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Playoffs?!?

The Drought turns 12: Bridgeport’s (non-)playoff history

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The Sound Tigers last won a playoff series in 2003, 12 years ago tonight. Since then, 24 of the other 29 teams in the league have won at least one series. Lake Erie*, the Albany Devils, Utica, the Adirondack Flames and the Iowa Wild are the five others who have not won a playoff series […] [Read More]

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]

“Get to the ‘working overtime’ part!”*

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The regular season’s over up top, so there’s no more NHL paychecks. The Islanders recalled all eight guys they’d left hanging around here this week to practice with the Big Club. (If they travel, if they need directions around Pittsburgh or Consol Energy Center, I’m here… to tell them to ask somebody else. Great barn, […] [Read More]

Wrapping it up (well, almost) (with chat)

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The Sound Tigers got their wrap-up meetings over in a hurry; well, they got them over in a hurry, as in they got them done today, within 24 hours of the start of the game that eliminated them. They didn’t get them over in a hurry, as in the scheduled 11 a.m. appointments finished up […] [Read More]

Swept clean

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You could pin this whole thing on Cam Talbot. Man allowed three goals in three games (OK, sure, all in about 37 minutes tonight) while stopping over 40 shots in each of them. You could then again pin this thing on the Whale defense, which, darn it, was my other option on Monday. (Always write […] [Read More]

Game 3: Matchup? Changeup

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The ATOs are out. The boys who brung ’em are in. Howes, McNeely, Mouillierat in. Persson and Nelson sit. Guess if you’re gonna go out, go out looking like you did at your best. And a few of these lines look very familiar. Both teams have one to scratch. All appearances are Marcinko and Klassen, […] [Read More]

Out of his gourd

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Cam Talbot, pride of Alabama-Huntsville (at least since that last UAH guy, who played here), made 42 saves the other night. He made 41 more tonight. He’s a huge reason the Sound Tigers suddenly need a three-game winning streak over the next seven days, or their season is done. “You’re running into a hot goalie,” […] [Read More]

Game 2 pregame

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Tony Romano and Jon Landry return to the lineup, with Kael Mouillierat and Mark Katic removed. It’s naturally Kevin Poulin in goal. The Whale have 2011 first-rounder J.T. Miller on for warmup, and from the rushes, looks like he’s in and Steve Moses is out. Edit: Appearances hold up. Otherwise, the same for the Whale. […] [Read More]