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Crunch Top Devils in OT For 10th Straight Win


By Jeremy Houghtaling

At the end of a tiring 3-on-3 shift, Jonathan Marchessault found another burst of energy.

The Crunch forward kicked it an extra gear, turned the corner on a Devils defender, and threw the puck to the front of the net. Vladislav Namestnikov deposited the puck past Scott Wedgewood, who was already down, as Syracuse topped Albany, 3-2, 4:16 into overtime for the Crunch's 10th straight win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"They were tired also," Marchessault said. "So we had to take advantage of it and we had the puck possession. Let's try something and it ended up pretty good."

Stop a Goalie Controversy Before it Starts

As far as Lightning prospect watching goes, outside of a Calder Cup it’s hard to top the past week.

Our top-rated prospect, Jonathan Drouin, was finally freed, taking the left wing spot on Tampa Bay’s top line next to Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan. Drouin was also promoted to the top power play unit, though “promoted” could be interpreted as a reply to an S.O.S. signal that didn’t include red lights.

Then there’s 19-year-old goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Our No. 2 prospect made his NHL debut with a stellar performance in Philadelphia, allowing an early, no-chance deflection goal. On Saturday, Vasilevskiy put on a cape and turned in one of the best goaltending performances in Lightning history, stopping 45 of 47 shots in an eventual 3-1 loss to the Islanders. Lightning skaters had the best seats in the house for Vasy’s show and did their fair share of watching.

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 12

This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· Analyzing Vasilevskiy's debut
· Taylor Hall trade rumors
· Interview with Syracuse captain Mike Angelidis
· BP Mailbag (More on TB goaltending future, KHL fallout, Artem Sergeev status update)
· TB prospect World Juniors preview

Click here to listen

To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.

Previous BP Podcast editions:

Liiga Game Day: 12-27-14

Blues 3 vs. HPK 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen scored HPK's lone goal in 12:29 of ice time in their 3-1 loss to Blues. Ducks pick Miro Aaltonen led the way for Blues with a pair of goals.

KH: Game Day: 12-27-14

Chekhov 2 vs. Mytischi 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 47 PIM

Dmitry Korobov had a minor for tripping in 22:14 of ice time in Mytischi's 4-2 win over Chekhov. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had Mytischi's game winning goal and a pair of assists in the match.

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