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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]

Poulin Wall ’14: Hartford postgame 1

You look up at the end of the night, and it’s 6-1, and the goaltender ends up third star. Sometimes credit for the goalie gets a little lost in a night like this. “He didn’t get lost,” Brent Thompson said. “He was very noticeable. … Whenever there was a breakdown, he was there to shut […] [Read More]

Veterans rule!: Hartford pregame

I guess a corollary to the Tomas Kaberle vs. Bridgeport defense bit from last night: Hartford, with Kaberle on the PTO and Mike Kostka down today, has eight veterans on the roster, if I’m counting correctly. Full veterans. Chris Bourque, Ryan Malone, Joey Crabb, Chris Mueller, Nick Tarnasky, Ryan Potulny, Kostka and Kaberle. Not one […] [Read More]