Alumni: Smith exceling with Boston

Has two game winners in playoffs

By John Lachmann
Kypostsports@yahoo.com
Twitter: @rednblackhawks

Reilly Smith turned 23 in early April, yet he is already ascending the Miami alumni playoff scoring chart.

After his go-ahead goal on Saturday in a 5-3 win over Montréal, Smith has three goals and an assist in seven games this postseason.

With his outburst, Smith tied Brian Savage and Andy Greene for the second-most NHL postseason goals by former Miamians. And two of his goals have been game winners.

NHL: Los Angeles defenseman Alec Martinez scored the Kings’ first goal and blocked a shot in overtime that would’ve won it in Game 1 on Saturday.

In four season with LA, Martinez has already played 41 playoff games, recording two goals and eight assists, giving him the most postseason points of any former Miamian and third most overall behind only Dan Boyle and Brian Savage.

The Kings became the fourth NHL team ever to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. They eliminated the San Jose Sharks and ex-RedHawks Dan Boyle (0-4-4) and Tommy Wingels (0-3-3).

AHL: Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate Springfield was eliminated by Providence, ending the seasons of forwards Carter Camper and Trent Vogelhuber as well as that of defenseman Will Weber. Camper recorded a goal and four assists in five games.

Miami alumni remaining in the Calder Cup playoffs are Texas’ Curtis McKenzie (0-2-2), Chicago forward Pat Cannone (0-2-2) and forward Tyler Biggs (0-0-0). McKenzie’s Stars swept Norfolk in three games, Biggs’ Marlies swept Milwaukee and Cannone’s Wolves will play in Games 5 vs. Rochester on Sunday.

ECHL: Three RedHawks alums are still alive in the Kelly Cup conference semifinals – forward Gary Steffes (Bakersfield), forward Justin Mercier (Idaho) and defenseman Joe Hartman (Fort Wayne).

Bakersfield is up, 2-0 in its best-of-7 vs. Stockton. Steffes has one assist in the series and is 2-3-5 in six postseason games overall.

Mercier has a goal in the Steelheads’ series vs. Alaska, which is tied, 1-1. He has two goals and a helper in eight playoff games this season.

Hartman has played seven games for the Komets but has not recorded a point. Fort Wayne split the first two games of its series in Cincinnati.

PLAYOFFS
NHL

F Reilly Smith, BOS 7 GP, 3-1—4 
D Alec Martinez, LA, 8 GP, 1-3—4
D Dan Boyle, SJ, 7 GP, 0-4—4
F Tommy Wingels, SJ, 7 GP, 0-3—3
AHL
F Carter Camper, SPR, 5 GP, 1-4—5
F Curtis McKenzie, TEX, 3 GP, 0-2—2
F Pat Cannone, CHI, 4 GP, 0-2—2
D Chris Wideman, BNG, 4 GP, 1-0—1
F Trent Vogelhuber, SPR, 1 GP, 0-1—1
D Vincent LoVerde, MNC, 4 GP, 0-0—0
F Tyler Biggs, TOR, 2 GP, 0-0—0
D Will Weber, SPR, 5 GP, 0-0—0
ECHL
F Gary Steffes, BAK, 6 GP, 2-3—5
F Justin Mercier, IDA, 8 GP, 2-1—3
F Marc Hagel, S.C., 2 GP, 0-0—0
D Joe Hartman, FW, 7 GP, 0-0—0
D Steve Spinell, S.C., 4 GP, 0-0—0
G Cody Reichard, ORL, 1 GP, 0-1, 5.16 GAA, .848 Sv%
Europe
F/D Matt Tomassoni, Bolzano, EBEL (Austria), 12 GP, 3-2—5
F Pat Leahy, Linz, EBEL (Austria) 7 GP, 3-1—4
F Evan Cheverie, Belfast, EIHL (Britain), 4 GP, 0-3—3 
F Dustin Whitecotton, Belfast, EIHL (Britain), 4 GP, 0-1—1
F Randy Robitaille, Donbass, KHL (Russia), 5 GP, 0-0—0

 

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