Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
(3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ (2)Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 (OT)
Drakkar leads Best-of-7 Semifinals, 3-2
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +5, 31 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM
The Drakkar scored a huge Game 5 win when Russian rookie Valentin Zykov scored on the first shot of overtime. Baie-Comeau can advance to the QMJHL Finals against Halifax with a win on Sunday against Cedric Paquette and the Armada. Paquette, who ignited an end-of-game brawl in Game 4 when he taunted the Drakkar, was fined $1,000 but not suspended for his actions. He was scoreless in Game 5 – his sixth straight game without a point. His longest scoreless streak in the regular season was two games.
Ontario Hockey League
(E2)Barrie Colts 1 @ (E1)Belleville Bulls 3
Barrie leads Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 3-2
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 21 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM
The Bulls were outshot, 42-40, but staved off elimination with a 3-1 win on Friday. Bruins pick Malcolm Subban stopped 41 shots for the win. The Colts will have another chance to advance to the finals against London on Saturday.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
(1)Halifax Mooseheads 9 @ (8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6
Halifax wins Best-of-7 Semifinals, 4-0
W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 9-15-24, +8, 10 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
Nikita Kucherov’s junior career came to an end Thursday as the Huskies were downed 9-6 by the powerhouse Mooseheads. Kucherov, who was scoreless in his last two games, had three assists in his playoff finale. His linemate, Sven Andrighetto (2013), had four assists for first star honors. 2013 top first rounders Nathan MacKinnon (2-2-4) and Jonathan Drouin (2-1-3) also had big games. The Lightning could one of the two Mooseheads if they end up picking at No. 3 this summer. Andrighetto was passed over in two drafts, but could still be a late option for the Lightning who could step right in to Syracuse if desired. Andrighetto exits the playoffs as its leading scorer with 30 points in 14 games. Kucherov is tied for fourth with 24 points.
Linday Kramer of the Syracuse Post-Standard reported early on Friday that Crunch GM Julien BriseBois said Kucherov will join Syracuse next week, but his role may be more developmental than being a part of the playoff effort. This will help Kucherov for next year if nothing else.
Down to one more to go.
Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss.
04:22 BOS Seidenberg (3), (Marchand, Seguin)
13:31 BOS Paille (10), (Campbell, Thornton)
Again, I'm looking for effort and competitiveness in garbage time of the season. The Lightning outshot a very good Boston team 30-24 in the Bruins' barn. They knew they were in a game tonight, and the silver lining of the loss is the Lightning remain in 3rd most ping pong ball position.
Alex Killorn] had 4 shots and 1 hit in 14:30.
Richard Panik had 2 shots and 3 hits in 14:11.
Radko Gudas had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:40.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie played 11:20.
(4)Florida Everblades 4 vs. (1)Reading Royals 1
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 2-1
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 9 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM
Florida took an early lead that Reading negated in the opening minutes of the middle frame but the Everblades converted two power play opportunities in a ten minute stretch spanning the second and third periods to pull ahead for good on the scoreboard. Florida later added an empty-netter. Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert, who has delivered uneven results against stiff competition following his prolific stint to close out the regular season, turned in a rock-solid performance, stopping 28 of 29 shots against. Deckert was especially strong during the final period of play when Reading managed a 13-5 shot advantage. Florida will have a chance to push the Eastern Conference's best regular season club to the brink of elimination in the friendly confines of German Arena come Friday night in Estero.
We continue our 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 Prospect of the Week for April 25 is … Tyler Johnson, C, Syracuse (AHL – USA).
For the second year in a row, a prospect in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization won the AHL’s Most Valuable Player Award as Tyler Johnson of the Syracuse Crunch was given the honor last week. Johnson follows Cory Conacher, last year's winner, as the second Bolt prospect to win the award. Conacher has since moved on to the Ottawa Senators organization via trade.