Florida Everblades

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-14-12

(E5) Florida Everblades 1 @ (W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 2
Kelly Cup Finals – Las Vegas leads best of 7 series 1-0

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 5 PIM (fighting)
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 5 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 2-7-9, +7, 36 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 4 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Florida opened their Kelly Cup Finals series with Las Vegas by outshooting the Wranglers 33-23, but falling on the scoreboard, 2-1. Las Vegas took a 2-0 lead in the second period, and although Florida cut the lead to one with two minutes left in the game, they couldn’t get the equalizer. The game featured a brawl of sorts at the end of the second period that involved Lightning prospect Charles Landry and former Lightning draft pick Kevin Quick. Las Vegas goaltender Joe Fallon was named first star for stopping 32 of 33 shots. Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson was among those involved in pre-game festivities. Game 2 is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-5-12

(E3) Kalamazoo Wings 1 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3
ECHL Eastern Conference Finals – Florida wins best of 7 series 4-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 2 SOG, 4 PIM (cross checking, tripping), *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 2-7-9, +7, 36 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

For the first time since 2005, Florida is heading to the Kelly Cup Finals. Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche (pictured), acquired from Detroit in the Kyle Quincey trade, was named first star on Saturday as Florida defeated Kalamazoo 3-1 to clinch the series, 4-1. Pat Nagle, who shut out the K-Wings in Game 1 before losing Game 2, watched from the bench as Carolina prospect John Muse stopped 27 of 28 shots for his third straight win. The ‘Blades will play the Las Vegas Wranglers in the finals, starting Monday, May 14. Both teams are seeking their first Kelly Cup title. The Everblades are making their third appearance in the Kelly Cup Finals (2004 and 2005), while the Wranglers have advanced to the finals for the second time (2008). The Wranglers used to be affiliated with Calgary, then Phoenix, but currently do not have an NHL or AHL affiliate. Their director of scouting is someone Lightning fans will remember from the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, Keith Primeau. (Photo courtesy of swamphockey.com.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-3-12

(E3) Kalamazoo Wings 3 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 7
ECHL Eastern Conference Finals – Florida leads best of 7 series 3-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 1-1-2, +2, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 2-6-8, +6, 32 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (elbowing)
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Florida is within one win of reaching the Kelly Cup Finals for the first time since 2005 after scoring seven goals on 25 shots Thursday in a 7-3 win over Kalamazoo. The victory gives the ‘Blades a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals series. Lightning prospect Charles Landry, who was a healthy scratch for games 1 and 2, scored his first professional playoff goal. He also added an assist. Pat Nagle watched as John Muse made 28 saves in the win. Florida can advance to the finals by winning at home on Saturday. Games 6 and 7, if necessary, will be in Michigan. (Naples News photo)

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-2-12

(E3) Kalamazoo Wings 0 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 7
ECHL Eastern Conference Finals – Florida leads best of 7 series 2-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 3 SOG, 4 PIM (slashing, boarding)
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 2-6-8, +6, 30 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

Florida shut out the K-Wings for the second time in three games to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle, who was in net for the first shutout in Game 1, was on the bench for Game 3 after he let in three goals on 19 shots in a Game 2 loss. Carolina prospect John Muse had 28 saves for the shutout. The ‘Blades scored five times in the second period on Wednesday night to break open a close game. Brayden Irwin had a hat trick for Florida and Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche had his second goal of the postseason. Charles Landry was back in the Everblades' lineup after missing five games. Game 4 is Thursday in southwest Florida.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-28-12

(E5) Florida Everblades 2 @ (E3) Kalamazoo Wings 3
ECHL Eastern Conference Finals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 1-6-7, +6, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Loss, 16 saves on 19 shots
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

This one hurts. Florida outshot the K-Wings 38-19, including 16-1 in the second period, yet the ‘Blades came up on the losing end in Game 2, falling 3-2 in Kalamazoo. Florida, who got a shutout from Lightning prospect Pat Nagle in Game 1, held a 1-0 lead entering the third period. The K-Wings scored twice in just under two minutes to take a 2-1 lead, but Florida replied with a Matt Beca goal assisted by Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche (pictured) at 15:01. Two and a half minutes later the K-Wings scored the game winner and secured the Game 2 win, regaining home ice advantage. The series now shifts to southwest Florida for games 3-5. Nagle faced seven shots through two periods. He allowed three goals on 12 shots in the final stanza. Game 3 is Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Swamphockey.com)

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