By the time the Syracuse Crunch scored its first goal, the hole was simply too deep to climb out of.
The Crunch scored twice in the final 11:15 but an empty-netter sealed the win for the Sharks, as Worcester snapped Syracuse's 10-game winning streak with a 4-2 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"We didn't come out the way we wanted," said Crunch forward Yanni Gourde. "We started late in the third period playing our way, and we can't do that against any team in this league."
As dominant a 2-1 win as you can get.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the victory in his return from injury. He didn't have to make many key saves, but when they came he got them.
8:50 TB Kucherov (15), (Palat)
4:53 TB Killorn (8), (Callahan, Filppula)
14:04 CAR Sekera (2), (E. Staal, Gerbe)
Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars. I'll throw a shout out to Mark Barberio in there, who played his best all-around game since he was AHL Defenseman of the Year for the Norfolk Admirals.
If the Lightning had capitalized on their PP opportunities (0-for-6) the game wouldn't have been close. As it was, the chances were there but they were snake bitten. So, that's at least a sign things are progressing in the right direction.
Cedric Paquette had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:42. He was also 20% on draws. He kept up reasonably well playing with Stamkos and Connolly.
All good things...
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss. That snaps a streak of 4 starts where he allowed 2 or fewer goals. It should be noted Gudlevskis did also turn away a First Period penalty shot, as well.
WOR Taormina, (4) (Lerg, Fedun), 8:43 (PP)
WOR Coetzee, (1) (Brace, Abeltshauser), 17:07
WOR Trupp, (7) (Langlois), 3:31
SYR Gourde, (13) (Koekkoek, Richard), 9:45 (PP)
SYR Smith, (8) (Marchessault, Namestnikov), 17:17
WOR Langlois, (8) (Lerg), 18:29 (EN)
Yanni Gourde was the game's second star.
The defeat snaps Syracuse's 10 game winning streak.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
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.
Podolsk 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 Podolsk. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had Mytischi's game winning goal and a pair of assists in the match.