Soundin' Off -- the lifeboat

Friday, November 24, 2006

Searching for reasons

Four home games with All That Orange, one point. Two home games without, three points.* I'm just sayin', is all. (Or maybe they just miss that "Rock and Roar" jingle...)

Spotty power play, check. Not getting pucks through, check. Lousy bounces at the end, check. (Good goaltending to no avail? Check.)

One turnover leads to one goal, and that's all there is for the evening.

And now a trip to Hartford to face the signs-of-life Wolf Pack. The best part about that, the way things have gone this year: It's a road trip.

This was Bridgeport's first 1-0 game since Jan. 29 against Syracuse, Francois St. Laurent's night to shine. Speaking of referees, David Banfield has already worked six Sound Tigers games; he only worked five last year.

F: Comeau-Colliton (A)-Marjamaki
D: Fata-Berry
Rourke (A)-Wotton (C)

F: Maloney-Ebbett-Bois
Potulny-Payer (A)-Hennessy
Pecker-Vesce-Heerema (A)
D: Petruic-Allison (A)

SLAM's AHL correspondent Patrick Williams has started up a new blog. PW will be spending way too much time around the Sound Tigers the next two nights. I'll try not to be a bad influence.

Had the Islanders-Penguins game on in the kitchen this afternoon. That promo commercial came on, with the car horns bleating out the "Let's go, Islanders" tune. Mom started chanting "Puff, puff, cocoa puffs." I think I'm gonna chant that from now on.

Loved Malkin picking up the puck and tossing it into the net. I have a vague memory of someone -- Ulf Samuelsson, maybe -- doing the same thing in the first NHL game I ever attended. Good gravy, that's a long time ago. Life palely imitated life at the end of warmup tonight when Allan Rourke batted a puck past Wade Dubielewicz with his glove. Dubielewicz waved it off, then proceeded to stop another 10 shots or so, getting in his usual 30 saves a night.

And sticking with the Islanders for a second, it's all well and good if they want to keep this zero-tolerance standard up, but then when they ignore a player running shoulder-to-head into a goaltender, then there's just something very, very wrong out there. (Unless they want to change that rule, which is a very different discussion.)

*-EDIT: In fairness, they did wear ATO on the road once and won in a shootout at Hershey.


  • They need a lot more help then just a jersey change.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:12 AM  

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