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  • 20 weeks 5 days ago

    Crunch crushed by class of the conference.

    WBS-5
    SYR-1

    Kristers Gudlevskis surrendered 3 goals on 7 shots for the loss before being pulled for Mike McKenna who allowed 2 on 25 shots the rest of the way.

    First Period
    5:22 WBS Di Pauli (2), (Dea, Pouliot)
    10:54 WBS Porter (11), (Aston-Reese, Goers)
    14:16 WBS Aston-Reese (2), (Porter)
    15:19 SYR Bournival (6), (Conacher)(SH)

    Second Period
    1:09 WBS Goers (4), (unassisted)

    Third Period
    1:34 WBS Simon (13), (Haggerty, Prow)

    Michael Bournival was the game's third star.

    Tonight showed just how far Syracuse is from being a serious contender in the Eastern Conference with a slim number of regular season games to get well. Getting some players back from Tampa Bay would be helpful, but there's still way too much inconsistency from the players who stay behind in Syracuse.

    Syracuse is tied atop the North Division at 75 points with Toronto and hold a game in hand on the Marlies. Nobody seems to really want to win this division. The Crunch keep teetering at the top of the table playing around .500 hockey recently, but nobody seems to want to seize the opportunity to overtake them.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 20 weeks 5 days ago

    Vampire-like Lightning again refuse to die.

    TB-2
    DET-1 (OT)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. After a couple of rough nights, the young man returned to solid form.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    8:03 DET Zetterberg (16), (Nyquist, Nielsen)

    Third Period
    5:53 TB Palat (15), (Coburn, Kucherov)

    Overtime
    3:28 TB Kucherov (38), (Point)

    Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and third stars.

    Fighting fatigue and a pretty strong goaltending performance by Mrazek, the Lightning again declined an invitation to fold their cards and fought back to earn another critical 2 points. They pulled within 1 point of the Isles for the second Wild Card spot with the win with the Isles holding a game in hand. Hope still lives in a Lightning jersey, despite injuries and selling off at the deadline, it still lives.

    Eight games to go: is it Stammer time? When will we see Tyler Johnson again? And, are any of these hole cards enough to push the Lightning, improbably, over the top and into the postseason?

    Luke Witkowski had 1 shot and 1 hit in 10:05.

    Gregg McKegg had 5 penalty minutes and 1 hit in a very slim 3:28. Got his butt unceremoniously kicked by Mantha.

    Jake Dotchin was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 3 hits in 19:58.

    Gabriel Dumont had 2 shots and 3 hits in 7:15. He was also 17% on 6 draws.

    Yanni Gourde had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit and was 50% on 12 draws in 16:51.

    Adam Erne had 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 3 hits in 8:15. He probably lost his fight with Athanasiou on points, but honestly if he had connected just once on what he was throwing he might've killed Athanasiou. I wouldn't want Erne or Dotchin mad at me.

    Joel Vermin had 2 penalty minutes in 9:28.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 20 weeks 6 days ago

    Hope springs up in an unexpected place.

    TB-6
    BOS-3

    Petr Budaj allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Not his best effort losing his net on Boston's third goal, but in all he allowed the Lightning to keep contact during the game and shut the door once they finally got the lead.

    First Period
    1:33 BOS Pastrnak (32), (Bergeron, Spooner)(PP)
    2:17 TB Point (13), (Palat, Dotchin)

    Second Period
    7:50 BOS Chara (8), (Nash, Moore)(SH)
    8:14 TB Kucherov (35), (Drouin, Hedman)(PP)
    13:18 BOS Nash (5), (Moore, Miller)
    14:53 TB Stralman (3), (Palat, Point)

    Third Period
    4:12 TB Drouin (18), (Killorn, Dotchin)
    10:11 TB Kucherov (36), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)
    18:03 TB Kucherov (37), (Palat)(EN)

    Nikita Kucherov and Jonathan Drouin were the game's first and second stars. Kucherov's hat trick puts him 3 shy of the 40 goal plateau for the first time in his career and back within distant shouting distance of the league lead. Drouin's GWG, which was one through Rask that probably should've been stopped, puts him 2 shy of the 20 goal plateau for the first time in his career.

    Three times in this game the Lightning were offered the opportunity to give up on their season. Three times they showed resiliency immediately. It may not matter much in the end equation, but Jon Cooper can rest a little better at night knowing his team has a lot of character and refuses to give up. And, at the very least, the Lightning dealt a blow to Boston's playoff hopes tonight, which is good for the soul.

    Luke Witkowski had 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:11.

    Jake Dotchin had 2 helpers and was +2 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 17:26. Played a really strong two-way game, and I'm thinking we may have learned that although Jake can play more minutes, this is more his sweet spot.

    Gabriel Dumont had 4 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 10:31. He was also 58% on 26 draws.

    Yanni Gourde was -1 with 2 shots and he was 29% on 14 draws in 12:22.

    Adam Erne was -1 with 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:45.

    Joel Vermin was -1 in 9:17.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 20 weeks 6 days ago

    KHL Western Conference Finals
    (2)St. Petersburg 5 vs. (4)Yaroslavl 4 (OT)
    St. Petersburg Leads the Series 1-0
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 4-6-10, +2, 2 PIM
    Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

    SKA overcame a 2 goal Third Period deficit with a comeback that included a tying goal with 10 seconds left in regulation to post a 5-4 Game One OT triumph over Yaroslavl in the KHL Western Conference Finals. Nikita Gusev scored the first goal of the comeback of the power play and then setup the game winner in Overtime. He played 18:51 in the match. Linemate Vadim Shipachyov had assists in triplicate for SKA in the win.

  • 20 weeks 6 days ago

    Florida Everblades 2 at Kalamazoo Wings 3

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 3-4-7, -2, 4 PIMs, 46 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
    Season Totals (ECHL): 13 GP, 4-13-17, +10, 6 PIMs, 37 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
    Season Totals: 28 GP, 16-10-0-1, 2.88 GAA, 0.903 SV%, 1 SO

    F Brendan O'Donnell, FLA, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 52 GP, 36-30-66, +27, 35 PIMs, 207 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 0 PIMs

    The K-Wings scored two first period goals Wednesday night against the perennial ECHL powerhouse Florida Everblades, and then added a third period insurance marker to seal the eventual 3-2 victory. It was an important home win for Kalamazoo after last weekend's disappointing split against the Indy Fuel. Joel Martin stopped 30 shots in his 2nd consecutive start after the Fuel roughed up Nic Riopel last Friday night, and both Bolt prospect forwards Cam Darcy and Brian Hart got helpers on that important third period goal with a tic-tac-toe play to set up Peter Schneider's 2nd goal of the night. The K-Wings also held former Bolt prospect Brendan O'Donnell scoreless in the contest, which is usually a tall order given that O'Donnell leads the ECHL with 36 goals in 52 games. Kalamazoo now turns its attention to a back-to-back home stand Friday and Saturday night against the Norfolk Admirals, needing just 1 point to clinch a Kelly Cup Playoff berth.

  • 21 weeks 9 hours ago

    The lights (probably) go out on the Lightning's season.

    ARI-5
    TB-3

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    4:56 ARI Fischer (3), (Crouse, Jooris)
    9:45 TB Hedman (15), (Kucherov)

    Second Period
    10:06 ARI Dvorak (12), (Domi, Murphy)
    11:50 TB Kucherov (34), (Palat)
    18:08 TB Namestnikov (10), (Drouin)

    Third Period
    4:45 ARI Ekman-Larsson (12), (Domi, Duclair)
    6:39 ARI Vrbata (18), (Goligoski, Ekman-Larsson)
    18:24 ARI Murphy (2), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)

    Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

    Full disclosure: the power went off at my house about 15 minutes through the Second Period and didn't come back until late last night. So, the lights went out at my house shortly before they probably went out on the Lightning. Maybe I should be thankful I didn't have to witness that Third Period slide into the abyss. In a way, it's fitting. I declared the Lightning season more or less dead when the team got blown out in Arizona with one of the more feckless efforts of the season. At that point, the math simply didn't work out for a happy ending for the Lightning, and while they did an amazing job to play themselves back into the conversation for a playoff spot the fact is there's been far too many nights like this one where the team didn't mind its details against opponents of all stripes and got lit up on the scoreboard. And, it's because of that the team is (probably) heading for early tee times this offseason and a lot of reflection on what might have been.

    Luke Witkowski had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 8:53.

    Jake Dotchin was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 4 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 20:17.

    Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:32. He was also 80% on 10 draws.

    Yanni Gourde had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:12. He too was 80% on 10 draws.

    Adam Erne had 1 shot and 3 hits in 13:50.

    Joel Vermin had 2 shots in 11:57.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 21 weeks 4 days ago

    Kalamazoo Wings 5 at Indy Fuel 1

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 25 GP, 3-3-6, -3, 4 PIMs, 45 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 12 GP, 4-11-15, +9, 6 PIMs, 33 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
    Season Totals: 28 GP, 16-10-0-1, 2.88 GAA, 0.903 SV%, 1 SO

    The K-Wings lit up the Fuel with 45 shots and 5 goals Saturday night, and Joel Martin allowed just one goal to split the weekend home-and-home series with Indy. Both Bolt prospects forwards Cam Darcy and Brian Hart notched goals, with Darcy banging home a Lane Scheidl rebound for the K-Wings 2nd goal. Hart beat out an icing call to track down the puck and deposited it in the empty net for an insurance marker late in the 3rd. Kalamazoo has three-game homestand up next week, starting with the high-powered Florida Everblades on Wednesday night, followed by a back-to-back Friday and Saturday night against the Norfolk Admirals.

  • 21 weeks 4 days ago

    Peca delivers critical divisional victory for Syracuse.

    ALB-1
    SYR-2 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 42 shots for the victory, helping the Crunch overcome a 42-28 shot disparity. Since the trade deadline, Gudlevskis has suddenly been locked in while veteran Mike McKenna has struggled, begging the question of who will really be the team's number one goaltender heading into the playoffs.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    2:10 SYR Peca (9), (Bournival, Condra)
    17:09 ALB Gibbons (13), (Stollery, Helgeson)

    Overtime
    1:13 SYR Peca (10), (Taormina, McGinn)(PP)

    Gudlevskis, Matthew Peca, and Slater Koekkoek were the game's three stars.

    With the victory, the Crunch move out to a 3 point lead in the North Division over Albany with the Devils now holding a game in hand.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 21 weeks 4 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    With the Albany Devils nipping at their heels in the standings, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to pull out a win.

    Kristers Gudlevskis recorded 41 saves and Matthew Peca netted his second goal of the night in overtime, as the Crunch outlasted the Devils, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    For Syracuse head coach Benoit Groulx, the game showed his players could get two points even if they weren’t at their best.

    “We were a vulnerable team tonight, playing our ninth game in 16 days with traveling in the middle of that and playing against a rested team,” Groulx said. “I thought our goalie was phenomenal. He allowed us to stay in that game, obviously. They were skating better than us. They were first on pucks. They were the best team on the ice tonight, but we found a way.”

  • 21 weeks 4 days ago

    Lightning run into a juggernaut, see playoff hopes harmed.

    WSH-5
    TB-3

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    3:44 WSH Oshie (27), (Johansson, Backstrom)(PP)
    11:52 WSH Oshie (28), (Ovechkin, Backstrom)
    15:52 TB Kucherov (32), (Palat, Point)(PP)
    16:08 TB Killorn (17), (Drouin)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    3:14 WSH Williams (20), (Niskanen, Burakovsky)
    5:30 WSH Carlson (8), (Oshie, Backstrom)
    18:30 TB Kucherov (33), (Point)
    19:16 WSH Oshie (29), (Backstrom)(EN)

    Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

    Valiant effort by the Lightning still playing with darn near all their centers out of the lineup and really testing the East's best team. Were it not for a bit of embellishment that led to the call in the Third Period that led to Williams' goal shortly after its conclusion, Tampa Bay might've well gotten points out of the evening.

    Unfortunately, with the standings predicament the Lightning are in, there are no moral victories. They're running out of road quickly.

    Luke Witkowski had 4 hits in 7:19

    Gregg McKegg had 2 penalty minutes and was 60% on 10 draws in 8:44. McKegg is now a couple of games shy of graduation from prospect status on the website.

    Jake Dotchin was -1 with 3 hits in 19:40.

    Gabriel Dumont had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:58.

    Yanni Gourde had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 33% on 15 draws in 15:17.

    Adam Erne had 1 shot and 4 hits in 11:19.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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