In an abbreviated NHL/AHL Nightly Notables we begin in Detroit, where former Albany River Rats star Steve Sullivan picked up his eighth helper of the season on former BU product Colin Wilson’s sixth goal of the year in the first for the Predators. Nashville was able to hold off a late rally by the Red Wings for the 3-2 win.
They sure are hot in Pittsburgh, where Sidney Crosby picks up goals number 25 and 26 and the Penguins roll to their eleventh straight win, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2.
Down in the AHL, despite a late surge from a three goal deficit the Albany Devils fell for the second time in less than a week at home to the Hershey Bears. Their penalty kill was valiant, holding the Bears to 0-7 on the power-play. Meanwhile both of the Devils goals from Michael Swift (his sixth from Vladimir Zharkov and Nick Palmieri) and Matt Anderson (his team leading ninth from Tyler Eckford and David McIntyre) came on the power-play. Jeff Frazee made 31 saves but two shorthanded goals 25 seconds apart in the second by the Bears did the Devils in. Once again the Bears prevailed 3-2 with Steve Pinizzotto garnering the winner.
In Bridgeport former River Rat Jay Pandolfo picked up an assist on Springfield’s first goal from Mike Blunden. Yet with the Falcons up 2-1 after two, the Sound Tigers ripped off three unanswered tallies and rolled to a 5-3 victory.
Out west Chris Minard, formerly of the Albany River Rats, notched his third goal of the season for the Grand Rapids Griffins as they held off the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in Grand Rapids.
Not of local note but always worth a mention, on the same night the NHL Penguins put a five spot on the Toronto Maple Leafs, Eric Tangradi registered a hat-trick for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in their 5-1 rout of the Toronto Marlies.
Down in Norfolk where the Admirals totaled 47 shots against the Syracuse Crunch, but weren’t quite as lucky as the Charlotte Checkers on Monday night. In a game that saw three Crunch goals in the first, nothing in the middle and three Admirals goals in the third, ex-Rat Stefan Chaput picked up an assist as Syracuse gets a nice rebound win in OT 4-3.