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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-25-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(2)Magnitogorsk 6 vs. (4)Ufa 1
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 41/42, 1.01 GAA, .976 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 8-1-0, 2 SO, 1.32 GAA, .958 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

6 different goalscorers contributed for Magnitogorsk in their 6-1 Game Two steamrolling of Ufa. Magnitka's attack included 1 goal and 3 points by ex-NHL'er Alexander Semin. Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 41 shots for the win.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-24-16

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Kitchener Rangers 6 (OT)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor blew an early 3-0 lead and had to fight to force overtime, but there’s no benefit to overtime points in the playoffs. Kitchener’s Brandon Robinson (undrafted) scored his second goal of the game at 2:39 of overtime to give the Rangers Game 1.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-24-16

KHL Western Conference Finals
(1)CSKA 3 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 2
CSKA Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 5-9-14, -1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov scored the game winning goal on the power play with under 4 minutes left in the Third Period to lift CSKA to a 3-2 Game Two win over SKA. Radulov also had a helper in the match. Ex-Syracuse Crunch forward Geoff Platt had CSKA's other two goals in the win. Nikita Gusev played 16:28 in the match for SKA.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-23-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(2)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (4)Ufa 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Win, 47/49, 1.34 GAA, .959 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 2 SO, 1.35 GAA, .954 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 9:37 into the second OT of Game One to deliver Magnitogorsk and 3-2 win over Ufa. Mozyakin also had a helper in the win. Ex-Wings second rounder Igor Grigorenko had a goal in defeat for Ufa and ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark added a pair of helpers.

AHL Game Night: 3-23-16 Crunch at Comets

No Drouin, no problem.

SYR-3
UTI-1

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
UTI Friesen, (10) (Sautner, Kenins), 4:12
SYR Erne, (12) (Richard, Gourde), 10:37
SYR Vermin, (6) (Peca, Martindale), 19:01 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Peca, (6) (Tambellini, Vermin), 19:45 (EN)

Joel Vermin and Gudlevskis were the game's first and second stars.

Jonathan Drouin was scratched for oversleeping and missing a pregame meeting, but through the contributions of others like Matthew Peca and his 1 goal and 1 assist, the Crunch overcame his absence.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-22-16 Red Wings at Lightning

Erik Condra obliterates everything you thought you knew about this team...

DET-2
TB-6

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the win. Honestly, I thought he was fighting it hard tonight and got the benefit of two posts early on. He may need to go back into five-hole rehab after that Helm goal, in fact. Fortunately, the puck luck early on went the Lightning's way and allowed them to settle into a pretty good defensive game that protected Ben while allowing him to drink from the waters of sweet, sweet goal support.

First Period
1:47 TB Condra(4), (Palat, Boyle)
9:55 TB Namestnikov(13), (Brown)

Second Period
0:33 TB Stamkos(34), (Kucherov, Hedman)
8:08 DET Abdelkader(18), (Zetterberg, Kronwall)(PP)
15:25 DET Helm(12), (Datsyuk, Mantha)
17:42 TB Kucherov(28), (Johnson, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
1:03 TB Palat(14), (Johnson, Hedman)
16:56 TB Condra(5), (Boyle)

Erik Condra, Victor Hedman, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars. Yes, Erik Condra. And, what should terrify you more about the face that Condra had 2 goals is that he probably should've had 1-2 more. Try to think what a Condra hat trick would've done to the laws of time and space... and then thank your lucky stars tragedy was averted tonight.

Tonight's game was a convergence of them being on their possession game and getting the benefit of a lot of the puck luck. It wasn't a perfect game. They were sloppy at times with turnovers. Bishop was a little off, as noted. Alex Killorn looked like he was Magnus ver Magnussen in one of those strongman competitions pulling a semi truck behind him all game. But, on balance, they were on their possession game forechecking hard, their power play was actually not a liability tonight, and they got some breaks. That's a good formula for beating down a team 6-2, and one you'd hope will be repeated a few more times before all is said and done in the 2015-2016 campaign.

The win vaults the Lightning into a tie with the Panthers atop the Atlantic Division with Tampa Bay holding the big advantage in ROW. More importantly, with 7 games to go in the final 10 game set of the year, the Lightning have a magic number of 7 points to ease into the playoff comfortably. That's what you want. You want to be in comfortably at the end of 80 games with the chance to either go for a banner or rest some guys in the final 2 games of the regular season. The Lightning look to be back on track to do that, only needing to go .500 the next 7 games to hit the season target of 96 points.

Jonathan Marchessault was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 14:22. By my count he's now 2 games away from graduation from prospect status on the website.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Sign D Ben Thomas to Entry Level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Ben Thomas to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Thomas, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, began the 2015-16 season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. He recorded three assists in 14 games with Calgary prior to being traded to the Vancouver Giants, also of the WHL, on October 27. Thomas skated in 60 games with the Giants, registering eight goals and 25 points with 40 penalty minutes. He led all Vancouver defensemen for goals and ranked second for assists and points.

The Calgary native has appeared in 213 career WHL games with the Hitmen and Giants, recording 22 goals and 90 points. He also played for Team Canada at the 2014 Under-18 World Championships, tallying one assist in seven games en route to earning the Bronze Medal.

Thomas was drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round, 119th overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-22-16

KHL Western Conference Finals
(1)CSKA 3 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 0
CSKA Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 5-9-14, -1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Isles third rounder Ilya Sorokin stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout in CSKA's 3-0 Game One win over SKA. Ex-Senators farmhand Stephane DaCosta had a goal in the match for CSKA. Nikita Gusev played 20:10 in the loss.

Juniors Game Night: 3-20-16

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Oshawa Generals 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: Did not play
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

The Gens kept a lot of their regulars out of the lineup in preparation for the playoffs. Oshawa will play top-seeded Kingston in the first round.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sarnia Sting 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor heads into the postseason with a win after beating Sarnia. The Spits will play the Rangers in the first round.

Power Play, Big Second Period Lift Crunch Over IceCaps


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Bolstered by an strong performance on the power play, the Crunch pulled away in the second period.

Syracuse scored four times in the middle frame and netted three goals with the man-advantage, as the Crunch routed the St. John’s IceCaps, 6-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday.

“We had some early kills which were really good, and our power play came through,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “I think we were 3-for-3 on the first three of them, so that was a good thing that changed the game for us. I thought our guys played well and there was a number of guys who stepped it up tonight in a big game for us in a three-in-three.”

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