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AHL Game Night: 3-8-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Crunch come back to put a halt to their losing streak.

SYR-3
STJ-2 (SO)

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 35 shots before stopping all 5 shooters in the penalty shot session for the win. With Cedrick Desjardins in Tampa for the injured Mathieu Garon, the Crunch's hopes for the top seed pretty much rest on the big Finn's shoulders.

First Period
STJ Jaffray, (13) , 19:21

Second Period
STJ Cormier, (7) (Maxwell, Gagnon), 2:48 (PP)
SYR Johnson, (30) (Panik, Taormina), 8:15

Third Period
SYR Tyrell, (5) (Brown), 11:37

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Connolly
STJ- NONE

Tyler Johnson (pictured) and Brett Connolly were the game's second and third stars. Johnson becomes the first forward in the AHL to hit the 30 goal plateau this season and he is just 1 point off the league lead in scoring. Connolly, as of this posting, is 8th in goals and tied for 6th in points despite not hitting the scoresheet tonight.

For the moment, Syracuse is out in front of Springfield by 2 points in the East with the Falcons holding 4 games in hand. Springfield is in action gainst Albany tonight. The Crunch match up with the IceCaps again Saturday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-8-13

KHL Playoff Game Day (Russia):

Western Conference
(1)St. Petersburg 4 vs. (5)Cherepovets 1
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 31/35, 4.04 GAA, .886 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 4-4-0, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .925 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

Ex-Coyotes first rounder Viktor Tikhonov had 2 goals and ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist as SKA pounded Severstal 4-1 in Game Two of their Semifinal series. Former Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov did not dress after being booted out of Game One with a boarding major. Monday is Game Three.

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 2 vs. (5)Ufa 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%

Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov scored the game winning goal for Ufa in their 3-2 Game One win over top seed Kazan. Finnish national Antti Pihlstrom scored Ufa's other 2 goals. Game Two is Saturday.

(2)Omsk 0 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 5
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
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

Nikita Nesterov did not dress in Chelyabinsk's 5-0 shutout of Omsk. Ex-Thrashers draft pick Michael Garnett stopped all 33 shots he faced for Chelyabinsk. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo took the loss for Omsk. Game Two is Saturday.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-7-13

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Barrie Colts 5

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 4-18-22, +3, 68 PIM
With Barrie: 23 GP, 2-6-8, +2, 29 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

On a night the Jets beat the Lightning, Jets 2011 first rounder Mark Scheifele had two goals, an assist, and a plus-3 rating in Barrie’s convincing win over Sudbury.

NHL Game Night: 3-7-13 Jets at Lightning

Season keeps slipping away.

WPG-2
TB-1

Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 28 shots, but the 2 goals were very soft. Hard to blame the goaltender when he only gets 1 goal of support, but he didn't help, that's for sure.

First Period
10:05 WPG Tangradi (1), (unassisted)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
06:57 TB Stamkos (18), (St. Louis, Malone)
15:52 WPG Little (4), (Ladd)

Steven Stamkos was the game's third star.

Frustrating game. The Lightning had well over 20 scoring chances against a backup netminder. Lots of power play chances. Against Winnipeg that should equal a pretty lopsided win for the Lightning. Games aren't played on paper, unfortunately.

Alex Killorn had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 21:28. That's not a typo. Clearly the coaching staff believes in the young man.

Ondrej Palat was -1 with 2 hits in 11:31. Had the go-ahead goal off a feed from Conacher and slammed it off the post. Unfortunate.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 1 shot and 1 hit in 7:12.

Cory Conacher was -1 in 13:01. He's clearly been passed on the depth chart by Killorn at this point.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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