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NA Juniors Game Night: 3-13-2014

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 0 @ North Bay Battalion 3

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 4-25-29, +8, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Brampton got 20 saves from Jake Smith (2014) to shut out the Gens, 3-0.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 11-25-36, +20, 117 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Dotchin added another goal to season stats, giving him 11 for the year.

NHL Game Night: 3-13-14 Panthers at Lightning

Lightning sweep up the trash.

FLA-4
TB-5

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the win. He was very off positionally tonight, including a wickedly bad short side softie, but goal support is a beautiful thing.

First Period
1:44 FLA Fleischmann (7), (Kulikov, Bjugstad)(PP)
5:38 TB Salo (3), (Filppula)
5:50 FLA Howden (1), (Hayes, Pirri)
8:18 TB Kostka (3), (Purcell)

Second Period
12:04 TB Callahan (12), (Palat, Filppula)
18:53 TB Johnson (21), (Stamkos)

Third Period
10:47 TB Stamkos (15), (Filppula, Hedman)(PP)
18:55 FLA Upshall (12), (Bjugstad, Boyes)
19:33 FLA Pirri (8), (Petrovic, Campbell)

Valtteri Filppula, Steven Stamkos, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars.

This win wasn't the elixir. Florida is terrible and you still saw some concerning signs including bad penalty killing, subpar goaltending from Bishop, and late game lapses while the team was trying to close out a win. So, if you're a glass-half-empty person, there's plenty to complain about. On the other hand, Callahan got his first Lightning goal, Stamkos got his first points since coming back from the broken leg, and the Lightning finally got a W, if you're a glass-half-full person. I'd say the game was a building block, and if they work on correcting the problematic things they will be ok moving forward. The effort has been very good the past few games and they finally got the positive feedback tonight.

10 hits for Radko Gudas in his return from injury. Double digits. Clearly, the trainer's table puts him in a foul mood. Everyone else on the team only had 8 hits combined.

Mike Kostka had a goal and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 15:44. Is he perfect defensively? No. But he's given the Lightning the offensive dynamism in the tradeoff you want from an offensive defenseman. So much so, in fact, that he's temporarily supplanted Barberio on the depth chart.

Nikita Kucherov was -2 in 10:09 as he graduates from prospect status on the website with a whimper. With the other new lines Cooper put together playing pretty well, the one casualty was the 4th line with Brown and Kucherov, which saw the ice very little.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-14

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Vladivostok 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 3 (3OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 40/42, 1.03 GAA, .952 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 1.87 GAA, .927 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov scored 16:35 into Triple Overtime to deliver Magnitogorsk a Game Four, 3-2 win over Vladivostok. Metallurg now has a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Ex-Lightning defenseman Mike Commodore had a goal in defeat for Vladivostok. Vasily Koshechkin turned away 40 for the win.

Nadezhda Cup
Novgorod 2 vs. Ufa 4
Series Tied 2-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 39/41, 2.00 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0, 0 SO, 1.44 GAA, .950 sv%

Novgorod may live to regret their Game Three Triple Overtime loss to Ufa, as momentum in the series now wears a green jersey as Ufa won Game Four 4-2 to even the series at 2 a piece. Andrey Vasilevskiy turned in another sterling performance in the win, turning aside 39 shots, allowing his club to overcome a lopsided 41-20 shot disadvantage. Ex-NHLer Ivan Vishnevsky had a goal for Ufa in the win.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-11-2014

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2 (OT)

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 Hit, 7 SOG, 13/27 FO
Season totals: 44 GP, 26-72-98, +48, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Drouin returned to the Mooseheads’ lineup after missing a game due to an illness. He scored the overtime winner on Tuesday night, lifting Halifax to their 11th straight win. Eric Brassard stopped 36 of 39 shots for the Islanders to earn first star honors. Brassard was in Tampa Bay’s camp last fall. He is 7-20 this year with a 3.57 GAA and a .900 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 51 GP, 24-45-69, +19, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Ikonen was first star for scoring twice for Kingston on Tuesday night. He had the Fronts’ second and third goals.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-11-14

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(8)Vladivostok 4 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 3 (2OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/33, 2.82 GAA, .879 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.35 GAA, .916 sv%

Former Senators fourth rounder Ilya Zubov scored 5:04 into Double Overtime to deliver Vladivostok their first ever playoff win, 4-3 over Magnitogorsk. Zubov ended up with 2 goals overall in the match.

(5)Novgorod 1 vs. (4)Ufa 2 (3OT)
Novgorod Leads the Series 2-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 52/53, 0.53 GAA, .981 sv%
Regular Season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 1.30 GAA, .949 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy and Ufa outlasted Novgorod 2-1 in a 113:24 thriller to draw their first win of their opening round series against Novgorod. The young netminder turned aside 52 shots for the win. Ex-Senators second rounder Igor Mirnov had Ufa's first goal while Russian league veteran Alexander Stepanov drew potted the winning goal. Vasilevskiy has played well in his rookie campaign as a KHL playoff starter, allowing just 5 goals in 3 games.

Nadezhda Cup
Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was -1 in 15:28 in Yugra's 1-1 tie with Amur Khabarovsk. Yugra wins their Qualification Round matchup over Khabarovsk by going 1-0-1, and will move on to face Omsk in the next round of the "best of the worst" postseason tournament of KHL teams that have failed to make the playoffs.

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