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Lightning Round: Syracuse Crunch postpone second game against Rochester Americans

And the embarrassing Buffalo Sabres

NHL: MAR 15 Predators at Lightning
TAMPA, FL - MARCH 15: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35) makes a save during the NHL Hockey match between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators on March 15, 2021 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL.
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Last week, the AHL North Division had an outbreak of COVID-19 among the Rochester Americans, Binghamton Devils, and Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Games for all three teams and their opposing clubs had to be rescheduled to April. Last Friday’s Crunch game against the Amerks was one of those games affected.

This week, it seems the Amerks are still unable to play due to COVID protocols, meaning Wednesday’s Crunch game in Rochester has been postponed to a later date. A makeup date has yet to be confirmed. The only Crunch game this week will be Saturday’s contest at home against the Utica Comets.

You can read up on last weekend’s game in our weekly Crunch Wrap article series. A lot of players returned from injury, players joined the team from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Crunch were able to play to a lethargic 3-0 win, their fourth win of the season. [Raw Charge]

“What a good feeling this Saturday was. Not only did several players return from injury, but the Syracuse Crunch then went out and played a great game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins en route to a 3-0 win. Newly re-signed Daniel Walcott scored in his long-awaited return, his centerman Otto Somppi also lit the lamp, while Ben Thomas finished off the three-goal win. Samuel Montembeault got his first shutout of the season after an incredible 37-save performance.”

On Monday afternoon, the Nashville Predators beat the Lightning 4-1. Pekka Rinne stood on his head in the win, the Lightning just couldn’t beat him. [Raw Charge]

“Physicality and non-stop aggression were Nashville’s mantra to open the game, and it successfully put the Lightning on their heels. Usually, it’s Tampa Bay keeping opponents from generating offense consistently, but it took the Lightning eight minutes to register a shot on goal. Luckily, Curtis McElhinney’s sharp play kept Nashville off the scoreboard.”

This week in embarrassing hockey, the Buffalo Sabres, who lost 6-0 last night.

Rasmus Dahlin has been getting a lot of attention for his lack of defensive ability after being a first overall pick in 2017. Man, the Sabres really ruined him.