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Liiga Game Day: 3-10-16

KalPa 3 vs. Lukko 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela made the most of KalPa's regular season finale, posting 1 goal and 1 assist in 12:44 in their 3-2 win over Lukko. KalPa finishes the campaign in 8th place on the 15 team Liiga table.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-10-16

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 1 vs. (3)Novosibirsk 3
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 16/19, 4.73 GAA, .842 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 2 SO, 1.11 GAA, .960 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was lifted late in the Second Period in Magnitogorsk's 3-1 Game Two loss to Novosibirsk. Ex-Lightning defenseman Andrej Meszaros had a pair of helpers for Novosibirsk to help key the win.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 57

This week’s “Kristian Kudroc Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· No. 57
· The Kudroc trade that wasn’t
· The return of Drouinsanity
· Guesses and hopes for how the Drouin drama plays out
· Division title for TB probable or unlikely?
· Interview with Syracuse’s Adam Wilcox
· #BPMailbag (Seth Jones vs Drouin re-visited … NCAA UFAs … Blunden’s future … Brayden Point’s point ceiling … Nesterov vs DeAngelo rookie seasons … Changes ahead for Syracuse? … Crunch’s next captain if necessary … When will The Goose be loose? … Hipchecks … Podcast namesakes after No. 99)

Crunch Goalie Wilcox Finds Groove in Consecutive Starts


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Wilcox has run with the opportunity given to him.

Coming off a recent slide, the Crunch turned to the rookie netminder to take over between the pipes. With a chance to show what he can do, Wilcox has registered 117 saves and backstopped Syracuse to seven out of eight points in the last four games.

Wilcox hopes the consistent starts helps him find the groove that made him a standout at the University of Minnesota.

“I’m feeling really confident and I’m feeling really good, and now I feel like I can play well in this league on a nightly basis,” Wilcox said.

Juniors Game Night: 3-9-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 7

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 44 GP, 5-12-17, -4, 78 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

With Joseph out of the lineup, Saint John fell in Moncton, 7-4. Joseph was injured in Saint John’s last game against Charlottetown. He is reportedly considered day-to-day.

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 7

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 58 GP, 31-34-65, +6, 82 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Shawinigan had a goal party against the visiting Oceanic, but Yan couldn’t get in on the fun.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Oshawa Generals 3

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 13/25 FO
Season totals: 57 GP, 20-33-53, -14, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Oshawa had 2-0 and 3-1 leads before Kingston took over late in the second period and through the third.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-9-16

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(1)CSKA 5 vs. (7)Novgorod 1
Series Tied 1-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 31 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

CSKA got 2 goals and 3 points from ex-Crunch forward Geoff Platt as they spanked Novgorod 5-1 to knot their second round playoff series at 1-1. Carter Ashton was scoreless in 17:04 in the match.

(5)Dynamo Moscow 4 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 3 (OT)
Series Tied 1-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and a power play helper in 23:40 of ice time in SKA's 4-3 OT Game Two loss to Dynamo Moscow.

NHL Game Night: 3-8-16 Bruins at Lightning

One bad shift costs the Lightning a signature win.

BOS-1
TB-0 (OT)

Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 33 shots for the OT loss. He was excellent in the game, and it was a difficult game to be excellent in because it had long stretches of inactivity after which Bishop would have to make a Grade A save on a high quality chance. He deserved better than the finish.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
0:10 BOS Marchand(34), (Bergeron, Krug)

Bishop was the game's second star.

Considering the setup to this game, with the clunker in Philly last night and Stralman missing the game, this was a strong, strong effort by the Lightning. They got everything but the result, which robs them of a richly deserved signature moment. This felt like a playoff game. "Playoff atmosphere" is an overused cliche in the regular season, but it would've actually been applied correctly tonight. Unfortunately, the Lightning just couldn't get anything past Gustavsson and one flat shift by the 4-man unit to start OT cost them, big time.

With 3 games left to play in this 10-game segment of the season, Tampa Bay needs just 1 more point to stay on minimum playoff pace. They also retain a lead in the Atlantic Division title chase based on the ROW tiebreaker and their game in hand on Boston.

There are just 15 games left to go in the regular season, and they'll be gone in the blink of an eye.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 shot in 11:05. Rookie defender in a 0-0 game all the way through regulation? He simply wasn't getting the ice time tonight under those circumstances.

Jonathan Marchessault had 1 shot in 12:02. He had 5 other attempts on goal, though, that were either missed or blocked. So he was active in limited IT.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 3-8-16

Tappara 0 vs. KalPa 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen stopped all 33 shots he faced to blank Tappara 1-0. Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 15:28 in the match.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-8-16

KHL Eastern Conference Semfinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (3)Novosibirsk 1
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/31, 1.00 GAA, .968 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 2 SO, 0.34 GAA, .988 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-19-5, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin allowed a goal for the first time in these KHL playoffs, but stopped the other 30 shots he faced in Magnitka's 3-1 Game One win over Novosibirsk. Ex-NHL'er Alexander Semin had 2 goals, while fellow ex-NHL'er Wojtek Wolski assisted on both goals in the win. Ex-Lightning defenseman Andrej Meszaros had Novosibirsk's lone goal in defeat.

Drouin Returns to Crunch Practice


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jonathan Drouin didn’t want to sit out any longer.

The 20-year-old forward returned to Syracuse Crunch practice on Tuesday, nearly two months after leaving the team on a game day in Toronto. After Drouin’s trade demand went public in January, he was assigned to the Crunch and played seven games before heading home to await a move.

Not dealt by the NHL trade deadline, Drouin just wants to get back to playing hockey.

“Obviously, I’m a hockey player and I wanted to play hockey,” Drouin said. “Sitting at home is not what I wanted to do. I wanted to play hockey with the Crunch. We’ll deal with that stuff when the summer comes.”

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