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HPK/HIFK Game One

HIFK cruised easily to a 5-2 win today in their opening match of the semifinals against HPK. Miika Wiikman was between the pipes for HPK allowing 5 goals on 27 shots faced. His performance may open the door for HPK to start Karri Ramo in game two. Stay tuned.

Superleague Semifinals: Day Six

Ak Bars Kazan completed the sweep today, despite a goal by Anton But, in their 5-2 victory over Yaroslavl. The loss means that Nikita Alexeev is the lone Lightning property still active in the Superleague playoffs with Omsk.

CHL Second Round Preview

[i]Five Lightning prospects have survived and will be playing in Round 2 of their respective league’s playoffs this week. Here’s a look at what’s in store for each.[/i] In the "[b]Q[/b]," Stanislav Lascek and West Division second seed Chicoutimi Sagueneens, rested after sweeping Baie-Comeau in the opening round, will take on the Gatineau Olympiques. No.4 Gatineau defeated No.5 Drummondville 4-3 last night in Game 7 of their opening round series. Their reward is they get to face a team that can seemingly score with their visors blacked out. The series begins Friday night in Chicoutimi.

O'Brien Reassigned to Springfield

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Doug O'Brien to the Springfield Falcons. The move comes following O'Brien being a healthy scratch in the Lightning's last game, vs. the Florida Panthers. The transaction also means Timo Helbling has passed O'Brien on the organizational depth chart as Helbling will remain in Tampa until Pavel Kubina is healthy. Both O'Brien and Helbling will likely be on Tampa's playoff roster should the Lightning hold on to their spot in the standings. O'Brien averaged 7 minutes and 43 seconds of ice time for the Bolts, most of which was recorded when both Dan Boyle, who returned last night, and Kubina were out of the lineup. He registered two shots on goal and an even rating.

Superleague Semifinals: Day Five

Vitaly Yachmenev scored the overtime game winning goal today to help lead Omsk over Magnitogorsk 3-2 in game three of their semifinal series. Omsk now leads the best of five matchup 2-1. Nikita Alexeev dressed for the first time in the postseason for Avangard and was scoreless.
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