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BP Mailbag: 3-27-14

The mailbag is back with your questions about Lightning Land, present and future.

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@UFFL2015:
@BoltProspects if you're Yzerman, what type of contracts are you aiming for with Johnson, Panik, and Palat? Panik shorter than the rest?

One-year deals are usually reserved for players who either want to prove something or need to prove something. Panik definitely fits the bill here, though Cooper and Co. love his potential. I could definitely see a 1-2 year restricted free agent deal for him and 2-3 year deals for the others. Johnson is 23 and Palat 22, with 27 being the unrestricted free agent age. Tampa Bay likely wants to have their contracts end a year before they’re eligible for UFA years to protect their rights. Both are definite core players who are part of the future success of the club.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads vs Charlottetown Islanders - postponed
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 first round series, 3-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: - - -
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 4-5-9, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

The game was delayed until Thursday due to a major winter storm. If you're reading this in Florida, be happy.

Quebec Remparts 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4
Huskies lead best-of-7 first round series, 3-1

C/W Adam Erne, QUE: Did not play.
Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, -3, 61 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

Erne remains out while recovering from a lacerated spleen. He is due back by the end of the month if the Remparts are still alive… and it’s not looking good at the moment. Game 5 is at Rouyn-Noranda. The series goes back to Quebec City for games 6 and 7 – if necessary. Erne can join the Crunch or Lightning when the Remparts are finished.

Crunch Rally For Win Over IceCaps, 3-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Feeling fresh with an exhausted backchecker ahead of him, Artem Sergeev decided to join the rush.

The Syracuse Crunch defenseman watched as teammate Vlad Namestnikov broke into the zone shorthanded, drew multiple St. John's IceCaps defenders to the left and slid the puck backdoor.

Sergeev easily tapped the eventual game-winner home with 2:32 remaining, as the Crunch rallied from a two-goal deficit to top the IceCaps, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

"Vladdy has great vision," Sergeev said. "The goalie was looking at him, and he passed it to me. It was an empty net goal, pretty much."

AHL Game Night: 3-26-14 IceCaps at Crunch

Comeback Crunch start a positive streak for a change.

STJ-2
SYR-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory. Since returning from the Olympics, Gudlevskis is 4-2-1 with 1 SO, a 1.97 GAA, and a .934 save percentage. Suffice it to say he's really taken off since that amazing performance against Canada in Sochi.

First Period
STJ Albert, (20) (MacKinnon), 4:14
STJ Chiarot, (5) (Gordon, Samson), 16:23

Second Period
SYR Connolly, (18) (Smith, Angelidis), 0:32

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (11) (Paquette, Namestnikov), 2:43 (PP)
SYR Sergeev, (3) (Namestnikov), 17:28 (SH)

Artem Sergeev, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Now at 42 points in 46 games, Namestnikov has doubled his point production from a season ago when he had 21 points in 44 games. As with Gudlevskis' numbers, his continued production is impressive given how the rest of the roster has obviously labored a bit this season.

This was a far more impressive result than the 3-0 shutout of Adirondack given the IceCaps reside in 4th in the Eastern Conference at 20 games over .500 for the season. This is a result that gives you far more hope that this winning streak can actually be sustained.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-24-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Charlottetown Islanders 1
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 first round series, 3-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 4 SOG, 13/29 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 4-5-9, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Philippe Gadoury (undrafted) had a hat trick and Jonathan Drouin had a goal and an assist to lead the Mooseheads to a 4-1 Game 3 win and a commanding 3-0 series lead. Drouin has been a game star in all three games so far. Halifax outshot Charlottetown in Game 3, 42-17.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5
Huskies lead best-of-7 first round series, 2-1

C/W Adam Erne, QUE: Did not play.
Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, -3, 61 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

Erne remains out while recovering from a lacerated spleen. He is due back by the end of the month if the Remparts are still alive.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 0 @ Niagara IceDogs 2
IceDogs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 2-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Second-seeded North Bay finds themselves down 2-1 in the series after a shutout loss in St. Catherines on Tuesday. Brent Moran (2014), one of the top undrafted goaltender prospects, stopped 42 shots for the win.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3
Colts lead best-of-7 Easter Conference Quarterfinals, 3-0

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP: 2-1-3, +1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Dotchin scored a shorthanded goal for the Colts, helping Barrie to a 3-0 series lead over Sudbury with a 6-3 Game 3 win.

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 2
Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-0

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Kingston is one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals after a 4-2 win in Peterborough on Tuesday. Ikonen’s assist came on an empty net goal with 30 seconds left.

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