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NA Juniors Game Night: 3-5-13

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 6

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 8-49-57, +17, 92 PIM

Four-seeded Kitchener distanced themselves from five-seed Guelph with a 6-4 win on Tuesday night. Lightning prospect Tanner Richard was scoreless in the match.

Elitserien Game Night: 3-5-13

Elitserien (Sweden)
Brynas 2 vs. Linkopings 4

Johan Harju, Brynas, 1-0-1, -2, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 18-10-28, -9, 16 PIM

In its regular season finale and with playoff action already a certainty, Brynas jumped out a lead early in the first but Linkopings would respond quickly and often, scoring three times in the first period and once in the second, to carry the match. Johan Harju opened the scoring in the first period when, while parked in front of and facing away from the net during a power play, he chipped a pass to his forehand side, wheeled and quickly shoved it on goal. The shot narrowly tucked past the outstretched right leg pad of opposing netminder Christian Engstrand and inside the right post, giving Harju his team-high 18th goal of the season and a fourth-place finish in total points. Skelleftea, the league's regular season leader in the standings, has chosen Brynas, which finished the regular season with a 17-20-6-12 record (75 points) that earned them the last playoff spot, to be its quarterfinals opponent. Both teams will square off for the first game of the pending series next Tuesday.

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NHL Game Night: 3-5-13 Lightning at Devils

Hoping for floodgates...

TB-5
NJ-2

Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the win. Little talked about fact: for as much negativity there is about the kid, Lindback's 8-5-1 this season.

First Period
17:04 TB Thompson (5), (Conacher, Palat)

Second Period
05:53 TB St. Louis (6), (Killorn, Lecavalier)
13:13 TB Killorn (4), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)

Third Period
08:36 TB Thompson (6), (Conacher, Salo)
13:44 NJ Henrique (6), (Carter)
15:15 NJ Elias (6), (Zajac, Kovalchuk)(PP)
18:40 TB Crombeen (1), (Hall, Thompson)(EN)

Nate Thompson, Lindback, and Martin St. Louis were the game's three stars.

The Lightning have to hope this opens the flood gates. If I view the glass half full, the team started to turn the corner against Pittsburgh. On paper I expected them to be blown out of that game so they exceeded expectations to carry a lead into the Third Period. To blow out a pretty good New Jersey team on the road is another hopeful sign. But, 1 win is just 1 win, and the Lightning need to string together several more in the next 2-3 weeks to get back to being viable as a playoff contender.

Oh, and with 1 goal and 4 assists on the night, the kids are still alright. Jon Cooper develops one heck of a good brand of young hockey player.

Alex Killorn had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:37. He's going to be a fixture in Tampa Bay for a long time, from the looks of it.

Ondrej Palat had an assist and was +2 with 3 shots in 12:33.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:26.

Cory Conacher rebounded from -3 ugliness against the Pens with 2 assists, a +2 rating, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 11:49.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-5-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(3)Chelyabinsk 5 vs. (6)Astana 3
Chelyabinsk Wins the Series 4-3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Game Seven is no place for a rookie. That's why Nikita Nesterov only got 2 shifts and 1:01 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 5-3 win over Astana. Ex-Blackhawks draft pick Petri Kontiola led the way with 2 goals, including the game winner. Astana got a goal from former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski in defeat. Traktor moves on to face 2 seed Avangard Omsk.

(4)Magnitogorsk 0 vs. (5)Ufa 2
Chelyabinsk Wins the Series 4-3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Iiro Tarkki stopped all 17 shots he faced in Ufa's 2-0 Game Seven win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov scored the game winning goal. Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy has not played in the playoffs thus far. Ufa draws the top seed, Ak Bars Kazan, in the next round.

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