For 30 minutes or so, it looked as if this post was going to be a panegyric to the power play, a whole lot of “is this where it turns around” and such.
And then Brock Trotter and Nathan Oystrick broke out, and bad things happened from there for Bridgeport. A 2-0 lead turned into a 4-2 loss. “We gave away points the last two weeks,” Brent Thompson said, and after they led Manchester 2-0 and 3-1, and led Albany 3-1, it’s true. There has to be “killer instinct, to nail it down, that nobody’s going to get another goal.”
A breakdown turns into a two-on-one. A penalty at the end of the period turns into the tying goal. A crazy bounce becomes the winner. And an empty-netter. That’s ballgame.
But hey, the power play, right? Ty Wishart and Calvin de Haan get shots through. Second effort by Colliton and Howes in front of the net. Good things happen. “We have to do (those kinds of things) at five-on-five as well,” Thompson said. We don’t see the second unit until the second period. Maybe this is where that turns around. (Portland coach Ray Edwards was displeased with his guys’ first period in general, let alone the penalty kill. But still.) Only the third time the Sound Tigers have scored two PPGs in a game. Someone noted a weird one, though: Bridgeport lost all three games.
This was Game 25, so Chris Langkow’s season-opening PTO expired. He has signed another, though he remains out.
Oystrick said he was looking to saucer the puck to Ethan Werek in the right corner on the winner. Fortunately for him, he got too much on it. I stand by this.
Prescout. Wouldn’t think they’re happy, either. Two points for Cam Atkinson.
Patrick Wiercioch will see a throat specialist, Joy Lindsay reports.
Darren Haydar reaches 700 AHL points.
Speaking of milestones, one for the Rangers. Haven’t seen the Travis Hamonic major that beat the Islanders up tonight, but sounds like a doozy. (Haven’t seen the big college basketball fight, either.)
And RIP, Joe Restic.