Game Wrap: Hartford Wolf Pack 3 @ Providence Bruins 4 (SO)
Wednesday December 05th 2007, 10:36 pm

The Wolf Pack blew a 2 goal lead and a chance to move within 1 points of Atlantic Division leading Providence tonight with a 4-3 shootout loss.

I missed most of the first period, but the Bruins got on the board first at 9:17 of the period. With just 1:52 left in the period Parenteau tied it off a goalmouth scramble which resulted off his original shot, which came from a nice feed down low from Anisimov. Pock and Parenteau would take whacks at the rebound before Parenteau put it home. From what I saw the two teams were fairly evenly matched, and finished the period tied in shots with 10 each. Jake Taylor was apparently injured at some point during the 1st period, and didn’t return to the bench for the 2nd. No word on what might be wrong.

The Pack took the lead at 16:38 of the 2nd period on a goal by Greg Moore off a beautiful feed by Bourret, who fought two Bruins for the puck behind the net, won it, and fired it in front of the net for Moore who was poised and ready. Providence goalie (a CHL callup) Andy Franck didn’t stand a chance. The Pack put themselves up by two only 37 seconds later when Jessiman was able to stuff the puck past Franck off a battle in front of the net. With a minute and twelve second to go in the period, Potter made his first stupid play of the night, when after taking a cross-checking penalty (which, admittedly was a weak call) he showed his disapproval with the call by lofting the puck into the stands on the delayed call touch up. He was given a second 2 minute penalty for delay of game, putting the Pack down a man for 4 minutes Fortunately, the Bruins Matt Hendricks would take a high sticking penalty a minute nine second in, to negate most of the Providence power play.

After playing 4-on-4 to start the 3rd the Pack killed off the remainder of Potter’s penalty and the two sides traded chances. But Potter wasn’t finished. After having his stick very visibly held by a Bruins player and not getting a call, Potter complained to referree Terry Koharski. Whatever he said wasn’t well received, because he received both a 2 minute unsportsmanlike conduct call, and a 10 minute misconduct, which essentially ended his night, and left the Pack with the disadvantage of having to finish out the final 10 minutes of the game with only 4 defenseman. It was a task they weren’t up to. Once again the Bruins would negate Potter’s penalty when Matt Lashoff took a high sticking call, but in the final minutes of 4-on-4 play the Pack lost track of their checks, allowing the Bruins to pass the puck back and forth across the crease and beat Montoya, who was playing in his first game back from a back injury that kept him out 2 and a half weeks. Two minutes 30 seconds later Providence would tie it up when Jessiman failed to clear the zone (despite ample opportunity to do so) and instead gave the puck away to a Bruin at his own blue line. Another quick passing play down low and the puck was behind Montoya. Less than a minute later Anisimov would feed Parenteau for a breakaway, but Parenteau’s shot hit the post. Montoya would come up with a big save in the closing minute of the game to keep things tied. The period would end with the Bruins outshooting the Pack by a margin of 20 to 7 in the period, which pretty much tells the story of how the Pack played in the final half of the period.

The two teams traded changes in OT, with Providence getting the better in shots at 5 compared to 4 for the Pack. In the shootout Krejci and Hendricks would score for the Bruins, while the Dawes hit the post, Moore missed the net, and Bourret and Parenteau were stopped. That dropped the Pack’s record in the shootout to 2-2 [edited]. Montoya’s record dropped to 5-4-2 despite making 40 saves on 43 [also edited] shots. For the record, in their past 5 games prior to tonight the Pack had averaged only 29.2 shots against per game. Not exactly a strong show of support to your goalie in his first game back.

Pack Scoring

1. Parenteau (12) (Pock, Anisimov) (PP) 18:08
2. Moore (11) (Bourret) 16.38
2. Jessiman (5) (Byers, Hutchinson) 17:15

Three Stars

1. David Krejci
2. Greg Moore
3. Brett Skinner

With the loss the Pack’s winning streak comes to an end at 5 and Providence extends their lead atop the Atlantic division to 4 points.

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