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Liiga Game Day: 2-25-16

Sport 4 vs. KalPa 0
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Undrafted 24 year old Teemu Tallberg had 2 goals and 4 points as Sport crushed KalPa 4-0. Netminder Mika Jarvinen stopped all 29 shots he faced for the shutout.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-25-16

Western Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Novgorod 1 vs. (2)Jokerit 0
Novgorod Leads the Series 2-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 16:25 of ice time in his KHL playoff debut, a 1-0 Game Three win over Jokerit. Veteran KHL netminder Ilya Proskuryakov stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout win.

(6)St. Petersburg 3 vs. (3)Yaroslavl 0
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 15:15 of ice time in SKA's 3-0 Game Three win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Panthers pick Evgeny Dadonov had a pair of helpers in the win. Ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen turned aside all 29 shots he faced for the shutout. Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk again was out of the lineup for SKA after being stripped of his captaincy.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 55

This week’s “Darryl Sydor Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 55
· Trade deadline preview (grab your popcorn)
· Koekkoek, Marchessault and fitting into the culture

Juniors Game Night: 2-24-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 5 Hits
Season totals: 52 GP, 30-33-63, +7, 74 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan hit the 30-goal mark for the second straight year and also set a career high for penalty minutes in a season during the Cataractes’ 3-2 home loss to the Tigres.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 5 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (OT)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 18/27 FO, *First Star*
Season totals: 53 GP, 18-32-50, -15, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli was first star in the Gens’ overtime loss to Mississauga Wednesday. His assist came after he dangled through two defenders and his shot trickled to the goal line. A teammate banged it home. He scored his 18th goal of the season earlier in the game on a wrist shot from just outside the Stamkos circle. Oshawa gave up the tying goal with two seconds left in regulation.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-24-16

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 2 vs. (7) Ekaterinburg 0
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 20/20, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Welcome to the 2016 playoffs, Vasily Koshechkin. The veteran turned aside all 20 shots he faced in his first taste of this year's post season to stake Magnitka to a 2-0 Game Two win over Ekaterinburg. Ex-Caps pick Oskar Osala had the winning goal.

Juniors Game Night: 2-23-16

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 5

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 64 GP, 7-18-25, -27, 44 PIM
With Vancouver: 50 GP, 7-15-22, -17, 34 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas is getting dangerously close to the minus-30 mark.

United States Hockey League

Sioux City Musketeers 1 @ Tri-City Storm 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-0-0, -2, 17 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf got in a fight in his third game back from a concussion, accumulating 17 minutes in penalties when a 10-minute misconduct was tacked on to his fighting major vs Wade Allison (and earlier minor penalty).

NHL Game Night: 2-23-16 Coyotes at Lightning

Workmanlike effort keeps the Lightning on pace.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. His lone goal against was a little unlucky deflection on a point shot off a faceoff loss, otherwise this would've been a shutout. This was his sharpest performance in his past several starts, in my opinion.

First Period
12:38 TB Stamkos(26), (Callahan, Killorn)

Second Period
19:55 TB Paquette(4), (unassisted)(PS)

Third Period
4:06 AZ Martinook(8), (Stone, Doan)

Ryan Callahan and Cedric Paquette were the game's first and second goals.

Paquette's smooth finish on the penalty shot at the end of the Second Period was crucial to helping the Lightning fend off the smash and grab attempt by the Coyotes. Domingue played really well in net for Arizona and I think it's always tough for shooters when they have to go against a goaltender who catches righty. You tend to be hard wired to shoot for rebounds stick side from distance, especially coming off the right wing, and those shots get swallowed up easily by a wrong-handed netminder. Domingue had to be that good because the Lightning came out storming in the First Period and had a possession advantage they maintained for pretty much the entire game.

The victory caps this sixth 10-game segment of the season with a 4-game winning streak to put the Lightning at exactly the 12 points you ask for out of the set. So, while it looked more than dicey just a week ago, the Lightning remain exactly on the number they need to be on to make the playoffs comfortably. So, they advance on: 12 in 10, do it again.

Jonathan Marchessault played 12:54 and saw his 3-game point streak snapped.

Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 14:59. He looked so good tonight in the offensive zone, especially in the 4-on-4 situation. But, man alive, he looked so bad with the puck in his own end. He had a critical turnover in the Third Period passing blindly out of his corner that he's very fortunate Arizona didn't make more of. He's now 4 games shy of graduation from prospect status on the site, by my count.

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Liiga Game Day: 2-23-16

SaiPa 4 vs. KalPa 6
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Undrafted 28 year old forward Janne Keranen had a hat trick for KalPa in their wild 6-4 win over SaiPa. Ex-Stars pick David McIntyre had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for SaiPa. KalPa is currently 8th on the Liiga table, 10 points ahead of the playoff cut line, but 6 points shy of an opening round bye.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-23-16

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Jokerit 4 vs. (7)Novgorod 3
Series Tied 1-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Ex-NHL'er Niko Kapanen had a goal and 3 points to pace Jokerit in their 4-3 Game Two win over Novgorod. Ex-NHL'er Nikolai Zherdev had a goal in defeat for Novgorod.

(3)Yaroslavl 2 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 3
Series Tied 1-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Playing without star forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who was sent home by Head Coach Sergei Zubov for poor performance in the playoff opener, SKA defeated Yaroslavl 3-2 to even their first round playoff series at 1-1. SKA stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the contest that included a tally by ex-Canucks pick Sergei Shirokov. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 14:41 in the contest.

Gourde Utilizing Speed on Crunch's Top Line

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Yanni Gourde is focused on the results more than his statistics.

One season after piling up a career-high 29 goals, the Syracuse Crunch forward realized his role has has shifted away from being the main triggerman on the ice. Over the last month Gourde has found chemistry with Tanner Richard and Mike Blunden on the first line, and has used his speed to consistently create scoring opportunities.

Gourde may not be on pace for another 29-goal season, but he is pleased someone is scoring them.

“I’m trying to go to the net and do the right thing,” said Gourde, who has seven goals and 22 assists in 48 games this season. “Right now it’s not going in, but I have to keep working on it. Right now (Blunden) is getting the goals and I’m happy.”

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