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Connolly among group sent by Lightning to AHL

Friday, 09.14.2012 / 12:25 PM / News

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday sent 18 players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, including top-six forward Brett Connolly.

Connolly, the sixth pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, had four goals and 11 assists in 68 games last season, his first in the League.

Also sent to Syracuse were forwards J.T. Brown, Cory Conacher, Danick Gauthier, Alex Hutchings, Tyler Johnson, Alexander Killorn, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat and Richard Panik; defensemen Mark Barberio, Radko Gudas, Dmitry Korobov, Charles Landry, Dan Milan; and goalies Riku Helenius, Pat Nagle and Dustin Tokarski.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round