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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-27-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(3)Chelyabinsk 1 vs. (1)Kazan 0 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-2-2, 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

Nikita Nesterov actually got quite a bit of time as a center, going 5/15 on draws in 16:22 of ice time, in Chelyabinsk's thrilling 1-0 Double Overtime Game Three win over Kazan. Netminder Michael Garnett stopped all 39 shots he faced for the shutout. Game Four is Thursday.

Prospect of the Week: March 27, 2013

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for March 27 is … Tyler Johnson, C, Tampa Bay (NHL – USA).

Undrafted and undersized, Tyler Johnson has been huge for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3-26-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6 @ (9)Drummondville Voltigeurs 7
Rouyn-Noranda leads best-of-7 first round series, 2-1

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 4 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

Nikita Kucherov is still looking for his first playoff goal, but had two assists on Tuesday in the Huskies’ Game 3 loss to the Volts. R-N entered the third period down 6-2 but fought back to within one goal with a minute left in the game. They were not able to get the equalizer. Defenseman Mathieu Brisebois (undrafted, signed by Phoenix) had two goals and four points for the Huskies and Matthew Boudens (undrafted) had four goals for Drummondville. Boudens was a teammate of Lightning prospect Matt Peca with Pembroke of the CJHL. Game 4 is Wednesday.

(3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ (14)Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 (OT)
Blainville-Boisbriand leads best-of-7 first round series, 2-1

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM

The Titan got back in the series with an overtime win on Tuesday night. Undrafted overager Zach O’Brien scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals. O’Brien had 92 points this season. Game 4 is Wednesday.

(7)PEI Rocket 4 @ (10)Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 (OT)
PEI leads best-of-7 first round series, 2-1

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, E, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-33-39, +20, 65 PIM

PEI took back home ice advantage with a Game 3 road win on Tuesday night. Artem Sergeev had an assist in the game. Game 4 is Wednesday.

Ontario Hockey League

(W4)Brampton Battalion 1 @ (W5)Sudbury Wolves 3
Sudbury leads best-of-7 Western Conference Quarterfinals, 2-1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Sudbury took a 2-1 lead in the series despite being outshot by Brampton, 40-13. Franky Palazzese (undrafted) stopped 39 of 40 shots for the win. Game 4 is Thursday.

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

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 11-51-62, +18, 94 PIM

Guelph held serve at home with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory on Tuesday. Tanner Richard had an assist as the Storm rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Scott Kosmachuk (Jets) scored the game-winner with under two. Game 4 is Thursday.

ECHL Game Night: 3-26-13

Florida Everblades 8 @ Orlando Solar Bears 3

W Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-20-34, E, 30 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 46 GP, 4-12-16, +4, 27 PIM

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: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 56 PIM

D Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 14-9-3, 3.02 GAA, 787 S / 882 SA (.904 SV%)

Florida fell behind 1-0 early in the first period before rattling off four consecutive goals over the next nearly 40:00 of action, then outscored their hosts 4-2 in what time remained. The win helped the Everblades cushion their hold on second-place in the South Division and their current fifth-seed spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Florida now has a three-point lead with only a game in hand on South Carolina, so the combination of an Everblades win and a Road Warriors loss will ensure Florida doesn't lose any ground. Jesse Deckert, who stopped 22 of 25 shots in the match, bumped his record to 6-1-1. Not bad for a guy signed to a try-out contract. Dan Milan, who was out of the lineup the past few games, returned to action. Alex Hutchings and Pat Nagle remain with AHL Syracuse. Florida (36-22-11, 83 PTS), with just three games remaining in the regular season, will stick around to hit the Amway Center ice against Orlando (27-34-7, 61 PTS) again Wednesday night.

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