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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-31-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(2)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (4)Ufa 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 28/30, 1.48 GAA, .933 sv%
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 10-2-0, 2 SO, 1.45 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Panthers pick Yaroslov Kosov scored 1:37 into Second OT to send Magnitogorsk to the Gagarin Cup Final by virtue of a 3-2 Game Five win over Ufa. Ex-NHLer Alexander Semin also had a pair of helpers in the win. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Maxim Mayorov had a goal for Ufa in defeat.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-25-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6
QMJHL First Round
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 4 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

The Titan staved off elimination with a 6-3 win Wednesday. Daniil Miromanov, who went undrafted last draft, had four goals for Acadie-Bathurst. Game 5 is Friday in Saint John.

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 (2OT)
QMJHL First Round
Shawinigan leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 9 SOG, 5 Hits
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 12 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Cataractes forced overtime with a goal midway through the third period, then won it in the second overtime session to take a 3-1 series lead. Yan (pictured) was among team leaders in shots and hits. Game 5 is Friday in Shawinigan.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 5 (OT)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM

Windsor won a back-and-forth game with a power play goal in overtime to stay alive in the OHL playoffs. The Rangers led 2-0 before Jets prospect Brandon Lemieux (Claude’s son) scored three times in the second period. Windsor added another to go up 4-2 before Kitchener came storming back. Undrafted overager Bradley Latour won it in overtime with his second goal of the game. Game 5 is Friday back in Kitchener.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-29-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1
QMJHL First Round
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 3-0-3, +3, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Mathieu Joseph scored three times and was first star as Saint John moved to within one win of eliminating the Titan from the playoffs. Joseph scored on the power play, shorthanded, and at even strength. Boko Imama added his first point of the playoffs. The Sea Dogs can close out the Titan on Wednesday.

Shawinigan Cataractes 8 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 3
QMJHL First Round
Shawinigan leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-2-3, +3, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan has started the playoffs like he started the regular season – on the scoresheet. He had a goal and two helpers Tuesday as Shawinigan pulled ahead of Sherbrooke in the series, 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Oshawa Generals 4
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Kingston leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 15/34 FO, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM

After getting blown out in the first and second games of the series, Oshawa fought hard in Game 3, holding two leads and tying the game at 15:55 of the third period, only to see the Fronts win it with 24 seconds left in regulation on a goal by former General Michael Dal Colle (Islanders). Kingston can close out the series Thursday.

North Bay Battalion 6 @ Peterborough Petes 7 (OT)
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Peterborough leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM

Former Markham Waxer Jonathan Ang (2016) scored at 4:46 of overtime to lift the Petes to a 7-6 win and 2-1 series lead over North Bay. The Battalion scored twice in the second half of the third period to force overtime. Dominik Masin had two assists for Peterborough.

Western Hockey League

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Oshawa Generals 4
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Kingston leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 15/34 FO, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM

After getting blown out in the first and second games of the series, Oshawa fought hard in Game 3, holding two leads and tying the game at 15:55 of the third period, only to see the Fronts win it with 24 seconds left in regulation on a goal by former General Michael Dal Colle (Islanders). Kingston can close out the series Thursday.

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 1
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

After giving up big leads in Games 1 and 2, fifth-seeded Windsor couldn’t muster more than a goal past Dawson Carty (undrafted) and now find themselves in a 3-0 hole to fourth-seeded Kitchener. Cristiano DiGiacinto had an assist for Windsor, his first point of the series. Game 4 is Wednesday.

North Bay Battalion 6 @ Peterborough Petes 7 (OT)
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Peterborough leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM

Former Markham Waxer Jonathan Ang (2016) scored at 4:46 of overtime to lift the Petes to a 7-6 win and 2-1 series lead over North Bay. The Battalion scored twice in the second half of the third period to force overtime. Dominik Masin had two assists for Peterborough.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Erie Otters 7
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/24 FO
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 20-19-39, -3, 14 PIM

Erie had a 5-0 lead Friday before the midway point of the second period, and on Sunday it was 4-0. Saginaw is trying, but simply isn’t in Erie’s class. 2016 draft prospect Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists for the Otters. Game 3 is Tuesday in Michigan.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Moose Jaw leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 2-6-8, +1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

The Warriors went up 3-1 on Prince Albert with a 7-0 shellacking of the Raiders Tuesday. Panthers prospect Dryden Hunt had a three goals and an assist for Moose Jaw.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-29-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(4)Ufa 1 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 3
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 9-2-0, 2 SO, 1.44 GAA, .953 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-NHLers Alexander Semin and Wojtek Wolski each contributed goals for Magnitogorsk in their 3-1 Game Three victory over Ufa. Magnitka is now 1 win away from advancing to the Gagarin Cup Final to face CSKA.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-28-16

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 1
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

After giving up big leads in Games 1 and 2, fifth-seeded Windsor couldn’t muster more than a goal past Dawson Carty (undrafted) and now find themselves in a 3-0 hole to fourth-seeded Kitchener. Cristiano DiGiacinto had an assist for Windsor, his first point of the series. Game 4 is Wednesday.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 7 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Moose Jaw leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -3, 4 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-3-5, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

Prince Albert got back in the series in a big way, winning 7-3 on the road in Game 3 to cut the Warriors’ series lead to 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday.

NHL Game Night: 3-28-16 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Bishop willing hapless, Stralman-less Lightning over the regular season finish line.

TOR-0
TB-3

Ben Bishop stopped all 34 shots he faced for the shutout victory, and the customary meting of U of Maine Justice. You won't find a finer performance by a goaltender anywhere in Lightning history than what Bishop turned in tonight. Puppa and Khabibulin probably each turned in a game or two that were as good as that, but none better. He carried the Lightning on his back tonight.

First Period
7:34 TB Blunden(3), (Condra, Hedman)
14:29 TB Palat(15), (Stamkos, Garrison)

Second Period
6:38 TB Hedman(8), (Stamkos, Condra)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Bishop, Steven Stamkos, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars.

For a second straight game the Lightning had to go without Anton Stralman and Nikita Kucherov, and for a second straight game the Lightning looked a bit lost and befuddled. The difference tonight was that the Toronto Marlies are barely a NHL caliber team and Ben Bishop re-routed power to the deflector shields all night long. Hopefully tonight was the last without Kucherov in the lineup and, over time, the team's defensemen will hit their stride without Stralman. But, for the moment, it's pretty awful. Erik Condra is playing on Steven Stamkos' line. That's how awful.

With 4 games left to go in the final 10-game segment of the season, the Lightning cut the magic number to 3 points, and they move into a tie in points with Florida, although the Panthers hold a game in hand in the race for the Atlantic Division title. The Lightning just have to grind out a couple of more wins as soon as possible, lock in their playoff position, and then spend their time getting their defensive pairings in order for the postseason.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-28-16

KHL Western Conference Finals
(6)St. Petersburg 1 vs. (1)CSKA 2 (OT)
CSKA Wins the Series 4-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 5-9-14, -2, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev played just 3 shifts and 2:32 in SKA's 2-1 OT loss to CSKA. CSKA advances to the Gagarin Cup Final by virtue of the sweep. Ex-Blues pick Sergei Andronov scored the OT winner 1:02 into the extra session. Nikita Gusev signed an extension with SKA during the regular season and is expected to stay in the KHL next season with the club.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-27-16

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 5 @ North Bay Battalion 3
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 6 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM

Peterborough took home-ice advantage away from North Bay with a 5-3 win Sunday. Dominik Masin recorded his first career playoff point in the win. Fellow Lightning prospect Matt Spencer had an assist. North Bay scored the opening goal before the Petes rolled off four consecutive markers. Game 3 is Tuesday in Peterborough.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Erie Otters 7
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/24 FO
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 20-19-39, -3, 14 PIM

Erie had a 5-0 lead Friday before the midway point of the second period, and on Sunday it was 4-0. Saginaw is trying, but simply isn’t in Erie’s class. 2016 draft prospect Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists for the Otters. Game 3 is Tuesday in Michigan.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-27-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(4)Ufa 3 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 21/24, 3.04 GAA, .875 sv%
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 8-2-0, 2 SO, 1.49 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin lost for just the second time in the KHL playoffs as Ufa nipped Magnitka 3-2 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals. Ex-NHLer Sami Lepisto had the GWG for Ufa and had 2 goals, overall, in the match. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Maxim Mayorov also chipped in 2 assists for Ufa in the win.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4
QMJHL First Round
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Saint John held serve at home, winning Game 2, 4-2. Joseph had two more points for the Sea Dogs, both coming late in the third period. Game 3 is Tuesday in the Titan’s barn.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3
QMJHL First Round
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan averted disaster by evening the series in Game 2 with a 3-2 win after falling behind 2-0 early. Yan started on the second line and scored the Catarctes’ first goal. Game 3 is Tuesday in Sherbrooke.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Kingston leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 16/29 FO
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM

The Gens couldn’t come close to Kingston for the second straight game, losing 7-3 in Game 2. Oshawa has been outscored 13-3 in the series thus far. Carolina third rounder Warren Foegele had four goals for the Fronts. Game 3 is Tuesday in Oshawa.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 6
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor blew an early 3-0 lead in Game 1 and relinquished a 3-1 lead in Game 2 and now find themselves down 2-0 in the series. Game 3 is Monday in Windsor.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Moose Jaw leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

Moose Jaw took a commanding 2-0 series lead on the road with a 4-2 win Saturday in Prince Albert. Point scored in the middle of the third period to move Moose Jaw from a 3-2 to 4-2 lead. Game 3 is Monday in Moose Jaw.

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