With the Lightning’s past filled with memories of last season’s blunders, and the Lightning’s present maddeningly on hold, we fans can at least take comfort in one thing – the future looks bright.
The Syracuse Crunch claimed sole possession of top spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference over the weekend. They finished yet another three games in three nights span 2-1, rebounding nicely from Friday’s 2-1 loss against the Binghamton Senators with 4-1 and 6-1 wins over the Albany Devils and Worcester Sharks, respectively.
With a sterling 12-3-1-1 record, the Crunch sit 2 points behind the league leading Abbotsford Heat, and have a game at hand. The Crunch were helped out by their Eastern Conference rival Springfield Falcons stumbling over the weekend, picking up 2 overtime points but no wins over the weekend. The Falcons are now 2 points below Syracuse in the standings, and the teams will not meet until February 1 of next year.
If anyone’s surprised by their success, you shouldn’t be – the bulk of this year’s Crunch lineup is made up with last year’s Calder Cup winning Norfolk Admirals, who set a professional hockey record last year with a staggering 28 straight wins. If winning is a habit, Lightning fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.