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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-29-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(4)Ufa 1 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 3
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 9-2-0, 2 SO, 1.44 GAA, .953 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-NHLers Alexander Semin and Wojtek Wolski each contributed goals for Magnitogorsk in their 3-1 Game Three victory over Ufa. Magnitka is now 1 win away from advancing to the Gagarin Cup Final to face CSKA.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-28-16

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 1
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

After giving up big leads in Games 1 and 2, fifth-seeded Windsor couldn’t muster more than a goal past Dawson Carty (undrafted) and now find themselves in a 3-0 hole to fourth-seeded Kitchener. Cristiano DiGiacinto had an assist for Windsor, his first point of the series. Game 4 is Wednesday.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 7 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Moose Jaw leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -3, 4 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-3-5, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

Prince Albert got back in the series in a big way, winning 7-3 on the road in Game 3 to cut the Warriors’ series lead to 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday.

NHL Game Night: 3-28-16 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Bishop willing hapless, Stralman-less Lightning over the regular season finish line.


Ben Bishop stopped all 34 shots he faced for the shutout victory, and the customary meting of U of Maine Justice. You won't find a finer performance by a goaltender anywhere in Lightning history than what Bishop turned in tonight. Puppa and Khabibulin probably each turned in a game or two that were as good as that, but none better. He carried the Lightning on his back tonight.

First Period
7:34 TB Blunden(3), (Condra, Hedman)
14:29 TB Palat(15), (Stamkos, Garrison)

Second Period
6:38 TB Hedman(8), (Stamkos, Condra)

Third Period

Bishop, Steven Stamkos, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars.

For a second straight game the Lightning had to go without Anton Stralman and Nikita Kucherov, and for a second straight game the Lightning looked a bit lost and befuddled. The difference tonight was that the Toronto Marlies are barely a NHL caliber team and Ben Bishop re-routed power to the deflector shields all night long. Hopefully tonight was the last without Kucherov in the lineup and, over time, the team's defensemen will hit their stride without Stralman. But, for the moment, it's pretty awful. Erik Condra is playing on Steven Stamkos' line. That's how awful.

With 4 games left to go in the final 10-game segment of the season, the Lightning cut the magic number to 3 points, and they move into a tie in points with Florida, although the Panthers hold a game in hand in the race for the Atlantic Division title. The Lightning just have to grind out a couple of more wins as soon as possible, lock in their playoff position, and then spend their time getting their defensive pairings in order for the postseason.

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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-28-16

KHL Western Conference Finals
(6)St. Petersburg 1 vs. (1)CSKA 2 (OT)
CSKA Wins the Series 4-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 5-9-14, -2, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev played just 3 shifts and 2:32 in SKA's 2-1 OT loss to CSKA. CSKA advances to the Gagarin Cup Final by virtue of the sweep. Ex-Blues pick Sergei Andronov scored the OT winner 1:02 into the extra session. Nikita Gusev signed an extension with SKA during the regular season and is expected to stay in the KHL next season with the club.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-27-16

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 5 @ North Bay Battalion 3
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 6 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM

Peterborough took home-ice advantage away from North Bay with a 5-3 win Sunday. Dominik Masin recorded his first career playoff point in the win. Fellow Lightning prospect Matt Spencer had an assist. North Bay scored the opening goal before the Petes rolled off four consecutive markers. Game 3 is Tuesday in Peterborough.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Erie Otters 7
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/24 FO
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 20-19-39, -3, 14 PIM

Erie had a 5-0 lead Friday before the midway point of the second period, and on Sunday it was 4-0. Saginaw is trying, but simply isn’t in Erie’s class. 2016 draft prospect Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists for the Otters. Game 3 is Tuesday in Michigan.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-27-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(4)Ufa 3 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 21/24, 3.04 GAA, .875 sv%
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 8-2-0, 2 SO, 1.49 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin lost for just the second time in the KHL playoffs as Ufa nipped Magnitka 3-2 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals. Ex-NHLer Sami Lepisto had the GWG for Ufa and had 2 goals, overall, in the match. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Maxim Mayorov also chipped in 2 assists for Ufa in the win.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4
QMJHL First Round
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Saint John held serve at home, winning Game 2, 4-2. Joseph had two more points for the Sea Dogs, both coming late in the third period. Game 3 is Tuesday in the Titan’s barn.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3
QMJHL First Round
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan averted disaster by evening the series in Game 2 with a 3-2 win after falling behind 2-0 early. Yan started on the second line and scored the Catarctes’ first goal. Game 3 is Tuesday in Sherbrooke.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Kingston leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 16/29 FO
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM

The Gens couldn’t come close to Kingston for the second straight game, losing 7-3 in Game 2. Oshawa has been outscored 13-3 in the series thus far. Carolina third rounder Warren Foegele had four goals for the Fronts. Game 3 is Tuesday in Oshawa.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 6
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor blew an early 3-0 lead in Game 1 and relinquished a 3-1 lead in Game 2 and now find themselves down 2-0 in the series. Game 3 is Monday in Windsor.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Moose Jaw leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

Moose Jaw took a commanding 2-0 series lead on the road with a 4-2 win Saturday in Prince Albert. Point scored in the middle of the third period to move Moose Jaw from a 3-2 to 4-2 lead. Game 3 is Monday in Moose Jaw.

USHL Game Night: 3-26-16

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 0 @ Fargo Force 3

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-14-4, 2.81 GAA, .906 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham sat for the fourth straight game.

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 0-25-25, -7, 55 PIM
With Dubuque: 11 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Saints failed to gain ground on the conference-leading RoughRiders, losing 3-1. Dubuque was once with Cedar Rapids, but have fallen to third, eight points behind.

NCAA Game Night: 3-26-16

No. 12 Boston University Terriers 2 vs. No. 7 Denver Pioneers 7
NCAA West Regional Semifinal (St. Paul, MN)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 24 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

Denver got up 6-0 on BU before the Terriers got on the board, but by then it was way too late. MacLeod got in the lineup, which was a plus, but played sparingly. His sophomore season concludes in the national tournament. MacLeod’s latter part of the season was marred with healthy scratches and limited play. Hopefully his junior year has the former Lightning second rounder in a more prominent role.

Crunch Continue to Roll With Win Over Americans

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Rob Zettler wanted to make sure Syracuse didn’t let up.

The Crunch head coach reminded his team of the Americans’ recent games with big third periods. After taking a two-goal lead in the first period, Syracuse buckled down on defense to top Rochester, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Crunch has won five straight — a season high — and remain in fourth place in the North Division, two points behind Utica.

“It was very important for our energy and our vibe,” Zettler said of taking the early lead. “I thought we played really well in the first couple periods, but my message to the team was ‘This is how Rochester has been rolling. They don’t come out strong and give up an early lead, but then they come roaring back.’”

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