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Rangers prospects just one notch away from the NHL spent their 2010-11 seasons in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale in Hartford, Conn. Current Rangers Artem Anisimov, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Michael Sauer all began their pro careers with the Whale franchise in Hartford.

RECORD: 40-32-8
DIVISION: 3rd place in Atlantic Division
CONFERENCE: 8th in Eastern Conference


PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS
Totals Power Play
Player GP G A PTS +/- G A PTS
John Mitchell 6 3 3 6 -1 2 2 4
Wade Redden 6 0 6 6 -2 0 4 4
Chad Kolarik 3 3 2 5 -2 3 1 4
2010-11 SEASON IN REVIEW

PLAYOFF GAME 6: 6-4 Home Loss to Portland
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/23 Portland
4-6 L
Williams, Weise, Hagelin, Kolarik Grumet-Morris (24 saves) 3-for-7; 4-for-5
NOTES: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Portland Wins Series 4-2) -- Connecticut got off to a quick start at home, scoring the only two goals of the first period to take a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Jeremy Williams got the ball rolling with his first of the playoffs on a power play at the 3:45 mark off assists from Wade Redden and John Mitchell. On another power play later in the period, Dale Weise scored off assists from Redden and Brodie Dupont at 18:42 of the first. The Whale outshot the Pirates 12-6 over the opening 20 minutes. Portland, however, stormed back in the middle period, outshooting the Whale 18-7 and surging into a 3-2 lead with goals at 2:00, 4:05, and 9:25 of the second. Former University of Michigan star Carl Hagelin, a 2007 Rangers draft pick, then notched his first AHL goal just over a minute after the three-goal outburst at 10:47 to make it a 3-3 game. Hagelin's goal, his first since completing his college career earlier this month, was assisted by Tomas Kundratek and Chad Kolarik. Portland, the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, came right back with another goal at 17:08 of the second for a 4-3 lead. Portland stretched the lead to 5-3 at 10:56 of the third and then 6-3 at 14:14 of the third. The Whale got a late goal from Kolarik, assisted by Redden and Kris Newbury, to close out the scoring. Connecticut outshot Portland 33-30. Redden was named the game's No. 3 star.

PLAYOFF GAME 5: 5-4 Road Loss at Portland
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/21 at Portland
4-5 L
Newbury 2, Kolarik, Dupont Grumet-Morris (13 saves)
Cam Talbot (22 saves)
2-for-5; 2-for-4
NOTES: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Portland Leads Series 3-2) -- Portland got the game's first goal on a power play at 11:28 of the opening period. The Pirates stretched their lead to 2-0 with 2:13 to go in the first and finished the period having outshot Connecticut 13-8. Portland made it a 3-0 game just 45 seconds into the second period before the Whale started a comeback that would make it a one-goal game through 40 minutes All of those goals came after Cam Talbot replaced Dov Grumet-Morris in net following the third Portland goal. Kris Newbury got the first of the three second-period goals -- his first of the playoffs off assists from Brodie Dupont and Chad Kolarik on a power play at 4:28 -- to make it 3-1. Portland came right back just under five minutes later for a 4-1 lead at 9:03 of the second, but Newbury responded only 21 seconds after that with his second goal of the game, unassisted at the 9:24 mark. Kolarik then scored on a power play, assisted by John Mitchell and Newbury, to make it 4-3 at 12:03 of the second. Newbury finished the middle period with three points, including two with the man-advantage. There were a total of 32 shots in the second, with Portland outshooting the Whale 17-15. Connecticut completed its rally to tie the game at 4-4 just 1:36 into the third period when Dupont scored an even-strength goal. Portland responded on a power play just over a minute later with a goal from former NHL player Mark Parrish at 2:44, and the Pirates held on for a 5-4 win. Connecticut outshot Portland 14-10 in the third period, although the Pirates had an overall 40-38 shots advantage, and Talbot finished with 22 saves on 24 shots. Newbury was named the game's No. 3 star.

PLAYOFF GAME 4: 3-1 Home Win Over Portland
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/19 Portland
3-1 W
Kolarik, Mitchell, Zuccarello Grumet-Morris (19 saves) 1-for-7; 7-for-7
NOTES: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Series Tied 2-2) -- The Whale got on the board first at 16:32 of the opening period, when Chad Kolarik, who had been sidelined with an injury, scored on a power play off assists from Jeremy Williams and Mats Zuccarello to make it 1-0. Connecticut outshot Portland 12-5 in the first period. The Whales stretched the lead to 2-0 with the second period's lone goal, scored by John Mitchell off an assist from Evgeny Grachev at the 4:45 mark. Goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris, who stopped another nine shots in the second period and had a shutout with 14 saves through 40 minutes, as the Whale were outshooting Portland 20-14. Connecticut made it 3-0 just 4:48 into the third period, when Zuccarello notched his first AHL playoff goal from Kolarik to put the Whale in full command of the game. Portland spoiled Grumet-Morris' shutout bid with a goal that cut the lead to 3-1 at 12:23 of the third period. There was no further scoring, and the Whale held on to even the series at 2-2, outshooting the Pirates 30-20 in the process. Kolarik was named the game's No. 1 star, Zuccarello was the No. 2 star, and Wade Redden was the No. 3 star.

PLAYOFF GAME 3: 3-1 Home Win Over Portland
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/17 Portland
3-1 W
Grant, Couture, Mitchell Grumet-Morris (19 saves) 1-for-4; 8-for-8
NOTES: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Portland Leads Series 2-1) -- Tommy Grant, who recently agreed to terms on his first NHL contract with the Rangers, got the Whale out to an early lead, scoring at 3:03 of the first period. The Pirates responded toward the end of the period, scoring at 19:07 of the first to end the first 20 minutes tied 1-1. Connecticut outshot Portland 10-8 in the first period. The Pirates would outshoot the Whale 22-12 for the rest of the game, but could not solve an outstanding performance by Connecticut goalie Dov Grumet-Morris, who finished wiht 29 saves. Derek Couture went on to score the eventual game winner off assists from Wade Redden and John Mitchell at 16:23 of the second period, and Mitchell capped off the scoring with a power-play goal from Dale Weise and Redden at 9:22 of the third. Grumet-Morris was the No. 1 star, Couture was the No. 2 star, and Mitchell was the No. 3 star.

PLAYOFF GAME 2: 3-2 Overtime Road Loss at Portland
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/16 at Portland
2-3 L (OT)
Lemieux, Mitchell Grumet-Morris (33 saves) 1-for-4; 7-for-7
NOTES: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Portland Leads Series 2-0) -- Portland got the game's first goal at 5:02 of the first period, but the Whale roared back to take a 2-1 lead before the first intermission. Francis Lemieux got the comeback rolling with an even-strength goal, off assists from defensemen Tomas Kundratek and Stu Bickel, at the 15:26 mark, and John Mitchell added an unassisted power-play tally with 3:18 left in the first period. The Whale outshot the Pirates 16-8 in the first, as goalie Dov Grumet-Morris finished with seven saves. Grumet-Morris made another seven stops in a scoreless second period that saw Portland outshoot Connecticut 7-3. The Pirates came back in the third to tie the game 2-2 at the 12:20 mark. The Pirates outshot the Whale 16-2 in the third period, and the game went to OT with Portland holding a 31-21 overall advantage in shots on net. Portland went on to win when Derek Whitmore scored his second goal of the game at 12:04 of overtime. The Pirates outshot the Whale 5-4 in OT and 36-25 for the game. Grumet-Morris was named the No. 3 star.

PLAYOFF GAME 1: 3-2 Road Loss at Portland
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/14 at Portland
2-3 L
Parlett, Weise Grumet-Morris (20 saves) 0-for-4; 3-for-5
NOTES: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Portland Leads Series 1-0) -- Portland, the conference's top seed, scored the game's first three goals in just under a three-minute span of first period, taking a 3-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes. Two of the Pirates' tallies came on power plays at 13:47 and 16:40 of the first. Blake Parlett got the Whale on the board off an assist from Tommy Grant at 5:13 of the second, cutting the lead to 3-1. Afterbeing outshot 13-7 in the first period, the Whale outshot the Pirates 9-3 in the second to even the shots-on-goal totals through two periods. Dale Weise made it a 3-2 game when he scored at 13:03 of the third. Weise's goal was assisted by Evgeny Grachev and defenseman Wade Redden. Connecticut could not pick up the tying goal, however, and the game ended in a Portland victory despite the Whale outshooting the Pirates 8-7 in the third period and 24-23 for the game.

GAME 80: 6-3 Home Loss to Norfolk (Record: 40-32-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/10 Norfolk
3-6 L
Mitchell, Valentenko, Niemi Grumet-Morris (17 saves)
Cam Talbot (14 saves)
1-for-1; 2-for-4
NOTES: Norfolk got on the scoreboard first with an even-strength goal at 9:26 of the opening period. The Admirals increased their lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 15:46 of the first, and then made it 3-0 with another power-play tally at the 19:22 mark. Shots in the first period favored Norfolk by a wide 20-4 margin. Whale oaltender Cam Talbot came on in relief of Dov Grumet-Morris to start the second period, and the move sparked Connecticut, which cut the lead to 3-1 on a goal by John Mitchell, assisted by defenseman Pavel Valentenko, a 1:02 of the second. Norfolk, however, came right back with goals at 3:15 and 5:34 to make it 5-1 before Valentenko notched his fifth goal of the year off assists from Andrew Yogan and Brodie Dupont at the 13:10 mark. The Admirals outshot the Whale 11-8 in the second period and had a 31-12 advantage after 40 minutes. The Whale got one more goal back, cutting the lead to 5-3 on a power play at 11:56 of the third, when defenseman Jyri Niemi scored off an assist from Evgeny Grachev, but Norfolk closed out the scoring at 17:36 of the third. Talbot maked 14 saves over two periods. Norfolk outshot Connecticut 37-20.

GAME 79: 4-3 Home Loss to Bridgeport (Record: 40-31-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/9 Bridgeport
3-4 L
Yogan 2, Newbury Cam Talbot (22 saves) 1-for-8; 6-for-8
NOTES: Bridgeport took a 2-0 lead after one period, scoring on two of 14 shots against Connecticut netminder Cam Talbot in a period when the Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 14-10. Connecticut cut the lead to 2-1 when 2010 third-round draft pick Andrew Yogan scored off an assist from Evgeny Grachev at 1:54 of the first. Yogan was making his pro debut after being called up from Erie of the OHL earlier in the week. Bridgeport regained its two-goal lead at 3-1 with a power-play goal at the 12:28 mark,a nd after 40 minutes, the Sound Tigerws were outshooting the Whale 25-20. Bridgeport made it 4-1 at 9:16 of the third period, before the Whale came roaring back with an even strength goal from Yogan, assisted by by Stu Bickel, at 12:25 of the third and a power-play goal by Kris Newbury, assisted by Dale Weise, at 14:08. That was as close as Connecticut would come, however, eve n though the Whale outshot Bridgeport 33-26 for the game. Yogan was named the No. 1 star, and the game also marked the AHL debut of 2010 Rangers first-rounder Dylan McIlrath, who had a fight in the second period.

GAME 78: 4-1 Road Win at Bridgeport (Record: 40-30-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/8 at Bridgeport
4-1 W
Garlock, Parlett, Williams, Mitchell Grumet-Morris (21 saves) 2-for-6; 4-for-5
NOTES: Connecticut scored the first period's only goal, as Ryan Garlock connected off an assist from Jeremy Williams at 17:21. The Whale outshot Bridgeport by a wide 18-3 margin in the first but were only to put one shot past Mikko Koskinen. In the second, the Whale made it a 2-0 game when Williams picked up his second assist of the night on a power-play goal by Blake Parlett. Connecticut scoring leader Kris Newbury picked up the other assist on the goal at 1:11 of the middle period. Bridgeport got one back on its own power play, cutting the Whale lead to 2-1 at 12:51 of the second. Williams restored the two-goal lead with his third point of the night on a power play off assists from Dale Weise and Newbury at 17:03 of the second period, and the Whale headed for the third leading 3-1. After 40 minutes, the Whale had outshot the Sound Tigers 30-14. The third period continued to go Connecticut's way, as the Whale held Bridgeport off the scoreboard and iced the game on John Mitchell's empty-net goal from Evgeny Grachev with 55 seconds remaining. Connecticut outshot Bridgeport 40-22 on the night. Williams was named the game's No. 1 star, and Newbury was the No. 2 star. With the victory, Connecticut clinched the AHL Eastern Conference's final spot in the 2011 Calder Cup Finals.

GAME 77: 4-2 Home Win Over Portland (Record: 39-30-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/3 Portland
4-2 W
Williams, Weise 2, Couture Grumet-Morris (20 saves) 1-for-7; 7-for-8
NOTES: The Whale got off to a fast start, scoring twice in a 22-second span of the first period to take control of the game. Jeremy Williams notched the first goal off assists from Mats Zuccarello and Wade Redden at the 3:31 mark, and Dale Weise quickly followed with another even-strength goal at 3:53. Although the period ended at 2-0, the Whale utterly dominated the first 20 minutes in outshooting the Atlantic Division-leading Pirates 23-7. Derek Couture made it a 3-0 game on a power ply at 17:28 of the third period, as Zuccarello picked up his second assist, and Kris Newbury added another helper. Through 40 minutes, the Whale were outshooting Portland 37-13. Weise added his second goal of the game from Redden and Evgeny Grachev, at 2:25 of the third to make it 4-0. Portland spoiled Connecticut goalie Dov Grumet-Morris' shutout bid at 12:46 of the third period, making it 4-1. Portland tallied again on a power play at 17:28 of the third, closing out the scoring at 4-2. The Whale outshot the Pirates 47-22. Weise was named the No. 1 star. Zuccarello was the No. 2 star, and Newbury the No. 3 star.

GAME 76: 6-2 Road Loss at Springfield (Record: 38-30-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/2 at Springfield
2-6 L
Tessier, Williams Cam Talbot (19 saves) 0-for-4; 0-for-2
NOTES: Springfield scored the game's first goal against Connecticut netminder Cam Talbot at 12:30 of the first period, but Talbot was otherwise sharp, finishing in the opening 20 minutes with four saves as the Whale outshot the Falcons 9-5. A scoreless second period saw Connecticut against outshoot Springfield by a 10-7 margin, but Falcons goaltender Allen York was perfect with 19 saves heading into the third. Springfield stretched the lead to 2-0 when David Savard scored his second goal of the game just 38 seconds into the final period, connecting on the first shot by either team in the third. It became a 3-0 game just under two minutes later, when Springfield scored on a power play at the 2:37 mark. Connecticut, however, responded immediately when Kelsey Tessier scored off assists from Tommy Grant and Tomas Kundratek at 3:33 of the third to cut the lead to 3-1. The Falcons regained a three-goal lead by scoring to make it 4-1 at 12:23 of the third. Jeremy Williams got one back for the Whale off an assist from Mats Zuccarello at 15:13 of the third, cutting the lead to 4-2. The goal was Williams' team-leading 30th of the season. Springfield came right back with two more goals in a span of 62 seconds, scoring on a power play at 17:58 of the third and again at even-strength at the 19:00 mark to make it a 6-2 final. The Whale outshot the Falcons 30-25, as Talbot finished with 19 saves.

GAME 75: 3-2 Road Loss at Providence (Record: 38-29-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/1 at Providence
2-3 L
Valentenko, Newbury Grumet-Morris (26 saves) 0-for-3; 4-for-5
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first with shots on goal even at 8-8. Providence broke through for the game's first goal on a power play at 2:22 of the second period, and the Bruins stretched their lead to 2-0 by scoring an even-strength tally at 18:51. Through 40 minutes, shots remained even at 22-22 with Providence up 2-0. The Whale cut the lead to 2-1 at 4:21 of the third period, when Brodie Dupont scored off an assist from defenseman Pavel Valentenko. Providence came right back, however, with a shorthanded goal that made it 3-1 just over two minutes later. Connecticut responded at 9:00 of the third, as Whale scoring leader Kris Newbury connected at even strength off assists from Mats Zuccarello and Dale Weise. That was as close as the Whale would come, however, despite outshooting the Bruins 9-7 in the tird period and 31-20 for the game.

GAME 74: 4-2 Road Loss at Providence (Record: 38-28-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/27 at Providence
2-4 L
Couture 2 Grumet-Morris (40 saves) 0-for-5; 4-for-5
NOTES: Providence outshot the Whale 14-10 over the first period, although neither team scored. Providence finally broke through for the game's first goal at 3:49 of the second period. The Bruins scored again on a power play at 7:26 of the second period, and the score stood at 2-0 after 40 minutes with Providence outshooting Connecticut 27-19. The Bruins picked up a shorthanded goal at 8:11 of the third period to go up 3-0. The Whale got on the scoreboard seven minutes later when Derek Couture scored off an assist from Tommy Grant at 15:10 of the third to make it 3-1. Providence stretched the lead to 4-1 with an empty-netter at 19:17 of the third before Couture scored his second of the game to close out the scoring off another assist from Grant with only one second remaining. The Bruins outshot the Whale 44-33.

GAME 73: 5-1 Home Loss to Bridgeport (Record: 38-27-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/26 Bridgeport
1-5 L
Couture Cam Talbot (27 saves) 0-for-3; 5-for-8
NOTES: The Whale got on the board first at 6:57 of the opening period on a goal by Derek Couture, but Bridgeport responded with power-play tallies at 10:27 and 11:37 of the first to take a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot stopped nine of 11 Bridgeport shots over the first period, as the Whale were outshot 11-7. Bridgeport extended its lead to 3-1 with an even-strength goal at 4:55 of the second period and then made it 4-1 on a power-play goal with 17 seconds left in the second. The Sound Tigers closed out the scoring at 6:26 of the third -- outshooting Connecticut 32-22 for the night in ending the Whale's five-game winning streak. Talbot finished with 27 saves.

GAME 72: 3-2 Home Overtime Shootout Win Over Charlotte (Record: 38-26-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/25 Charlotte
3-2 W (OT)
Valentenko, Bickel Grumet-Morris (29 saves) 0-for-2; 1-for-1
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period despite the Whale outshooting the Checkers by a 12-5 margin. Charlotte then went on to score two goals in the second period, finding the net at the 3:30 and 19:35. The Whale was still outshooting the Checkers 27-15 after two periods, and Connecticut's hard work finally paid off in the third, when Connecticut rallied to tie it with two goals in the final 2:21. Defenseman Pavel Valentenko made it a 2-1 game at 17:39 of the third, with Connecticut scoring leader Kris Newbury picking up an assist. Stu Bickel, another defenseman, got the tying goal just over a minute later at 18:52, forcing overtime off assists from Wade Redden and John Mitchell. There was no scoring in overtime, and after 65 minutes the game went to a shootout with the Whale having outshot the Checkers 36-31 for the night. Connecticut then went on to win it in an overtime shootout when Mitchel and Evgeny Grachev getting the shootout goals for the Whale. Grachev was named the game's No. 1 star.

GAME 71: 3-2 Home Win Over Springfield (Record: 37-26-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/23 Springfield
3-2 W
Couture, Weise, Mitchell Grumet-Morris (25 saves) 1-for-2; 1-for-1
NOTES: Springfield got the game's first goal with just under two minutes remaining in the first period and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after outshooting the Whale 10-5. The Falcons stretched their lead to 2-0 at 8:59 of the second period before Derek Couture got Connecticut on the board just under three minutes later at 11:52. The teams went into the third period with Springfield up 2-1 and outshooting the Whale 21-18. Connecticut stormed out of the gate in the third period and quickly tied it up on a power play, as Dale Weise notched his 16th goal of the year off assists from Kris Newbury and Brodie Dupont just 54 seconds into the third. The Whale then grabbed the lead at 11:17 of the third when John Mitchell scored at even strength off assists from Jeremy Williams and Evgeny Grachev to make it 3-2 -- completing the comeback of three unanswered goals and giving Connecticut its fourth straight win in style. The Whale outshot the Falcons by a wide 16-6 margin in the third period to finish with a 34-27 overall shots advantage. Mitchell was named the No. 1 star, goalie Dov Grumet-Morris was the No. 2 star, and Williams was the No. 3 star.

GAME 70: 3-1 Home Win Over Springfield (Record: 36-26-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/20 Springfield
3-1 W
Williams, Weise, Tessier
Cam Talbot (22 saves) 0-for-4; 6-for-7
NOTES: Jeremy Williams got the Whale off to a strong start when he scored an even-strength goal at 9:35 of the first period to make it 1-0. Evgeny Grachev had the lone assist on the Williams goal, which was quickly answered on a power play by Springfield at 10:25 of the first. The Falcons outshot the Whale 7-3 over the first 20 minutes, as Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot had six saves. Dale Weise put the Whale back in front at 11:15 of the second period, scoring off assists from Kris Newbury and defenseman Tomas Kundratek for a 2-1 lead. The period ended with the Whale still ahead 2-1 and Talbot having stopped 13 of 14 total Springfield shots. Connecticut stretched its lead to 3-1 when Kelsey Tessier scored at 9:07 of the third period. That was all the Whale needed in nailing down its victory behind 22 saves from Talbot on a day they were outshot 23-19. Weise was named the game's No. 1 star, and Talbot was the No. 2 star.

GAME 69: 4-3 Home Overtime Shootout Win Over Providence (Record: 35-26-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/19 Providence
4-3 W (SO)
Mitchell, Couture, Grachev Grumet-Morris (34 saves) 1-for-3; 2-for-4
NOTES: The Whale took a 1-0 lead when John Mitchell scored on a power play off an assist from Evgeny Grachev, but Providence came right back to make it 1-1 on a Bruins power play at 18:22 of the first. Providence which had outshot the Whale 12-9 over the opening 20 minutes then went up 2-1 on a second straight power-play goal at 13:26 of the second period and 3-1 by scoring even-strength at the 15:22 mark. Derek Couture cut the lead to one at 3-2 just one minute later at 16:22, with defenseman Pavel Valentenko picking up the primary assist. After two periods, Providence was outshooting Connecticut 26-16 but was clinging to a one-goal lead. The third period belonged to the Whale, who tied the game 3-3 on a shorthanded goal by Grachev at the 16:43 mark. Mitchell and Wade Redden assisted on Grachev's 16th goal of the season, which forced overtime. There was no scoring in OT, and the game went to a shootout with the Bruins having outshot the Whale 37-29, and Connecticut goalie Dov Grumet-Morris finishing with 34 saves. The Whale went on to win it in a eight-round shootout with Francis Lemieux picking up the deciding goal.

GAME 68: 1-0 Road Win at Manchester (Record: 34-26-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/18 at Manchester
1-0 W
Newbury Grumet-Morris (25 saves) 0-for-4; 1-for-1
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, which saw the Whale outshoot the division-leading Monarchs 10-9. The game remained scoreless through two periods, with Connecticut outshooting Manchester 16-8 in the second. In the final period, the determined Whale broke through for a 1-0 lead on Kris Newbury's even-strength goal at the 2:47 mark. The goal, assisted by Brodie Dupont and Dale Weise, was Newbury's team-leading 53rd point of the season. Newbury's goal was all the Whale would need, as Connecticut shut out Manchester 1-0, outshooting the Monarchs 33-25 and getting 25 saves from goalie Dov Grumet-Morris. Newbury was the game's No. 1 star.

GAME 67: 5-4 Road Loss at Worcester (Record: 33-26-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/13 at Worcester
4-5 L
Newbury, Dupont, Tessier, Williams Talbot (24 saves) 0-for-4; 5-for-6
NOTES: Worcester jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and stretched the advantage to 3-0 with a shorthanded goal at 1:19 of the second. The Whale came right back with two goals of their own to make it a 3-2 game, however. Connecticut scoring leader Kris Newbury notched his 14th of the season at 11:29 of the second period, and Brodie Dupont also got his 14th off an assist from Newbury while the Pack was killing off a Stu Bickel penalty at 17:04 of the second. Worcester regained the two-goal edge by scoring with 61 seconds remaining before the second intermission. Through 40 minutes, the Sharks had outshot the Whale 23-21, and Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot had 19 saves. Worcester stretched the lead to 5-2 at 1:49 of the third period. Connecticut roared back, getting a goal from Kelsey Tessier, assisted by Blake Parlett and Dupont, at 14:37 of the third to make it 5-3 and then another tally from Jeremy Williams, his team-leading 28th of the season at 17:48. Tomas Kundratek and Evgeny Grachev picked up the assists on Williams goal that cut the lead to 5-4. But the Whale could not get the equalizer, and Worcester held on for the win, even though Connecticut outshot the Sharks 12-6 in the third period and 33-29 for the game. Talbot finished with 24 saves, and Newbury was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 66: 4-2 Home Win Over Worcester (Record: 33-25-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/12 Worcester
4-2 W
Williams 2, Kolarik, Weise Grumet-Morris (21 saves) 2-for-6; 4-for-4
NOTES: Worcester opened the scoring with a goal at 8:07 of the first period, and the game remained 1-0 at the first intermission despite the Whale's outshooting the Sharks 10-8. The Whale continued to hold a shots advantage well into the second period and eventually took the lead with a pair of power play goals in a span of 42 seconds. Jeremy Williams tied the game 1-1 off an assist from Wade Redden during a 5-on-3 advantage at 13:20 of the second, and Chad Kolarik go the go-ahead goal from Evgeny Grachev and John Mitchell as the power play continued at the 14:02 mark. The Whale outshot the Sharks 13-5 in the second period and had a 23-13 advantage to go with their 2-1 lead heading into the third. Connecticut stretched its lead to 3-1 on Williams second goal of the game -- scored at even strength just 1:34 into the third period -- but the Sharks cut it to 3-2 with a goal at 3:04 of the third. Worcester would come no closer, as Dale Weise added an empty-net goal off assists from Brodie Dupont and Kris Newbury for a 4-2 win. The Whale outshot the Sharks 33-23. Williams was named the No. 1 star, and Kolarik was the No. 2 star.

GAME 65: 2-1 Home Loss to Hershey (Record: 32-25-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/11 Hershey
1-2 L
Newbury Talbot (20 saves) 0-for-3; 3-for-3
NOTES: Hershey scored the game's first goal at 9:11 of the opening period, which was the only goal of the game's first 20 minutes. The Whale outshot the Bears 11-10 in the first, as Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot made nine stops. The Whale outshot the Bears again, 10-7, in the second period, but Hershey managed to extend its lead to 2-0 on a goal at the 7:49 mark. Connecticut scoring leader Kris Newbury got the Whale back into the game at 5:36 of the third period when he made it 2-1 with an even-strength goal assisted by Chad Kolarik. That was as close as Connecticut would come despite outshooting Hershey 24-22 for the night. Talbot finished with 20 saves, and Newbury was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 64: 5-2 Road Win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Record: 32-24-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/8 at W-B/Scran.
5-2 W
Mitchell, Newbury 2,
Redden, Tessier
Talbot (29 saves) 1-for-6; 7-for-8
NOTES: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the AHL's top team so far in 2010-11, got the game's first goal on a power play at 2:36 of the first period, but the Whale came right back just over five minutes later to tie it on an even-strength goal from John Mitchell. Defenseman Wade Redden assisted on the goal by Mitchell, who has already had a big impact on Connecticut since joining the Rangers in a deal at the NHL trade deadline. The Penguins went back up 2-1 at 9:31 of the first -- a period in which they outshot the Whale 20-7 but were stifled by the goaltending heroics of Cam Talbot, who made 18 saves over the first 20 minutes. Talbot didn't need to wait long for the Whale to tie it up, as Kris Newbury made it a 2-2 game just 71 seconds after the Penguins goal. Newbury's even-strength tally, assisted by Dale Weise and Redden, came at the 10:42 mark. Connecticut then took a 3-2 lead on a power-play goal from Redden -- his third point of the night -- at 1:54 of the second period. Weise and Newbury picked up the assists on Redden's goal. The Whale turned the tables on the Pens in the second period, outshooting them 14-5, and through 40 minutes Talbot had 23 saves. Kelsey Tessier stretched Connecticut's lead to 4-2 on a goal assisted by Mitchell at 1:24 of the third period, as he scored on the period's first shot on goal. Newbury added an empty-net goal at the 19:40 mark off assists from Weise and Brodie Dupont, as the Whale skated off with the 5-2 win despite being outshot 31-29. Talbot finished with 29 saves. Redden was named the game's No. 1 star, and Newbury was the No. 2 star.

GAME 63: 7-2 Road Win at Worcester (Record: 31-24-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/6 at Worcester
7-2 W
Mitchell, Valentenko, Grachev
Weise, Redden 2, Eizenman
Talbot (29 saves) 1-for-2; 3-for-4
NOTES: The Whale scored the game's first three goals and had a 2-0 lead after one period. John Mitchell got the ball rolling with a power-play tally, assisted by Brodie Dupont, at 8:56 of the first, and defenseman Pavel Valentenko made it 2-0 off asssists from Dale Weise and Dupont at the 11:21 mark. Evgeny Grachev stretched the lead to 3-0 with an even-strength goal at 1:44 of the second before the Sharks scored twice to cut the lead to 3-2. Weise restored the two-goal advantage by the end of the period, scoring at even strength at 16:33 of the second. Wade Redden then added another even-strength tally to make it 5-2 at 2:29 of the third. Weise and Dupont assisted on the goal, giving Dupont his fourth point of the night. Redden added another goal at 7:16 of the third, and Oren Eizenman made it 7-2 just over a minute later off assists from Blake Parlett and Valentenko at 8:38 of the third. The Eizenman goal closed out the scoring, and the whale won easily despite behing outshot 34-19. Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot finished with 32 saves. Dupont was named the game's No. 1 star. Weise was the No. 2 star, and Redden the No. 3 star.

GAME 62: 2-1 Road Overtime Win at Springfield (Record: 30-24-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/5 at Springfield
2-1 W (OT)
Newbury, Parlett Grumet-Morris (19 saves) 0-for-4; 2-for-3
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first, although the visiting Whale outshot the Falcons 7-2, requiring Connecticut starter Dov Grumet-Morris to make only two saves over the first 20 minutes. Springfield notched the game's first goal on a power play just 49 seconds into the middle period. The power play came as the result of a Pavel Valentenko penalty that carried over from the first period. The 1-0 lead stood up for the period,and after 40 minutes, the Whale were outshooting the Falcons 12-9. Trailing late in the third period, the Whale refused to fold. They outshot the Falcons by a wid margin and managed to tie the game on Kris Newbury's 10th goal of the season with only 6:31 remaining in regulation. The game went to overtime, where Blake Parlett got the winner for Connecticut off assists from Newbury and Brodie Dupont with only 28 seconds left in OT. The Whale had a 27-20 advantage in shots on goal. Newbury was named the game's No. 1 star.

GAME 61: 3-2 Home Win Over Springfield (Record: 29-24-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/2 Springfield
3-2 W
Bickel, Weise, Mitchell Grumet-Morris (19 saves) 0-for-2; 3-for-5
NOTES: After a scoreless first period in which Springfield outshot the Whale 7-3, the Falcons broke through for the game's first goal on a power play at 6:47 of the second period, which saw shots totals low but even at 5-5. Connecticut tied it up in the third period as new acquisition John Mitchell picked up his first point in the Rangers organization after being traded to the Blueshirts on Monday. Mitchell had the primary assist on defenseman Stu Bickel's first goal of the season, even-strength, at 4:24 of the third. Evgeny Grachev had the other assist, as the Whale made it a 1-1 game. Dale Weise went on to score the go-ahead goal for Connecticut, scoring off an assist from Brodie Dupont to make it 2-1 with 5:43 left in regulation. A wild finish saw the Falcons tie it up on a power play before Mitchell became the game's hero, scoring at 19:52 to give the host Whale the thrilling 3-2 victory Defensemen Pavel Valentenko and Bickel picked up the assists on Mitchell's goal. Connecticut outshot the Falcons 15-9 in the third period and 23-21 for the game. Mitchell was named the game's No. 1 star in his Whale debut. Connecticut goalie Dov Grumet-Morris, who made 19 saves, was the No. 2 star.

GAME 60: 1-0 Road Loss at Charlotte (Record: 28-24-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/26 at Charlotte
0-1 L
  Grumet-Morris (21 saves) 0-for-2; 3-for-4
NOTES: Connecticut outshot Charlotte by a 14-2 margin in the fight-filled first period, but could not solve netminder Mike Murphy, and the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes. The Checkers eventually broke through for the game's first goal on a power play at 4:10 of the second period. That was the only goal of the second, as Charlotte outshot the Whale 16-8 in that period, but still trailed 22-18 in shots on goal heading into the third. Shots were limited to just 6-4 for Connecticut in the scoreless third period, as Charlotte came away with a 1-0 win despite being outshot 28-22.

GAME 59: 5-1 Road Loss at Charlotte (Record: 28-23-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/24 at Charlotte
1-5 L
Dupont Chad Johnson (11 saves)
Grumet-Morris (14 saves)
1-for-4; 4-for-5
NOTES: Charlotte jumpbed out to a 2-0 lead through the first 20 minutes, scoring goals at 8:57 and 14:13 of the first. The host Checkers extended their advantage to 3-0 just 53 seconds into the second period and then made it 5-0 with back-to-back goals by Chris Terry, who scored at 11:47 of the second period on a power play and at the 15:13 mark at even strength. Terry's second goal prompted the Whale to remove starter Chad Johnson from the net after Johnson had stopped 11 of 16 shots in just under 36 minutes. Dov Grumet-Morris came on to finish the game. Connecticut managed to end Mike Murphy's shutout bid on a power play at 13:54 of the third period, as Brodie Dupont scored his 13th goal of the season off assists from Evgeny Grachev and Wade Redden. The goal was Grachev's second in two games and Connecticut's only goal of the night. Grumet-Morris stopped all 14 shots in relief of Johnson.

GAME 58: 2-1 Road Overtime Win at Portland (Record: 28-22-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/21 at Portland
2-1 W (OT)
Grachev, Redden Chad Johnson (15 saves)
0-for-5; 6-for-6
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, although the Whale outshot the Pirates by a dominating 18-4 advantage and forced Portland goalie Jhonas Enroth to make all 18 stops. The Whale finally broke through Enroth at 6:19 of the second period, when Evgeny Grachev scored his 14th goal of the season off assists from Tim Kennedy and Dale Weise to give Connecticut a 1-0 lead. Shots were even at 7-7 in the second period, and Connecticut goalie Chad Johnson had 11 saves to go with the 1-0 lead after 40 minutes. Portland managed to tie the game at 1-1 with only 3:28 remaining in the third period, and the game went to overtime with the Whale outshooting the Pirates 30-16. With Jeremy Williams off for tripping, Wade Redden then delivered the game-winner with a shorthanded score, assisted by Kennedy at the 1:23 mark to give Connecticut its fifth straight victory. Johnson finished with 15 saves as the Whale outshot their hosts 31-16. Redden was named the game's No. 1 star, and Grachev was the No. 3 star.

GAME 57: 5-4 Home Overtime Shootout Loss to Providence (Record: 27-22-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/19 Providence
5-4 W (SO)
Kennedy, Niemi, Williams, Nightingale Grumet-Morris (28 saves)
1-for-4; 1-for-2
NOTES: WHALE BOWL OUTDOOR GAME AT RENTSCHLER FIELD: Connecticut built up a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period on an unassisted goal from Tim Kennedy at 11:13 and defenseman Jyri Niemi's second goal of the season, assisted by Devin DiDiomete and Kelsey Tessier, at 19:38. The Whale outshot the Bruins 13-8 over the first 20 minutes, but it was Providence that came back with the next three goals over the first 10 minutes of the middle period. The Bruins scored even-strength at 1:21 and 6:25 of the second before going up 3-2 on a power-play goal at 9:42. Connecticut cme back with its own power-play goal from Jeremy Williams, assisted by Wade Redden and Kennedy, just over two minutes later at 12:15 of the second period. Ryan Garlock and Evgeny Grachev then set up Jared Nightingale for a goal 59 seconds later at the 13:14 mark to put the Whale back in front. The 4-3 lead held up through 40 minutes with the Whale outshooting the Bruins 25-22 heading into the third period. The Bruins rallied to tie the game up at 4-4 with an even-strength goal at 13:52 of the third period. The Bruins outshot the Whale 10-6 in the third period and managed to force overtime, where there was no scoring and only one shot on goal by the whale, who finished even with the Bruins at 32 shots apiece. In the shootout, Kennedy, Dale Weise, Kris Newbury, and Kelsey Tessier were stopped, as Providence notched the shootout's lone goal in the fourth round for a 5-4 win. Kennedy was named the game's No. 1 star.

GAME 56: 2-1 Road Overtime Shootout Win at Adirondack (Record: 27-22-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/18 at Adirondack
2-1 W (SO)
Newbury Grumet-Morris (28 saves)
0-for-6; 6-for-6
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, as Adirondack outshot the Whale 9-6 but could not solve Connecticut netminder Dov Grumet-Morris. Adirondack broke through for the game's first goal at 6:43 of the second period. There was no further scoring in the second, and Adirondack held a 19-11 shots advantage after 40 minutes. The Whale finally tied the game -- and forced overtime -- with only 2:49 remaining, as Kris Newbury scored his ninth goal of the season at even-strength off an assist from defenseman Stu Bickel. There was no scoring in overtime, and shots were 29-23 for Adirondack as the game went to a shootout. Tim Kennedy and Newbury both scored in the shootout for Connecticut, giving the Whale a hard-earned 2-1 win. Kennedy was named the game's No. 1 star.

GAME 55: 4-1 Road Win at Providence (Record: 26-22-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/13 at Providence
4-1 W
Newbury, Dupont, Redden, Williams Grumet-Morris (21 saves)
3-for-5; 5-for-5
NOTES: The Whale got on the board first at 7:39 of the opening period, when Kris Newbury scored an even-strength goal off assists from Ryan Garlock and Brodie Dupont. Providence came back to tie the score when Brian McGrattan beat Dov Grumet-Morris on a penalty shot at 17:28 of the opening period. The period ended at 1-1 with Providence outshooting Connecticut 8-4. The Whale regained the lead on a power play at 3:15 of the second period, when Brodie Dupont notched his 11th goal of the season off assists from Newbury and Dale Weise. Connecticut built on that go-ahead goal to score two more power-play goals by the end of the period. Wade Redden got the first tally, making it 3-1 off an assist from Jeremy Williams at 15:50 of the second. Just under three minutes later at 18:29, Williams found the net off assists from Chad Kolarik and Tomas Kundratek for a commanding 4-1 lead after two periods. That was all the scoring the Whale would need. Providence outshot Connecticut 8-6 in the third period, but the Whale had a 24-22 advantage for the game. Dupont was named the game's No. 1 star.

GAME 54: 3-2 Road Win at Hamilton (Record: 25-22-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/11 at Hamilton
3-2 W
Weise, Dupont, DiDiomete Grumet-Morris (29 saves)
1-for-5; 2-for-2
NOTES: Connecticut wasted no time scoring the game's first goal, as forward Dale Weise connected for his 12th of the season off an assist from Brodie Dupont just 10 seconds into the game. Hamilton managed to tie the game just over a minute later with an even-strength goal at 1:33 of the first. The high-scoring pace continued when the Whale struck back on a power play at the 3:22 mark. Dupont got the goal, his 10th of the season, from Kris Newbury and Weise. Only seven seconds had elapsed in the Bulldogs penalty when Dupont scored. The Whale's 2-1 lead held up for the whole first period, even though Hamilton outshot them 19-9 over the first 20 minutesm requiring backup goalie Dov Grumet-Morris to make 18 saves. There was no scoring in the second period, when the Whale outshot the Bulldogs 10-6 and held on to their one-goal lead heading into the third. Hamilton pulled into a 2-2 tie with an even-strength goal at 4:43 of the third. That set the stage for a dramatic, game-winning goal by the Whale, as Devin DiDiomete scored his sixth of the season off assists from Tim Kennedy and Chad Kolarik with 1:13 remaining in regulation. Hamilton outshot Connecticut 31-29. Weise was named the game's No. 1 star, and Dupont was the No. 2 star.

GAME 53: 9-2 Road Loss at Toronto (Record: 24-22-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/9 at Toronto
2-9 L
Weise, Kennedy Grumet-Morris (15 saves)
Chad Johnson (7 saves)
1-for-6; 5-for-6
NOTES: Toronto scored the game's first six goals and led 5-0 after one period. The Marlies scored even-strength goals at 4:08, 10:22, and 10:53 of the first, driving starter Dov Grumet-Morris from the Whale net. Chad Johnson replaced Morris, but gave up an even-strength goal at the 14:43 mark and a power-play tally just under two minutes later at 16:26. Toronto outshot Connecticut 16-4 over the opening 20 minutes. The Marlies kept it coming in the second period, scoring to make it 6-0 at the 1:19 mark before Dale Weise got Connecticut on the board with a power-play goal, assisted by Jyri Niemi and Brodie Dupont, at 4:19 of the second period. The goal came on the Whale's first shot of the second period, but 40 seconds after Weise scored, Toronto captain Alex Foster notched his second goal of the period for a 7-1 lead. At that point, Johnson came out of the net, and Grumet-Morris returned to finish the game, but with 11 seconds left in the period, the Marlies made it 8-1. The Whale outshot the Marlies 14-9 in the second period, despite being outscored 3-1. Connecticut got the first goal of the third period when Tim Kennedy scored off assists from Jared Nightingale and Evgeny Grachev at 17:35, but Toronto closed out the scoring with 31 seconds left to play. The Marlies outshot the Whale 6-2 in the third period and 31-20 for the game.

GAME 52: 3-2 Home Loss to Portland (Record: 24-21-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/6 Portland
2-3 L
Kennedy, Kolarik Chad Johnson (29 saves)
0-for-0; 2-for-2
NOTES: Portland scored the first two goals at 13:47 and 16:18 of the first period, but the Whale cut the lead to 2-1 at 17:04 of the first on an even-strength goal by Tim Kennedy off an assist from Jyri Niemi. The Pirates outshot the Whale 15-12 over the opening 20 minutes, as Connecticut goalie Chad Johnson was up to the test with 13 saves. Johnson made another nine saves in a perfect second period, as the Whale came back to tie the score 2-2 on Chad Kolarik's 20th goal of the season, assisted by Johnson. The 2-2 tie stood until the 16:48 mark of the third period, when Portland broke through for the game-winning goal. Connecticut outshot Portland 13-8 for the third period and 35-32 for the game, as Johnson finished with 29 saves.

GAME 51: 4-3 Road Win at Portland (Record: 24-20-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/5 at Portland
4-3 W
Ja. Williams, Kolarik 2, Newbury Grumet-Morris(22 saves)
1-for-4; 3-for-3
NOTES: Portland took a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal at 9:12 of the opening period, and the one-goal advantage stood up through the first 20 minutes even though Connecticut outshot second-place Portland 8-5 in the first. The second period was a different story, as Jason Williams pulled the Whale into a 1-1 tie off an assists from Brodie Dupont and Tomas Kundratek at the 5:22 mark. Portland regained the lead less than two minutes later with another even-strength goal at 6:51 of the second, but Connecticut came right back to make it 2-2 when Chad Kolarik scored off assists from Evgeny Grachev and Tim Kennedy less than one minute after that at 7:47. Portland took a 3-2 lead at 12:37 of the middle period, but the Whale tied it up again before the period ended when Kolarik scored his second goal of the game off assists from Grachev and Kennedy. Connecticut went on to win the game by scoring the only goal of the third period on a power play. Kris Newbury got the man-advantage game-winner off an assist from Dupont at the 2:40 mark. The Whale outshot the Pirates 29-25. Kolarik was named the game's No. 1 star, Grachev was the No. 2 star, and Kennedy was the No. 3 star.

GAME 50: 3-2 Home Win Over Bridgeport (Record: 23-20-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/4 Bridgeport
3-2 W
Je. Williams, Niemi, Newbury Chad Johnson (28 saves)
0-for-1; 2-for-3
NOTES: Connecticut grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Jeremy Williams scored his 23rd goal of the season at even strength off an assist from Brodie Dupont. The Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 10-6 in thd first period, but Chad Johnson was perfect in making all 10 saves. Bridgeport tied the game with a power-play goal at 6:07 of the second period, but the Whale took the lead for good on defenseman Jyri Niemi's first AHL goal just uner a minute later at 7:02 of the second. Tomas Kundratek and Chad Kolarik assisted on the Niemi goal, and just over four minutes later, Kris Newbury stretched thelead to 3-1 off an assist from Wade Redden at 11:20 of the second. Connecticut outshot Bridgeport 15-10 in the middle period. Bridgeport cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal at 13:04 of the third, but that was as close as the Sound Tigers would come. Johnson held the fort the rest of the way, finishing with 28 saves on a night the Whale were outshot 30-29. Johnson was named the game's No. 1 star, Newbury was the No. 2 star, and Niemi was the No. 3 star.

GAME 49: 3-2 Home Loss to Portland (Record: 22-20-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/29 Portland
2-3 L
Je. Williams, Dupont Chad Johnson (21 saves)
1-for-3; 1-for-3
NOTES: Portland scored the game's first goal, even-strength, on its first shot of the game at 3:02 of the opening period. The Whale needed just over two minutes to tie it up, however, as Jeremy Williams connected for an even-strength goal, his team-leading 22nd of the season, to make it 1-1 at 5:25 of the first. The Whale also seized the offensive momentum, taking eight of the game's first nine shots on goal. The 1-1 tie stood up through the first period, which saw Connecticut goalie Chad Johnson stop six Portland shots and the Whale outshoot the Pirates 12-7. There was no scoring in the second period, and after 40 minutes, the Whale were outshooting the Pirates by a wide, 25-12 margin. Portland went up 2-1 with a power-play goal just 59 seconds into the final period, but the Whale came back to tie it again when Brodie Dupont scored his ninth goal of the season, also on a power play, off assists from Kris Newbury and Dale Weise at 12:04 of the third. Portland, however, spoiled the comeback when Derek Whitmore scored on a power play with only eight seconds left in regulation time. The Whale outshot the Pirates 38-24 on the night, as Johnson finished with 21 saves. Dupont was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 48: 4-2 Home Loss to Manchester (Record: 22-19-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/28 Manchester
2-4 L
Grachev, Weise Chad Johnson (30 saves)
0-for-4; 4-for-4
NOTES: The Whale got the only goal of the first period at the 11:23 mark when red-hot Evgeny Grachev scored off an assist from Tim Kennedy for a 1-0 lead. The goal was Grachev's 13th of the season and his seventh in the past four games. Connecticut outshot Manchester 12-10 in the opening 20 minutes, as Whale goalie Chad Johnson stopped all 10 Monarchs shots. Manchester tied the game at 5:14 of the second and then went ahead at 2-1 just over a minute later at 6:16. The Monarchs stretche dtheir lead to 3-1 at the 10:20 mark. The Whale cut the lead to 32 at 13:41 of the second, when Dale Weise scored his third goal in the past two games off assists from Brodie Dupont and defenseman Stu Bickel. The second period ended with Manchester outshooting Connecticut 22-17. There was no scoring in the third period until Manchester closed out the game with an empty-netter at 19:10 for a 4-2 win. The Monarchs outshot the Whale 12-11 in the third period and 34-28 for the game, as Johnson finished with 30 saves in defeat. Grachev was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 47: 4-2 Home Loss to Providence (Record: 22-18-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/25 Providence
2-4 L
Weise 2 Chad Johnson (31 saves)
2-for-3; 4-for-6
NOTES: Providence got the game's first goal at 17:05 of the first period, as the Bruins connected on their ninth shot of the game. The 1-0 lead held up through the first period, even though the Whale outshot the Bruins 12-11 over the first 20 minutes. The Whale wasted little time in the second period tying the score at 1-1, as Dale Weise, recently returned to Connecticut by the Rangers, scored on a power play off an assists from Tim Kennedy and Jeremy Williams at the 3:01 mark. Weise struck again on another power play just over four minutes later, putting the Whale up 2-1 at 7:20 of the second. Weise's goal was assisted by Williams, who will represent Connecticut at the upcoming AHL All-Star Game. The Whale took their 2-1 lead into the third period and were outshooting Providence 23-18 after 40 minutes. the Bruins came back with a pair of power-play goals from Maxime Sauve at 6:16 and 10:23 of the third period to take a 3-2 lead. The Bruins went on to add an empty-net goal at 18:56 of the third for a 4-2 final. Providence outshot the Whale 17-6 in the third to finish with an overall 35-29 edge, as Connecticut goaltender Chad Johnson made 31 saves in defeat. Weise was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 46: 5-1 Road Win at Springfield (Record: 22-17-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/22 at Springfield
5-1 W
Grachev 3, DiDiomete 2 Chad Johnson (32 saves)
1-for-3; 5-for-5
NOTES: The Whale took a 2-0 lead out of the first period, thanks to a pair of goals by Evgeny Grachev -- scored within 29 seconds of each other. Julst 13 seconds after the Whale got their first man-advantage of the game, Grachev scored his first goal on a power play at 14:10 of the first off assists from Tim Kennedy and Michael Del Zotto. He followed that up with an even-strength goal on the next shift, scoring off assists form Jeremy Williams and Kennedy at the 14:39 mark. Springfield outshot Connecticut 10-7 in the first period, but Whale goalie Chad Johnson was up to the task in stopping all 10 shots. Connecticut stretched its lead to 3-0 at 10:48 of the second period on a goal by Devin DiDiomete. Springfield finally broke through Johnson at 13:36 of the second period, making it a 3-1 game heading into the third period with Springfield outshooting Connecticut 17-11. scored his second goal of the game to give the Whale a 4-1 lead at 18:47 of the third period, and Grachev completed his hat trick with 50 seconds remaining off an assist from Jeremy Williams for the 5-1 win. The Falcons outshot the Whale 33-19. Grachev was named the game's No. 1 star, and Johnson, who had 32 saves, was the No. 3 star.

GAME 45: 7-3 Home Loss to Hamilton (Record: 21-17-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/21 Hamilton
3-7 L
Garlock, Grachev, Ja. Williams Chad Johnson (3 saves)
P-O Pelletier (18 saves)
2-for-9; 3-for-6
NOTES: Hamilton jumped out to an early lead by scoring three goals in the first 6:02. After an even-strength goal at the 1:50 mark, the Bulldogs scored on the power play at 3:05 and 6:02 of the first period. The third goal prompted Connecticut head coach Ken Gernander to replace starting goalie Chad Johnson with Pier-Olivier Pelletier. Johnson had faced six shots and allowed three goals. The Whale, however, came right back to score the game's next three goals and tie it up at 3-3 early in the second perio. Ryan Garlock got Connecticut on the board with a shorthanded goal, assisted by Michael Del Zotto, at 6:51 of the first. Evgeny Grachev cut the lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal, assisted by Tim Kennedy and Del Zotto at 14:48. The Whale outshot the Bulldogs 14-9 in the first period and continued to build momentum early in the second period when Jason Williams scored on a man-advantage off assists from Wade Redden and Jeremy Williams just 31 seconds into the period. The 3-3 tie lasted until the second period's final stages, when Hamilton got the eventual game winner with 1:58 to go. Hamilton added three goals in the third period. The Whale outshot the Bulldogs 31-28 for the game.

GAME 44: 6-3 Home Win Over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Record: 21-16-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/16 W-B/Scranton
6-3 W
Kolarik 2, Grachev 2, Je. Williams, Kennedy Cam Talbot (27 saves)
1-for-6; 8-for-9
NOTES: Facing the No. 1 team in the AHL, the Whale jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 1:49 of the opening period when Chad Kolarik scored a shorthanded goal while Evgeny Grachev was serving an early delay-of-game penalty. The Penguins tied it up only 16 seconds later at the 2:05 mark, but Connecticut came back with three straight goals to close out the period. Grachev got the first goal at even strength off assists from Tim Kennedy and Kolarik to make it 2-1 at 4:08. Jeremy Williams then notched his 21st of the season on a power play at 5:40, assisted by Michael Del Zotto and Kolarik. With only four seconds left in the period, Kolarik scored his second shorthanded goal of the game -- and fourth point of the afternoon to make it 4-1. Cam Talbot made nine first-period saves for Connecticut. Talbot was pressed harder in the second period, facing 16 shots and allowing a power-play goal at 0:18 of the second and an even-strength tally at 19:55 to keep the Whale ahead 4-3 after 40 minutes. Grachev stretched the lead to 5-3 with his second goal of the game at 5:53 of the third, assisted by Williams and defenseman Pavel Valentenko. Kennedy closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:11. Shots were even at 30-30, as Talbot finished with 27 saves. Kolarik was named the game's No. 1 star, Grachev as the No. 2 star, and Talbot was the No. 3 star.

GAME 43: 3-2 Home Loss to Providence (Record: 20-16-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/15 Providence
2-3 L
Eizenman, Dupont Chad Johnson (15 saves)
2-for-5; 3-for-3
NOTES: Providence got the game's first goal at 4:57 of the opening period. The 1-0 lead stood up through the first period, and after 20 minutes the Bruins were outshooting the Whale 10-9. Both Connecticut goalie Chad Johnson and Providence netminder Matt Dalton had nine saves in the first period. The Whale took the momentum in the second period, outshooting the Bruins by a wide 13-4 margin, but Dalton was impenetrable. Through 40 minutes, shots were 22-14 in favor of Connecticut. Providence rode its strong goaltending to a 2-0 lead at 1:33 of the third period. Providence stretched its lead to 3-0 with another even-strength goal at 6:13 of the third. Refusing to go down without a fight, the Whale stormed back on a pair of power-play goals by Oren Eizenman, assisted by Kelsey Tessier an Evgeny Grachev at 17:30 of the third. That cut the lead to 3-1. With only seven seconds left in the period, Connecticut cut the lead to 3-2 when Brodie Dupont scored on another power play off assists from Michael Del Zotto and Eizenman. That was as close as it got. The Whale also outshot the Bruins 14-4 in the third period and 36-18 for the game, including a 27-8 margin over the final 40 minutes. Johnson finished with 15 saves.

GAME 42: 3-0 Road Loss at Portland (Record: 20-15-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/14 at Portland
0-3 L
  Cam Talbot (26 saves)
0-for-3; 5-for-5
NOTES: Portland scored the game's first goal against Hartford netminder Cam Talbot with only 27 seconds left in the opening period. The Pirates, who outshot the Whale 10-5 over the first 20 minutes, stretched their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Derek Whitmore at 4:25 of the second period and closed out the scoring with another Whitmore goal at 18:33 of the third. Talbot finished with 26 saves in defeat, as connecticut was outshot 29-21.

GAME 41: 3-2 Overtime Road Win at Norfolk (Record: 20-14-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/8 at Norfolk
3-2 W (OT)
Dupont, Tessier, Je. Williams Cam Talbot (38 saves)
0-for-1; 4-for-4
NOTES: Norfolk came out with seven of the game's first 10 shots and ended up outshooting the Whale 14-6 over the first period, but Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 14 shots to keep the game scoreless through 20 minutes. After weathering the storm in the first, the Whale quickly made it a 1-0 game in the second period when Brodie Dupont scored in his second straight game at 1:31 of the second. Norfolk eventually came back to tie the game, breaking through Talbot for its first goal at the 13:24 mark. Kelsey Tessier restored the lead heading into the third period when he scored off an assist from Todd White with only 2:10 remaining in the second. The Whale outshot the Admirals 13-11 in the middle period, as Talbot had 24 saves through 40 minutes. Norfolk rallied to tie the game 2-2 at 18:21 of the third period, but the Whale beat the Admirals on a goal by Jeremy Williams -- assisted by Michael Del Zotto and Jason Williams -- at 4:22 of overtime. Talbot finished with 38 saves as the Whale were outshot 40-25. Williams was named the game's No. 1 star, and Tessier was the No. 3 star.

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