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Drouin scores game-winner in pro hockey debut

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

In his first professional hockey game, Jonathan Drouin scored the game-winning goal to propel the Syracuse Crunch, 3-2, over the Springfield Falcons.

On a two-week rehabilitation assignment to the American Hockey League affiliate of the Lightning, Drouin was on the ice for all three Crunch goals.

Drouin was the Bolts' third-overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. With a slightly fractured thumb, he missed most of training camp and was sidelined during all six preseason matchups.

Drouin set up the first goal of the game with a centering pass that got knocked to J.P. Cote at the point, passed to Dylan Blujus, and netted by Jonathan Marchessault.

The goal that tied the game for the Crunch late in the second period came off the stick of Cedric Paquette, his third goal of the season. The goal came with 1:09 remaining in the period and Marchessault and Cody Kunyk added assists. The assist was Kunyk's first career AHL point. 

In the third period with 12:42 remaining, Drouin took the puck at center ice and raced two Falcons defensemen into the offensive zone and beat Anton Forsberg for the eventual game-winning goal.

The Crunch outshot the Falcons, 38-29, and another Lightning first-round draft pick, goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky, got his first career AHL victory with 27 saves.  

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