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Griffins answer with win in Peoria

Sunday, 11.25.2012 / 12:12 AM ET / Recap
By Andrea Nelson  - Griffins Content Provider
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Griffins answer with win in Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. – The Grand Rapids Griffins extended their winning streak to eight games with a 4-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen Saturday at Carver Arena.

After the Rivermen jumped on the scoreboard early in the contest, the Griffins rattled off four unanswered goals en route to the victory. The Griffins are only one game away from the second-longest winning streak in franchise history and hold the longest winning streak of any team in the AHL. With their fifth straight road win, the Griffins maintain their lead in first place of the Midwest Division.

The Rivermen (6-9-2-1) struck first in the contest as Chris Bruton scored his first goal of the season at 5:10 of the opening period. Cutting to the net after a faceoff, Bruton’s backhand shot from the left side of the goal deflected underneath Tom McCollum’s right arm for the game’s first goal.

The Griffins (10-4-1-1) tied the game at one on a power play goal at 12:42 of the first period. Gustav Nyquist’s shot deflected off of the goal post and Landon Ferraro and Francis Pare unleashed a flurry of shots on goaltender Mike McKenna. Their persistency paid off as Pare’s final attempt found the back of the net, extending his point streak to six games.

The Griffins fired 20 shots on the Peoria goal in the first 20 minutes, which is the most they've had in any period this season.

Tomas Jurco gave the Griffins their first lead of the game at 10:18 of the second period. Jurco received a great feed from Ferraro in front of the goal, and made a highlight reel move past McKenna to give Grand Rapids a 2-1 lead. McKenna slid with Jurco anticipating a backhand move, but Jurco dragged the puck back around his body from left to right and tucked the puck past the Rivermen netminder.

Tomas Tatar had an opportunity to give the Griffins a two-goal lead with 5:20 left in the game, but McKenna came up with a big stop on a clean breakaway to keep the Rivermen with one.

But Tatar wouldn’t be denied twice. At 17:44 of the third period, Tatar took the third breakaway of the game the length of the ice and fired a shot past McKenna’s left goal pad, giving the Griffins a commanding 3-1 lead.

Tatar sealed the game less than two minutes later when Nyquist found him in stride streaking down center ice. Tatar scored his second goal of the night on an empty net from 20 feet away to give the Griffins a 4-1 lead.

McKenna recorded 40 saves while McCollum earned the win behind 22 saves, improving to 4-2-1 on the year.

The Griffins will return to the Van Andel Arena tomorrow for a 4 p.m. contest against the Milwaukee Admirals. The first 2,500 fans in the arena for tomorrow’s game will receive a Griffins poster and puzzle combo pack courtesy of Milestones Child Development Center.

THREE STARS: 1. GR Jurco (game-winning goal); 2. GR Ferraro (two assists); 3. Bruton (goal)

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80