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Tied in SJ: Sunday notes

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An assist for Blair Riley as St. John’s evens the series going to Wilkes-Barre for three. Michael Hutchinson made 34 saves in a 2-1 win. Peter Mannino made 27 saves. Gold for Russia over Finland; bronze for Anders Nilsson and Sweden in a 29-save shutout over the Czechs. Name, Country GP G A Pts PIM […] [Read More]

Pens-Caps 1: Saturday notes

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I’d love to be covering the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-St. John’s series. Not only because of the alumni factor*, but they’re a couple of pretty good teams with the weapons to come at you a few different ways, as Jonathan talked about in his postgamer tonight on the WBS side. The Pens won Game 1 tonight on the […] [Read More]

Halak signs/US done as always: Thursday notes

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So basically, in Game 3 of a conference final at MSG between the Rangers and Canadiens is going to overtime, a linesman is going to take a Ranger out, and the Habs are going to win. Got it. Big day for the Big Club. They announced them in reverse order, but you’d think getting Jaroslav […] [Read More]

Holy cro: Pens win Game 7/Wednesday notes

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored five goals in a blink at the start of the second period tonight in Game 7, and it looked like a laugher. Holy cro, it was not, but the Pens held on and will face the IceCaps for the second time in three years. The Bruins got one back on a late-second short-handed […] [Read More]

Worlds board/high school boarding majors: Tuesday notes

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It’ll be USA-Czech Republic bright ‘n’ early Thursday morning in the Worlds quarterfinals. The United States won both those must-win games and finished second, taking Tuesday morning’s game 5-4 against Germany. Matt Donovan had one of the Americans’ four go-ahead goals. Johnny Gaudreau’s did it for good. Ovechkinless Russia still beat Belarus to keep the […] [Read More]

Game 7 in NEPA/Morris speaks: Monday notes

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There’ll be a Game 7 on Saturday Wednesday at Wilkes-Barre. A controversial disallowed goal went against the Penguins, and the Bruins went on to win 4-1 after an empty-netter. So two years in a row with a seven-game series between these two. Hey, realign and put ‘em in the same division. Tim Leone caught up […] [Read More]

Stars, Americans clinch: Sunday notes

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Grand Rapids scored first Sunday. Texas ran past them and away to a huge Game 6 win at home, ending the series. It’ll be Trevor Smith and Toronto against the Stars for the Western Conference championship. They’ll start Friday. Over in Minsk, the big news was an apparent right-knee injury to Alex Ovechkin, though the […] [Read More]

Pens lead, U.S. needs wins: Saturday notes

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It was 3-2 Penguins in Providence tonight, so it’s 3-2 Penguins in the series. Peter Mannino made 31 saves, and Anton Zlobin scored late. They can wrap things up Monday night in Wilkes-Barre Township and set up a return to St. John’s, where they played the conference semis in 2012 (the IceCaps won that in […] [Read More]

Worlds notes: Late early for U.S.

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Catching up… It’s a long tournament as these things go, the World Championship, especially under the current format. But it’s getting a lot shorter for the United States after Thursday morning’s 6-5 loss to Latvia (Brock Nelson had two, and Herberts Vasiljevs got what turned out to be the winner) and a 4-3 overtime win […] [Read More]

Fives wild: Wednesday notes/Worlds locals

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All three AHL games had a five-goal period tonight, a different period in each game, and two of the three needed overtime. After Providence scored two goals in the first 66 seconds of the third, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had to come back from three goals down in the last 13 minutes to force overtime. It took over […] [Read More]