Vlad Namestnikov took less than one minute to show up on the scoresheet in his return to Syracuse.
The center, assigned to the Crunch last week to get more ice time after initially making the Tampa Bay Lightning out of training camp, scored a power play goal 59 seconds into his first game back and finished with two goals and three assists in a pair of weekend wins for the Crunch.
Namestnikov understands the reasons for being sent back to the American Hockey League, and is continuing to work on improving his game to return to the Lightning.
“I’m trying to stay positive,” Namestnikov said. “If I keep working and keep improving, I think good things will happen.”
The Syracuse Crunch gave Andei Vasilevskiy little room for error.
Jerome Samson put the Crunch ahead 17 minutes into the game and the score remained the same until the final minute, when Vladislav Namestnikov sealed the win with an empty-netter. Vasilevskiy finished with 34 saves for his first American Hockey League shutout in a 2-0 win over the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"Very hard game, because if you make a mistake, it's a tie game and it's very hard," Vasilevskiy said.
Vladislav Namestnikov made an impact on his first shift.
The Crunch forward, sent to Syracuse to get more ice time earlier this week, chipped in a rebound 59 seconds into the game and was a catalyst in the Crunch getting out to a five-goal lead in the first period. But Syracuse saw its lead dwindle to one early in the third and barely hung on to top the Hartford Wolf Pack, 6-5, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"We actually came out great, kind of against what we've done all year," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "We came out great and finished flat."
Crunch outlast Wolf Pack.
Kristers Gudlevskis got the "W" despite allowing 5 goals on 35 shots.
SYR Namestnikov, (1) (Marchessault, Nesterov), 0:59 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (7) (Smith, Gourde), 3:26
SYR Vermin, (6) (Nesterov, Namestnikov), 3:44
SYR Dotchin, (1) (Blujus, Richard), 13:34 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (10) (Richard, Paradis), 16:34
HFD Haggerty, (5) (Lindberg, R. Bourque), 1:55 (PP)
HFD Nehring, (1) (Nicholls, Jackson), 3:49
HFD Malone, (1) (R. Bourque, Mueller), 9:37
HFD Kristo, (6) (C. Bourque, Kostka), 4:02 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (8) (Namestnikov, Marchessault), 6:11 (PP)
HFD C. Bourque, (8) (Bodie, Kristo), 7:50 (PP)
There's simply no excuse to almost squander a 5 goal lead, and while Syracuse continues to scores goals at an accelerated clip they continue to struggle keeping it out of their own net.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that the club reassigned forward Vladislav Namestnikov to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
Namestnikov, 22, has skated in 23 games with the Lightning this season, posting three goals and seven points to go along with four penalty minutes. He recorded his first career NHL goal and assist on October 13 against the Montreal Canadiens. The 6-foot, 182-pound forward has played in 27 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past two seasons.
A native of Zhukovskiy, Russia, he has appeared in 100 career AHL games, all with the Crunch, registering 26 goals and 69 points. Last season he set AHL career high totals for games played (56), goals (19), assists (29), points (48) and penalty minutes (40).
BP Commentary: Finally.