(4)Florida Everblades 2 vs. (5)Elmira Jackals 8
Quarterfinals: The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM
Florida took the first two leads converting power play chances but Elmira countered with a penalty shot conversion and then a short-handed tally followed by five other goals in the third period to stun the home squad and supporting crowd in Estero. After posting consecutive fourteen-shot periods, the Everblades only managed to muster five in the last twenty minutes of action while the Jackals turned the match into a blowout. It was another penalty-filled clash, particularly in the opening period when both teams were tagged with ten infractions. Both clubs finished two-for-six with the man advantage. Jesse Deckert, who has been stellar in his brief tenure with the Everblades, played through the disastrous collapse in the final frame and finished with 23 saves on 31 shots attempts. Landry yet again was the lone Tampa Bay Lightning prospect in the lineup. Florida and Elmira will resume the series Wednesday night in New York.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
(8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ (5)Quebec Remparts 4
Best-of-7 second round series tied, 1-1
W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-7-11, +6, 6 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM
Quebec evened the series with the Huskies by winning 4-2 on Saturday. Good friends and stars, Kucherov and Mikhail Grigorenko (Sabres/Remparts) were both scoreless in the match. Game 3 is Tuesday in the Huskies’ barn.
(10)Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ (3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5
Blainville-Boisbriand leads best-of-7 second round series, 2-0
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-33-39, +20, 65 PIM
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-5-11, +4, 4 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM
Lightning prospects Artem Sergeev and Cedric Paquette combined for three goals and an assist as Paquette’s Armada defeated Sergeev’s Foreurs, 5-4, on Saturday. Paquette (pictured), who won 17 of 24 faceoffs, tied the game at four with just over 14 minutes left in regulation. The series moves to Val-d’Or on Tuesday for Game 3. The Armada is outscoring the Foreurs, 15-5, after two games.
This is a tough one to take.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss. It's a tough way to lose on a strange goal that will no doubt stick in Bishop's craw for a little while.
13:45 NYI Grabner (12), (Tavares)
04:44 TB Panik (2), (Lecavalier, Carle)
04:00 TB Carle (4), (Stamkos, Pouliot)
13:34 NYI Martin (3), (Lee, Streit)
19:46 NYI MacDonald (3), (Bailey)(EN)
It's the first regulation loss of Jon Cooper's tenure in Tampa Bay. Matt Carle was named the game's third star.
Alex Killorn was -2 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 22:02.
Tyler Johnson was -1 with 2 hits in 11:28.
Richard Panik hooked up with Vincent Lecavalier for a beautiful goal and was +1 with 1 shot and 10:08. The good was the quick release he showed on an amazing behind the back feed from Lecavalier. The bad came in the form of some questionable decisions Panik made with the puck in the neutral zone.
Radko Gudas was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:20. Tonight was one of the rare nights Radko looked to me to have heavy legs. I was surprised.
Rob Zettler's first win allows Syracuse to keep pace in the East.
Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 20 shots for the big win. Once again, he's eased his season save percentage up to .900.
SYR Cote, (3) (Devos, Hutchings), 10:07
HER Crabb, (2) (Taffe, Schmidt), 19:05
SYR Palat, (12) (Richard, Sexton), 3:50
Ondrej Palat and J.P. Cote were the game's first and second stars.
This is how Syracuse has to scratch out wins with their finishers called up to Tampa Bay. It's got to be low scoring games and finding a way to get key goals at key times. Providence and Springfield won tonight, and Binghamton is going down late to Norfolk. If that holds, that will leave Syracuse 2 points behind Providence for tops in the East and 2 points clear of Binghamton for the East Division lead. Syracuse's last road game of the regular season is Tuesday against Lake Erie. They'll end with 5 straight at home, which might be edge they need to take the top spot in the East.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
(4)Florida Everblades 5 vs. (5)Elmira Jackals 1
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 1-0
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM
Florida had an early 2-0 cut in half late in the first period but never looked back, striking twice on the power play and adding a fifth tally over the course of the final two frames to close out Elmira in a penalty-filled first match of the opening round of playoff action. With plenty of support in the goal-scoring department, Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert was able to turn aside all but one of 30 Jackals shot attempts for what amounted to an impressive playoff debut following a stellar late-season run between the pipes. Though both teams racked up a total of 62 penalty minutes, many were off-setting, so only power plays were awarded between the two clubs. Elmira went 0-for-4 with the man-advantage while Florida went 2-for-5. Charles Landry, who won the ECHL's Kelly Cup with the Everblades last season, was the only Tampa Bay Lightning prospect in the lineup. Florida and Elmira will renew hostilities in Estero Saturday night.