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Grit, bounceback, loss: Hartford postgame

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Better, not great, and not a win. Funky finishes, with four-minute power plays and three-on-three (“that’s not playoff hockey“). Hey, about those four-minute power plays. Those six power plays from the start of the second period on. “You’re in your zone. It’s intense. You’re blocking shots,” Brent Thompson said. “To me, it’s a big piece […] [Read More]

Emotion, passion, effort: Springfield postgame

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Thompson: "We didn't play with any emotion. We didn't play with any passion. We didn't work hard. It's that simple." #BST — Michael Fornabaio (@fornabaioctp) November 22, 2014 Pretty much. See you tomorrow. …… Perspective: “We’re having trouble playing against those guys for whatever reason,” Colin McDonald said. “One thing I’ve learned in this league, […] [Read More]

Down with a fight (eventually): Springfield postgame

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The gamer is almost exclusively about the last 35 seconds, so I’ll try to dwell on the first 59:25 here after mentioning that Brett Gallant, if nothing somehow changes, has a suspension of two automatic games coming to him, one for the instigator in the last five minutes, one for his third game misconduct (he […] [Read More]

Blasting away: Hartford postgame 2

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Normally I write about something, and… well, it’s like the SI cover jinx. Sometimes it’s just regression to the mean. But last week I wrote Griffin Reinhart, and he got hurt. This week, I wrote Ryan Pulock to advance the weekend… and he’s got three goals in two games. It struck me even last night […] [Read More]

Poulin Wall ’14: Hartford postgame 1

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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]

Powering down: Albany postgame

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Too many power-play goals against, sure, though they saw more bounces and breakdowns doing it to them there than anything. Some of those aspects from last night that we talked about, they showed up again Sunday. Six more power plays against, a night after eight? “Discipline’s going to be an issue moving forward,” Brent Thompson […] [Read More]

Ruining averages: 6-for-6 Albany postgame

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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

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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]

Knock it off: Springfield postgame

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There was a game, and not a pretty game — well, take it back; not a pretty eight minutes or so — for Bridgeport. But in the years to come, unless the season just goes haywire from here, this is gonna be the day David Leggio dumped the net on a two-on-oh. And we have […] [Read More]

Veteran rule: Albany liveblog

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We let a little milestone slip in St. John’s last weekend. When Colin McDonald suited up at the same time as Colton Gillies on Sunday, it was the first time in a little over 10 months that Bridgeport had two honest-to-God AHL veterans in the lineup together. You may recall that the one and only […] [Read More]