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Elitserien Playoff Game Night: 3-14-13

Elitserien Playoffs (Sweden)
Quarterfinals
Brynas 3 vs. Skelleftea 7
Skelleftea leads the series 2-0

Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, -3, 5 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 18-10-28, -9, 16 PIM

Brynas found itself down 5-0 early in the third period before it managed to notch a couple goals of its own but Skelleftea, the league's top team in the standings during regular season, responded in kind to complete its second-straight rout of the 8th-place seed. After being heavily outshot in the first game of the series, Brynas managed to finish the second match with a virtually balanced short-margin although that was due in large part to the lopsided after the midway point of the middle frame. Brynas has been outscored 12-3 in the series so far. Johan Harju, one of the key offensive pieces for Brynas, has yet to find the net, nor register an assist, after finishing the season as the club's leading goal-scorer and one of the top overall producers. After getting the start, former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist was pulled in favor of Robin Rahm after allowing 4 goals on 26 shots. Rahm didn't fare much better, surrendering 3 goals on 6 shots, but Holmqvist was still charged with the loss. Brynas heads back to Skelleftea's barn on Saturday to try and stave off a third-consecutive loss that would put the club's season on the brink in the best-of-seven series.

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NHL Game Night: 3-14-13 Islanders at Lightning

Lindback deserved a better fate.

NYI-2
TB-0

Anders Lindback allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the loss. He's starting to play his best hockey of the season now. If the Lightning salvage anything from this awful campaign, it might be Lindback surfacing as a more legitimate number one with work in the second half of the shortened season.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
10:22 NYI Tavares (17), (Moulsen, Boyes)(PP)

Third Period
19:20 NYI Boyes (7), (Macdonald)(EN)

Lindback was the game's third star.

The Lightning slowly started to get their feet under them as the game progressed and didn't play all that poorly, but couldn't get pucks through a collapsing Islanders d, and when they did Nabokov was there. The only point of emphasis for improvement needs to be actually hitting the net when the Lightning shoot, particularly the big guy wearing #77.

Alex Killorn was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:10.

Tyler Johnson was 33% on draws in 11:39. He was a bit of a non-factor.

Ondrej Palat had 2 hits in 9:05. Also a bit of a non-factor.

Radko Gudas had 2 shots, 6 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:56. Stud. He played like a flat out bona fide stud. He was sawing people in half and showing off some of those offensive abilities that he occasionally brings to bear, like his puck lugging skills, for instance. He looked darn good, which is reflected in the fact he got 50% more ice time than Keith Aulie. Two games and he already zipped by him on the depth chart. Not the first time Aulie has been pylonized, I reckon.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 1 shot and 3 hits in 8:37.

Cory Conacher had 1 hit in 14:45. He's become a chronic non-factor at this point in the season. Sad but true.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-14-13

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 5 @ Niagara IceDogs 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 2-25-27, -8, 53 PIM

Blujus had two assists in a game for the first time since January 13, helping the Battalion to a 5-2 win over the IceDogs.

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Barrie Colts 4

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 64 GP, 4-18-22, +1, 70 PIM
With Barrie: 26 GP, 2-6-8, E, 31 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Undrafted, overage goaltender Mathias Niederberger stopped 49 of 51 shots to lift Barrie to a 4-2 win over visiting Kingston. Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin was scoreless for the Colts.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

ECHL Game Night: 3-13-13

Florida Everblades 2 @ South Carolina Stingrays 1

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 5 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 0 PIM

W Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season totals: 38 GP, 13-19-32, -2, 30 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 3-11-14, +5, 27 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 54 PIM

D Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 1.00 GAA, 29 S / 30 SA (.967 SV%)
Season totals: 30 GP, 14-8-3, 3.02 GAA, 775 S / 857 SA (.904 SV%)

Florida gave up a first period lead within a couple minutes of earning it but eventually took advantage of a late even-strength tally to down divisional rival South Carolina. The win put Florida into a first-place tie with Gwinnett for the South Division lead. The Everblades, who ratcheted up the offense a notch in hitting 40 shots on goal against the Stingrays, also hold a game in hand on the Gladiators. Danick Gauthier notched his third assist, a primary dish on the power play approaching the midpoint of the first, of the season. It was Gauthier's third-straight game with a point and the fourth time in five games he registered at least a goal or an assist. Though he wasn't credited as being one of the stars of the game, Pat Nagle, back in net for Florida after being assigned from AHL Syracuse following the return of Cedrick Desjardins to the Crunch, turned in a stellar performance with 29 stops on 30 shots against. Alex Hutchings also was back in the lineup for the Everblades after being returned by AHL Syracuse. Florida (33-20-11, 77 PTS) continues its five-game home stand Friday night when it squares of against South Carolina(34-25-7, 75 PTS) in the second of three consecutive matches the two teams will play against each other.

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