Namestnikov, Vladislav

AHL Game Night: 2-7-14 Crunch at Falcons

Overmatched Crunch make a game of it.

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Allen York, back in the crease with Kristers Gudlevskis being recalled to Tampa earlier in the day, allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
SPR Sedlak, (8) (Smith), 13:00
SPR Skille, (5) , 15:51

Second Period
SYR DiSalvatore, (5) (Mormina), 15:24

Third Period
SPR Jacques, (6) (Weber, Marchessault), 1:56
SYR DiSalvatore, (6) (Paquette, Nesterov), 7:40
SPR Chaput, (11) (Marchessault, Jacques), 14:13

Jon DiSalvatore was the game's second star.

The team was without an AHL level goaltender and its top center, arguably, with Vladislav Namestnikov also being recalled earlier in the day. It just continues to be too much of a mountain for the team to climb, unfortunately.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-30-14 Lightning at Senators

Costly night in Ottawa.

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Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 1 shot before leaving the game with an injury. It was a bizarre play where Bishop left his crease to try to play a puck that he had no chance of getting to, and after diving to the ice to get to it he was kneed in the back of the head by his teammate, Kucherov. If it's a concussion, that's probably a week, minimum, without Bishop, but early reports have Bishop passing his concussion test. Lindback allowed 4 on 27 shots the rest of the way for the old backdoor loss.

First Period
1:49 OTT Methot (5), (Zibanejad, Spezza)
19:34 OTT Karlsson (13), (Spezza, Michalek)

Second Period
3:10 TB Killorn (13), (Kucherov, Hedman)
6:25 OTT Smith (10), (unassisted)
18:40 OTT Turris (18), (Ryan)

Third Period
6:55 OTT Ryan (20), (Turris, MacArthur)
12:54 TB Johnson (17), (Palat)(SH)
17:08 TB Hedman (11), (St Louis, Palat)

Compounding the injury to Bishop was Valtteri Filppula leaving the game with some sort of ailment that limited his mobility after getting hit away from the play. I'm going to go with a hip injury as my guess. If his injury is of any severity, then I'm just going to throw the name Vladislav Namestnkov out there as a possible recall.

The Lightning's effort level really sagged after losing Bishop early in the game, and they looked like they were skating in quicksand until late in the game when the score was well out of hand. Between that and the copious number of turnovers that have ended up in the back of the team's net lately, it's not a good look. In particular, Radko Gudas has really struggled over the last month and he's had turnovers lead to important goals in each of the last two Lightning losses. Against the Leafs, he allowed the GWG. Against the Sens, his mistake led to the Smith goal that destroyed a fledgling rally from the Lightning after they'd cut the deficit to 2-1.

Mark Barberio was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 blocked shots. He was responsible for Turris' goal with an ill advised step up in the neutral zone where he missed the puck to surrender a breakaway to Bobby Ryan, which he compounded by failing to pick up the trailing Turris. There was no atonement for his mistake like the last game against Toronto, either.

J.P. Cote had 6 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:35.

J.T. Brown had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 11:11.

Nikita Kucherov had a helper and was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 14:59. He got some luck on his helper with a pass that ricocheted off a skate to Killorn in prime scoring position in the slot for the goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-18-14 Senators at Crunch

Syracuse follows suit and wastes a Connolly hat trick.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 11 shots before being lifted at the end of the First Period. Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 on 17 shots the rest of the way for the old back door loss.

First Period
SYR Connolly, (10) (Paquette), 5:59 (PP)
BNG O'Brien, (6) (Schneider), 11:46 (SH)
BNG Petersson, (14) (Wideman, Pageau), 14:26
BNG Puempel, (14) (Da Costa, Hoffman), 15:45 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (11) (Namestnikov), 17:26

Second Period
BNG Prince, (8) (New, Pageau), 15:28 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Connolly, (12) (Namestnikov, Taormina), 4:01 (PP)
BNG Cowick, (7) (Claesson, Hamilton), 9:36
BNG Petersson, (15) (Pageau), 17:40 (EN)

Brett Connolly and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's first and third stars. It's unbelievable the organization had hat tricks at the NHL and AHL levels today and neither team won. That's got to be incredibly rare.

Syracuse is still 3 points back of St. John's for 8th in the Eastern Conference, but the loss allows Hershey and Worcester to jockey for position ahead of the Crunch in the standings. With the hole they've dug, every loss will have that effect from here on out.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-17-13 Bears at Crunch

Crunch on the comeback trail.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the victory. It says something about how well he's performed this season that a +.900 sv% and a win is still a bit subpar by his standards, stat-wise.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (5) (Richard, Neilson), 9:30
HER Genoway, (2) (Segal), 17:36

Second Period
SYR Namestnikov, (12) (Korobov, Witkowski), 2:38 (SH)
SYR DiSalvatore, (2) (Richard, Rankin), 11:12

Third Period
HER Latta, (4) (Genoway, Taffe), 5:32

Mike Angelidis, Tanner Richard, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars. Of note: tonight was Richard's first multi-point game of the season (all assists, naturally). As a junior, he couldn't look in the general direction of a rink without getting a couple of helpers. Hopefully this is a sign Tanner is going to have a big stretch run for the Crunch.

Syracuse has gotten points out of each of their last 6 games, going 4-0-2 in that span. They jumped over the Bears in the standings with the win tonight and are now 3 points back of 8th place in the Eastern Conference. So, as it stands right now, this retooled and suddenly much healthier Syracuse club looks poised to make a serious climb in the East. They'll look to keep momentum tomorrow night against Binghamton.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-3-14 Crunch at Marlies

Syracuse starts to look like Syracuse again.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the victory.

First Period
TOR Ashton, (10) , 14:24 (SH)

Second Period
TOR Crescenzi, (1) (Bodie, Holzer), 5:03
SYR Namestnikov, (9) (Connolly, Olson), 6:00
SYR Tyrell, (4) (Labrie, Mormina), 19:55

Third Period
SYR Paquette, (9) (Tyrell), 3:06
SYR Connolly, (6) , 5:43
SYR Labrie, (1) (Paquette, Korobov), 6:39
TOR Duco, (1) (Bodie), 6:49
SYR Namestnikov, (10) (Taormina, Connolly), 9:46 (PP)

Vladislav Namestnikov and Brett Connolly were the game's first and second stars. Just what the doctor ordered. Namestnikov, playing in his second game back from the broken hand, was joined in the lineup by Pierre-Cedric Labrie to go along with previous reinforcement like Tyrell and DiSalvatore and tonight it finally started to click for the beleaguered Crunch. Now, perhaps, the road back to the playoffs can begin.

Syracuse's win squares their record at 14-14-1-3, 5 points back of Adirondack for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Crunch head to Binghamton tomorrow night trying to put together a streak.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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