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NHL Game Night: 3-14-17 Lightning at Senators

The stuff that dreams are made of.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory. It's overshadowed by the heroics at the other end by Condon, but what Vasilevskiy did again tonight was make every situational save asked of him to get the Lightning their chance at the winner's circle.

First Period
3:05 TB Point (12), (Dotchin, Coburn)

Second Period
2:35 OTT Wingels (7), (unassisted)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
4:05 TB Hedman (14), (Palat)

Victor Hedman was the game's second star.

Facing near impossible odds in their quest for a playoff spot, the Lightning look like a locked in team that is already playing postseason hockey. Tonight's challenges: 1.) Get road points in a back to back after a tough game against the Rangers last night, 2.) Again play short of centermen with Vlad Namestnikov back on the shelf, 3.) Solve a netminder in Mike Condon who decided to lose his mind tonight with ten bell save after ten bell save. Amazingly, the team never showed the effects of #1 or #2 and eventually they got the one they needed to solve #3. Now, after all the heavy lifting is done, they find themselves tied for the 8th spot in the East after being left for dead a month ago. The dream lives for the Lightning, with a lot of heavy lifting still left to do.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 7:51.

Greg McKegg had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:04. He was also 45% on 11 draws.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 19:13.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 11:22.

Yanni Gourde had 4 shots in 20:20. He's playing so well on this recall and he hasn't shown signs of hitting a wall yet.

Adam Erne had 3 shots and 7 hits in 8:30.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-14-17

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(3)Dynamo Moscow 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:18 in SKA's 4-1 Game Four win over Dynamo Moscow. Forward Sergei Shirokov led the way for SKA with 1 goal and 3 points in the win.

NHL Game Night: 3-13-17 Lightning at Rangers

Lightning scratch out 2 key road points.

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Petr Budaj allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory. He's been rock solid all year for LA and he's been just as good since the trade over to Tampa Bay.

First Period
5:53 NYR Kampfer (1), (Zuccarello, Kreider)
7:43 TB Point (10), (Kucherov, Drouin)(PP)

Second Period
5:04 TB Dumont (2), (Garrison)
10:22 NYR Grabner (22), (unassisted)

Third Period
13:21 TB Point (11), (Palat, Kucherov)

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars.

Gregg McKegg was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:49. He was also 17% on 6 draws.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 20:12.

Gabriel Dumont had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:07.

Yanni Gourde had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:10.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 hit in 12:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 3-13-17

Tappara 4 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

It was the end of the line for SaiPa, which concluded its regular season by getting beat 40-11 on the shot clock and 4-1 on the scoreboard by Tappara. SaiPa finished 15th in the 15 team Liiga, a full 9 points back of 14th place Sport. Saku Salminen remained out of the lineup for SaiPa with an injury.

ECHL Game Night: 3-10-17 & 3-11-17

MAR 10: Toledo Walleye 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 3
MAR 11: Toledo Walleye 6 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

F Brian Hart, KAL, 2gp, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 22 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 4 PIMs, 38 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 2gp, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIMS, 5 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 4 PIMs, 21 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, 1gp, W, 60:00 MINS, 30/31, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 15-9-0-1, 2.75 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

Back-to-back games against the best team in the league was a tall order for the surging K-Wings, and a chance to measure themselves against a team they will likely have to go through for a deep run in the Kelly Cup playoffs. Big props to the red hot Nic Riopel, who allowed just one Walleye goal on 31 shots Friday night, and enabled Kalamazoo to hold serve this weekend after Toledo put up 6 on the scoreboard Saturday night against Joel Martin. Riopel, winner of 11 in his last 12 starts, earned 2nd Star honors for his performance Friday. The K-Wings remain 3 points behind Quad Cities in the Central Division standings, looking to avoid a 1st round meeting against these Walleye. Speaking of Quad Cities, Kalamazoo travels to the Wireless Center in Moline, IL Wednesday for a big road game against the Mallards, before a home-and-home Friday and Saturday nights against the lowly Indy Fuel.

CHL Game Night: 3-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 62 GP, 43-28-71, +21, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan responded to an early 2-0 deficit by tying the game by the end of the first period. They got down 4-2 late in the second period and couldn’t find another response.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 63 GP, 33-28-61, +17, 46 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk has two seconds and a first star in his last three games.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Erie Otters 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/16 FO
Season Totals: 63 GP, 19-28-47, +1, 28 PIM
With Petes: 24 GP, 7-11-18, +9, 14 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-20-27, +9, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 3-18-21, +32, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/11 FO
Season Totals: 49 GP, 23-37-60, +35, 12 PIM
With Erie: 22 GP, 10-14-24, +15, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 40-66-106, +69, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

All three Lightning prospects for Erie recorded two points, with Cirelli setting a new career high for points in a season and Raddysh hitting the 40-goal mark. This was a match-up of conference leaders, though it didn’t seem to be much of a contest.

London Knights 6 @ Guelph Storm 2

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 22-30-52, +22, 24 PIM
With London: 26 GP, 11-12-23, +9, 10 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

London continues to try to keep pace with Erie at the top of the Western Conference.

MHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-17

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(3) Yaroslavl Jr. 2 vs. (6)Cherepovets Jr. 4
Cherepovets Jr. Leads the Series 2-0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress for Loko Jr.'s 4-2 Game Two loss to Cherepovets Jr.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-17

KHL Western Conference Semifinal
(3)Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 3-6-9, +2, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a pair of Third Period power play helpers to help SKA overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat Dynamo Moscow 4-2. He played 13:30 in the victory. Gusev's linemates Vadim Shiapchyov and Evgeny Dadonov both scored on Gusev's assists.

AHL Game Night: 3-12-17 IceCaps at Crunch

Syracuse rallies for a point.

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Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the OT loss and is still looking for his first win with the Crunch since his acquisition.

First Period
12:49 SYR Froese (26), (Ikonen, Vermin)
16:31 STJ Terry (23), (Hudon, Scherbak)

Second Period
14:29 STJ de la Rose (9), (Didier)(SH)

Third Period
2:30 SYR McGinn (5), (Taormina, Vermin)(PP)

Overtime
1:40 STJ Hudon (22), (Audette)

Byron Froese was the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 3-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/23 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 63 GP, 38-14-52, +11, 99 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hit
Season Totals: 53 GP, 35-43-78, +36, 57 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Somppi gave the Mooseheads leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but Halifax lost its seventh in a row. Imama fought fellow overager Keigan Getz (undrafted).

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/16 FO
Season Totals: 62 GP, 19-28-47, +2, 28 PIM
With Petes: 23 GP, 7-11-18, +10, 14 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 7-20-27, +12, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Matt Luff had a hat trick and two assists to lead Hamilton over the Petes. He’s a free agent signing of the LA Kings.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP: 4-22-26, -15, 68 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Swift Current completed a weekend sweep of the Blades with a 3-2 win Saturday.

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 35-40-75, +11, 58 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden’s goal with about five minutes remaining in regulation brought the Warriors within a goal, but they couldn’t find an equalizer.

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 4

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 43 GP, 26-13-2-2, 2.43 GAA, .927 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Dylan Ferguson made 42 saves and was named first star in Ingram’s absence.

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