Playing the full 65: Springfield postgame

Similarity between Sunday and Tuesday: “The third period in common,” Scott Mayfield said.

They had a 2-0 lead Sunday and couldn’t hold it: five-on-three and extra-attacker there, three even-strength goals here. Turnovers may play into both.

“The puck’s in our end because of (puck management),” Brent Thompson said. “The first period, we managed it well, we outshot them (11-5), and it’s 1-0. If we do that for another 20 — if we do that over a full 60 minutes, we’re going to wind up on the right side.”

They did OK in the second; they limited Springfield’s chances but didn’t build on the lead. The third… ehh. In the end, they’re credited with two goals on four shots in the third period. Craig Cunningham tied it; Bracken Kearns gives them the lead (Ryan Pulock carrying up the right wing and around the net to set it up). Eric Selleck ties it on a re-entry; after a couple of penalty kills, Mike Halmo scores on a rebound.

And then they can’t keep the puck away from Christopher Gibson again, Gibson steers one away, Steve Downie puts it across the top of the crease…

“It came down to the third, and we couldn’t get it done,” Mayfield said. “We’ve got to learn from it.”


Believe the team was scheduled to be off tomorrow. My car is like 50-50 to be functioning tomorrow, so even if they do go, I’m questionable. It’s a long story. More as warranted. (Mostly on the team, I hope.)

After a couple of chintzy slashes 60 seconds apart in the last 1:39, the teams were four-on-four in the closing seconds when Mayfield appeared to get Downie with a high hit. Downie was down awhile, then, after seeing the hit on the scoreboard, was ticked off and hit with a misconduct.

“Four-on-four, a tight game, I’m trying to beat him to the net,” Mayfield said. “I had to reach for the puck. I might’ve got a piece of him. You never want to see somebody get hurt. I wouldn’t call myself a dirty player. Dangerous hits, we all want them out of the game.”

The officiating was interesting late: Aside from all that, the game turned chaotic in overtime after Marek Langhamer reached out and tripped Kearns. That, and Halmo’s fall, sent Springfield out two-on-one; Mayfield got a stick on Dustin Jeffrey’s pass for Cunningham. Bridgeport pushed it up; Mayfield and Halmo wound up in alone, and Mayfield’s pass for Halmo rolled off Halmo’s stick. Langhamer pushed it up, and Springfield sent Jeffrey in alone; Gibson made the save as Mayfield gave Jeffrey a whack on the back.

Andrew Rowe will be evaluated after taking a Ryan Pulock one-timer in the leg, Thompson said, but “I’m nervous. It’s Pulock.” That happened just about 3:10 into the game. They double-shifted forwards into that spot the rest of the night, most often either Collberg or Gomes.

Took a while for Quine to extend the scoring streak to 10. Jeff Tambellini is the only other Sound Tiger to get this far twice. No one has made it further in over nine years, Frans Nielsen’s 12-gamer over a month in 2006-07, tying the mark set by Jeff Hamilton in a streak that ended precisely 12 months earlier. Raffi Torres’ 11-game streak in the 2002 playoffs is the only other longer streak. Quine is one of 10 (well, eight individuals, 10 streaks) tied at 10.

Rank Name GP G-A-Pts
9 Aaron Ness 280 23-100-123
10 Matt Donovan 180 32-87-119
11 Alan Quine 172* 41-76-117
12 Ben Walter 133 40-76-116
17 David Ullstrom 140 50-47-97
18 Eric Manlow 102 27-64-94
19 Mike Halmo 190* 46-47-93

*-Through Feb. 16

Anders Lee bobblehead day Sunday. First 2,000 fans.

Belatedly from yesterday, John Scott gets back to the Rock.

Gravity Falls ended elegantly last night. Enjoyed that ride quite a bit and wish I’d been on it from the beginning.

I assume the Grammys left P.F. Sloan out of its In Memoriam because it had the same problem I did and couldn’t pick a song to use.

And RIP, Lina Lucarelli, George Gaynes and Boutros Boutros Ghali.

Michael Fornabaio