Kassian dumps beard, scores pair as Windsor stays alive

Zack Kassian scored a pair of power play goals Tuesday to help Windsor stave off elimination with a 7-5 win over Kitchener. The win gets the Spits on the board in the Western Conference Championship, as the defending Memorial Cup champs now trail the Rangers 3-1 in the best-of-seven.

Kassian, who shaved his beard Sunday after Windsor's third straight loss, was promoted to the Spits top line with Adam Henrique (two goals) and Taylor Hall (game winning goal) for game four. After scoring off a defender's leg in the first, Kassian later tipped in a Ryan Ellis shot to give the Spits a 4-1 lead at the end of two periods before a wild third that featured seven goals between the two clubs. Through 12 playoff games, the physical presence has six goals and eight assists. The Spits will look to carry their 'stay alive' momentum into Thursday's game five.

On Monday, Nick Crawford posted an assist as Barrie gained control of the Eastern Conference Championship series with a 3-1 win over Mississauga. The power play helper gives the steady rearguard nine points, all assists, and a +6 rating through 12 playoff contests. The Colts will look to close out the Majors when game five goes on Wednesday.
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Anonymous
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 ×

did u mean ryan ellis or is there another matt ellis?

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 ×

second time this season that i did this....I'll fix it.

And yes, Ryan..

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Anonymous
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Thursday, April 22, 2010 ×

I'm glad to hear that Windsor finally put Kassian on the top line with Hall and Henrique.
Is Zach in the same predicament as Tyler Myers was this year, as in he either plays in Buffalo next year or back in Windsor?
We could really use him...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 ×

Anon 1:27, good question. I know I won't be fully satisfied with the Sabres roster until he's on it, and maybe with McNabb on the back end tearing it up with Weber and Myers.

Kris, would you say HANDS DOWN, Gogulla and Weber make the leap next year, and do think Gragnani potentially alternates with someone next year like what we did with Butler and Sekera this year?

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Friday, April 23, 2010 ×

I'd love to see Grags as the 7th Dman next year.
However, Gogulla plays left wing, and I think the depth chart would read: Vanek, Ennis, Hecht, Gerbe.
No room for him...

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Kris Baker
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Friday, April 23, 2010 ×

1:27 - Like Myers this year, Kass has to make the Sabres or go back to Windsor. Also like Myers, it's a win/win either way as he could help Buffalo build a tougher, younger core, or go back and see quality minutes for a team that just may host the Memorial Cup next season (as well as play for Team Canada at the World Jrs).

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Kris Baker
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Friday, April 23, 2010 ×

I think you'll see Weber make the push. A lot depends on what goes down with Tallinder and Lydman (UFAs). Overall, I see Weber as a cheap option to add some Rivet-ish spice to the blueline.

Gragnani's role with the organization is likely based on what happens in UFA. If the Sabres pursue a guy like Dennis Seidenberg (for example), then Grags has a tougher troad ahead of him in terms of cracking the NHL with Buffalo.

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Anonymous
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Saturday, April 24, 2010 ×

No rush. Let him play in Windsor...

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