KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Novosibirsk 2 vs. (3)Magnitogorsk 0
Novosibirsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 22/24, 2.05 GAA, .917 sv%
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 4-2-0, 1 SO, 1.68 GAA, .943 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%
Ex-Panthers and Blackhawks farmhand Alexander Salak stopped all 38 shots he faced to help Novosibirsk blank Magnitka 2-0 in Game One of their second round KHL playoff series. Magnitogorsk outshot Novosibirsk 38-24 in the contest. Ex-Isles 4th rounder David Ullstrom had the eventual game winner.
Ontario Hockey League
Guelph Storm 9 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 21-22-43, -10, 95 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
Windsor’s playoff chances took a hit Thursday night when the Storm rolled into town and put nine pucks into the Spits’ net. Windsor is one point behind Saginaw and one ahead of Plymouth for the West’s final playoff spot. The “winner” gets Sault Ste. Marie in the first round. (Tampa Bay Lightning photo)
Bruised but unbroken.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 30 shots before allowing 2 of 3 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. He looked like he was battling it a bit at times tonight, but 2 goals in 65 minutes is strong, even if the Bruins' second goal was a bit soft.
7:57 BOS Pastrnak (9), (Spooner, Lucic)
15:29 TB Stamkos (37), (unassisted)
2:20 BOS Bergeron (19), (Seidenberg)
8:04 TB Namestnikov (5), (Barberio, Sustr)
BOS- Bergeron, Marchand
Boston's media, bastions of class and taste that they are, decided to award all three stars to Bruins players in a game that went to the shootout and where the Lightning outshot and outchanced the B's. Quite scum baggy on their part.
Everything was going against the Lightning going into this game as they found out they'll be facing extended absences by Palat, Coburn, and Paquette due to injury and they were heading into a barn where they simply have been cursed. They had a pretty poor First Period adjusting to the shuffled lines and pairings, but from the Second Period on they dominated, eventually outshooting the Bruins 37-30 for the game. That's an impressive show of strength from the Lightning's depth players, especially given how much Boston traps. Honestly, the two goals Boston got tonight were a goal that could've easily been waved off for being kicked in and a point shot softie that Bishop didn't get. If anything, these close games against Montreal and Boston have been very good stress tests heading toward the playoffs, and for the most part the team has responded impressively.
With Montreal going down to Ottawa tonight, all is now square at 91 points stop the Atlantic Division with Montreal holding just 1 game in hand. The Canadiens hardly look like world beaters right now, though, so the Lightning are in good shape to take this at the finish line even with the injuries.
Mike Angelidis had 1 hit in 7:36.
Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:11. I thought he was pretty heady with the puck, for the most part, but it was clear he had some struggles with the size and physicality of the Bruins' forwards. So, the coaching staff had to be careful about usage with Nikita tonight.
Vladislav Namestnikov had a goal and was -1 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 12:29. He very quickly moved up to take the Palat spot on the line with Johnson and Kucherov and performed admirably. His goal was a pretty nice display of skill to quickly get the puck up to his stick after a point shot hit some traffic in front. He's looking like a guy who will be very hard to send down to Syracuse ever again.
(4)Sparta Praha 5 vs. (5)Mountfield HK 3
Sparta Praha Leads the Series 2-0
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, 1/1, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%
Jaroslav Janus stopped the only shot he faced in 4:31 of relief in Sparta's 5-3 win over Mountfield HK. Jan Buchtele led the way for Sparta with a pair of goals while ex-Leafs 5th rounder Juraj Mikas also contributed a goal. Ex-Sharks 6th rounder Jaroslav Kudrna contributed a pair of goals for Mountfield in defeat. Game Three is scheduled for Sunday.
TPS 5 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 3-5-8, E, 4 PIM
Saku Salminen actually got to get on the ice (for 13:48, no less) and contributed a helper in HPK's season-ending 5-2 loss to TPS. TPS got 2 goals and 3 points from Mikko Rantanen, an 18 year old power forward who is expected to be a first rounder in the June draft. The 18-year old finished his campaign with 9 goals and 28 points in 56 games.
HPK will miss the Liiga playoffs by 12 points, sitting in 11th on the 14 team Liiga table.