G Allen York (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play (backup)
Florida opened their season by hanging on for a 4-3 win over visiting South Carolina on Friday. The Stingrays made things interesting when they cut the Everblades lead to one with just over three minutes remaining, but Daniel Altshuller (25 saves on 28 shots) stood tall in net for Florida.
I envy the folks who were in the arena tonight. Not only did they get to witness the first North American pro win by Vasilevskiy, but the first pro point by one of the truly great young players in the game. A future immortal. A young man who needs no introduction. 50 years ago when they recount this night to their grandchildren, and they will, they'll speak his name with the hushed reverence it deserves...
But, seriously. We love Blujus here at Bolt Prospects, and we love Vasilevskiy, but all that was overshadowed by the professional debut of Jonathan Drouin, who lived up to his billing. He was +3. He was dangerous all night in helping to tilt the ice in Syracuse's favor. And, of course, he scored the game winner on a partial break that began with a quick little defensive play in his own end and was completed with a top shelf, cookie jar breaking shot.
Syracuse gets Binghamton tomorrow night as the Jonny (Jouer au) Hockey road show continues on its short run in the AHL.
Jonathan Drouin chipped the puck past the defenseman, rushed down the ice and wristed the puck into the top right corner.
Drouin, the Tampa Bay Lightning's third overall pick in 2013, netted the game-winning goal in the third period of his professional debut to lift the Syracuse Crunch to a 3-2 victory over the Springfield Falcons at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"I tried some passes today and they didn't go through," Drouin said. "I decided to shoot that one, and I'm pretty happy it went in."
Drouin, on a rehab assignment after sustaining a slight fracture in his right hand during training camp, was on the ice for all three Crunch goals.
"Those guys are easy to play with," Drouin said of his linemates. "(Jonathan) Marchessault is fast and (Cedric Paquette) thinks the game well."
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Kazan 1 (SO) Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 38/39, 0.92 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 18 HP, 12-2-2, 2 SO, 1.59 GAA, .943 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 3 of 4 in the penalty shot session as Magnitogorsk bested Kazan 2-1 in the shootout. Danis Zaripov scored twice in the shootout for Metallurg, allowing the team to overcome a shootout tally by ex-Jet Alexander Burmistrov.