Remembering The Alamo
Heather Rutsch photo
The Hartford Wolf Pack, who started the weekend averaging not even 2 goals per game (1.83) and clicking at less than 10% on their power play (8-for-82), mauled the visiting San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night, 9-3, scoring 5 power-play goals.
After the game, the Wolf Pack borrowed the Rangers' raised-stick salute at center ice, which was most likely Darius Kasparaitis' idea (supposedly he had lobbied for the salute after the Wolf Pack won his first game here, but team captain Craig Weller shot it down).
Mike Morrison was in net for San Antonio for 8 of the Wolf Pack goals, as Hartford scored 4 in the first and 4 in the second. Morrison was 10-4-2 in 21 games for the Western Conference champion Edmonton Oilers last season, but has been shitty so far this year (0-3 with a 6.13 GAA and .790 sv pct for the Phoenix Coyotes).
Ryan Callahan (Chris Rutsch photo)
Ryan "Who da man" Callahan netted a hat trick, Dwight Helminen scored two goals, and Lauri Korpikoski added 3 assists. The Hartford blueline was represented heavily on the scoresheet as well, as Dan Girardi tied a team record (Derek Armstrong 11/14/98) with 5 assists, while Marvin Degon had a goal and an assist and even Darius Kasparaitis chipped in two points.
Lee Falardeau leaving that a-hole Tyson Nash in his wake (Chris Rutsch photo)
With a roster stocked with NHL veterans, the Rampage have hardly been the patsies of late that they were in last night's game, having a 3-game win streak snapped in Worcester the night before despite scoring 3 goals in 4 minutes against the Sharks. Coming into last night's game, San Antonio had 5 players on their roster with 8 points or more (including Jeff Taffe, Yanick Lehoux, and Tyson Nash), while the Wolf Pack had only one player with as many as 7 (Ryan Callahan).
The Rampage also have a "Burrito Sundays" promotion, where you can take your ticket stub from any Sunday home game that the Rampage win and get a free dungbag before the end of the month from Chipotle's.
That's a hefty-looking burrito, my friend.