Humbling End to Hot Streak

Well, if the Whale had any illusions that they had become an unbeatable juggernaut, those certainly were erased in last night’s 5-1 throttling by the St. John’s IceCaps at the XL Center.

Granted, the Whale were missing two players, recalled winger Brandon Mashinter and injured defenseman Mike Vernace, who had been huge contributors to the five-game winning streak, and 8-1-1-1 run, that the team had been on, but that still should not have made such a huge difference in the team’s play.Action Shot for Blog - 02-21-13

I have to say, this looked like a “trap” game to me going into it.  It was a weekday game, after the recent weekend crowds had been really good and really energized, the Whale had been riding high, the IceCaps were struggling, and in the two games between the Whale and St. John’s up in Newfoundland two weekends ago, almost everything had gone Connecticut’s way.

And sure enough, the Whale had a big letdown, allowing the IceCaps to dictate the play and beat them to almost every puck right from the start.  For about a 10-minute stretch in the second period, seemingly sparked by an Andrew Carroll fight against Patrice Cormier, the Whale found some jump, and the only goal of the second came off of the stick of Connecticut’s other Andrew, Yogan, but any momentum that might have been generated was quickly snuffed out when the IceCaps scored twice in the first 2:36 of the third frame.

Now, after playing 10 of their last 12 at home, the Whale hit the road for a tough pair this weekend, visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday and Syracuse Sunday.  The Crunch have won five in a row to move into first place in the Eastern Conference, and  are only two points behind Texas for first place overall.  The Penguins enter the weekend one point behind the Whale in the conference playoff race, and play Adirondack at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Friday night before hosting the Whale.

Both Mashinter and Chris Kreider made the trip with the parent Rangers to Ottawa, where New York will battle the Senators tonight.  The Rangers head on to Montreal after that.  Doesn’t sound like Rick Nash traveled, so it would seem doubtful that the Rangers would be sending anybody back to the Whale for Connecticut’s two weekend games.

And, as if last night wasn’t wonderful enough, Jason Missiaen, who played the last two periods in goal in relief of Cam Talbot, did not practice today.  Does not sound like anything serious, but Scott Stajcer has been summoned from Greenville to join the Whale for the road trip.

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One Response to “Humbling End to Hot Streak”

  1. chris Says:

    no problem yet bob. we just gota get back to our winning ways. shake it off and lesss gooooo!!!!

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