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Second chances: Providence postgame

They still give up a lot of shots, still spend a lot of time in their own end (though less today in the third, a big part of the finish), still live a little dangerously sometimes. Today’s streak-breakin’ win seemed to limit some of those endless shifts in their own end. Yeah, they had a […] [Read More]

Poulin Wall ’14: Hartford postgame 1

You look up at the end of the night, and it’s 6-1, and the goaltender ends up third star. Sometimes credit for the goalie gets a little lost in a night like this. “He didn’t get lost,” Brent Thompson said. “He was very noticeable. … Whenever there was a breakdown, he was there to shut […] [Read More]

Ruining averages: 6-for-6 Albany postgame

When Ben Thomson was penalized for roughing up Colin McDonald — who’d neatly rope-a-doped Darcy Zajac three minutes earlier, making Bridgeport 6-for-6, seriously, SIX-FOR-SIX, on the power play — and Kael Mouillierat stepped in to cut him off, I thought, well-played, kid. Even this thing up. Playing with fire here. Mouillierat didn’t get a penalty. […] [Read More]

Not bad on the penalty kill: Norfolk postgame

It almost looks kinda placid, doesn’t it? Norfolk with 15 shots in the second period despite 11:00 of power-play time: As my grandfather used to say when he’d ask how much something cost, since it didn’t cost him anything, “that’s not bad.” Contained within those four-plus power plays and 11 minutes with 1:26 of five-on-three, […] [Read More]

Shut down: Hartford from afar

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]

Poulin home, Leboeuf in: Friday morning skate

Kevin Poulin is home from Manchester; his wife’s pregnant. So backing up Kenny Reiter tonight is Kevin Moore, former UMass goalie, who apparently lives around Manchester. Bridgeport also has defenseman Guy Leboeuf , late of RPI, in on an amateur tryout. Could make his pro debut tonight. [Read More]
Categories: Leboeuf, Moore-Kevin, Poulin

Eight is not happening: Worcester postgame

Streak’s over. “It (is objectionable or inadequate),” Matt Donovan said. “Obviously you want to keep that streak going. I felt that was a very winnable game if we showed up the first 40 and played like we did in the third. It was ours to take, those two points.” A rough first two periods; a […] [Read More]

Nilsson up, Poulin down

The Islanders swapped goalies this morning, sending Kevin Poulin to Bridgeport, calling up Anders Nilsson. Since his last stint in the NHL, when Evgeni Nabokov was out injured, Nilsson has had his best stretch in two years. He had played nine of the past 10, winning his last six. He has a .918 save percentage […] [Read More]
Categories: Nilsson-Anders, Poulin

Fuzzy math

Norfolk arrived here without a lot of its offense. Pat Maroon, Peter Holland, Kyle Palmieri, all up in the Show. Did some back-of-the-envelope (OK, side of the game notes) math after one period, when it looked as if Bridgeport had some good things going offensively: The Admirals’ lineup had scored 56 AHL goals this season. […] [Read More]

Hartford shutdown

Tough place to play sometimes, I said to Kevin Poulin. He kinda shrugged. (Maybe he was already composing this tweet.) They handled the Whale easily, scored early again. Still, some moments early where it looked as if, with half a step more, the Whale might have jumped on top, or tied it up, or made […] [Read More]