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KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-21-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Western Conference
(3)Dynamo Moscow 3 vs. (6)Bratislava 2 (OT)
Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 2-0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 5.04 GAA, .839 sv%
Regular season totals: 47 GP, 26-17-4, 5 SO, 2.17 GAA, .928 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup to Branislav Konrad in Bratislava's 3-2 overtime loss to Dynamo Moscow. Alexei Sopin led the way with a pair of goals for Dynamo, including the overtime winner. Game Three is Sunday.

(4)Yaroslavl 2 vs. (5)Cherepovets 1
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 25/27, 2.07 GAA, .926 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 1.53 GAA, .949 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

Ex-Leafs draft pick Staffan Kronwall's power play goal turned out to be the winner in Yaroslavl's 2-1 Game Two victory over Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 13:37 for Cherepovets.

Eastern Conference
(3)Chelyabinsk 3 vs. (6)Astana 4 (OT)
Astana Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 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

Nikita Nesterov played just 9:34 in Chelyabinsk's 4-3 Game One loss to Astana. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a pair of goals in the win for Astana. Game Two is Friday.

(4)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (5)Ufa 4 (OT)
Ufa Leads the Series 1-0
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%

Ufa defeated Magnitogorsk 4-3 in overtime despite a Metallurg goal by ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Iiro Tarkki in the match. Game Two is Friday.

Crunch Complete Comeback in Shootout


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dana Tyrell believes it was a bit of hockey karma.

His team trailing 3-2 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, the Syracuse Crunch forward caught a break. The puck bounced behind the net, and despite many of the Toronto Marlies looking for the puck in the corner, Tyrell found it on his stick.

"I think it went up my pants. To be honest, I'm not really sure what happened," Tyrell said. "I was forechecking the puck down - hunting it down - and it bounced up somewhere. I think it got caught up in my gear somewhere. As I was coming around the net, it dropped down in front of me and I had an open net.

"If we work hard as a team, we're going to get bounces like that," he added.

Tyrell's goal sent the game to overtime and the Crunch completed the comeback in the shootout, topping the Marlies 4-3 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday night. Syracuse has shrugged its slump that lasted from late January into early February, winning its last five games.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-20-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 55 GP, 24-49-73, +25, 89 PIM

Paquette scored the Armada’s first and third goals, helping the club to a big road win in Rimouski. He is now within seven goals of his career high of 31, set last year in 63 games. He has 25 more assists than he did last season.

AHL Game Night: 2-20-13 Marlies at Crunch

5 in a row.

TOR-3
SYR-4 (SO)

Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 31 shots before stopping 3 of 5 in the penalty shot session for the win. Riku is now on a personal 4 game winning streak.

First Period
TOR Colborne, (8) (Zigomanis, Hamilton), 19:59 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Angelidis, (9) (Palat, Hutchings), 2:46
TOR Colborne, (9) (Abbott, Mottau), 5:43
SYR Palat, (7) (Barberio, Helenius), 6:51 (PP)

Third Period
TOR Hamilton, (21) (Yeo, Colborne), 6:50
SYR Tyrell, (4) (Korobov), 18:26

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TOR- Colborne, Connolly
SYR- Palat, Connolly, Gudas

Dana Tyrell and Ondrej Palat were named the game's first and third stars. Palat has 1 goal and 6 points in his last 3 games, all multi-point efforts.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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