Pro Update: Weekend Round-Up

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Lots of alumni news over the weekend with the NHL playoffs and the 2013 IIHF World Championships underway over in Europe. 

First and foremost, check out Phil Kessel's game-winning goal from Sunday's 2-1 Toronto win over Boston that forced a deciding game seven on Monday in Boston. 


Equally impressive was Paul Martin's game-tying goal with 5:16 left in regulation on Saturday. Martin, who had an assist earlier in the game, forced overtime with the blast, and the Pittsburgh Penguins eventually advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals when Brooks Orpik scored in overtime. Pittsburgh won the series 4-2 to eliminate Kyle Okposo, Aaron Ness and the New York Islanders. The Penguins will face Ottawa in the next round. 

Martin now has six points (one goal, five assists) in six playoff games

 

- Nick Leddy and the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks will face seven-seed Detroit in a Western Conference semifinal after eliminating Minnesota 4-1 in first-round action. 

- With Hershey out of the AHL playoffs, the Capitals recalled Nate Schmidt to the organization's NHL roster on Friday. Washington faces Stu Bickel and the New York Rangers in a deciding game seven on Monday night. 

- The U.S. Men's National Team topped Germany 3-0 on Sunday in Helsinki to improve to 5-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) at the 2013 IIHF World Championships. 

Erik Johnson has two goals and two assists (including one in Sunday's win) while Nick Bjugstad has a pair of helpers. 

Team USA plays its final preliminary round game Tuesday vs. Slovakia at 4:15 a.m. CT. NBC Sports Network will televise the game live, and it will be streamed like in the U.S. through NBC Sports Live Extra. 

Meanwhile, Thomas Vanek has three goals and an assist for Austria, which closes out the prelims on Monday against Russia. 


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