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NHL Game Night: 3-16-17 Maple Leafs at Lightning

It didn't happen...


Rather than write a full game report, I'm going to do something I haven't done in a while tonight. It's probably been a couple of years, but I'm going to skip the detailed post mortem of what happened tonight to offer you a different perspective.

It didn't happen.

The fact of the matter is the Lightning were completing a marathon leg of 4 games in 6 nights, and while the effort level was good, they just couldn't get a single bounce to go their way all game long. It's not overly surprising under the circumstances, and it happens. Do we all wish it hadn't happened under this particular circumstance in the standings and against this particular club? Sure. But what's done can't be undone, and there's too much heavy lifting left to do for the club to really dwell on a seemingly impossible night at the office. Better to bury it now and just move on like it didn't happen when the sun rises tomorrow morning, especially for young netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy who still has a lot more big moments to face down before now and the finish line of the regular season.

MHL Playoff Game Day: 3-16-17

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(6)Cherepovets Jr. 3 vs. (3)Yaroslavl Jr. 2 (OT)
Cherepovets Jr. Wins the Series 3-1
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Oleg Sosunov drew in for his first game of the MHL playoffs and took a matching minor for roughing in Loko Jr.'s 3-2 OT loss to Cherepovets Jr. The defeat seals Loko Jr.'s first round upset defeat.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-16-17

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(2)St. Petersburg 2 vs. (3)Dynamo Moscow 0
St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 4-6-10, +2, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the opening goal for SKA in their 2-0 Game Five blanking of Dynamo Moscow to send them to the WHL Western Conference Final. Gusev played 13:23 in the match. Ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen stopped all 20 shots he faced for the shutout victory. SKA will face the winner of the CSKA vs. Yaroslavl series in the next round. The 4th seeded Lokomotiv currently lead CSKA in that series 3-2.

CHL Game Night: 3-15-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 64 GP, 38-14-52, +11, 99 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Mathieu Joseph hit the 80-point plateau and Saint John secured the top seed throughout the QMJHL playoffs as the Dogs beat the last-place Wildcats Wednesday, 5-0. All teams have two games remaining.

Charlottetown Islanders 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5/10 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Halifax lost a 5-2 lead in the third period, but earned the second point in overtime on a Jake Coughler (undrafted) goal. The Mooseheads are in the 15th spot of 16 playoff teams, but could fall out if they lose both of their remaining games and Rimouski and Sherbrooke get wins.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 63 GP, 45-28-73, +22, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored his 44th and 45th goals of the season to lead 3-seeded Shawinigan over 2-seeded Rouyn-Noranda, 3-2. Both teams are locked into their playoff seedings entering the last two games of the regular season. Yan is five behind QMJHL goal leader Giovanni Fiore (undrafted) of Cape Breton, who has 50.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season: 64 GP, 33-28-61, +17, 46 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

The Hounds have already clinched their division, though losing to lowly Saginaw didn’t help their chances of overtaking Erie for the top spot.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 0

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/9 FO
Season Totals: 64 GP, 19-29-48, +2, 28 PIM
With Petes: 25 GP, 7-12-19, +10, 14 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 7 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 7-20-27, +9, 56 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

6-5 goaltender Scott Smith (undrafted) stopped all 24 shots he faced as Peterborough beat the 67’s in Ottawa, 2-0. Spencer fought Hudson Wilson. The Petes are four points up on Oshawa for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have two games remaining.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 35-41-76, +12, 60 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw is comfortably in second in its division, so losing to wild card holder Brandon doesn’t hurt too much.

AHL Game Night: 3-15-17 Crunch at Phantoms

Crunch make Phantoms vanish in OT.

LV-4 (OT)

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 48 shots for the victory. Suffice it to say McKenna hasn't cloaked himself in glory thus far in Syracuse, but he bathed in the deep waters of sweet, sweet goal support tonight.

First Period
7:40 SYR Koekkoek (2), (Lynch, Vermin)

Second Period
4:09 SYR Kurtz (2), (Thomas, Blujus)
6:54 LV Fazleev (6), (Aube-Kubel)
12:15 LV Martel (17), (McDonald, Zengerle)(PP)
13:15 LV Miele (8), (Conner, Brennan)(PP)

Third Period
8:16 SYR Lynch (3), (McNamee, Racine)
17:56 LV Martel (18), (Alt, Miele)
18:56 SYR Taormina (14), (Lynch)(PP)

3:51 SYR McGinn (6), (Taormina, Peca)

Kevin Lynch and Mike McKenna were the game's first and third stars. McKenna was an interesting selection after getting bailed out by a Crunch extra attacker goal that took him off the hook for a late game softie.

Oh hey, look there, it's our old pals Slater Koekkoek and Dylan Blujus on the scoresheet. Where you been? Don't be a stranger.

At the moment, Syracuse holds a 3 point lead atop the North Division with 1 game in hand on Albany.

Box score from

ECHL Game Night: 3-15-17

Kalamazoo Wings 4 at Quad City Mallards 3 OT

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 23 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 4 PIMs, 42 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 10 GP, 2-9-11, +7, 6 PIMs, 25 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:20 MINS, 27/39
Season Totals: 27 GP, 16-9-0-1, 2.71 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

F Stefan Fournier, KAL, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIMs, 4 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 30 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 97 PIMs, 26 SOG

Kyle Bushee scored just 20 seconds into OT to give the surging K-Wings a gritty 4-3 OT road win against the Quad City Mallards. The nail-biter seesaw affair sported three lead changes with Kalamazoo coming back twice from 1 goal deficits, and ultimately clinch the all important divisional extra point. In his first game with the K-Wings since being reassigned from Syracuse of the AHL, Bolt Prospect overager Stefan Fournier scored on a feed from fellow prospect Brian Hart in the 2nd period to give Kalamazoo its first lead 2-1. Later in the 3rd, Bolt Prospect Cam Darcy would set up Peter Schneider for a PP marker to knot the game at 3-3. Nic Riopel continued his torrid win streak, stopping 27 of 30 Mallard shots to secure the victory. Shout-out to Cam Darcy who has 11 points in his first 10 games with the K-Wings along with a +7 rating. Next up for Kalamazoo is a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday nights against the Central Division bottom dwelling Indy Fuel.

MHL Playoff Game Day: 3-15-17

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(6)Cherepovets Jr. 0 vs. (3)Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Cherepovets Jr. Leads the Series 2-1
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Undrafted 18 year old netminder Ilya Konovalov had a 21 save shutout to keep Loko Jr.'s playoff hopes alive in their 6-0 Game Three win over Cherepovets Jr.

CHL Game Night: 3-14-17

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 3 @ Erie Otters 2

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 22-30-52, +20, 26 PIM
With London: 27 GP, 11-12-23, +7, 12 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 3-18-21, +32, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 7/13 FO
Season Totals: 50 GP, 24-37-61, +35, 12 PIM
With Erie: 23 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 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: 0-1-1, +E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 40-67-107, +69, 33 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Flames pick Tyler Parsons stopped 41 shots leading the Knights to a big road win in Erie over the first-place Otters. Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks) scored his 63rd goal of the year for Erie, while Anthony Cirelli potted his 24th. London broke a 2-2 tie with a Sam Miletic (undrafted) goal (36) early in the third period. Erie holds a 3-point lead over Owen Sound and a 4-point lead over London in the Midwest Division. The Attack and Knights both have a game in-hand heading into the last weekend of regular season play. (Erie Otters photo)

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Regina Pats 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP: 4-22-26, -15, 74 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Saskatoon lost a 3-1 lead and eventually lost, 5-4. Regina got the game-winning goal while Hajek was serving a double minor for high sticking. The Blades need help to get into the playoffs as they’re three points back of Calgary for the final wild card spot, but the Hitmen have a game in-hand. Saskatoon has two games left. On the plus side, Hajek could join AHL Syracuse after the Blades’ season ends this weekend.

Prince Albert Raiders 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 35-41-76, +12, 60 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Simon Stransky (undrafted) scored his 20th goal of the season in overtime to beat Moose Jaw Tuesday. The Warriors are comfortably in second in the East Division heading into the playoffs.

NHL Game Night: 3-14-17 Lightning at Senators

The stuff that dreams are made of.

OTT-1 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory. It's overshadowed by the heroics at the other end by Condon, but what Vasilevskiy did again tonight was make every situational save asked of him to get the Lightning their chance at the winner's circle.

First Period
3:05 TB Point (12), (Dotchin, Coburn)

Second Period
2:35 OTT Wingels (7), (unassisted)

Third Period

4:05 TB Hedman (14), (Palat)

Victor Hedman was the game's second star.

Facing near impossible odds in their quest for a playoff spot, the Lightning look like a locked in team that is already playing postseason hockey. Tonight's challenges: 1.) Get road points in a back to back after a tough game against the Rangers last night, 2.) Again play short of centermen with Vlad Namestnikov back on the shelf, 3.) Solve a netminder in Mike Condon who decided to lose his mind tonight with ten bell save after ten bell save. Amazingly, the team never showed the effects of #1 or #2 and eventually they got the one they needed to solve #3. Now, after all the heavy lifting is done, they find themselves tied for the 8th spot in the East after being left for dead a month ago. The dream lives for the Lightning, with a lot of heavy lifting still left to do.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 7:51.

Greg McKegg had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:04. He was also 45% on 11 draws.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 19:13.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 11:22.

Yanni Gourde had 4 shots in 20:20. He's playing so well on this recall and he hasn't shown signs of hitting a wall yet.

Adam Erne had 3 shots and 7 hits in 8:30.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-14-17

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(3)Dynamo Moscow 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:18 in SKA's 4-1 Game Four win over Dynamo Moscow. Forward Sergei Shirokov led the way for SKA with 1 goal and 3 points in the win.

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