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Snowy Thursday notes

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Wasn’t able to get to practice this morning — fortunately didn’t land on 13 and make an accidental left; sweet merciful… — but a few moves in the organization. Ryan Toohey had last night from Naples that Kevin Czuczman is coming back up after last night’s game with the Everblades. Six games, 11 shots and […] [Read More]

In 3D? Tuesday notes

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One of those remarkable mornings when you’ve almost got more defensemen than forwards. With Sebastian Collberg and Mike Halmo in red still, Bridgeport had 12 forwards on the ice. Colton Gillies was still feeling it but back in action; Chris Langkow is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, and Justin Courtnall is sick. There were nine […] [Read More]

Three in threes: WBS postgame

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I don’t want to say this game kind of stuck out in August, but this game kind of stuck out in August. Three in threes against non-three-in-three teams… They just ain’t easy. Toss in giving up a goal 70 seconds in, they get nearer to impossible. And give Bridgeport credit, like Brent Thompson said: Their […] [Read More]

Change to come/Vazzano honored: Tuesday notes

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Arthur Staple’s expecting a callup at forward after the Islanders placed both Kyle Okposo and Eric Boulton on injured reserve before Tuesday’s big home win over the Rangers. Mike Richards, 2005 Calder Cup champion, is now a Manchester Monarch. Congrats to Andrew MacDonald and Hali Sampson, newlyweds. Trumbull’s Alex Vazzano was Atlantic Hockey goalie of […] [Read More]

Shots on goal, near goal, around goal: Providence pre/postgame

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Those first 25 minutes, man. I know I didn’t tweet ‘em much (sigh), but what I got out, I guess, helped do them in. Game could’ve been over. It seemed Providence couldn’t cross the blue line in the first period. Bridgeport kept going the other way and not scoring. Or not getting a shot off. […] [Read More]

Pulock out: Providence postgame

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On video, Ryan Pulock takes a couple of innocuous-looking bumps on the first shift tonight. One comes from Tyler Randell as he’s moving the puck, with his arms extended; maybe it’s to the arm, maybe even to the stick. If I’m guessing, based on how he looked from a distance, arms steady to his side, […] [Read More]

Hour’s effort: Hartford postgame

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Well. Brent Thompson had talked last night about shooting more. Asked Aaron Ness about it, and he pointed to those 10 shots on goal after two. “It’s not good enough,” he said. It goes through the team, forwards, defensemen, getting traffic, everything. Then he was off to sign autographs. And before long, he was back […] [Read More]

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]

NHL attrition: Friday bits

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Costly game up in Boston last night: Josh Bailey breaks his hand, and Zdeno Chara tears his left PCL. Still, the Islanders had Mikhail Grabovski in a regular spot today, appears no immediate recall. And since Bridgeport is up on the Rock, that’s helpful. (Of course, head injuries, you never know. But they’ve got Eric […] [Read More]

Outshot, shot down: St. John’s postgame 1

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Shots on goal don’t always reflect the flow of a game, the territory of a game, the possession in a game. But for two periods, these kinda did. Actually, so did the third’s, but we digress. Bridgeport led 2-0 though the IceCaps had an edge in shots and in chances, in part because of one […] [Read More]