ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils might consider wearing their red and green “Holiday” jerseys more often after a 4-0 victory against the Syracuse Crunch Sunday at Times Union Center. Yann Danis posted his fourth shutout and Mike Sislo had three assists in the Devils’ sixth consecutive victory.
Here are the three takeaways from the game:
Six In A Row
The Devils tied a franchise record with their sixth consecutive win. After going 8-1-2-0 in November, Albany is 3-0-0-0 in December. Their performance has been fueled by all phases despite numerous injuries which have, at times, played havoc with the lineup. The penalty-kill and power-play have been tremendous and ferocious back checking has combined with superb goaltending to push the Devils up the standings.
“We’re finding ways to win games,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “I thought it was a bit of a sloppy game at times. The way they play can make ugly that way. Not a lot of time and space. They clogged up in the neutral zone. As the game went on we got better and capitalized on our chances that was the difference. Speciality teams and Yann, again, come up big”
“That’s the way we’ve been playing,” Danis said. “I’ve been playing in this league 12 or 13 years now, I’ve never seen anything like it. To compete every game, control the play, block shots, we do it every game. Game after game with different guys in the lineup. For me, it’s fun to watch.”
Danis put forth an incredible performance Sunday that only bettered his already pristine stats and tied the franchise record for shutouts in a season at four. Danis picked up his league leading 14th win, denying all 23 shots he faced. Danis was tested frequently, but especially in the second period where he stood on his head. He denied the Crunch’s nine shots, including several in close. Later in the frame, he flashed his glove to rob Jake Dotchin and finished off the shutout with a brilliant blocker save late in the game.
“Every night is a group effort,” Danis said. “Sixty minutes, all four lines contribute. We are there to block shots, if there’s a rebound we are the first one on it. We clear the front, I can see the puck on every shot. Every night it’s not one guy that does it, it’s the whole team.”
Sislo Leading The Offense
A day after setting the franchise record with his 28th career power-play goal, Sislo excelled in the passing game Sunday, posting three assists.
“It’s going well right now, we’re on the same page, finding each other,” Sislo said. “ It’s fun right now. It’s fun when you win. We just got to keep working.”