The Syracuse Crunch took a 3-2 lead in their best of seven first round playoff series, with a 3-2 overtime win against the Manitoba Moose. Derek MacKenzie
scored the game winner on a breakaway, following a turnover by the Moose. It was MacKenzie's second goal in as many games. He was a very important part of the Crunch before his call-up to Columbus and it looks like he might be regaining his Crunch form.
Finally - Derick Brassard scored his first postseason goal of his professional career, to tie the game at 2-2 in the third period. He's had numerous chances in the series, but couldn't find the back of the net. His goal was part of a three-point night, earning him Second Star of the Game honors. Brassard is tied for the most points on the team in the playoffs with four. He shares that honor with Derek MacKenzie, David Cullen and Zenon Konopka.
Stepping Up - Gilbert Brule has yet to register a point in this series, but stepped up his game on Saturday. He was moved to a line with Zenon Konopka and Joakim Lindstrom and responded well. Brule used his speed to create chances and draw a few penalties. There's no doubt he'll work hard on this line because Konopka demands it. Plus, he and Lindstrom will have the task of putting the puck on net, giving Konopka a chance to put in rebounds. With that formula, the points should start coming.
Welcome – Stefan Legein, a second round pick of the Blue Jackets, made his professional debut Saturday night. He skated only two shifts, had one shot on goal and was a minus-1. The last time that he played in the MTS Centre was in September, representing Team Canada in the Super Series, against Russia.
Game 6 and Game 7 (if necessary) will be played in Syracuse on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. You can listen to the games online, at sportsradio620.com or watch them on the B2 Network. The puck drops at 7 p.m. for both games.