Vasilevskiy shines on the big stage in the Frozen Dome.
Andrei Vasilevskiy had his finest start of the year, turning aside 26 of 27 shots for the victory. He made big saves at big moments to preserve the margin of victory for the Crunch, and he did it in front of 30,000+ people. The young man's got some swagger, no doubt. I could see his season taking off like a rocket ship from here on out.
UTI Friesen, (2) (Kenins, Jensen), 3:12
SYR Vermin, (5) (Richard), 16:00
SYR Gourde, (8) (Marchessault, Nesterov), 0:49
Utica is a fine club, entering the night atop the Western Conference. This was a measuring stick game coming off of a loss that snapped an 8 game point streak for the Crunch. The win will put Syracuse back into a tie for the top spot in their division and continues to reinforce that this Syracuse team is going to be a real player in the AHL hunt this season.
Attendance at tonight's game at the Carrier Dome was 30,715, which breaks the all-time indoor record set by the crowd in Tampa Bay for Game Six of the Lightning and Flyers series of 28,138 way back in 1996 (I was there) at Thunderdome in St. Petersburg.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Young Lightning grow up a little.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory. If you limit the odd man rushes the way the Lightning did tonight, Ben's pretty hard to beat.
3:11 MIN Parise (7), (Vanek)
13:42 TB Stamkos (14), (Stralman, Garrison)(PP)
18:07 TB Killorn (6), (Stralman, Callahan)
The Lightning avenged one of their worst losses of the season to the Wild earlier this year and showed a bit of growth against a type of team they've traditionally struggled with. Not only are the Wild a faster team in the Western Conference style, but they also play a close-to-the-vest style a la the New Jersey Devils, which has always been a challenge for the team. They came out hard, like they did in the previous contest, but maintained their effort level throughout the game including after a mistake led to the Wild taking a 1-0 lead. And, when they got a power play opportunity down 1-0, they capitalized with strong puck possession despite some very tight penalty killing by the Wild. This game was steel on steel and both teams played a strong game and all the credit in the world goes to the Lightning for coming out of it with the 2 points.
Now, here's the great thing: they accomplished this tonight without Hedman. They accomplished it with Drouin still playing less than 10 minutes and not yet making the impact his talents indicate he can. And, they did it with Stamkos still a touch below the level of play he showed before he broke his leg a year ago. If all those things happen, and they're already capable of winning a game against a good Western Conference team when it's steel on steel like it was tonight, what can they do when they're at full strength clicking to their full potential?
Cedric Paquette was -1 with 3 hits and 2 blocked shots in 13:05. He was out for the Lightning to try to answer the 6-on-4 situation to close out the contest.
Jonathan Drouin played 9:37.
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Ufa 6
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-2-4, 3 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was in uniform, but sat backup on Magnitogorsk's 6-2 loss to Ufa. Ufa got 2 goals and 4 points from ex-Canucks pick Kirill Koltsov in the victory.
Cherepovets 3 vs. Mytischi 4 (OT)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 16 PIM
Dmitry Korobov had a helper in 22:54 of ice time in Mytischi's 4-3 win over Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilory had 2 helpers for Mytischi, including a helper on the Overtime winner. Ex-Lightning pick Marek Kvapil had a helper in defeat for Cherepovets.
Kevin Lynch’s goal was to catch on with an American Hockey League team.
Lynch, a former Columbus Blue Jackets second-rounder, split his rookie season between Toledo and Evansville of the ECHL, but believed he could make the next step. After posting six points in nine games with Florida, Lynch got the call saying he had been offered a professional tryout with the Syracuse Crunch last week.
“You have some idea in your head ‘Maybe if I play well at the beginning of the season, I’ll get called up this month or this month,’ but you have no idea how the season is going to go,” Lynch said. “I was surprised and really happy at the same time.”
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Victoriaville Tigres 4
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 5/13 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 15 GP: 1-8-9, -6, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Victoriaville was outshot 32-25, including 18-5 in the third period, but won, 4-2. Darcy is the most disappointing Bolt prospect this year statistically after leading his team in scoring last year at well over a point-per-game.
Quebec Remparts 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 16-17-33, +17, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Adam Erne (pictured) continues to consistently produce in his final year of junior, with three more points on Friday night. He earned first star for the third time in the last two weeks. Erne is 10th in the league in goals with 16 and 11th in points. Leader Tim Wieser of Sherbrooke scored on Friday vs. Erne and Quebec, his 23rd of the season. Erne's point streak reached eight games. He has 15 points in the streak.
Ontario Hockey League
Erie Otters 7 @ Sarnia Sting 1
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-15-19, E, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Erie scored seven times – three on the power play – even without all-everything prospect Connor McDavid. Anthony DeAngelo score Sarnia’s only goal and somehow stayed on the plus side of even in a 7-1 game. Dylan Strome, who will go in the top-10 in next year’s draft, had a goal and four points for the Otters.
Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 2
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 6-3-9, -7, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
Kitchener scored two goals on 40 shots to defeat the Spits, 2-1. DiGiacinto has two points in his last six games.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 5
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 13-16-29, +8, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 3-9-12, +2, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary limited Moose Jaw to just 15 shots on goal in a 5-2 win on Friday night. Point extended his point streak to four games in the loss with an assist.