Depleted Crunch continue to struggle.
Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 37 shots for the loss. The Crunch could really use one of their goaltenders standing on their head to get through this rough patch. Didn't quite happen tonight. Helenius did, at least, turn aside a Binghamton penalty shot early in the First Period.
BNG Sdao, (2) , 10:26
BNG Petersson, (6) (O'Brien, Prince), 6:45
SYR Walker, (1) (Korobov, Cote), 10:35 (PP)
BNG Prince, (5) , 19:02
BNG Schneider, (6) (Dziurzynski, Robinson), 11:31
BNG Petersson, (7) (O'Brien, Prince), 15:14
To add injury to insult, Nikita Nesterov took a slapshot to the face in an ugly scene, and may miss some more time because of it.
At this point, I have to openly wonder if Julien BriseBois is going to pull the trigger to get a veteran player or two into Syracuse to try to stabilize things. The team did add familiar face P.M. Devos on a PTO, but it may take a weightier move to staunch the bleeding.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch’s lines went through a major makeover this week.
With JT Brown and Nikita Kucherov called up to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vladislav Namestnikov out with a broken hand, the Crunch’s most productive line won’t be available for the foreseeable future. While the trio amassed 55 points over Syracuse’s first 17 games, the remaining 11 healthy forwards at practice Tuesday combined for 22.
Dana Tyrell, set to take over a spot on one of the Crunch's top lines, has also been recalled by the Lightning.
With so much firepower out of the lineup, Syracuse is looking for ways to create more offense.
"We've just got to converge on the front of the net and bang away," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. "Obviously, with those guys out, our skill level drops but our work ethic doesn't."
Astana 6 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 7-9-2, 2 SO, 3.00 GAA, .885 sv%
Ex-Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin had 1 goal and 1 assist in Astana's 6-1 win over Bratislava. Jaroslav Janus did not dress for the match for Slovan. Slovan's lone goal came on a helper by former Lightning prospect Michal Sersen.
Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Dinamo Riga 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 8 PIM
Ex-Lightning forward Paul Szczechura's overtime power play goal lived Riga to a 2-1 win over Yugra. Nikita Gusev played 10:06 in the match for Yugra. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak also assisted on Yugra's only goal.
Donetsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 31/34, 3.06 GAA, .912 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 16-8-3, 4 SO, 2.05 GAA, .932 sv%
Donetsk captain Ruslan Fedotenko had 2 assists in his club's 3-2 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Devils draft pick Teemu Laine also had 1 goal and 1 assist for Donetsk in the win.
Zagreb 0 vs. Ufa 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, SO, 37/37, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 8-5-3, 1 SO, 2.24 GAA, .924 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy stopped all 37 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season in Ufa's 1-0 win over Zagreb. Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov assisted on the only goal of the game. Ex-Preds pick Mark Dekanich stopped 23 for Zagreb in defeat.
We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for November 18-24, 2013 is … Tyler Johnson, C, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL – USA).
Tyler Johnson is getting good at the NHL hockey.
The Lightning’s recent trip out west was rather forgettable, but there were a few positives among the negatives. One of those positives was the ascending play of rookie Tyler Johnson.
Tampa Bay celebrates Marty1k Night in style.
Ben Bishop stopped all 37 shots he faced for the victory. There was no doubt the Lightning were loosey goosey defensively in the First and Second Periods, due a lot to the absence of Radko Gudas, but Bishop is the big eraser of mistakes. His First Period glove stop on Stralman will make highlight reels, for sure. Another night where U of Maine Justice was served.
2:12 TB Kucherov (1), (Purcell, Brewer)
3:10 TB St. Louis (9), (Filppula, Hedman)
3:12 TB St. Louis (10) , (Filppula, Sustr)
16:52 TB Purcell (6), (unassisted)
18:59 TB Purcell (7), (St. Louis, Alex Killorn)
Life is good when you have a true number one goaltender. You give Bishop a few goals of support to work with and he's going to get you across the finish line on most nights. The Lightning did a decent enough job keeping the really heinous odd man rushes and breakaways out of their game, and even though they were loose in their own end and allowed a ton of shots, it was enough. All that said, I wouldn't want a steady diet of it and I hope Gudas returns very, very soon.
The Kucherov goal was a nice story, especially on this website, but it was gravy and not meat and potatoes. The meat and potatoes story of the night was that Marty and Purcell each had a pair of goals. Those two getting on track is what has to happen for the Lightning to stay in the hunt until #91's return. Silky smooth hands by Martin St. Louis on his two breakaway goals. I'd expect nothing less if the Swedish Battletank, Fredrik Modin, made the trek down to the game, as he did tonight.
Mark Barberio was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot. He's not going to ever be confused for Scott Stevens in his own third, but if he cuts down the really poor turnovers, the Lightning may be able to live with him.
Tyler Johnson had 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 18:38 and was 75% on draws. Home cooking agrees with Tyler's faceoff percentage.
Alex Killorn had a helper and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 14:13. He was also 25% on draws. It's a decent stat line, but the number of penalties he's taking won't cut it.
Ondrej Palat had 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 19:23. Excellent on the penalty kill. Excellent on one or two occasions carrying the puck for entry into the offensive zone on the PP. He's quietly a backbone type player on the lower lines.
J.T. Brown was +2 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 16:45. His speed allows him to be very active in the play and he's got a quick release that he isn't afraid to use. He's been a nice fit getting some scoring line and PP minutes.
Kucherov scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot on his first NHL shift. Efficiency. He was also +2 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:31. You got a taste of his talents tonight, with a quick, hard release on his goal and a quick, crafty setup to Teddy Purcell that nearly amounted to a helper. That was the good. The nitpick side points out he got away with one offensive zone penalty that sprung Purcell on his first goal and he probably got away with another offensive zone penalty later in the game. I don't know if the refs had great dinner reservations they didn't want to miss, but both teams got away with bloody murder in the offensive zone in the second half of tonight's game.
Andrej Sustr had a helper and was +1 with 2 blocked shots in 21:44. He recovered from a pretty terrible shift early in the First Period to have a decent night lugging big minutes in Gudas' absence.
Richard Panik had 2 shots in 14:35.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 5 penalty minutes in 0:38 of ice time. He left the game with an upper body injury after his second shift.