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Grit, bounceback, loss: Hartford postgame

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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

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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]
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Blasting away: Hartford postgame 2

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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

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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

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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

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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]

Thirteen Years Gone: Hartford postgame

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So the last day. Poulin’s spectacular, hecklers be damned (we’ll take the sober ones over the drunk ones; that’s a rant for another day). One deflection by a guy untouched at the top of the crease. They can’t find a way to beat Dov Grumet-Morris, equally stellar, who robs Sundstrom on a power-play glove save […] [Read More]

Game 76/76: Hartford pregame

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Last day of the year. Feels odd with Easter tomorrow, preceding the exit meetings Monday. Feels odd being on the road, for reasons mentioned earlier in the week. Last time around with this group. Last time to see some of them in these colors, or at least with that crest. But it’s that time of […] [Read More]
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Novelty: Hartford postgame

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Today’s Bridgeport lineup, by where they were on Feb. 1: F: UNO-Bakersfield-Evansville Stockton-Yale-Injured Adirondack-Bridgeport-Bridgeport Bridgeport-Bridgeport-Bridgeport D: Injured-RPI Bridgeport-Bridgeport Injured-Ontario G: Islanders Bridgeport Wouldn’t have thought of this if not for what I’d watched the past two days, but I think I saw a couple of Bridgeport’s college guys avoid playing a defensive-zone hand pass in […] [Read More]

Back home: Hartford pregame

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Back after a few days of NCAA hockey (though indeed Funky Skaterboy’s at center ice instead of a big tiger) to find a few NCAA players. An assortment of juniors could be on the way soon, along with last night’s reported Kyle Burroughs. Sounds like Victor Crus Rydberg is likely as well. Kevin Poulin, new […] [Read More]
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