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KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-8-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Gagarin Cup Finals
Dynamo Moscow 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 2
Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Dynamo Moscow potted 2 Third Period goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit to defeat Traktor Chelyabinsk in Game Two of their Gagarin Cup Finals series 3-2. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil had a goal in the match for Dynamo. Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov again switched positions to play a little forward in the match, going 67% on draws in 12:02 of ice time. Unfortunately, Nesterov was on the ice for Dynamo's game winning goal, which put Traktor in a tough 2-0 series hole. Coincidentally, seeing time on the ice on that goal was potential Lightning draft target Valery Nichushkin, who is Nesterov's teammate. Game Three is Thursday.

What to Expect from Mark Barberio

In the old days of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Mark Barberio may be a 2-year veteran at this point in his career.

The Lightning had little organizational depth and if prospects showed flashes of NHL ability, they were called up to the big club and thrown to the proverbial wolves.

When new general manager Steve Yzerman took over, he changed all that, and Barberio is a prime example of his player development philosophy.

Barberio to Make NHL Debut

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Mark Barberio from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally, defenseman Matt Taormina has been reassigned to the Crunch

Barberio, 23, has played in 70 games this season with the Crunch, posting eight goals and 40 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes and a plus-7 rating. He ranks third for assists (32) and fifth for points among AHL defensemen. The Montreal, Quebec native leads all Crunch defensemen in goals, assists and points. Of his eight goals this season, five have been recorded while on the man-advantage.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman has skated in 212 career AHL games with the Crunch and Norfolk Admirals, posting 30 goals and 132 points with 111 penalty minutes. Last season, while playing for the Admirals, Barberio won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman. He was also part of the Admirals team that won the Calder Cup, registering two goals and nine points in 18 games during the playoffs.

Barberio was drafted by the Lightning in the sixth round, 152nd overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-7-13

Ontario Hockey League

(E2)Barrie Colts 4 @ (E3)Oshawa Generals 0
Barrie leads best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 3-0

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, +4, 12 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Barrie took a commanding 3-0 series lead on the Gens by winning Game 3, 4-0. Undrafted import goaltender Mathias Niederberger from Germany stopped 35 shots for the shutout. Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin played another strong physical game. The Colts can close out the series on Tuesday in Oshawa.

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