Game Night Results

  • 4 weeks 5 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believes his team took a big step forward.

    The Crunch created significantly more scoring chances and held the Thunderbirds off the board until the third period, as Syracuse beat winless Springfield 4-1 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    “I thought tonight was pretty good. We were a second effort hockey club,” Groulx said. “Many blocked shots by many different players. They’re driving the net. That demands a second effort. I thought we played well in the three zones and we moved the puck quick.

    “They had a push late in the game, but overall I thought we controlled that game pretty well.”

  • 4 weeks 6 days ago

    The struggle continues.

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    Michael Leighton allowed 2 goals on 2 shots before being lifted quickly in the First Period. Connor Ingram allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the injustice of the backdoor loss.

    First Period
    0:11 BNG Quenneville (4), (Bastian, Strait)
    3:57 BNG Speers (1), (Pietila, Rooney)
    11:49 BNG Lappin (4), (Erixon, Kapla)

    Second Period
    11:54 SYR Bournival (1), (unassisted)(SH)
    13:26 SYR Cernak (2), (Bodie)(SH)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Michael Bournival and Erik Cernak were the game's second and third stars.

    Syracuse sits alone in the North Division basement at a dismal 1-4-1-0. That said, they've only really been run off the rink in one of the losses (against the Penguins) and there's probably an alternate dimension where Syracuse could just as easily be 4-1-1-0. There's no such thing as moral victories, though, and Syracuse needs to figure out how to get on the right side of these 1 goal decisions quickly.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 6 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch’s penalty kill provided a spark in the second period, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a rough start.

    Syracuse allowed goals on the first two shots and trailed 3-0 after the first 20 minutes. The Crunch netted a pair of shorthanded markers on the same penalty, but their rally came up short in a 3-2 loss to the Binghamton Devils at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    “Obviously, when you have a rough start like we did tonight, you only can get better,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “When you’re down 3-0 after the first period, you have a choice. You battle back or you quit. I like the fact tonight we battled back. We had our chances. We manufactured more chances on the power play. Their goalie was good and they blocked shots.

    “Other than the first period, I thought we got much better. It’s a work in progress I guess.”

  • 5 weeks 9 hours ago

    Let there be kittens!!!

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    Andrei Vasilevskiy posted the 43 save shutout, his first of the season. The shot totals allowed were high, but I think the Lightning were good at limiting the quality scoring chances Andrei actually faced, with many of those shots coming from the perimeter or from really bad angles. When the good chances did come, I thought Andrei's positioning looked flawless and it just didn't seem like there was any way Columbus was getting anything tonight. Vasilevskiy's performance was so strong he even overcame the jinx of the TV broadcast flashing a graphic prematurely awarding him the shutout with 33.7 seconds still left in the game.

    First Period
    17:48 TB Sergachev (1), (Kucherov, Namestnikov)

    Second Period
    15:37 TB Sergachev (2), (Kucherov, Stamkos)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Vasilevskiy, Mikhail Sergachev, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

    Kind of an odd game. If all you saw was the box score, you'd see that 43-21 shot disparity and assume Vasilevskiy had to stand on his head. I didn't really feel like the game was ever really out of the Lightning's control. They were pretty efficient in the first 40 minutes and throughout the game really limited Columbus to throwing the puck toward the net from low percentage areas. Now, mind you, that's a recipe for surrendering some greasy goals and getting bitten by puck luck. You don't want to make a regular habit of that. But the Lightning still, I thought, had the lion's share of the real scoring chances.

    Tampa Bay clinches the successful opening segment of the season and at least one insurance point already in the bank. Two game left to go in this opening ten game segment and the Lightning have a chance to bear down and really build up a nice glut of insurance points in the standings right away.

    Yanni Gourde had 4 shots, 1 hit, and was 50% on 4 draws in 18:04. That was his best game of the season, and he did everything tonight but find the back of the net. I was surprised he didn't get third star. I love the volume of shot attempts for him (7). If he keeps that up, the production will follow shortly.

    Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot, 3 hits, and was 57% on 7 draws in 12:06.

    Jake Dotchin was +1 with 1 shot in 12:35. I'll be interested to see how the Lightning use him whenever they switch back to a six defenseman alignment. I thought he played well tonight.

    Sergachev had his first two NHL goals and was +2 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 12:49. He's putting up numbers, which I wasn't expecting and might be a little bit of a mirage. Either way, I think any inkling of sending him back to juniors (which, I never thought was a real possibility) seems out the window at this hour.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 2 days ago

    Budaj's rusty start costs the Lightning a point.

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    Petr Budaj allowed 4 goals on 34 shots and 1 goal on 3 shots in the penalty shot session for the Shootout loss. His first and third goals allowed were pretty putrid, and indicative of a guy who hasn't really played competitive hockey in about a month. He started to shake off the rust in the Second Period and got a lot sharper as the game wore on. There's a cautionary tale to the coaching staff about sneaking him a few more starts in there somewhere.

    First Period
    2:45 NJ Stafford (2), (Hischier, Butcher)
    7:33 TB Namestnikov (3), (Kucherov, Stamkos)
    12:21 TB Palat (3), (Johnson, Sergachev)(PP)
    16:19 NJ Palmieri (2), (Hall, Henrique)(PP)
    19:08 NJ Gibbons (3), (Santini, Wood)

    Second Period
    14:02 TB Kucherov (8), (Stamkos, Sergachev)
    17:23 TB Stamkos (2), (Gourde)

    Third Period
    15:54 NJ Stafford (3), (Hischier, Severson)(PP)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    TB- NONE
    NJ- Palmieri

    Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos were the game's second and third stars.

    The result stinks, but honestly I thought this was a strong performance by the Lightning. Against a young, fast team the Lightning seemed to get stronger as the night wore on even though they were on the downside of the back-to-back. All things being even they probably deserved the second point, but when your goaltender surrenders soft goals, you tend to lose in the end equation no matter how well your skaters play.

    Tampa Bay now sits on 11 points with 3 games to go in the opening segment of the season, and are thus just 1 point away from clinching being on playoff pace for this segment.

    Yanni Gourde had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots in 18:50. He was also 38% on 8 draws. Strong forecheck to produce the Stamkos goal. Still needs to shoot more.

    Jake Dotchin had 1 shot and 3 hits in 13:37. Thought he had some struggles with New Jersey's speed, but didn't make any really awful mistakes from it.

    Mikhail Sergachev sneezed out 2 helpers and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 13:38. Life is good when the coaches shelter you on shifts with the Kucherov line in front of you.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 3 days ago

    Lightning ride Vasilevskiy to glory.

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    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory. The team was flat as a pancake the first 6-7 minutes of the game and Vasilevskiy absolutely held them in the game and made several timely saves over the course of the game to allow them to get the 2 points. The big gunners will get the attention, but Vasilevskiy's been the truth so far this year.

    First Period
    9:15 TB Johnson (3), (unassisted)(SH)
    10:56 TB Kucherov (6), (Hedman, Stamkos)(PP)

    Second Period
    2:30 DET Abdelkader (2), (unassisted)(PS)
    16:02 DET Green (1), (Abdelkader, Tatar)

    Third Period
    1:47 TB Kucherov (7), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)

    Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and third stars. Vasilevskiy was robbed.

    The Lightning flat out didn't play to their standard tonight. The team came out flat and their breakouts looked patently terrible. It wasn't to the level of the debacle in Sunrise, but the sloppiness passing the puck and the weakness and indecision was palpable and concerning. Thankfully, they were able to engineer a road win with goaltending and special teams. I'm happy they were able to get the 2 points and I fully understand you have to win some games like this over the course of 82 games because you're not going to have your A game every night, but Cooper needs to make it clear that slipping by playing like that isn't acceptable. They've showed us they're better than this.

    With 4 games to go in this 10-game segment of the campaign, the Lightning need just 2 points for minimum playoff pace. As noted after the last game, this is a prime opportunity for the Lightning to build up a huge cushion right from the jump this season, and after missing the postseason last year it's a chance the club should leap at.

    Slater Koekkoek had 2 penalty minutes and 2 blocked shots in 7:01. His most memorable moment was taking a penalty, so that's not good.

    Yanni Gourde was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:46. He was also 29% on 7 draws. In some ways this might've been his best game of the year. He looked incredibly strong on the puck in the offensive zone for such a small man.

    Jake Dotchin had 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:50. I feel like he's getting closer to being the player we saw down the stretch of last year, which is needed.

    Mikhail Sergachev had 1 shot in 8:37. Team low in shifts. He'll make a decent play here and there, but can't seem to string two or three of them together right now. I would've hoped he'd have flashed a little bit more at this point, but it's early. The Lightning really need Sergachev or Koekkoek to progress significantly between now and March though if they want to be ready to achieve some of their bigger goals.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 4 days ago

    Crushing road loss caps unsuccessful weekend for Syracuse.

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    Connor Ingram allowed 6 goals on 31 shots for the defeat. Welcome to the AHL.

    First Period
    0:34 WBS Dea (2), (Bengtsson)

    Second Period
    1:16 WBS Wilson (2), (Sprong, Quinney)
    4:16 WBS DiPauli (2), (Blueger, Sestito)
    12:04 SYR Conacher (3), (McBain, Joseph)(PP)
    16:59 WBS Thomas (1), (Trotman, Kostopoulos)(PP)

    Third Period
    9:47 WBS Sprong (4), (Quinney, Corrado)
    14:42 WBS Quinney (1), (Sprong)

    Well, at least Mathieu Joseph got his first pro point.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 5 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch lost the special teams battle.

    The Crunch finished the night 0-for-5 with the man-advantage and allowed a pair of Comets power play goals, as Syracuse fell to Utica, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    “They were the best team in the first period. We got better as the game went along,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Overall, I think your best players are playing on specialty teams, and I think their best players were better than ours today.”

  • 5 weeks 5 days ago

    Crunch drop another tightly fought battle.

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    Michael Leighton allowed 3 goals on 19 shots as the Comets overcame a 26-19 shot disparity to pull out the win.

    First Period
    7:57 UTI Goldobin (3), (Boucher, Holm)
    19:14 SYR Conacher (2), (Bodie, Cirelli)

    Second Period
    12:41 UTI Holm (1), (Bancks, Goldobin)(PP)

    Third Period
    3:22 SYR Cernak (1), (Stephens, Walcott)
    6:38 UTI Chaput (1), (McEneny, Holm)(PP)

    Mitchell Stephens was the game's second star. He assisted on Erik Cernak's first professional goal in the defeat.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 5 days ago

    Lightning kick ice in honor of Inaugural Team Night.

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    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. His lone blemish was a quick release seeing eye shot through a double screen. We'll forgive him.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    8:20 TB Johnson (2), (Sergachev, Point)(PP)

    Third Period
    6:27 TB Kucherov (5), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)
    16:37 STL Tarasenko (4), (Schwartz, Schenn)

    Vasilevskiy, Nikita Kucherov, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

    Different kind of game against a different kind of team. The shot totals were fairly even but I still felt like the Lightning carried the balance of play throughout this one and deserved the 2 points. Three quality wins in a row put the Lightning at 4-1-0-0 to start the campaign, including an unblemished record on home ice as they try to re-establish Amalie Arena as a fortress for the club. That puts them at 8 points halfway through the opening segment of the season. They just need 4 in the next 5 games to stay on minimum playoff pace, which means they have an opportunity over the next 5 games to potentially build a nice little cushion of points right out of the gate this year.

    Slater Koekkoek had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 8:42.

    Yanni Gourde had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 17:38. More shots, Yanni.

    Jake Dotchin had 2 hits and 2 blocked shots in 16:26.

    Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and 2 shots and 3 hits in 10:27. It was a calmer performance tonight and he earned his second NHL point after getting awarded a helper after the fact in the Lightning's opener.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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