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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-7-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Western Conference
(1)St. Petersburg 7 vs. (5)Cherepovets 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 33/38, 5.03 GAA, .868 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-3-0, 0 SO, 2.02 GAA, .930 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

SKA St. Peterburg won the opening game of their Western Conference Semifinal series with Cherepovets in a 7-4 track meet. Ex-Coyotes first rounder Viktor Tikhonov had a hat trick to lead the way for SKA. Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin also added a helper for the club. For Cherepovets, former Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev had a goal. Former Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov was kicked out of the game at 3:08 of the First Period for boarding, leading to SKA's opening goal. Game Two is Friday.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-6-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League s

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 6

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 28 GP, 23-30-53, +11, 6 PIM
With R-N: 22 GP, 20-23-43, +12, 4 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov had an assist in the Huskies 6-3 road loss in Sherbrooke.

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 61 GP, 26-54-80, +27, 103 PIM

Paquette was first star for the second time in a week, notching three points on Wednesday in a win over the Sags. Paquette hit 80 points for the season, one year after totaling 48 for the Armada.

ECHL Game Night: 3-6-13

Florida Everblades 5 @ Cincinnati Cyclones 4 (OT)

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

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 3-9-12, +3, 23 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: 1-0-1, +1, 1 SOG, 5 PIM (fighting)
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-5-7, +5, 52 PIM

Defenseman Brent Henley scored the game-winner with just 26 seconds remaining in overtime to give Florida, which squandered a 4-1 lead it had built up over the course of the first two periods, a key victory that keeps the visitors in the hunt for the South Division title. Danick Gauthier, in his first game action after being assigned from Syracuse, scored the fourth goal for the Everblades midway through the second period after throwing the puck on net from the boards and getting a fortunate bounce off the opposing goalkeeper. Dan Milan pounced on loose rebound for his first goal in 32 games, which gave the visitors a 2-1 lead late in the first frame. Florida (30-20-10, 70 PTS) continues its four-game road trip Friday night against Fort Wayne (29-28-3, 61 PTS).

Official Recap | Box Score

AHL Game Day: 3-6-13 Crunch at Marlies

Crushed in Toronto.

SYR-3
TOR-6

Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 7 shots for the loss before giving way to Pat Nagle, who allowed 1 goal on 11 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
SYR Devos, (3) (Connolly, Taormina), 5:32 (PP)
TOR Hamilton, (24) (Gardiner, Zigomanis), 9:55 (PP)
SYR Brown, (8) (Tyrell), 14:28
TOR Abbott, (7) (Colborne, Gardiner), 15:24

Second Period
TOR Ranger, (7) (Colborne, Zigomanis), 1:31 (PP)
TOR Blacker, (3) (Ryan, D'Amigo), 2:27
TOR Abbott, (8) (Hamilton, Ranger), 7:24 (PP)

Third Period
TOR Hamilton, (25) (Ryan, McKegg), 17:24 (EN)
SYR Hutchings, (2) (Devos, Gudas), 18:27

I can't tell you how strange it is to see original Bolt Prospects alumni Paul Ranger come back and help trounce the farm team.

Syracuse has back-to-back games at St. John's on Friday and Saturday. There are 18 games left in the regular season and Syracuse is tied with Springfield at 75 points for the top spot of the East with the Falcons holding 3 games in hand. So, if they want home ice throughout, they need to snap out of this slump quick.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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