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Cedric Paquette recalled to the NHL

Paquette is probably one of first of the Black Aces to be recalled, although he could see playing time in one of the two games left before the Lightning's regular season ends on Sunday.

Miracle at the War Memorial

The story of a ridiculously improbable come-from-behind victory from this past weekend.

Crunch still have things to prove

The Syracuse Crunch are still proving things to themselves and to their fans even though the end to the AHL regular season is in sight.

Invasion, TampaCuse style

What we did on our spring vacation: staff writer Alex Ackerman and editor Cassie McClellan spent some time invading Tampa this past month, on a mission to watch hockey and drink coffee.

Thoughts on the end of an era in Tampa Bay

It hit me on Sunday that an era has ended in Tampa, and the path forward doesn't feel as certain as it once did.

A little hope goes a long way during a bad season

Syracuse Crunch fans got a little boost of hope this past Sunday in the form of an improbable win over a divisional rival.

Accepting the approaching end of an AHL season

When things are bad, sports fans tend to follow the five stages of grief. Crunch fans may have finally, hopefully, reached the acceptance stage.

Checking in with Lindback and Panik in Syracuse

Tampa Bay Lightning regulars Anders Lindback and Richard Panik impressed in a 4-0 victory for the Syracuse Crunch over the Wilkes-Barres Scranton Penguins on Friday night.

Playoff hockey: An impossible task? Maybe not.

With just 24 games left in the Crunch's season, Syracuse has a lot of ground to make up if they want to see playoff hockey. Making it is still possible, but it won't be easy.

A season of woe for the Crunch

Recent successes by the Tampa Bay Lightning's AHL affiliate have vanished this season as the Crunch flounder.


Syracuse experiences pandemonium

With both of their goalies on recall to Tampa Bay and less than 24 hours until their next game, the Syracuse Crunch found themselves in dire straits. The solution was unorthodox and left fans desperately hoping that things can only get better.

Crunch roster fills out, but struggles continue

Despite having a more complete roster than they have had in two months, Syracuse still drops both of its games this past week, losing by a 7-3 goal differential.

Panik headed back to Syracuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Richard Panik to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, the team announced this afternoon.

Crunch struggles against East Division rival

Syracuse's 1-7 series against the Binghamton Senators point to some major problems in their quest for playoff contention.

Sustr sent down to Syracuse

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr has been reassigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, per the team.

Gudlevskis nabs AHL weekly honor

The goalie's performance of 73 saves in 75 shots was enough to earn him the AHL Player of the Week award.

Syracuse begins to dig out

Although much of the Northeast was blanketed in snow and cold the past week, the Syracuse Crunch had a different kind of digging out to do. They got started this past week.

Connolly named to the 2014 AHL All Star roster

Forward Brett Connolly is one of only 20 AHL players selected for this year's event.

Syracuse has a wild week

A stretch of three away games illustrates just how much Syracuse is struggling to be consistent.

Crunch fans are as blue as the team's jerseys

Although fans have a lot of reasons to be down right now, hope might be on the horizon with the return of a well-missed forward.

Struggles continue as Syracuse slips in standings

Syracuse is now 10th in the Eastern Conference, two spots out of a playoff spot. The Crunch were the Eastern Conference champions last season.

Deja vu for Helenius, Lightning

In all fairness, it was a completely different internal organization last time Riku Helenius foudn himself the odd man out with the Bolts AHL affiliate... But it would seem much of the same has transpired as it did in 2009-10.

Syracuse signs DiSalvatore

The struggling club hopes the right wing can help give them some consistency.

Crunch pitches a win and donates to charity

Syracuse held its third annual Teddy Bear Toss this past weekend.

Syracuse's scores make gains, but team struggles

Syracuse had four players score their first goals of the season, but still lose both games played.

Syracuse ends the week on an upswing

Syracuse ends the holiday week on an upswing, stopping their losing streak at five and winning both of their weekend games. The team is now a quarter of the way through the AHL season.

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