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Hartford moves on: Friday notes

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The East Division over the past decade had provided the AHL with Calder Cups for Norfolk and Binghamton and Philadelphia and, of course Hershey; with finals appearances for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse. And it’s now out of business. The AHL’s new alignment cobbles bits of the East, Northeast and Atlantic into a new Atlantic next year, […] [Read More]

Manch moves on/Great shot, kid: USA wins, Tuesday notes

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The only AHL game tonight featured Bridgeport’s once and future division rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season finale. Manchester scored two first-period goals (Sean Backman had an assist) and withstood Conor Sheary’s second-period goal to beat the Penguins 2-1 and finish off the series in five. The Monarchs, off to California whenever this season ends, move on to […] [Read More]

Multiple overtimes: Thursday notes

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Like an hour and a half after Game 1 needed three overtimes, Game 2 was decided in about 45 minutes: Manchester got three points apiece from Jordan Weal, Brian O’Neill and Michael Mersch, and the Monarchs lead the series 2-0 after a 5-2 win tonight. They’ll go to Wilkes-Barre for two or three games. The […] [Read More]

Droughts/shots in elimination games: Monday notes

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Peter Botte of the Daily News ran a bunch of numbers on the Islanders’ playoff drought and tweeted them this morning. Turns out their winless streak runs pretty close to their farm team’s. Both streaks roll on. The Islanders put only 11 shots on Braden Holtby — only five years ago that their farm team […] [Read More]

Day last: Hartford pregame

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Kevin Poulin for the last game of the season. A few tweaks; Sebastian Collberg gets in for the finale, and Colin Markison’s out. The sick remain out. Hartford, locked into the third seed, has a bunch of changes from Friday. BRIDGEPORT F: Jeffrey (A)-Quine-Vaughan Johnston-Mouillierat (A)-Collberg Gillies-Sundstrom-Langkow Gallant-Brooks-Eberle D: Ness (C)-Pulock Pelech-Mayfield Carkner-Louis G: Poulin […] [Read More]

Time flies, seasons change: Syracuse liveblog

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(One last request: Fake Team Awards balloting ends tonight.) Today is the fifth anniversary of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ last playoff win (and 12th of its last series win). Mikko Koskinen beat Braden Holtby in that last victory, Andrew MacDonald scored two power-play goals, Robin Figren had a goal and an assist: Bridgeport beat Hershey […] [Read More]

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]

Age just a number, red just a color: Tuesday notes

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Kabanov, Schremp, Rakshani och Tambellini på isen samtidigt just nu. Bridgeport Soundtigers gör avtryck överallt! — Robin Figren (@figge_22) April 14, 2015 Meanwhile back in the States, Bridgeport had 15 forwards and six defensemen (with Griffin Reinhart up with the Islanders) on the ice for practice today. No Brett Gallant (who’s expected for the weekend, Brent […] [Read More]