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Grand Rapids Griffins drop Game 4 against Syracuse, need to bounce back on Saturday

I had a bad feeling about tonight's Grand Rapids Griffins-Syracuse Crunch game as all the veteran leadership in the world can't prevent a very young team from getting a little over-eager when up 3-0 in a championship series...

And I was right. The Grand Rapids Griffins' power play and a six-minute stretch in which the Griffins dropped a 2-1 lead and ended up losing 3-2 to the Syracuse Crunch, including a spear-that-was-a-not-a-spear yielding Gustav Nyquist tossed (5-minute major and a game) because Richard Panik got a stick on a hand and dove...

Well, to put it politely, the Griffins got ahead of themselves, and they forgot that the fourth win is the hardest against a team that had lost one playoff game prior to its series against Grand Rapids in the hard-charging, big, physical and downright mean Crunch.

But when mean is effective--Panik had a goal and an assist--the game-tying goal was a softy from an otherwise superhuman Mrazek (who channeled his innner Hasek at times, drawing an even-up on the major and getting called for diving once), and the power play stinks, you're not going to sweep your opponent (late-third-period flourish included as Cedric Desjardins hugged the post), and as such, the Griffins need to win tomorrow night's Game 5 (7 PM EDT, AHLLive.com/WXSP/WOOD Radio) lest they face another bus ride to Syracuse for a potential Game 6 or 7.

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