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AHL Game Night: 4-5-13 Bears at Crunch

Still seeking win one under Zettler.

HER-4
SYR-1

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
HER Kane, (14) (Orlov, Wellman), 9:18
SYR Jacques, (6) (Angelidis), 17:08

Second Period
HER Kundratek, (14) (Potulny, Kane), 19:21

Third Period
HER LeBlanc, (10) , 10:06
HER Kundratek, (15) , 19:51 (EN)

Time is slipping away for the Crunch to regain their footing. They will end the night 2 points out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference and tied inside their division. They have a rematch with Hershey in Hershey tomorrow night, which starts a 2 game road trip that will be the final roadie of the regular season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 4-4-13 Lightning at Hurricanes

Bishop making Yzerman look like a genius.

TB-5
CAR-0

Ben Bishop stopped all 45 shots he faced for the shutout after being acquired from Ottawa in exchange for Cory Conacher. That's quite the debut for a goaltender who is the latest to be tasked with trying to close the gaping hole left since Nikolai Khabibulin shuffled off to Chicago many moons ago. I do like the deal Yzerman made. After a red hot first 7 games in the NHL, Conacher had cooled off greatly in the 28 games since and was not having the impact on a shift-to-shift basis some of the other rookies were having. He's not chopped liver, mind you, but he also was probably never going to have higher trade value and Yzerman knew that. Leveraging that asset for a true NHL goaltender is shrewd.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
00:28 TB Purcell (8), (Carle)
15:55 TB Pyatt (8), (Killorn, Brewer)
19:17 TB Aulie (2), (Stamkos, St. Louis)

Third Period
02:24 TB St. Louis (9), (Pouliot, Carle)
07:30 TB Pouliot (7), (Stamkos, St. Louis)

Bishop, Martin St. Louis, and Benoit Pouliot were the game's three stars.

For anyone who thinks Victor Hedman isn't important to this team, look what happened tonight with him out with a lower body injury early. 45 shots against and Bishop really having to bust it to save the Lightning's bacon. Hurry back soon #77. Also, we'll see if Vincent Lecavalier manages to get back into the lineup too after also leaving in his return from the shelf. I did really like Coach Cooper's thought of putting the vet between two potential stars like Connolly and Panik, and I'd love to see them get back to it.

So it's not all roses in a 5-0 win, but good goaltending has a way of making everything look better.

Alex Killorn had a helper and was +2 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 18:33.

Tyler Johnson had 3 hits and 1 blocked shot and was 40% on draws in 10:42.

Richard Panik had 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:28.

Radko Gudas was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 20:34.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-4-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Kazan 1 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 2
Chelyabinsk Wins the Series 4-3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 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

Andrei Kostitsyn's goal with just 29 seconds left in regulation advanced Chelyabinsk to the Gagarin Cup Finals by virtue of their 2-1, Game Seven win over Kazan. Kostitsyn also had a helper in the match. The club completed a comeback from a 3-1 hole in the series against the top seed in the conference. Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov played a sparing 4:08 in the match for Traktor.

Game One of the Gagarin Cup Finals is set for Sunday between Chelyabinsk and Western Conference Champions Dynamo Moscow.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-3-13

Ontario Hockey League

(E3)Oshawa Generals 3 @ (E2)Barrie Colts 4 (OT)
Barrie leads best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 1-0

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 10 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Jake Dotchin had a few big hits and Barrie scored on their first shot of overtime as the Colts won Game 1 against Oshawa, 4-3. Barrie’s game-winner was scored by Zach Hall (undrafted). Game 2 is Friday.

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