Monday, October 26, 2009

Larsson Rebounds from Shaky Start in GR

An update on the Grand Rapids Griffins, via mlive...

Daniel Larsson is starting to look more like the goaltender that was an AHL All-Star last year, instead of the one who gave up five goals and was pulled in his second start of this season.  The 23-year-old Larsson won his second game in a row and stopped a career-high 41 shots during the Grand Rapids Griffins' 6-1 victory against the Abbotsford Heat on Sunday night.

That game that got him pulled against Phoenix affiliate San Antonio saw 5 our of 6 shots (ouch!) go past Larsson in the first period before he was pulled.  Coach Curt Fraser came to the young Swede's aid:

"To be fair, he went over to Sweden with Detroit, didn't play, didn't practice very much, wasn't prepared as maybe he needed to be to start this season and we threw him in against some real tough competition.  He kind of struggled the first couple of outings. Against San Antonio, he kind of struggled, but tonight he shows you the real deal.  It was nice to see Daniel have such success like that. That's the way he's going to have to play for us all year if we expect to get to where we want to go."

Larrson didn't get his 6th shutout as a Griffin as a result of a late 3rd period goal scored on a five on three, but he did register his first penalty as a Griff.
"The guy ran me before I slashed him. I was a little (ticked) off about that," he said. "That wasn't the best thing to do, but we got a win anyway, so that's the most important thing."--Daniel Larsson
The Griffins are currently 4-4-0 in eight games played this season.

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