Even after one of the biggest performances of his young career, Kristers Gudlevskis tempered any excitement with perspective.
The Syracuse Crunch goalie made 55 saves, as Latvia nearly stunned Canada in the quarterfinals of the winter Olympics in Sochi late last month. The Herculean effort earned Gudlevskis praise worldwide.
But in his first practice back with the Crunch Tuesday, Gudlevskis was back to focusing on the task at hand.
"It was only one game," Gudlevskis said. "So I need to show everybody I'm really consistent every game all season long. I think only then I'm going to prove myself."
Syracuse's point streak is snapped at 6 games.
ADK Gervais, (8) (Akeson, McGinn), 1:35
ADK McGinn, (18) (Manning, Akeson), 12:31
ADK Matczak, (1) (Akeson, VandeVelde), 13:46
Syracuse sees the opportunity to get back to .500 slide by the boards. Syracuse's next game is Friday, the night after Steven Stamkos is supposed to return in Tampa Bay. Presuming Valtteri Filppula is also back for the Lightning by then, one would presume Gudlevskis may be joined by 1-2 players from the Lightning to bolster the Crunch for next weekend.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch won their fourth-straight, but they didn't make it easy.
The Crunch let a three-goal lead slip away in the third period, but converted on a power play in overtime to slip past the Adirondack Phantoms, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
Syracuse coach Rob Zettler was glad to get the two points, but believed his team shouldn't have given up four goals.
"I thought our third period was, frankly, borderline embarrassing," Zettler said. "I thought it was bad. I thought they controlled the whole third period. I thought we controlled the whole second period, and we turned around and we were completely flat in the third period."
Surging Syracuse outlasts Adirondack.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 36 shots, but got the OT victory.
SYR Tyrell, (8) (Richard), 7:25
ADK Cousins, (6) (Flanagan, Holmstrom), 17:28 (PP)
SYR Paradis, (2) (Labrie, Angelidis), 11:29
SYR Tyrell, (9) (Richard, Panik), 14:58
SYR DiSalvatore, (9) (Connolly, Paquette), 15:16
ADK Flanagan, (5) (Alderson, Alt), 8:43 (PP)
ADK Alt, (3) (Lauridsen, Bordson), 17:10
ADK McGinn, (17) (Gervais, Manning), 18:01
SYR Panik, (3) (DiSalvatore, Taormina), 1:37 (PP)
Richard Panik and Dana Tyrell were the game's first and second stars. Tonight was Panik's third straight multi-point game and he has 2 goals and 8 points over those three games. Simply put: we're starting to see the dominant version of Richard Panik re-emerge. Tanner Richard also posted back-to-back multi-point nights for the first time in his pro career.
The victory moves the Crunch back to just 1 game under the .500 mark. Unfortunately, they're 13 points out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference, as of this posting. But, if they continue to extend this 5 game streak of games where they've gotten points, who knows, they might just make this thing a little interesting before all is said and done. Tomorrow they face Adirondack again with the planned starter being Anders Lindback before he completes his conditioning stint and returns to the Lightning.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The first tests for Anders Lindback came just moments after the puck dropped.
The Tampa Bay Lightning netminder, sent to Syracuse for a weekend conditioning assignment, made a few crucial saves in the opening minutes. Once he had time to settle in, Lindback stopped a steady stream of shots in his first game since Jan. 30.
"I got a couple of good shots early on, and they came pretty hard," Lindback said. "Then it was continuous the whole game, it was an even pace, which is what you prefer."
Lindback registered a 30-save shutout in his Crunch debut, as Syracuse won its third-straight by topping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"He's huge. He takes up a lot of the net," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler of the 6-6 Swede, who is expected to make another start Sunday. "Just him going down in the butterfly takes up a lot of net. They've got to make a great shot to beat him."