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Hartford Wolf Pack
Rangers Prospects just one notch away from the NHL are spending the 2009-10 season in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Pack have been the Blueshirts' top minor-league affiliate since 1997, and Artem Anisimov, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal all began their pro hockey careers in Hartford.

FINAL RECORD: 36-33-11
DIVISION: 6th place in Atlantic Division
CONFERENCE: 10th in Eastern Conference


HARTFORD SCORING LEADERS
2009-10 Totals Power Play
Player GP G A PTS +/- G A PTS
Corey Locke 76 31 54 85 -5 18 20 38
Dane Byers 74 25 27 52 -9 13 8 21
Dale Weise 73 28 22 50 +8 4 7 11

GAME 80: 2-1 Road Win at Bridgeport (Record: 36-33-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/11 at Bridgeport
2-1 W
Byers, Garlock Chad Johnson (30 saves)
1-for-3; 3-for-3
NOTES: The Pack allowed the first goal just 1:34 into the opening period, but Hartford came right back on a power play at the 11:57 mark to tie the game at 1-1. Captain Dane Byers got the tying goal -- his 25th tally of the season -- off assists from defensemen Ilkka Heikkinen and Corey Potter. The Sound Tigers outshot the Pack 11-9 in the first period, as Hartford starter Chad Johnson stopped 10 shots. There was no scoring in the second period, as Johnson stopped 12 more shots, holding down the fort until Ryan Garlock scored at 6:01 of the third period to give the Wolf Pack a 2-1 victory. Bridgeport outshot Hartford 31-25. Johnson, the game's No. 3 star, finished with 30 saves.

GAME 79: 7-5 Road Win at Springfield (Record: 35-33-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/10 Springfield
7-5 W
Newbury, Locke 2, Byers
McKelvie, Ambuhl 2
Chad Johnson (28 saves)
1-for-2; 5-for-7
NOTES: Springfield scored the game's first goal on its second power play of the game at 10:47 of the first period, just 27 seconds after Pack captain Dane Byers went off for cross-checking. The goal came on the Falcons' fourth shot at Hartford starter Chad Johnson. There was no more scoring in the opening period, but something lit a fire under the Pack, who erupted for the game's next five gaoals to tke a commanding 5-1 lead. Overall, Hartford scored seven second-period goals. Andres Ambuhl picked up two of those goals, as did Corey Locke, whose goal at 1:02 of the first period gave the Pack their first lead at 2-1, coming just 15 seconds after Kris Newbury had tied the game at 1-1. Dane Byers and Chris McKelvie had th other goals. Locke, the game's No. 1 star, and Ambuhl, the No. 2 star, both finished the game with two goals and one assist. Johnson had 28 saves for the win.

GAME 78: 3-2 Road Win at Worcester (Record: 34-33-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/9 at Worcester
3-2 W
McKelvie, Couture, Brouillette Chad Johnson (23 saves)
0-for-3; 4-for-4
NOTES: After a scoreless first period that featured six saves by Hartford goalie Chad Johnson, Chris McKelvie got the Wolf Pack on the board first at 9:25 of the middle period. Derek Couture followed at 14:52 of the second off assists from Brodie Dupont and Pack scoring leader Corey Locke to make it 2-0 before Worcester cut the lead to 2-1 at the 17:07 mark. Julien Brouillette scored the eventual game-winner for Hartford off an assist from Locke at 2:52 of the third, and Worcester closed the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 6:10 of the third, but it was too little, too late for the Sharks. Johnson finished with 23 saves, as the Pack were outshot 25-19. Locke was named the No. 2 star.

GAME 77: 9-2 Home Loss to Worcester (Record: 33-33-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/7 Worcester
2-9 L
Newbury, Byers Matt Zaba (21 saves)
Cameron Talbot (8 saves)
1-for-3; 4-for-7
NOTES: Worcester, the AHL's Atlantic Division leader, got on the board first with an even-strength goal at 1:27 of the first period. The Sharks made it a 2-0 game at the 7:32 mark, scoring again at even strength. Worcester stretched the lead to 3-0 with two seconds left in the first period, and the Sharks outshot the Pack 15-10 through the first 20 minutes, with Pack starter Matt Zaba stopping 12 shots. Kris Newbury got the Pack on the board with a shorthanded goal, assisted by Hartford captain Dane Byers at 4:00 of the second, cutting the lead to 3-1. Worcester scored again on a power play at 17:08 of the second and led 4-1 after two periods. Through 40 minutes, Zaba had stopped 21 of 25 shots, as the Sharks were outshooting the Pack 25-17. Worcester really broke it open with five goals in the third period, including four straight before Byers cut the Sharks' lead to 8-2 on a power play, off assists from Derek Couture and Ilkka Heikkinen, at 10:45 of the third. Worcester notched its final goal on a power play with seven seconds remaining. Zaba was removed after the seventh goal. He was relieved by former college goalie Cameron Talbot, who recently signed with the Rangers. Talbot stopped 8 of 11 shots.

GAME 76: 6-1 Road Win at Springfield (Record: 33-32-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/3 at Springfield
6-1 W
Baldwin, Dupont, Soryal,
Weise, Couture, Ambuhl
Chad Johnson (36 saves)
0-for-5; 1-for-2
NOTES: The Pack jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game's first three minutes. Defenseman Lee Baldwin got the ball rolling for Hartford when he scored just 47 seconds into the game off assists from Paul Crowder and Evgeny Grachev. The goal was the first professional hockey point for Baldwin, who recently signed with the Rangers after completing his college career at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. Justin Soryal followed up a little over two minutes later, scoring to make it 2-0 at 2:57 of the first period. The Pack's 2-0 lead held up through the first period, as Hartford goaltender Chad Johnson stopped all eight shots he faced in the opening 20 minutes. Springfield cut the lead to 2-1 on a power-play goal at 6:52 of the second period, but the Pack came right back to make it 3-1 on a goal by Dale Weise, assisted by Andres Ambuhl, at the 10:21 mark. Derek Couture stretched the Hartford advantage up to 4-1 off assists from Kris Newbury and defenseman Corey Potter at 19:16 of the second. After 40 minutes, Springfield was outshooting Hartford 20-17, but had been stifled by Johnson, who had stopped 19 of the 20 Falcons shots. Ambuhl made it a 5-1 game with his second point of the night, scoring at 1:58 of the third period. Dupont closed out the scoring with his second goal of the night, a shorthanded tally at 18:26 of the third. Shots were even at 31-31, as Johnson finished with 30 saves. Dupont was named the game's No. 1 star. Couture was the No. 2 star, and Ambuhl was the No. 3 star.

GAME 75: 5-2 Home Win Over Lowell (Record: 32-32-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/2 Lowell
5-2 W
Heikkinen, Garlock, Weise,
Crowder, Sanguinetti
Chad Johnson (36 saves)
1-for-4; 3-for-3
NOTES: The Pack scored the game's first goal on a power play, as defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen tallied off assists from Kris Newbury and Corey Potter at 7:02. Through the first 15 minutes of the opening period, the Pack were outshooting the Devils 11-0. After 20 minutes, the Pack had a 12-5 lead in shots, as goaltender Chad Johnson needed to make only five first-period saves. Just 1:36 into the middle period, the Pack had a 2-0 lead on a goal by Ryan Garlock, assisted by Donald Brashear and Potter. Just over a minute after Garlock's goal, Dale Weise gave the Pack a 3-0 lead with an unassisted tally at the 2:50 mark. Shots in the middle period were 12-9 for Lowell, as Johnson remained perfect with 17 saves through 40 minutes. Lowell ended Johnson's shutout bid at 2:29 of the third period, cutting the lead to 3-1. The Devils then pulled within a goal at 3-2 just 49 seconds later at the 3:18 mark. Paul Crowder restored the two-goal lead for Hartford at 11:35 of the third. Evgeny Grachev and Brodie Dupont picked up assists on Crowder's 12th goal of the season. Despite being outshot 21-8 in the third period, the Pack closed out the scoring on a goal by defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti, assisted by Dupont, at 16:49 of the third. Johnson finished with 36 saves. Weise was named the game's No. 1 star. Potter was the No. 2 star, and Dupont was the No. 3 star.

GAME 74: 5-3 Home Loss to Worcester (Record: 31-32-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/31 Worcester
3-5 L
Brashear, Weise, Byers Chad Johnson (24 saves)
0-for-5; 3-for-3
NOTES: Hartford got on the board first, as Donald Brashear notched his second goal of the season off an assist from Swiss Olympian Andres Ambuhl at 8:30 of the opening period. The Sharks, however, came right back to score the period's next three goals, all at even strength. Worcester made it 1-1 at 11:36 of the first, 2-1 at 14:20, and 3-1 at 19:15. After 20 minutes, the Sharks were outshooting the Pack 12-11, as Hartford starting goalie Chad Johnson had 9 saves. In the second period, the Pack asserted territorial dominance, outshooting the Sharks 13-9 and scoring the middle period's lone goal with only 1:32 remaining. Dale Weise got the goal off assists from and Pack captain Dane Byers and forward Kris Newbury to cut the lead to 3-2 heading into the final period. After 40 minutes, Johnson had stopped 18 of 21 shots. Worcester stretched its lead to 4-2 with a shorthanded goal at 5:24 of the third period before the Pack cut it back to 4-3 on Byers' 22nd goal of the season, off assists from defenseman Corey Potter and Newbury, at 8:44 of the third. The Sharks regained a two-goal lead at 10:01 of the third and went on to a 5-3 victory. Hartford outshot Worcester 30-29 as Johnson finished with 24 saves.

GAME 73: 3-2 Road Loss at Portland (Record: 31-31-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/28 at Portland
2-3 L
Garlock, Weise Chad Johnson (23 saves)
0-for-3; 6-for-7
NOTES: Portland scored the game's first goal, beating Hartford netminder Chad Johnson just 22 seconds into the opening period for a 1-0 lead. The Pirates stretched their lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal at 11:56 of the first period. Hartford came back to cut the lead to 2-1 at 4:01 of the second period when Ryan Garlock scored off assists from Johnson and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti. The Pack scored again at even strength to tie it at 2-2, as Dale Weise notched his 25th goal of the season off assists from defenseman Corey Potter and Kris Newbury. But with 25 seconds left in the middle period, Portland got the eventual game-winner off the stick of Kyle Wanvig, and the teams went on to play a scoreless third period. The Pack outshot the Pirates 30-26, as Johnson finished with 23 saves. ending a three-game winning streak for himself and Pack teammates.

GAME 72: 4-3 Home Win Over Bridgeport (Record: 31-30-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/27 Bridgeport
4-3 W
Soryal, Byers, Ambuhl, Sanguinetti Chad Johnson (25 saves)
1-for-2; 4-for-5
NOTES: The Pack came out hard and had an early advantage in shots on goal. That pressure resulted in the game's first tally, when Justin Soryal notched his fourth goal of the season at 6:11 of the first period, giving Hartford a 1-0 lead. Bridgeport came back to tie the game when the Sound Tigers' Tyler Haskins beat Pack goaltender Chad Johnson on a shorthanded penalty shot at the 16:44 mark for a 1-1 tie. The first period ended with the Pack outshooting the Sound Tigers 15-8. Bridgeport went up 2-1 on a power-play goal at 8:30 of the second period. The Sound Tigers stretched their lead to 3-1 just over a minute later, scoring an even-strength goal at th 9:34 mark. Hartford quickly stormed back, scoring two goals in 10 seconds to tie the game at 3-3. Pack captain Dane Byers got the first goal off assists from Dale Weise and Kris Newbury at 13:43 of the second period, and Swiss Olympian Andres Ambuhl scored off an assist from Paul Crowder at 13:53 to pull the home team back into a tie. The second period ended with Hartford outshooting Bridgeport 29-21 through 40 minutes. The Pack went on to win the game when defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti scored with 3:20 remaining in regulation off assists from Corey Locke and defenseman Corey Potter. Hartford outshot Bridgeport 36-28, as Johnson finished with 25 saves. Sanguinetti was named the No. 1 star. Ambuhl was named the No. 2 star, and Johnson was the No. 3 star.

GAME 71: 3-2 Home Overtime Shootout Win Over Adirondack (Record: 30-30-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/26 Andirondack
3-2 W (SO)
Weise, Byers Chad Johnson (21 saves)
0-for-4; 5-for-6
NOTES: After a scoreless first period that saw the Wolf Pack outshoot the Phantoms 10-7, Adirondack got the game's first goal on a power play at 2:27 of the second. The Phantoms stretched the lead to 2-0 at 8:23 of the second, before the Pack made it a 2-1 game at the 10:31 mark. Dale Weise scored the goal off assists from Kris Newbury and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti. Weise's goal was his 24th of the season. Through 40 minutes, the Pack were outshooting the Phantoms 19-17, as Hartford starting goaltender Chad Johnson had 15 saves. Hartford captain Dane Byers tied the score at 2-2 off assists from Weise and Newbury at 9:37 of the third period as the Wolf Pack seized momentum, outshooting Andirondack 13-4 over the final 20 minutes of regulation. That carried into overtime, where the Pack outshot the Phantoms 4-2 in a scoreless five minutes before Newbury and Ilkka Heikkinen came through with shootout goals for the 3-2 win. Johnson, who stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout, finished with 21 saves. Weise was named the game's No. 1 star. Newbury was the No. 2 star, and Johnson was the No. 3 star.

GAME 70: 4-3 Home Overtime Win Over Providence (Record: 29-30-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/21 Providence
4-3 W (OT)
Weise, Byers, Parenteau 2 Chad Johnson (27 saves)
1-for-2; 2-for-3
NOTES: Dale Weise opened the scoring for Hartford on a power play at 9:41 of the first period, as defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen and forward Kris Newbury picked up assists. The Pack took their 1-0 lead into the first intermission after outshooting Providence 9-7 in the opening period. The Bruins, however, came back with two second-period goals for a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. Providence outshot Hartford 13-5 in the middle period, as Pack goalie Chad Johnson had 18 saves through the first two periods. A wild third period saw the Pack tie the game at 2-2 just 1:16 into the period, when Dane Byers scored off assists from Newbury and Weise. Hartford then took a 3-2 lead at 13:05 of the third, as P.A. Parenteau tallied off assists from Paul Crowder and Heikkinen. Only 50 seconds after Parenteau scored, Providence's John Lammens tied the score at 3-3. That goal forced overtime, where the Pack won on Parenteau's second goal of the afternoon at the 4:05 mark. Corey Locke assisted on Parenteau's goal, which was his 20th of the season. The Pack outshot the Bruins 34-30 as Johnson finished with 27 saves. Parenteau was named the No. 1 star. Weise was the No. 2 star, and Heikkinen was the No. 3 star.

GAME 69: 4-3 Home Loss to Springfield (Record: 28-30-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/20 Springfield
3-4 L
Locke, Couture, Dupont Matt Zaba (5 saves)
Chad Johnson (10 saves)
1-for-7; 5-for-5
NOTES: Springfield scored the game's first goal at 10:02 of the first and then added a late first-period goal -- with only 23 seconds remaining -- to make it 2-0 after 20 minutes. The Pack outshot the Falcons 17-7 in the first period but could not solve a hot Bryan Pitton, the Springfield goalie, who was making his fourth start of the season. Hartford starter Matt Zaba stopped five first-period shots and was replaced by Chad Johnson for the start of the second period. With Johnson in net, the Wolf Pack wasted little time getting to Pitton in the second, as Corey Locke scored his 29th goal of the season on a power play at 4:34 of the middle period, and Derek Couture made it 2-2 off an assist from Justin Soryal just over a minute later at 5:51. Springfield, however, regained the lead at 6:12 of the second on a goal by Edmonton Oilers prospect Jordan Eberle and went up 4-2 on another goal by former Wolf Pack player Chad Wiseman at the 12:42 mark. The second period ended with Hartford outshooting Springfield 26-15 and Johnson having stopped six of the first eight shots he faced. Hartford's Brodie Dupont scored the game's last goal at 15:53 of the third, with defenseman Anders Eriksson picking up an assist, but it was not enough to overcome the two-goal lead. The Pack outshot the Falcons 36-19, and Johnson finished with 10 saves.

GAME 68: 4-2 Home Loss to Providence (Record: 28-29-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/17 Providence
2-4 L
Locke, Parenteau Chad Johnson (25 saves)
1-for-3; 4-for-4
NOTES: Providence jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with even-strength goals at 2:23 and 9:58 of the opening period. The Bruins outshot the Pack 11-7 in the opening period, as Chad Johnson made five stops. Momentum shifted in the second period after Pack scoring leader Corey Locke notched his 28th goal of the season on a power play off assists from defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti and forward P.A. Parenteau at the 10:37 mark, cutting the Bruins' lead to 2-1. Johnson, meanwhile, was outstanding in the second period, stopping all 12 Providence shots. He had 21 saves through 40 minutes, as the Bruins were outshooting the Pack 23-17. The Pack tied the game at 3:09 of the third period when Parenteau scored his 18th goal of the season off assists from defensemen Ilkka Heikkinen and Sanguinetti, but Providence's Trent Whitfield came up with the eventual winning goal -- making it a 3-2 game -- at 10:43 of the third, and the Bruins added an empty-net goal at 18:28 to close out the scoring. Providence outshot Hartford 29-25. Parenteau was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 67: 6-2 Home Win Over Lowell (Record: 28-28-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/13 Lowell
6-2 W
Byers, Locke 2, Dupont,
Newbury, Sanguinetti
Chad Johnson (27 saves)
1-for-8; 5-for-6
NOTES: Lowell scored the game's first goal at 7:54 of the opening period, and the first 20 minutes ended with shots even at 11-11 and the Devils leading 1-0. The Pack quickly changed matters in the second period, as captain Dane Byers scored on a power play off assists from Kris Newbury and defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen at the 1:37 mark of the second, and Corey Locke gave Hartford a 2-1 lead at 4:18 of the period, as Brodie Dupont and P.A. Parenteau assistted on the play. Lowell tied the game on its own power play at 7:44 of the second, but the Pack took the lead for good on Locke's second goal of the period at 19:06. Donald Brashear and Parenteau assisted on Locke's 27th of the season. Through 40 minutes, the Pack were outshooting the Devils 22-19, as Hartford goaltender Chad Johnson had 17 saves. Dupont added another goal off assists from Parenteau and Locke at 3:31 of the third period to make it 4-2. The Pack kept pouring it on in the third, as Newbury scored at 4:50 and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti made it 6-2 with a goal from Newbury and Byers on a power play at 11:22. The Pack outshot the Devils 30-29, as Johnson finished with 27 saves. Locke was named the game's No. 1 star. Parenteau was named the No. 2 star, and Newbury was the No. 3 star.

GAME 66: 4-2 Road Win at Springfield (Record: 27-28-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/12 at Springfield
4-2 W
Parenteau, Dupont, Weise, Locke
Chad Johnson (22 saves)
1-for-4; 4-for-5
NOTES: Hartford wasted no time making it a 1-0 game, as P.A. Parenteau notched his 17th goal of the season off assists from Corey Locke and defenseman Anders Eriksson just 57 seconds into the opening period. The goal came on the Pack's first shot at Springfield netminder Bryan Pitton. Hartford extended its lead to 2-0 on a power play at 13:23 of the first, when Brodie Dupont scored off assists from Dane Byers and Bobby Sanguinetti. The Pack outshot the Falcons 10-8 in the first period, as Hartford goaltender Chad Johnson was perfect with eight saves. The Pack continued to pour it on in the second period when Dale Weise scored his 22nd goal of the season at the 7:50 mark to make it 3-0. Byers picked up his second assist of the night on the goal. Springfield ended Johnson's shutout bid with 1:03 left in the second, but the Pack outshot Springfield by a 15-9 margin in the middle period and had a 25-17 advantage in shots after 40 minutes. Locke scored with 3:25 left in the third period off an assist from defenseman Corey Potter to make it 4-1, and Springfield picked up a late power-play goal with 22 seconds remaining to close out the scoring. The Pack outshot the Falcons 34-24, as Johnson finished with 22 saves. Dupont was named the game's No. 1 star, and Byers was the No. 3 star.

GAME 65: 6-4 Road Loss at Worcester (Record: 26-28-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/10 at Worcester
4-6 L
Potter 2, Dupont, Weise
Matt Zaba (20 saves)
0-for-4; 3-for-5
NOTES: The Pack got on the board first, as defenseman Corey Potter scored unassisted at 5:54 of the opening period. Worcester, the Atlantic Division leaders, responded on a power play to make it 1-1 just over three minutes later at the 9:08 mark. Potter continued his big night by scoring again at 14:16 of the first to make it 2-1 off assists from Brodie Dupont and Corey Locke. The 2-1 Pack lead held into the first intermission, and through 20 minutes, the Sharks had outshot the Pack 11-9, as Hartford goaltender Matt Zaba had 10 saves. At 10:21 of the second, the Pack stretched their lead to 3-1 on Dupont's 13th goal of the season, assisted by Locke and P.A. Parenteau. Worcester cut the lead to 3-2 with another power-play goal at 14:32 of the middle period, but the Pack continued to lead into the second intermission, outshooting their hosts 28-19 through 40 minutes. Worcester came back to tie the game at 3-3 at 7:26 of the third, scoring on the period's third shot at Zaba. The wild pace continued as Worcester went up 4-3 at 9:30 of the third, but Hartford's Dale Weise scored at the 13:03 mark off assists from Potter and Kris Newbury to make it 4-4. That was the last big moment for the Pack, however, as Worcester went ahead 5-4 on T.J. Trevelyan's second goal of the night with 1:45 left in the third period. The Sharks added an empty-netter at 19:59. Hartford outshot Worcester 38-26, as Zaba finished with 20 saves. Potter was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 64: 3-2 Overtime Road Loss at Toronto (Record: 26-27-11)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/7 at Toronto
2-3 L (OT)
Newbury, Brashear
Chad Johnson (24 saves)
1-for-3; 3-for-4
NOTES: Toronto scored first with only 44 seconds left in the first period, as Hartford starting goalie Chad Johnson stopped nine of 10 Marlies shots over the first 20 minutes. The Pack managed only three first-period shots on goal at Toronto netminder James Reimer. Toronto took a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal at 4:39 of the second period, but the Pack came back with their own man-advantage goal, scored by Kris Newbury, at 17:41 of the second. Newbury's goal, his first since joining the Wolf Pack in a trade-deadline deal, was assisted by defensemen Anders Eriksson and Bobby Sanguinetti. Toronto outshot Hartford 6-5 in the second period and had a 16-8 advantage in shots through 40 minutes. The Pack surged in the third period, outshooting their hosts 15-9 and tying the game on a Donald Brashear goal, assisted by Derek Couture, at 7:38 of the third. Brashear's goal earned the Pack a standings point, but Toronto's Brendan Mikkelson scored with two seconds left in overtime for a 3-2 Toronto win. The Marlies outshot the Pack 27-24, as Johnson finished with 24 saves. Brashear was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 63: 3-2 Overtime Shootout Road Loss at Hamilton (Record: 26-27-10)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/6 at Hamilton
2-3 L (SO)
Nightingale, Weise
Matt Zaba (26 saves)
0-for-1; 1-for-1
NOTES: Hamilton, the No. 2 team in the AHL this season, got the first goal of the game just 36 seconds into the opening period and led 2-0 after a second even-strength goal at the 4:43 mark. Hamilton outshot the Pack 10-7 in the first 20 minutes, as Hartford goalie Matt Zaba made eight saves. The Pack finally broke through Hamilton goalie Cedrick Desjardins when Jared Nightingale scored off assists from Corey Locke and Evgeny Grachev at 18:41 of the second period. The goal came on Hartford's 23rd shot of the game and at a time when the Wolf Pack were outshooting Hamilton 23-19. That opened the floodgates for Hartford, which tied the game just 19 seconds later on Dale Weise's 20th goal of the season. Weise was assisted by defenseman Corey Potter and forward Kris Newbury, who was obtained at the March 3 trade deadline. The second period ended with the scored tied 2-2 and Hartford outshooting Hamilton 25-19. There was no scoring in the third period or overtime, as Zaba finished with 25 saves and Desjardins finished with 30. Zaba was particularly sharp in the third period, stopping four of five shots. The game went to a shootout, where Locke, Weise, Newbury and Grachev were all stopped by Desjardins to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 win. Weise was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 62: 4-3 Road Loss at Lowell (Record: 26-27-9)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/28 at Lowell
3-4 L
Parenteau 3
Chad Johnson (23 saves)
2-for-5; 4-for-6
NOTES: Lowell got on the board first with a power play goal at 3:32, but the Pack came right back to tie it at 1-1 when P.A. Parenteau scored his 14th of the season off assists from Corey Locke and Brodie Dupont at the 7:06 mark. Lowell then scored twice in the first five minutes of the second period to take a commanding 3-1 lead, but the Pack fought back on Parenteau's second goal, scored on a power play at 19:08 of the second to make it a one-goal game. Locke and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti assisted on the goal. Lowell, however, stretched its lead back to two goals at 4-2 with a goal at 19:59 of the second. Parenteau completed his hat trick on a power play at 15:15 of the third to close the scoring off assists from defensemen Ilkka Heikkinen and Sanguinetti. Hartford outshot the Devils 30-27, as Wolf Pack goalie Chad Johnson finished with 23 saves. Parenteau was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 61: 2-1 Overtime Home Loss to Portland (Record: 26-26-9)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/27 Portland
1-2 L (OT)
Weise
Chad Johnson (23 saves)
0-for-3; 4-for-6
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first as Portland outshot the Wolf Pack 11-9, but could not solve Hartford goaltender Chad Johnson, who stopped all 11 Pirates shots. Portland got on the board first, scoring on a power play at 11:39 of the second period, but the Pack responded just over a minute later when Dale Weise scored his 19th goal of the season off  assists from Brodie Dupont and defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen at the 12:43 mark to make it 1-1. That was all the scoring for the second period, in which Hartford outshot the Pirate 6-4 to bring the shot totals even at 15-15 through 40 minutes. There was no scoring in the third period, as the Pack finished 60 minutes having been outshot 23-20. In the overtime, Tyler Ennis scored on a power play for Portland at the 3:02 mark to give the Pirates a 2-1 win. Hartford goaltender Johnson, who was named the game's No. 2 star, finished with 23 saves as the Pirates outshot the Pack 25-20.

GAME 60: 2-1 Overtime Home Loss to Springfield (Record: 26-26-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/26 Springfield
1-2 L (OT)
Garlock
Matt Zaba (29 saves)
0-for-4; 2-for-2
NOTES: The first period was scoreless despite a strong effort from the Pack, who outshot Springfield 15-7 only to be stifled by Falcons netminder Devan Dubnyk. At the other end of the ice, Matt Zaba was perfect for Hartford with seven saves inthe first. The Pack finally broke through Dubnyk for a 1-0 lead at 7:36 of the second period, when Ryan Garlock scored off assists from Corey Potter and P.A. Parenteau, who was making his return from an injury. Meanwhile, Zaba continued to excel in net and had made 18 saves to keep a shutout going through 40 minutes. Springfield eventually got one past Zaba, tying the score 1-1 at 11:30 of the third period. There was no further scoring in the third, and the game went to overtime, where the Falcons needed only 12 seconds to pick up the victory on a goal by Rob Hisey. Zaba finished with 29 saves and was named the game's No. 3 star in helping the Pack earn a standings point.

GAME 59: 2-1 Road Loss at Bridgeport (Record: 26-26-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/21 at Bridgeport
1-2 L
Locke
Matt Zaba (28 saves)
1-for-6; 7-for-8
NOTES: After a scoreless first period in which shots were 9-3 for Bridgeport, the Sound Tigers got the first goal against Hartford netminder Matt Zaba. Bridgeport made it 1-0 on a power play at 1:23 of the second period, a goal that ame 39 seconds after the Pack's Jordan Owens went off for high-sticking. Hartford tied the game 1-1 late in the second period when Corey Locke scored on a power play at the 18:19 mark. Locke's 24th goal of the season was assisted by defensemen Nigel Williams and Bobby Sanguinetti. Through two periods, Bridgeport was outshooting Hartford 20-13. The Sound Tigers took a 2-1 lead when defenseman Brendan Witt, sent down by the Islanders, scored at 11:53 of the third period. It was Witt's first AHL goal since the 1996-97 season, when he became an NHL regular. Witt's goal stood up as the winner, as the Sound Tigers outshot the Pack 30-22. Zaba, who made 28 saves, was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 58: 4-2 Home Win Over Worcester (Record: 26-25-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/20 Worcester
4-2 W
Couture, Weise 2, Locke
Matt Zaba (31 saves)
0-for-5; 6-for-6
NOTES: Hartford broke out to a 3-0 lead in the game's first 10 minutes and never looked back. Derek Couture started the scoring parade with an even-strength goal from Paul Crowder and Jared Nightingale at 5:41 of the first. Only 41 seconds later, the Pack's Dale Weise made it a 2-0 game with the first of his two straight goals at 6:22. Brodie Dupont assisted on Weise's first goal, which Weise followed up less than three minutes later with a shorthanded goal from defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen at the 9:13 mark. Goaltender Matt Zaba was perfect in the first period, stopping all 14 Worcester shots as the Pack built up their commanding three-goal lead. After a scoreless second period in which only 11 total shots were fired on net, the Pack made it a 4-0 game when Hartford scoring leader Corey Locke tallied an unassisted goal at 12:28 of the third. Worcester, which outshot Hartford 33-23 on the night, spoiled Zaba's shutout bid with 2:28 left in the third and added another goal at the 19:23 mark for a 4-2 final. Weise was named the game's No. 1 star. Zaba, with 31 saves, was named the No. 2 star.

GAME 57: 4-2 Home Loss to Bridgeport (Record: 25-25-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/19 Bridgeport
2-4 L
Locke, Dupont
Chad Johnson (15 saves)
1-for-7; 4-for-5
NOTES: After a scoreless opening period that featured a fight between Donald Brashear and Bridgeport's Joel Rechlicz, Hartford scored the game's first goal when Corey Locke found the net on a power play at 4:02 of the second period. It was Locke's 22nd goal of the season, assisted by Pack captain Dane Byers and defenseman Nigel Williams. Just under four minutes after Locke's goal, Bridgeport evened the score by beating Chad Johnson at 7:48 of the second. At the 12:55 mark, the Sound Tigers scored on a power play to take the lead at 2-1. Through two periods, Bridgeport was outshooting Hartford 17-15. Hartford needed only 22 seconds of the third period to tie the game at 2-2, when Brodie Dupont notched his 12th goal of the season off assists from Justin Soryal and Dale Weise on the Pack's first shot of the period. Bridgeport came right back 41 seconds later to make it 3-2. The Sound Tigers added an empty-netter for a 4-2 final. There were only seven total shots in the third period, with the Pack outshooting the Sound Tigers 5-2. Hartford outshot Bridgeport 20-19 in the game, and Johnson finished with 15 saves. Dupont was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 56: 7-3 Home Loss to Norfolk (Record: 25-24-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/17 Norfolk
3-7 L
Dupont, Crowder, Nightingale
Chad Johnson (17 saves),
Miika Wiikman (21 saves)
0-for-3; 2-for-5
NOTES: Norfolk broke out to a 2-0 lead on an even-strength goal at 11:57 of the first period and a power-play goal at 14:49. The Pack cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Brodie Dupont at 16:19 of the first, and the period ended 2-1 with Norfolk outshooting Hartford 17-9. Chad Johnson kept it close by stopping 15 first-period shots, but he was beaten on the first Admirals shot of the second. Norfolk scored at 0:53 of the second to make it 3-1. The Admirals stretched their lead to 4-1 on a power-play goal at 12:07 of the second, prompting Pack coach Ken Gernander to lift Johnson in favor of Mikka Wiikman. the period ended with Norfolk up 5-1 after a goal with 2:08 left in the period. Wiikman stopped eight of the nine second-period shots he faced, and the Admirals were outshooting Hartford 30-15 after 40 minutes. Norfolk continued to pour it on against Wiikman at the start of the third, going up 6-1 at the 1:18 mark. Hartford's Paul Crowder trimmed the lead to 6-2 with an unassisted even-strength goal at 12:45, but the Admirals responded with a power-play tally at 17:37 to make it 7-2. The Pack got one back with 15 seconds left in the game, as Jared Nightingale scored off assists from Jordan Owens and Donald Brashear for a 7-3 final. Norfolk outshot Hartford 45-24 for the game, and Wiikman stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced over the final 27:53.

GAME 55: 7-4 Road Loss at Portland (Record: 25-23-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/15 at Portland
4-7 L
Williams, Roche, Byers, Soryal
Chad Johnson (1 save),
Miika Wiikman (24 saves)
0-for-6; 4-for-6
NOTES: Portland stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the first 5:32 of the opening period, prompting Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander to replace starting goalie Chad Johnson with backup Miika Wiikman. Hartford responded to the change by settling down over the remainder of the opening period and then cutting the lead to 3-1 on a goal by defenseman Nigel Williams at 2:05 of the second. Portland scored the next three goals, however, to take at 6-1 lead at 13:02 of the second before the Pack got their next goal. Kenny Roche, a former Rangers draft pick called up from Charlotte, cut the Portland lead to 6-2 with a goal from Brodie Dupont and Evgeny Grachev at 13:23 of the second, but Portland stretched the lead to a commanding 7-2 before the period ended. The Pack scored the only goals in the third period, with captain Dane Byers connecting off assists from Corey Locke and Dale Weise at 4:45, and Justin Soryal netting his third of the season off an assist from Williams just 15 seconds later at 5:00 of the third. Wiikman, who played the final 54:21, stopped 24 of 28 shots.

GAME 54: 6-4 Home Loss to Bridgeport (Record: 25-22-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/13 Bridgeport
4-6 L
Byers 2, Locke, Weise
Miika Wiikman (27 saves)
2-for-5; 3-for-6
NOTES: Bridgeport took a 1-0 lead by scoring against Wolf Pack goalie Miika Wiikman just 19 seconds into the opening period, but the Wolf Pack came back to tie it seven minutes later when captain Dane Byers scored an even-strength goal at 7:42 of the first. Bridgeport went up 2-1 on a power play goal at 16:52 of the first, but the Pack rallied with a pair of early second-period goals to take a 3-2 lead. Hartford scoring leader Corey Locke got the first goal on a power play at 3:57 of the second to make it 2-2. Byers and Dale Weise picked up assists on Locke's 21st goal of the season. Weise then made it 3-2 just under a minute later at 4:54 of the second, scoring off an assist from Locke. Bridgeport scored to tie it on a power play at 6:10 of the second and took a 4-3 lead at the 16:25 mark. Hartford tied the game on a power play at 7:29 of the third period as Byers tallied his second of the game off assists from Brodie Dupont and defenseman Nigel Williams to make it 4-4. Bridgeport then blew the game open in a span of 1:12 of the third. At the 13:28 mark, the Sound Tigers took a 5-4 lead, and at the 14:40 mark, they scored on a power play to go up 6-4. The Sound Tigers outshot the Wolf Pack 33-28, as Wiikman made 27 saves in his first AHL start since Oct. 30. Weise was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 53: 7-1 Road Loss at Providence (Record: 25-21-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/12 at Providence
1-7 L
Grachev
Chad Johnson (28 saves)
1-for-5; 3-for-5
NOTES: Providence got on the board, first beating Hartford goalie Chad Johnson for a 1-0 lead at the 6:40 mark of the opening period. The Bruins stretched their lead to 2-0 with another even-strength goal at 15:10, and they finished the period having outshot Hartford 16-5. The Pack came out strong in the second period, drawing a penalty at 0:59 and converting the power play with 37 seconds left in the man-advantage to make it a 2-1 game. Rookie Evgeny Grachev got the power-play goal off assists from forward Brodie Dupont and defenseman Nigel Williams. The Bruins responded just over a minute later, however, scoring to make it 3-1 at 3:25 of the second. Providence added another goal on a power play at 6:24 to make it 4-1. The score remained 4-1 after 40 minutes as the Bruins were still outshooting the Pack at 26-17. Providence continued to add to its lead in the third, getting two goals in a 17-second span with just under six minutes remaining and then scoring on a power play at 19:06 to skate off with a 7-1 win. Providence outshot the Pack 35-26 for the game, as Johnson finished with 28 saves.

GAME 52: 5-1 Road Win at Norfolk (Record: 25-20-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/6 at Norfolk
5-1 W
Couture, Soryal, Byers, Williams,
Roche
Matt Zaba (33 saves)
1-for-3; 3-for-3
NOTES: Norfolk scored the game's first goal at 3:17 of the opening period, but the Pack responded just 37 seconds later when Derek Couture made it 1-1 off assists from Corey Potter and Corey Locke at 3:54. Justin Soryal made it a 2-1 lead for Hartford at 18:32 of the first period off assists from Andres Ambuhl and Potter. Goaltender Matt Zaba was perfect in the first 20 minutes, stopping all 11 Norfolk shots. The Soryal goal gave the Pack momentum heading into the second, and the Wolf Pack capitalized with two goals in the period's first 11:43. Nigel Williams scored unassisted at the 5:03 mark to make it 3-1, and Hartford captain Byers made it 4-1 with a goal from Potter and Locke at 11:43. That lead held up through 40 minutes, as the Pack were outshooting Norfolk 24-21 by the end of the second period. The Pack continued to pour it on during the third period, pushing the lead up to 5-1 on a power-play goal by Kenny Roche, assisted by defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen and Locke, at 5:18 of the third. Zaba finished the night with 33 saves, as the Pack outshot the Admirals 35-34. Couture was the No. 1 star, Potter the No. 2 star, and Locke the No. 3 star.

GAME 51: 3-2 Overtime Road Loss at Norfolk (Record: 24-20-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/5 at Norfolk
2-3 L (OT)
Locke, Roche
Matt Zaba (38 saves)
0-for-6; 4-for-5
NOTES: After a scoreless first period in which Hartford goalie Matt Zaba made seven saves as his teammates outshot Norfolk 14-7, Pack scoring leader Corey Locke gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal just 52 seconds into the second period. Locke scored his 20th of the season off assists from Hartford captain Dane Byers and Jared Nightingale. Just over 11 minutes later, the Admirals tied the game at 1-1 with a power-play goal at 11:56 of the second. There was no more scoring before the break, and through 40 minutes, Hartford had outshot Norfolk 21-20. Kenny Roche, a former Rangers draft pick called up from Charlotte, gave the Pack a 2-1 lead at 8:45, scoring off assists from Evgeny Grachev and Nightingale. Norfolk came back for a 2-2 tie with only 3:05 remaining in the third period, forcing overtime, where the Admirals scored to win it with only 1:10 left in the extra session. Norfolk outshot Hartford 41-31 on the night, as Zaba finished with 38 saves in defeat.

GAME 50: 3-2 Overtime Road Win Over Lowell at Newark, N.J. (Record: 24-20-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/3 at Lowell
3-2 W (OT)
Couture, Dupont 2
Matt Zaba (37 saves)
1-for-7; 5-for-6
NOTES: In a game played at the Prudential Center in Newark, Lowell got on the board first with a power-play goal at 16:19 of the opening period. The Pack eventually came back to tie it 1-1 when Derek Couture scored off assists from Jordan Owens and Devin DiDiomete at 4:14 of the second. Goaltender Matt Zaba was outstanding with 12 saves in both the first and second periods, as the teams remained tied through 40 minutes. Zaba's work paid off in the third period, when Hartford's Brodie Dupont scored on a power play off assists from Corey Locke and captain Dane Byers for a 2-1 lead with 7:44 left in the third period. Lowell rallied to tie the game when the Devils scored with 1:07 remaining in the third period, sending the teams to overtime. Dupont came away the hero, scoring his second goal of the game off an assist from Owens with only 20 seconds left in overtime for a 3-2 Pack victory. Dupont was the game's No. 1 star. Zaba, the No. 2 star, finished with 37 saves.

GAME 49: 2-0 Home Loss to Manchester (Record: 23-20-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/30 Manchester
0-2 L
 
Matt Zaba (33 saves)
0-for-4; 4-for-4
NOTES: There was no scoring in the opening 20 minutes, as both Hartford goalie Matt Zaba and Manchester netminder Jonathan Bernier were perfect in a period that saw the Monarchs outshoot the Pack 11-10. Manchester, the Atlantic Division leaders, saw its shot total helped by a pair of power plays, including a 5-on-3 for 1:27. The game remained scoreless until late in the middle period, when Manchester broke through Zaba at the 15:16 mark for a 1-0 lead. The Monarchs enjoyed a wide 14-7 advantage in shots on goal for the second period, but Zaba was the difference in the game with 24 saves through 40 minutes. Manchester stretched the lead to 2-0 with an even-strength goal at 12:41 of the third period. The Pack could not come back from that, as Manchester went on to a 2-0 win behind Jonathan Bernier's 20-save shutout. The Monarchs outshot the Pack 24-10 over the final two periods and 35-20 for the game, as Zaba, the game's No. 3 star, finished with 33 saves.

GAME 48: 3-2 Home Loss to Lowell (Record: 23-19-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/29 Lowell
2-3 L
Byers, Soryal
Steve Valiquette (7 saves);
Matt Zaba (25 saves)
1-for-6; 4-for-5
NOTES: Lowell scored the game's first two goals against Hartford starting goalie Steve Valiquette, who was lifted in favor of Matt Zaba after stopping seven of nine shots through the opening 8:41. With Zaba in net, the Pack mounted a comeback, getting their first goal from captain Dane Byers on a power play at 15:10 of the first. Pack scoring leader Corey Locke picked up an assist on the Byers goal. Hartford then tied the game 2-2 at 9:10 of the middle period, as Justin Soryal notched his first goal of the season with an assist going to defenseman Nigel Williams. Just 19 seconds after his team tied the score, Byers fought Lowell's Louis Robitaille. That seemed to shift momentum, as just over five minutes after the Soryal goal, Lowell came back to make it 3-2 at 14:12 of the second. Goaltender Mike McKenna made the Devils' lead stand up for a victory, as there was no scoring in the third period despite 19 shots from the Pack. Hartford outshot Lowell 37-35 for the game, but couldn't get a tying goal past McKenna, who finished with 35 saves. Zaba was also impressive in stopping 25 of 26 shots. Byers was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 47: 5-4 Home Loss to Norfolk (Record: 23-18-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/27 Norfolk
4-5 L
Byers, Crowder, Roche, Locke
Matt Zaba (21 saves)
2-for-3; 2-for-4
NOTES: Norfolk got on the board first, scoring on a power play at 2:51 of the opening period, but Wolf Pack captain Dane Byers soon tied the game on Hartford's first power play of the night. Byers goal, assisted by Hartford scoring leader Corey Locke and Charlotte call-up Kenny Roche, came at 10:05 of the first with 36 seconds remaining in an Admirals penalty. Four minutes after Byers' goal, Norfolk's Mark Parrish beat Pack goalie Matt Zaba for a 2-1 lead at 14:12. The Admirals held their 2-1 advantage heading into the second period, after outshooting Hartford 10-7 in the first. The Pack wasted no time tying the game in the second period, as Paul Crowder notched his 10th goal of the season off assists from Swiss Olympian Andres Ambuhl and Jordan Owens at 2:42. Four minutes later, the Pack took their first lead of the game at the 6:49 mark, as Roche, a former Rangers draft pick, scored off an assist from Locke to make it 3-2. Norfolk tied it at 3-3, however, just over three minutes later, getting an even-strength goal at 10:10 of the middle period. The Admirals then took a 4-2 lead on a goal by defenseman David Hale with only 51 seconds left in the period. Through 40 minutes, Norfolk was outshooting Hartford 18-17. Locke tied the game at 4-4 for the Pack, scoring on a power play off assists from defensemen Nigel Williams and Ilkka Heikkinen with just 4:52 left in regulation, but the Admirals pulled out the 5-4 victory on a goal by Mitch Fadden with 2:46 to go. The Pack outshot Norfolk 27-26, as Zaba finished with 21 saves. Locke was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 46: 6-1 Road Loss at Manchester (Record: 23-17-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/24 at Manchester
1-6 L
Locke
Steve Valiquette (17 saves),
Chad Johnson (11 saves)
0-for-4; 0-for-2
NOTES: Manchester scored the game's first goal on a power play at 4:15 of the first, added another power-play goal at 9:45 of the period and never looked back. The Monarchs stretched their lead to 4-0 before Wolf Pack scoring leader Corey Locke made it 4-1 with Hartford's lone goal at 13:39 of the middle period. Defenseman Mike Sauer assisted on the Locke goal. The Monarchs led 5-1 after two periods, when Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander lifted starter Steve Valiquette in favor of Chad Johnson, who gave up one goal on 12 third-period shots. The Monarchs outshot the Pack 34-23 on the afternoon.

GAME 45: 2-1 Overtime Road Loss at Springfield (Record: 23-16-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/23 at Springfield
1-2 L (OT)
Byers
Chad Johnson (35 saves)
0-for-3; 6-for-6
NOTES: The Pack scored the first goal of the game at 9:57 of the opening period when Dane Byers found the net at even strength off an assist from Corey Locke. The goal -- the second straight for Byers, who had notched the winner on Friday night in overtime -- stood up for a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, as goaltender Chad Johnson stopped all nine Springfield shots in the first. Johnson continued to be outstanding in the second period, as the Falcons outshot the Pack by a wide 13-5 margin and the Hartford goalie, sent down by the Rangers to get some playing time this weekend, came up with all 13 saves to keep it a 1-0 game heading into the third period. Springfield finally got through to Johnson with only 5:32 remaining in the third period to tie the game at 1-1. That late goal, the only one of 34 shots to beat Johnson in regulation, forced overtime. The Falcons took full advantage of the extra five minutes, as Chris Minard scored at 1:42 of the OT for a 2-1 Springfield win. The Falcons outshot the Pack 37-16, as Johnson finished with 35 saves to earn No. 3 star honors.

GAME 44: 3-2 Overtime Home Win Over Manchester (Record: 23-16-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/22 Manchester
3-2 W (OT)
Dupont, Williams, Byers
Chad Johnson (27 saves)
2-for-5; 2-for-2
NOTES: Manchester, the Atlantic Division leader, tallied first with a shorthanded goal at 10:36 of the opening period, but the Pack came right back to tie it on the same power play just 67 seconds later. Brodie Dupont made it 1-1 on the man-advantage with assists from Evgeny Grachev and Bobby Sanguinetti at 11:43 of the first. Hartford stretched its leads to 2-1 just over three minutes later at the 14:53 mark when defenseman Nigel Williams picked up his second goal of the sesaon off an assist from Pack scoring leader Corey Locke. Through two periods, the Pack were outshooting the Monarchs 28-15, as Hartford goalie Chad Johnson had 14 saves. Only Manchester goalie Jonathan Bernier, who had 15 stops in the middle period alone, managed to keep the game close through 40 minutes. Manchester came out hard in the third period and managed to tie the game with an even-strength goal at the 9:36 mark. The Monarchs' goal forced overtime, as Hartford was outshot 13-5 in the third period and Johnson had to come up big with 12 saves. The wait for overtime was worth it, however, as Dane Byers scored his 10th goal of the season on a power play at 2:20 of the OT to give the Pack a 3-2 win. Paul Crowder and defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen assisted on the winning goal. Hartford outshot Manchester 3-1 in overtime and 36-29 for the game, as Johnson finished with 27 saves. Byers was named the game's No. 1 star, and Dupont was the No. 2 star.

GAME 43: 4-1 Road Loss at Manchester (Record: 22-16-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/17 at Manchester
1-4 L
Owens
Matt Zaba (21 saves)
0-for-7; 4-for-5
NOTES: Manchester got on the board early, scoring just 36 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead. The Monarchs stretched that lead to 2-0 with the eventual game-winning goal on a power play at 10:34 of the first period and 3-0 just 17 seconds later at 10:51. Hartford made it a 3-1 game with the final goal of the high-scoring first period. Jordan Owens got the Pack's goal off assists from Evgeny Grachev and Nigel Williams at 13:17 of the first. The assist was Grachev's third point in two games, following a two-goal performance on Saturday. Manchester added an even-strength goal early in the third period to close out the scoring. The Pack outshot the Monarchs 36-25 but were stifled by Jonathan Bernier, who stopped 35 shots. Matt Zaba, making his second straight start for Hartford, finished with 21 saves.

GAME 42: 3-2 Overtime Home Win Over Providence (Record: 22-15-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/16 at Providence
3-2 W (OT)
Grachev 2, Parenteau
Matt Zaba (37 saves)
0-for-3; 1-for-1
NOTES: The Pack got off to a strong start, scoring the game's first goal when Evgeny Grachev found the net at even strength off an assist from Ryan Garlock at 7:18 of the opening period. The goal was the 19-year-old Grachev's 10th of the season. The 1-0 lead stood up through 20 minutes, thanks to outstanding goaltending froM Matt Zaba, who stopped all 10 shots he faced in the first period. Providence finally got one past Zaba at 3:37 of the second, tying the game at 1-1. Stifled by Providence goalie Dany Sabourin for much of the second period, the Pack regained the lead at 2-1 when P.A. Parenteau scored his 13th goal of the season off an assist from Dale Weise with 4:40 to go in the second. Through 40 minutes, Hartford was outshooting Providence 30-24, but Sabourin's 28 saves had only allowed the Pack to enjoy a 2-1 lead heading into the third. Providence managed to tie the game 2-2 with 3:59 left in the third period and force overtime. It didn't take long for the Pack to grab the victory, as Grachev scored his second of the game off assists from David Urquhart and Jordan Owens at 3:19. Providence outshot Hartford 39-38 for the game, as Zaba finished with 37 saves. Grachev was named the game's No. 1 star, Parenteau was the No. 2 star, and Owens the No. 3 star.

GAME 41: 2-1 Overtime Road Win at Providence (Record: 21-15-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/10 at Providence
2-1 W (OT)
Weise, Crowder
Chad Johnson (30 saves)
1-for-3; 5-for-5
NOTES: After a scoreless first period, in which Hartford's Chad Johnson stopped 11 shots and Providence's Kevin Regan stopped nine, the Pack got on the board in the middle period when Dale Weise tallied his fourth goal in three games. Weise scored on a power play off assists from defensemen Bobby Sanguinetti and Ilkka Heikkinen at 12:56 of the second. Johnson continued his outstanding play with 12 saves and was a perfect 23-for-23 through two periods. Providence finally scored with 3:40 left in the third period to force overtime, but the Pack wasted little time ending matters, as Paul Crowder scored at the 2:06 mark off assists from Heikkinen and Dane Byers for the 2-1 win. Crowder was named the game's No. 1 star, and Johnson was No. 2 star, finishing the afternoon with 30 saves.

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