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Syracuse Crunch with the first win of the season

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The Bolts

Mathieu Joseph commented on his collision with Yanni Gourde during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jon Cooper also had a joke about his two forwards physicality.

During the opening game, Yanni Gourde was mic’d up. Watch some highlights of this game through his comments.

The team also gave Mikhail Sergachev an iPhone and he filmed some behind-the-scenes moments of the Bolts road trip.

Sergachev, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy visited their old friend Vlad Namestnikov who was recently acquired by the Ottawa Senators and is going to play against the Lightning tonight.

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Sergachev also met up with Andrej Sustr (this joke is courtesy of Justin).

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Nikita Kucherov reflected on his suspension during the second game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the playoffs [The Athletic, paid content].

“That was something where emotion got over me,” Kucherov told me on Thursday after the morning skate. “That was definitely stupid by me. I didn’t mean to hurt the guy or do anything bad. It’s a learning process. I know from now on I can’t do that stuff (especially) in the playoffs. I want to make sure I’m at the top of my game.’’

Ryan Kennedy from The Hockey News discusses the options for Victor Hedman after the Lightning signed Kevin Shattenkirk and the increasing role of Mikhail Sergachev. [The Hockey News]

It’s a very small sample size, but through three games this year, Hedman has played an average of 22:19 a game, down nearly half a minute from last season. That’s also down substantially from his Norris year, when the big Swede logged nearly 26 minutes per night. But with Shattenkirk, Mikhail Sergachev and Ryan McDonagh joining the crew in recent years, Hedman doesn’t have to do everything at all times. And given the grind that is the Stanley Cup playoffs, that’s a good thing. If Hedman remains fresh throughout the 2019-20 campaign, the Lightning will have put themselves in an excellent position to exorcise the demons of playoffs past.

Yahoo Sports predicts that the Lightning won’t have a lot of issues playing against the Ottawa Senators [Yahoo Sports]

Kucherov, Stamkos and Point rarely saw much ice time together last season, as the Lightning preferred to deploy more balanced lines rather than have their top three scorers all together on a single unit. Combining the trio together still could prove to be a relative rarity as the season develops, perhaps being saved for third periods or even only important late-game situations.

A detailed preview of the Ottawa Senators, the Lightning next opponent.

The Prospects

The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Cleveland Monsters on Friday night. Scott Wedgewood made 31 saves and Peter Abbadonato scored his first goal at the professional level. [Raw Charge]

As a whole, Syracuse survived their turnovers by limiting Cleveland’s second chances at the puck and staying out of the penalty box. Still, it’s an exhausting way to win the game, especially when coupled with some of the post whistle shenanigans both teams participated in throughout the night. It will be interesting to see if some of the feistiness carries over into tomorrow’s match-up.

The Syracuse Crunch’s home arena got a new scoreboard.

The Orlando Solar bears extended their partnership with Jewett Orthopaedic.

The Solar Bears also launched a new app for mobile ticketing.

Trevor Olson joined Despina Barton on Spectrum News 13.

The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes won their fifth game in a row and remais undefeated this season after defeating the New York Islanders. It’s the best start in the franchise history.

Emily Kaplan from ESPN on why Rod Brind’Amour is the best fit for the Canes. [ESPN]

You get the point. Rod Brind’Amour -- the Hurricanes’ 49-year-old coach infamously nicknamed “Rod the Bod” as a player -- still gets after it. So much so that when the Hurricanes arrived to camp this year to do their off-ice conditioning test -- two half-mile sprints on the Assault bikes in under 60 seconds each, with a three-minute break in between -- the players found out that their coach had already completed the test.

THN has a list of 10 AHL players you should be watching this season and our own Alex Barre-Boulet is one of them.

Phil Kessel reached a new remarkable milestone.

The Buffalo Sabres are off to a great start, but did they learn from last season?

Olivia Howe has joined the Moose Jaw Warriors as a coaching assistant.