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Survive and advance: Hartford postgame

“It’s a way to get two points,” Scooter Vaughan said. “I wouldn’t recommend it.” Hartford had a heck of a second period, was all over Bridgeport, and then Jack MacLellan brings the puck in, takes his time, sets up Griffin Reinhart to set up C.J. Stretch for a shot, and then Harry Zolnierczyk gets dirty […] [Read More]

Poulin returns: Hartford pregame

Kevin Poulin returns for Bridgeport tonight after missing three games injured. Appears that’s the only change from last night, with David Leggio backing up for him. Hartford has one to scratch. BRIDGEPORT F: Langkow-Mouillierat (A)-McDonald (A) Courtnall-Quine-Conacher Zolnierczyk-MacLellan-Stretch Gillies-Sundstrom-Vaughan D: Ness (C)-Reinhart Pelech-Mayfield Lashoff-Graham G: Poulin Leggio HARTFORD F: C.Bourque (A)-Lindberg-Crabb Vaive-Hrivik-Kristo R.Bourque (A)-Mueller (A)-Haggerty […] [Read More]
Categories: Hartford, Poulin, Pregame

For crying out loud: Hartford postgame

These games are just weird. Another tough night for David Leggio. (Turns into a tough-luck loss for Kent Simpson; welcome back to the AHL, kid.) A mere 16 power plays, eight goals on special teams, one empty-netter to tie a record in a similar kind of game — well, I guess it’d have to be. […] [Read More]

Left to start the second half: Hartford pregame

The injuries and recalls and everything else left Bridgeport with just one healthy extra. The ECHL transactions suggest they’re bringing another man cross-country, Lukas Sutter. He’s awaiting his AHL debut. But he’s not here yet; more likely tomorrow. Those still here open the second half in Hartford. Chris Langkow had already moved up to replace […] [Read More]
Categories: Hartford, Pregame, Sutter

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