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Got one: Hartford postgame

That’s not playoff hockey, you know. The 60 minutes before it had its moments — the first two periods were totally Sunday-afternoon hockey, shots on goal 13-10 and whatnot, but still — and then it comes to four-on-four, and David Leggio, who’d given up one from 90 feet a period earlier, makes some big saves. […] [Read More]

Showing up early: Hartford pregame

Figuring out when to set my alarm led me to realize it was the first time I was setting it for quite this trip at quite this time. This will only be the fourth Bridgeport visit to Hartford on a Sunday in the regular season, and the earliest start. And as it turns out, the […] [Read More]

No need to yell: Hartford postgame

There’s no reason, Scooter Vaughan said, that this team should be forcing the coaches to blister the paint between periods, to get the blood pressure up. They know what they’ve got to do. They’ve got to do it. “The game’s played with passion, emotion, heart,” Brent Thompson said. “We have to harness that. … We […] [Read More]

Conacher in, Halmo out: Hartford pregame

No Mike Halmo today — reportedly injured in Friday night’s loss in Wilkes-Barre; hoping for more after the game — so Cory Conacher makes his Bridgeport debut in Halmo’s spot (well, on the right side, from the rushes) with C.J. Stretch and Harry Zolnierczyk. Otherwise similar, though it looks like Justin Courtnall slots back in […] [Read More]
Categories: Conacher, Halmo, Hartford, Pregame

Hour’s effort: Hartford postgame

Well. Brent Thompson had talked last night about shooting more. Asked Aaron Ness about it, and he pointed to those 10 shots on goal after two. “It’s not good enough,” he said. It goes through the team, forwards, defensemen, getting traffic, everything. Then he was off to sign autographs. And before long, he was back […] [Read More]

One’s out (not that one): Hartford pregame

We went into today’s pregame wondering about Griffin Reinhart’s status. He’s giving it a go tonight, but missing is Johan Sundstrom, injured (lower body) on the overtime penalty kill last night. He and Sebastian Collberg sit out, with John Persson and Justin Courtnall drawing back in. Adam Pelech also goes back in for Jesse Graham. […] [Read More]
Categories: Hartford, Pregame, Sundstrom

Grit, bounceback, loss: Hartford postgame

Better, not great, and not a win. Funky finishes, with four-minute power plays and three-on-three (“that’s not playoff hockey“). Hey, about those four-minute power plays. Those six power plays from the start of the second period on. “You’re in your zone. It’s intense. You’re blocking shots,” Brent Thompson said. “To me, it’s a big piece […] [Read More]

Tweaks after two losses: Hartford pregame

A few apparent changes, Justin Courtnall for Colton Gillies, Andrey Pedan for Adam Pelech, and John Persson for the returning-from-injury Sebastian Collberg. The top six return to status quo ante Springfield, it appears. Hartford at the other end; this is a best guess. One to scratch for them. BRIDGEPORT F: Mouillierat-Quine-McDonald (A) Halmo-Stretch-Zolnierczyk (A) Persson-Sundstrom-Courtnall […] [Read More]
Categories: Hartford, Pregame

Blasting away: Hartford postgame 2

Normally I write about something, and… well, it’s like the SI cover jinx. Sometimes it’s just regression to the mean. But last week I wrote Griffin Reinhart, and he got hurt. This week, I wrote Ryan Pulock to advance the weekend… and he’s got three goals in two games. It struck me even last night […] [Read More]

Good problems to have, etc.: Hartford pregame 2

John Persson back in, C.J. Stretch out tonight. “We’ve got a lot of good players,” Thompson said. That, they do. Kael Mouillierat moves back to the middle for Stretch as Persson moves into Mouillierat’s spot. The third and fourth lines, both effective last night, remain intact. One to scratch each way. Pedan did take the […] [Read More]