The near-capacity crowd at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena on Saturday,June 1st, 2013. The Crunch clinched a Calder Cup Finals berth with a 7-0 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. - Photo by and © Scott Thomas and used with permission

2013 AHL Calder Cup Finals: Syracuse Crunch (2) defeated by Grand Rapids Griffins (4) for 2013 Calder Cup Title

After a thrilling playoff run, the Syracuse Crunch have fallen to the Grand Rapids Griffins in 6 games.

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Game 6: Crunch versus Grand Rapids game thread



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AHL Calder Cup Finals
Game Six
Listen Live on The Fan 1260
Live Stream on AHL Live

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York
When: 7:00 PM EDT
Media: Time Warner Cable systems in Central NY (cable), AHL Live (online), 1260 AM (radio)

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A big game for Syracuse sports history

On the brink of elimination and on the verge of a grand finale -- a winner-take-all game seven -- the Syracuse Crunch play what must be one of the biggest games in Syracuse sports history tonight.

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Crunch force game six

Trailing 0-3 in the Calder Cup finals, the Crunch have rallied to a 2-3 record after five games and forced the series back to Syracuse for games 6 and - hopefully - game 7.

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Game 6: Gudas "Probable"

Lost to some in the excitement of last night's game 5 win by the Syracuse Crunch over the Grand Rapids Griffins was the news that a certain defenseman should be returning to game action on Tuesday in Syracuse.

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Game 5: Crunch at Grand Rapids game thread



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AHL Calder Cup Finals
Game Five
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Live Stream on AHL Live

Where: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
When: 7:00 PM EDT
Media: Time Warner Cable system in Central NY(cable), AHL Live (online), 1260 AM (radio)

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Is defenseman Radko Gudas a go for Game 5?

Absent from the Calder Cup Finals since sustaining an ambiguous lower body injury in the Eastern Conference finale against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Radko Gudas participated in an optional skate this morning in Grand Rapids. Click the link title to see the full report from Lindsay Kramer at Syracuse.com.

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Game three: Crunch at Grand Rapids game thread



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AHL Calder Cup Finals
Game Three
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Where: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
When: 7:00 PM EDT
Media: Time Warner Cable system in Central NY(cable), AHL Live (online), 1260 AM (radio)

Radko Gudas remains out for the Crunch, Evan Oberg is his replacement in the lineup.

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Game Two: Crunch vs. Griffins game thread



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AHL Calder Cup Finals
Game Two
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Live Stream on AHL Live

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, New York
When: 6:00 PM EDT
Media: Time Warner Cable system in Central NY(cable), AHL Live (online), 1260 AM (radio)

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Game one: Crunch vs. Griffins game thread



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AHL Calder Cup Finals
Game One
Listen Live on The Fan 1260
Live Stream on AHL Live

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, New York
When: 7:00 PM EDT
Media: Time Warner Cable system in Central NY(cable), AHL Live (online), 1260 AM (radio)

Programming note: Tampa Bay residents on Bright hOuse networks, check Bright House Sports Network (BHSN) tonight, there's a very off chance this game will be televised locally (as Bright House is affiliated with Time Warner).

Local TV or not, the game is streaming live on AHL Live. You need to sign up for that service though.

As for the game: Radko Gudas is out tonight with an undisclosed leg injury. Heck, it's not even disclosed he's injured. It appears college free agent Danny DeKeyser, who was signed by the Detroit Red Wings organization, is in for Grand Rapids. The Griffins have been bolstered lately by talent returned to them from the Red Wings after Detroit was bounced from the NHL playoffs by Chicago.

No telling if Riku Helenius, who returned last Saturday to Syracuse, will be backing up Cedrick Desjardins tonight. Odds are that won't be the case, as Riku has not seen significant ice time (in practice or any other way) in several weeks.

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Radko Gudas out for Syracuse Crunch this weekend

One of the mainstays on the blueline for the Tampa Bay Lightning's AHL affiliate the past two years has been Radko Gudas. Lightning fans themselves saw Gudas for an extended time during the 2013 NHL season... But before that, he was a vital, vital cog on the Syracuse Crunch roster and the Norfolk Admirals roster the season before.

The rough and tumble defenseman throws his hits and takes them too... And it appears one hit or another has knocked out Radko for at least the first two games of the 2013 Calder Cup Finals. From Lindsay Kramer at the Syracuse Post-Standard:

That reference to "Paquette" is recently signed prospect and 2012 draft class member Cedric Paquette, who made his pro debut during the AHL Eastern Conference finals. Paquette is a hungry forward, though, and not a defenseman.

I would think that, on defense, you will see the same lineup as has played for most of the playoffs -- just minus Gudas. That means college free agent Andrej Sustr will be on one of the defensive pairings and not serving as the swing-man 7th defenseman, which Coach Zettler usually pencils him in as.

The Crunch already lost Brian Lee for the playoffs to injury in an earlier round. Brendan Mikkelson replaced Lee in the lineup.

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Calder Cup Finals to be streamed live online for f

Though it requires a subscription to AHL Live, the AHL championship series will be available online for free.

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Crunch vs. Grand Rapids in Calder Cup Final

The Western Conference Champion was crowned Wednesday night in Grand Rapids victory over Oklahoma City; they now face the Syracuse Crunch for the AHL title.

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Crunch advance to Calder Cup Finals!

The Syracuse Crunch went 4-1 in the third round of the Calder Cup playoffs against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, coming out on top in game 5 in stunning fashion to advance to the Calder Cup Finals.

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Game five: Crunch vs. Penguins game thread



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AHL Eastern Conference Finals
Game Five
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Where: Onondaga County War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, New York
When: 7:00 PM EDT
Media: 1260 AM (radio)

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Game three: Syracuse Crunch at WB/S Penguins game



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AHL Eastern Conference Finals
Game Tjree
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Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
When: 7:00 PM EDT
Media: 1260 AM (radio)

Of note? Tyler Johnson will be playing tonight after sustaining a charley horse/lower body injury during game two this past weekend.

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Game two: Crunch versus WBS Pens game thread



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AHL Eastern Conference Finals
Game Two
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Where: Onondaga County War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, New York
When: 7:00 PM EDT
Media: 1260 AM (radio)

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AHL ECF Game One: Crunch vs. Penguins

A rested Syracuse Crunch team opens up the third round of the AHL playoffs against a history-making Wilkes-Barre/Scranton team.

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Crunch to face WBS Pens in Conference Finals

With a win tonight by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Crunch's third round playoff schedule is finalized.

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Sweep success continues for Crunch in playoffs

The Crunch have swept their round two opponent, the Springfield Falcons, in four games. This advances the Crunch to the third round of the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs.

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Game 4: Crunch versus Springfield game thread

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AHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
Game Four
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Where: OnonDaga County War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, New York
When: 7:00 PM EDT
Media: 1260 AM (radio)

The Syracuse Crunch have the potential to close out the AHL Semifinal round tonight with a victory over the Springfield Falcons. Taking their dominant 3-0 series lead into tonight, the focus should be on the Top Gun line of Ondrej Palat, Tyrler Johnson and Richard Panik and their ability to score not only goals but many MANY goals.

Yet, that might not be the case.

The focus should be on Springfield's goalie situation too; can Curtis McElhinney find his center and his focus and stop a few Crunch shots on the way and bring the Falcons back into this series? Yeah, that drama is there too... That narrative is something to explore and examine as the game progresses, but it's not the focus... At least to some.

No, the focus is on attendance, where it shouldn't be.

Wednesday's shutout win for the Crunch drew a small crowd -- somewhere north of 3,200 for the 6,000+ seat War Memorial. No one would be making this a story if not for Howard Dolgon, Crunch owner, voicing his displeasure with the small crowd. He went off on a rant on Wednesday, post game, and continued to stand by it on Thursday.

That violated the most basic rules of running a public business - don't alienate your customers via criticism. Shaming fans will sooner compell people not to show up than to be shamed into buying more tickets that directly profit you.

I think Tampa Bay fans can relate to this? The Rays? The Bucs? Shame, shame... Yes, the Crunch product is akin to the Lightning of 2004 - a potential champion. The difference being this is the minor leagues in a college town that is smaller than the greater Tampa Bay metro area. That's not trying to criticise Syracuse as so much defend it.

Residents have lives outside of hockey and sports, and with fewer peoeple to draw from -- even playoff games won't always lure capacity crowds.

It's not liek the Crunch are at the bottom of the AHL in playoff attendance. Everyone is drawing small crowds. It's not something to get worked up over. It's also not something to shame your patrons over either.

But I digress. Gametime is 7 PM and I've ran long. Game on.

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Highlights: Crunch shut down, shut out Springfield

Editors Note: we still haven't been given the all-clear regarding technical issues on SB Nation; apologies for the inconvenience and annoyance that has created the past day or so... It's affected posting.

Tyler Johnson is good at the hockey. So is Ondrej Palat and Richard Panik for that matter, especially Syracuse Crunch hockey. They're real good at that.

Those three top-guns for the Crunch gave Syracuse a 3-0 win over Springfield last night at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse. The Crunch have taken a dominant 3-0 series lead in the best-of-seven semifinal series. Gaem 4 will be played tomorrow night (Friday) in Syracuse.

Syracuse Crunch vs. Springfield Falcons (Round 2 Game 3) (May 15th, 2013) (via Syracuse Crunch)


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Crunch versus Falcons game thread

Because of technical issues, we're a little late to get this up but game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Crunch and the Falcons is tonight at War Memorial. This is your gam ethread. Have at it.

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Game 2: Crunch at Falcons game thread

The Crunch took advantage of poor goaltending last night in Springfield, winning 5-2. How Springfield responds t o that opening night laugher remains to be seen - just don't expect a repeat of lat night.

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Game one: Crunch at Falcons game thread

The second round of the AHL playoffs gets underway for the Crunch tonight in Springfield Massachusetts agains t the #2 seed in the conference, the Falcons.

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Crunch (3) vs. Springfield (3) in conference Semis

Not so long ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were affiliated with the Springfield AHL franchise... And thigs didn't go all that well. Likewise, the Columbus Blue Jackets - Springfield's current parent club - doesn't have the rosiest of reputations with Syracuse Crunch fans.

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Crunch sweep!

The Syracuse Crunch have swept the best-of-five series against the Portland Pirates.

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Game 3: Crunch at Pirates preview / game thread

They Syracuse Crunch take it on the road to Portland with the chance to close out their best-of-five series tonight in Portland.

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Game 2: Crunch vs. Pirates preview / game thread

After a rough-and-tumble game One which ended with a 4-3 Crunch win in overtime, Syracuse and Portland dance againin game 2 of the best-of-five series.

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