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NHL Game Night: 3-18-13 Flyers at Lightning

Dammit, they're making me love them again.


Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
06:38 TB Palat (2), (Tyrell, Salo)
13:55 PHI Talbot (4), (Meszaros)
17:03 TB Pyatt (6), (Johnson, Hedman)

Second Period
15:21 PHI Giroux (9), (unassisted)

Third Period
09:25 TB Purcell (6), (Aulie, Stamkos)
19:57 TB Stamkos (21), (Killorn, St. Louis)(EN)

Ryan Malone and Anders Lindback were the game's first and second stars.

I know they're probably going to just break my heart, but this team is suddenly fun to watch again. The speed and enthusiasm all the young players are bringing to the table has become infectious. And, more to the point, the way the team played in the second half of this game sure did give the impression this team may have finally figured out how to win a close game. There was one forechecking shift by the Thompson/Crombeen line in the Third Period that was as fine a shift as any by the Dingman/Cibak/Afanasenkov line circa 2004.

Alex Killorn had a helper and a shot in 16:16.

Tyler Johnson had a helper and was +2 with 2 hits in 12:12. He was also 100% on draws again.

Ondrej Palat had the game opening goal and was +1 with 1 shot and 4 hits in 10:24.

Radko Gudas was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and a big 7 hits in 14:51.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 11:09. He almost had a very cool assist late in the game that was called back for playing a puck above his shoulders. Really close play.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-18-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(5)Ufa 4 vs. (1)Kazan 3 (OT)
Series Tied 3-3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel scored 15:50 into the Second Overtime to deliver Ufa a 4-3 Game Six victory over top seeded Kazan. There will be a Game Seven. Ex-Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov contributed 1 goal and 1 assist in the winning effort for Ufa. Game Seven is Wednesday.

ECHL Game Night: 3-17-13

Florida Everblades 2 @ South Carolina Stingrays 4

W Alex Hutchings, FLA: 1-1-2, +3, 4 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-20-34, E, 30 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 4-11-15, +4, 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, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 56 PIM

D Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 14-9-3, 3.02 GAA, 787 S / 882 SA (.904 SV%)

Florida, which narrowly outshot South Carolina 25-22 for the match, scored just a minute into overtime to take sole possession of 2nd-place in the South Division. The Everblades continue to trail division-leading Gwinnett, which won its fourth-straight game Sunday, by four points and now have a tenuous one-point lead over both South Carolina and Greenville. Alex Hutchings had a big night, registering his first points since returned from Syracuse. Hutchings, who opened the game's scoring late in the first period, struck after he planted himself outside the paint and put his stick on a centering feed from Mathieu Roy. He also had the secondary assist on Mike Ratchuk's game-winner in overtime. Pat Nagle sat in favor of Jesse Deckert, who stopped 19 of 22 shots to boost his record to 4-0-1 withe the Everblades. Florida (34-21-11, 79 PTS) next plays host to Cincinnati (40-18-8, 88 PTS), which has already clinched the North Division, on Friday.

Official Recap | Box Score

NCAA Game Night: 3-17-13

Cornell Big Red 2 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 (2OT)
Quinnipiac wins best-of-3 ECAC quarterfinals, 2-1

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 22 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 10-12-22, +10, 32 PIM

The Bobcats escaped their quarterfinal match-up against Cornell, winning in double overtime to advance to the ECAC semifinals. Quinnipiac will play Brown next weekend. Gotovets and Cornell are done for the year. Kirill is expected to return to school for his senior season next year.

Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 4
Miami wins Best-of-3 CCHA quarterfinals, 2-1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Miami outshot MSU 35-19 en route to a 4-1 Game 3 win over the Spartans. Jimmy Mullin started the game on the RedHawks’ fourth line and registered one shot on goal. He had a goal in Game 2. Former Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik scored his 14th goal of the year in the win. (1)Miami advances to play (10)Michigan in the semifinals on Saturday. The Wolverines upset (3)Western Michigan. The winner will advance to Sunday’s final.

Michigan Tech Huskies 0 @ No. 4 North Dakota 6
UND wins best-of-3 WCHA quarterfinals, 2-1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-7-9, -1, 18 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell scored UND’s sixth goal, adding insult to injury for the upstart Huskies. North Dakota advances to the WCHA’s Final 5 next weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota.

*USCHO poll used

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