(1)St. Petersburg 0 @ (8)Riga 2
Riga Leads the Series 1-0
Martins Karsums, Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Martin Kariya had a goal in Riga's 2-0 shutout victory over top seeded St. Petersburg in Game One of their opening round playoff series. Lightning prospect Martins Karsums played 18:28 in the match for Riga.
(3)Dynamo Moscow 3 @ (6)Spartak Moscow 4 (OT)
Spartak Leads the Series 1-0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, -1, 8 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 8 PIM
Johan Harju scored a goal in his KHL playoff debut, but it was not enough as Kirill Knayzev scored the overtime winner to lift Spartak to a 1-0 series lead in the opening round of the KHL playoffs. Harju also had minor penalties for tripping, roughing, hooking, and interference and was 60% on the 25 draws he took in the match.
Oshawa Generals 3 @ Bellville Bulls 5
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 20 saves on 23 shots in relief
Season Totals: 47 GP, 14-26-2-1, 4.06 GAA, .885 sv%, 2 SO
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM (boarding)
Season Totals: 58 GP, 19-18-37, +4, 49 PIM
With Bulls: 25 GP, 10-9-19, -11, 30 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 57 GP, 19-14-33, -19, 51 PIM
With Bulls: 44 GP, 17-13-30, -17, 31 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
Oshawa desperately needed a win against last-place Belleville to stay in the running for the Eastâ€™s final playoff spot, but starter Kevin Bailie allowed two goals on 11 early shots and was pulled in favor of Zador, who got the back-door loss for the Gens. Oshawa is not technically eliminated from the playoff race, but might as well be. They have two games left and are three points behind Sudbury, who has a game in hand on the Gens. DeCoste missed the game due to a concussion and Panik (pictured) scored his fifth and sixth points in his last five games. Bulls center Adam Payerl (undrafted in 09) scored four times for Belleville. He now has 16 goals on the year.
Unless the Lightning play Atlanta 10 more times this season, things are looking grim.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 4 goals on 13 shots for the loss before giving way to Mike Smith who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots the rest of the way. At least Smitty didn't get stuck with the back door loss.
MTL 2:50, Metropolit 15 (Gomez, Spacek)(PP)
MTL 12:02, Gomez 12 (unassisted)
TB 3:47, Stamkos 41 (unassisted)(PP)
MTL 4:28, Pouliot 16 (Gomez)
MTL 7:33, Darche 4 (Metropolit, Markov)
TB 10:03, Walker 1 (Parrish, Veilleux)
MTL 3:26, Darche 5 (Plekanec, Markov)
TB 18:53, St. Louis 24 (Stamkos, Foster)
Bolt Prospects alumni and former overage prospect graduate Mathieu Darche is vengeful against his ex mates. Cold blooded.
Paul Szczechura was -2 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:31. He was also 44% on draws.
Montreal Junior 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 61 GP, 14-43-57, +38, 66 PIM
Barberio has five points in his last five games.