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KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-30-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 7 vs. (3)Praha 4
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-3
Magnitogorsk Wins the Gagarin Cup
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 43/47, 4.00 GAA, .915 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 16-5-0, 2 SO, 1.97 GAA, .934 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 4 points to help lead Magnitogorsk to their Cup clinching 7-4 win over Praha in Game Seven of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Former Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win and former Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov also had a helper in the match for Metallurg. Vasily Koshechkin wins his first Gagarin Cup and the victory also marks the first time the Gagarin Cup was won by a non-Russian coach as Metallurg's bench boss this season was none other than Iron Mike Keenan.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-29-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
Foreurs win best-of-7 semifinal series, 4-3

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 10 SOG, 12/20 FO
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 13-28-41, +9, 18 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Maxime Pressault scored his first goal of the playoffs 13 minutes into the third period to break a 2-2 tie and propel the Foreurs to the QMJHL Finals with a Game 7 win. Halifax outshot their opponent, 41-16, including 17-3 in the third period, but they couldn’t beat VDO goalie Antoine Bibeau (Leafs). Halifax scored both of their goals in the first period when they had a 2-1 lead entering the second.

This will end the junior career of Jonathan Drouin, barring some greatly unforeseen circumstances in which he wouldn’t make the Lightning next fall. Drouin’s junior career goes down as one of the best in recent memory as he accumulated 344 points in 178 regular season and playoff games, won dozens of awards, and set multiple records. He ended his career with 77 points in his last 28 games.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-28-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 7
Best-of-7 semifinal series tied, 3-3

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-3-3, -1, 4 PIM, 0 Hits, 6 SOG, 8/23 FO
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 13-27-41, +8, 16 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

With a chance to close out the series in Val-d’Or, Halifax got down 4-0 in the first period, and 6-1 by the early third period before trying to mount a comeback. Despite four third period goals by the Mooseheads, the Foreurs held on to force Game 7 in Halifax on Tuesday evening. Jonathan Drouin had three assists in the loss.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-28-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Praha 5 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 4 (OT)
Series Tied at 3-3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Loss, 27/32, 4.70 GAA, .844 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 20 GP, 15-5-0, 2 SO, 1.88 GAA, .936 sv%

So close, and yet so far for Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Mikko Maenpaa scored for Praha with just 2:21 left in regulation and former Thrashers draft pick Nathan Oystrick tallied 3:53 into Overtime as Lev Praha stunned Magnitogorsk 5-4 in Game Six to even up the series. There will be a Game Seven. 4 of Praha's 5 goals came from defensemen while Magnitogorsk got 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat from former Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-26-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4 (OT)
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 semifinal series, 3-2

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 5 SOG, 21/34 FO
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 13-24-38, +9, 12 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax won its third straight game in the series to take a 3-2 lead over the Foreurs. The Mooseheads got a goal by Maxime Fortier, his first of the playoffs, in the first overtime to claim the win. Halifax outshot Val-d’Or, 28-8 over the last two periods of regulation, but the Foreurs outscored the Mooseheads, 3-2, during that time. Jonathan Drouin did not register a point for the first time in 26 games. He had 75 points in those 26 games. Game 6 of the series is Monday in Val-d’Or.

OHL Note: Dylan Blujus and North Bay will play West champion Guelph in the OHL Finals, starting on Thursday.

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