Favorites advance, off to Worcester: Saturday notes

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Chalk holds in the East for the first time in nine years… but just barely. Top-seeded Manchester survived, twice, with a 5-3 Game-5 win over Portland for its first series win in five years. The Monarchs led 3-0 early in the second, but the Pirates came back with three in the period, the last beating […] [Read More]

Hartford moves on; saving the last dance: Friday notes

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The Wolf Pack are off to Round 2 after coming from behind to beat Providence on defenseman Tommy Hughes’ goal early in overtime. Their opponent remains TBA because of Manchester-Portland affecting the rankings, whether from the top or the bottom, but Hartford is in. The teams combined for five minors in the last 13:30. Providence […] [Read More]

Playoffs elsewhere (almost everywhere), Daniels takes the fall: Thursday notes

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Ran up to Hartford this morning for a chat with Ryan Haggerty, with Game 5 of their series Friday night at the Former Mall. Down on the Island, Brock Nelson told Arthur Staple he’s off to Worlds. The U.S. tournament begins Friday morning against Finland; it’s on NBCSN at 10 a.m. The < full rosters […] [Read More]

Three wins, franchises survive: Wednesday notes

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Micheal Haley had an assist and an empty-net goal to keep Worcester alive, in the playoffs and as an AHL franchise. The Bears have another shot to close out the series at home Friday and, if necessary, Sunday. (Almost 9,000 at Giant Center on a Wednesday night. Respect.) A couple of Conor Sheary goals (20 […] [Read More]

Game 5 in Hartford: Tuesday notes

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Hartford got the Game 4 win it needed to stay alive in Providence tonight. Yann Danis allowed only a power-play deflection, and Tyler Brown’s deflection of Tommy Hughes’ shot proved the game-winner in a 2-1 win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Game 5 is Friday night at 7 in Hartford. The word from Rangers camp […] [Read More]
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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]

Marathons: Sunday notes

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It’s nine years since the Sound Tigers last took a lead in a playoff series (Marjamaki 2:11), and in a few minutes, it’ll be nine years since the events related herein. So I’ll ask again, for I guess the 10th time: If you don’t, please wear a seat belt. And I guess I’ll add, as […] [Read More]

Uncaged D, Game 7: Saturday notes

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Matt Donovan was freed from the cage; Scott Mayfield was called up from the Black Aces. They played together. They did OK: Mayfield had one kinda scrambly shift on which Jaroslav Halak made a couple of big saves, but he also had one where, after Jason Chimera jumped over his back, Mayfield chased him down […] [Read More]