It took two minutes for the Syracuse Crunch to find the answer.
After a defensive lapse allowed Hershey to take an early lead, the Crunch roared back for five-straight goals in a 5-1 win over the Bears at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. Syracuse has registered a point in the standings in each of the last six games.
"Real good teams find a way to get back into the game quick," said Crunch captain Mike Angelidis, who netted the goal to tie the game in the first period. "You always want to be the first team to score, it's a huge momentum booster. They got the first one, but I thought we were putting pressure on them the whole time."
Putting it all together.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory. It's Vasya's first regulation win in nearly a month, and while his save percentage still languishes below the .900 line, he did manage to even his record at 2-2-3 with the win tonight. So, you hope he's been through the worst of it and now we're going to see him really start to live up to his potential from hereon out.
HER Newbury, (9) (Wellman, Walker), 5:58
SYR Angelidis, (3) (Gourde), 7:58
SYR Lynch, (1) (Samson, Smith), 14:11
SYR Ikonen, (1) (Angelidis, Smith), 4:19
SYR Nesterov, (2) (Marchessault, Samson), 9:18 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (6) , 17:38 (EN)
Mike Angelidis, Jonathan Marchessault, and Dalton Smith were the game's three stars. It's been a while since Syracuse absolutely smashed a team like this, and it's a beautiful thing to see the depth of this team come to the forefront and to see such a solid defensive effort limiting a team to 22 shots on goal.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Novokuznetsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-2-4, 3 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was out of uniform for a second straight game as Magnitka fell to Novokuznetsk 2-1 in Overtime. Defenseman Cade Fairchild, a former Blues pick, scored the winner for Novokuznetsk.
Zagreb 4 vs. Mytischi 1
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 21:51 in Mytischi's 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Zagreb. Zagreb was led by 2 goals and 3 points by former Chicago farmhand Martin St. Pierre.
Learning to play against the West's best is a different beast.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the loss. He gave the Lightning a chance in this one, but was outshined by Niemi at the other end of the rink.
5:23SJ Thornton (6), (unassisted)
10:37 SJ Kennedy (1), (Burns, Niemi)
9:35 TB Stamkos (11), (Sustr, Filppula)
Bishop was the game's second star.
The Lightning clearly were a little embarrassed by their effort against Chicago and came out hard tonight, but San Jose quickly answered their intensity and the Lightning are still figuring out how to handle the speed of the top Western Conference teams. They aren't used to playing as much without the puck and what it takes to get the puck back and generate scoring chances with less time and space. It's a learning process.
That little voice in your head right now is Espo proclaiming loudly the team that doesn't convert on a 5-on-3 power play is usually the team that loses. That happened tonight, too.
Jonathan Drouin had 3 shots in 14:19. The attempted Drouin/Namestnikov/Stamkos line was a bust tonight, but Drouin wasn't. Especially in the Third Period, he was creative and dangerous and nearly put one behind Niemi that was swept off the line.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot and was 50% on draws in 13:55. His one shot was a glorious opportunity in the First Period that Niemi held out. Otherwise, he wasn't quite as dangerous as Drouin.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Nizhnekamsk 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 8-4-12, -2, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -1 in 21:03 of ice time in Yugra's 4-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Ex-Stars defenseman Philip Larsen had 2 helpers in defeat for Yugra.