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.
Lightning manufacture a huge win in Dallas.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 41 shots for the victory. He might want the Fidler goal back, but there's little doubt he was THE reason the Lightning won this afternoon.
1:25 TB St Louis (28), (Brewer, Palat)
12:09 TB Thompson (6), (Hedman, Killorn)
14:31 TB St Louis (29), (Palat)
15:50 DAL Roussel (10), (Connauton, Fiddler)
18:11 DAL Fiddler (4), (Roussel, Garbutt)
7:12 TB Salo (2), (Hedman, Killorn)
Bishop and Martin St. Louis were the game's first and third stars.
As the game wore on, the contours of the contest took on a hauntingly similar look to the Nashville game. I thought the Lightning did a pretty good job of trying to press for the goal to get to 3-0 and weren't that bad through the first 5-6 minutes of the Second Period, but everything went sideways after that. Once Roussel got the greasy goal to make it 3-1, Dallas just took over the game and only some good individual efforts by the likes of St. Louis, Palat, and Salo really allowed the Lightning to get 2 points (on top of Bishop raising the deflector shields). If you're looking for another silver lining, though, it's that the PK stood up and didn't disintegrate this afternoon the way it did against the Predators. Mind you, they weren't perfect and Bishop had to erase some big errors, but they didn't allow Dallas nearly the zone time and chances they gave the Preds.
If you look at the standings, you'll see why this was such a big win. They get back on par with Montreal for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division and reopen a 6 point gap on Washington for the last team out in the Eastern Conference. At 73 points after 60 games they're 1 point ahead of the pace they need to be on to comfortably make the playoffs. They didn't hit the target of 12 points for the last 10 game segment and had to burn off 2 of the 3 insurance points they had stored up, but at least they didn't fall off schedule for the first time this year. Now, they have to keep manufacturing wins somehow until Valtteri Filppula and Steven Stamkos can get settled back into the lineup and, in particular, until Stammer can get the rust knocked off.
Mike Kostka had 2 hits and 5 blocked shots in 8:42. He, unfortunately, had the Roussel goal go in off of his skate, but he wasn't awful. He makes a better option than Cote or Taormina and probably Aulie, too.
J.T. Brown as -1 with 2 shots in 14:35. He did some really good work on the forecheck with the Lightning clinging to their lead. Today was his 41st game of the season, so he has graduated from prospect status on the site.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot and was 50% on draws in 9:08. I think you saw a marked step forward in Namesy's comfort level today, and he had some dangerous rushes with his speed in the First and Second Periods. I don't know that I trust him yet defensively, but he at least looked more like an NHLer today than he did against Nashville.
Nikita Kucherov had 2 shots in 12:15. The SunSports team was praising his defense in this game, but I thought this was a subpar game for Kucherov in that respect. He really had problems moving the puck out of the Lightning zone within the last 10 feet before the blueline. That's something that will make coaches want to strangle you.
Florida Everblades 2 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 4
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 49 PIM
D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM
W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM
Florida lost a 2-goal lead, giving up four in the final period en route to a 4-2 road loss. The only Syracuse or Tampa Bay connection in the game was PM Devos, who was on a Syracuse contract last year. He was scoreless and minus-2. No sign of Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier.
Harvard Crimson 2 @ No. 16 Colgate Raiders 1
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 6-7-13, -4, 18 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Harvard improved to 6-11-4 in conference by upsetting Colgate, who came into the game 12-5-3 in the ECAC.
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 @ Miami RedHawks 4
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was a scratch.
No. 10 North Dakota 5 @ No. 5 St. Cloud State Huskies 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
O’Donnell set a new career high for points in a season with 13, topping the 10 he accumulated last year as a sophomore. UND is surging, winning five games in a row. Their win on Friday put UND one win away from winning the Penrose Cup as the first National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season champions. O’Donnell’s team leapfrogged SCSU into first place. They can clinch the title with a win on Saturday night.
No. 8 Quinnipiac Bobcats 8 @ St. Lawrence Saints 0
F Matthew Peca, QU: 2-4-6, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-21-33, +5, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM
Woah. Matt Peca had six points – four more than anyone else on the Bobcats – as QU put a snowman on the scoreboard at St. Lawrence. The Saints tied the Bobcats, 2-2, just a couple weeks ago. Peca surpassed last season’s point total of 30, and is approaching his career high of 39 set in his freshman season. Peca’s six points are the most by a Lightning prospect in a game this season, topping Jonathan Drouin’s five-point game in November. Drouin has never had a six-point game (two five-pointers). No game stars were listed in the recap, but we’re going to give first star to Peca.
Penn State Nittany Lions 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 30 saves on 31 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 30 GP, 21-4-5, 1.94 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox stopped 30 of 31 shots as Minnesota improved to 22-4-5 this season with a win over Penn State. Wilcox, who is a Hobey Baker Award candidate for the NCAA’s top player, was named a candidate this week for the first Mike Richter Award, given to the country’s top goaltender.
*USCHO poll used
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."