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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]
Categories: Hartford, Pregame

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]
Categories: Bruton, Hartford, Pregame

Shut down: Hartford from afar

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Bridgeport had been shut out seven times. Hartford didn’t have a shutout yet this season. Seems like this should’ve been a match made in heaven already. BRIDGEPORT with thanks to Phil F: Walters-A.Clark-Montpetit Broda-Root-Langlois Gallant (A)-Langkow-Vaughan Rosen-Mangene (now 100 percent more No. 57)-Johnson D: Ness (A)-Mayfield Finley (A)-Pedan Leboeuf-Newton G: Trudeau Reiter R: Hanson. L: […] [Read More]

Hartford postgame notes

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Phil mentioned part of this during the broadcast of this one, and it was something I almost tweeted last night (and probably good I didn’t, because I’d have used yesterday’s practice combos, and I’d have been wrong about tonight’s group). On opening night, Bridgeport’s lineup included 16 guys on NHL contracts and four guys on […] [Read More]

Broken plays: Hartford postgame

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What theā€¦ Great night for Anders Nilsson, who held the fort, did lots of extra work this week in practice, and made big saves. And it still looked as if he and the team might get beat on a bad bounce, not that there weren’t plenty of those to go around tonight. “We scored back […] [Read More]

Returns on D / Lokomotiv

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Joe Finley and Andrey Pedan appear to be in for the first time in a long time; over three months for Pedan, a day past four for Finley (yet still earlier than most people expected). Marc Cantin and, it appears, Dallas Jackson sit out on defense; Joel Broda makes his Bridgeport debut in the spot […] [Read More]
Categories: Hartford, Television

Unboxed: Hartford postgame

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Completely different goaltending tandem for the Pack this week, which could affect things. Not so much, though there’s not as much to pin on David LeNeveu as there was on the tandem that’s now in the Coast from last week. Bridgeport just went and set the rested team on its heels for the last 40 […] [Read More]

Pack back: Sunday pregame

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Looks like Scooter Vaughan and Alan Quine return today for Bridgeport, with Andrew Clark and Joey Diamond looking like they’re sitting out (Clark took warmup). A tweak on defense, too, splitting up Ness and Mayfield, which had been the usual pairing both before and after Ness’ recall. Completely different goaltending tandem for the Pack this […] [Read More]
Categories: Hartford, Pregame