Crabb back to NHL; ECHL OT thrillers

Doyle Woody,

Winger Joey Crabb of Anchorage has been summoned back to the NHL by the Washington Capitals after their AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, were eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs Wednesday in a decisive Game 5 against Providence.

Crabb, who began the NHL season with the Caps after playing for the ECHL's Alaska Aces during the lockout, scored a goal in Hershey's 3-2 loss at Providence to give him five goals in five playoff games. He had two goals in 26 regular-season games with the Caps, who are knotted 2-2 in a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the New York Rangers.

Meanwhile, more thrillers in the ECHL's Kelly Cup playoffs last night.

Idaho won 2-1 in OT at Stockton in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, snapping the Thunder's string of five straight OT wins this postseason and 11 straight under bench boss Matt Thomas. Austin Fyten scored on the power play deep in OT -- 18:19 -- to cut Stockton's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.

In the Eastern Conference finals, Cincinnati's Mike Embach scored 16:24 into OT to give the Cyclones a 3-2 win over Reading in Game 3 -- all three games in the best-of-7 have gone OT, with Reading winning the first two, including one in double OT.


Doyle Woody,