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Stanley Cup Playoffs Alumni Recap - Tuch Aids Vegas To Even Series WIth San Jose

By Matthew LaRochelle / USPHL.com, 04/13/19, 12:00PM EDT

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The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway, and over 20 alumni from the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF), and their member organizations are battling it out for NHL supremacy.  To see the full listing of alumni, CLICK HERE


Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks (Game 2 - Series Tied, 1-1)


GAME SUMMARY 

The Golden Knights successfully evened-up the series – and took home-ice advantage – against San Jose with a 5-3 victory on Friday night. Vegas broke out offensively right away, scoring three goals in the game’s first 6:11, before San Jose stormed back with three goals in the final 3:01 of the first period to even the score, 3-3.

Vegas would take the lead for good in the second period, when Mark Stone scored in a scramble by the slot at the 1:31 mark to go up, 4-3.  Syracuse Jr. Stars (Now – Utica Jr. Comets) alum Alex Tuch was credited with an assist on the goal, deflecting the puck near the crease to Stone for the score.

San Jose’s Kevin Labanc had multiple offensive chances from the blue line, tallying three shots in 18:34 of ice-time.

 

ALUMNI STATISTICS - SAN JOSE

Kevin Labanc (SJ) - 0G | 0A | 0P | 1 | 3 SOG | 18:34 TOI


ALUMNI STATISTICS - VEGAS

Alex Tuch (VGS) - 0G | 1A | 1P | 1 | 2 SOG | 13:35 TOI


Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning (Game 2 - CBJ Leads, 2-0)


GAME SUMMARY  

In what continues to be a shocking development, the Blue Jackets continued from where they left off on Wednesday and dominated the Lightning, 5-1, on Friday in Tampa Bay. Since the first period of Game 1, Columbus has vastly outscored Tampa Bay, 9-1.

The Lightning will need to regroup quickly if they wish to extend the first-round series.

Once again, all three USPHL alums in this series, Ryan Callahan (TB), Keith Kinkaid (CBJ), Andrew Peeke (CBJ), were scratched from the active rosters.

 

ALUMNI STATISTICS - COLUMBUS

Keith Kinkaid (CBJ) - DNP (Scratched)
Andrew Peeke (CBJ) - DNP (Scratched)

 

ALUMNI STATISTICS - TAMPA BAY

Ryan Callahan (TB) - DNP (Scratched)

 


Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders (Game 2 - NYI Leads, 2-0)


GAME SUMMARY  

The Coliseum was rocking once again on Friday night, as the Islanders defeated Pittsburgh, 3-1, to take a 2-0 series lead for the first time since the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals.

After each team traded goals in the second period, New York took control of the game – and the series – with two more scores from Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey in the third period.

Alums Brian Dumoulin (23:24 TOI) and Zach Aston-Reese (12:33) saw increased playing time for Pittsburgh, but only combined for two shots on a quiet night for the Penguins' offense.
 

ALUMNI STATISTICS - PITTSBURGH

Brian Dumoulin (PIT) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 1 SOG | 23:24 TOI
Zach Aston-Reese (PIT) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 1 SOG | 12:33 TOI

 


St. Louis Blues vs Winnipeg Jets (Game 2 - STL Leads, 2-0)


GAME SUMMARY  

The Blues took full control of their series following a 4-3 victory over the Jets in Winnipeg.

Game 2 was a back-and-forth affair between both teams, but a third-period goal by the Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly would put away the game for good.

The Blues now head back to St. Louis with the chance to sweep the series at home.


ALUMNI STATISTICS - ST. LOUIS

Zach Sanford (STL) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 0 SOG | 10:03 TOI

 

ALUMNI STATISTICS - WINNIPEG

Kevin Hayes (WPG) - 0G | 0A | 0P | -1 | 0 SOG | 8:32 TOI