All right, guys n’ gals, here we go!
Tonight’s win by Providence means the Crunch is set to play Springfield in round two of the Calder Cup Playoffs. The Crunch does not have home ice advantage against the Falcons, so they’ll be starting on the road. Dates are as follows:
Game 1 – Friday – Syracuse at Springfield, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday – Syracuse at Springfield, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed., May 15 – Springfield at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri., May 17 – Springfield at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
*Game 5 – Sat., May 18 – Springfield at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
*Game 6 – Tue., May 21 – Syracuse at Springfield, 7 p.m.
*Game 7 – Wed., May 22 – Syracuse at Springfield, 7 p.m.
Please note the change in the time for the weekend home game on 5/17.
Remember, being ALLin these playoffs includes giving the Crunch support over on http://www.Syracuse.com/Crunch. Brent Axe posted a fantastic interview with defenseman Radko Gudas over there today. If you haven’t checked it out, do so! If we can do it, so can you. Please.
With just 16.2 seconds remaining in the first OT, Ondrej Palat scored the game winner, allowing the Crunch to sweep Portland in three games and sending Syracuse into round two of the Calder Cup playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Crunch will probably be facing WBS, who completed their own sweep of Bingo tonight, but our next opponent is still unknown as of right now and will depend on how the other series finish up.
More tomorrow, because I really need to go to bed….but….CONGRATULATIONS, BOYS!!!! We’re so proud of you!!!
As MJ says: 12!!!!!!
First he’s league MVP, and now it’s been announced that the Crunch’s Tyler Johnson has won the AHL’s Willie Marshall Award as the AHL’s leading goal scorer for the 2012-13 campaign!
According the league’s official release,
The AHL’s goal-scoring award was established in 2004 to honor Willie Marshall, the AHL’s all-time leader in goals, assists, points and games played.
Johnson captured the AHL goal-scoring title with 37 goals in 62 games, including five goals in his last three games after returning from an NHL stint with Tampa Bay. Johnson was also named the AHL’s most valuable player for the 2012-13 season and earned a spot on the league’s First All-Star Team while helping the Crunch to the East Division title.
The 22-year old native of Spokane, Wash., finished with 65 points and a plus-26 rating for Syracuse this season, and added three goals and three assists in 14 NHL contests with the Lightning.
Your East Division champions are officially seeded third in the Eastern Conference, which means the Crunch will face 6th place Portland for round one of the Calder Cup Playoffs. The Crunch will play 4/27 and 4/28 at home, then travel to Portland 5/2, 5/3*, then will be back home 5/5*. (*if necessary) It’s been reported that the Crunch will have defenseman Radko Gudas and forward Richard Panik back for the start of their playoffs, so we’ll be fully loaded and ready to go!
Although today’s 5-1 loss to the B-Sens was awful to sit through, it was rather expected with many of our regulars scratched to keep them injury-free and rested for next weekend. The game was rough, but I wouldn’t take too much stock in the showing and what it means for next weekend. This team will be ready to play, and they’ll be ready to play hard. Many of them have done this before. Many of them won a Cup last year, and they’d love nothing more than to do it again and bring the Calder back to Syracuse (the city won the very first one back in the 1930′s).
I don’t have to tell anyone reading this how hungry we are for a championship. Although it was great to clinch the division title last night, the real goal is still rather far off. But this team has the most potential in the nine years I’ve been watching to do it. We have all of the pieces. They just have to trust each other and keep their heads in the here and now. They can do this. We can do this.
Are you ALL IN?!