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Crunch Shut Out by Penguins, 2-0


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored twice in the first period, and held on to hand the Syracuse Crunch their second straight shutout loss, 2-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

Syracuse had trouble creating sustained pressure, and was held to four shots in the first period and 16 overall.

"For whatever reason -- it's hard to explain -- we came out flat tonight," said Syracuse forward Jon DiSalvatore. "You've got to be ready to battle, you've got to be ready for the pressure."

AHL Game Night: 3-21-14 Penguins at Crunch

Offensive outage continues.

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SYR-0

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for another hard luck loss. Lack of goal support is a terrible thing.

First Period
WBS Machacek, (17) (Ebbett, Dumoulin), 7:38
WBS Payerl, (3) (Manderson, Zlobin), 17:39 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Gudlevkis was the game's third star.

16 shots on goal. That's all Syracuse could manage in the entire game. 16 shots on goal. That's about 5 less than Bishop had to stop in the Third Period alone against Toronto the other night. 16? It's embarrassing.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 3-21-14

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(1)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (6)Novosibirsk 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, 32/34, 1.81 GAA, .941 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 5-1-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin scored a power play goal 6:29 into Overtime to deliver Metallurg a 3-2 Game One win over Novosibirsk. Mozyakin also had a pair of helpers in the match to lead the way for Magnitogorsk.

(2)Astana 2 vs. (4)Ufa 3 (OT)
Ufa Leads the Series 1-0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 35/37, 1.97 GAA, .946 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 5-3-0, 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .936 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov scored 1:17 into Overtime to give his club, Ufa, a 3-2 Game One win over Barys Astana. Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov dropped in 2 assists in the win. Former Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin had a goal in defeat for Barys and former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski also had a helper in the loss for Astana.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-20-14

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Barrie Colts 3
Colts lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 1-0

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Barrie drew first blood in Game 1 against the Wolves, holding on for a 3-2 win.

NHL Game Night: 3-20-14 Lightning at Senators

Lightning gets the job done.

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Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the victory. The stat line isn't pretty, but he made some key saves when he needed to and never allowed his team to fall behind on the road. That's how you scratch out points at this time of the season.

First Period
0:23 TB Purcell (11), (Hedman, Johnson)
10:44 OTT MacArthur (21), (Turris)(SH)
12:38 TB Purcell (12), (Hedman, Johnson)
13:07 OTT Karlsson (18), (Hoffman, Spezza)(PP)

Second Period
5:43 TB Filppula (23), (Palat, Salo)(PP)
17:32 OTT Hemsky (11), (Michalek)

Third Period
3:48 TB Brewer (1), (Brown, Killorn)
11:58 TB Callahan (13), (Palat, Salo)(PP)
17:08 OTT Michalek (13), (Karlsson, Spezza)

Teddy Purcell and Victor Hedman were the game's first and third stars.

Giving up 4 goals doesn't exactly give you the warm and fuzzies, and perhaps it was a reflection of the quality of opponent tonight, but this was probably the best game the Lightning played of the 3 game set against Canadian-based teams. Ottawa really didn't seem to have concerted pressure in this game, and they didn't look as dangerous on the rush as Toronto did. The goals the Lightning surrendered were on a puck handling gaffe by Salo in the neutral zone, two clean Filppula faceoff losses, and Gudas and Carle getting undressed by a great individual play by Hemsky. All of these things are, at least, correctable, and the Lightning never fell behind in the game and eventually got the result they deserved.

The Lightning end this 10 game segment of the season right on the target 12 points you want, and at 85 points they're 1 point ahead of pace for the season. At no point this season have the Lightning fallen behind the pace we set forth here, overall, for the year. They've missed 12 points in some segments, but they've always had insurance points saved up to compensate. It's been an impressive, consistent ride by the Lightning thus far. To finish the drill, the Lightning now have 12 games to earn at least 11 points (to hit 96 for the year) and I dare say a 100 point season (15 points in the last 12 games) is certainly not out of the question.

And if that doesn't earn Jon Cooper NHL Coach of the Year, well, that's another rant for another night.

Mike Kostka had 1 shot and 3 blocked shots in 15:56. He wasn't quite as good as he was in Toronto when he was pumped up in front of the home town.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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