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Nelson sent down

After their 4-3 loss tonight, the Islanders sent Brock Nelson down. That’ll certainly tweak those lines — maybe a Lee/Strome reunion? — and power-play units and probably penalty-kill units. Arthur reports they’ll decide about a call-up after that, but obviously this is the only game here for another week. (There’s also the issue of Lubomir […] [Read More]

Two points for Nelson

Been good knowing you, kid? We’ll know for sure Monday, but a performance like that isn’t going to hurt. The Big Club has another split-squad day Sunday, and then the roster has to be down to 23 by Monday afternoon. A point and a plus night for Victor Bartley, too. Believe the only Islander he […] [Read More]
Categories: Alumni watch, Nelson

Building block, but over

So it ends for the Big Club, in overtime at home in Game 6. Fine job to get themselves in; a good step along the way. (“Now do it again,” etc.) Brock Nelson played 7:44 in his NHL debut, on for the Penguins’ second-period goal but drawing five more shifts, up until 6:11 remained in […] [Read More]

Bring in the closers

They got a little bit from everyone, getting the rookie goal-scoring record from one guy, getting their standout young defenseman a share of the league lead, getting another strong comeback game from their goalie. But a couple of the kids had big nights tonight, too, one on the scoresheet, the other more subtly. Well, subtle […] [Read More]

Playoff Crunch

So in this odd season when they battle for life and struggle against teams in last place, Bridgeport sweeps the de facto Calder Cup champs. Goals for Scott Campbell, Nino Niederreiter (PP) and, in overtime, Brock Nelson, tying Rhett Rakhshani’s team rookie record of 24 goals. Assists on all three to Matt Donovan. Matt Watkins […] [Read More]

Right where they wanted them

Down 2-0 again (15 turnovers, Scott Pellerin said, “we couldn’t make tape-to-tape passes to our guys, but we made great tape-to-tape passes to them”), another comeback, another four goals in a row. This time they even made it five. They traded goals after that but hung on. And right as they were hanging on, we […] [Read More]

Worcester pregame: Chasing Nino

Nino Niederreiter has led Bridgeport in scoring, whether outright in points or on the goals tiebreaker, since Bridgeport’s second goal of the season. Casey Cizikas scored the first one off Travis Hamonic’s and Niederreiter’s assists, so Cizikas, technically, was the Sound Tigers’ leading scorer. That lasted 110 seconds before Niederreiter scored the second from Kirill […] [Read More]

Needed victory

Curtis McElhinney kept making saves; one or two I’m not sure how he got ’em. The last one, no chance for him. David Ullstrom left wide open. Brock Nelson finds him. Ballgame. The penalty kill came up big in overtime; coupla JAM saves by Rick DiPietro after Bridgeport’s called for too many men (Pellerin credited […] [Read More]