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NHL Game Night: 3-29-13 Devils at Lightning

Jon Cooper knows the way to the pay window.

NJ-4
TB-5 (SO)

Mathieu Garon allowed 4 goals on 25 shots, but was 2 for 2 in the PS session for the victory. He was pretty dreadful tonight, but the Lightning picked him up.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
05:50 NJ Loktionov (7), (D'Agostini, Greene)
06:41 NJ Kostopoulos (1), (unassisted)(PS)
08:00 TB Stamkos (24), (St. Louis, Aulie)
10:26 TB Thompson (7), (Panik, Gudas)
13:58 NJ Greene (3), (D'Agostini, Zidlicky)(PP)

Third Period
02:39 NJ Carter (4), (unassisted)(SH)
07:11 TB Stamkos (25), (Killorn)
19:44 TB Killorn (5), (Stamkos, Carle)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NJ- NONE
TB- Purcell, Hedman

Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn were the game's first and third stars. Coach Cooper saw just what a special player he inherits in Stamkos tonight. Everytime the Lightning looked ready to implode, Stammer got a big goal, and then he had the cool assist on Killorn's game tying tally with the extra attacker.

Love that the effort level is back from the entire team.

Killorn had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +2 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 20:52.

Andrej Sustr had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 13:07 in his NHL debut. High praise for a rookie defenseman: I didn't notice him.

Tyler Johnson had 1 hit and was 67% on draws in 14:26.

Richard Panik had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 12:25.

Ondrej Palat was +1 with 3 hits in 12:52.

Radko Gudas had a helper and was +1 with 7 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 6 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:23. Pretty standard for Radko's office hours.

Cory Conacher was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 8:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

MHL Playoff Update

Following Ufa's elimination from the KHL playoffs, goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy was returned to Ufa Jr. to appear for the team's junior club in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series against Omsk Jr.

The series began on Monday, 3-25-13, with Ufa Jr. dropping a 2-1 decision in a shootout. Vasilevskiy stopped 32 of 33 shots he faced in regulation and overtime but was beaten by both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss.

Game Two was Tuesday, 3-26-13, and saw Omsk Jr. smoke Ufa Jr. 5-2. Vasilevskiy stopped just 22 of 27 shots in the loss.

Game Three was today, 3-29-13, and unfortunately saw Ufa Jr. eliminated by virtue of a 3-1 Omsk Jr. victory. Vasilevskiy stopped 24 of 27 in the series clinching loss.

Vasilevskiy finished the MHL playoffs with a 0-2-1 mark, 0 shutouts, a 2.85 GAA, and a .897 save percentage. All speculation now turns to the possibility of the talented first rounder signing a contract with the Lightning and possibly beginning his North American pro career next season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3-28-13

Ontario Hockey League

(W4)Brampton Battalion 4 @ (W5)Sudbury Wolves 5 (OT)
Sudbury leads best-of-7 Western Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP 2-2-4, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Sudbury won their third game in a row in the series, downing the Battalion in overtime, 5-4. Brampton had fought back from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits to force extra time. Game 5 is Friday back in Brampton, which could be the final game in the building as the team is moving to North Bay next year.

(W4)Kitchener Rangers 2 @ (W5)Guelph Storm 1
Kitchener leads best-of-7 Western Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-3-3, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 11-51-62, +18, 94 PIM

Ducks pick John Gibson stopped 40 of 41 Guelph shots to lift Kitchener to a 2-1 Game 4 victory. Tanner Richard had an assist for the second consecutive night. Guelph made it a 2-1 game half-way through the third period on the power play, but couldn’t come all the way back from a 2-0 deficit. The Rangers can close out the series at The Aud on Friday night.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-28-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(3)Chelyabinsk 5 vs. (1)Kazan 6 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, E, 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 Alexei Morozov had a pair of goals for Kazan in their Game Four overtime victory over Traktor Chelyabinsk to stake his club to a commanding 3-1 series lead. Traktor defenseman Nikita Nesterov was again pressed into duty as a forward, going 27% on 11 draws in 14:29 of ice time. He also managed a primary assist on the game opening goal by potential top-10 pick Valery Nichushkin. Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis had a valiant 2 goal effort in defeat for Traktor, as well. Game Five is Sunday.

In the West, Dynamo Moscow currently holds a 3-1 series lead over top seed SKA St. Petersburg.

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