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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Sucked Out

There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot
Chris Rutsch/HWP photo

The Hartford Wolf Pack lost the opening game of their first-round playoff series against the Manchester Monarchs on Tuesday night, 1-0, with the lone goal being tallied for Manchester by NHL castoff Alexandre Daigle.

Other than the pushing and shoving that ocurred after every other whistle as the night progressed, you'd hardly have known that this was an important post-season battle. With the listless play on the ice, the paltry crowd, and the constant borderline calls from the officials, the game felt more like a game from the last pre-season, when everyone was still feeling the new rules out, than a playoff game.

Top-ranked Rangers defensive prospect Marc Staal played in his first-ever pro game, but didn't show much at all, other than a slight resemblance to Napolean Dynamite (someone else pointed this out first, so don't blame me for it).

As you'll notice by using the handy chart here (swiped from the Wolf Pack web site), the two teams return for Game Two of the series the following night, on Wednesday, at the Hartford Civic Center.

If seeing Hartford get shut out on Tuesday night has anyone pining to see a Wolf Pack player actually put the puck in the net, then click here, go down to "Wed. Mar. 1", click on "Chad Wiseman", and you can watch a video highlight (in crappy lo-def B2 Networks technology) of Chad's game-winning goal from the 7-6 overtime victory against Norfolk, complete with Bob "Chicken Hawk" Crawford's "Wicky Wacky" call.