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Comets hit Barons/adieu, Dave: Wednesday notes

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Utica completes the final four in the AHL with a 1-0 win over Oklahoma City in Game 7 of the Western Conference semis. Alexandre Grenier scored with 12:49 left in the game, and Jacob Markstrom (in the company of Johnny Bower in the history books, per the AHL) made 35 saves. So that’s it for […] [Read More]

Bronzed: Sunday notes

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We’re No. 3. Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves, Nick Bonino opened the scoring from Brock Nelson in the first period, and the U.S. beat the host Czech Republic 3-0 to take bronze at the World Championship. Farmington’s Bonino picked up a double minor for high-sticking in the second, but soon after he assisted on Charlie […] [Read More]

Hartford moves on; saving the last dance: Friday notes

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The Wolf Pack are off to Round 2 after coming from behind to beat Providence on defenseman Tommy Hughes’ goal early in overtime. Their opponent remains TBA because of Manchester-Portland affecting the rankings, whether from the top or the bottom, but Hartford is in. The teams combined for five minors in the last 13:30. Providence […] [Read More]

Playoffs elsewhere (almost everywhere), Daniels takes the fall: Thursday notes

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Ran up to Hartford this morning for a chat with Ryan Haggerty, with Game 5 of their series Friday night at the Former Mall. Down on the Island, Brock Nelson told Arthur Staple he’s off to Worlds. The U.S. tournament begins Friday morning against Finland; it’s on NBCSN at 10 a.m. The < full rosters […] [Read More]

Changes/playoffs elsewhere: Wednesday notes

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Wednesday was the third anniversary of the Sound Tigers’ last playoff game. The team that knocked them out got their playoffs started tonight, and former Bridgeport goalie Yann Danis made 27 saves in the Wolf Pack’s 3-1 win over Providence. Game 2 is Saturday in Hartford. Out in Rosemont, Ill., where Bridgeport played its only […] [Read More]

Rearrangement pre-Norfolk: Monday notes

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The past two games, C.J. Stretch had sat late after penalties. His spot on that line was occupied by Alan Quine this morning, between Cory Conacher and Harry Zolnierczyk (Mike Halmo: upper body, day-to-day*). Peter Sivak was up with Kael Mouillierat and Colin McDonald. “It’s a discipline issue,” Brent Thompson said after he’d skated the […] [Read More]

Veterans and rookies: Tuesday notes

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Happy Veterans Day, particularly to those who served… Griffin Reinhart remained out. “He’s moving in the right direction,” Brent Thompson said. It sounds as if they won’t rush him back, but “he’s making progress. That’s probably the best way to put it.” Still terming him day-to-day; too early to tell if he goes on the […] [Read More]

Kabanov on unconditional waivers/(updated) signings, notes

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Kirill Kabanov, a character, funny — hilarious at times. Still aggravated coaches and earned himself an early-season trip to Stockton this year. Injury muddled up his first pro season here; the second ended with assignment to Sweden. Won’t be a third, at least not here: Ren Lavoie broke that the Islanders have placed Kabanov on […] [Read More]