CONNECTICUT WHALE -- 2010-11 SEASON GAMES 1-40

GAME 40: 5-2 Road Loss at Norfolk (Record: 19-14-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/7 at Norfolk
2-5 L
Dupont, Ja. Williams Chad Johnson (35 saves)
0-for-1; 1-for-1
NOTES: Norfolk scored the game's first goal just 17 seconds into the opening period, but the Whale came right back just over eight minutes later to tie the game on a goal by Brodie Dupont at 8:45 of the first. The Whale also dominated in shots on goal after allowing the early score, outshooting the Admirals by a 14-10 margin over the first 20 minutes but leading by as much a 13-3 in shots late in the period. Chad Johnson had nine saves through the first period, compared to 13 for Cedrick Desjardins, who was playing in the NHL with Tampa Bay earlier this month. Outshooting Connecticut by a big margin in the second period, Norfolk took a 2-1 lead on an even-strength goal at 10:06 of the second period. Once aain the Whale responded, however, when Jason Williams scored off an assist from Todd White at the period's 15:00 mark to tie the score at 2-2. There was no further scoring in the second period, and after 40 minutes, the Admirals where outshooting the Whale 21-19. Norfolk took control of the game in the third period, building up a big lead in shots on goal and then breaking the 2-2 tie at 11:22 of the third. Only 23 seconds after going ahead 3-2, the Admirals stretched their lead to 4-2. Only 45 seconds after their second goal, Norfolk added a third for a 5-2 lead at 12:30 of the third. That closed out the scoring, as the Admirals outshot the Whale 19-7 in the third period and 40-26 for the game. Johnson finished with 35 saves in defeat.

GAME 39: 2-0 Road Win at Worcester (Record: 19-13-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/5 at Worcester
2-0 W
Kennedy, Grachev Chad Johnson (27 saves)
1-for-5; 3-for-3
NOTES: Worcester came out hard, firing six of the game's first seven shots on goal. Momentum eventually shifted back to Connecticut, and after one period the game remained scoreless with shots on goal even at 9-9 and Connecticut goaltender Chad Johnson a perfect 9-for-9 on saves. The goaltender's duel continued into the second period, as each netminder had 17 shots after 40 scoreless minutes of action. The Whale finally broke through Sharks netminder Alex Stalock on a power play at 14:22 of the third period when Tim Kennedy scored off assists from Michael Del Zotto and Brodie Dupont. The assist was Del Zotto's first AHL point in his first AHL game. Evgeny Grachev soon made it a 2-0 game when he scored shorthanded at 17:13 of the third with Kennedy picking up the lone assist. Worcester outshot Connecticut 27-21. Johnson, who finished with 27 saves for a shutout, was the No. 1 star, while Kennedy was the No. 2 star.

GAME 38: 3-0 Home Loss to Manchester (Record: 18-13-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/2 Manchester
0-3 L
  Chad Johnson (17 saves)
0-for-3; 4-for-5
NOTES: Manchester scored first on a power play at 8:48 of the opening period, although the Whale outshot the Monarchs 13-10 through the first 20 minutes. Connecticut again outshot Manchester 10-6 in a scoreless second period, as Whale goaltender Chad Johnson had 15 saves after two periods. The Monarchs made it a 2-0 lead with an even-strength goal at 6:05 of the third period, and then stretched it out to 3-0 at the 13:29 mark. That would prove to be all the scoring, as the Whale were shut out by Manchester goalie Martin Jones, who made 39 saves on an afternoon when the Whale outshot the visitors 39-20, including 16-4 in the third period. Johnson finished with 17 saves as the Whale saw their four-game win streak ended by the top team in the AHL's Atlantic Division.

GAME 37: 6-2 Home Win Over Providence (Record: 18-12-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/1 Providence
6-2 W
Dupont, Kennedy, Grachev
Williams, Soryal, White
Cam Talbot (24 saves)
3-for-7; 6-for-7
NOTES: The Whale jumped out to a 3-1 lead through the first period. Brodie Dupont got Connecticut off to its fast start, when he scored at even strength off an assist from Kris Newbury at 3:15 of the first. Tim Kennedy, following up his overtime goals in each of the past two games, made it 2-0 with another even-strength goal at 16:08 of the period, with Devin DiDiomete and Stu Bickel picking up the assists. Providence cut the lead to 2-1 just over a minute later at 17:19, but the Whale came right back with a power-play goal by Evgeny Grachev, assisted by Wade Redden and Chad Kolarik, to restore the two-goal lead at 18:46 of the first. Connecticut outshot Providence 10-9 in the opening period, as Cam Talbot stopped eight shots to help the Whale build up their lead. Jeremy Williams made it a 4-1 advantage for Connecticut at 4:05 of the middle period, scoring on a power play off assists from Grachev and Redden. the goal was Williams' team-leading 19th of the season. The Whale outshot the Bruins 14-5 in the second period and had a 24-14 advantage through 40 minutes. Connecticut continued to pour it on in the third period, getting a goal from Justin Soryal -- his third of the season off assists from Ryan Garlock and DiDiomete -- to make it 5-1 at the 6:15 mark. Providence got a goal back on a power play at 14:22 of the third, but Todd White made it a 6-2 final with another man-advantage goal, assisted by Williams and Grachev, with only 3:12 left in the game. The Whale outshot the Bruins 39-26 on the afternoon, as Talbot finished with 24 saves for the win. Grachev was named the game's No. 1 star, Redden was the No. 2 star, and DiDiomete was the No. 3 star.

GAME 36: 5-4 Overtime Road Win Over Portland (Record: 17-12-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/31 at Portland
5-4 W (OT)
Kolarik, White, Newbury
Jason Williams, Kennedy
Chad Johnson (24 saves)
0-for-4; 4-for-4
NOTES: Portland scored the game's first goal at 6:19 of the opening period. The Pirates outshot the Whale 10-7 over the first 20 minutes, with Connecticut goalie Chad Johnson making nine saves. The Whale came out shooting in the second period and needed just under three minutes to make it a 1-1 game, as Chad Kolarik beat Jhonas Enroth for his 15th goal of the season, unassisted at 2:43 of the second. The Whale then took the lead at 11:18 of the second, when Todd White scored off assists from Kolarik and Jason Williams to make it 2-1. Portland pulled back into a tie with a penalty-shot goal against Johnson at 14:48 of the second. The second period ended with the game tied 2-2 and Portland outshooting Connecticut 20-18 heading into the third. The Whale struck early in the final period to take the lead on a shorthanded goal by Kris Newbury, assisted by Brodie Dupont and Wade Redden, at 0:23 of the third. Portland, however, came back to tie it 3-3 at 5:23 of the third. Jason Williams, an NHL veteran who has joined the Whale on a tryout basis, regained the lead for Connecticut with a goal, assisted by Redden and White, at 7:20 of the third, but Portland came back to tie it 4-4 just over two minutes later at the 9:33 mark. The game eventually went to overtime, where Tim Kennedy scored off an assist from Wade Redden just 24 seconds into the extra five minutes. The goal was Kennedy's second straight overtime winner -- and the second straight on the only shot taken in overtime -- giving the Whale a 5-4 victory on a night when they outshot Portland 31-28 and Johnson finished with 24 saves. Kennedy was named the game's No. 1 star, and Redden was the No. 3 star with three assists on the night.

GAME 35: 2-1 Overtime Home Win Over Portland (Record: 16-12-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/29 Portland
2-1 W (OT)
Tessier, Kennedy Chad Johnson (24 saves)
1-for-6; 3-for-3
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, thanks to the strong goaltending of Connecticut's Chad Johnson, who stopped all 10 Portland shots in a period where the Pirates outshot the Whale 10-4. Connecticut had a 10-7 shots advantage for the second period, but the game remained scoreless through 40 minutes as Johnson and Jhonas Enroth were locked in a goaltenders' duel. The Whale finally broke through Enroth at 4:58 of the third period, when Kelsey Tessier scored off assists from Justin Soryal and Ryan McDonagh for a 1-0 lead. Connecticut held that lead for only 71 seconds before the Pirates beat Johnson with their 22nd shot of the night to make it 1-1. There was no further scoring in regulation time, and the game went to overtime with the Whale holding a 29-25 advantage in shots after outshooting Portland 15-8 over the third period. The Whale needed only 36 seconds of overtime to put the game away on a power play when Tim Kennedy scored off assists from Wade Redden and Jeremy Williams. Kennedy's shot was the only one taken in the overtime and came on a power play that carried over from the end of the third period. Kennedy was named the game's No. 1 star, and Johnson was the No. 2 star.

GAME 34: 4-0 Road Win at Bridgeport (Record: 15-12-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/26 at Bridgeport
4-0 W
Dupont, Williams, Kolarik 2 Chad Johnson (22 saves)
3-for-6; 4-for-4
NOTES: The Whale jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a power play at 11:48 of the first period, as Brodie Dupont scored off assists from Tim Kennedy and Mats Zuccarello. Connecticut stretched the advantage to 2-0 on another man-advantage at the 15:18 mark, with Jeremy Williams getting his 18th goal of the season, assisted by Dupont and Kris Newbury. Shots in the first period were even at 9-9, and Whale starting goaltender Chad Johnson stopped all nine Bridgeport shots. There was no scoring in the second -- as Johnson added another five saves. Chad Kolarik made it a 3-0 lead for Hartford with an unassisted goal at 6:05 of the third. Kolarik then scored again on a power play at 17:12 of the third, off assists from Kennedy and defenseman Ryan McDonagh for a 4-0 lead. Kolarik's second goal closed out the scoring, as Johnson finished the game with 22 saves for his first shutout of the season. Kolarik was named the No. 1 star, Dupont was the No. 2 star, and Johnson the No. 3 star.

GAME 33: 5-4 Road Overtime Shootout Loss at Manchester (Record: 14-12-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/21 at Manchester
4-5 L (SO)
Weise, Kolarik, DiDiomete, Williams Cam Talbot (28 saves)
1-for-4; 3-for-4
NOTES: Dale Weise got the Whale on the board first, scoring on a power play off assists from Wade Redden and goalie Cam Talbot at 3:24 of the opening period. Chad Kolarik stretched the lead to 2-0 just 24 seconds later with an even-strength goal, assisted by Ryan McDonagh and Tim Kennedy. Connecticut pushed its lead to 3-0 at 15:43 of the first on a goal by Devin DiDiomete from Ryan Garlock and Tomas Kundratek. Midway through the second period, the Whale had a 4-0 lead, thanks to a goal by Jeremy Williams, assisted by Kris Newbury and Kundratek, at 8:50 of the midle period. Atlantic Division-leading Manchester, however, would score the game's final four goals, forcing overtime and a shootout, where the Monarchs outscored the Whale 3-1 for the win, with Williams scoring Connecticut's lone shootout goal. The Monarchs outshot the Whale 32-22, as Talbot finished with 28 saves. Kundratek was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 32: 5-0 Road Loss at Syracuse (Record: 14-12-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/19 at Syracuse
0-5 L
  Chad Johnson (29 saves)
0-for-6; 3-for-4
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first, as the Crunch outshot the Whale 13-11 with Connecticut goalie Chad Johnson making all 13 stops. In the second period, Syracuse got on the board at the 1:34 mark. The Crunch held a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes, thanks to another even-strength goal at 15:27 of the second. Syracuse had outshot Connecticut 25-19 through two periods, and only Johnson's 23 saves had kept the Whale within two goals of the home team. The Crunch stretched the lead to 3-0 on a power-play goal just 14 seconds into the third period, resulting from a late second-period penalty to Kris Newbury. Syracuse added two more goals from Dan Sexton -- shorthanded at 14:20 of the third and even-strength at 17:32 of the third -- in nailing down the 5-0 shutout. The Crunch outshot the Whale 34-32, as Johnson finished with 29 saves.

GAME 31: 3-2 Home Overtime Win Over Worcester (Record: 14-11-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/17 Worcester
3-2 W (OT)
Tessier, Williams, Kolarik Chad Johnson (28 saves)
1-for-4; 6-for-7
NOTES: Facing the team just one spot ahead of them in the Atlantic Division standings, the Whale wasted little time making it a 1-0 game when Kelsey Tessier scored his fifth goal of the season at 5:40 of the opening period off assists from defensemen Jyri Niemi and Ryan McDonagh. That was the only first-period goal until the final second of the opening 20 minutes, when the Sharks tied the game 1-1 on a power play at 19:59. First-period shots were even at 5-5, and Whale goaltender Chad Johnson stopped all five shots. Each teama dded another goal in the second period, with Worcester taking a 2-1 lead at 7:13 of the second and the Pack tying it 2-2 on Jeremy Williams' team-leading 15th goal of the season, scored on a power play with 3:55 left in the middle period. Williams was assisted by Kris Newbury and Mats Zuccarello. The Whale outshot the Sharks 12-9 in the second period, as Johnson had 12 saves through 40 minutes. There was no scoring in the third, as Johnson stopped all 11 Worcester shots in a period where the Sharks outshot the Whale 11-5. connecticut pulled out its sixth straight victory with 30 seconds left in overtime, as Chad Kolarik scored the game-winner off assists from Wade Redden and Johnson, who stopped 28 shots in the win. Kolarik was named the game's No. 1 star, and Zuccarello was the No. 2 star.

GAME 30: 6-4 Road Win at Adirondack (Record: 13-11-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/15 at Adirondack
6-4 W
Newbury, Redden, Kennedy
Tessier, Weise, Zuccarello
Cam Talbot (16 saves)
3-for-6; 4-for-7
NOTES: The Whale broke out to a 3-0 lead behind a pair of goals within an 11-second span of the second period and never were caught in winning their fifth straight game. There was no scoring in the first, as Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot stopped all eight Adirondack shots over the first 20 minutes, which ended with shots even at 8-8. The Whale broke through for the game's first goal on a power play at 5:04 of the second period, as Kris Newbury scored his fourth of the season off assists from Tim Kennedy and Jeremy Williams. The Whale made it 2-0 at 13:02 of the second on a goal by Wade Redden -- assisted by Kris Newbury and Dale Weise -- and then went up 3-0 when Kennedy scored on the next shift just 11 seconds later. Adirondack got an even-strength goal at 14:35 of the second to cut the lead to 3-1, but the Whale added an insurance goal with 43 seconds left in the period. Connecticut took its 4-1 lead when Kelsey Tessier scored off assists from Evgeny Grachev and Justin Soryal. The Whale outshot the Phantoms 8-4 in the second period and had a 16-14 shots advantage after 40 minutes, with Talbot making 13 stops. Adirondack cut the lead to 4-2 with a goal at 4:01 of the third period, but the Whale stretched it back to 5-2 on a power-play goal by Weise, assisted by Kennedy, exactly one minute later. Three minutes after that, at 8:02 of the third, Adirondack made it a 5-3 game. The Phantoms cut it down to 5-4 with another power play goal at 16:45 of the third, but that was as close as they would come. Connecticut's Mats Zuccarello iced the 6-4 win with his 13th goal of the season, assisted by Newbury, at 19:34 of the third. The Whale outshot the Phantoms 28-20, as Talbot finished with 16 saves for the win. Kennedy was named the No. 1 star, and Newbury was the No. 3 star.

GAME 29: 4-3 Home Win Over Adirondack (Record: 12-11-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/12 Adirondack
4-3 W
Kolarik, Williams, Weise 2 Cam Talbot (30 saves)
1-for-2; 4-for-5
NOTES: Adirondack, the conference's last-place team, came out hard in firing seven of the game's first eight shots at Whale goalie Cam Talbot. The Phantoms benefited from a pair of power-play opportunities in the first eight minutes, but Talbot weathered the storm. The first period ended scoreless with the Phantoms outshooting the Whale 15-9 and Talbot stopping all 15 shots. The second period saw four goals scored, as Adirondack broke through first for a 1-0 lead on a power play at 6:14 of the second. Chad Kolarik tied it for Connecticut three minutes later at 9:14, scoring his 10th goal of the season off assists from Mats Zuccarello at even strength. Adirondack then went up 2-1 at 12:39 of the second, but the Pack responded only 2:27 later when Jeremy Williams scored on a power play at 15:06. Zuccarello and Kris Newbury picked up assists on Williams' goal that made it 2-2. Adirondack outshot the Whale 10-9 in the second period and had a 25-18 advantage after 40 minutes. It didn't take long in the final period for the Whale to gain the 3-2 lead, as Dale Weise scored off assists from Kolarik and Kelsey Tessier at 2:48 of the third. Connecticut stretched the lead to 4-2 at 11:36 of the third when Weise scored his second goal of the game off assists by Kolarik and Tessier. Adirondack came back to make it 4-3 at 13:06 of the third, but that was as close as the Phantoms would come. Adirondack outshot Connecticut 33-27, as Talbot finished with 30 saves to earn a win that put the Whale above .500. Weise was named the game's No. 1 star. Kolarik was the No. 2 star, and Newbury the No. 3 star.

GAME 28: 5-1 Home Win Over Manchester (Record: 11-11-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/11 Manchester
5-1 W
McDonagh, Newbury, Zuccarello 2, Grachev Chad Johnson (23 saves)
1-for-7; 2-for-2
NOTES: The Whale came out shooting against the division-leading Monarchs, as Connecticut fired eight of the game's first nine shots on goal. It didn't take long for Ryan McDonagh to capitalize on all the momentum, as the rookie defenseman scored his first professional goal on a power play at 12:11 of the first period. The goal, assisted by Wade Redden and Evgeny Grachev, came during a double-minor for high-sticking against former Rangers draft pick Marc-Andre Cliche. On the following shift -- only 12 seconds later -- Connecticut's lead was at 2-0, as Kris Newbury scored an even-strength goal off an assist from defenseman Jyri Niemi. The rout continued at 15:45 of the first, when Mats Zuccarello scored his 11th goal of the season off assists from Newbury and Brodie Dupont, capping a run of three goals in only 3:34. Manchester managed to get a goal back with 21 seconds left in the first period, but after 20 minutes, Connecticut had a 3-1 lead and had outshot the Monarchs 14-6, as Whale goalie Chad Johnson had seen long stretches without facing a shot. The shots were more even in the second period, but the Whale continued to dominate. Connecticut took a 4-1 lead at 11:57 of the second when Zuccarello scored his second goal of the game off an assist from Newbury. Only 72 seconds later, Grachev made it a 5-1 game on a goal assisted by Dale Weise and Tim Kennedy at 13:09. Through 40 minutes, the Whale had outshot Manchester 26-15. There was no scoring in the third period, and the game ended with the Whale outshooting the Monarchs 37-24, as Johnson got the win with 23 saves. Zuccarello was named the No. 1 star, Newbury was the No. 2 star, and McDonagh the No. 3 star.

GAME 27: 4-3 Home Overtime Shootout Win Over Worcester (Record: 10-11-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/4 Worcester
4-3 W (SO)
Dupont, Zuccarello, Williams Chad Johnson (29 saves)
1-for-6; 6-for-8
NOTES: Worcester, the Atlantic Division's third-place team, scored the only goal of the first period at the 9:25 mark. The Sharks outshot the Whale 14-13 in the first, and Connecticut goalie Chad Johnson needed 13 first-period saves just to keep it a one-goal game heading into the middle period. The Whale took advantage of an early second-period power play to tie the game at 1-1 when Brodie Dupont scored his third of the season off assists from Mats Zuccarello and Tim Kennedy at 2:58 of the second. Worcester regained the lead on a power-play goal by former NHL star Jonathan Cheechoo at 10:02 of the second, just eight seconds after the Whale's Evgeny Grachev went off for goaltender interference. The Whale came right back to tie it 2-2 on an even-strength goal by Mats Zuccarello, assisted by Stu Bickel and Dupont, only 58 seconds later at 11:00 of the second. The goal was Zuccarello's 10th of the season and was immediately followed by fights involving Dupont and Kris Newbury. A long list of penalties came at the 18:23 mark, including six fighting majors and 27 penalty minutes for Connecticut's Devin DiDiomete. After the dust cleared, Worcester scored on a power play just nine seconds lter to take a 3-2 lead heading into the third. The Whale outshot the Sharks by a wide, 19-10 margin in the middle period, and through 40 minutes, Connecticut had a 26-24 lead in shots. The Whale tied the game 3-3 at 10:08 of the third period, as Jeremy Williams notched his 14th goal of the season off assists from Newbury and defenseman Jyri Niemi. There was no more scoring in the third, which saw the Whale outshoot the Sharks by a remarkable 17-6 margin. Neither team managed to score in overtime, although Connecticut outshot Worcester 3-2 for a 46-32 advantage through 65 minutes and 29 total saves for Johnson. The Whale prevailed in the shootout when both Zuccarello scored in Round 2 and Jeremy Williams tallied in Round 3. Johnson stopped four shooters for the victory. Zuccarello was named the game's No. 1 star, and Williams was the No. 3 star.

GAME 26: 3-1 Road Win at Providence (Record: 9-11-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/3 at Providence
3-1 W
Grachev, Eizenman, Williams Cam Talbot (27 saves)
0-for-4; 5-for-5
NOTES: Facing the last-place team in the AHL's Atlantic Division, the Whale came out strong, outshooting 11-8 in the first period, as Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot stopped all eight Bruins shots. The Whale wasted no time making it a 1-0 game in the second period, however, as Evgeny Grachev scored his third goal of the season off an assist from Kris Newbury on the period's first shot just 51 seconds after play began. Providence eventually tied it 1-1 with only 2:26 to go in the second period, as shots on goal favored the Whale 22-17 through the first 40 minutes. Outshooting the Bruins by a wide margin to open the third period, the Whale took the lead at the 6:07 mark on a goal by Oren Eizenman, assisted by Chad Kolarik and Kelsey Tessier. Jeremy Williams stretched the lead to 3-1 at 11:08 of the third, scoring off assists from Kris Newbury and Pavel Valentenko. That was where the game ended up, as Connecticut outshot Providence 34-28 and got a 27-save performance from Talbot. Eizenman was named the No. 1 star, Talbot was the No. 2 star, and Newbury the No. 3 star.

GAME 25: 2-1 Road Overtime Shootout Loss at Worcester (Record: 8-11-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/1 at Worcester
1-2 L (SO)
Kundratek Chad Johnson (17 saves)
0-for-3; 5-for-5
NOTES: Rallying late in the third, the Whale gained a point in their third straight game since their name change from Hartford, improving to 2-0-1 in their new uniforms. Worcester scored the only goal of the first period at the 11:36 mark, although shots were even for the period at 7-7 with Connecticut goalie Chad Johnson making six stops. Worcester killed off two Whale power plays in the opening 20 minutes, while Connecticut killed one. What emerged as a goaltenders' duel continued in the second period, as Connecticut outshot Worcester 7-5 to lead 14-12 in shots after 40 minutes. The Whale finally tied the game with only 4:20 remaining in the third period, when defenseman Tomas Kundratek scored off assists from Kris Newbury and Pavel Valentenko, forcing overtime. The Whale outshot Worcester 9-6 in the third period and had a 23-18 advantage after 60 minutes. There was no scoring or shots on goal in the overtime, as Johnson finished the game with 17 saves. In the shootout, Mats Zuccarello was stopped on his first-round shot for the Whale, while former NHL star Jonathan Cheechoo scored in the first round for Worcester. Connecticut's Jeremy Williams and Chad Kolarik were also stopped in Rounds 2 and 3 before Kundratek came through with the Whale's first shootout goal in Round 4. Tim Kennedy was stopped in Round 5, while Johnson had stopped all Worcester shooters in Rounds 2-5. The shootout went to a sixth round, where Evgeny Grachev was stopped, and Worcester scored on its attempt for a 2-1 win. Kundratek was named the No. 3 star.

GAME 24: 3-0 Home Win Over Adirondack (Record: 8-11-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/28 Adirondack
3-0 W
Newbury, Grachev, Kolarik Cam Talbot (25 saves)
0-for-4; 4-for-4
NOTES: The Whale, who remained unbeaten since renaming themselves, were in a goaltending duel until they broke the game open with three goals in the third period. Up until then, Adirondack netminder Nic Riopel and Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot, who was making his first start in a Whale uniform, were perfect through the first 40 minutes. Adirondack outshot the Whale 9-6 in the first and 11-8 in the second, giving Talbot 20 saves after two periods. Connecticut finally broke through for the game's first goal when Kris Newbury scored off assists from Mats Zuccarello and Chad Kolarik at 4:31 of the third period. Evgeny Grachev added an insurance goal at 9:11 of the third, making it 2-0 off assists from Jeremy Williams and Stu Bickel. Kolarik capped off the scoring with a goal from Zuccarello and Newbury at 17:26 of the third, giving Zuccarello two points on the night. Adirondack outshot Connecticut, as Talbot had a perfect night with 25 saves in earning his second shutout of the season. Talbot was named the game's No. 1 star. Newbury was the No. 2 star, and Zuccarello the No. 3 star.

GAME 23: 3-2 Home Overtime Shootout Win Over Bridgeport (Record: 7-11-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/27 Bridgeport
3-2 W (SO)
Dupont, Eizenman Chad Johnson (21 saves)
0-for-3; 4-for-4
NOTES: Wearing their new Whale jerseys for the first time, Connecticut came out of the gates with a bang, firing four of the game's first five shots within the opening two minutes. Even though Bridgeport received two first-period power-plays, the Whale finished the period with a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal, as only the work of Bridgeport goalie Nathan Lawson had kept the game scoreless. connecticut continued to pour it on against Lawson in the second, firing the period's first six shots on goal. The Whale finally broke through Lawson for the game's first goal -- and a 1-0 lead -- at 15:00 of the second period. Brodie Dupont got the first goal in Connecticut Whale history off assists from defenseman Stu Bickel and forward Devin DiDiomete. The goal came on the Whale's 26th shot of the game. The 1-0 lead stood up through 40 minutes, as shots were 29-11 in favor of the Whale heading into the final period. Bridgeport tied the game 1-1 at 6:22 of the third period. Unfazed by the Bridgeport goal, the Whale kept their offensive edge until newcomer Oren Eizenman made it 2-1 off assists from Dupont and Ryan McDonagh at 14:05 of the third. Bridgeport, however, managed to tie the game again, making it 2-2 with only 2:12 remaining in regulation. Through 60 minutes, the whale had outshot Bridgeport 42-20. The game went to overtime, where Connecticut continued to outshoot Bridgeport. By game's end, the Whale had a 45-21 shots advantage, as Johnson had made 19 saves. In the shootout, Connecticut got the victory on goals by Chad Kolarik and a shootout-decider from Jeremy Williams. Johnson stopped all four shooters he faced in the shootout. Dupont was named the No. 1 star, and Kolarik was No. 2 star.

GAME 22: 4-3 Road Overtime Shootout Loss at Bridgeport (Record: 6-11-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/26 at Bridgeport
3-4 L (SO)
Zuccarello, Kolarik, Williams Chad Johnson (24 saves)
0-for-3; 4-for-4
NOTES: In their final game as the Hartford Wolf Pack, the team now known as the Connecticut Whale retired their former jerseys with a standings point. There was no scoring in the first period, as Bridgeport outshot the Pack 7-5 with Hartford getting all seven stops from goalie Chad Johnson. The game remained scoreless until the 10:22 mark of the second period, when Hartford broke through Bridgeport netmindre Mikko Koskinen on an even-strength goal by Mats Zucarello, assisted by Dale Weise and Tim Kennedy. The goal, scored on the Pack's 16th shot at Koskinen, was Zuccarello's ninth of the season and his third in the past four games. Chad Kolarik gave Hartford a 2-0 lead off an assists from Ryan Garlock and Ryan McDonagh with 1:50 remaining in the second period, and through 40 minutes the shots were even at 19-19. The Pack continued to roll in the third period, as Jeremy Williams scored his 12th goal of the season, assisted by Kris Newbury and Pavel Valentenko, at the 1:36 mark for a 3-0 lead. The goal came on the third period's first shot. Bridgeport spoiled Johnson's shutout bid when the Sound Tigers scored on a shorthanded penalty-shot attempt with 6:42 to go in the third, and the Sound Tigers made it an even closer game at 3-2 by scoring again just 21 seconds later. Bridgeport then completed its comeback by forcing overtime with a goal at 18:55 of the third. There was no scoring in overtime, and the game went to a shootout, where it took seven rounds to produce the first -- and winning -- goal. Hartford outshot Bridgeport 31-27 on the night, as Johnson finished with 24 saves.

GAME 21: 4-3 Road Loss at Hershey (Record: 6-11-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/21 at Hershey
3-4 L
Zuccarello, Nightingale, Weise Cam Talbot (30 saves)
1-for-3; 5-for-6
NOTES: Goaltender Cam Talbot set the tone for the Pack in the first period, keeping the Bears off the scoreboard even though Hershey outshot Hartford 12-8 over the opening 20 minutes. The second period was another story, as Hershey scored on its first two shots, connecting for goals at the 0:17 and 1:30 marks to take a 2-0 lead. The Pack cut the lead to 2-1 on a power play at 5:12 of the second period, as Mats Zuccarello scored his eighth goal of the season off assists from defenseman Wade Redden and forward Jeremy Williams. Hershey regained its two-goal lead at 8:38 of the second, however, as Mathieu Perreault notched his second goal of the game. The Bears scored against with 55 seconds left in the middle period to lead 4-1 after 40 minutes while outshooting the Pack 26-14. The Pack refused to fold, however, and came back with third-period goals from Jared Nightingale and Dale Weise to cut the score to 4-3. Nightingale got the first goal, off assists from Chad Kolarik and Williams, at 8:29 of the third, and Weise made it a one-goal game by scoring off assists from defenseman Pavel Valentenko and forward Tim Kennedy just over a minute later at 9:48. The Pack could get no closer, however, despite outshooting the Bears 8-6 in the third. Hershey outshot the Pack 34-22 on the afternoon, forcing Talbot to make 30 saves. Kolarik was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 20: 3-2 Overtime Road Win at Binghamton (Record: 6-10-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/20 at Binghamton
3-2 W (OT)
Weise, Kennedy, J. Williams Chad Johnson (28 saves)
3-for-7; 4-for-5
NOTES: The Pack came out strong, outshooting the Senators 6-4 over the game's first 10 minutes, which included a Binghamton power play that Hartford killed off. The Pack then gained a 5-on-3 man-advantage of their own for 1:37 when Binghamton took back-to-back penalties at 10:59 and 11:22 of the first. Binghamton killed off the penalties and then manaded to take a 1-0 lead on a goal at the 14:40 mark. The first period ended at 1-0 with the Pack outshooting the Senators 14-10 and goalie Chad Johnson making nine stops for Hartford. Hartford broke through on a power play in the second period, as Dale Weise scored his first goal since returning from an injury at 9:05. Weise's goal, his second of the season, was assisted by Tim Kennedy and Mats Zuccarello just under two minutes into a double-minor penalty against the Senators. Binghamton broke the 1-1 tie with a power-play goal at 14:44 of the second, and the period ended with the Pack outshooting the Sens 25-20 through 40 minutes. The Pack threw everything they had at the Senators in the third period, taking nine of the first 10 shots. That persistence paid off when Kennedy tied the game at 2-2 with his third goal of the season. The goal came 18 seconds into a power play, at the 8:08 mark, off assists from Weise and defenseman Wade Redden. There was no further scoring in regulation time, although the Pack outshot the Sens 17-8 in the third period and had a big 42-28 advantage in shots through 60 minutes. The Pack didn't have to wait long, however, to nail down their second straight victory, as Jeremy Williams notched his team-leading 11th goal of the season on a power play at 1:03 of OT. Zuccarello and Redden assisted on the game-winner. Johnson finished his night with 28 saves. Kennedy was named the game's No. 1star, and Williams was the No. 2 star.

GAME 19: 5-2 Road Win at Springfield (Record: 5-10-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/19 at Springfield
5-2 W
Kolarik 2, Zuccarello, Redden, Soryal Chad Johnson (11 saves)
1-for-3; 3-for-3
NOTES: The Pack jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 3:09 of the opening period, when Chad Kolarik scored off an assist from Kris Newbury. Springfield managed to tie it on the next shift just 33 seconds later, but it was all Hartford the rest of the way, as the Pack erupted for two unanswered goals to close out the period and five unanswered overall. Kolarik scored again on a power play off another assist from Newbury at 15:42 of the first to make it 2-1, and Mats Zuccarello followed with an unassisted goal just 29 seconds later at the 16:11 mark. The goal was Zuccarello's seventh of the season. Hartford outshot the Falcons 7-5 in the first period, as Chad Johnson had four saves. Johnson's workload got even lighter in the next period, as the Pack continued to dominate, outshooting Springfield 13-4 for a 20-9 shots advantage through 40 minutes. Defenseman Wade Redden stretched the lead to 4-1 exactly two minutes into the second period, scoring at even strength off an assist from Zuccarello. Justin Soryal made it a 5-1 game with his second goal of the season at 16:22 of the second with defenseman Jyri Niemi picking up one assist and Kolarik getting the other for his third point of the night. Springfield got a goal back at 8:14 of the third period to cut the lead to 5-2, but that was as close as the Falcons would come. The Pack outshot the Falcons 7-4 in the final period and 27-13 for the game, as Johnson needed only 11 saves for the win. Kolarik was named the No. 1 star, Newbury was the No. 2 star, and Zuccarello was the No. 3 star.

GAME 18: 4-3 Road Loss at Manchester (Record: 4-10-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/17 at Manchester
3-4 L
Valentenko, Williams 2 Chad Johnson (26 saves)
1-for-5; 3-for-6
NOTES: Defenseman Pavel Valentenko got the Pack off to a very strong start with his first goal of the season just 28 seconds into the first period. The goal was assisted by Kris Newbury. Manchester came right back, however, scoring the next two goals at 6:08 and 18:35 of the first period, with the latter goal coming on a power play. The Monarchs outshot the Pack 12-9 over the opening 20 minutes, as Hartford goalie Chad Johnson finished the period with 10 saves. The scoring in a wild second half of the second period began when Hartford's Jeremy Williams connected on a power play, off assists from Tim Kennedy and Brodie Dupont, to tie the score at 2-2. Manchester again responded with two power-play goals of its own to take a 4-2 lead, scoring with the man-advantage at 11:50 and 15:43 of the second. Through 40 minutes, the Monarchs had a dominant 29-16 shots advantage with Johnson forced to make 25 saves to keep it a two-goal game. He had 15 saves in the second period alone, as the Pack were outshot 17-7. Williams cut the lead to 4-3 with his second goal of the game -- and team-leading 10th of the season -- off assists from Newbury and Kelsey Tessier at 5:10 of the third period. The goal marked back-to-back two-goal games by Williams, but it was as close as Hartford would get, despite outshooting Manchester 9-3 over the final period. The Monarchs outshot Hartford 32-25 for the game, as Johnson finished with 28 saves. Williams was named the game's No. 3 star for a second straight game.

GAME 17: 4-3 Home Overtime Shootout Loss to Springfield (Record: 4-9-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/13 Springfield
3-4 L (SO)
Williams 2, Kolarik Cam Talbot (26 saves)
0-for-3; 2-for-5
NOTES: Springfield took an early 1-0 lead when the Falcons scored on a power play at 3:38 of the first period -- a 20-minute stretch in which they outshot the Pack 9-7 with Hartford starter Cam Talbot making eight saves. Jeremy Williams tied the game up for the Pack off assists from Kris Newbury and Brodie Dupont at 1:49 of the second period, but the Falcons went back up 2-1 at 16:23 of the second. Through 40 minutes, the Falcons were outshooting the Pack 19-15, as Talbot had come up with 18 saves. Chad Kolarik, who came over to Hartford in a trade on Thursday, pulled the Pack into a 2-2 tie at 7:51 of the third, scoring off assists from forwards Kris Newbury and Evgeny Grachev. Williams then made it a 3-2 game at 13:36 of the third with his second goal of the night, assisted by defensemen Wade Redden and Tomas Kundratek. The 3-2 lead could not stand up in regulation, however, because just under two minutes later, at 13:36 of the third, Springfield tied the game to force an overtime period where there was no further scoring. Through 65 minutes of action, Springfield had outshot Hartford 29-24 with Talbot making 26 saves compared to 21 for Falcons goaltender David LeNeveu. The Falcons the prevailed in the shootout, when the first two Springfield shooters scored on Talbot. Mats Zuccarello, Williams, Kennedy and Kolarik all went in the shootout for Hartford but did not score. Williams was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 16: 4-0 Home Loss to Toronto (Record: 4-9-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/9 Toronto
0-4 L
  Chad Johnson (26 saves)
0-for-3; 3-for-5
NOTES: The first period was scoreless, thanks to the work of Hartford goalie Chad Johnson, who stopped 8 shots, and Toronto's Jussi Rynnas, who turned aside all 12 Pack shots. The second period was a different story, as Toronto scored twice in the first four minutes for a 2-0 lead. The first goal came on a power play at 2:09 of the second -- just 16 seconds after Tim Kennedy was called for interference -- and the second goal was scored 5-on-5 by Joey Crabb at the 3:57 mark. The 2-0 lead held up through 40 minutes even though the Pack were outshooting Toronto 21-18. The Marlies made it a 3-0 game at 5:44 of the third period, and Toronto went up 4-0 on a power-play goal by Mike Zigomanis at 14:35 of the third. Zigomanis' tally would close out the scoring. Hartford outshot Toronto 33-30 on the night, as Johnson finished with 26 saves.

GAME 15: 7-1 Home Win Over Bridgeport (Record: 4-8-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/7 Bridgeport
7-1 W
Zuccarello 3, Williams 2, Tessier, Byers Chad Johnson (24 saves)
4-for-7; 6-for-7
NOTES: It was a tremendous night for Norwegian hockey sensation Mats Zuccarello, who showed his continued adjustment to the North American style of hockey with three goals and an assist. The hat trick was his first since joining the Rangers organization. Zuccarello got the Pack off to a strong start, scoring on a power play at 9:25 of the first period with assists from Tim Kennedy and Wade Redden. The goal was Zuccarello's fourth of the season and it gave Hartford a 1-0 lead for the first time in seven games. That goal opened the arsenal for the Pack, who went up 2-0 just over two minutes later on another power-play goal, scored by Jeremy Williams at 11:42 of the first. Zuccarello and Kennedy picked up their second points of the night with assists on Williams' team-leading fifth goal of the season. Zuccarello continued to pour it on with only four seconds left in the period, when he scored his second goal of the night off assists from Kennedy and defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who registered his first professional point on the goal that gave the Wolf Pack a commanding 3-0 lead. Hartford outshot Bridgeport 12-5 over the first 20 minutes, requiring only five stops for Pack goaltender Chad Johnson. Zuccarello didn't need much time in the second period to complete his hat trick, scoring on a power play at 5:38 of the second off an assist from Brodie Dupont for a 4-0 lead. Kelsey Tessier made it 5-0 at 12:39 of the second, scoring at even strength off assists from Chris McKelvie and Hartford captain Dane Byers. Jeremy Williams picked up his goal second of the night -- the Pack's fourth on the power play -- at 1:48 of the third period to make it 6-0. Bridgeport ended Johnson's shutout bid with a power play goal at 11:43 of the third, but Hartford came right back to make it 7-1 when Byers scored, assisted by Ryan Garlock and Williams at 13:57. Hartford outshot Bridgeport 31-25, as Johnson finished with 24 saves. Zuccarello was named the game's No. 1 star. Williams was the No. 2 star, and Kennedy the No. 3 star.

GAME 14: 4-1 Road Loss at Bridgeport (Record: 3-8-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/6 at Bridgeport
1-4 L
DiDiomete Cam Talbot (24 saves)
0-for-3; 1-for-2
NOTES: Bridgeport jumped out to a 1-0 lead, when former NHL player Jon Sim scored against Pack goaltender Cam Talbot on a power play at 11:49 of the opening period. The goal was the first allowed by Talbot this season. He had posted a shutout in his season debut and was playing his first game back from an injury. The Sound Tigers went up 2-0 just 45 seconds into the second period when Sim scored again, and they took a 3-0 lead at 4:10 of the second. Hartford's Devin DiDiomete spoiled Bridgeport goalie Kevin Poulin's shutout bid at 6:10 of the third off assists from Wade Redden and Ryan Garlock, but that was the only goal Hartford would score. Leading 3-1, Bridgeport closed out the scoring on an empty-netter at 19:36 of the third. The Pack outshot the Sound Tigers 29-28, as Talbot finished with 24 saves.

GAME 13: 3-2 Road Loss at Manchester (Record: 3-7-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/5 at Manchester
2-3 L
Dupont, Zuccarello Chad Johnson (37 saves)
1-for-4; 4-for-6
NOTES: Manchester wasted little time getting on the board, as the Monarchs took advantage of an early penalty to Kris Newbury to grab a 1-0 lead at 2:02 of the first period. Only 24 seconds remained in the power play when Manchester scored, but Hartford regrouped, and shots on goal were even at 7-7 midway through the first. By the end of the period, Manchester had a slim 14-13 shots advantage with both Chad Johnson and Manchester goalie Martin Jones having made 13 saves. Johnson's strong play continued in the second period until the Pack tied the game on a power-play goal of their own. Brodie Dupont got the man-advantage goal at 14:30 of the middle period off assists from Tim Kennedy and Mats Zuccarello. The goal came on Hartford's 18th shot at Jones and with only seven seconds left on a Manchester penalty. The Monarchs regained the lead, however, with only 2:04 remaining in the period, and the Pack trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes despite 24 saves from Johnson. Manchester stretched the lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 13:23 of the third. Zuccarello scored a late goal for Hartford, off assists from Kennedy and Jeremy Williams at 18:50 of the third, but the Pack could not get the equalizer in the final 70 seconds. Manchester outshot the Pack 40-27, as Johnson had 37 saves in defeat to earn No. 3 star honors.

GAME 12: 4-1 Home Loss to Manchester (Record: 3-6-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/3 Manchester
1-4 L
Soryal Chad Johnson (35 saves)
0-for-4; 4-for-4
NOTES: Manchester, the Atlantic Division's second-place team, got off to a quick start by scoring at 2:13 of the first period, but Hartford answered back just over 10 minutes later when Justin Soryal scored his first of the season at 12:52 to make it a 1-1 game. After 20 minutes, the Pack were outshooting the Monarchs 8-7, but the tide really turned in the middle frame, when Manchester fired a whopping 23 shots at Pack goalie Chad Johnson, who stopped 21 of them. The Monarchs finally went ahead 2-1 on a goal at 14:25 of the second and stretched the lead to 3-1 at 19:24. After 40 minutes, Manchester had outshot Hartford 30-17, and Johnson had come up with 27 saves. Still outshooting the Pack in the third, Manchester stretched its lead to 4-1 at 8:55 of the period. The Monarchs outshot the Pack 39-24 as Johnson finished with an impressive 35 saves in defeat.

GAME 11: 3-2 Road Loss at Springfield (Record: 3-5-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/30 at Springfield
2-3 L
Kundratek, DiDiomete Chad Johnson (11 saves)
Grumet-Morris (8 saves)
0-for-5; 3-for-3
NOTES: The Pack opened up quickly by taking the first four shots on goal at David LeNeveu, the hero of Friday night's Falcons victory at Hartford. Springfield, however, got the game's first goal at the 7:47 mark. The 1-0 lead hedl up through the first period, as LeNeveu stopped all eight Hartford shots, and Chad Johnson had four saves for the Pack. Springfield turned the tables on the Pack in the second period, taking the period's first seven shots and finally scoring at 7:43 of the second for a 2-0 lead. Springfield fired the next two shots on goal, scoring on their ninth of the period at the 9:23 mark. That prompted Pack coach to replace Johnson in net with Dov Grumet-Morris. Hartford quickly got one back when defenseman Tomas Kundratek scored his first AHL goal off an assist from Jared Nightingale at 12:49 of the second, cutting the lead to 3-1. Through 40 minutes, the Falcons were outshooting Hartford 18-14 on the strength of a 13-6 margin in the second period. Hartford began to mount a comeback early in the third period when Devin DiDiomete notched his first goal of the season off an assist from Jeremy Williams just 81 seconds into the third. The Pack also began firing more shots on goal and had pulled even in shots at 19-19 within the period's first six minutes. Hartford ended up outshooting Springfield 10-4 in the third and 24-22 overall for the game, but the Pack could not beat LeNeveu for the tying goal and lost their second straight game to the Falcons.

GAME 10: 2-1 Home Overtime Loss to Springfield (Record: 3-4-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/29 Springfield
1-2 L (OT)
Newbury Chad Johnson (23 saves)
0-for-4; 6-for-6
NOTES: The Pack got off to a fast start in dominating the early portions of the third period, as they had outshot Springfield 9-3 in the game's first 12 minutes. David LeNeveu, a former Pack player who was briefly NHL property of the Rangers, was the difference, and he held his team in it long enough for the Falcons to take a 1-0 lead at 14:34 of the first period even though Hartford had the big edge in shots. The Pack finished the first period outshooting Springfield by a whopping 20-7 margin, but LeNeveu had managed to make all 20 stops for the visitors. Maintaining their big edge in shots in the second period, the Pack finally broke through LeNeveu at 6:50 of the second to tie the game at 1-1. Kris Newbury scored his first goal of the season off assists from Pack captain Dane Byers and Jared Nightingale. The 1-1 game stood through 40 minutes, even though the Pack were outshooting the Falcons 36-15. In the third period, the goaltending duel continued, as LeNeveu made six more saves to finish regulation with 41, and Hartford goalie Chad Johnson stopped five shots to finish regulation with 20. Springfield, however, owned the overtime as far as shots on goal, outshooting the Pack 3-0 until ending it with their fourth unanswered shot at 3:24 of the overtime. Despite the loss, the Pack picked up a valuable standings point in a tightly-packed Eastern Conference. Byers was named the game's No. 2 star, and Newbury was the No. 3 star.

GAME 9: 3-1 Home Loss Loss to Albany (Record: 3-4-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/27 Albany
1-3 L
Garlock Chad Johnson (26 saves)
0-for-3; 3-for-5
NOTES: A scoreless first period saw Albany outshoot Hartford 8-6, but Pack netminder Chad Johnson was sharp, stopping all eight Devils shots. Albany continued to outshoot the Pack at the start of the second period, taking three of the first four shots on goal, and the Devils finally broke through Johnson for the game's first score at 4:30 of the middle period. Seven minutes into the second, the Devils had a 10-1 lead in shots for the period and went on to score again on a power play at 8:53. Albany ended the second with an overall 16-9 shots advantage for the period and were up 24-15 as they led 2-0 through 40 minutes. Only Johnson's work in goal had kept it from being a more one-sided game. The Pack fought back in the third period to grab the early momentum and quickly cut the Albany lead to 2-1 when Ryan Garlock scored off assists from forwards Jeremy Williams and Justin Soryal at 4:49 of the third. By that point, Hartford was outshooting the Devils 4-1 for the period and the Pack ended the period with a 10-5 advantage in shots but could not beat Jeff Frazee, who finished with 24 saves. Albany scored an empty-netter on a power play with 38 seconds left to ice the game, as Johnson finished with 26 saves in defeat.

GAME 8: 2-1 Home Overtime Loss to Syracuse (Record: 3-3-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/23 Syracuse
1-2 L (OT)
J. Williams Grumet-Morris (21 saves)
0-for-1; 1-for-1
NOTES: The Pack got right back into a goaltending duel and unfortunately came up on the short end again but did gain a standings point. Hartford took control of the momentum early, firing the first four shots on goal before Syracuse got its first shot at backup goalie Dov Grumet-Morris, who was in the lineup because Cam Talbot is out with an injury. Grumet-Morris finished the period with four saves, as the Pack outshot the Crunch 8-4 but could not beat goaltender Timo Pielmeier. The scoreless tie persisted through the second period, thanks to Pielmeier, who made another 12 saves against the Pack and had 20 stops through 40 minutes, when Hartford was outshooting Syracuse by a wide, 20-10 margin. The Pack finally broke through with thegame's first goal at 8:24 of the third, when Jeremy Williams beat Pielmeier for his fourth goal of the season off assists from Ryan Garlock and Brodie Dupont. Syracuse refused to lose in regulation, however, tying the game with 24 seconds left. The Crunch went on to win it in overtime on a goal by Josh Green just 45 seconds into the OT period.

GAME 7: 1-0 Home Loss to Binghamton (Record: 3-3-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/22 Binghamton
0-1 L
  Chad Johnson (19 saves)
0-for-3; 5-for-5
NOTES: The Pack controlled the early part of the game, outshooting Binghamton 5-2 and drawing two power-play opportunities in the first 10 minutes, but Hartford could not beat red-hot Binghamton goaltender Barry Brust, who stopped those shots and finished with six saves in the scoreless first period. Over the second half of that period, Binghamton came back to outshoot the Pack 7-6 over the first 20 minutes. Johnson made all seven first-period stops for Hartford, and the game remained a goaltender's duel in the second period, although the Pack outshot their guests by a whopping 14-3 margin. Brust was unbeatable through 40 minutes with 20 saves. the Pack enjoyed their big advantage in shots despite having to kill off penalties to defensemen Wade Redden and Lee Baldwin. Hartford then killed off two more Binghamton power plays resulting from penalties to Kris Newbury and captain Dane Byers early in the third. Outshooting the Pack 27-20, the Senators finally broke through against Johnson at 16:50 of the third period on a goal by Erik Condra. That proved to be enough, as Binghamton went on to the 1-0 win with Brust securing an impressive, 28-save shutout. Johnson was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 6: 5-1 Home Loss to Norfolk (Record: 3-2-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/20 Norfolk
1-5 L
Kennedy Chad Johnson (31 saves)
1-for-4; 4-for-5
NOTES: What started out well ended in disappointment, as unbeaten Norfolk won the game on the strength of five unanswered goals down the stretch. The Pack struck first for a 1-0 lead on a power play at 10:05 of the opening period. On the man-advantage scoring play, Tim Kennedy connected for his second goal of the season off assists from Kris Newbury and Pack captain Dane Byers. Goaltender Chad Johnson was sharp in the first period, too, outdueling Cedrick Desjardins by stopping all 11 Norfolk shots in a period when shots on goal were even at 11-11. Norfolk came back strong in the second period, however, putting three of 14 shots past Johnson to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Admirals, who got one of their goals on a power play with Hartford's Jyri Niemi off for interference, outshot the Pack 14-7 in the middle period. Norfolk continued to pour it on in the third period, scoring two even-strength goals in a span of 45 seconds late in the third to exit Hartford's XL Center with a 5-1 win. Johnson finished with 31 saves as the Pack were outshot 36-25.

GAME 5: 3-0 Road Win at Providence (Record: 3-1-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/17 at Providence
3-0 W
Byers, Kennedy, J. Williams Cam Talbot (41 saves)
2-for-4; 6-for-6
NOTES: It was a sensational and memorable 2010-11 season debut for rookie goaltender Cam Talbot, who made 41 saves and earned a shutout in his first professional start since ending his college career at Alabama-Huntsville and signing with the Rangers as an undrafted free agent last spring. Dane Byers and Tim Kennedy got the Pack off to a fast start with a pair of power-play goals in the game's first 4:21. With Providence's Matt Bartkowski off for holding at 3:23, Byers, the Wolf Pack captain, needed only 31 seconds to make it a 1-0 game off assists from Kris Newbury and Jeremy Williams. Only 19 seconds after the Byers goal, Providence's Jeremy Reich went off for hooking, and Kennedy cashed in eight seconds later at 4:21 with assists going to Newbury and defenseman Wade Redden. Newbury picked up his third point of the night at 12:37 of the first, picking up the primary assist on an even-strength goal by Williams. Byers had the other assist on the Williams goal. While the Pack were scoring in Providence's end, Talbot was very strong in the Hartford net, stopping all 12 Bruins shots in the first period and a remarkable 17 in the second, when Providence outshot Hartford 17-4. Through two periods, thanks to Talbot, the Pack were comfortably in front 3-0 despite being outshot 29-10. Despite their big lead, the Pack took more of the initiative on offense in the third, but were again outshot 12-8. Talbot held on with all 12 saves to finish with the shutout and No. 1 star honors. Williams was the No. 2 star, and Newbury the No. 3 star.

GAME 4: 2-1 Road Win at Bridgeport (Record: 2-1-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/16 at Bridgeport
2-1 W
J. Williams, Zuccarello Chad Johnson (21 saves)
1-for-5; 5-for-5
NOTES: After a scoreless first period, in which Bridgeport outshot the Pack 10-7, Jeremy Williams gave Hartford a 1-0 lead on a power play at 1:28 of the second. Wade Redden and Tim Kennedy picked up the assists on Williams' second goal of the season. Bridgeport later came back to spoil Chad Johnson's shutout bid at 7:17 of the third period, but Mats Zuccarello delivered the game-winner off an assist from Evgeny Grachev with 4:58 left in regulation. The goal was Zuccarello's second in as many nights. Hartford outshot Bridgepot 27-22, as Johnson finished with 21 saves to win a goaltending duel with Mikko Koskinen. Johnson was named the game's first star, while Zuccarello was the No. 3 star.

GAME 3: 3-2 Road Overtime Shootout Loss at Albany (Record: 1-1-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/15 at Albany
2-3 L (SO)
Zuccarello, Redden Chad Johnson (29 saves)
1-for-5; 5-for-5
NOTES: Norwegian sensation Mats Zuccarello got the Pack on the board first, scoring his first North American pro goal at 8:42 of the opening period off assists from defenseman Nigel Williams and Ryan Garlock. Albany struck for the next two goals at 9:06 and 10:32 of the first, but the Pack pulled back into a 2-2 tie on defenseman Wade Redden's first career AHL goal on a power play at 13:31 of the first. Forwards Jeremy Williams and Kris Newbury assisted on Redden's goal, and there would be no more scoring after that. The Pack outshot the Devils 14-8 in the first 20 minutes, as Hartford goalie Chad Johnson made six saves. Johnson took it up a notch in a scoreless second period, stopping all 12 Albany shots to keep it a 2-2 game. Johnson was equally outstanding in the third period and overtime, making another nine saves in the third and two in the OT to finish the game with 29. His luck ran out in the six-round shootout, as Mattias Tedenby and Stephen Gionta scored for Albany. Zuccarello got the lone shootout goal for the Pack against Mike McKenna. Tim Kennedy, Jeremy Williams, Newbury, Dale Weise and Evgeny Grachev were stoppedin the shootout, as the Pack fell 3-2 and were forced to settle for one point instead of two.

GAME 2: 4-3 Home Loss to Worcester (Record: 1-1-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/10 Worcester
3-4 L
Grachev, Tessier 2 Chad Johnson (20 saves)
0-for-3; 4-for-7
NOTES: The Pack suffered their first loss of the season after falling behind 3-0 in the first period and seeing their attempt at a rally come up short. Goaltender Chad Johnson, starting in back-to-back home games after a win over Charlotte on Saturday, stopped 20 of 24 shots in defeat. Worcester jumped out to its 3-0 lead in the first period, getting a pair of power play goals from Benn Ferriero at 3:27 and 15:34 of the first and an even-strength tally from former NHL star Jonathan Cheechoo at 11:27 of the first. Evgeny Grachev cut the lead to 3-1 at 16:29 of the middle period, scoring at even strength off assists from Kelsey Tessier and Pack captain Dane Byers, and Tessier made it a 3-2 game off an assist from Byers at 2:54 of the third. The Sharks regained a two-goal lead on a power play at 6:47 of the third with Hartford's Ryan McDonagh off for holding. With Johnson pulled for an extra attacker, Tessier added the game's final goal -- his second of the afternoon -- off assists from Wade Redden and Kris Newbury at 19:55 of the third. Tessier was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 1: 4-2 Home Win Over Charlotte (Record: 1-0-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/9 Charlotte
4-2 W
Weise, McKelvie, J. Williams, Byers Chad Johnson (24 saves)
2-for-6; 6-for-7
NOTES: The Pack got off to a very strong start in winning their 2010-11 season-opener at home. Charlotte took a 1-0 lead at 5:19 of the first period, but Hartford came back to tie it on a power-play goal by Dale Weise. The goal, Hartford's first of the season, was assisted by Kris Newbury and Wade Redden at the 16:55 mark. Shots were even at 9-9 over the first period, as Chad Johnson made eight saves. The Pack went ahead 2-1 at 5:49 of the middle period when Chris McKelvie scored off assists from Kelsey Tessier and Ryan Garlock at even strength. Defenseman Jeremy Williams stretched the lead to 3-1 with an unassisted power-play goal at 16:45 of the second. The two goal-lead held up through 40 minutes with the Checkers outshooting the Pack 19-16, but unable to solve Johnson, who had 18 saves after two periods. Charlotte cut the lead to 3-2 on a power play at 9:50 of the third period with Nigel Williams off for holding, but Dane Byers iced the game with an empty-netter from Newbury and Weise at 19:14 of the third. Johnson finished with 24 saves, as the Checkers outshot the Pack 26-22. Jeremy Willismas was named the game's First Star, Johnson was the No. 2 Star, and Weise took No. 3 Star honors.





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