Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
(5)Quebec Remparts 2 @ (8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5
Rouyn-Noranda leads Best-of-7 second round series, 2-1
W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 4-7-11, +6, 10 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov was scoreless for the second straight game, but the Huskies got the important win to go up 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is Wednesday.
(3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ (10)Val-d’Or Foreurs 0
Blainville-Boisbriand leads best-of-7 second round series, 3-0
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-0-1, +1, 9 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 7-5-12, +5, 13 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 12 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-33-39, +20, 65 PIM
Cedric Paquette (pictured) was an assist shy of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, scoring once and fighting Vincent Dunn. Paquette has seven goals in eight playoff games. On the other side, Artem Sergeev managed to stay even despite his Foreurs giving up three even strength goals. He was called for hooking, roughing, and unsportsmanlike conduct minors. The Armada can close out the series on Wednesday. Sergeev is already signed by the Lightning, so it’s possible he can join AHL Syracuse or ECHL Florida for the playoffs. (Note: There may be a rule against him joining Florida due to pre-determined rosters)
Ontario Hockey League
(E2)Barrie Colts 4 @ (E3)Oshawa Generals 2
Barrie wins best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 4-0
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 12 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM
Barrie improved to 8-0 in the playoffs while sweeping out the Oshawa Generals on Tuesday. Jake Dotchin had an assist to give him three for the playoffs. All reports say he’s playing a strong, physical defensive game to help the Colts. He finished the series with an assist, a plus-2 rating, and 2 PIM vs Oshawa. Barrie will now play the winner of Belleville and Sudbury in the Eastern Conference Finals. Belleville is up, 3-0, after struggling with Mississauga in the first round.
Bishop smacks down his ex-team.
14:29 OTT Alfredsson (9), (Turris, Phillips)
02:35 TB Labrie (1), (Thompson, Crombeen)
04:28 TB Lecavalier (9), (Purcell, St. Louis)(PP)
00:21 OTT Latendresse (6), (Turris, Wiercioch)
14:56 TB Stamkos (26), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)
Vincent Lecavalier, Sami Salo, and The Secret Weapon, Pierre-Cedric Labrie were the game's three stars. Lecavalier is now over a point a game since coming back from the broken foot. It's a shame we'll never know what kind of season he could've had if he hadn't tried to play on a bad wheel for a month.
Old man Alfredsson retiring won't cost me any tears. The man's been cutting our hearts out for years.
Mark Barberio was -1 with 1 shot in 14:12 in his NHL debut. 4 giveaways. Oof.
Alex Killorn had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 22:13.
Tyler Johnson was -1 with 1 shot and was 75% on draws in 11:49.
Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 9:37.
Radko Gudas was +1 with 1 shot, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:05.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored his first NHL goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 6 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 8:30. Check the man's shooting percentage. Sniper. (Tongue firmly in cheek.)
Oh so close to getting the 2 points in the final road game of the season.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 5 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Yuck.
LE Thomas, (22) (Hishon, Lauridsen), 4:13
SYR Sexton, (8) (Palat, Richard), 18:28
SYR Namestnikov, (6) (Sustr, Korobov), 10:50 (PP)
LE Connolly, (9) (Thomas, Beaupre), 14:14
LE Vincour, (15) (Pock, Sullivan), 18:34 (PP)
SYR Sustr, (1) (Korobov, Namestnikov), 2:03 (PP)
SYR Devos, (6) (Brown, Taormina), 3:26
LE Vincour, (16) (Hishon, Carey), 9:42
LE Agozzino, (19) (Walker, Pock), 2:49
Ondrej Palat got the extremely rare penalty shot in Overtime, but failed to convert against Lake Erie netminder Kent Patterson.
Congratulations to Andrej Sustr on his first pro point, first pro goal, and first pro multi-point game.
Tanner Richard got a helper. In related news, water is wet.
Syracuse is now 3 points back of Providence and 1 points back of Springfield in the conference and 3 points ahead of Binghamton in the division. They head home for a hugely important 5 game homestand to finish the regular season. With Ryan Malone back for Tampa Bay, might Coach Zettler get back one of his star players for the kick at the finish line?
Box score from TheAHL.com.
KHL Playoffs (Russia):
Gagarin Cup Finals
Dynamo Moscow 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 2
Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 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
Dynamo Moscow potted 2 Third Period goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit to defeat Traktor Chelyabinsk in Game Two of their Gagarin Cup Finals series 3-2. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil had a goal in the match for Dynamo. Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov again switched positions to play a little forward in the match, going 67% on draws in 12:02 of ice time. Unfortunately, Nesterov was on the ice for Dynamo's game winning goal, which put Traktor in a tough 2-0 series hole. Coincidentally, seeing time on the ice on that goal was potential Lightning draft target Valery Nichushkin, who is Nesterov's teammate. Game Three is Thursday.
In the old days of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Mark Barberio may be a 2-year veteran at this point in his career.
The Lightning had little organizational depth and if prospects showed flashes of NHL ability, they were called up to the big club and thrown to the proverbial wolves.
When new general manager Steve Yzerman took over, he changed all that, and Barberio is a prime example of his player development philosophy.