Joe Rullier does not know when to shut up (Chris Rutsch photo)
Springfield Falcons fans who were chirping earlier in the season certainly have no reason to chirp now, while their team continues to sink further into the division cellar following a fairly complete 5-0 shellacking at the hands of the Hartford Wolf Pack earlier tonight in Hartford.
The Wolf Pack distanced themselves from the Falcons pretty early in this one, scoring three goals in the first period and outshooting the Falcons by a whopping 16-3 margin.
Jarkko Immonen scored the first two Hartford goals, starting off with a shorthanded tally at 6:29 of the first period. After breaking into the Springfield zone, Immonen used a stick fake to distance himself from Falcons defender Mike "Ham 'n" Egener before drilling a shot past goalie Jonathan Boutin. Immonen's second goal came a few minutes later, when Boutin strayed too far out from the net to play the puck near the end boards, allowing Immonen to take a feed from Dane Byers in front of the net and send the puck home before Boutin had time to fully set himself. Immonen now has 12 points (6g, 6a) in his last 6 games.
Nigel Dawes scoring to make it 3-0 (Chris Rutsch photo)
Ryan Callahan scored the Pack's last two goals of the night, one each in the second and third periods. Callahan's goal in the second period was another one of his "how'd he do that?" goals, as Callahan faked his way around defenseman Matt Smaby, which put Callahan at an even tougher angle to shoot from. Boutin remained crouched in place the whole time, thinking he had the play covered, but all of a sudden the puck was behind him.
By the way, Matt Smaby is not to be confused with another Springfield defenseman, Stephen Baby, even though Baby's name rhymes with Smaby, or Ricky Bobby, or something.
Ah, Reecky Booby! Come face your destroyer!
Former Pack defenseman Joe Rullier made his Falcons' debut tonight and was the target of a nasty crowd response, being greeted throughout the game with chanting, catcalls, and the like. Joe carried himself the only way that he knows how, by posting a -3, getting hit with three minor penalties, and whining and crying the whole time.
Hey, Joe, remember this sign? (From last year's playoffs, but it was there tonight, also.)
(Unofficially a Chris Rutsch photo)
Well, for more than a few Pack fans, the sentiment still stands.