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Albany from afar, one eye on Newark edition

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Like a lot of folks I’m sure, will be following the Sound Tigers and Albany while keeping tabs as best as possible on the NHL debut of Justin Johnson, in which he joins a lineup made up largely of guys he knows. No Albany as usual for us, so we’ll be following along with Josh […] [Read More]

So Brett Gallant’s an NHLer

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And as someone said afterward, you can never take that away. Talked to a few people for a story that will run later on in the week. But some kind of night: Couple of shot attempts, one on goal, three credited hits, 10 shifts for 6:02, one trip to the box on an attempted fight […] [Read More]

Not Friday yet: Thursday notes

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Edit, 5:10 p.m.: Well, it’s CBA Friday: The Islanders have called up Johan Sundstrom. He could get his first crack in an NHL sweater tomorrow night. In this case, they’ve used emergency recall. Original post follows. So we await word on a recall. The Islanders have defensemen like Bridgeport has forwards — you’d think there’d […] [Read More]
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Bus terminal of the skies: Thursday notes

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Flew home LGA – YYZ with the polite, prompt Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL farm team of NYI. Connecting to St. John's NF for wknd games. — Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) March 6, 2014 There you go. Programming note: On assignment Friday night, so the liveblog won’t be so live. Will set up some links beforehand. Should […] [Read More]

So they’ve won 12 of 14*

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Halmo steps on ice, levels Kessel. Already a fan favorite. — Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) February 28, 2014 Not a bad start to the NHL career. A few big hits (four in all in 9:01), a few plays almost made, and Mike Halmo’s an NHLer. Anders Lee scored his second NHL goal on a third-period power […] [Read More]

Loans and assignments: Thursday notes

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Between trades, loans and reassignments, it’s been a wacky week or so. The latest came this morning, when Riley Wetmore appeared on the AHL transactions; he skated this morning, then started out for Stockton. Similar reason given as was with most of the other guys who’ve been sent to the Coast this year: He’s got […] [Read More]

Good news/bad news on the Island: Monday-night notes

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The Islanders lost Evgeni Nabokov early in their game tonight against Dallas; Kevin Poulin took over, and the Isles announced only a lower-body injury on their veteran goalie. But the Big Club won it 7-3. Ryan Strome’s first NHL goal; Calvin de Haan’s first NHL point (his first two points, actually); goals for Brock Nelson […] [Read More]

Denied, vindicated: a shutout in Hartford

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Scott Pellerin’s been doing this game a while, and he said the Dov Grumet-Morris stop on Mike Halmo in the second — seriously, remind me to find you some video — was one of the best he’s ever seen, keeping this thing scoreless halfway home. But Bridgeport kept slugging. It did that early on, trading […] [Read More]

On two-for-two swaps

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On for practice today were two newbies, Scooter Vaughan (wearing No. 7 on the helmet) and Matt Lowry (stepping right into Nick Larson’s No. 17, it appeared). A chance to get a look at some new guys while the injured recover, Scott Pellerin said. The obvious question is, why not Larson and Mike Dalhuisen? Part […] [Read More]

Meetings of the minds

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I could swear it wasn’t this close. I mean shots, first and foremost, but you could say the same about the game. The players met for, ballpark, 10 minutes after the game. The coaches’ doors were shut, too, awhile. There was no rah-rah waiting behind those closed doors. Pretty sure they get it. “We had […] [Read More]