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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Wolf Pack nip P-Bruins, 4-3

She sold her Warlock and bought a drum machine Colby Genoway (C. Rutsch photo)

For a New York Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack fan, things worked out pretty well today. First, the Rangers held onto first place in their division by beating the arch-rival New Jersey Devils for the second time in three days, on Petr Prucha's shootout tally in an afternoon contest at MSG (Prucha also scored in regulation), and then in the evening the Wolf Pack dispatched the hated Providence Bruins in Hartford, 4-3. The Wolf Pack are now 6-2-1-1 on the season, and are unbeaten in regulation over their last seven games.

The game actually featured a fight early in the first period (imagine that), as Providence's 6'7" Garret Stroshein put a beating on the Wolf Pack's own wooden indian, Martin Grenier, leaving Grenier momentarily face down on the ice in a fairly large pool of his own blood. That was about all that went the P-Bruins' way in the first period, as Hartford held a 17-2 advantage in shots on goal at one point and took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Wolf Pack's second goal came shorthanded on a nifty breakaway by Colby Genoway, as he took off from behind his own blue line and then faked a shot once before snapping a wrister past Providence's goalie, Tim Thomas.

Al Montoya kinda went back to his shaky ways tonight, after a brilliant three-game stretch that began with his 51-save effort against Bridgeport and saw his goals-against average drop to 2.39 from 2.99, and his save percentage improve from .893 to .935. Both of the goals that Montoya gave up in the second period were momentum killers, coming right after heavy offensive pressure by Hartford where it seemed that they were about to score again, then when Providence finally managed to break the pressure and take the puck down the other way, the red light would come on almost instantly.

Hartford took a 4-2 in the third period on a great play by Alexandre Giroux, who skated to the edge of the goal crease and feinted towards the middle, then carried the puck behind the net and scored on a wrap-around, unassisted. The Bruins then pulled to within one again when Eric Healey intercepted a clearing attempt at the goal line and quickly lifted the puck behind Montoya's left shoulder practically before Montoya even knew what had happened, but there was no more scoring after that.

The Wolf Pack gave up two power play goals, after going 30-for-30 on the penalty kill in their previous four games. Nigel Dawes added his 4th goal of the season for Hartford, and Jeff Taffe notched two assists in his home debut as a member of the Wolf Pack.

Always been a Mopar man, always had the upper hand

Tonight was "Scout Night" at the Wolf Pack, meaning there were lots of Boy Scouts in attendance with their creepy-looking Scout leaders, and the Wolf Pack gave out "Pinewood Derby" car kits to everyone at the door, which seemed like a really neat idea at first. They didn't look at all like the one in the above photo, though, instead being just a raw block of wood with some loose wheels and screws and stuff. You're supposed to carve the wood down and sand it and paint it and everything (it is a "kit", after all), but Christ, who else outside of maybe Theo Epstein (who isn't working now, or so I've heard) has the time to do all that?