Wednesday, April 25, 2012

POSTSCRIPT: Sea Dogs 4, Sagueneens 5

A collection of recaps from last night’s Saint John Sea Dogs 5-4 overtime loss to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens…

Our recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs decided to lose their first playoff game of the year in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday night in Chicoutimi.

News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.

The Canadian Press’ recap. The Sea Dogs looked like they were headed for their 11th straight playoff win when Danick Gauthier gave Saint John a 4-3 lead at 16:43 of the third period.’s recap. Etienne Brodeur scored the overtime winner for the Sagueneens and added two assists to help Chicoutimi take Game 3 of the best-of-seven semifinal.

Le Quotidien’s recap. A rare mistake by Jonathan Huberdeau setup Chicoutimi’s OT goal.

Courrier du Saguenay’s recap. Andrew O’Brien was a beast.’s recap. There were cheerleaders at the game.

SERIES: Saint John now leads the best-of-seven semifinal playoff series 2-1.

MISSING IN ACTION: Forwards Grant West, Oliver Cooper, and Dylan McGuigan were healthy scratches for Saint John. Defenseman Spencer MacDonald is still out with a bicep injury, according to News 88.9.

Former Sea Dog Alexandre Beauregard did not play for Chicoutimi again. He’s banged up. News 88.9 said he is questionable for the remainder of the series.

WELCOME BACK: Tomas Jurco returned to the Sea Dogs lineup on Tuesday after missing Sunday’s Game 2 with a shoulder injury. He certainly had an impact in this game, tying it at 2-2 on a shorthanded breakaway in the second period. He finished the game with five shots. He also took a big hit in the third period but stayed in the game.

FIRST PERIOD: Chicoutimi got off to a good start, scoring twice in the first. They outshot Saint John 13-12 in the frame. Both teams had some good scoring chances in the first but Saint John just wasn’t able to connect.

SCORING FIRST: Chicoutimi improved to just 5-4 when scoring first in the playoffs. They have also yet to lose a playoff game in regulation when leading after the first period.

SECOND PERIOD: As they have for most of the season, Saint John’s offense exploded in the second period. They dominated the frame, scoring twice and outshooting the Sags 24-6. Christopher Gibson was excellent in the Chicoutimi goal though, keeping it tied at 2-2 after two.

Saint John outshot Chicoutimi 46-33 overall. It was the first time this post-season that they lost a game when outshooting their opponent, falling to 9-0-1.

STREAK: This loss ended the Sea Dogs’ winning streak at 10 games (13 straight going back to the regular season).

LONG TIME: This was also Saint John’s first playoff road loss since Game 6 of the 2010 President’s Cup Final in Moncton. The Dogs won all 10 road games they played in last year’s post-season.

CELLY: Etienne Brodeur’s epic celebration was the talk of the internet last night. Here’s the full goal celebration with the Chicoutimi radio feed.

Man. Amazing how much height he got on that worm.

PAGEAU: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who is battling injury, came to play in this one. He scored twice, added an assist, had five shots and was a +4. Pageau had just one assist in the first two games of the series.

BOURRET: It’s basically a known fact now that any former Sea Dog playing against the Sea Dogs will more than likely have a strong performance. Gabriel Bourret definitely had one last night, assisting on Chicoutimi’s second goal and then scoring the tying goal late in the third. It was his first goal of the post-season.

LEAD: Saint John just couldn’t keep a lead last night. After coming back in the second period and tying it at two, Ryan Tesink put the Sea Dogs ahead early in the second. Gatineau tied it 15 seconds later. Danick Gauthier then gave the Saint John a 4-3 lead late in the third. The Sags tied it 47 seconds later. Dogs got to tighten things up a bit.

CROWD: Unlike Harbour Station on Sunday, the Georges Vezina Centre was rocking. It was a sold out show. TVA Sports broadcast the game and had some interesting crowd shots.

NOTES:  Nathan Beaulieu had a Sea Dogs high seven shots. Stanislav Galiev had six… Jonathan Huberdeau and Pierre Durepso were both a -2… Maxime Villemaire had four hits… Jean-Gabriel Pageau had five shots for the Sags… Andrew O’Brien was a beast, registering seven hits… Ryan Tesink took a bunch of big hits. He stayed in the game though… Christian Ouellet had three assists… Ian Saab recorded his first point of the playoffs… Game 5 tickets on sale tomorrow morning.

NEXT GAME: Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is on Thursday night at 8:30pm at the Georges Vezina Centre.

Photo Credits: Top photo courtesy of; bottom photo from @bustareim

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