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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.”

NHL Game Night: 3-7-16 Lightning at Flyers

All good things...


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 39 shots for the loss. It was an unfortunate result for Andrei, because he was the only reason the Lightning had any chance at all tonight. He played really well.

First Period
4:07 TB Palat(11), (Koekkoek, Johnson)

Second Period
16:51 PHI Gostisbehere(13), (Raffl, Couturier)

Third Period
7:21 PHI Gostsbehere(14), (Giroux, Streit)(PP)
13:57 PHI B. Schenn(22), (Giroux, Simmonds)
14:53 TB Namestnikov(11), (Johnson, Kucherov)
19:33 PHI Simmonds(24), (B. Schenn)(EN)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

So ends the Lightning's franchise record 9-game winning streak. The Lightning got the goal early in the First Period and then played the role of spectator the rest of the night. They were flat, lifeless, and unfocused. They were second to loose pucks all night long, they were weak on their sticks, and their decision-making, positioning, and passing were remarkably poor. That's one of the worst games the Lightning have played in years, and would be easier to shrug off if, A.) They hadn't played poorly in their last game a stolen a win, and B.) They didn't have a good Boston team on a back-to-back tomorrow night. Just as concerning, as quickly and unexpectedly as Callahan and Killorn started playing well on Stamkos' line, that trio has gone back into the witness protection program again. Look, I love "The Triplets," but the Lightning will go as far as the vets like Stamkos and Callahan can take them, because they will have to give the Lightning the scoring balance they need to compete in the playoffs.

Get well soon Brayden Coburn and Andrej Sustr.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 13:27.

Jonathan Marchessault had 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:12. If you blinked, you probably missed him tonight. He's 7 games from graduation from prospect status on the website.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-7-16

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(1)CSKA 1 vs. (7)Novogorod 2
Novgorod Leads the Series 1-0
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, E, 31 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had a goal, assisted by ex-NHL'er Nikolai Zherdev, in Novgorod's 2-1 Game One win over CSKA. Ex-Preds first rounder Alexander Radulov had the lone goal in the match for CSKA. Carter Ashton was scoreless with a minor for high sticking in 13:50 of ice time in the victory.

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

Nikita Gusev scored the GWG on the power play to lift SKA to a 3-2 Game One win over Dynamo Moscow. He also had a power play helper on the game's opening goal in 18:36 of ice time. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the lineup for SKA in the match after his Round One exile for poor play.

Drouin's Suspension Lifted, So What's Next?

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Monday that disgruntled forward Jonathan Drouin would be re-joining the AHL's Syracuse Crunch after his suspension was lifted.

Drouin left the Crunch on January 20 in Toronto when he and his agent, Allen Walsh, thought a trade was imminent and he wanted to stay healthy to protect the deal. Lightning General Manager, who was not on the verge of making a deal, suspended Drouin without pay for leaving the team.

Drouin stayed at home through the NHL trade deadline, when he wasn't dealt to a new organization. He quickly said he would not be returning to the Lightning (or Syracuse), though Yzerman stated publically the door was open for his return to the AHL. Last week, reportedly, Drouin called Yzerman and said he wanted to return. Yzerman told reporters it was "a pleasant surprise."

Yzerman told reporters he wouldn't rule out Drouin possibly earning a call-up to the Lightning later in the year, or that the relationship could be mended.

Time will tell.

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AHL Game Night: 3-6-16 Crunch at Falcons

Syracuse pulls away at the end.


Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the victory. He's gotten points out of his last 4 starts and has evened his record at .500 for the campaign.

First Period
SPR Shinnimin, (4) (Grant, P. Samuelsson), 3:31 (PP)
SYR Vermin, (4) (Peca, McGinn), 10:43
SPR Bunting, (8) (Reese, Dauphin), 15:47

Second Period
SYR Blunden, (20) (Richard, DeAngelo), 10:46 (PP)

Third Period
SYR DeAngelo, (6) (McGinn, Peca), 4:29
SPR Cunningham, (18) (Szwarz, Shinnimin), 5:47
SYR Richard, (9) (Blunden, DeAngelo), 10:06 (PP)
SYR Blunden, (21) (Gourde, Richard), 16:57
SYR McGinn, (19) (Blujus, Witkowski), 18:49 (EN/PP)

Mike Blunden and Tanner Richard were the game's first and second stars. Both had 3 point games, as did Tye McGinn and Anthony DeAngelo. DeAngelo is now riding a 7 game points streak and has points in 10 of his last 11.

Box score from

Juniors Game Night: 3-6-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Charlottetown Islanders 4 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 43 GP, 5-12-17, -3, 78 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Kameron Kielly (undrafted) scored in the extra session to lift Charlottetown to a 4-3 win. Charlottetown’s Daniel Sprong, who started the year with NHL Pittsburgh, was scoreless. He has 15 goals and 38 points in 29 games since being reassigned to Charlottetown by the Penguins.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 57 GP, 16-25-41, +15, 83 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor played from behind all night and could never catch up. DiGiacinto was penalized for a check-to-the-head and roughing.

Juniors Game Night: 3-5-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 7

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 42 GP, 5-12-17, -3, 78 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 33-39-72, +34, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Imama and Joseph both scored in Saint John’s win over the Titan. Imama’s goal was his first since December 9, a span of 14 games.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3 (SO)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 12 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 57 GP, 31-34-65, +5, 82 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan and Anthony Beauvillier (NYI) combined for 21 shots on goal in a shootout win over visiting Quebec. Yan did not participate in the skills competition.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-4-4, E, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 8-28-36, +30, 42 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-19-23, -4, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Masin (pictured) had a career-high four points in one game as Peterborough beat Mississauga, 5-4. Three of Masin’s helpers came on the power play, and one was the primary assist on the game-winner, scored in the final minutes of regulation. He has 14 points in his last nine games.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 7 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 32-48-80, +21, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Brandon swept its home-and-home series with Moose Jaw, winning big Saturday. Point hit the 80-point mark for the season with a goal.

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Victoria Royals 7

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 70 GP, 8-19-27, -29, 46 PIM
With Vancouver: 56 GP, 8-16-24, -19, 36 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Victoria won both games of its home-and-home series with Vancouver.

United States Hockey League

Waterloo Black Hawks 4 @ Omaha Lancers 0

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 25 saves on 28 shots
Season totals: 29 GP, 12-13-4, 2.76 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Omaha lost 4-0 for the second game in as many days.

Sioux Falls Stampede 4 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 3 (SO)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 0-24-24, -8, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Stampede used a shootout to get by Dubuque, 4-3. They won the shootout, 2-1, in three rounds.

NCAA Game Night: 3-5-16

UMass Minutemen 4 @ No. 9 Boston University Terriers 5
Hockey East Opening Round
BU wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was scratched for the sixth straight game. It was close, but BU advanced to the next round with two 1-goal victories over UMass.

Bemidji State Beavers 1 @ No. 16 Minnesota State Mavericks 0

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-8-10, E, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin started on the first line, but the Mavs were stymied by BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer (undrafted), who stopped 38 shots. MSU won 6-1 against the Beavers Friday.

*USCHO poll used

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