It was a rough start for the Syracuse Crunch this season, but the Lightning AHL affiliate picked up a big win, beating the Toronto Marlies 4-2 on Wednesday night. RÃ©mi Elie scored twice in the win while Max Lagace stopped 26 of 28 shots. With the two goals, Elie hit the 100 point mark in the AHL.
Alex Barre-Boulet also got one assist for the Crunch and now has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in four games since his reassignment to Syracuse. Cole Koepke continued his strong rookie campaign by scoring his 4th goal of the season. The winger now has 13 points in 17 games with the Crunch.
Syracuse finished their three-game road trip with a 2-1 record and will return home to face Bellevue on Friday.
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As COVID cases rise, Lightning asks what more they can do [Tampa Bay Times]
Looks like the Lightning has done all they can to limit the effects of the virus that is currently roaming the NHL. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s enough to stop them from postponing games. So far, they are virtually unharmed.
Bolts praise Ben Bishop [NHL.com]
The praise has come from the Lightning players who played with Bishop during his time here in Tampa. Steven Stamkos called the two jobs Bish was involved in “one of the best in franchise history.”
Taylor Raddysh Gains Confidence With Every Goal [Tampa Bay Times]
Raddysh has never had a hard time scoring goals at any level of hockey. It was only a matter of time before he realized it at the NHL level. With four goals in his last six games, he’s certainly found his rhythm with the Bolts.
Things are going to get busier than expected for Crunch in 2022.
The Orlando Solar Bears have released their Ugly Sweater Jerseys. They are something good.
Florida Panthers add 5 to COVID protocols [Florida Panthers]
The Lightning’s neighbors to the south are the latest team to have multiple players entering COVID protocols. Sam Bennett, Radko Gudas, Ryan Lomberg, Brandon Montour and Carter Verhaeghe will not be available for their game against the Los Angeles Kings.
NHL will only pause schedule as a last resort [32 Thoughts]
Another week and barely a mention of the Lightning (just a passing reference to Jon Cooper’s contract extension), but Elliotte Friedman does a great job whipping the league. Some of the more interesting notes – Commissioner (and Hall of Fame member) Gary Bettman could be close to a five-year extension and it is possible that there will be a sharp increase in the salary cap in 2024, as the escrow money could be refunded thereafter.
Ontario limits site capacity to 50% [ESPN]
The new requirements will affect the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators. The Leafs will have the biggest problem figuring out how to appease their fan base as they are certain to have future games that already have over 50% of their tickets sold.
Blackhawks reach deal with Kyle Beach [Second City Hockey]
We’ve always known the Chicago Hockey Club would do whatever it takes to stay out of court in the Kyle Beach negligence case. On Wednesday, the team announced that they had indeed reached an agreement.
NHL Style Power Rankings [The Athletic]
Earlier this week, Steven Stamkos made the cut this week arriving at number 6:
Stamkos always looks like he’s just stepped out of a modeling shoot for a watch company or a bank or something. He was in contention for previous rankings, but he needed something a little more unique to send him overboard. I love everything about this outfit, from the shade of blue for the tie to the darker blue for the jacket. It’s still “him”, but he added a bit of spice. Keep it up, Stamkos!