KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(6)Novosibirsk 1 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 33/34, 0.96 GAA, .971 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 0 SO, 1.89 GAA, .935 sv%
Metallurg Magnitogorsk moved one step closer to the KHL Eastern Conference Finals, defeating Novosibirsk 2-1 in overtime in Game Three to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Ex-Predators draft pick Denis Platonov had the winner for Magnitogorsk 2:11 into Overtime to seal the victory. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov assisted on Platonov's goal.
(4)Ufa 5 vs. (2)Astana 2
Ufa Leads the Series 2-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 15/17, 2.00 GAA, .882 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 6-4-0, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .924 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy only had to face 17 shots as Ufa crushed Barys Astana 5-2 in their pivotal Game Three Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup. Ex-Nashville Predator Antti Pihlstrom had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Ufa. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a goal in defeat for Astana.
We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 24, 2014 is … Andrey Vasilevskiy, G, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL – Russia).
If playoff experience is instrumental in a prospect’s development, Andrey Vasilevskiy is being subject to a symphony.
Ufa’s teenage goaltender has been in net for all of the club’s playoff games so far, including a pressure-packed Game 7 against Novgorod last Tuesday. Down 2-0 in the series, he turned in a triple-overtime gem in Game 3, and allowed just two goals in each of Games 4 and 5 before a Game 6 loss.
His team was outplayed in Game 7, being outshot 35-21, but Vasilevskiy turned aside all but one shot en route to a 2-1 win. Ufa had a 2-0 lead in the game and survived with Vasilevskiy under siege in the third period.
Ontario Hockey League
Niagara IceDogs 3 @ North Bay Battalion 2
Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals tied, 1-1
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
North Bay fought back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to tie the game, only to lose it with 41 seconds left in regulation. Game 3 is in St. Catherines.
Peterborough Petes 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5 (OT)
Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 2-0
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen had three assists in regulation and possible Lightning draft target Roland McKeown (2014) scored in overtime to lead the Fronts to a 2-0 series lead over the Petes. Game 3 will be in Peterborough.
Crunch pass a gut check.
Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout victory. That's the 5th shutout of his rookie campaign and he's 4 games above .500 with a save percentage than has risen to .909. Those are especially impressive numbers given where the Crunch currently are in the standings.
SYR Rankin, (13) (Korobov, Marchessault), 6:25 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (17) (Nesterov, Paradis), 2:34 (PP)
SYR Paradis, (4) (Angelidis), 4:24
After an embarrassing 4-game losing streak where the Crunch hardly looked like a competitive AHL team, they showed some pride today to strike back for the 3-0 victory. Now, granted Adirondack is in dead last in the Eastern Conference. But, this is a team the Crunch should beat if they apply themselves and they applied themselves to the task today. That's something they definitely needed.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Miami RedHawks 3 vs Denver Pioneers 4
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was scratched with a lower body injury. The RedHawks’ season is likely over after their end-of-year streak that got them within a goal or two of winning the conference title. Mullin will be a senior next year.
Western Michigan Broncos 0 vs No. 10 North Dakota 5
NCHC Third Place Game
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 7-10-17, +7, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
O’Donnell had two assists to help North Dakota to a win in the NCHC Third Place Game.