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Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb1[2]      VERSUS      Providence

Yes, the Connecticut Whale gathered a point in Saturday night’s contest at the XL Center against the Providence Bruins in a 2-1 shootout loss and yes, while Head Coach Ken Gernander wasn’t doing back-flips in his post game press conference (see below) it was more about a point given away as opposed to the two points earned.

“We had our chances, hit a couple posts, and worked pretty hard,” Gernander said. “I don’t think we had the advantage as far as power-play opportunities versus penalty kill, but the Bruins work hard and bottle things up in the neutral zone. That being said, you have to get puck behind them, and we didn’t win the foot races or create the turnovers to get possession. But I thought we played pretty hard, hit the posts and had the penalty shot.” Pretty much sums it up.

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Connecticut-Whale_thumb1 VERSUS     Providence

As the Hartford Wolf Pack they struggled to find a way to win even six of their first 22 games and were last in the Atlantic Division. As the Connecticut Whale they’ve won 12 of their first 16 and moved into second place.

How did they manage to do that?

“Maybe the day we changed the name,” Evgeny Grachev said after the second year Russian forward played his best game as a pro in the Whale’s 6-2 shellacking of the visiting Providence Bruins. “We won a few games and you get used to it. You have a different mindset. You get out there and know you’re going to win, so you do your best. We have a great group of guys here who I think can go all the way. We have experienced defensemen and experienced forwards, a lot of guys with NHL experience and two great goaltenders, so I don’t think we should be surprising (anyone) that we’ve been hot. I think we have a good team.”

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