Rinkside Roundup

In Rinkside Roundup one streak extends to 25, while another is snapped at 22.  That and more NHL/AHL action in your Rinkside Roundup.

Two goals and two assists resulted in a huge four point night for Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh.  The Pens sniper netted his 31st and 32nd goals on the season as Pittsburgh walloped the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3.  Crosby extends his personal best point streak to 25 in the win.

Up north in Toronto it was the last Captain of the Albany River Rats, Pat Dwyer picking up a goal and an assist, including the winner as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Maple Leafs 4-3.  Dwyer’s sixth on the season came off a deflection from Tim Gleason and former Rat Zach Boychuk.  Eric Staal had a big two-goal night for the Canes, while Phil Kessel notched two of his own in the loss for the Leafs.

Locally in a battle of Eastern Conference contenders, the Boston Bruins snuck by the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on a Mark Recchi power-play goal with under a minute to play in the third. 

In St. Louis the Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1.  In that contest former River Rats enforccer Cam Janssen got into a tussle with the Hawks John Scott.

Out west the Buffalo Sabres on the strength of defenseman Mike Weber’s first two goals of the season, doubled up the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. 

Finally another streak which spanned 14 games and 22 years was snapped as the Vancouver Canucks with the help of two Ryan Kesler goals, rocked the Philadelphia Flyers by a count of 6-2.

Around the “A” saw the Albany Devils pick up a point, Adirondack Phantoms gain in the Empire State Cup Standings and the Charlotte Checkers squeak out a victory over the Norfolk Admirals.

Skating hard, finishing checks, moving the puck crisply out of the zone, these Albany Devils looked like the early October A-Devs.  In their domain the Devils came out like gangbusters against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  Coming off a solid effort at league leading Wilkes-Barre Scranton, the Devils took it to the Sound Tigers in the early going.

On their first power-play opportunity the Devils with five forwards on the ice jumped out front on a blistering shot from the point by Chad Wiseman.  For Wiseman it was his second on the year from Adam Henrique and Michael Swift.

Shortly thereafter David McIntyre streaking in ripped a wrister from the left circle past Mikko Koskinen for his sixth on the season from Nick Palmieri and Alexander Urbom and a 2-0 first period advantage for Albany.

However all that good will built up in the first seemed to dissipate in the second for the Devils.  Brandon Svendsen broke through for Bridgeport, sliding a rebound past goaltender Jeff Frazee.  Frazee then let in another soft rebound goal to Jeremy Colliton on a Sound Tigers power-play and the game was knotted at 2-2.  The Devils lucked out when with about eleven minutes to play in the second, Bridgeport appeared to slide the puck over the goal line prior to the net coming off, but the goal was waived off by the referees.

Late in the second though the Devils through some hard work behind the boards by Matt Anderson, Chad Wiseman and Adam Henrique, enabled Anderson to feed Henrique in the slot for his eighth marker on the year and the Devils went back up by one after two. 

Early in the third Micheal Haley whizzed a howitzer over the shoulder of Frazee which pinged off the crossbar and in for the tying tally.

Following a scoreless OT all the Devils could muster was a taylor made shootout goal from Michael Swift.  Rob Hisey had a pretty goal, waiting out Frazee and lifting one over the Devils keeper to square the shootout 1-1.  Jesse Joensuu was able to beat Frazee for what proved to be the winner as Frazee inexplicably dove head-first to stop the shot.  Stephen Gionta then blasted one wide and that was all she wrote as the Sound Tigers handed the Devils a shootout loss 4-3.

With their second consecutive shootout loss Albany is now 12-17-0-2 (26 points) on the year but they jump in front of the Syracuse Crunch for sixth place in the East Division.  While both are tied for total points, Albany holds the edge in total victories.  Albany travels to Binghamton this Friday. 

In other Devils news, New Jersey’s Brian Rolston (former Albany River Rat) has been assigned to Albany, however he will be placed on re-entry waivers Wednesday afternoon.  If there is no claim made on Rolston, he can either be assigned to Albany or remain with New Jersey.

Goals by Greg Moore and Luke Pither in addition to 26 saves from Nic Riopel, spurred the Adirondack Phantoms to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Crunch in front of 5,289 in Syracuse.

In a chippy game which saw unlikely fighting majors handed out to Drayson Bowman and Zac Dalpe, the Charlotte Checkers downed the Norfolk Admirals in a shootout 3-2.  Former Adirondack Phantom Jon Matsumoto netted his eighth of the year from Oscar Osala and Brett Sutter.  Then it was former Albany River Rat Jacob Micflicker putting together an outstanding season with his 15th tally from the aforementioned Bowman and Dalpe to give the Checkers a 2-1 lead in the second. 

After the Admirals tied things up in the third to send it to OT, Brett Carson and Dalpe netted the only goals the Checkers would need in the shootout with ex-Rats keeper Justin Pogge turning away all but one shot in the skills competition and Charlotte came away victorious.

In Portland former Albany River Rats defenseman Tim Conboy notched an assist and got into a scrap as the Pirates edged the Providence Bruins 4-3.

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