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  • 6 years 23 weeks ago


    (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ (13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3
    Quarterfinals – Saint John wins best of 7 series 4-0

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4 Hits
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 7-3-10, +8, 10 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    While Baie-Comeau could congratulate themselves for being the first team to come within two goals of Saint John in a playoff game, that party will have to be held while they are packing up their locker room as the Sea Dogs completed the sweep of the Drakkar with a 5-3 win Wednesday. Gauthier was held scoreless for the first time in six games, though he tied for the team lead with seven shots on goal. Saint John will await the lowest seed to advance to the semifinals.


    (W1) London Knights 5 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 2
    Western Conference Semifinals – Best of 7 series tied 2-2

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Vladislav Namestnikov’s second goal of the playoffs, scored in the first period, gave London a 3-0 lead and turned out to be the game winner as the Knights scored four times in the first period, chasing Saginaw goalie Jake Paterson, and added an empty netter late for the 5-2 score to even the series at two games apiece. London takes back home ice advantage in the series, which shifts back to London for Game 5 on Friday night. Namestnikov’s goal was scored when he banged in a rebound off a Seth Griffith shot. He was on the ice for a “plus” when the empty net goal was scored by Gregg McKegg (Leafs). Panthers prospect Vincent Trocheck had two goals for the Spirit.

  • 6 years 23 weeks ago

    SM-liiga Semifinals (Finland):
    (4)JYP 3 @ (6)Jokerit 2 (OT)
    JYP Wins the Series 4-1
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 28/30, 1.90 GAA, .933 sv%
    Playoff totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 0 SO, 1.64 GAA, .948 sv%
    Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

    Ex-Avalanche draft pick Mikko Viitanen scored 3:17 into overtime to lift JYP to a 3-2 series clinching Game Five victory. 17-year old potential first rounder Tuevo Teravainen had an assist in the loss for Jokerit, giving him 1 goal and 3 points in the series. He finished the playoffs with 2 goals and 6 points in 9 games. Riku Helenius and JYP will face Pelicans Lahti in the finals starting next Monday.

    MHL Western Conference Finals (Russia Jr.):
    CSKA Jr. won Game Five 5-3 on the strength of a 4 goal, 1 assist performance by Nikita Gusev to advance to the MHL finals. CSKA Jr. was again without the services of Nikita Kucherov, but they did get ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov back for the match. CSKA Jr. will defend their MHL title against the eventual winner of the Eastern Conference title. Right now, Omsk Jr. holds a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five series over Magnitogorsk Jr.

  • 6 years 23 weeks ago


    (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ (13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2
    Quarterfinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 3-0

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM (hooking, slashing), 4 SOG, 0 Hits
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 7-3-10, +7, 10 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Saint John came into the game averaging just under nine goals per contest, and though the Drakkar were able to hold them to five, the Sea Dogs still came out on top, 5-2. Saint John, the league’s top seed, is now up 3-0 on Baie-Comeau and is now 7-0 in the playoffs. Danick Gauthier had an assist to stretch his point streak to five games. He is sixth on the team in scoring, 12 points behind Minnesota pick Zack Phillips for the team lead.

  • 6 years 23 weeks ago

    MHL Western Conference Finals (Russia Jr.):
    Coached by former Lightning dtaft pick Vadim Epanchintsev, Mytischi Jr. staved off elimination in Game Three by defeating CSKA Jr. 5-4. Nikita Kucherov did not play for CSKA Jr. CSKA Jr. still leads the series 2-1. The schedule for Game Four is to be determined.

  • 6 years 23 weeks ago


    (W5) Saginaw Spirit 5 @ (W1) London Knights 2
    Western Conference Semifinals – Saginaw leads best of 7 series 2-1

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, E, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Saginaw stole home ice advantage away from top-seeded London on Monday night by winning in the Knights’ barn, 5-2. Spirit goalie Jake Paterson (pictured), who was ranked No.3 among North American goalies by Central Scouting in their final draft rankings for 2012, stopped 42 of 44 shots for first star honors. Paterson could be a target of the Lightning with one of their second round picks. Among the saves he had was a remarkable stop on a Vlad Namestnikov slapshot that reportedly seemed like a sure goal. It would have been Namestnikov’s second point in his last six games. He has been in a defensive role, matched-up against Saginaw’s Brandon Saad (Blackhawks). However, Saad was on the ice for three Spirit goals on Monday, but Namesntikov was on the bench each time. Game 4 is Wednesday in Saginaw.

  • 6 years 23 weeks ago

    SM-liiga Semifinals (Finland):
    (6)Jokerit 2 @ (4)JYP 1
    JYP Leads the Series 3-1
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 33/35, 2.03 GAA, .943 sv%
    Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-1-0, 0 SO, 1.60 GAA, .950 sv%
    Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

    JYP is a great team, but they're no Norfolk Admirals. After going 7-0 to open the playoffs, JYP stumbled in a 2-1 Game Four loss to Jokerit today. Ex-Lightning defenseman Josef Boumedienne assisted on Jokerit's game opening goal. Game Five is Wednesday.

  • 6 years 23 weeks ago


    (W1) London Knights 2 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 4
    Western Conference Semifinals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, E, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Saginaw held serve at home, defeating the Knights on Sunday in Michigan. London won Game 1, 5-2. Blackhawks second rounder (2011) Brandon Saad (pictured) had two goals and an assist for Saginaw, who knocked off likely top 2012 pick Nail Yakubov, top-10 pick Alexander Galyenchuk, and their Sarnia teammates in the first round, 4-2. Namestnikov, whose line was matched up against Saad to start Game 2, has one assist in his last five games. Game 3 is Monday in London. <

  • 6 years 24 weeks ago


    Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Tri-City Storm 2 (OT)

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: OT Loss, 31 saves on 34 shots, *First Star*
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Though there’s no “X” next to the team on the USHL standings page, the Storm appear to have clinched a playoff spot by picking up a point Saturday night against Sioux City. Des Moines lost in a shootout and are five points behind Tri-City with two games to play. Wilcox was named first star for the 300th time in the last month it seems, and has backstopped his “new” team from the bottom of the standings into the playoffs. At least one USHL writer has pegged Wilcox (pictured) for goaltender of the year and says he should get MVP consideration. Wilcox is capable of stealing a short series in the playoffs if he gets some offensive help.


    (13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 10
    Quarterfinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, slashing), 4 SOG, 3 Hits
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 7-2-9, +6, 6 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Not satisfied with their nine goals in Game 1, the Sea Dogs put up 10 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead over the Drakkar. Gauthier had his seventh goal of the playoffs and was 14/20 on faceoffs. Saint John has outscored their opponents 53-13 in their sixth games. That’s just under nine goals a game. And that’s just silly. Game 3 is Tuesday in at Baie-Comeau.

  • 6 years 24 weeks ago

    This season will be remembered 5 years from now as a minor speed bump on the ride of a lifetime.

    WPG-3 (OT)

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the victory. If that was Roli's last NHL game, I'm glad the boys played him out with a win.

    First Period
    TB Purcell (22), (Lecavalier), 17:49

    Second Period
    TB Purcell (23), (Lecavalier, Brown), 1:12
    WPG Antropov (15), (Miettinen, Kane), 8:53

    Third Period
    TB Stamkos (60), (St. Louis, Lee), 3:29
    WPG Slater (12), (Clitsome, Enstrom), 4:59
    WPG Slater (13), (Wheeler, Ladd), 19:07

    TB Purcell (24), (Hedman), 1:08

    Teddy Purcell and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and third stars.

    This game had just about all the elements you wanted to see to reaffirm that the Lightning, despite the struggles of this season, are on a path to longterm prosperity. Despite all their problems and despite unilaterally disarming at the trade deadline, the club finished 2 games over .500. Yes, there's several things to fix both between the pipes and defensively, as evidenced by the team finishing worst in goals against, but these guys aren't losers, even when the going gets tough. They have the character winning organizations are premised on.

    Individually, the big story will obviously be Steven Stamkos' 60th goal and his second Richard Trophy. He's the best young player in the game, but we all knew that. I was far more intrigued by the B stories in this game.

    Teddy Purcell's second half seems to me to be a clear sign he's ready to erupt into stardom next season, and the thing Lightning fans should be giddy about is that Teddy can produce on both Stamkos and Lecavalier's line. That gives the coaching staff a lot of flexibility.

    Another B story is the young defensemen on this team. These are young guys who bring the kind of elite mobility that Guy Boucher's system really needs, and they started to produce down the stretch of the year. No offense to guys like Pavel Kubina, who did yoeman's work for the team, but the new blood has the pace to play this system the way it ought to be played. I'm looking at Victor Hedman ending the season with points in 7 of his last 9 games. I'm looking at Brian Lee with points in 4 of his last 5 games of the season, and 8 points in 20 games with the Lightning, which pro-rates to a 33 point season. Here are two guys I believe can and should be in the 30-40 point range next year, and, heck, even Eric Brewer was showing more toward the end of the season. You mix in what I believe Brendan Mikkelson has shown, and that's 4 guys to invest some hope in. You go out on the free agent market and add 1-2 more good defenseman and get a healthy Marc-Andre Bergeron into the mix, and you'll get a top-7 that can play Boucher's system well.

    Beyond that, there's an obvious need in goal that Steve Yzerman has clearly stockpiled a ridiculous amount of draft picks to address. Between the draft picks and the amount of quality young forward prospects in this organization, I dare say Yzerman will not be outbid by anyone.

    And then there's what we can expect to see added from Norfolk and their ongoing 25-game winning streak next year, and the youth in the system, as a whole.. More youth, more speed, and more confidence at the forward position. The likely AHL defenseman of the year in Mark Barberio. Two goaltenders playing out of their minds in Norfolk and another guy in Finland, Riku Helenius, who also just can't seem to lose. It's an embarassment of riches, and you will see a training camp next season where you may very well see darn near 30 NHL caliber players fighting tooth and nail for 23 spots. Good problems to have.

    Keith Aulie had 3 hits in 11:48. He's on Norfolk's Clear Day roster, which means he should be sent down after Lightning exit interviews and begin what I feel will be a critical 20-30 games worth of development in his young career. The crucible of the AHL playoffs could make him into a player to be reckoned with.

    J.T. Brown got his first NHL point, an assist, and was +2 with 2 shots in 13:52. J.T., my friend, before you leave Tampa, beg Steven Stamkos to let you go train with him with Gary Roberts. Promise him your first born. Do whatever it takes to go spend this offseason getting ready to take the pounding of an 82 game NHL season, because if you do, you might have the talent to be a Calder Trophy winner next season. But, for you, that award will be won in June, July and August, not October through April.

    J.T. Wyman was -3 with 1 shot in 13:25. Wyman finishes the season with 40 NHL games, 1 shy of what he needs for graduation from prospect status on BoltProspects. Ain't that a shame? He'll start from scratch next year needing 39 games to graduate via the 82 game rule on the site.

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  • 6 years 24 weeks ago

    No one finished in close on the power play like Dave Andreychuk, and no one finishes games stronger than the Norfolk Admirals.


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory. He held the game close and gave the team in front of him plenty of time to blow the game open, finally, late in the third period.

    First Period
    BNG Schira, (4) (Hamilton), 13:12

    Second Period
    NOR Labrie, (14) (Picard), 18:27

    Third Period
    NOR Smith, (24) (Oberg, Segal), 17:11
    NOR Johnson, (31) (Killorn, Conacher), 17:53
    NOR Conacher, (35) (Killorn, Cote), 19:47 (EN)

    Tokarski and Trevor Smith were the game's first and second stars.

    I've never in my life seen a team that is this good late in hockey games. True, they won their fair share of games during the first half of this 25 game winning streak by blowing teams out quickly in the first period, staking themselves to 3 goal leads early. But, that hasn't happened lately. Teams go against the Admirals very prepared and very resolute to try to break the streak from the opening drop of the puck (hence the line brawl in the First Period of tonight's game). So, there's been a lot of games in the second half of the streak that get into the Third Period either tied or one goal games.

    Something amazing seems to happen, though, when this team gets down into the final 10 minutes of a hockey game. I don't know if its their young legs. I don't know if it's their team speed. I don't know if it's their unflagging confidence. Whatever it is, this club buries teams late. They don't just get a one goal lead and try to sit on it. They don't just hit and run, they knock you over and then step on your throat.

    The Ads will finish their regular season on the road with three games next weekend: Albany Friday, Binghamton Saturday, and Adirondack Sunday.

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