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NHL Game Night: 4-11-13 Penguins at Lightning

Like Lou Rawls said, "Love is a hurtin' thing."

PIT-6
TB-3

Ben Bishop allowed 6 goals on 45 shots for the loss. Guessing he's out of gas after spending much of the year in a deep goaltending rotation.

First Period
04:07 PIT Jokinen (8), (Morrow, Dupuis)
06:02 PIT Dupuis (20), (Kennedy, Niskanen)(PP)
16:00 TB Purcell (9), (Stamkos, Salo)(PP)

Second Period
01:48 PIT Kunitz (21), (Iginla, Letang)(PP)
05:46 TB Connolly (1), (Panik, Killorn)

Third Period
01:24 PIT Malkin (8), (unassisted)
04:45 PIT Jokinen (9), (Murray, Dupuis)
16:40 PIT Glass (1), (Jokinen, Iginla)(PP)
19:42 TB Purcell (10), (St. Louis, Carle)(PP)

I actually thought the Lightning set themselves up well to pull the upset heading into the Third Period, but after Bishop allowed the soft goal to Malkin the wheels started to come off. It's time to face facts, Steve Yzerman pulled the trigger on Boucher about 1 month too late to give Cooper the time he needed to turn this season around. The good news is that most, not all, but most of the Syracuse kids played decent games against the Pittsburgh machine tonight. That bodes well for next season.

Mark Barberio was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 16:47. I wish he didn't play so tentative. Would've loved for him to score and then punch Pierre McGuire in the mush whilst explaining, "Learn to pronounce my name baldy." He was named a Second Team AHL All-Star today.

Alex Killorn had a helper but was -2 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 17:31. He's been logging a ton of ice time lately and I wonder if he's hitting a bit of a rookie wall.

Tyler Johnson was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:29. Looked darned good with the puck on his stick. Looked fast and dangerous. He was also named a First Team AHL All-Star today.

Richard Panik had a helper and was -1 with 3 hits in 11:36. He had the primary helper on Connolly's beautiful tic-tac-toe goal. Connolly was named a Second Team AHL All-Star today, by the way.

Radko Gudas was -1 with 16 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:43. He's getting caught up ice too much. I like the effort level and toughness, but he needs to clean up some of his decision making.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 9:31.

Time to start sending the kids back to Syracuse for the playoffs. With the roster they have right now, the Crunch are in danger of a first round upset. It's too valuable a developmental opportunity and the NHL season is lost. Put Pouliot and Pyatt back in and send a couple key players down. It's the shrewd thing to do.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-10-13

(4)Florida Everblades 2 @ (5)Elmira Jackals 1 (OT)
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 2-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM

After coming out of the gate a bit sluggishly and falling behind early in the second period, Florida struck on the power play with little more than a minute remaining in regulation to send the game into the first overtime session where A.J. Jenks scored just eleven seconds in to secure a crucial road victory for the visitors. The Everblades picked up their offensive pace in the middle and final frames where they mustered 33 (14 and 19, respectively) of their 42 total shots in the contest. After opening the series with two penalty-laden matches, infractions were at a relative minimum. Florida finished 1-for-4 with the man-advantage while Elmira came up short on both of its power play opportunities. Both clubs finished two-for-six with the man advantage. Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert rebounded from allowing eight goals in Game 2 to stopping all but one of 29 shots mustered by the Jackals. Landry remains the lone Tampa Bay Lightning prospect seeing action. Elmira hosts Florida again Friday night in New York.

Official Recap | Box Score

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-11-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Gagarin Cup Finals
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Dynamo Moscow 1
Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Deron Quint had 1 goal and 1 assist and potential top-10 pick Valery Nichushkin had a helper as Chelyabinsk won Game Three 3-1 over Dynamo Moscow. Nikita Nesterov played 10:07 in the match. Nichushkin has 6-3-9 in 22 playoff games thus far. Game Four is Friday as Traktor attempts to equalize the series.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-10-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(5)Quebec Remparts 4 @ (8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 (OT)
Rouyn-Noranda leads Best-of-7 second round series, 3-1

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 4-8-12, +5, 10 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

The Huskies got a goal less than three minutes into overtime to top the Remparts and jump out to a 3-1 series lead. The Huskies can close out the series on Friday at home.

First round totals: 5 GP, 3-6-9, +7, 4 PIM

(3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ (10)Val-d’Or Foreurs 1
Blainville-Boisbriand wins best-of-7 second round series, 4-0

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 7-5-12, +5, 13 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 12 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-33-39, +20, 65 PIM

Cedric Paquette and the Armada are moving on, defeating the Foreurs, 2-1, on Wednesday night to advance to the third round of the playoffs. The loss means the junior career for Artem Sergeev is over, as he is already signed by Tampa Bay and is expected to join AHL Syracuse or the Lightning’s ECHL affiliate next year. Blainville-Boisbriand will play Baie-Comeau next round. The Drakkar swept Victoriaville, 4-0. Halifax awaits the Remparts-Huskies winner.

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