First time for everything

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People ask sometimes if I have favorite players, and I really don’t. Been fortunate in five years to get along with just about everyone who has come through that room, and even with some in the other room as well. But favorites? It’s antithetical to the job. That said, when you’re around these people every […] [Read More]
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Sunday Night Penalty Party!

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What we have to take on faith tonight is that, in a 62-minute game, 18 fouls were committed. Not too hard. But we are also asked to take on faith that of those 18 fouls, 14 of them came in pairs — actually, make that “16 of them came in groups” — simultaneously, or while […] [Read More]
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Old school!

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LeagueStat was down tonight, so the stats were messy from the start and remain incomplete, at least at this writing, online. So the ace staff of off-ice officials, at game’s end, had to go old school and draw up the old four-sheet Official Report of Match to be faxed off to the league office. I’m […] [Read More]
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He sorta shoots…

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The Nilsson Goal from Wednesday night is up at the Sound Tigers’ Web site. About a 2.6M download, Windows Media Player required. (Ben Guite appears not to be in the Boston lineup tonight. Harlan Pratt is in the Bridgeport lineup… and at this writing is in the penalty box for hooking, 41 seconds into his […] [Read More]
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Welcome to the house of pain

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(Update: Went up early to talk to Ben Guite for the next weekly. Picked a good day, I guess: Guite got the call last night. Pretty awesome.) Shall we run through the litany? Aw, what the heck, I’ve got 20 minutes till I have to call for questions. Friday, Oct. 26, 2001: Bridgeport 2, Providence […] [Read More]
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Lost in transit

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Between the skate and the trip here to Providence, the Islanders reassigned Travis Brigley to Springfield. In return, defenseman Harlan Pratt is on his way to the Sound Tigers. (ObNHref: younger brother of Beast defenseman Nolan Pratt.) Pratt isn’t here yet but bolsters the Karpa-less defense; he’s a righty, too. Might update. Who knows. It’s […] [Read More]
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The Dave Karpa Era…

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…appears to have lasted as long as the Brendan Yarema era. Karpa has departed for pastures unknown. Not sure what turned the negotiations. The restored D-pairings at the morning skate were all familiar from earlier in the season. In fact, all four forward lines were familiar, too. More tonight from Providence. So no Bouchard, no […] [Read More]
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Conacher, Nemchinov, Malakhov, Vanbiesbrouck…

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Joel Bouchard is supposed to be on the Island and could play tonight. No word yet if anybody’s coming down. A clip of the Nilsson goal will hopefully pop up on the BST site sometime in the next couple of days. (And the goal — more in print tomorrow — should change no minds about […] [Read More]
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Ask the Answer Idiot

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Dear Answer Idiot, How do you miss Robert Nilsson’s sick* goal? You’re in the darn building! The press box is at that end, high up in the suite level! No wonder you’re an idiot. Mike F., Van Nest *-”Sick” in the non-ear-infection sense this time, idiot. Listen, punk. I could make excuses about astigmatism and […] [Read More]
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Did I say two weeks?

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Cody Rudkowsky’s knee strain has improved tremendously over the past 24 hours. He skated and took a few shots after practice today and felt pretty good. He won’t go to Wilkes-Barre tomorrow — Dartmouth product Nick Boucher is supposed join the team from Elmira of the UHL — but he’s actually now got a chance […] [Read More]
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