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Back In The Saddle

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
The Syracuse Crunch started the second round of the American Hockey League playoffs last night with an impressive 5-1 win over the Toronto Marlies. I almost didn't know how to act. I haven't called a lopsided game in the Crunch's favor since, I don't know when.

The game was a contrast to the ones against the Mantioba Moose. All of those games were close and five of the six went to overtime. Last night's game was one of offensive skill for the Crunch. They were able to freely make their way around the ice and constantly create plays.

The Big Mac Attack - Derek MacKenzie scored the first goal of the game, just 1:40 seconds into the first period. He finished the game with three points and leads the team with eight postseason points.

Pucker Up - Derick Brassard told me that he's kissed his stick before each of the last three games. He'll keep on kissing, because in those games he's scored three goals. Brassard is second on the team with seven points so far.

Tri-fecta - Nate DiCasmirro is the linemate of MacKenzie and Brassard. He's scored in two of the last three games and is tied for third on the team with five points.

Fight Night - Zenon Konopka started the game with a fight against Colin Murphy three seconds into the game. He also fought Phil Oreskovic on his last shift of the game.

Where's Wally? - After taking two penalties and turning the puck over numerous times, former Crunch and Blue Jackets defenseman Derick Walser was benched, by the Marlies, for the third period.

Still Strong - Goaltender Karl Goehring earned the third star of the game. He turned aside 31-of-32 shots and is still the Crunch's biggest star of the playoffs.

What's a Marlie? - The Toronto Marlies name is derived from the Duke of Marlborough. A junior hockey team was named for him in 1903. The named was shortened from the Toronto Marlboros to the Toronto Marlies so there would be no association to cigarettes.

Game 2 of the series is tomorrow at 4 p.m. You can listen to the game online, at or watch it on the B2 Network.

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