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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-6-15

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(3)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (6)Ufa 1
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 1.61 GAA, .947 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had the game-winning goal in Magnitka's 3-1 Game Five win over Ufa to propel them into the KHL Eastern Conference semifinals. Ex-Thrasher/Jet Tim Stapleton had the insurance marker for Magnitogorsk in the win.

Juniors Game Night: 3-4-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 9 @ Victoriaville Tigres 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-2-2, +2, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/13 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 54 GP, 38-41-79, +23, 91 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec put a beating on Victoriaville, scoring nine times. New Arizona Coyote prospect Anthony Duclair was one of three Remparts scoring twice.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM *Second Star*
With SSM: 21 GP, 12-31-43, +25, 41 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-59-81, +26, 105 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 19-20-39, -9, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DeAngelo followed up consecutive first star games with a second star effort Thursday in a 6-4 win over Cristiano DiGiacinto and Windsor. DiGiacinto scored the game’s opening goal and had several opportunities throughout the game while a desperate Windsor team tried to get at least a point. The Spits entered the game in a 3-way tie for eighth in the West. As for DeAngelo, he now has a 20-game point streak and is averaging more than two points per game since joining the Soo. He has 16 points in his last five games. Not everything was positive, however, as DeAngelo tried to get his first career hat trick into an open net twice while protecting a one-goal lead. The second attempt was from his own end line and caused an icing. Soo coach Sheldon Keefe took DeAngelo off the ice and sat him on the bench. The Greyhounds scored into an empty net seconds later.

NHL Game Night: 3-5-15 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Efficient.

TOR-2
TB-4

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
4:25 TB Kucherov (24), (Palat, Johnson)
15:17 TB Callahan (21), (Stamkos)

Second Period
6:48 TOR Booth (2), (Holland)

Third Period
6:31 TB Namestnikov (4), (Sustr, Hedman)
15:14 TB Killorn (13), (Stamkos, Garrison)(PP)
17:42 TOR Panik (10), (Phaneuf, Kadri)

Ryan Callahan, Steven Stamkos, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars.

That's a beautiful thing. The Lightning went out and built a 2 goal lead over 40 minutes of hockey while holding their opponent to just 14 shots, and proceeded to get the back breaker on the power play in the Third Period to get that all-important three goal lead. That last part is critical, and although it may be a mirage, it's nice to see the Lightning starting to get those put-away markers on the PP of late.

Now you put a little heat back on Montreal and see if some things can shake loose in the division crown race.

Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:53.

Namestnikov had a goal on a beautiful setup from Sustr and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 10:00. Made the most of his minutes, for sure.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 3-4-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 0 @ Rimouski Oceanic 6

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/21 FO, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 31 GP, 18-22-40, -9, 30 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 19-35-54, -14, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke was shut out for the second straight game, falling 6-0 at the former home of Lecavalier, Richards, and Crosby.

Western Hockey League

Medicine Hat Tigers 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 52 GP, 30-40-70, +13, 42 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Zach Sawchenko (2016) stopped 33 shots and Brayden Point scored his 30th goal of the season to lead the Warriors to an upset win over Medicine Hat, 3-0. Moose Jaw is six points back of Swift Current for the last playoff spot in the East. Both teams have eight remaining games.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Prince George Cougars 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 6-24-30, +15, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary fell 3-2 to Prince George as part of their 2-plus week road trip through the U.S. Pacific Northwest and B.C. They now head to Edmonton for a match-up against the Oil Kings. Thanks to the Warriors’ win over Medicine Hat, Calgary maintains a 2-point lead over the Tigers for the Central Division title.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-4-15

KHL Eastern Conference Quaterfinals
(6)Ufa 4 vs. (3)Magnitogorsk 6
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 35/39, 4.00 GAA, .897 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 1 SO, 1.77 GAA, .942 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 3 goals and 4 points to lead Magnitogorsk to a 6-4 Game Three win over Ufa. Linemate Danis Zaripov chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win. Ex-Stars first rounder Ivan Vishnevskiy had 2 goals in defeat for Ufa.

Juniors Game Night: 3-3-15

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Kamloops Blazers 4 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 6-24-30, +17, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary gave up a 3-1 lead and had to crawl back to force overtime, but did so and won with 15 seconds left in the extra session, 4-3. Their road trip is 13 days old as they head to Prince George to face the Cougars next. Calgary has won 17 of its past 19 games.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NHL Game Night: 3-3-15 Sabres at Lightning

Let there be kittens!

BUF-0
TB-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 28 shots he faced for his first career NHL shutout. He got the emergency start for the Lightning after Bishop got injured earlier in the day and he made a huge difference by standing on his head while the Lightning sleepwalked through the first 5-10 minutes of the game.

First Period
16:37 TB Stamkos (36), (Killorn, Sustr)

Second Period
2:48 TB Callahan (20), (Johnson, Filppula)(PP)
4:24 TB Hedman (8), (Stralman, Palat)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden "Rooster" Coburn were the game's three stars.

It's hard to read too much into the night's festivities given the defensive pairs were shuffled with the addition of Coburn and, more importantly, because Buffalo is sporting a lineup right now that's probably just barely an even match for the Syracuse Crunch.

Still, it's a big 2 points to close within 3 of Montreal. That Panthers loss still stings, though.

No prospect skaters in the lineup tonight. Really.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 3-3-15

Assat 6 vs. HPK 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Ex-Blue Jackets third rounder Jake Hansen had a pair of helpers for Assat in their 6-3 win over HPK. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had a goal in defeat for HPK.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-3-15

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(6)Ufa 1 vs. (3)Magnitogorsk 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin continued his strong opening round series against Ufa, stopping 29 shots to lead Magnitka to a 2-1 Game Three win over Ufa. Ex-Caps pick Oskar Osala had a key shorthanded goal in the win. Former Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov had the primary helper on Ufa's lone tally.

Bolts Acquire Braydon Coburn; Trade Connolly and Gudas (Commentary)

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Radko Gudas, along with the Lightning’s 2015 first round and third round picks, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. If Tampa Bay fails to make the playoffs in 2015 and ends up with the first overall selection, Philadelphia will receive the New York Rangers’ 2015 first round pick (previously acquired) in the draft in lieu of Tampa Bay’s own first round selection. Additionally, the Lightning have acquired the Boston Bruins’ 2015 and 2016 second round draft picks in exchange for forward Brett Connolly.

Coburn, 30, has skated in 39 games this season with the Flyers, recording one goal and nine points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman ranks third among Flyer defensemen for average time on ice (20:14). Coburn leads Philadelphia for average shifts per game (27.9) this season.

The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 614 career NHL games with the Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers, posting 37 goals and 166 points to go along with 504 penalty minutes. He set career highs for goals (nine), assists (27) and points (36) during the 2007-08 season while with the Flyers. Coburn has also skated in 72 career postseason games, all with the Flyers, collecting two goals and 23 points.

Coburn has represented Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships on two different occasions, capturing the Silver Medal in 2009. He also represented Team Canada at the World Jr. Championships twice, winning a Gold Medal in 2005 and a Silver Medal in 2004.

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