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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Rat Poison

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Joe Rullier, surrounded by dirty Rats (Chris Rutsch photo)

The Hartford Wolf Pack overcame another parade to the penalty box, charging back from a 4-1 deficit with four unanswered goals to secure a 5-4 victory against the Albany River Rats at the Hartford Civic Center on Saturday. As in the previous night's affair against Springfield, the Wolf Pack were whistled for seven penalties in the first period, helping Albany build a 4-1 lead based on four power play goals, including two by Aleksander Suglobov, his 22nd and 23rd of the season, and one by fellow Russian Ivan Khomutov. The Wolf Pack clawed their way back, however, capped by Jarkko Immonen's second goal of the night (his 27th) to tie the game at 4-4 with six minutes left in the third, and then Dan Girardi's game-winning goal with less than four minutes to play. The win kept the Wolf Pack (winners of 9 of their last 11 games) a perfect 5-0 against the River Rats this season, and also helped the Pack keep pace with Manchester for second place in the division.

Thomas Pöck and Alexandre Giroux each had two assists for the Wolf Pack, and Dan Girardi added an assist to go along with his game-winning goal. Hugh Jessiman had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack, also. Thomas Pöck now has 12 points (4g, 8a) in his last 7 games, and is second in scoring among AHL defensemen with 50 points on the season. The real star of the Wolf Pack defense so far this year, though, has been Girardi, who is at +16 with only 12 penalty minutes (compared to Pöck's +6 and 72 penalty minutes) and has a healthy 26 points in 43 games.

Oddly enough, Fedor Fedorov skated with the team during the pre-game warmups, yet was a healthy scratch once again.

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Aleksander Suglobov (foreground) skating for Yaroslavl in '01-'02

Both of Suglobov's goals for Albany were great efforts, the first one coming on a turnover after the puck skipped past Jake Taylor's stick and Suglobov was able to pick up the loose freebie and skate in alone on Al Montoya. Montoya was making his first start in two weeks and fell victim to Albany's numerous power play chances early on, giving up the four goals in the first 16-1/2 minutes of play, which had many of the fans howling that he be pulled from the game. Montoya and the Wolf Pack defense clamped down for the last two periods, though, holding the River Rats to only 6 shots in each of the second and third periods and obviously no further scores as the Wolf Pack came back for the victory.