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Crunch Snap Skid By Beating IceCaps, 4-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

Cedric Paquette scored with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to lift Syracuse past the St. John's IceCaps, 4-2, snapping the Crunch's five-game losing streak at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"I told them 'We are what we are, you game it out and play the right way and let the chips fall, and the result will take care of itself,'" said Crunch coach Rob Zettler.

NHL Game Day: 11-29-13 Penguins at Lightning

Bounces don't go the Lightning's way.

PIT-3
TB-0

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He played well. It's hard to be upset considering the first goal he allowed was off a great cross ice feed from Crosby and the second was a centering feed that bounced off Hedman and in. Most nights that effort gets Bishop in the winner's circle.

First Period
6:53 PIT Kunitz (12), (Crosby, Letang)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
8:27 PIT Sutter (5), (Crosby, Jokinen)(PP)
18:17 PIT Kunitz (13), (Malkin, Crosby)(EN)

J.T. Brown was the game's second star.

There's nothing to be ashamed of in tonight's effort. They held their own against an elite caliber team and just didn't get the bounce or two they needed. I'll take that effort 9 games out of 10 and take my chances that the bounces start to go my way. The unfortunate thing is that the loss is going to make it really difficult for the Lightning to get 12 points out of this 10 game segment of the season, now needing 7 of 8 possible points in the next 4 games. That's the problem with losing streaks like on the Lightning's West Coast swing. They really cut your margin of error down dramatically.

Mark Barberio had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 14:59. His delay of game penalty in the Third Period led to Pittsburgh's insurance goal and, as usual, he just isn't strong along the wall in his own end. He's got to improve there. Period, point blank.

Tyler Johnson was -2 with 1 shot and he was 62% on draws in 18:58. That stat line doesn't tell the tale. The kid line matched up head to head against the Crosby line all game long and they held their own. Crosby set up Pittsburgh's first goal, but they got nothing else until the empty netter at the end, and the balance of play between the two lines was surprisingly even. That's incredibly impressive for three rookies.

Alex Killorn had 2 penalty minutes and 2 shots and was 29% on draws in 15:01. QUIT TAKING OFFENSIVE ZONE PENALTIES! That is all.

Ondrej Palat was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 16:52. I'll echo my comments about TJ with regard to Palat and add that both Palat and Johnson were also outstanding on the PK.

Brown had 4 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:10. He worked himself into quite a few good chances and set up 1-2 others for his teammates. He's a little snakebit right now, but that will pass with time.

Nikita Kucherov had 2 shots in 14:31. He had a partial breakaway and a couple of other quality scoring chances. Sooner or later, he's going to put up a multi-goal game, I'm fairly certain. He's very dangerous, and I would actually like to see him spotted in Panik's place on the kid line just to see if a little more polished finisher on that line can yield some dividends.

Andrej Sustr was -1 with 1 shot and 3 blocked shots in 18:05. He was on the ice for Pittsburgh's first goal, but that was a superstar play off the rush by Crosby. Beyond that, he also held his own. Nothing to be ashamed of.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:27. He had maybe the chance of the game on his stick at the end of the Second Period all along in front of Fleury and target visioned it right into Fleury's chest. Ploof. I don't know how the Lightning can breath confidence into him at this point, but I do know that kid line is generating chances for Panik and they're not going in because he's the most snake bitten at all. Given its been feast or famine in the goal department since Stamkos' injury, I'm very serious that Cooper should consider spotting a finisher like Kucherov on that line if these late game situations come up where the Lightning are scrambling to find a goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 11-28-13

Florida Everblades 3 @ Fort Wayne Komets 1

FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 15 SOG, 17 PIM

G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: W, 1.00 GAA, 29 S / 30 SA (.967 SV%)
Season totals: 10 GP, 7-3-0, 1.61 GAA, 222 S / 238 SA (.933 SV%)

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +8, 5 SOG, 9 PIM

FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM

D Dan Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 4 SOG, 6 PIM

FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): Did not play
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 11 SOG, 24 PIM

Florida, which entered the final period of play trailing by a goal, scored three goals -- a game-tying tally early in the period, a late lead-taker and an empty-netter -- to polish off host Fort Wayne in the first of a two-game set. Kristers Gudlevskis saw a bit more action than he had in several preceding matches but delivered yet another sound performance between the pipes for the Everblades, earning the game's first star award. Gudlevskis narrowly out-dueled his counterpart, Andrey Makarov, a former teammate of Tampa Bay's 2012 1st-rounder, netminder Andrey Vasilevskiy. Danick Gauthier, Maxime Langelier-Parent, Charles Landry and Carl Neilsen missed the game being still on assignment with AHL Syracuse. Dan Milan was out of the lineup yet again. Florida (13-4-2, 28 PTS) will play Fort Wayne again (6-6-3, 15 PTS) on Saturday before returning home for a brief spell.

Official Recap | Box Score

KHL Game Day: 11-28-13

Omsk 4 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 31/35, 4.00 GAA, .886 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 7-10-2, 2 SO, 3.06 GAA, .885 sv%

Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had a helper in Slovan's 4-2 loss to Omsk. Avangard got a goal from former Rangers draft pick Ivan Baranka in the win.

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. CSKA 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev was a scratch for Yugra's 4-3 loss to CSKA. Ex-Lightning prospect Radek Smolenak had a goal in defeat for Yugra. CSKA got goals from former Wings first rounder Igor Grigorenko and former Wings farmhand Ilari Filppula.

Spartak Moscow 2 vs. Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 34/36, 2.00 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 9-5-3, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .925 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy turned aside 34 shots in Ufa's 3-2 win over Spartak. Ex-NHLer Slava Kozlov had a helper in defeat for Spartak while ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov had a goal for victorious Ufa.

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