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NA Juniors Game Night: 2-23-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 8

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 4-0-4, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 20-28-48, +12, 2 PIM
With R-N: 18 GP, 17-21-38, +13, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

A day after going without a point for just the third time this season, Kucherov (pictured) scored four times in a lopsided Huskies win over the Olympiques. He was originally credited with an assist, which would have given him his third five-point game in the last 10 days, but it was taken away on a scoring change. Kucherov is back to a two points per game average for the season.

Quebec Remparts 6 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 47 GP, 6-27-33, +22, 53 PIM

Quebec scored four times in the third period to break open a tie game and beat the Foreurs. Former Lightning prospect camp participant Brandon Hynes had two goals and was first star for Val-d’Or. The teams combined for 91 shots on net.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 0 @ Barrie Colts 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play
Season totals: 43 GP, 8-45-53, +15, 90 PIM

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 4-18-22, +2, 68 PIM
With Barrie: 20 GP, 2-6-8, +1, 29 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

German overager Mathias Niederberger (undrafted) made 44 saves for the shutout, leading Barrie to a home win over Guelph. Tanner Richard remains out of the Storm lineup due to an upper body injury.

ECHL Game Night: 2-23-13

Evansville IceMen 5 @ Florida Everblades 3

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 35 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 31 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-7-3, 3.11 GAA, .904 SV%, 0 SO

Florida was able to eliminate two separate deficits but surrendered a back-breaking, even-strength goal late in the third period that led to their demise against Evansville, which potted an empty net goal to close out the home squad. The Everblades outshot the Icemen 37-28 for the contest. Pat Nagle sat backup to Rob Madore while Dan Milan, who has been a fixture in the lineup since early January, got a rare night off. Alex Hutchings and Charles Landry remain with Syracuse of the AHL. Florida (28-17-10, 66 PTS) has time to regroup before hosting Reading (35-15-6, 76 PTS) in yet another cross-divisional contest Wednesday evening.

Official Recap | Box Score

AHL Game Night: 2-23-13 Falcons at Crunch

Beasts of the East.

SPR-0
SYR-3

Cedrick Desjardin (pictured) raised shields for a 26 save shutout.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Barberio, (8) (Labrie, Connolly), 4:37
SYR Labrie, (10) (Cote, Wyman), 12:35
SYR Brown, (7) (Tyrell, Cote), 19:33 (EN)

Desjardins, Mark Barberio, and Pierre-Cedric Labrie were the game's three stars. J.T. Brown returned from injury and had an empty net goal in his first game back.

Syracuse came into this game 1 point ahead of Springfield for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. This was a battle of titans with a lot on the line, and ultimately Syracuse smoked the Falcons like a fine cigar. Mind you, Springfield netminder Allen York made it interesting, but Syracuse outshot Springfield 46-26 in this game, including 17-8 in the decisive final frame. That was a 1 versus 2 game. Think on that. Then think on the fact that the Crunch have won 6 in a row.

Uh oh, rest of the AHL. Jon Cooper sorted out the post-lockout madness. Jon Cooper has started to tune up the machine again. We've seen this movie before, folks, and we all remember how it ends.

Syracuse draws Connecticut next tomorrow afternoon.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-23-13 Lightning at Hurricanes

The kids are alright.

TB-5
CAR-2

Mathieu Garon allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the win. If Mathieu Garon got to play the Hurricanes 55-60 times a year, he'd win the Vezina Trophy. It's a shame he can't stop a beach ball against any other team. At the opposite end of the rink, it took 40 minutes, but Dan Ellis finally turned into a sieve in the Third Period. Anything less than 5 goals against Dan Ellis would not have done.

First Period
10:54 TB Bergeron (1), (unassisted)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
02:11 TB Pouliot (6), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
03:04 CAR Bowman (1), (Nash, Larose)
07:37 TB Panik (1), (Hall, Stamkos)
07:55 TB Pyatt (4), (Killorn, Brewer)
16:11 CAR Larose (2), (Sanguinetti, Jokinen)
17:38 TB Stamkos (12), (Conacher, Salo)

Garon and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars. Balderdash, I say! The stars of tonight's game were the kids. The 18 second span where Panik and Killorn each made brilliant individual plays took a death struggle and turned it into a laugher. When you add in Conacher's assist on Stamkos' icing on the cake goal, you have a night to make Bolt Prospects very proud.

Alex Killorn had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 13:52. That behind the back assist from the corner to Pyatt was just a thing of beauty. The kid has so much poise and plays such a straightforward game, but he has just enough skill to do that to you from time to time. Guy Boucher reportedly loves him some Killorn. Saw that coming a mile away. How could any coach not like a player like Killorn?

Richard Panik (pictured) scored his first NHL goal and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot. Panik attack, y'all! He only got 7:50 of ice time, but you just see the explosiveness. I doubt he stays up when/if Malone gets healthy again, but Panik's going to be an NHL regular sooner rather than later. There's too much there.

Old man Cory Conacher had a helper and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 15:40.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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