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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-25-14

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(6)Novosibirsk 2 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 3
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/32, 2.01 GAA, .938 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 8-1-0, 0 SO, 1.90 GAA, .935 sv%

Magnitogorsk completed their second round sweep of Novosibirsk, disposing of the Eastern Conference sixth seed 3-2 in Game Four. Metallurg was led by 2 goals by former Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin. Magnitogorsk has lost just one time in the first two rounds of this season's playoffs.

(4)Ufa 3 vs. (2)Astana 2 (OT)
Ufa Leads the Series 3-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 38/40, 1.84 GAA, .950 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 7-4-0, 0 SO, 2.20 GAA, .927 sv%

Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov's power play goal 5:03 into Overtime delivered Ufa a 3-2 Game Four win over Astana and a commanding 3-1 lead in their second round series. The stellar play of Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy allowed Ufa to overcome a 27-40 shot deficit in the contest to take the victory. Astana got an assist from former Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin in defeat.

NHL Game Night: 3-24-14 Senators at Lightning

Lethargic Lightning manufacture a point.

OTT-4
TB-3 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 32 shots before allowing 1 of 3 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO Loss. He played solidly tonight, and it's just regrettable the team has stopped converting for him in shootouts.

First Period
3:57 OTT Karlsson (20), (Greening)
5:07 TB Kucherov (9), (Johnson, Brown)

Second Period
8:12 OTT Spezza (19), (Michalek, Karlsson)
8:56 OTT Turris (22), (Stone, Erik Karlsson)
13:26 TB Hedman (12), (Filppula, Palat)(PP)

Third Period
5:44 TB Stamkos (21), (Palat, Callahan)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
OTT- Spezza
TB- NONE

Tom Pyatt was the game's third star.

I could complain about a point being left on the table with the Lightning unable to convert a 4-on-3 PP opportunity in Overtime. But, no, I think I'll take the point and run tonight. The fact is the Lightning played flat, stupid hockey for the first 33 minutes of tonight's game and they were lucky not to be down by 3 or 4 goals by the time they woke up and got their heads in the games. The turnovers were awful. The defensive zone coverage was awful. Bishop and luck kept them within 2 goals and Ottawa's lack of discipline gave them the power play opportunities to steal a point away from a night they played poorly. So, I'll take it and move on.

Mike Kostka was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 17:29. He was crafty tonight at both ends of the rink and looks due for some more points soon. He was patient when he needed to be and opportunistic when chances came his way, and looked really good tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-24-14

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(6)Novosibirsk 1 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 33/34, 0.96 GAA, .971 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 0 SO, 1.89 GAA, .935 sv%

Metallurg Magnitogorsk moved one step closer to the KHL Eastern Conference Finals, defeating Novosibirsk 2-1 in overtime in Game Three to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Ex-Predators draft pick Denis Platonov had the winner for Magnitogorsk 2:11 into Overtime to seal the victory. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov assisted on Platonov's goal.

(4)Ufa 5 vs. (2)Astana 2
Ufa Leads the Series 2-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 15/17, 2.00 GAA, .882 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 6-4-0, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .924 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy only had to face 17 shots as Ufa crushed Barys Astana 5-2 in their pivotal Game Three Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup. Ex-Nashville Predator Antti Pihlstrom had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Ufa. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a goal in defeat for Astana.

Bolt Prospect of the Week: March 24, 2014

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 24, 2014 is … Andrey Vasilevskiy, G, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL – Russia).

If playoff experience is instrumental in a prospect’s development, Andrey Vasilevskiy is being subject to a symphony.

Ufa’s teenage goaltender has been in net for all of the club’s playoff games so far, including a pressure-packed Game 7 against Novgorod last Tuesday. Down 2-0 in the series, he turned in a triple-overtime gem in Game 3, and allowed just two goals in each of Games 4 and 5 before a Game 6 loss.

His team was outplayed in Game 7, being outshot 35-21, but Vasilevskiy turned aside all but one shot en route to a 2-1 win. Ufa had a 2-0 lead in the game and survived with Vasilevskiy under siege in the third period.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-23-14

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ North Bay Battalion 2
Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals tied, 1-1

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

North Bay fought back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to tie the game, only to lose it with 41 seconds left in regulation. Game 3 is in St. Catherines.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5 (OT)
Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 2-0

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Ikonen had three assists in regulation and possible Lightning draft target Roland McKeown (2014) scored in overtime to lead the Fronts to a 2-0 series lead over the Petes. Game 3 will be in Peterborough.

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