by PuckStopsHere on 06/19/13 at 12:01 AM ET
Grand Rapids Griffins defeat Syracuse Crunch four games to two. Grand Rapids is the Detroit Red Wings farm club and Syracuse belongs to Tampa Bay. This was a series where Grand Rapids ran out to a 3-0 lead and then had trouble closing out the series. On their third try tonight they beat Syracuse by a score of 5-2. Tomas Tatar led Grand Rapids in scoring with 21 points. Jan Mursak and Luke Glendening also made solid offensive showings. Chad Billins led their defence. Petr Mrazek did all of the goaltending for Grand Rapids. Syracuse was led offensively by Ondrej Palat, who with 26 points led the playoffs. Tyler Johnson also was a significant offensive player. Mark Barberio led their defence. Cedrick Desjardins was their goaltender.
Tomas Tatar wins the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP. I think it is an example of the MVP being given to a player on the winning team despite the fact Ondrej Palat had a better playoff. It is very rare that a position player from a losing team wins playoff MVP - it has only happened once in the NHL.
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