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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]

Ups, downs, across (CAN-USA Fri.): Wednesday notes (updated)

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Edit2: ECHL transactions report says Andrey Pedan is coming back up from Stockton. So make it eight again. Edit: Bridgeport sent Mike Cornell down to Florida (ECHL) this afternoon. Presumably a further casualty of the numbers (see below), though interesting as one of the only two righty shots left (if you count Scooter Vaughan as […] [Read More]

Springfield liveblog: Enough with the snow already

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Hit Wonderland for the morning skate (early-morning, because of ice-availability issues), then rather than drive home through the third period, stuck around to watch in the lobby with a bunch of parents. And then I got to do something I’ve always wanted to do: At the overtime buzzer, rather than watch a shootout, I stood […] [Read More]

Friday notes: Finley on the way

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Everybody who’d been here before the break apparently made it back travel-wise; some had dicey connections, but they made it. The only absence noted: Justin Johnson, who’ll be out about 10 days, lower-body, said Scott Pellerin. There’s another player expected tomorrow, though, who would’ve been in today if not for the weather: Joe Finley, out […] [Read More]
Categories: Bruton, Finley, Pedan, RIP

Finley out: who else?

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Joe Finley’s tour of specialists wound up with the tough diagnosis: He needed surgery on his left hand to correct a “blood-flow issue,” as Scott Pellerin put it; Finley has had similar issues in the past, which cost him the bulk of his 2009-10 season. “It’s very unlucky,” Pellerin said. The big defenseman is in […] [Read More]

Monday Frustration

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Not a whole lot of happy floating around the Wonderland of Ice this morning. They skated on one rink, crossed the lobby, skated on the other, then skated at the end. Then skated a little more. They got some vociferous instruction at times. We’ll see what sticks Wednesday. Further tweaks to the lineup; Halmo where […] [Read More]
Categories: Finley, Keenan

Crunch time, etc. – Friday practice

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Same lines today at the Wonderland of Ice as yesterday. Looks as if they’ll go up there with these 13, six and two, making a decision tomorrow who’ll make up the fourth line. Scott Pellerin said he hopes to have more on Joe Finley’s prognosis early next week, before the game at Hartford on Wednesday. […] [Read More]
Categories: Bruton, Finley

Wednesday’s 12, 6 and 2 (plus) (Updated: Martinek)

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Bridgeport was almost down to a game roster Wednesday as Joe Finley remained out. “He’s seeing the doctor again,” Scott Pellerin said. “It’s something minor that we have to make sure he’s 100 percent before he can get back on the ice.” That left six defensemen to go with the 12 forwards, though Brett Gallant, […] [Read More]

Closer, further: Tuesday practice

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While Brett Gallant got a little closer to returning, taking about half of today’s practice in a red no-contact jersey, Joe Finley left early. “It’s a minor thing that he’s not 100 percent,” Scott Pellerin said. “It was hurting him while he was on the ice, so we thought he’d take it easy.” He’ll see […] [Read More]

Spills, chills, shootouts

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A little bit of everything in Season 13, Game 2, from wacky short-handed goals to big late penalty kills to fights in defense of a teammate — and yourself. Joe Finley was in on a few of them, especially the PK and the fights. He took a hit from Zack Stortini in the first that […] [Read More]