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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-10-14

Nadezhda Cup
Bratislava 1 vs. Dinamo Minsk 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, No Decision, 26/27, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
Regular season totals: 41 GP, 15-18-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%

Slovan Bratislava had the rare loss at the hands of an Empty Attacker goal as they tried desperately to win in regulation to keep their Nadezhda Cup hopes alive. However, Alexei Kaluzhny's goal with 12 seconds left in regulation gave Dinamo Minsk the victory. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan scored Bratislava's goal, their lone tally of the two game Qualification Round pairing against Minsk. Minsk moves on to play Mytischi in the next round while Bratislava is done.

Gourde Adds More Skill to Bolts' System

The Tampa Bay Lightning agreed to terms with free agent forward Yanni Gourde, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Sunday. Gourde will be on an AHL contract for the remainder of 2013-14 season and a two-way NHL contract for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Gourde, 22, has skated in 25 games with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League this season, posting four goals and 25 points to go along with 26 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound forward ranks first on the Sharks for assists with 21 and ranks third on the club for points. Three of his four goals have been scored on special teams this season, recording a pair of power-play tallies and one shorthanded goal. Gourde has also appeared in 30 games this season with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, posting 15 goals and 34 points.

The St. Narcisse, Quebec, native has played in 83 career AHL games over three seasons, all with Worcester, collecting 13 goals and 42 points. Prior to turning pro, Gourde skated four seasons with the Victoriaville Tigers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He led the QMJHL in scoring during his fourth season with Victoriaville in 2011-12, posting 37 goals and 124 points. Gourde was nominated for the Michel-Briere trophy in 2011-12, given annually to the QMJHL’s most valuable player.

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Bolt Prospect of the Week: March 10, 2014

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

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 10, 2014 is … Jonathan Drouin, C/W, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL – Canada).

We’re sorry, Jonathan.

Last week in our Bolt Prospect of the Week write-up, we made special note of the fact that Matt Peca had done something that super-prospect Jonathan Drouin had never done – get six points in one game.

Scratch that.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-9-2014

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ North Bay Battalion 4

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 4-25-29, +6, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Blujus tied last year’s point total of 29, and is just five points off his career-high of 34, set in his draft year.

Barrie Colts 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 5

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 10-24-34, +19, 115 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Dotchin was on the ice for both Colts goals and none of Niagara’s five. He was hurt last game, but not enough to keep him out of Sunday’s contest.

Mississauga Steelheads 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-45-67, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Ikonen (pictured) earned second star honors for scoring a goal and adding three assists vs Mississauga. His goal was the insurance marker for the Fronts with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.

Crunch Score Three Times in Third to Down Senators, 4-3

By Jeremy Houghtaling

With the score tied late in the third period, Vlad Namestnikov shook his defender and posted up in the slot.

When the pass arrived on his tape, the Syracuse Crunch forward wasted no time shooting it past Binghamton Senators netminder Andrew Hammond. The goal with 2:42 remaining capped a three-goal third period, as the Crunch topped the Senators, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday afternoon.

"We had a good cycle and (Brett Connolly) passed it to (Jonathan Marchessault) behind the net," Namestnikov said. "He spun off his defenseman and found me in front of the net."

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