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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-6-15

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(3)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (6)Ufa 1
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 1.61 GAA, .947 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had the game-winning goal in Magnitka's 3-1 Game Five win over Ufa to propel them into the KHL Eastern Conference semifinals. Ex-Thrasher/Jet Tim Stapleton had the insurance marker for Magnitogorsk in the win.

Juniors Game Night: 3-4-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 9 @ Victoriaville Tigres 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-2-2, +2, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/13 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 54 GP, 38-41-79, +23, 91 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec put a beating on Victoriaville, scoring nine times. New Arizona Coyote prospect Anthony Duclair was one of three Remparts scoring twice.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM *Second Star*
With SSM: 21 GP, 12-31-43, +25, 41 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-59-81, +26, 105 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 19-20-39, -9, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DeAngelo followed up consecutive first star games with a second star effort Thursday in a 6-4 win over Cristiano DiGiacinto and Windsor. DiGiacinto scored the game’s opening goal and had several opportunities throughout the game while a desperate Windsor team tried to get at least a point. The Spits entered the game in a 3-way tie for eighth in the West. As for DeAngelo, he now has a 20-game point streak and is averaging more than two points per game since joining the Soo. He has 16 points in his last five games. Not everything was positive, however, as DeAngelo tried to get his first career hat trick into an open net twice while protecting a one-goal lead. The second attempt was from his own end line and caused an icing. Soo coach Sheldon Keefe took DeAngelo off the ice and sat him on the bench. The Greyhounds scored into an empty net seconds later.

NHL Game Night: 3-5-15 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Efficient.

TOR-2
TB-4

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
4:25 TB Kucherov (24), (Palat, Johnson)
15:17 TB Callahan (21), (Stamkos)

Second Period
6:48 TOR Booth (2), (Holland)

Third Period
6:31 TB Namestnikov (4), (Sustr, Hedman)
15:14 TB Killorn (13), (Stamkos, Garrison)(PP)
17:42 TOR Panik (10), (Phaneuf, Kadri)

Ryan Callahan, Steven Stamkos, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars.

That's a beautiful thing. The Lightning went out and built a 2 goal lead over 40 minutes of hockey while holding their opponent to just 14 shots, and proceeded to get the back breaker on the power play in the Third Period to get that all-important three goal lead. That last part is critical, and although it may be a mirage, it's nice to see the Lightning starting to get those put-away markers on the PP of late.

Now you put a little heat back on Montreal and see if some things can shake loose in the division crown race.

Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:53.

Namestnikov had a goal on a beautiful setup from Sustr and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 10:00. Made the most of his minutes, for sure.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 3-4-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 0 @ Rimouski Oceanic 6

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/21 FO, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 31 GP, 18-22-40, -9, 30 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 19-35-54, -14, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke was shut out for the second straight game, falling 6-0 at the former home of Lecavalier, Richards, and Crosby.

Western Hockey League

Medicine Hat Tigers 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 52 GP, 30-40-70, +13, 42 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Zach Sawchenko (2016) stopped 33 shots and Brayden Point scored his 30th goal of the season to lead the Warriors to an upset win over Medicine Hat, 3-0. Moose Jaw is six points back of Swift Current for the last playoff spot in the East. Both teams have eight remaining games.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Prince George Cougars 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 6-24-30, +15, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary fell 3-2 to Prince George as part of their 2-plus week road trip through the U.S. Pacific Northwest and B.C. They now head to Edmonton for a match-up against the Oil Kings. Thanks to the Warriors’ win over Medicine Hat, Calgary maintains a 2-point lead over the Tigers for the Central Division title.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-4-15

KHL Eastern Conference Quaterfinals
(6)Ufa 4 vs. (3)Magnitogorsk 6
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 35/39, 4.00 GAA, .897 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 1 SO, 1.77 GAA, .942 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 3 goals and 4 points to lead Magnitogorsk to a 6-4 Game Three win over Ufa. Linemate Danis Zaripov chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win. Ex-Stars first rounder Ivan Vishnevskiy had 2 goals in defeat for Ufa.

Prospect of the Week: 3-4-15

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 4, 2015 is … Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL – Canada).

Anthony DeAngelo is going to need some more mantle space.

The Lightning’s first round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft is racking up the awards this year, and that’s not even counting another Bolt Prospect of the Week.

Already the Ontario Hockey League Player of the Week and Defenseman of the Month for February, the Canadian Hockey League announced Tuesday that he is also the CHL Player of the Week after scoring four goals and four assists for eight points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-4 for the week ending March 1.

Speedy Gourde Develops Into a Top Offensive Threat


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Like many times before, Yanni Gourde turned on the jets.

The Syracuse Crunch forward accepted the relay pass from Vlad Namesntikov in stride at the blue line, stormed in alone on Utica goalie Pat Nagle, and netted the eventual game-winning power play goal in a 4-1 victory Saturday.

Gourde, riding a six game point streak, is using his speed to his advantage to be one of the Crunch's top scoring threats this season.

“(Goalie Kristers Gudlevskis) makes a great play to pass it up to him to give him a breakaway, but no defenseman is going to catch him there because of his speed,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “He just needs to continue to use that. When he is successful, that’s what he does.”

Juniors Game Night: 3-3-15

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Kamloops Blazers 4 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 6-24-30, +17, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary gave up a 3-1 lead and had to crawl back to force overtime, but did so and won with 15 seconds left in the extra session, 4-3. Their road trip is 13 days old as they head to Prince George to face the Cougars next. Calgary has won 17 of its past 19 games.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NHL Game Night: 3-3-15 Sabres at Lightning

Let there be kittens!

BUF-0
TB-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 28 shots he faced for his first career NHL shutout. He got the emergency start for the Lightning after Bishop got injured earlier in the day and he made a huge difference by standing on his head while the Lightning sleepwalked through the first 5-10 minutes of the game.

First Period
16:37 TB Stamkos (36), (Killorn, Sustr)

Second Period
2:48 TB Callahan (20), (Johnson, Filppula)(PP)
4:24 TB Hedman (8), (Stralman, Palat)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden "Rooster" Coburn were the game's three stars.

It's hard to read too much into the night's festivities given the defensive pairs were shuffled with the addition of Coburn and, more importantly, because Buffalo is sporting a lineup right now that's probably just barely an even match for the Syracuse Crunch.

Still, it's a big 2 points to close within 3 of Montreal. That Panthers loss still stings, though.

No prospect skaters in the lineup tonight. Really.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 3-3-15

Assat 6 vs. HPK 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Ex-Blue Jackets third rounder Jake Hansen had a pair of helpers for Assat in their 6-3 win over HPK. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had a goal in defeat for HPK.

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