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Crunch show fire, desire channeling inner boy band

Six members of the Lightning's AHL affiliate never want to hear you say, I want it that way

by Jeff Odom /

As the Syracuse Crunch enter Round 1 of the Calder Cup Playoffs on Friday at the St. John's IceCaps, they're bringing a little bit of fire -- and desire -- with them.

Not to mention, a little bit of old-time swag, too. Well, the 1990s boy-band definition of it.

The Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate channeled its inner pop music star on Saturday, bringing together Tye McGinn, Dylan Blujus, Mike Halmo, Matt Taormina, Daniel Walcott and Slater Koekkoek to lip-sync the Backstreet Boys' 1999 hit I Want It That Way  in a truly memorable Twitter video.

Tweet from @SyracuseCrunch: You are our ��, the one desire.

The three-and-a-half-minute joy ride features the six prospects dressed to the nines in white dress shirts and tuxedos -- popularized by Backstreet's third album Millennium -- with Koekkoek and Walcott throwing in matching visors just for some added splendor.

By Monday morning, the tweet had more than 500 shares and 1,000 favorites. ESPN anchor and hockey lover John Buccigross even declared that, "The Syracuse Crunch lip sync the greatest song ever recorded," on his official Twitter account.

Tweet from @Buccigross: The Syracuse Crunch lip sync the greatest song ever recorded.

If the Crunch performs as well in the postseason as they did in the viral video, they're sure to be Larger Than Life and showing opponents the meaning of being lonely when all is said and done.

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