under a point-per-game.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Prince Albert Raiders 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 53 GP: 4-19-23, -11, 61 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Prince Albert earned a split in its home-and-home series with the Blades this weekend.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 33-35-68, +7, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw saw their 2-0 lead turn into a 2-2 tie in the final minute of the second period, but they responded with three third period goals to take the win.

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Everett Silvertips 3

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 39 GP, 23-11-2-2, 2.22 GAA, .932 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Carter Hart (Flyers) stopped 35 of 36 shots for Everett. He’s creeping up on Ingram’s league-leading .932 save percentage with .930.

NCAA Game Night: 2-25-17

Merrimack Warriors 3 @ No. 15 Vermont Catamounts 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: Did not play
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-15-26, +1, 22 PIM

Colton, UVM’s leading scorer, was out of the lineup Saturday. He played (and scored) Friday.

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 6 Boston University Terriers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 2-5-7, +9, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

MacLeod scored for the second time in three games as BU earned a weekend split with Notre Dame. MacLeod, a junior, had two goals his freshman year, but just one as a sophomore.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 @ No. 16 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 0

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Evan Weninger (undrafted) had a 22-save shutout for UNO.

No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers 2 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 33 PIM

Minnesota retook the lead in the Big 10 with a 3-2 win over visiting Wisconsin, who beat the Gophers Friday night. Justin Kloos (undrafted) had the game-winner for Minny.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Condra Nets Hat Trick, Crunch Top Americans

By Jeremy Houghtaling

It took 584 games, but Erik Condra accomplished a feat he narrowly missed eight times before.

The veteran forward recorded his first professional hat trick and the Crunch were able to hang on, as Syracuse topped the Rochester Americans, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“It was a little surreal,” Condra said with a smile about his third goal. “I had to think about it for a second to make sure I had the hat trick. I was pretty excited about it. A great play by (Yanni) Gourde in the middle there. He’s a great player who made another great play. I just hammered it home.”

AHL Game Night: 2-25-17 Americans at Crunch

Usher Condra lets it burn in Crunch victory.


Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory. After going into the Third Period with the all important 3 goal lead, Wilcox did eventually surrender a couple of goals including the false hope goal early in the final frame. But, he was able to hold the fort the rest of the way to get the W.

First Period
0:46 SYR Condra (8), (Peca, Brodeur)
7:23 SYR Gourde (20), (Halmo, Vermin)(PP)
12:00 SYR Condra (9), (Walcott, Taormina)

Second Period
11:03 RCH Nylander (7), (Grant, Kennedy)(PP)
15:59 SYR Condra (10), (Gourde, Thomas)

Third Period
2:25 RCH Bonis (6), (Cornel, Catenacci)
4:17 RCH Baptiste (20), (Kennedy, Catenacci)

Erik Condra and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars. Condra had the home crowd screaming "yeah!" with his first pro hat trick while Gourde hit 20 goals for the second time as an AHL'er. Matthew Peca, somewhat quietly, has 1 goal and 7 points in his last 8 contests.

Syracuse pulls 2 points clear of Albany and 4 points clear of Toronto with the victory, and with both of those teams dropping their games in regulation tonight, the Crunch retained all their games in hand. Beautiful.

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Lightning Swap Minor League Wingers with Arizona

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Stefan Fournier from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for right wing Jeremy Morin, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Fournier, 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, has played in 29 games with the Tucson Roadrunners this season, recording two goals and four points. He has played in 139 career AHL games with the Roadrunners, St. John’s IceCaps, Springfield Falcons and Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 24-year-old has also played in 18 career ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers and the Brampton Beast, notching six points.

ECHL Game Night: 2-24-17

Kalamazoo Wings 4 at Quad City Mallards 2

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIMs, 23 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 59:44 MINS, 29/31, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-9-0-1, 2.84 GAA, 0.899 SV%, 1 SO

The K-Wings built a 3-1 lead through two periods before bringing home an important road win against the Quad City Mallards. Newly reassigned Lightning forward prospect Cameron Darcy assisted on the opening goal of the game, and fellow prospect forward Brian Hart assisted on Kalamzoo's 3rd goal. Goaltender Nic Riopel allowed just two goals, winning his sixth game in his last seven starts, earning 2nd star honors. Kalamazoo returns home Saturday night to complete the home-and-home with Quad City, and then takes on the visiting Cincinnati Cyclones for a Sunday afternoon tilt.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-25-17

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Podolsk 2 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 6
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM
Regular Season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and took a minor for interference in 13:10 of ice time as SKA dismanteled Podolsk 6-2 to take a 3-0 lead in their opening round series. SKA was led by 1 goal and 4 points by living legend Pavel Datsyuk. SKA scored 6 goals despite not being at full strength with Gusev's regular linemate Vadim Shipachyov not dressing for the contest. St. Petersburg will go for the series sweep on Monday.

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