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.
Forward Tyler Johnson has been named the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s most valuable player for the 2012-13 season! Johnson is the first Crunch player in our history who has ever been named league MVP. According to the league’s official release:
Johnson, 22, is tied for the league lead with 33 goals and has totaled 60 points in 60 games for the Crunch heading into the final weekend of the regular season, one of two skaters among the league’s top 10 scorers averaging a point per game. Johnson is tied for the league lead among forwards with a plus-24 rating and is also tied for fifth in power-play goals, scoring 12 times with the man advantage. He took part in the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, and was named a 2012-13 First Team AHL All-Star last week. Syracuse, which has clinched a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs and is bidding for the East Division title, is 37-17-2-4 with Johnson in the lineup this season, but has won just four of 13 games (4-4-4-1) without him.
A Calder Cup champion with Norfolk last year, Johnson has put up 64 goals and 64 assists for 128 points in 135 AHL games over his two professional seasons, including 100 points (49-51) and a plus-50 rating in his last 87 regular-season games. Johnson signed with Tampa Bay on Mar. 7, 2011, and made his NHL debut this season, notching three goals and three assists in 14 games with the Lightning.
A native of Spokane, Wash., Johnson is the fourth American-born player ever to be named AHL MVP, following Eddie Olson (1953), Eric Boguniecki (2002) and Keith Aucoin (2010).
A huge, giant congratulations to him!!!