AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-31-13 Crunch at Penguins

SyraNo so good when playing with house money over the past 2 seasons.

SYR-4
WBS-2

Syracuse Leads the Series 3-1

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
WBS Harrington, (1) (Uher, Holzapfel), 13:40 (PP)
SYR Mikkelson, (2) (Taormina, Palat), 14:57

Second Period
WBS Megna, (2) (Peters, Uher), 16:40
SYR Connolly, (3) (Barberio, Sexton), 18:12

Third Period
SYR Johnson, (9) (Palat, Namestnikov), 1:50
SYR Wyman, (3) , 19:04 (EN)

Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

This is why this affiliate has been so amazing in the playoffs over the past couple of seasons. They get a team down with a chance to bury them in a deep hole and they don't squander it. With Desjardins basically stealing Game Three, the easy conclusion would be the Pens would put the hammer down even more and even things up at 2-2, especially with Richard Panik out of the lineup. Syracuse doesn't throw their opposition life vests when they are in situations like this, though. They throw them anchors. Now the Crunch will get not worse than two cracks at home to close out the series with a commanding 3-1 series lead.

And, as has been noted in the previous two series, if you can close out a playoff series quickly you should do so. Playoff hockey can be a war of attrition, and the less battles you have to fight to win the war, the less you expose yourself to potential destiny-altering injuries.

Game Five is tomorrow night in Syracuse.

Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.