Shiftless When Idle
Craig Weller: caught in a mosh (Chris Rutsch photo)
Not much from last night's Wolf Pack game-- a 3-2 loss at home to the Providence Bruins-- bears mentioning, since the team played like crap most of the night. Steve Valiquette, who hasn't been very sharp lately, gave up three iffy goals, while the rest of the team pretty much tanked it in the first and third periods.
Hartford's misadventures included a 5-minute power play in the third period during which the Pack didn't record a single shot on goal, and a penalty shot attempt by Greg Moore in the first period that missed the net.
Valiquette, to his credit, at least owned up to his share of the loss in the paper the next day, calling Providence's third goal "a bad goal that I'm not happy with and it lost us the game," adding, "Bad coverage, but no save on the first two goals... As a goalie, your No. 1 responsibility when your team is behind is to make a couple of big saves. It's a tough loss for me."
On the positive side, I can say that Ivan Baranka's play has shown some major bright spots over the last ten games or so (though he's missed several golden chances lately to put the puck in the net, but whatever, he's a defenseman), and Lauri Kor-puck-hogski's defensive/forechecking skills are way better than I would've guessed had you asked me several months ago.
Go, team. Behind me: all the blabbermouths from
HockeyBird that normally go to Wolf Pack games
(Pack Attack photo)
Other notes of interest include Nigel Dawes' new Nacho Libre-like moustache, and Dale Purinton returning to the line-up last night for the first time after missing about a month-and-a-half to a foot injury. Last night was Jarkko Immonen's first home game since being returned to the Pack by the Rangers nine days earlier.