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NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-2-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 4 @ Guelph Storm 3 (OT)
Best-of-7 OHL Finals tied, 1-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

For the second straight game, the OHL Finals went to overtime, but this time North Bay came out on top, beating Guelph, 4-3, to even the series at one game apiece. North Bay outshot the league’s top team, 41-24, including 30-13 over the final three periods of play. Dylan Blujus had a power play assist for North Bay, cutting Guelph's early 2-0 lead to 2-1. Battalion captain Barclay Goodrow (free agent) scored the game winner. Game 3 is Tuesday in North Bay.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-1-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Guelph Storm 3 (OT)
Storm lead best-of-7 OHL Finals, 1-0

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Guelph’s Jason Dickinson (Stars first rounder) scored his sixth goal of the playoffs in the first minute of overtime on Thursday, lifting the Storm to a 3-2 win over North Bay in Game 1 of the OHL Finals. Dylan Blujus was not on the ice for the overtime winner against, but did take a minus on Guelph’s tying goal, scored with eight minutes left in regulation. The win snapped North Bay’s six-game winning streak. Game 2 is Friday night in Guelph.

Report: Vasilevskiy Coming to North America

Igor Eronko of Sports.ru's hockey department tweeted this morning that prized Lightning prospect goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy has decided to leave Salavat Ufa of the KHL and sign with Tampa Bay.

The Lightning have not announced the signing.

Vasilevskiy, who led Salavat to the KHL semifinals, was under contract in the KHL until the end of April. With the turn of the calendar page, he was eligible to sign with the Lightning and come to North America. Reports surfaced during the KHL playoffs that Salavat was going to offer the 2012 19th overall pick a hefty deal to remain in Russia for at least one more year. At the time of the reports, Vasilevskiy said he wasn't going to discuss his options until after the KHL playoffs were over.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-30-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 7 vs. (3)Praha 4
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-3
Magnitogorsk Wins the Gagarin Cup
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 43/47, 4.00 GAA, .915 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 16-5-0, 2 SO, 1.97 GAA, .934 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 4 points to help lead Magnitogorsk to their Cup clinching 7-4 win over Praha in Game Seven of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Former Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win and former Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov also had a helper in the match for Metallurg. Vasily Koshechkin wins his first Gagarin Cup and the victory also marks the first time the Gagarin Cup was won by a non-Russian coach as Metallurg's bench boss this season was none other than Iron Mike Keenan.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-29-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
Foreurs win best-of-7 semifinal series, 4-3

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 10 SOG, 12/20 FO
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 13-28-41, +9, 18 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Maxime Pressault scored his first goal of the playoffs 13 minutes into the third period to break a 2-2 tie and propel the Foreurs to the QMJHL Finals with a Game 7 win. Halifax outshot their opponent, 41-16, including 17-3 in the third period, but they couldn’t beat VDO goalie Antoine Bibeau (Leafs). Halifax scored both of their goals in the first period when they had a 2-1 lead entering the second.

This will end the junior career of Jonathan Drouin, barring some greatly unforeseen circumstances in which he wouldn’t make the Lightning next fall. Drouin’s junior career goes down as one of the best in recent memory as he accumulated 344 points in 178 regular season and playoff games, won dozens of awards, and set multiple records. He ended his career with 77 points in his last 28 games.

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