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Omsk/Kazan Game One

Today was the opening of the Russian Superleague finals between Avangard Omsk and Ak Bars Kazan. Avangard was crushed 6-1 by Kazan who jumped out to the early 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five matchup. Nikita Alexeev was scoreless in the game.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/11

[b]QMJHL[/b] Despite a 2 goal third period comeback by Chicoutimi, Gatineau defeated the Sangueneens 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead. [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] had his 4th goal of the playoffs but was -1 and on the ice for the Olympiques' winning marker. [b]OHL[/b] Sudbury didn't go down without a fight. Despite trailing 3-0 in the series the Wolves took Peterborough to overtime tonight before falling 4-3. Kevin Beech stopped 25 of 29 shots faced. Sudbury is eliminated by virtue of the Petes' 4-0 sweep of the series. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw defeated Calgary 4-2. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] had 3 assists and was +3 earning first star of the game honors. Moose Jaw now leads the series 2-1. Everett defeated Kelowna 2-0. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] was -1 with 4 penalty minutes. Everett leads the series 2-1.

Game Night 4/11: Thrashers at Lightning

Ugly. Ugly. Ugly. ATL-6 TB-2 Sean Burke allowed 5 goals on 14 shots before being replaced by John Grahame who allowed 1 goal on 10 shots faced. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] recorded his 12th assist of the season on Dimitry Afanasenkov's game opening goal. It was all downhill from there. [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] was -2 in 18:37 with 1 blocked shot. Craig was +1 in 13:20 with 1 shot and 2 hits. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was -1 in 8:22 with 2 shots, 4 hits and 1 blocked shot. Post mortem at [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021174.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Playoff Game Night 4/11: Chiefs at Titans

Pure heart keys the comeback and the finishing of a two game sweep in the three game play-in series. JHN-4 TRE-3 [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] was in net tonight for Johnstown and midway through the game the Chiefs found themselves down 3-0. Boutin would not allow another goal the rest of the way, stopping 37 of 40 shots faced, and the Chiefs poured in four unanswered goal, including three in the final frame, to topple the Titans. [url=andre-deveaux]Andre Deveaux[/url] started the comeback with a goal from [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] late in the second period. Randy Rowe continued the comeback with an unassisted talley at 4:01 of the third which was followed by [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel's[/url] first goal of the playoffs with 4 minutes left to play off an assist by Henrich. Jean Desrochers then booked the Chiefs for the next round of the playoffs scoring the game winner with just 7 seconds left in regulation. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3163]ECHL.com.[/url]

HPK/HIFK Game Four

Miika Wiikman was back in net today for HPK in their game four matchup with HIFK. Wiikman was second star of the game after shutting out HIFK 4-0. The goaltender stopped all 22 shots he faced in helping his club tie the series at 2-2. Lightning prospect [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] did not play after losing in overtime to HIFK 5-4 in game three.
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