Game Night Results

  • 13 weeks 2 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch have found a way to string together wins when they need them the most.

    The Crunch took the lead over the Devils in the first period and hung on through the final 40-plus minutes, as Syracuse topped Albany, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The Crunch have won four straight and have points in five consecutive games to move up to fourth place in the North Division.

    “It’s not only crucial, it’s necessary,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said of earning standings points. “We are where we are, and I think we got some help tonight. … I just thought our guys played really well tonight. They played hard and (goalie Kristers Gudlevskis) was there when we needed him. For the most part, they played the game the right way.”

  • 13 weeks 2 days ago

    Victory... at a price.

    NYI-4
    TB-7

    Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the win. He was not at his best, but thankfully the team in front of him, more or less, was, as he drank again from the cool waters of sweet, sweet goal support.

    First Period
    8:54 NYI Nelson(25), (Strome, Bailey)
    13:42 TB Kucherov(29), (Killorn, Sustr)
    13:51 TB Namestnikov(14), (unassisted)

    Second Period
    5:02 TB Stamkos(35), (Garrison, Kucherov)
    5:25 NYI Prince(5), (unassisted)
    16:18 NYI Boychuk(8), (Tavares, Bailey)

    Third Period
    6:03 TB Sustr(3), (Garrison)
    6:22 NYI Kulemin(7), (Nielsen, Hamonic)
    10:09 TB Johnson(13), (Palat, Marchessault)
    10:32 TB Garrison(5), (Palat, Marchessault)
    18:35 TB Hedman(7), (Carle, Palat)(EN)

    Jason Garrison, Ondrej Palat, and Brian Boyle were the game's three stars.

    That was a wild game where the Lightning were dominant offensively, outshooting the Islanders 42-31 and probably outchancing them by an even greater margin, but never pulling away because of some defensive let downs and soft goaltending. In the end they deserved the 2 points for the night, and they got it. That's the good news.

    The price was steep, however. Anton Stralman left the game in the First Period with what appeared to be a significant leg injury. Post game we've learned that Stralman has a broken leg, which barring an extremely deep playoff run may pretty much end Stralman's season. This team looked pretty bad just missing Jason Garrison from the lineup. They're ill-equipped to handle losing any of their top-4 defenseman, and losing Stralman will be an extra strain. And no, there isn't a callup from Syracuse who can help fill those shoes. That's a blow that may ultimately torpedo Cup hopes.

    With the victory, the Lightning's magic number is cut to 5 points now with 6 games left to play in this segment. They've got a really tough draw tomorrow, though, having to face a rested Panthers team with first place in the division on the line in the wake of the Stralman injury. Maybe they just turn it over to Vasilevskiy tomorrow and hope the kid just does his thing and stands on his head. He's capable of it.

    Jonathan Marchessault had 2 assists, 4 shots, and 1 hit in 13:24. He was, in my opinion, the key man in the Johnson goal in the Third Period that gave the Lightning the breathing room to pull away in this one. His addition to the line with Johnson and Palat has been productive, and by freeing Kucherov to go play on Stamkos' line it's given the Lightning the scoring balance they have struggled to find over the past two years. Note how well this team has played offensively the past two games despite having veterans Filppula and Callahan out of the lineup due to injury. This is important for Cooper to understand: playing 51 and 24 as much as he has costs the Lightning possession and goals, and their identity is to have possession and be a potent offensive team. So, when Filppula and Callahan come back, one has to live in hope that Cooper uses them in more targeted roles as opposed to lavishing ice time in them in all situations, because it ends up being dead minutes. Either way, Marchessault's next NHL game this regular season will graduate him from prospect status on the website, and he appears to be peaking just ahead of that milestone.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 13 weeks 2 days ago

    Crunch beginning to master the playoff push.

    ALB-1
    SYR-3

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. 4 straight wins now from Kristers, who has refound his form after scuttling through January and February.

    First Period
    SYR Blujus, (6) (Peca, McGinn), 8:41
    ALB Johnson, (2) (Crandall), 11:59
    SYR Martindale, (3) (Gourde, Koekkoek), 13:16

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    SYR Drouin, (8) (Erne, Richard), 7:42

    Dylan Blujus, Gudlevskis, and Jonathan Drouin were the game's three stars. With a fourth alarm clock now acquired and in place, nothing can stop Jonathan Drouin. And yes, I'll applaud whichever BoltProspects reader cleverly Photoshops Drouin sporting the Flavor Flav clock chain.

    For the moment, Syracuse moves into 4th in the North Division by virtue of their 7-2-1 record over the last 10 games. However, it's looking like to get into the dance, Syracuse will need to get all the way up to 3rd in the division because of the unbalanced divisions. They're 1 point back of Utica now, but the Comets have 2 games in hand. Bottom line: they have to stay this hot the next 9 games to make it in.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 13 weeks 2 days ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Finals
    (2)Magnitogorsk 6 vs. (4)Ufa 1
    Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-0
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 41/42, 1.01 GAA, .976 sv%
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 8-1-0, 2 SO, 1.32 GAA, .958 sv%
    Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

    6 different goalscorers contributed for Magnitogorsk in their 6-1 Game Two steamrolling of Ufa. Magnitka's attack included 1 goal and 3 points by ex-NHL'er Alexander Semin. Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 41 shots for the win.

  • 13 weeks 3 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Kitchener Rangers 6 (OT)
    Western Conference Quarterfinals
    Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

    W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

    Windsor blew an early 3-0 lead and had to fight to force overtime, but there’s no benefit to overtime points in the playoffs. Kitchener’s Brandon Robinson (undrafted) scored his second goal of the game at 2:39 of overtime to give the Rangers Game 1.

  • 13 weeks 3 days ago

    KHL Western Conference Finals
    (1)CSKA 3 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 2
    CSKA Leads the Series 2-0
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff totals: 13 GP, 5-9-14, -1, 0 PIM
    Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

    Ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov scored the game winning goal on the power play with under 4 minutes left in the Third Period to lift CSKA to a 3-2 Game Two win over SKA. Radulov also had a helper in the match. Ex-Syracuse Crunch forward Geoff Platt had CSKA's other two goals in the win. Nikita Gusev played 16:28 in the match for SKA.

  • 13 weeks 4 days ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Finals
    (2)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (4)Ufa 2 (OT)
    Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Win, 47/49, 1.34 GAA, .959 sv%
    Playoff totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 2 SO, 1.35 GAA, .954 sv%
    Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

    Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 9:37 into the second OT of Game One to deliver Magnitogorsk and 3-2 win over Ufa. Mozyakin also had a helper in the win. Ex-Wings second rounder Igor Grigorenko had a goal in defeat for Ufa and ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark added a pair of helpers.

  • 13 weeks 4 days ago

    No Drouin, no problem.

    SYR-3
    UTI-1

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    UTI Friesen, (10) (Sautner, Kenins), 4:12
    SYR Erne, (12) (Richard, Gourde), 10:37
    SYR Vermin, (6) (Peca, Martindale), 19:01 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Peca, (6) (Tambellini, Vermin), 19:45 (EN)

    Joel Vermin and Gudlevskis were the game's first and second stars.

    Jonathan Drouin was scratched for oversleeping and missing a pregame meeting, but through the contributions of others like Matthew Peca and his 1 goal and 1 assist, the Crunch overcame his absence.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 13 weeks 5 days ago

    Erik Condra obliterates everything you thought you knew about this team...

    DET-2
    TB-6

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the win. Honestly, I thought he was fighting it hard tonight and got the benefit of two posts early on. He may need to go back into five-hole rehab after that Helm goal, in fact. Fortunately, the puck luck early on went the Lightning's way and allowed them to settle into a pretty good defensive game that protected Ben while allowing him to drink from the waters of sweet, sweet goal support.

    First Period
    1:47 TB Condra(4), (Palat, Boyle)
    9:55 TB Namestnikov(13), (Brown)

    Second Period
    0:33 TB Stamkos(34), (Kucherov, Hedman)
    8:08 DET Abdelkader(18), (Zetterberg, Kronwall)(PP)
    15:25 DET Helm(12), (Datsyuk, Mantha)
    17:42 TB Kucherov(28), (Johnson, Stamkos)(PP)

    Third Period
    1:03 TB Palat(14), (Johnson, Hedman)
    16:56 TB Condra(5), (Boyle)

    Erik Condra, Victor Hedman, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars. Yes, Erik Condra. And, what should terrify you more about the face that Condra had 2 goals is that he probably should've had 1-2 more. Try to think what a Condra hat trick would've done to the laws of time and space... and then thank your lucky stars tragedy was averted tonight.

    Tonight's game was a convergence of them being on their possession game and getting the benefit of a lot of the puck luck. It wasn't a perfect game. They were sloppy at times with turnovers. Bishop was a little off, as noted. Alex Killorn looked like he was Magnus ver Magnussen in one of those strongman competitions pulling a semi truck behind him all game. But, on balance, they were on their possession game forechecking hard, their power play was actually not a liability tonight, and they got some breaks. That's a good formula for beating down a team 6-2, and one you'd hope will be repeated a few more times before all is said and done in the 2015-2016 campaign.

    The win vaults the Lightning into a tie with the Panthers atop the Atlantic Division with Tampa Bay holding the big advantage in ROW. More importantly, with 7 games to go in the final 10 game set of the year, the Lightning have a magic number of 7 points to ease into the playoff comfortably. That's what you want. You want to be in comfortably at the end of 80 games with the chance to either go for a banner or rest some guys in the final 2 games of the regular season. The Lightning look to be back on track to do that, only needing to go .500 the next 7 games to hit the season target of 96 points.

    Jonathan Marchessault was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 14:22. By my count he's now 2 games away from graduation from prospect status on the website.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 13 weeks 5 days ago

    KHL Western Conference Finals
    (1)CSKA 3 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 0
    CSKA Leads the Series 1-0
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Playoff totals: 12 GP, 5-9-14, -1, 0 PIM
    Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

    Isles third rounder Ilya Sorokin stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout in CSKA's 3-0 Game One win over SKA. Ex-Senators farmhand Stephane DaCosta had a goal in the match for CSKA. Nikita Gusev played 20:10 in the loss.

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