Game 4s/Wellwood retires: Thursday notes

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The Pens are on the brink: A goal midway through the third gave St. John’s a 2-1 win in Game 4. The IceCaps can put the series away Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre. No such scenario in Toronto, where the Marlies evened the Western Conference Final with a 4-1 win. Again, Trevor Smith with an assist […] [Read More]
Categories: Alumni watch

One in, one out: Wednesday notes

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The biggest-name remaining draft pick to sign for the Islanders was Ville Pokka. Pokka signed. There you go. Jesse Graham is the lone remaining player whose rights could expire for the Islanders on Sunday. If I count correctly, that’s 32 NHL contracts for next year (1 G, 13 D, 18 F), not counting restricted free […] [Read More]

Nilsson to Russia announced (was Belated Tuesday boxes/notes)

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Edit: Kazan announced it has signed Anders Nilsson to a one-year contract. His KHL rights had been sold earlier, as linked below, so, yeah, this was the next logical step. If it’s spring conference championship week, must be rain… The AHL conference finals resume Wednesday, both tied at 1: Monday night, Texas finally beat Toronto, […] [Read More]

Tied in SJ: Sunday notes

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An assist for Blair Riley as St. John’s evens the series going to Wilkes-Barre for three. Michael Hutchinson made 34 saves in a 2-1 win. Peter Mannino made 27 saves. Gold for Russia over Finland; bronze for Anders Nilsson and Sweden in a 29-save shutout over the Czechs. Name, Country GP G A Pts PIM […] [Read More]

Pens-Caps 1: Saturday notes

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I’d love to be covering the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-St. John’s series. Not only because of the alumni factor*, but they’re a couple of pretty good teams with the weapons to come at you a few different ways, as Jonathan talked about in his postgamer tonight on the WBS side. The Pens won Game 1 tonight on the […] [Read More]

Trailing’s for suckers: Friday notes

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The @TorontoMarlies (8-0) have played more than 483 minutes of hockey this postseason and still have not trailed in a game #CalderCup — AHL Communications (@AHLPR) May 24, 2014 Jeez. Trevor Smith had an assist on the first goal, 191 seconds into the game. Game 2 is Monday. Joel Broda scored again as Bakersfield took […] [Read More]
Categories: Alumni watch, Futures

Halak signs/US done as always: Thursday notes

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So basically, in Game 3 of a conference final at MSG between the Rangers and Canadiens is going to overtime, a linesman is going to take a Ranger out, and the Habs are going to win. Got it. Big day for the Big Club. They announced them in reverse order, but you’d think getting Jaroslav […] [Read More]

Holy cro: Pens win Game 7/Wednesday notes

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored five goals in a blink at the start of the second period tonight in Game 7, and it looked like a laugher. Holy cro, it was not, but the Pens held on and will face the IceCaps for the second time in three years. The Bruins got one back on a late-second short-handed […] [Read More]