Charles Landry provides the Syracuse Crunch with something coach Rob Zettler believes is critical.
The defenseman, who has spent most of the last two seasons in the ECHL, gives the Crunch a dependable option in case of injury. Zettler knows what he can expect, even though Landry has played less than a dozen games in a Syracuse sweater.
"Whenever he's been in there and given the chance to play, he's played well," Zettler said. "He does nothing but be a professional out there."
We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for November 4, 2013 is … Nikita Kucherov, W (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
Someone should tell Syracuse Crunch rookie Nikita Kucherov it’s not supposed to be this easy. Players aren’t supposed to average two points-per-game in their first 10 professional games, but after Kucherov averaged three points-per-game last week in three games, that’s exactly what he’s doing with 20 points (11 goals) in 10 games.
Crunch's streak is snapped.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 37 shots for the loss.
BNG Hoffman, (5) (Ceci, Pageau), 7:31
SYR Rankin, (3) (Paquette, Sergeev), 9:42 (PP)
BNG Prince, (2) (Pageau, Ceci), 14:23
BNG Puempel, (3) (Pageau, Robinson), 19:50
BNG Schneider, (4) (Pageau, Hoffman), 5:48
SYR Kucherov, (11) (Korobov, Namestnikov), 12:22
Syracuse gets Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Led by Nikita Kucherov's second-straight four-point night, the Syracuse Crunch rallied past the Rochester Americans in the shootout, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
Kucherov, the American Hockey League's rookie of the month, registered a pair of goals and assists, as well as a shootout goal in the Crunch's fifth-straight win. The Russian leads the league with 10 goals.
"It's great, it felt good," Kucherov said of the award. "I just need to keep working."
"He just makes a lot of plays that other guys don't," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. "He sees the ice so well."
The 'ovs spur an amazing Crunch comeback.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 33 shots in regulation and OT before stopping 4 of 5 in the penalty shot session for the win.
RCH Adam, (8) (McNabb, Sulzer), 3:25 (PP)
SYR Kucherov, (9) (Brown, Korobov), 3:58
RCH Tardif, (2) (Varone, McNabb), 9:13 (PP)
RCH McNabb, (2) (Varone, Bagnall), 14:21
RCH Sundher, (2) (Tardif, McNabb), 6:53
SYR Kucherov, (10) (Korobov, Namestnikov), 7:52
SYR Nesterov, (1) (Namestnikov, Kucherov), 12:38 (PP)
SYR Namestnikov, (5) (Kucherov, Nesterov), 17:23 (PP)
SYR- Kucherov, Paquette
Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's first and second stars. As of this moment, Kucherov is 1 back of the AHL lead in points and up by 2 for the league lead in goals. Namestnikov had quietly snuck into a tie for 3rd in the AHL in scoring and, along with Kucherov, is tied with many others for 7th in the league in helpers. Nikita Nesterov also chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist and now has 1 goal and 6 points in his first 9 pro games in North America.
It took a while for the team to adjust to having J.P. Cote and Brett Connolly not in the lineup, but they continue to have an unstoppable power play and a top line that always gives them a puncher's chance in any situation. They'll head to Binghamton to play the Senators tomorrow night having now climbed to 5th in the Eastern Conference with their 5 game winning streak. Think what'll happen if they ever find consistency in the back and/or something resembling second line scoring.
Box score from TheAHL.com.